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Andy Murray downbeat on chances of return to top | Tennis News – Times of India
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Andy Murray downbeat on chances of return to top | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Injury-plagued Andy Murray admitted on Monday it might not be realistic to expect him to recapture the golden days when he won three Grand Slam titles. Murray is on the comeback trail again at Queen's Club in London this week after another round of the fitness issues that have troubled him for several years. The 34 year-old Scot faces Benoit Paire on Tuesday at the Wimbledon warm-up event, which he has won five times. It will be his first singles match on grass for three years. Asked on Monday if he felt capable of getting close to the form that took him to the world number one ranking in 2016, Murray struck a downbeat tone. "I feel OK. I don't feel perfect, but I've been practising well over the last month or so, pretty consistently," he said. "The question mark is obviously wh...
Novak Djokovic makes history with 19th Grand Slam title in epic French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic makes history with 19th Grand Slam title in epic French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic claimed a 19th Grand Slam title and became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice when he came from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a gripping French Open final on Sunday. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over the Greek 22-year-old who was playing in his first Slam final. Djokovic is now just one major away from equalling the all-time record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 🔥Grand Slam Title Leaderboard 🔥2️⃣0️⃣ Roger Federer2️⃣0️⃣ Rafael Nadal1️⃣9️⃣ Novak Djokovic#RolandGarros https://t.co/j5ConjTZBN— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 1623606287000It was a second French Open crown for Djokovic after his 2016 victory and adds to his nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledon titles and three at the...
In four-set classic against Rafael Nadal, the third is where Novak Djokovic won
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In four-set classic against Rafael Nadal, the third is where Novak Djokovic won

The 13-time champion Rafael Nadal lost only his third match at Roland Garros as Novak Djokovic prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the semifinal on Friday night. The two rivals have faced each other 58 times, half of them in finals. But the tennis fraternity has already declared their latest clash as an instant classic. Nadal reeled off the first five games as many expected a rout similar to last year’s straight-set final. Djokovic avoided the bagel and struck back in the second. But it was the feature-length third set – 93 minutes full of plot twists and sublime tennis – that should be shelved among the greatest action-thrillers. Novak’s serve Two neat holds to 15 to kick off the third set was the calm before the storm. What followed was the two rivals scampering, retrievin...
Novak Djokovic conquers ‘Everest’ and eyes 52-year landmark at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic conquers ‘Everest’ and eyes 52-year landmark at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic can become the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slam titles twice in the French Open final on Sunday after conquering Rafael Nadal, the 'Mount Everest' of Roland Garros. World number one Djokovic takes on Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas for the title with tennis history on the line. Victory for the Serb will take him alongside Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as the only men to capture the four majors more than once. It's an achievement that has proved even beyond the capabilities of Nadal and Roger Federer. It is so rare an accomplishment that it hasn't happened since 1969 when Laver completed his second calendar Grand Slam. Djokovic can pocket a 19th Slam with victory and move just one behind the record of 20 jointly held by Nadal and Federer. Djokovic insists th...
Novak Djokovic defeats 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in ‘greatest’ French Open display | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic defeats 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in ‘greatest’ French Open display | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic handed 13-time champion Rafael Nadal only his third defeat in 16 years and 108 matches at the French Open on Friday to reach his sixth Roland Garros final in an epic showdown which even beat the country's Covid-19 curfew. In their 58th career clash, Djokovic triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 and stays on course to capture a 19th major and become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Slams twice. Djokovic, the 2016 champion in Paris who had also beaten Nadal at the 2015 tournament, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final in what will be his 29th championship match at the Slams. 🇬🇷Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic🇷🇸It all comes down to this. #RolandGarros https://t.co/Mm1ijaynFj— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 1623448185000Tsitsipas had earlier bec...
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic, French Open 2021 Live: Chapter 58 of ‘historic rivalry’ for Djokovic, Nadal at Roland Garros
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Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic, French Open 2021 Live: Chapter 58 of ‘historic rivalry’ for Djokovic, Nadal at Roland Garros

