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 one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

To be able to win these kind of matches, against young players, give me confidence with my body. It’s true that I have to do things better for tomorrow Rafa Nadal

The King of Clay, who usually mops up those titles leading to the French Open, has so far only collected one, Barcelona, having seen his challenges in Monte Carlo and Madrid end at the quarter-final stage.

The world No.2 has again reached the last eight at the Rome Masters where he has successfully lifted the trophy nine times in the last 16 years. Whether he can make it 10 titles now depends on Alexander Zverev who beat him comfortably in straight sets last week in Madrid.

The German, seeded 6, will have watched Denis Shapovalov with great interest as the young Canadian pushed the mighty Spaniard to the brink of defeat before capitulating himself in the tie-break of the deciding third set.

What should have been a straightforward win for Nadal, turned out to be a nightmare but like usual, the Spanish icon found a way to turn things around. What he hadn’t expected was the onslaught from Shapovalov’s racket which the Canadian launched from the opening moments.

The 22-year-old took command from the start as he streaked into a 4-0 lead seemingly breaking Nadal’s serve with ease while comfortably holding his own.

And he maintained the pressure in the second nearly gaining a double break but finally, in the fifth game, Nadal finally found his range with his forehand at the same time that Shapovalov’s serve lost its sting bringing the second seed back into the match and force a decider.

In the third, Nadal began to dominate but Shapovalov wouldn’t lie down, breaking his highly rated opponent to lead 3-1 with the match turning into a test of both players’ determination and physical fitness.

Nadal’s serve was now strong and despite the windy conditions, he held his nerve saving two match points at 5-6 to force the tiebreak where he took command striding into a 6-2 lead to finally secure his quarter-final place after three and a half hours 3-6 6-4 7-6(3).

“Is an important victory for me,” a relieved Nadal said. “To be able to win these kind of matches, against young players, give me confidence with my body. It’s true that I have to do things better for tomorrow (when he faces Zverev who beat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-3 6-4).

“But the main thing today for me is recover physically,” he continued. “Have been a positive victory for me.”

Shapovalov added: “That’s why he’s won so many matches on clay. I mean, obviously he’s a great player. There’s no question about that… Of course, there’s a lot of positives. In the end I lost, so that’s it. As far as this week, it’s much better level-wise than the previous weeks. That’s how athletes are. If you lose, you lose. It’s not very positive.”

Lorenzo Sonego keeps Italian hopes alive

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Dominic Thiem, the fourth seed, playing the last match on the day’s schedule and facing the last Italian in the field, Lorenzo Sonego, crashed out of the event 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(5). After splitting sets, the two had to leave the court for about 20 minutes to allow for fans to leave under the strict COVID curfew rules on the first day of limited fans at the Foro Italico.

The break favoured Sonego who returned the stronger and while Thiem fought back to lead 5-3, he couldn’t close out the match.

“It’s amazing, an unbelievably emotional moment for me because I’m in Rome, in my Italy with fans for two sets,” Sonego said on court. “I’m so happy for this victory, for this match. Thiem is with Nadal the best player on clay.”

Earlier in the day, the top seeded Novak Djokovic had an easy afternoon breezing past Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-1 and will face fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Monte Carlo Champion, who defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, last week’s Madrid finalist, 7-6(3) 6-2.

Djokovic leads the Greek 4-2 with their last meeting at the French semi-final going five sets won by the Serb.

“Obviously tomorrow is going to be a huge challenge for me,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to be ready for it. I’ve been practicing well and feeling good. I’ll make sure I prepare myself well for the next match.”

Tsitsipas remains wary. “He can play on all surfaces. We played each other at Roland Garros. I see this as an opportunity for me to do something better this time. I hope to be able to play the same tennis that I have been playing so far and be a challenge for him.”

With 18 aces, Reilly Opelkaof the US served his way past Russia’s Aslan Karatsev 7-6(6) 6-4 and will face qualifier Federico Delbonis from Argentina who in turn ousted Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime 7-6(3) 6-1.

Finally, Russia’s Andrey Rublev, the seventh seed, toppled Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4 who will have to get past Lorenzo Sonego and the Italian crowd!



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