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  • 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...

  • Nadal sees off young apprentice

    Nadal sees off young apprentice

    Rafa Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game’s young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round yesterday. The eight-times champion showed flashes of...

  • Serena follows Venus out of French Open after shock loss

    Serena follows Venus out of French Open after shock loss

    Holder Serena Williams was shocked 6-2 6-2 by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the French Open second round yesterday, an hour after her elder sister Venus was ousted at the second grand slam of the year. On a chilly day in Paris, Serena Wiliams never...

  • Li bows out, Murray wins

    Li bows out, Murray wins

    Li Na, the Australian Open champion, followed her male counterpart Stan Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round when she lost 7-5 3-6 6-1 to local favourite Kristina Mladenovic yesterday. The second seed from China, who won the Roland...

  • Wawrinka crushed, Nadal and Djokovic untroubled

    Wawrinka crushed, Nadal and Djokovic untroubled

    Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was found seriously wanting on the wet clay at the French Open when he was beaten 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 by Spain‘s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round yesterday. The Swiss third seed threw away a 3-1 lead in...

  • Federer celebrates Mother’s Day with comfortable victory

    Federer celebrates Mother’s Day with comfortable victory

    Roger Federer spent as little time as possible on court on the opening day of the French Open yesterday, beating Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2 before returning to his parental duties on Mother’s Day in Paris. Serena Williams, the No.1 seed and...

  • Murray may miss a coach says Wilander

    Mats Wilander believes Andy Murray’s indifferent form and lack of coach could play into his hands at the French Open this fortnight. It has been a distinctly up-and-down season for the Scot so far, but there were signs in his narrow loss to Rafael...

  • Wawrinka is part of ‘Big Five’ – Djokovic

    Wawrinka is part of ‘Big Five’ – Djokovic

    The so-called Big Four of men’s tennis is now the Big Five according to long-standing member of the elite Novak Djokovic, but Stanislas Wawrinka is not so sure. Djokovic says Australian Open champion Wawrinka is now the real deal at grand slams...

  • Defending champ Williams ready to retain her French Open crown

    Serena Williams fulfilled her duties as defending champion by helping out at the draw for the French Open but did not notice she would be playing good friend Alize Lim in the opening round. The pair know each other through the Paris academy of...

  • Draw offers Rafa Nadal chance of revenge

    Draw offers Rafa Nadal chance of revenge

    Two fellow Spaniards who have already beaten him on his favourite clay surface could lie in wait for favourite and defending champion Rafa Nadal at the French Open, starting tomorrow. Yesterday’s draw, conducted by Nadal at Roland Garros, also...

  • Djokovic gets the better of Nadal in Rome

    Djokovic gets the better of Nadal in Rome

    Novak Djokovic handed world number one Rafael Nadal a rare defeat on clay, a week ahead of the French Open, as he won the men’s singles title at the Italian Open, yesterday. He had to come from a set down to do so but produced two sets of...

  • Djokovic survives Raonic onslaught

    Djokovic survives Raonic onslaught

    For the second match in succession Novak Djokovic survived an Italian Open dogfight yesterday, this time beating big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 7-6 6-3 to reach the final. Djokovic, who won a sizzling quarter-final against Spain’s David...

  • Djokovic subdues feisty Ferrer to reach semis

    Djokovic subdues feisty Ferrer to reach semis

    Novak Djokovic stayed on course for his third Rome Masters title although he was forced to dig deep to beat a tenacious David Ferrer 7-5 4-6 6-3 in a high-quality quarter-final yesterday. The Serb looked to be in full control when he led 5-2 in...

  • Haas rattles Wawrinka in Rome, Nadal to face Murray

    German veteran Tommy Haas provided a telling reminder of his claycourt skills with a third-round victory over Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka at the Rome Masters yesterday. Haas recovered after trailing by a set and a break of serve to...

  • Rutter’s team go all the way in VLTC tournament

    This year’s popular San Michel team tournament at Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) came to an end last week. The competition attracted a record participation of 78 men and 48 women, a fitting recognition of San Michel’s constant contribution...

  • Federer suffers early defeat in Rome

    Federer suffers early defeat in Rome

    Roger Federer will be returning to his newborn twins earlier than expected after his Italian Open adventure ended with a 1-6 6-3 7-6 second round defeat by Jeremy Chardy yesterday. Federer had been hoping to get his claycourt form back in gear...

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