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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.

Jun 6, 2014

Tennis-Awesome Nadal crushes Murray to set up Djokovic showdown

PARIS, June 6 (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 Wiimbledon 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.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-France suffer major World Cup blow as Ribery is ruled out

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – France’s World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems on Friday.

Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil with a groin problem as Les Bleus suffered their third injury since the 23-man squad was unveiled. Second-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also pulled out.

Jun 6, 2014

France suffer major World Cup blow as Ribery is ruled out

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – France’s World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems on Friday.

Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil with a groin problem as Les Bleus suffered their third injury since the 23-man squad was unveiled. Second-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also pulled out.

Jun 6, 2014

Ribery turns the clock back as World Cup looms

PARIS (Reuters) – A tormented soul at the last World Cup and a restrained man two years ago at Euro 2012, Frenchman Franck Ribery has once again become what made him of one the brightest players in Europe – a carefree character who loves to play football.

Yet his participation in the World Cup has been threatened by lower back pains in the run-up to the tournament.

Jun 6, 2014

Deschamps seeks to bring Midas touch back to France

PARIS (Reuters) – Less than two years after taking charge, coach Didier Deschamps has turned the France team, described as a bunch of overpaid mutineers four years ago, into a competitive outfit with a credible shot at a World Cup last-four spot.

The 45-year-old former France captain, who led Les Bleus to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles, has won silverware at every club he has managed and did the same with three of the six clubs he played for.

    • About Julien

      "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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