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Jun 6, 2014

Tennis-Nadal and Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until Friday allowed Rafa Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic.

Murray’s bid to become the first British man in 77 years to reach the Roland Garros showpiece wilted away in a 6-3 6-2 6-1 pasting by the world number one who now stands just one win away from lifting the Musketeers’ Cup for a ninth time.

Jun 6, 2014

Nadal and Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

PARIS (Reuters) – The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until Friday allowed Rafa Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic.

Murray’s bid to become the first British man in 77 years to reach the Roland Garros showpiece wilted away in a 6-3 6-2 6-1 pasting by the world number one who now stands just one win away from lifting the Musketeers’ Cup for a ninth time.

Jun 5, 2014

Sharapova scraps into French Open final showdown with Halep

PARIS (Reuters) – She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.

While a 2002 photo of a statuesque Sharapova wrapping her arm around a pixie-like Bouchard has gone viral over the past 48 hours, the Russian hogged the limelight at Roland Garros as she grunted and shrieked her way to her third successive Paris final with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.

Jun 5, 2014

Sharapova scraps into final showdown with Halep

PARIS (Reuters) – She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.

While a 2002 photo of a statuesque Sharapova wrapping her arm around a pixie-like Bouchard has gone viral over the past 48 hours, the Russian hogged the limelight at Roland Garros as she grunted and shrieked her way to her third successive Paris final with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.

Jun 5, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova scraps into final showdown with Halep

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.

While a 2002 photo of a statuesque Sharapova wrapping her arm around a pixie-like Bouchard has gone viral over the past 48 hours, the Russian hogged the limelight at Roland Garros as she grunted and shrieked her way to her third successive Paris final with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.

Jun 5, 2014

Nadal and Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis is to rely on his “unhealthy diet full of ketchup” as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic French Open final.

The last time Murray faced eight-times champion Nadal at Roland Garros, in the 2011 semi-finals, the Briton was still one of the many also-rans on the tour.

Jun 5, 2014

Tennis-Nadal and Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis is to rely on his “unhealthy diet full of ketchup” as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic French Open final.

The last time Murray faced eight-times champion Nadal at Roland Garros, in the 2011 semi-finals, the Briton was still one of the many also-rans on the tour.

Jun 4, 2014

Nadal and Murray beat fading light to set up semi-final

PARIS (Reuters) – There is not much that spooks Rafa Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that – for 49 bewitching minutes – before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.

Facing a rival who had beaten him the last time they had met, Nadal could barely believe his eyes on Wednesday when he dropped his first set of the tournament at 7:36 p.m. local time.

Jun 4, 2014

Tennis-Nadal and Murray beat fading light to set up semi-final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – There is not much that spooks Rafa Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that – for 49 bewitching minutes – before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.

Facing a rival who had beaten him the last time they had met, Nadal could barely believe his eyes on Wednesday when he dropped his first set of the tournament at 7:36 p.m. local time.

Jun 4, 2014

Petkovic and Halep set up surprise semi-final showdown

PARIS (Reuters) – ‘Twisted soul’ Andrea Petkovic joyously planted a kiss on her racket frame after she battled through drizzle and swirling winds on Wednesday to set up an unlikely French Open semi-final showdown with Romanian Simona Halep.

The 28th seeded German came close to turning her back on tennis a year ago after being hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries but 12 months on she was getting up close and personal with her racket after blowing Italy’s Sara Errani off court with a 6-2 6-2 win.