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Tennis

  • Nadal concedes shock defeat in Halle

    The switch from clay to grass did not go according to plan for Rafa Nadal yesterday and the Spaniard was jettisoned from the Gerry Webber Open with a 6-4 6-1 second-round defeat by maverick German Dustin Brown. A player who is almost unbeatable on...

  • Hingis granted wildcard

    Former world number one Martina Hingis has been awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon doubles competition as she continues her second comeback following retirement in 2007. The 33-year-old Swiss, who won five singles and nine doubles grand slam...

  • Mauresmo starts Murray coaching stint

    Mauresmo starts Murray coaching stint

    Andy Murray (left) speaks with Amelie Mauresmo during warm-up prior to his match at the Queen’s Club Championships tennis tournament in London, yesterday. Murray has appointed former women’s number one Mauresmo as his new coach. France’s Mauresmo...

  • Nadal is not special says uncle

    Rafael Nadal’s incredible records at the French Open can be matched because he is “not special”, according to his coach and uncle Toni. On Sunday, Nadal fought back from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic and win his ninth title at Roland Garros...

  • History boy Nadal looks ahead

    History boy Nadal looks ahead

    Rafa Nadal is not ready for Roland Garros to be renamed in his honour, but he can picture a time when he might be the one handing out the trophies in Paris rather than breaking records on court. He bosses the French Open, defeating great rival...

  • Nadal reaches cloud nine

    Nadal reaches cloud nine

    Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal held off another challenge from great rival Novak Djokovic to claim a record extending ninth French Open title with a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory yesterday. The world number one from Spain became the first man to win five...

  • Queen of endurance Sharapova wins Open in three ... hours

    Maria Sharapova had given warning that she was ready for a three hour French Open final – and she was true to her word, stopping the clock at three hours two minutes to lift the trophy. After her three previous rounds also went to three sets, it...

  • Murray appoints Mauresmo as coach

    Andy Murray has appointed former women’s number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, the Wimbledon champion said yesterday. Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo will initially take up the role for the grasscourt season and will...

  • Sharapova floors Halep in final

    Sharapova floors Halep in final

    Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7 6-4 after a marathon encounter in yesterday’s final. The seventh seed from Russia secured her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon...

  • Old hands Nadal and Djokovic do battle in Paris

    Old hands Nadal and Djokovic do battle in Paris

    This is their 42nd clash, so there will be few surprises for the world’s top two players Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they face each other over the net in the French Open final this afternoon. Both are looking to cement their positions among...

  • Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

    Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

    Simona Halep (picture) is a player with a plan. A few of them in fact. While lacking the power of some of the biggest names in the women’s game, the wily Romanian has plotted her way through to today’s French Open final without dropping a set...

  • Nadal, Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

    Nadal, Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

    The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until yesterday allowed Rafa Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic. Murray’s bid to become the first...

  • Sharapova to meet Halep in Paris final

    Sharapova to meet Halep in Paris final

    She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show yesterday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep. While a 2002...

  • Nadal, Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

    Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis is to rely on his “unhealthy diet full of ketchup” as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic French Open final. The last time Murray faced...

  • Britain’s Murray snuffs out French aspirations

    Britain’s Murray snuffs out French aspirations

    Briton Andy Murray ended home hopes by beating Gael Monfils 6-4 6-1 4-6 1-6 6-0 in front of a roaring crowd last night to reach his first French Open semi-final since 2011. The last Frenchman standing in Paris sent the decibel levels soaring when...

  • Sharapova lives to fight another day

    Sharapova lives to fight another day

    There was no Serena Williams standing in her way but the absence of her American nemesis did not stop Maria Sharapova from almost fluffing her lines yesterday before she set up a semi-final date at the French Open with Canadian Eugenie...

  • Impressive Nadal marches on

    Impressive Nadal marches on

    Concerns that Rafa Nadal’s reign as king of Roland Garros might be in jeopardy due to an aching back proved wide of the markday as the world number one led a mini Spanish charge into the French Open quarter-finals. On the day that Spanish King...

  • Federer hits 10-year low as Djokovic eases past Tsonga

    Federer hits 10-year low as Djokovic eases past Tsonga

    Roger Federer suffered his earliest defeat at the French Open for a decade yesterday when he lost to Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the fourth round but Novak Djokovic made light work of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the quarter-finals in a flash. The...

  • Nadal, Halep march on in Paris

    Nadal, Halep march on in Paris

    Rafa Nadal put down an attempted coup at the French Open as the eight-times champion saw off Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-2 7-5 6-2 to reach the fourth round in commanding fashion yesterday. Mayer went for his shots in a tense second set and broke...

  • Federer, Djokovic struggle through, Radwanska out

    Federer, Djokovic struggle through, Radwanska out

    Roger Federer and Novak Djo-kovic ran into a spot of bother at the French Open, dropping a set each and needing over three hours to reach the fourth round yesterday. Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out 6-4 6-4 by Croatian Ajla...

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