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May 29, 2014

Top guns are on the way out, but not yet: Nadal

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal and the other members of the “big four” know that a new band of brash youngsters are on the horizon, but the Spaniard showed on Thursday they will not be handing over the keys to the game’s trophy cabinet just yet.

The Spaniard was up against Austrian wunderkind Dominic Thiem in the second round of the French Open and while the 6-2 6-2 6-3 scoreline did not do his opponent justice, Nadal was clearly the master as he took another step towards a record-extending ninth title at the claycourt slam.

May 29, 2014

Tennis-Top guns are on the way out, but not yet – Nadal

PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal and the other members of the “big four” know that a new band of brash youngsters are on the horizon, but the Spaniard showed on Thursday they will not be handing over the keys to the game’s trophy cabinet just yet.

The Spaniard was up against Austrian wunderkind Dominic Thiem in the second round of the French Open and while the 6-2 6-2 6-3 scoreline did not do his opponent justice, Nadal was clearly the master as he took another step towards a record-extending ninth title at the claycourt slam.

May 29, 2014

Tennis-Nadal gains momentum in Paris, Ferrer eases through

PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal passed his French Open second-round test with flying colours on Thursday, showing flashes of his intimidating best in a 6-2 6-2 6-3 win over talented Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem.

The eight-times champion from Spain applauded his 20-year-old opponent after being tested on court Philippe Chatrier more than the scoreline suggested.

May 29, 2014

Stephens lifts U.S. spirits at French Open, Ferrer powers on

PARIS (Reuters) – In the absence of the Williams sisters, 15th seed Sloane Stephens raised American morale at the French Open by easing past Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round.

Last year’s runner-up David Ferrer of Spain, the fifth seed, bulldozed his way into the last 32 by demolishing Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2.

May 29, 2014

Tennis-Stephens lifts U.S. spirits at French Open, Ferrer powers on

PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) – In the absence of the Williams sisters, 15th seed Sloane Stephens raised American morale at the French Open by easing past Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round.

Last year’s runner-up David Ferrer of Spain, the fifth seed, bulldozed his way into the last 32 by demolishing Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2.

May 28, 2014

Federer kept on his toes in French Open second-round win

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer was kept on his toes before he eventually subdued Argentine journeyman Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from Switzerland, was kept under pressure throughout by the world No. 109, who never gave up and even broke serve in the first set.

May 28, 2014

Tennis-Federer kept on his toes in French Open second-round win

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – Roger Federer was kept on his toes before he eventually subdued Argentine journeyman Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from Switzerland, was kept under pressure throughout by the world No. 109, who never gave up and even broke serve in the first set.

May 28, 2014

Youngsters crash Williams party in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – It was meant to be a grown-up event for the Williams family at the French Open but now it will be more of a kids’ party after two youngsters showed the American sisters to the door on Wednesday.

Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova caused an upset when she beat Venus 2-6 6-3 6-4, but jaws dropped when Spain’s Garbine Muguruza knocked out world No.1 and defending champion Serena 6-2 6-2, depriving the sisters of a third-round meeting.

May 28, 2014

Tennis-Youngsters crash Williams party in Paris

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – It was meant to be a grown-up event for the Williams family at the French Open but now it will be more of a kids’ party after two youngsters showed the American sisters to the door on Wednesday.

Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova caused an upset when she beat Venus 2-6 6-3 6-4, but jaws dropped when Spain’s Garbine Muguruza knocked out world No.1 and defending champion Serena 6-2 6-2, depriving the sisters of a third-round meeting.

May 28, 2014

Serena’s love of Paris turns sour after Open defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris lover Serena Williams, the world No.1 and defending champion, suffered heartache at the French Open when she was sent packing after a shock 6-2 6-2 defeat by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from the United States never got into her stride against the 20-year-old world No.35 who claimed the greatest victory of her young life.

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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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