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Jun 4, 2015

Nadal a spent force? No! say his rivals

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s brutal French Open defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic on Wednesday provoked the predictable question of whether the Spaniard’s career is in terminal decline.

Those in the know, however, his fellow players, believe the 29-year-old remains a force to be reckoned with.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Nadal a spent force? No! say his rivals

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s brutal French Open defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic on Wednesday provoked the predictable question of whether the Spaniard’s career is in terminal decline.

Those in the know, however, his fellow players, believe the 29-year-old remains a force to be reckoned with.

Jun 3, 2015

Murray sets up Djokovic showdown at Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray preserved his 100 percent claycourt record in 2015 to reach the French Open semi-finals with a 7-6(4) 6-2 5-7 6-1 win over Spanish warrior David Ferrer on Wednesday.

While the rest of tennis world was transfixed with the Novak Djokovic-Rafa Nadal blockbuster that was simultaneously being played out on the main Philippe Chatrier stage, Murray went about his task in a businesslike manner to reach the last four here for the third time.

Jun 3, 2015

Tennis-Murray sets up Djokovic showdown at Roland Garros

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Andy Murray preserved his 100 percent claycourt record in 2015 to reach the French Open semi-finals with a 7-6(4) 6-2 5-7 6-1 win over Spanish warrior David Ferrer on Wednesday.

While the rest of tennis world was transfixed with the Novak Djokovic-Rafa Nadal blockbuster that was simultaneously being played out on the main Philippe Chatrier stage, Murray went about his task in a businesslike manner to reach the last four here for the third time.

Jun 3, 2015

Djokovic ends Nadal’s remarkable reign in brutal fashion

PARIS (Reuters) – It was sharp, quick and brutal as Novak Djokovic finally dropped the French Open guillotine on Rafa Nadal — ending the most remarkable of Roland Garros reigns in ruthless fashion on Wednesday.

The champion, who was rumored to have red clay pumping through his veins after ruling the Paris slam for nine of the last 10 years, tamely surrendered his crown at 6.12pm local time.

Jun 3, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic ends Nadal’s remarkable reign in brutal fashion

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – It was sharp, quick and brutal as Novak Djokovic finally dropped the French Open guillotine on Rafa Nadal — ending the most remarkable of Roland Garros reigns in ruthless fashion on Wednesday.

The champion, who was rumoured to have red clay pumping through his veins after ruling the Paris slam for nine of the last 10 years, tamely surrendered his crown at 6.12pm local time.

Jun 3, 2015

French Open hopeful Bacsinszky gets her hands dirty

PARIS (Reuters) – Not satisfied with toppling little-known Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 7-5 to reach her first grand slam semi-final at the French Open on Wednesday — Timea Bacsinszky wanted a lasting souvenir of her achievement.

So, beaming widely, she bent down and rubbed her hands firmly on the red clay that brought her so much joy on Suzanne Lenglen Court and then walked off carrying some precious grains.

Jun 3, 2015

Tennis-French Open hopeful Bacsinszky gets her hands dirty

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Not satisfied with toppling little-known Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 7-5 to reach her first grand slam semi-final at the French Open on Wednesday — Timea Bacsinszky wanted a lasting souvenir of her achievement.

So, beaming widely, she bent down and rubbed her hands firmly on the red clay that brought her so much joy on Suzanne Lenglen Court and then walked off carrying some precious grains.

Jun 2, 2015

Wawrinka trips up Federer in all-Swiss duel

PARIS (Reuters) – The signs that things were going horribly wrong for Roger Federer were laid bare at Roland Garros on Tuesday when the Swiss’s racket flew out of his grasp after he tripped up and fell to his hands and knees on the red clay.

It is not the graceful manoeuvre one has come to expect from a 17-times grand slam champion who has charmed the world with his wondrous shots rather than clumsy falls.

Jun 2, 2015

Tennis-Wawrinka trips up Federer in all-Swiss duel

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) – The signs that things were going horribly wrong for Roger Federer were laid bare at Roland Garros on Tuesday when the Swiss’s racket flew out of his grasp after he tripped up and fell to his hands and knees on the red clay.

It is not the graceful manoeuvre one has come to expect from a 17-times grand slam champion who has charmed the world with his wondrous shots rather than clumsy falls.