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May 26, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic narrowly avoids overtime against Finn

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic will need every last drop of energy if he goes on to meet Rafa Nadal at the French Open so the Serb was happy to avoid overtime against Jarkko Nieminen on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old world number one, seeking to complete a career grand slam by claiming a first title at Roland Garros having twice fallen to nine-times Spanish champion Nadal in the final, cut it fine against Nieminen though.

May 26, 2015

Isner enjoying getting down and dirty in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – John Isner is a rare breed, a male American tennis player who enjoys getting his socks dirty on European claycourts.

The 16th seed beat Italian baseliner Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-2 6-3 at the French Open on Tuesday to join compatriots Steve Johnson and Jack Sock in the second round.

May 26, 2015

Tennis-Isner enjoying getting down and dirty in Paris

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – John Isner is a rare breed, a male American tennis player who enjoys getting his socks dirty on European claycourts.

The 16th seed beat Italian baseliner Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-2 6-3 at the French Open on Tuesday to join compatriots Steve Johnson and Jack Sock in the second round.

May 26, 2015

Nadal begins pursuit of number 10, all seems normal

PARIS (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique — and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday.

To all intents and purposes it was just a normal day at the French Open then as Nadal clocked up victory number 67 in western Paris since debuting in 2005.

May 26, 2015

Tennis-Nadal begins pursuit of number 10, all seems normal

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique — and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday.

To all intents and purposes it was just a normal day at the French Open then as Nadal clocked up victory number 67 in western Paris since debuting in 2005.

May 26, 2015

Ferrer bustles through as Rafa time looms

PARIS (Reuters) – Roland Garros was abuzz as Rafa Nadal’s belated first appearance at this year’s French Open loomed but it was less celebrated Spaniard David Ferrer who was first in action on Tuesday, bustling through to the second round.

Defending champion Nadal, looking to shake off a confidence crisis and win a record-extending 10th title here, topped a Court Phillipe Chatrier program also featuring the man most likely to steal his crown, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams.

May 26, 2015

Tennis-Ferrer bustles through as Rafa time looms

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – Roland Garros was abuzz as Rafa Nadal’s belated first appearance at this year’s French Open loomed but it was less celebrated Spaniard David Ferrer who was first in action on Tuesday, bustling through to the second round.

Defending champion Nadal, looking to shake off a confidence crisis and win a record-extending 10th title here, topped a Court Phillipe Chatrier programme also featuring the man most likely to steal his crown, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams.

May 26, 2015

French Open: Sharapova and Murray show off title credentials

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground while Andy Murray’s growing love of clay blossomed as both posted easy first-round wins at the French Open on Monday.

Defending champion Sharapova was nursing a cold but opened her bid for a third Roland Garros title in four years with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Estonian Kaia Kanepi on a breezy Court Phillipe Chatrier.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova and Murray show off title credentials

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground while Andy Murray’s growing love of clay blossomed as both posted easy first-round wins at the French Open on Monday.

Defending champion Sharapova was nursing a cold but opened her bid for a third Roland Garros title in four years with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Estonian Kaia Kanepi on a breezy Court Phillipe Chatrier.

May 25, 2015

Coric leads teenage assault on Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) – Croatian Borna Coric and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis led the teenage contingent in the men’s draw at the French Open on Monday but American Frances Tiafoe’s debut proved a brief one.

Coric, who plays with a maturity way beyond his years and is already in the world’s top 50, beat experienced American Sam Querrey in four sets while wildcard Kokkinakis, one of his country’s exciting brigade of young guns, battled past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, also in four.