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May 27, 2015

Nishikori takes centre stage, Halep crashes out

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the shape of Japanese firebrand Kei Nishikori.

The perils of Roland Garros were in evidence in the women’s draw too where last year’s runner-up Simona Halep, the third seed, bowed out 7-5 6-1 to Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to become the biggest casualty so far.

May 27, 2015

Tennis-Tempers flare in the crowd as Paire beats Fognini

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Temperamental Frenchman Benoit Paire’s second round clash with Italian hot-head Fabio Fognini at the French Open on Wednesday always promised fireworks but it was in the Court Seven stands that tempers boiled over.

With a football-style atmosphere producing roars that could be heard across the complex, Paire beat the 28th seed 6-1 6-3 7-5 to reach the third round for the second time.

May 27, 2015

Tennis-Nishikori takes centre stage, Halep crashes out

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the shape of Japanese firebrand Kei Nishikori.

The perils of Roland Garros were in evidence in the women’s draw too where last year’s runner-up Simona Halep, the third seed, bowed out 7-5 6-1 to Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to become the biggest casualty so far.

May 27, 2015

Federer not worried who is in the chair

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer does not fret about who umpires his matches and said on Wednesday all players should be treated equally by officials, whatever their ranking.

After the Swiss reached the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers, he had no complaints about court officials, his form or even security after Sunday’s lapse when a fan ran on court for a selfie.

May 27, 2015

Tennis-Federer not worried who is in the chair

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Roger Federer does not fret about who umpires his matches and said on Wednesday all players should be treated equally by officials, whatever their ranking.

After the Swiss reached the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers, he had no complaints about court officials, his form or even security after Sunday’s lapse when a fan ran on court for a selfie.

May 27, 2015

Nishikori takes center stage, Federer cruises on

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in the shape of Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

While second seed Federer was beating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nishikori was given center stage on Court Phillipe Chatrier and produced further evidence as to why he is being tipped as a potential champion.

May 27, 2015

Tennis-Nishikori takes centre stage, Federer cruises on

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in the shape of Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

While second seed Federer was beating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nishikori was given centre stage on Court Phillipe Chatrier and produced further evidence as to why he is being tipped as a potential champion.

May 27, 2015

Sharapova says Fed Cup should change dates

PARIS (Reuters) – Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova called for a change in schedule for the Fed Cup on Wednesday, saying playing ties after grand slam tournaments was “pointless”.

The Russian showed no ill-effects from a cold as she swept past fellow Russian Fed Cup team member Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the third round.

May 27, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova says Fed Cup should change dates

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova called for a change in schedule for the Fed Cup on Wednesday, saying playing ties after grand slam tournaments was “pointless”.

The Russian showed no ill-effects from a cold as she swept past fellow Russian Fed Cup team member Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the third round.

May 26, 2015

McEnroe says French Open is too long

PARIS (Reuters) – The French Open is too long and should scrap its policy of spreading the first round over three days, according to former world number one John McEnroe.

The Sunday start at Roland Garros means it was day three before defending men’s champion Rafa Nadal began his quest for a 10th title while women’s world number one Serena Williams was also idle for two days before taking to court.