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  • Wawrinka keeps up winning run in Paris

    Wawrinka keeps up winning run in Paris

    The weather was dull and wet but that did not stop a beaming Stan Wawrinka from having plenty of fun yesterday as he enjoyed a mid-match rally with a ballboy before twirling 360 degrees on court to take a selfie-video with 10,000 French Open...

  • Serena roars through, tears for Tsonga

    Serena roars through, tears for Tsonga

    Thunderclaps, rain delays, an inspired home favourite roared on by a partisan crowd – it was all in a day’s work for reigning champion Serena Williams as the world number one roared into the second week of the French Open yesterday. The...

  • Nadal pulls out injured as Wawrinka, Murray progress

    Nadal pulls out injured as Wawrinka, Murray progress

    Rafael Nadal went down fighting on his favourite battleground a year ago but this time his quest for an unprecedented 10th French Open title ended sitting glumly in front of a microphone. With third-round action in full swing out on the Roland...

  • Nadal, Djokovic and Serena march on at Roland Garros

    Nadal, Djokovic and Serena march on at Roland Garros

    A dominant Rafael Nadal arrived at one career milestone yesterday but the speed of the Spaniard’s rampage through the early rounds of the French Open suggests his eyes are fixed firmly on another more significant one. The world number five, seeded...

  • Sharapova is included in Olympic team

    Maria Sharapova is one of four Russian tennis players named to compete in women’s singles at the Olympics in Rio, even though she has been suspended from competition after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium. “We will include...

  • Murray takes long road again Wawrinka keeps it simple

    Murray takes long road again Wawrinka keeps it simple

    Andy Murray survived a second close shave at the French Open yesterday, but his path towards what he hopes will be a maiden title in Paris is becoming so circuitous he may soon find himself hacking through trees in the nearby Bois de...

  • Easy for Djokovic and Nadal, Murray suffers but Kerber out

    Easy for Djokovic and Nadal, Murray suffers but Kerber out

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal sauntered to opening wins at the French Open yesterday but Andy Murray, one of their main title rivals, came perilously close to going home before joining them in the second round. World number one Djokovic, back on...

  • Wawrinka survives scare as rain relents in Paris

    Wawrinka survives scare as rain relents in Paris

    Defending champion Stan Wawrinka dazzled the moment he walked on to a gloomy Philippe Chatrier Court wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt but it was a while before his play matched his attire as he flirted with a humbling first-round exit on...

  • Kyrgios lights up a damp day at Roland Garros

    Kyrgios lights up a damp day at Roland Garros

    Australian Nick Kyrgios did his best to enliven a damp and dismal Parisian day with some eye-catching play and colourful language as the French Open began without part of the usual furniture yesterday. The volatile 17th seed mainly let his racket...

  • Djokovic not feeling any extra pressure

    Djokovic not feeling any extra pressure

    Novak Djokovic insists he is not feeling the pressure of time as he prepares for another shot at winning the French Open title. The world number one has fallen agonisingly short of the trophy he needs to complete his set of grand slams, losing in...

  • Rivals flatter to deceive as Serena prepares for title defence in Paris

    Rivals flatter to deceive as Serena prepares for title defence in Paris

    The race to challenge Serena Williams at the top of the women’s game has been more crawl than sprint. Williams broke a nine-month title-winning drought in Rome last weekend and has looked unusually vulnerable. Yet identifying the women who might...

  • Djokovic and Nadal on collision course in Paris

    Djokovic and Nadal on collision course in Paris

    World number one Novak Djokovic is on a French Open semi-final collision course with nine-times champion Rafael Nadal after the draw was made yesterday. The Serb, who holds 11 grand slam titles but is still chasing his first win at Roland Garros,...

  • Injured Federer pulls out of French Open

    Injured Federer pulls out of French Open

    Former champion Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open yesterday, citing fitness issues, as his record run of appearing at 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments came to an end. The 34-year-old world number three’s appearance at Roland Garros...

  • Djokovic suffers rare loss as Murray takes Rome title

    Djokovic suffers rare loss as Murray takes Rome title

    Andy Murray enjoyed the perfect 29th birthday present yesterday, puncturing Novak Djokovic’s air of dominance by beating the out-of-sorts Serb in straight sets in the final of the Italian Open in Rome. Just a week after Djokovic had beaten him in...

  • Murray through to Rome final

    Andy Murray reached his second successive final after easing to a straight-sets victory against Lucas Pouille in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, yesterday. Murray was always in control and a 6-2 6-1 victory in just 59 minutes continued...

  • Resilient Djokovic fends off Nadal

    Resilient Djokovic fends off Nadal

    World number one Novak Djokovic fended off a resurgent Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6 (4) in a pulsating battle yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open. Nadal led 4-2 in the first set and had five set points on serve at 5-4 in the second but...

  • Thiem’s up for beaten Federer in Rome

    Roger Federer’s struggles continued when he was beaten 7-6 (2) 6-4 by fast-rising Austrian Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Italian Open yesterday. The former world number one has been battling knee and back injuries this year and was not...

  • Madrid Open owner hints at disbanding equal prize money

    Madrid Open owner hints at disbanding equal prize money

    Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac has indicated his tournament may move away from equal pay for men and women. The debate was reignited in March by controversial comments from Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore about women players “riding...

  • Nick Kyrgios unperturbed by Games warning

    Nick Kyrgios has defended compatriot Bernard Tomic against allegations of failing to try during a match and said it was up to the Australian Olympic Committee whether the pair were picked to represent the country at the Rio Olympics. The...

  • Murray splits with coach Mauresmo

    Murray splits with coach Mauresmo

    Andy Murray and his coach Amelie Mauresmo have agreed to end their two-year working relationship, the British world number three said yesterday. Twice grand slam winner Murray lost the Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic on Sunday. “I’ve learned a...

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