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May 25, 2015

Tennis-Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year’s French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday.

The diminutive Spaniard with a classical claycourt game and killer single-handed backhand dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 to continue her recent hot streak.

May 24, 2015

Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday.

The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 24, 2015

All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, says Courier

PARIS (Reuters) – Favourite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarter-final of the French Open, according to twice winner Jim Courier.

Serb Djokovic has been virtually unplayable this year, amassing a 35-2 win-loss record including the Australian Open title and Masters 1000 triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and has a golden chance to complete his career grand slam in Paris.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday.

The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, says Courier

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – Favourite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarter-final of the French Open, according to twice winner Jim Courier.

Serb Djokovic has been virtually unplayable this year, amassing a 35-2 win-loss record including the Australian Open title and Masters 1000 triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and has a golden chance to complete his career grand slam in Paris.

May 24, 2015

Halep gets ball rolling at Roland Garros, Federer to come

PARIS (Reuters) – An eagerly-anticipated French Open began with a brisk Sunday morning workout for last year’s women’s runner-up Simona Halep as day one’s star turn Roger Federer waited in the wings.

Romanian Halep, seeded three, made hard work of 91st-ranked Russian Evgeniya Rodina, huffing and puffing her way to a 7-5 6-4 victory as fans basked in court Philippe Chatrier sunshine.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-Halep gets ball rolling at Roland Garros, Federer to come

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – An eagerly-anticipated French Open began with a brisk Sunday morning workout for last year’s women’s runner-up Simona Halep as day one’s star turn Roger Federer waited in the wings.

Romanian Halep, seeded three, made hard work of 91st-ranked Russian Evgeniya Rodina, huffing and puffing her way to a 7-5 6-4 victory as fans basked in court Philippe Chatrier sunshine.

May 22, 2015

Murray can win French after solving clay puzzle: Courier

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Murray looks like he has solved the puzzle of claycourt tennis and is a serious title challenger at the French Open, according to twice Roland Garros champion Jim Courier.

World number three Murray is in the same half of the draw as favorite Novak Djokovic and nine-times champion Rafa Nadal and could play gritty Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

May 22, 2015

Tennis-Murray can win French after solving clay puzzle – Courier

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Andy Murray looks like he has solved the puzzle of claycourt tennis and is a serious title challenger at the French Open, according to twice Roland Garros champion Jim Courier.

World number three Murray is in the same half of the draw as favourite Novak Djokovic and nine-times champion Rafa Nadal and could play gritty Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

May 22, 2015

Expect Nadal to step it up in Paris, says McEnroe

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven-times grand slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction.

That’s why he is paying careful attention to Rafa Nadal’s current travails as the Spaniard prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open.