• Federer brings curtain up on French Open

    Roger Federer begins his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament at the French Open on Sunday against a man who once almost condemned him to his worst loss at a major. The second seeded Swiss takes centre stage on the opening day of Roland Garros when he faces Alejandro Falla of Colombia. Falla, who…

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  • Tennis-Lies will be exposed on court, says honest Nadal

    One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty. After a recent defeat by Italian showman Fabio Fognini the 14-times grand slam champion described his feared forehand as "vulgar" while other defeats have prompted him to admit he is…

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  • Tennis - Djokovic on brink of Grand Slam history in Paris

    - 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 fears fate may conspire against him in Paris. Djokovic comes into Paris riding a 22-match winning streak, which has already seen him capture a fifth…

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  • Stosur wins first title this year in Strasbourg

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Third-seeded Samantha Stosur rallied to beat Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Strasbourg International on Saturday, claiming her first title of the year.

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  • Tennis - Knapp wins second WTA title

    - Italy's Karin Knapp, the world number 48, defeated her compatriot Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the WTA Nuremburg Cup and her second career title on Saturday. The 27-year-old, had not tasted victory on the senior circuit since her breakthrough triumph in September 2014 at the Tashkent…

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  • Time on my side, says ageless Serena

    Serena Williams says that at 33 she believes that time is still on her side for her to set a new all-time record of Grand Slam singles title wins. The American bagged her 19th title at the Australian Open in January. With Wimbledon and the US Open to follow it could be that the French Open, played…

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  • 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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  • Thiem wins 1st career title by beating Mayer in Nice final

    Dominic Thiem held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title on Saturday as he completed a tight 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the final of the Open de Nice. The 21-year-old Thiem, who defeated second-seeded John Isner in the semifinals, hit seven aces and…

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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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  • French Open at a glance

    PARIS (AP) -- A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:

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  • Stars aligned as Djokovic chases career slam in Paris

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to win a maiden French Open title and complete a rare career grand slam. The world number one enters this year's Roland Garros on a 22-match unbeaten run having claimed the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters titles. While…

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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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  • Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil wins Geneva Open title

    GENEVA (AP) — Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil won the revived Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4.

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  • Tennis - Nadal, Djokovic face French Open last-eight duel

    - Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic were placed on a 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 rivals in…

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  • Murray can win French after solving clay puzzle: Courier

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray looks like he has solved the puzzle of claycourt tennis and is a serious title challenger at the French Open, according to twice Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. World number three Murray is in the same half of the draw as favorite Novak Djokovic…

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

    By Julien Pretot PARIS, May 22 (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…

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  • Vinci and Knapp to meet in Nuremberg Cup final

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) -- Roberta Vinci advanced to the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after second-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew because of a back injury.

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  • Tennis-French Open order of play on Sunday

    PARIS, May 23 (Reuters) - Order of play on the show courts on the first day of the French Open on Sunday (times GMT, prefix numbers denote seedings) Court Philippe Chatrier (play starts at 0900): Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) v 3-Simona Halep (Romania) Alejandro Falla (Colombia) v 2-Roger Federer…

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