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Jun 4, 2014

I threw in the towel, says Ferrer after losing to Nadal

PARIS (Reuters) – David Ferrer admitted he effectively ‘threw in the towel’ on the way to a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Rafa Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.

Ferrer, who beat the world number one in the Monte Carlo Masters claycourt quarter-finals this year, ran out of steam after taking charge of the first set.

Jun 4, 2014

Tennis-I threw in the towel, says Ferrer after losing to Nadal

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – David Ferrer admitted he effectively ‘threw in the towel’ on the way to a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Rafa Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.

Ferrer, who beat the world number one in the Monte Carlo Masters claycourt quarter-finals this year, ran out of steam after taking charge of the first set.

Jun 4, 2014

Nadal devours Ferrer after shaky start to reach last four

PARIS (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal survived David Ferrer’s early fury to reach the French Open semi-finals with a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 win in a repeat of last year’s all-Spanish final on Wednesday.

World number one Nadal, chasing a record-extending ninth Roland Garros title, had no answer to the fifth seed’s pace on court Suzanne Lenglen in the first set.

Jun 4, 2014

Diminutive Halep has all the angles covered

PARIS (Reuters) – So why not Simona Halep? After all, the diminutive Justine Henin won the French Open four times.

The Romanian is not a hard hitter and her height (1.68m) does not allow her to serve big – just like the 1.67m seven-times grand slam champion from Belgium.

Jun 4, 2014

Halep eases into maiden grand slam semi-final in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Wednesday.

Halep, junior champion at Roland Garros in 2008, will face Andrea Petkovic for a place in Saturday’s final after the German beat former runner-up Sara Errani, of Italy.

Jun 4, 2014

Tennis-Halep eases into maiden grand slam semi-final in Paris

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Wednesday.

Halep, junior champion at Roland Garros in 2008, will face Andrea Petkovic for a place in Saturday’s final after the German beat former runner-up Sara Errani, of Italy.

Jun 3, 2014

Gulbis and Djokovic make semi-final odd couple

PARIS (Reuters) – It is fair to say that Novak Djokovic and Ernests Gulbis have long held different approaches on how to become a top tennis player, yet the Serbian world number two and the reformed Latvian playboy will meet in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Gulbis lived on junk food and partied through the night, Djokovic, meanwhile, adopted a gluten-free diet and took training seriously.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Gulbis and Djokovic make semi-final odd couple

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – It is fair to say that Novak Djokovic and Ernests Gulbis have long held different approaches on how to become a top tennis player, yet the Serbian world number two and the reformed Latvian playboy will meet in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Gulbis lived on junk food and partied through the night, Djokovic, meanwhile, adopted a gluten-free diet and took training seriously.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Dynamic Djokovic marches into last four in Paris

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic proved too hot to handle for Canadian outsider Milos Raonic as the Serb qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time with a clinical 7-5 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

The world number two, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, next meets 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Jun 3, 2014

Dynamic Djokovic marches into last four in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic proved too hot to handle for Canadian outsider Milos Raonic as the Serb qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time with a clinical 7-5 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

The world number two, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, next meets 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

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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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