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Jun 8, 2014

Tennis-Claycourt machine Nadal reaches cloud nine in Paris

PARIS, June 8 (Reuters) – Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal held off another challenge from great rival Novak Djokovic to claim a record extending ninth French Open title with a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory on Sunday.

The world number one from Spain became the first man to win five successive titles at Roland Garros to take his overall grand slam tally to 14 – three short of Roger Federer’s record.

Jun 7, 2014

Nervous Halep admits losing her cool after umpire’s call

PARIS (Reuters) – Small details can be cruelly decisive in big matches as Simona Halep discovered after losing her composure following an umpire’s call in Saturday’s French Open final against Maria Sharapova.

The fourth seed from Romania was serving at 4-4 in the deciding set when umpire Kader Nouni awarded the first point to Sharapova after overruling a linesperson.

Jun 7, 2014

Tennis-Nervous Halep admits losing her cool after umpire’s call

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – Small details can be cruelly decisive in big matches as Simona Halep discovered after losing her composure following an umpire’s call in Saturday’s French Open final against Maria Sharapova.

The fourth seed from Romania was serving at 4-4 in the deciding set when umpire Kader Nouni awarded the first point to Sharapova after overruling a linesperson.

Jun 7, 2014

Sharapova floors Halep to win second French Open title

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 after a marathon encounter in Saturday’s final.

The seventh seed from Russia claimed her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon 2004, the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and her first Roland Garros title two years ago.

Jun 7, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova floors Halep to win second French Open title

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 after a marathon encounter in Saturday’s final.

The seventh seed from Russia claimed her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon 2004, the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and her first Roland Garros title two years ago.

Jun 6, 2014

Nadal faces pressure test against rival Djokovic

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic’s pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday.

Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal on the Paris clay were emphatically swept aside as he crushed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to win their semi-final 6-3 6-2 6-1 with an awe-inspiring display.

Jun 6, 2014

Tennis-Nadal faces pressure test against rival Djokovic

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic’s pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday.

Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal on the Paris clay were emphatically swept aside as he crushed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to win their semi-final 6-3 6-2 6-1 with an awe-inspiring display.

Jun 6, 2014

Mauled Murray licks wounds after worst defeat by Rafa

PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray found no crumbs of comfort after a French Open semi-final mauling at the hands of Rafa Nadal on Friday, describing it as the toughest of his 20 meetings with the Spaniard.

The Wimbledon champion was allowed only six games as he was completely overwhelmed by an opponent who cut him down to size in brutal fashion to set up a final against Novak Djokovic.

Jun 6, 2014

Tennis-Mauled Murray licks wounds after worst defeat by Rafa

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Andy Murray found no crumbs of comfort after a French Open semi-final mauling at the hands of Rafa Nadal on Friday, describing it as the toughest of his 20 meetings with the Spaniard.

The Wimbledon champion was allowed only six games as he was completely overwhelmed by an opponent who cut him down to size in brutal fashion to set up a final against Novak Djokovic.

Jun 6, 2014

Awesome Nadal crushes Murray to set up Djokovic showdown

PARIS (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal played his best tennis to set up a much awaited French Open showdown against Novak Djokovic with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 demolition of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals on Friday.

World number one Nadal, an eight-times Roland Garros winner, did not concede a single break point in a one-sided encounter on court Philippe Chatrier, hammering the British seventh seed with forehand winners.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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