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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...
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...
Wimbledon is where season hopefully starts for me, it’s go time: Roger Federer
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Wimbledon is where season hopefully starts for me, it’s go time: Roger Federer

Roger Federer says he has seen “improvement and no setbacks” since returning to the Tour in March after over a year out due to two knee operations and with his grasscourt season kicking off in Halle next week, it’s “go time”. Federer initially eyed a return at this year’s Australian Open a year after exiting the 2020 Grand Slam at the semi-final stage, but slow progress in his recovery delayed his comeback. He played his first match back at the Qatar Open but said he was targeting full fitness for the grasscourt season and wants to reach his peak by Wimbledon, where he has won eight of his 20 Grand Slam titles. “I probably would have taken the place I am today,” the 39-year-old, who pulled out from the French Open last week to protect his body after a gruelling third-round ...
French Open: Let battle commence, says Djokovic ahead of Nadal showdown | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: Let battle commence, says Djokovic ahead of Nadal showdown | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will add another chapter to their rivalry when they face off in a much-anticipated clash on Friday but there will be more at stake than just a spot in the French Open final. A semi-final battle between world number one Djokovic and 13-time Roland Garros winner Nadal was the expected outcome once they were placed on the same side of the draw after the Spaniard slipped down the rankings to third behind Russian Daniil Medvedev. It would be a 58th career meeting between the pair with Nadal looking to draw level with Djokovic on 29 wins while the victor would also book a 29th Grand Slam final appearance, behind only Roger Federer on 31. The 35-year-old Spaniard, a year older than Djokovic, is, however, the more dominant of the two on clay and has gone on ...
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...
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...
Novak Djokovic survives French Open scare before teenager Lorenzo Musetti quits | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic survives French Open scare before teenager Lorenzo Musetti quits | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic survived a major scare from teenager Lorenzo Musetti on Monday to reach a 15th French Open quarter-final and stay on course to become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Grand Slams twice. The world number one dropped the first two sets, then comfortably levelled before the 19-year-old Italian retired in the final set. Djokovic's 6-7 (7/9), 6-7 (2/7), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 win set up a last-eight clash with Matteo Berrettini, another Italian, who progressed after Roger Federer's withdrawal. Djokovic, the 2016 champion and chasing a 19th major, was facing his earliest exit in Paris since 2009 when 19-year-old Musetti stormed through the first two sets, hitting blistering winners and finding the acutest of angles. But the 76th-ranked Italian, making his Grand Slam...
Andy Murray backs Roger Federer’s ‘sensible decision’ to pull out of French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Andy Murray backs Roger Federer’s ‘sensible decision’ to pull out of French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

Former world number one Andy Murray said 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer made a "sensible decision" to withdraw from the French Open to protect his body after two knee operations and opt to focus his efforts on Wimbledon. Federer, 39, decided to end his Roland Garros campaign on Sunday, a day after winning a gruelling third-round match against Dominik Koepfer. Eight-time Wimbledon winner Federer, who has hardly played in the last 17 months because of a knee injury, had been due to face Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini in the French Open on Monday. Replying to a tweet from a user who said Federer was "disrespectful" to other players for "using" the French Open to gain fitness, Murray said "In basketball, football etc when returning from injury players are given reduced minu...
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...
Roger Federer withdraws from French Open with Wimbledon in mind | Tennis News – Times of India
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Roger Federer withdraws from French Open with Wimbledon in mind | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS:Former world number one Roger Federer, who is targeting a record 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, withdrew from the French Open on Sunday, a day after winning a tough third-round match, opting to save himself for the grass-court season. "After discussions with my team, I decided that I should withdraw from the French Open today," Federer said in a statement released by the French Tennis Federation. "After two knee operations and more than a year of rehabilitation, it's important that I listen to my body and not rush back into competition," the 39-year-old Swiss added. PRESS RELEASE#RolandGarros https://t.co/dYgPxLvovR— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 1622989419000Federer, who has hardly played in the last 17 months because of a knee injury, suffered physically in his four-set, la...
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...
Roger Federer pulls out of French Open with Wimbledon in mind
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Roger Federer pulls out of French Open with Wimbledon in mind

