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June 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Spain's Rafael Nadal easily moved into the third round Thursday at the French Open, while Britain's Andy Murray overcame back trouble to advance at Roland Garros. Grimacing in pain with almost every step, Murray nearly had to call it quits because of a back spasm before rebounding from an awful first set to beat Jarkko Nieminen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "I was a few points probably from stopping," Murray said. "I just didn't really want to stop the match. Then at the end of the second set I started standing up at the change of ends, and my back started to loosen up a little bit. " A few hours later on the same court, 10th-seeded American John Isner produced yet another marathon match, but this time lost, 18-16, in the fifth set. Nadal also made it to the third round, defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and improving his record at Roland Garros to 47-1.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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May 24, 2011 | Associated Press
PARIS - Novak Djokovic extended his perfect season into the French Open, beating Thiemo de Bakker yesterday in the first round, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. The second-seeded Serb improved his 2011 record to 38-0 - and stretched his winning streak to 40 - on the second day of the tournament at Roland Garros. And he barely had to sweat doing it, breaking his Dutch opponent six times. "I was serving really, really well and being very aggressive, using every opportunity to step into the court," Djokovic said.
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May 29, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - American Jack Sock made a successful French Open debut yesterday while wearing initials on his shoes in honor of two friends who he said died recently in separate accidents. Sock, a 20-year-old from Lincoln, Neb., beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, and acknowledged mixed emotions afterward. He said one of the accident victims was a former high school teammate, and the other was a friend he played with in juniors tournaments. "They were both 21, I think - sophomores, juniors in college," Sock said.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship. The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay.
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May 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PARIS - Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time, falling to Virginie Razzano, of France, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, Tuesday at the French Open. The fifth-seeded Williams was two points from victory nine times in the second set, including leading 5-1 in the tiebreaker. But the 111th-ranked player won six straight points to force a third set, and then took control of the match. "I made so many errors today, which isn't the game I was playing in the past," Williams said.
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June 8, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - It was about time Rafael Nadal faced some sort of test at the French Open. Not that this one lasted all that long. Still, after dropping a total of 19 games through his first four matches - the fewest at Roland Garros in 30 years - Nadal finally found himself in an even-as-can-be set at the outset of his quarterfinal against 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro. While Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been forced to come back from two-set deficits in Paris, this qualified as a tight spot for Nadal.
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May 28, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - It's easy to understand why Andy Roddick never enjoyed playing on red clay that much. The footing is tricky. The soft courts take his booming serves and forehands down a notch, too. Put simply, his game is built for hard or grass courts. As if that weren't enough, he arrived at this French Open having played only 16 matches in a season interrupted by injuries to his right hamstring and right ankle. If Roddick was tempted to sit out Roland Garros altogether - or tempted to use his health or rust as an excuse for playing poorly - he did not. The 26th-seeded American, once ranked No. 1 and once a Grand Slam champion, gave it a shot and came up short Sunday, exiting in a major tournament's opening round for the first time since 2007, and at the same venue.
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May 30, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time, falling to Virginie Razzano of France, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, on Tuesday at the French Open. The fifth-seeded Williams was two points from victory nine times in the second set, including leading by 5-1 in the tiebreaker. But the 111th-ranked Razanno won six straight points to force a third set, then took control of the match. "I made so many errors today, which isn't the game I was playing in the past," Williams said.
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May 31, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
AMERICAN Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallied past 2011 French Open champion Li Na , 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday in the second round at Roland Garros. Following the second rain delay of the match, Mattek-Sands swept seven consecutive games from Li to take a 5-0 lead in the final set. She served out the victory with the sun shining as rain fell. "She's a champion, and I had to play some of my best tennis ever to beat her," said Mattek-Sands, a native of Minnesota. "I'm really proud of myself that I was able to close out the match the way I did. " In men's play, six-time major champion Novak Djokovic gestured at threatening clouds between points, trying to keep them away, and managed to finish his drubbing of Guido Pella, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2. With five more victories Djokovic would become the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam.
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June 10, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - If Rafael Nadal truly was going to be challenged, if his bid for an unprecedented eighth French Open championship would be slowed even a bit, this might have been the moment. Leading by a set and a break 70 minutes into yesterday's final against David Ferrer, another generally indefatigable Spaniard, Nadal faced four break points in one game. The last was a 31-stroke exchange, the match's longest, capped when Nadal absorbed Ferrer's strong backhand approach and transformed it into a cross-court backhand passing shot.
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June 7, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Done with a dominating performance in the French Open semifinals, Serena Williams climbed the stairs leading from the locker room to the players' lounge, looking to give her mother a hug. Smiling widely all the while, Williams greeted visitors, posed for photos and signed autographs on her way. It has been more than a decade since she was so happy - and played so well - this deep in the tournament at Roland Garros. Coming as close to perfect as seems possible, Williams absolutely overwhelmed last year's runner-up, fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1, in a mere 46 minutes yesterday to reach the final for the first time since winning her lone French Open championship in 2002.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline. The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's opponent, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That shot was a clear indication that Federer was hardly Federesque on this day. There were plenty of others: He argued with the chair umpire about a call. He dumped overhead smashes into the net. And in a truly rare ungraceful moment, he failed to put a racket to - or get out of the way of - a backhand flip by a sliding Tsonga, instead getting hit on the back.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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June 4, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A day before Serena Williams puts her 28-match winning streak on the line in the French Open, the three other U.S. women remaining in the field tried to join her in the quarterfinals. Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost Monday in straight sets. The 17th-seeded Stephens, who will play for the Freedoms in World TeamTennis, faced defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia, who took control midway through the first set en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over the 20-year-old.
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June 3, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon the No. 2 seed was in a real rut, in danger of making his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, on Sunday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
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May 31, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
PARIS - Bethanie Mattek-Sands pulled off the biggest upset so far in women's play at the French Open by beating former champion Li Na on Thursday as rain disrupted play. Mattek-Sands, 28, of the United States defeated the 2011 winner from China, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in a second-round match stopped three times by rain at Roland Garros. No. 6 Li was the highest-seeded woman to lose so far in the Grand Slam tournament. "She's a champion, and I had to play some of my best tennis ever to beat her," said Mattek-Sands, who is ranked 67th by the WTA Tour.
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May 31, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
AMERICAN Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallied past 2011 French Open champion Li Na , 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday in the second round at Roland Garros. Following the second rain delay of the match, Mattek-Sands swept seven consecutive games from Li to take a 5-0 lead in the final set. She served out the victory with the sun shining as rain fell. "She's a champion, and I had to play some of my best tennis ever to beat her," said Mattek-Sands, a native of Minnesota. "I'm really proud of myself that I was able to close out the match the way I did. " In men's play, six-time major champion Novak Djokovic gestured at threatening clouds between points, trying to keep them away, and managed to finish his drubbing of Guido Pella, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2. With five more victories Djokovic would become the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam.
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May 29, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - American Jack Sock made a successful French Open debut yesterday while wearing initials on his shoes in honor of two friends who he said died recently in separate accidents. Sock, a 20-year-old from Lincoln, Neb., beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, and acknowledged mixed emotions afterward. He said one of the accident victims was a former high school teammate, and the other was a friend he played with in juniors tournaments. "They were both 21, I think - sophomores, juniors in college," Sock said.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship. The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay.
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