French Open 2021 Live, Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic: Chapter 58 of 'historic rivalry' for Djokovic, Nadal at Roland GarrosLIVE NOWRafael Nadal meets Novak Djokovic for the 58th time in what’s being billed as the final before the final in Roland Garros 2021. With Djokovic leading 29-28 in head-to-head contest, Nadal will also be looking to draw level with the World No.1 as the two heavyweights lock horns in the second semi-final. The 13-time French Open champion, Nadal will start as favourite, buoyed by his 7-1 record against Serbian in Paris. Check out the live updates from the French Open 2021 men's semi-final featuring Nadal and Djokovic on TimesofIndia.com.Read LessTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 11, 2021, 22:14:52 ISTFacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail Source link
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...
Djokovic-Nadal, Tsitsipas-Zverev in French Open semifinals
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Djokovic-Nadal, Tsitsipas-Zverev in French Open semifinals

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal know there’s something special about the two of them meeting in the French Open semifinals — even if they’d prefer, of course, for it to happen a round later. “Each time we face each other, there’s that extra tension and expectations,” the top-seeded Djokovic said. “Just vibes are different walking on the court with him.” The third-seeded Nadal’s take? “In some way,” he said, “we are practicing, we are living the sport, for these moments.” Whatever the quality of play might be between Nadal and Djokovic in Paris on Friday — their semifinal will follow the one between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and No. 6 Alexander Zverev of Germany — the numbers associated with the matchup are overwhelming. Start with the big picture: Nadal is two wins...
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...
Rafal Nadal drops set, beats Schwartzman to reach French Open semifinal
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Rafal Nadal drops set, beats Schwartzman to reach French Open semifinal

Rafael Nadal’s French Open set streak is over. His pursuit of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title — including 14 at Roland Garros — remains very much intact. Nadal shrugged off dropping a set in Paris for the first time in two years and regained control Wednesday, whipping violent forehands punctuated with first pumps and yells of “Vamos!” en route to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman to reach the semifinals at the clay-court major tournament. After taking the last nine games against Schwartzman, No. 3 seed Nadal will play in Friday’s semifinals against either No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in what would be a rematch of last year’s final and their 58th meeting anywhere, or No. 9 Matteo Berrettini. The Djokovic-Berrettini quarterfinal was scheduled f...
Merciless Rafael Nadal marches into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Merciless Rafael Nadal marches into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 15th time on Monday with a straight sets win over Italy's Jannik Sinner to stay on course for a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam. Third seed Nadal downed 19-year-old Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 and goes on to face 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina who he defeated in the semi-finals last year. Nadal has now won 104 matches at Roland Garros against just two defeats since his 2005 debut while Monday's victory extended his run of consecutive sets won in Paris to 35. The 35-year-old Spanish world number three is seeded to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. World number one Djokovic defeated Sinner's compatriot Lorenzo Musetti who had to retire in the fifth set having stunned the Serb by takin...
Rafael Nadal ousts Jannik Sinner to march into 15th French Open quarter-final
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Rafael Nadal ousts Jannik Sinner to march into 15th French Open quarter-final

