Herbert & Mahut claim second Roland Garros doubles title

France claimed the Men’s Doubles title on Saturday when Pierre-Hughes Herbert & Nicolas Mahut defeated Alexander Bublik & Andrey Golubev from Kazakstan, 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4, to become the first all-French team to win twice at the clay-court major since World War...

Krejcikova bags French Open title

It was nip and tuck but, at the last, it was unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova who hoisted the French Open trophy aloft after a 3-set victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No 31 seed, in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Konta steps into her third straight Nottingham final

British No.1 Johanna Konta has reached her third consecutive final at the LTA’s Viking Open Nottingham after defeating Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 6-2 6-7(2) 7-5 in two-hours and 53-minutes.

Swiatek and Krejcikova to meet in Paris Doubles Final

Iga Swiatek may have lost her singles crown at Roland Garros but she has her eyes firmly set on taking home the French Open doubles title with her partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, but the pair will have to navigate past Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova, who...

Nadal is brought down in classic

Two classic semi-finals and a change of heart by the French pandemic authorities, a boisterous crowd and excellent weather all helped to ensure that the French Open, the second grand slam of the season, reached its Sunday climax with the appropriate fanfare

Sue Barker awarded CBE

Sue Barker has been awarded a CBE in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.

Konta through to third straight Nottingham semi-final

Johanna Konta is safely through to her third consecutive Viking Open Nottingham semi-final after defeating eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 7-6(6), having reached the final in her last two visits to the Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2017 and 2018.

Evans loses in last eight.

In the Viking Nottingham Open Challeneger event, the top seed from Birmingham Dan Evans was pipped to the post in his quarterfinal against No.6 seed Denis Kudla falling 6-4 1-6 6-4 after two=hours and two-minutes.

Salisbury & Krawczyk win French Mixed Doubles title

Britain’s Joe Salisbury teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday at Roland Garros, marking his second Grand Slam triumph.

Krejcikova outlasts Sakkari to reach Paris final

Barbora Krejcikova held her nerve to see off a match point and a controversial line call to advance to the French Open final after upsetting Maria Sakkari, the No 17 seed from Greece, 7-5 4-6 9-7, in a 3 hour 18 marathon semi-final battle.
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Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over the Spaniard.

I was able to play much more solid than last week. I think I did a lot of things well today. I was able to change more the rhythm of the ball on the point. Yeah, have been a positive match for me. Rafa Nadal

But the 9-time Rome champion was intent on repairing his battered reputation and he did so with his usual composure despite suffering a fall late in the first set.

Nadal, who had played two very tough matches against the Italian teenage prodigy Jannik Sinner and 24-hours earlier survived a marathon against Canada’s rising star Denis Shapovalov, showed no signs of fatigue , saving all eight break points he faced in the second set, as he avenged his previous week’s loss to Zverev 6-3 6-4.

“It’s a completely different match here than Madrid,” Nadal said, pointing out the conditions at the Foro Italico were more in his favour.

“Here situation is a little bit different. Still a very difficult match because he’s a fantastic player. He likes to play here. He already won the tournament here.

“I was able to play much more solid than last week. I think I did a lot of things well today. I was able to change more the rhythm of the ball on the point. Yeah, have been a positive match for me.”

“I suffered a lot yesterday, but I was able to find a way to win a very complicated match. That gives me the chance to be on court again today,” Nadal added. “Today I played much better than yesterday. I did a lot of things well, playing much more solid. So, yeah, I think I played one of the more solid matches on clay this year, against a very tough opponent.

“It’s a great victory for me. Of course it’s important because under pressure, under tough moments that sometimes I lost important points last couple of weeks, today, yesterday, before yesterday too, I was able to manage it well.

“I’m super happy, because after the battle of yesterday, to be able to be on court against a player like Sascha — he had tough match too — but he’s more than 10 years younger than me!”

Reilly Opelka on his most successful run so far

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Having reached his 12th semi-final in Rome, Nadal will have to clear the towering 6’11” hurdle represented by American Reilly Opelka, a surprise semi-finalist on the best run of his career after beating qualifier Federico Delbonis of Argentina 7-5 7-6(2).

Delbonis missed some early chances allowing the big American to capitalise on his howitzer serves as he continued his Rome run to reach the last four of a Masters’ event for the first time in his career.

On this occasion he struck 18 aces and maintained his record of not dropping a set all week.

“I haven’t played much on clay,” Opelka admitted.

“I’m really pleased. We have been working hard. I made some adjustments on my game. It’s nice to see them come into play.”

Looking ahead to their match on Saturday, Nadal commented: “He’s a very tough opponent to play. Super difficult. He has huge, huge serve. So I need to be very focused with my serve and try to give myself some chances on the return.

“I know he has a huge serve and he’s able to play aggressive from the baseline too. So I need to play well.”

Rain prevented the top half of the draw from being completed as hoped leaving the top seeded Novak Djokovic with time on his hand to find a way of handling Stefanos Tsitsipas whom he trails by a set and a break, 6-4 2-1 before play was suspended for a second time.

Tsitsipas had jumped into a 4-0 lead before Djokovic managed to rein in him. Rain halted play with the Greek star leading with a break 4-3 and shortly after play resumed, he collected the first set and went up another break in the second before play was stopped for the day.

The last quarter-final featuring Italian hope Lorenzo Sonego and Russian Andrey Rublev has yet to be called.



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