Roger Federer, who is targeting a record 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later this month, decided to pull out of the ongoing French Open on Sunday. “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said in a statement. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery. I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court. See everyone soon!” pic.twitter.com/70C8RYr69J — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021 Federer, who has hardly played in the last 17 months because of a knee injury, suffered physically in his gruelli...
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...
Federer loses cool at French Open before making last 32 | Tennis News – Times of India
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Federer loses cool at French Open before making last 32 | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer became entangled in a rare running dispute with a chair umpire on Thursday before safely securing his place in the French Open last 32. Federer saw off Marin Cilic for the 10th time in 11 meetings, winning 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 but only after a second set bust-up with umpire Emmanuel Joseph. The 20-time Grand Sam title winner was handed a time violation at 1-3 down in the for taking too long between points. "I don't even dare to go my towel anymore," he said to Joseph. Federer, the oldest man in the draw at 39, lost his cool and the set before recovering to defeat former world number three Cilic. Fed the Fighter 👏For a 16th time in Paris, @rogerfederer is safely through to the third round overcoming Cilic 6-… https://t.co/4HhII115yy— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros)...
French Open: Rafael Nadal eases past Alexei Popyrin in opener | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: Rafael Nadal eases past Alexei Popyrin in opener | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal fought back from 2-5 down in the third set to ensure he started his bid for a 14th French Open title with a comfortable victory over Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Nadal, seeded third, raced through the first two sets before eventually clinching a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over his Australian opponent. "It was a very difficult match with a very good player like Alexei. For me it's always unique and special to play here," he said. The Spaniard could usurp Roger Federer at the top of the all-time men's list with a 21st Grand Slam singles title in Paris. He started in ominous fashion for his rivals and has still not lost a set at Roland Garros since beating Dominic Thiem in four sets in the 2019 final. Nadal will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet, against whom...
Roger Federer eases into second round on French Open return | Tennis News – Times of India
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Roger Federer eases into second round on French Open return | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer marked his return to the French Open with a straight sets defeat of Uzbekistan qualifier Denis Istomin on Monday. The 39-year-old Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009 but playing the event for only the second time since 2015, won 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. It was his eighth win in eight meetings with Istomin and gave him a second round clash against either former US Open winner Marin Cilic or French wild card Arthur Rinderknech. Federer, who skipped the 2020 tournament, was playing just his fourth match of the year and first at a Slam since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals last year. Source link
Roger Federer wins on return to Paris, Slam action
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Roger Federer wins on return to Paris, Slam action

They feted Roger Federer with as loud as applause gets from a crowd capped at 1,000 people in Court Philippe Chatrier _ when he walked out with a wave, when he hit one of his 48 winners, even when he attempted a back-to-the-net ‘tweener and hit the ball out. This match bathed in sunshine Monday meant Federer finally was back at the French Open and back in Grand Slam action and he gave the excited fans what they wanted perhaps as much as he did: a victory. Federer’s first compeition at any major tournament in 16 months ended with him on the right side of a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 score against qualifier Denis Istomin at the French Open as fans chanted “Ro-ger! Ro-ger!” It was a case of many happy returns _ and serves, forehands, backhands, volleys and drop shots, too. “What a pleasure...
French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem was knocked out on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday. Pablo Andujar came from behind to erase a two-set deficit to upset the Austrian No.4 seed 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was Thiem's first loss in the opening round of the French Open. Andujar, ranked 68 in the world, fought back from two sets down and it earned him the 150th tour-level match-win of his career. He had defeated Roger Federer en route to the Geneva semi-finals two weeks ago. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hailed Andujar's effort which caused an upset on the opening day of the French Open. "What an effort that was from Pablo Andujar to beat Dominic Thiem in a 5 setter after being 2 sets down. He beat Roger Federer in the lead up to this French open too. Gr...
Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by Spanish journeyman Pablo Andujar 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first major upset of the claycourt Grand Slam on Sunday. It first seemed that Andujar's win against 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in Geneva earlier this month would count for nothing. But Austrian Thiem's game began to unravel after a dominant start on court Philippe Chatrier. Thiem, who reached the final in Paris in 2018 and 2019, had never lost in the opening round at Roland Garros, but that prospect grew as Andujar went for his shots and unsettled his 27-year-old opponent. Thiem broke back after conceding a break in the first game of the decider, but Andujar kept on piling up the pressure with deep strokes and broke...