• Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall, says Sharapova

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Predicting Rafa Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday. For the first time in the build-up to the tournament Nadal has…

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  • 'Humble' Nadal receives Paris's top honour

    Rafael Nadal received Paris's most prestigious honour, the "Grand Vermeil" on Thursday, just days before the Spanish superstar opens his bid for a 10th French Open title at Roland Garros. The 28-year-old was termed "the most Parisian of Mallorcans," as he received the honour from Paris's…

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  • Sharapova slams 'disrespectful' treatment of Nadal

    Maria Sharapova blasted the "disrespectful" treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Friday. Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just one defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked seven in the world, his lowest in a…

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  • Monster draw for Nadal in Paris, Djokovic looms in quarters

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French Open after Friday's draw handed him the toughest of routes to a possible 10th title. The Spaniard, seeded sixth after a disappointing year so far, would then face a potential…

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  • Tennis-Expect Nadal to step it up in Paris, says McEnroe

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Seven-times grand slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction. At nearly 29, Nadal is already four years older than McEnroe was when he claimed his last grand slam title. McEnroe, however, thinks it is…

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  • Nadal, Djokovic face French Open last-eight duel

    Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic were placed on a mouth-watering French Open quarter-final collision course in Friday's draw. Nadal is seeded a lowly sixth this year after slipping to seven in the rankings and as a result was always likely to face one of his major…

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  • Isner reaches Open de Nice semifinals; Gulbis goes out

    NICE, France (AP) -- Second-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the Open de Nice semifinals on Thursday, while defending champion Ernests Gulbis lost 6-2, 6-4 against Austria's Dominic Thiem.

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  • 2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on women to watch

    Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:

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  • Top seed Keys withdraws from Strasbourg; Stephens into semis

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Top-seeded American Madison Keys withdrew from the Strasbourg International on Thursday because of an elbow injury, giving French player Kristina Mladenovic a walkover into the semifinals.

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  • Sharapova ready to go distance again in Paris

    Maria Sharapova has hit form at the perfect moment as she eyes a defence of her French Open crown but old nemesis Serena Williams is lurking in the Parisian shadows. Russian Sharapova, who once despised claycourt tennis but transformed herself into the 2012 and 2014 champion, arrives in the French…

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  • Summer Games federations chastize SportAccord chief

    The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee as more federations withdrew from the umbrella organization. In a sharply-worded letter, seen by Reuters,…

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  • Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka advances at Geneva Open

    GENEVA (AP) -- Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland outlasted Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of his home Geneva Open tournament on Wednesday.

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  • Arruabarrena ousts 3rd-seeded Lisicki from Nuremberg Cup

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Lara Arruabarrena of Spain upset third-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) in a rain-interrupted second round match at the Nuremberg Cup on Wednesday.

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  • Nadal could face Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals

    Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced at Roland Garros. Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming back from injuries, dropping his seeding to sixth, the lowest it's ever been at the…

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  • World number six Raonic withdraws from French Open

    World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday. The Canadian missed the Italian Open last week and had hoped to recover in time for the season's second grand slam on the clay courts of Roland Garros…

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  • Wary Djokovic on brink of history

    Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but the world number one steps into Roland Garros badly bruised by his Paris history. Djokovic, who turns 28 on Friday, two days before the start of the season's second major, is the…

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  • Arnaboldi wins epic qualifying match at French Open

    PARIS (AP) — Andrea Arnaboldi needed two days and spent four hours and 26 minutes on court to win the qualifying match featuring the most number of games in the history of the French Open on Thursday.

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  • FRENCH OPEN 2015: Nadal's slump could open way for Djokovic

    For years and years - a full decade, in fact - Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red…

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