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PARIS —Novak Djokovics bid to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam championship
—and first at the French Open—might require a semifinal victory over Roger
Federer. Chris Conte Jersey . Fridays draw set them up
to face each other in Paris at the same stage as last year, when Federer beat
Djokovic in four epic sets to end the Serbs 43-match winning streak that dated
to December 2010. That was Djokovics last loss at a major tournament: Since
then, he won the titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open. Hes
trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slam
trophies in a row. Djokovics quarterfinal opponent could be No. 5 Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga of France. Other possible quarterfinal matchups: Federer vs. 2009 U.S.
Open champion Juan Martin del Potro or No. 7 Tomas Berdych; six-time French Open
champion Rafael Nadal vs. No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic; and No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No.
6 David Ferrer. Hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic is in the same half of the
draw as Nadal. The No. 19 seed from Thornhill, Ont., will meet 73rd-ranked Ruben
Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain in the first round. Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls,
Ont., will open against Martin Klizan of Slovakia while Vancouvers Vasek
Pospisil will face Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. On the womens side,
Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., drew a qualifier in the first round
while Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., will face Shahar Peer of Israel. The
highlight of the womens quarterfinals set up in Fridays draw could be Serena
Williams against Maria Sharapova. Williams owns 13 major titles, including the
2002 French Open, while Sharapova is hoping to complete a career Grand Slam with
her first title in Paris. The other possible womens quarterfinals: No. 1-seeded
and Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka vs. U.S. Open champion Sam
Stosur; defending champion Li Na vs. Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova; and No.
3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska vs. No. 8 Marion Bartoli. In her first Grand Slam
tournament since revealing she has an autoimmune disease, seven-time major
champion Venus Williams could meet Radwanska in the second round and 2009 French
Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third. Seeded No. 1 at the French Open
for the first time, Djokovic will play 97th-ranked Potito Starace of Italy in
the first round and could face two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt in the
second. Starace was ranked as high as 27th in 2007, but later that year he was
suspended for six weeks and fined $30,000 for betting on tennis matches
involving other players. Nadal will begin his attempt to win a record seventh
title at Roland Garros, breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg, by facing 111th-ranked
Simone Bolelli of Italy. Nadal might have to deal with Ivo Karlovics big serves
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23-year-old from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., crossed the finish line just 4.2
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of goals and Miller had the eventual power-play winner late in the second period
as Brampton doubled the Sudbury Wolves 4-2 in Ontario Hockey League play. DENVER
—Ryan OReilly made himself right at home for the Colorado Avalanche. OReilly
had two goals, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat
Detroit 4-2 on Sunday night to end the Red Wings winning streak at seven games.
Paul Stastny and T.J. Galiardi also scored, and Gabriel Landeskog added two
assists to help Colorado win its third straight. Henrik Zetterberg and
Johan Franzen scored for Detroit, and Ty Conklin made 31 saves. The Avalanche
finished 5-3 on the longest homestand in franchise history, and OReilly played a
big part. The third-year centre has four goals and three assists in the last
three games. “I dont think Ive had this many points in a row,” OReilly said. “My
linemates make me look good.” The Avalanche lost two of the first three games on
the homestand before rebounding to win four of the last five. After routing New
Jersey, they beat resurgent St. Louis on Friday before facing Detroit.
“Hopefully, were turning the tide a bit here and its nice to get some wins at
home,” Galiardi said. “We talked about it before the New Jersey game we needed
somewhere to start, something to build off of and since then weve been playing
some pretty good hockey.” Galiardi played his part with his third goal of the
season. With Detroit on the power play, Galiardi knocked the puck away from
Darren Helm in the neutral zone and Landeskog picked it up. He carried the puck
into the Detroit zone, dropped it to the trailing Galiardi and he beat Conklin
with a slap shot from the top of the circle with 10:38 left. It was Colorados
fourth short-handed goal of the season. “I poked it away from the guy, Landy had
good speed and he put it right in my wheelhouse,” Galiardi said. The Red Wings
pulled Conklin for an extra skater with a minute left and OReilly scored into
the empty net with 34 seconds left. It was his sixth goal of the season. “Hes
finding a little bit of a groove offensively,” Colorado coach Joe Sacco said.
“Hes playing well right now.&qquot; Detroit was down 2-1 after two and came
out strong in the third looking for the equalizer. Matt Forte Jersey. Zetterberg got it 5:07
into the period when he squeezed a backhander between the post and Varlamov
while the goalie was screened by Dan Cleary. It was Zetterbergs sixth goal of
the season. “We seemed to get things going in the third,” Cleary said. “We got
the big goal to get back into it and then we give up the short-handed goal.” The
Avalanche trailed 1-0 after one but quickly took the lead in the second. OReilly
tied it 26 seconds into the period when Landeskog stole the puck from behind the
net and fed his linemate for a one-timer. “I was in the right place at the right
time,” OReilly said. “Landeskog made an amazing play, I just wanted to get it
off quick and beat the goalie.” Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson went off
for cross-checking 17 seconds later and the Avalanche took advantage.
Matt Duchene floated a pass to the front of the net and Stastny knocked it at
2:11. It was his eighth goal of the season. The Avalanche outshot Detroit 19-4
in the second. “They were better than us in the second. We were better in the
third,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “We made the mistake and you saw what
happened.” Franzen got Detroit on the board on a power-play goal with 4:52 left
in the first. Datsyuk grabbed his own rebound, sent a backhand pass to the
opposite circle and Franzen buried it for his 12th goal of the season. NOTES:
Stastny left the game in the third period because of a torso injury. Sacco said
he will be evaluated Monday. ... Detroit C Valtteri Filppula suffered a cut
above one of his skates in the first period and did not return. ... Colorado D
Erik Johnson returned to the lineup after missing five games because of a groin
injury. ... Colorado RW Chuck Kobasew was scratched due to a leg injury. ...
Datsyuk has 14 points (six goals, seven assists) in his last nine games. ... The
Red Wings outscored opponents 28-12 during their winning streak. ’ ’ ’ 

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