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Jun 5, 2015

Tennis-Wawrinka scorches Tsonga to reach French Open final

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka took on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 15,000 of his most passionate fans and silenced them all to reach the French Open final for the first time with a 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 victory on Friday.

Tsonga’s hopes of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title since Yannick Noah in 1983 melted away on the hottest day of the championships — with the mercury hitting 33 degrees Celsius — as Wawrinka won the points that mattered.

Jun 4, 2015

Sick Serena battles on to set up Safarova final

PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the roaring standing ovation from the jubilant crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky’s backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.

Instead, the pained expression on the ailing American’s face spoke volumes about what she must have been thinking — ‘Thank Jehovah it’s over’ to coin her usual phrase.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Sick Serena battles on to set up Safarova final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the roaring standing ovation from the jubilant crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky’s backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.

Instead, the pained expression on the ailing American’s face spoke volumes about what she must have been thinking — ‘Thank Jehovah it’s over’ to coin her usual phrase.

Jun 4, 2015

Safarova silences Ivanovic to reach first slam final

PARIS (Reuters) – Lucie Safarova became the first Czech woman in 34 years to reach the French Open final after she fought back to topple 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 on Thursday.

Just when it looked as if her title aspirations were floundering, the 13th seed shook off her jitters and unleashed her A Game to pummel Ivanovic into submission.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Safarova silences Ivanovic to reach first slam final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Lucie Safarova became the first Czech woman in 34 years to reach the French Open final after she fought back to topple 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 on Thursday.

Just when it looked as if her title aspirations were floundering, the 13th seed shook off her jitters and unleashed her A Game to pummel Ivanovic into submission.

Jun 4, 2015

Analysis – 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

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.