Claycourt king Rafael Nadal overcame a wobbly start to subdue Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-3 6-0 on Monday and book a place in the French Open quarter-finals. The Spanish defending champion, looking to claim a record-extending 14th Roland Garros singles title and become the only man to win 21 Grand Slam singles crowns, has won 35 consecutive sets in Paris. Jeu, set, match: Nadal @RafaelNadal makes it 35 sets in a row at #RolandGarros as he dismisses Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VALFKoXY8K — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2021 World number 19 Sinner, who at 19 years old has been labelled as the next big thing in tennis, hit a brick wall on court Philippe Chatrier after leading 5-3 in the opening set. Third seed Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman for...
Wimbledon calls to Federer to keep Grand Slam legacy alive | Tennis News – Times of India
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Wimbledon calls to Federer to keep Grand Slam legacy alive | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer's withdrawal from the French Open paves the way for the Swiss legend to secure his Grand Slam legacy at Wimbledon where he hopes to win a ninth title and 21st major. With his 40th birthday just two months away, Federer was acutely aware that his chances of adding a second Roland Garros title to his sole triumph in 2009 were between slim and non-existent. He has lost four finals in Paris, all to Rafael Nadal. His last appearance in the championship match was back in 2011. Nadal could even be the first man to 21 Grand Slams with another French Open victory next weekend. If 13-time champion Nadal is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Roland Garros with a record of 103 wins against just two defeats, then Federer rules at the All England Club. Federer has eight title...
Stefanos Tsitsipas sweeps into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Stefanos Tsitsipas sweeps into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday for the second year running with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. The Greek fifth seed will take on two-time Grand Slam runner-up Daniil Medvedev or Chile's Cristian Garin for a spot in the last four. Tsitsipas, 22, has reached the semi-finals at the past two majors, and was beaten in a thrilling five-setter by Novak Djokovic at last year's Roland Garros. He has won a tour-leading 37 matches this season, including 20 on clay. Source link
Five Roger Federer moments at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Five Roger Federer moments at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer is set to pull out of what is probably his final French Open on Sunday to rest up before Wimbledon. AFP Sport looks at five of his best moments at Roland Garros since his debut in 1999. -- With Rafael Nadal having been knocked out of the tournament by Soderling in the fourth round in what was the Spaniard's first ever defeat in Paris, the path was clear for Federer to complete the career Grand Slam. His 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 victory gave Federer a 14th major title and allowed him to become just the third man to complete the sweep of all four majors. It was an emotional triumph for a man who had lost to Nadal in the previous three finals at Roland Garros. -- The Swiss star almost never made it to the final having to come from two sets down to beat Germany's Haas, a close fri...
Nadal in French Open fourth round for 16th time with 103rd win | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal in French Open fourth round for 16th time with 103rd win | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the French Open fourth round for the 16th time on Saturday with his third win of 2021 over Britain's Cameron Norrie. Nadal, chasing a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and goes on to face Italian teenager Jannik Sinner for a place in the last eight. The third-seeded Spaniard, who now has a record in Paris of 103 wins against just two losses since his 2005 debut, defeated Sinner in the quarter-finals at last year's tournament. Source link
Curfew gives French Open headache over night sessions | Tennis News – Times of India
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Curfew gives French Open headache over night sessions | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: The French Open launched night sessions for the first time this year, reserving the day's top match for primetime audiences as part of a new broadcasting deal, but a nationwide curfew is giving organisers an almighty scheduling headache. Rafael Nadal, on the hunt for a 14th Roland Garros title and record 21st major, celebrated his 35th birthday Thursday on his beloved Court Philippe Chatrier by beating Richard Gasquet, in a showdown played under the bright lights, but, noticeably, without fans. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) is in the first of a three-year contract with Amazon Prime Video that requires it to programme the main match in the evening, when it is exclusively broadcast in France on the streaming platform, tournament director Guy Forget told AFP. However, the strea...
‘Spearfisher’, ‘estate agent’ stand in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal French Open path | Tennis News – Times of India
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‘Spearfisher’, ‘estate agent’ stand in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal French Open path | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal target the French Open last 16 on Saturday but standing in their way is a spearfishing fan and a would-be estate agent. World number one Djokovic, the champion in Paris in 2016 and chasing a 19th Grand Slam title, faces 93rd-ranked Ricardas Berankis. Djokovic defeated the 30-year-old Berankis at last year's tournament. When his opponent isn't revelling in the delights of being Lithuania's only player in the top 400, he unwinds by spearfishing in the waters of the Baltic nation. Djokovic, bidding to be the first man in more than half a century to win all four majors on multiple occasions, can reach the last 16 for a 12th consecutive year with victory over the sea-loving Lithuanian. The top seed has made the third round without problems, enjoying com...
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev cruises into French Open fourth round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Sixth seed Alexander Zverev cruises into French Open fourth round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: German sixth seed Alexander Zverev eased into the French Open last 16 for the fourth successive year on Friday with a straight-sets win over Serbia's Laslo Djere. The 24-year-old, last year's US Open runner-up, saw off the 55th-ranked Djere 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier. The comfortable nature of victory was welcome for Zverev, who had fought back from two sets down to beat unheralded compatriot Oscar Otte in round one before edging three tight sets against Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin. "This is the main goal of my tennis career, to win Grand Slams, to reach the top of the rankings. I feel like the last year I'm on the right track again," said Zverev, in the opposite half of the draw to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. He will next face former world...