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Chapter 58 for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Chapter 58 for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal clash for the 58th time on Friday on the same court where they first met 15 years ago with a place in the French Open final at stake. It is tennis's greatest modern rivalry between two men who have harvested 38 Grand Slam titles between them and 72 Masters. Djokovic has spent more weeks at world number one than any other player while 13-time French Open winner Nadal has not been out of the top 10 in 16 years. Nadal will start Friday's semi-final as favourite, buoyed by his record of 105 wins and just two losses in his Roland Garros career. The 35-year-old also has the edge over Djokovic on clay with a 19-7 career lead and 7-1 in Paris. Djokovic hasn't beaten Nadal on the surface since Rome in 2016. He can, however, boast being one of only two men t...
Nadal overcomes tough Schwartzman test to reach 14th French Open semis | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal overcomes tough Schwartzman test to reach 14th French Open semis | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal reached a record-extending 14th French Open semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Diego Schwartzman, setting up a potential last-four showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. Nadal, bidding for a 14th Roland Garros title and record 21st major triumph, dropped his first set at the tournament since 2019 -- ending a run of 36 consecutive sets won in Paris by the Spanish third seed. The 35-year-old Nadal extended his incredible French Open record to 105 wins and two losses as he advanced to his 35th Grand Slam semi-final. He beat Argentine 10th seed Schwartzman in the last four of the 2020 edition. "It's always incredible for me to return to the semi-finals for another time," said Nadal. "Diego is such an amazing player with so much talent, tod...
Sumit Nagal enters Argentina Open main draw | Tennis News – Times of India
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Sumit Nagal enters Argentina Open main draw | Tennis News – Times of India

Sumit Nagal overcame home wildcard Nicolas Kicker 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final qualifying round to enter the main draw of the $412,000 Argentina Open on the red clay of Buenos Aires. The Indian faces World No 100 Joao Sousa of Portugal in the main draw first round of the clay court ATP Tour event which has home star Diego Schwartzman as the top seed. The 23-year-old, world ranked 150, had earlier overcome Spain’s Carlos Gomez-Harrera 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in the opener and Mario Vilella Martinez 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of qualifying. In the $156,000 ATP Challenger in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan scored hard-fought victories to reach the second round. Prajnesh beat German lucky loser Julian Lenz 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 while Ramkumar got past Frenchman Hugo Greni...
Tough draw for Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in ATP Cup | Tennis News – Times of India
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Tough draw for Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in ATP Cup | Tennis News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Reigning champions Serbia, led by world number one Novak Djokovic, will play Germany and Canada in the group stage of the ATP Cup in Melbourne next week after the draw was made on Friday. The men's team competition made its debut in cities around Australia last year but will be truncated and played only at Melbourne Park from Feb. 1-5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will, however, offer the players their first competitive outings after the 14 days of hotel quarantine they had to undergo ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on Feb. 8. Djokovic led Serbia to the inaugural title with a victory over Rafa Nadal's Spain in Sydney last year but his path to a return to the final was not helped by a tough draw in Group A. The Germany team will be spearheaded by Alexander Zvere...
Imperious Novak Djokovic sweeps aside Diego Schwartzman at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Imperious Novak Djokovic sweeps aside Diego Schwartzman at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman on Monday as he embarked on his campaign for a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals in London. The world number one wobbled at the start of the match against the diminutive eighth seed, making his debut at the elite eight-man event but recovered to win 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic, who has already sealed the year-end number one spot for a record-equalling sixth time, is aiming to match Roger Federer, who holds the record of six ATP Finals wins. The Serbian, 33, has enjoyed another sparkling season despite the coronavirus interruption, winning four titles including the Australian Open. Schwartzman started impressively, breaking Djokovic in the third game but double-faulted in the following game to gift hi...
Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 at ATP Finals
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Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 at ATP Finals

By: AP | London | Updated: November 16, 2020 10:16:23 pm Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning match point against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals tennis tournament at the O2 arena in London. (AP)Novak Djokovic overcame an early break to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 Monday at the season-ending ATP Finals in an empty O2 Arena. The top-ranked Djokovic has won wthe tournament five times — one short of Roger Federer’s record. Schwartzman broke Djokovic for a 2-1 lead in the first set, but the 28-year-old Argentine immediately gave it back as he struggled with his first serve. At 3-3, Djokov...
Have mixed emotions on ending 2020 as number one: Novak Djokovic
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Have mixed emotions on ending 2020 as number one: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has said he had mixed feelings about ending a “strange year” as the world number one for a sixth time after the season was hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic. He won a record-extending eighth Australian Open as well as a record 36th Masters title in Rome, winning four singles titles in all en route to the year-ending number one ranking.The 33-year-old has a 39-3 record in a season that saw numerous tournaments suspended or cancelled between March and August due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.“Obviously, I’m super proud of it, but I have mixed emotions because of what’s going on in the world,” Djokovic told the ATP Tour website.“I can’t be ignorant to that, although I have achieved one of the bigge...
Novak Djokovic beats Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 at ATP Finals
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Novak Djokovic beats Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 at ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic overcame an early break to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 Monday at the season-ending ATP Finals in an empty O2 Arena.The top-ranked Djokovic has won the tournament five times — one short of Roger Federer’s record.Schwartzman broke Djokovic for a 2-1 lead in the first set, but the 28-year-old Argentine immediately gave it back as he struggled with his first serve.At 3-3, Djokovic won five straight games to close out first set and build 2-0 lead in second.Djokovic hasn’t lost an opening ATP Finals match since 2007 against David Ferrer. The 33-year-old Serb has never lost to Schwartzman in six matches.The Argentine player — without a title this year and making his debut at the ATP Finals — reached the French Open semifinals and the Cologne Championship final....
Djokovic says no pressure as he bids for sixth ATP Finals crown
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Djokovic says no pressure as he bids for sixth ATP Finals crown

