Rafael Nadal will end the year at No. 1 after he and Roger Federer both lost in the Madrid Masters semifinals Saturday.
Andy Murray faces Gilles Simon in today's final. The resilient Simon upset Nadal 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) after fourth-ranked Murray beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to prevent what would have been the fifth Nadal-Federer final this season.
Once Federer lost, Nadal clinched becoming the first Spaniard in the open era to end the year with the No. 1 ranking.
"I was a little unlucky today," said Nadal, who lost for only the second time in 73 matches after taking the first set. "I had some mistakes with the backhand, which didn't help."
Federer, who cruised through the draw after a five-week layoff, has won a Masters Series title every year since 2002. He has only Paris and Shanghai left to earn his first of 2008.
Zurich Open:Venus Williams rallied from a set down in the semifinals to beat second-seeded Ana Ivanovic4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Switzerland. Third-seeded Williams faces Flavia Pennetta in today's final.
In legends race, Hawley takes win
Back in the saddle at age 59, Sandy Hawley led all the way aboard Tribal Chief to earn his 6,450th career victory in the Living Legends race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
"The horse dragged me around there real nice. It's a great thrill," Hawley said. "I'll have to find out when he's running back. Maybe I can get the call."
Hawley and seven other Hall of Fame jockeys came out of retirement for the race that officially counted in their career totals and was specially approved for legalizedwagering.
Belmont Park:Stud Muffin held on to win the $250,000 Empire Classic, the richest of seven races for New York breds.
NBA: Cavaliers rookie forward Darnell Jackson is out indefinitely with a fractured left wrist. ... Jazz guard Deron Williams left a preseason game against the Bulls after falling awkwardly and spraining his left ankle.
Colleges:Nick Weatherspoon, 58, a former Illinois basketball star who played seven seasons in the NBA, died Friday in Canton, Ohio, the university said. The cause of death wasn't known.
Soccer:In MLS, the host Houston Dynamo clinched the Western Division title with a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. ... Danny Cepero became the first goalkeeper to ever score in the league and Juan Pablo Angel had two goals to lead the host New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew.
Boxing: American Steven Luevano retained his WBO featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Australian Bill Dib in Atlantic City.
Cycling: Spain's Alberto Contador, the 2007 Tour de France winner, confirmed he will ride for Astana in 2009.
Gymnastics: Italian Bruno Grandi, 74, was re-elected as the International Gymnastics Federation president through the 2012 London Olympics.