Novak Djokovic said sealing the year-end men’s world number one tennis ranking had eased some of the pressure on him as he heads into the ATP Finals and will look to end his season on a high.The 33-year-old is bidding for a sixth crown in the season-ending tournament to go level with Roger Federer and will take on Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his opener on Monday.“Coming into the tournament knowing I already clinched the year-end number one releases some of the pressure, but at the same time it doesn’t change what I hope to achieve in this tournament and why I’m here,” Djokovic told reporters.“I really want to win every single match that I get to play and try to get my hands on the trophy... I want this trophy as much as anyone here.“I’m really hoping I can end the seaso...
Nadal on course for maiden Paris Masters crown, Schwartzman into ATP Finals
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Nadal on course for maiden Paris Masters crown, Schwartzman into ATP Finals

Rafa Nadal stayed on track for a maiden Paris Masters title by beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-1 on Friday, a result that gave Argentine Diego Schwartzman the last spot at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals.Spain’s 20-time Grand Slam champion recovered from a wobbly start and revved up the engine near the end of the second set to clinch victory and progress to a clash with German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-3 7-6(1).Carreno Busta needed to lift the trophy at Bercy, and at next week’s Sofia Open, to deny Schwartzman a spot in the ATP Finals at the O2 in London after the Argentine was earlier thrashed 6-3 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev.The ninth seed played with confidence early on as Nadal struggled to find his range but...
Diego Schwartzman edges closer to ATP Tour Finals debut | Tennis News – Times of India
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Diego Schwartzman edges closer to ATP Tour Finals debut | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Argentinian Diego Schwartzman moved within two wins of sealing a debut appearance at the ATP Tour Finals in London by beating Richard Gasquet to reach the Paris Masters third round on Wednesday, while Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev also progressed. The 28-year-old Schwartzman was too strong for France's Gasquet, taking a 7-5, 6-3 victory, and will next face Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the last 16 at Bercy Arena. Schwartzman will secure the final spot at the season-ending tournament by reaching the semi-finals in Paris, but would qualify even if he fails to do so, as long as neither Pablo Carreno Busta, Milos Raonic or Stan Wawrinka win the title. "I have it in my hands but I have to say that I'm watching the other matches," said the sixth seed. "I want ...
Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in French Open final blockbuster | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in French Open final blockbuster | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic set up a blockbuster French Open title showdown with Rafael Nadal on Friday after a dramatic five-set semi-final victory over Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas. World number one Djokovic, the 2016 champion at Roland Garros, reached his fifth final in Paris, defeating fifth seed Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in a roller-coaster of a contest where he had held a match point in the third set. Nadal, the 12-time champion, defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/0) to make a 13th final at the tournament. On Sunday, Djokovic can win an 18th major and become the first man in half a century to win all four Slams twice. Nadal, the world number two, can equal Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam title wins. The best in the world will go head to head.See you on...
Beating ‘Big Three’ at slams tougher, says Schwartzman
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Beating ‘Big Three’ at slams tougher, says Schwartzman

Defeating the ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Grand Slams is far more difficult than facing them in three-set matches, Argentine Diego Schwartzman said after he lost in the French Open semi-finals on Friday.The 28-year-old arrived in Paris having defeated Nadal 6-2 7-5 in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters but went down 6-3 6-3 7-6(0) against the 12-time French Open champion in his maiden appearance in the last four of a Grand Slam.“It’s different playing against Djokovic, Federer, Rafa, these guys. It’s not easy playing them in five sets because you have to play your best tennis maybe for three, four hours, five hours. It’s not easy. It’s not easy,” he told reporters.“Physically it’s very hard. Mentally it’s very hard. To improve and t...
Nadal downs Schwartzman to reach 13th French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal downs Schwartzman to reach 13th French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal moved within one win of a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title by reaching the French Open final with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(0) victory over Diego Schwartzman on Friday. Nadal was beaten by the 12th seed a little over two weeks ago on the claycourts in Rome but the 12-time French Open champion showed he was still the undisputed king of Roland Garros as he notched up a 10th win in 11 meetings over the Argentine. "Two and a half weeks ago, I lost in Rome," Nadal said in an on-court interview. "I'm happy the way I played, how I've improved, today was a very positive win for me." A victory on Sunday for the 34-year-old left-hander will tie him with Roger Federer's men's singles record of 20 major titles. 9⃣9⃣ problems but RG ain't one#RolandGarros https://t.co/6qq...
Wild stats behind dream ending
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Wild stats behind dream ending

Imagine being poor Diego Schwartzman and seeing a graphic showing Rafael Nadal’s record at Roland Garros ahead of your maiden grand slam semi-final.100 matches played. 98 wins. Two defeats. Twelve titles.Give me a spell.Nadal made it 99 and moved within one victory of French Open trophy number 13 with a 6-3 6-3 7-6 win that looked straightforward on the scoresheet but took more than three hours to complete.Only Novak Djokovic (25 in 2013), Roger Federer (16 in 2005) and Andy Murray (13 in 2011) have won more games in a Roland Garros semi-final against Nadal than the plucky Argentine managed overnight Friday - another stat that shows the clay GOAT’s greatness.Nadal acknowledged his opponent’s effort by giving him extended applause as he exited the court and said his win over Schwartzman ...
French Open 2020: Against Rafael Nadal, conditions may favour Diego Schwartzman
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French Open 2020: Against Rafael Nadal, conditions may favour Diego Schwartzman

Mumbai: Diego Schwartzman loves to dance; his social media account is full of videos testifying to his uninhibited passion for it. He loves to post pictures of himself lovingly faux-biting his partner, He loves to laze about with his dogs, play boardgames of PlayStation with his colleagues when on tour, and he loves to play tennis. The man with a boxer’s nose and boy-band smile has been hanging around Grand Slams doing all the stuff he loves to do for what seems like forever.Schwartzman broke into the top 50 of the ATP world rankings in February 2017. He has never dropped out of it since. He has all of three career ATP titles to show (one each in 2016, 2018 and 2019), but has an overall record of 158-137. He tends to win more than lose. He has played in each of the 23 Gran...
Djokovic, Nadal face new-look Roland Garros road blocks | Tennis News – Times of India
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Djokovic, Nadal face new-look Roland Garros road blocks | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, with 36 Grand Slam titles between them, are both just two wins away from creating more tennis history at Roland Garros but standing in the way in Friday's semi-finals are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. Tsitsipas is the first Greek player to reach the last four in Paris while the diminutive Argentine has put sport in perspective this week with his moving story of how his great-grandfather survived the Holocaust. Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 3-2-- Djokovic is chasing a second Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam to become the first man in half a century to win all four majors twice. It's such a rare achievement that only Don Budge and Rod Laver have managed it in the history of the sport. The world number one has four titles in 2020, c...
Game, set and match: Newbies in French Open semi-finals
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Game, set and match: Newbies in French Open semi-finals

It’s odd to see two competitors smiling and chatting away while standing across the net after a Grand Slam quarter-final, let alone a gruelling one that lasted for five hours and eight minutes. Such is the friendship between Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman.The encounter before the chat, however, was anything but friendly.In a match with seemingly timeless baseline rallies, the diminutive Argentine sealed his maiden Grand Slam semi-final entry with a 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-2 win against US Open champion Thiem. It was a classic clay court tussle which saw 119 points involving rallies of more than nine shots, split almost equally (Schwartzman won 60, Thiem 59). With an astonishing 19 breaks of serve, both players had chances to grab the initiative but neither real...
Rafa Nadal passes Sinner test to storm into French Open semi-finals
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Rafa Nadal passes Sinner test to storm into French Open semi-finals

Claycourt master Rafa Nadal passed his first real test of this year’s French Open with a 7-6(4) 6-4 6-1 victory against Italian rising star Jannik Sinner as his quest for a record-breaking 13th title gathered momentum on Tuesday.The Spaniard, also looking to match Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, was stretched by the 19-year-old Sinner as he set up a clash with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who beat him in the Italian Open quarter-finals last month.The 34-year-old Nadal’s 97 previous victories at Roland Garros made the difference in key moments with the Spaniard rallying from a break down in the first two sets.Sinner, the first French Open debutant to reach the last eight since Nadal in 2005, confirmed his immense potential but lacked just a bit...
French Open 2020: Diego Schwartzman tops Dominic Thiem in 5 sets
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French Open 2020: Diego Schwartzman tops Dominic Thiem in 5 sets

By: AP | Updated: October 7, 2020 7:43:28 am Diego Schwartzman earned a first career Grand Slam semi-final berth. (AP/Twitter)Diego Schwartzman came back to beat U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem in five sets across more than five hours at the French Open to reach the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career. Schwartzman was two points from defeat on three occasions in the fourth set but eventually pulled out the 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory by taking the last four games. The 12th-seeded Schwartzman had been 0-3 in major quarterfinals until this one against No. 3 Thiem, who was trying to reach the final four at Roland Garros for the fift...