Nadal edges Medvedev for 4th US Open title, 19th Slam trophy

U.S. 09/08/19, 20:28

The 19th Grand Slam title that seemed so inevitable for Rafael Nadal during the first two-plus sets of the U.S. Open final suddenly seemed in doubt as Daniil Medvedev forced it to a fifth. What had all the makings of a crowning morphed into a real contest thanks to Medvedev, a ...

Dirty dozen: Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

Europe 06/09/19, 11:41

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year. A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development ...

Underarm serves return to Paris, 30 years after Chang’s shot

Sports 05/30/19, 13:34

Thirty years after Michael Chang hit the most famous underarm serve in history at the French Open, that little bit of strategy — frowned upon by some — is making its way back into tennis, it seems.Alexander Bublik served that way three times against 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem in the ...

Update: Svitolina advances to 3rd round without playing

Sports 05/29/19, 04:32

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___11:20 a.m.Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )Ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced to the ...

Federer and Nadal face German qualifiers at French Open

Sports 05/29/19, 02:17

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play German qualifiers in second-round matches at the French Open.Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier.Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during their first round match of the ...

What’s it like to play Nadal at French Open? ‘Rough’

Sports 05/27/19, 13:41

Like so many others who have faced Rafael Nadal, Yannick Hanfmann thought he had a plan. Until, that is, tennis' greatest clay-court player dismantled it stroke by stroke on the red dirt where he has won 11 French Open titles."After the first two sets, you're thinking like, 'Damn,'" Hanfmann, a ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: A look at younger, less-famous challengers

Sports 05/25/19, 12:37

There's been unprecedented tennis parity so far in 2019, including the clay-court circuit leading to the French Open: A total of 23 players split the 25 WTA and ATP titles on the slow, red surface.That means there are plenty of people who can succeed over the next two weeks at ...

O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

Sports 05/24/19, 01:36

It's typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are each children of immigrants.What's not typical is that they have simultaneously broken into the world's elite ranks of tennis players — and will all be worth watching when the French Open begins Sunday.The 20-year-old Shapovalov burst onto the ...

Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

Tennis 05/23/19, 14:23

Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: How much do you know about the Paris Slam?

Tennis 05/23/19, 01:28

How well do you know tennis and the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament? Go ahead and give this quiz a try:___1st Round: Rafael Nadal won the Italian Open, his last tournament before the French Open, for his first title of 2019. When was the last time ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Nadal eyes 12th; Djokovic, Federer 2nd each

Tennis 05/22/19, 11:30

Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NOVAK DJOKOVICFILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic still rule tennis

Sports 05/22/19, 10:19

The Big 3 are still very much around. They're still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they're still the dominant figures in men's tennis, responsible for the main story lines when the French Open starts Sunday. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 ...

Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian Open

Sports 05/19/19, 07:46

Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.Adding to a very consistent year from the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, the victory will move Pliskova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of ...

Konta beats Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals

Sports 05/18/19, 08:31

Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career.Konta's only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost the title match to Maria Sakkari.This result ...

Osaka wins first of 2 matches in a busy day at Italian Open

Sports 05/16/19, 05:18

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka comfortably beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 in the first of her two matches at the Italian Open on Thursday.With play backed up following a rainout on Wednesday, Osaka was also to play Mihaela Buzarnescu or Julia Goerges for a spot in the quarterfinals.Osaka can hold on to ...

Rain delays Federer and Nadal matches at Italian Open

Sports 05/15/19, 09:52

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's opening matches at the Italian Open are being delayed by rain.Federer is slated to meet Joao Sousa while eight-time Rome champion Nadal is scheduled to play Jeremy Chardy.Also, top-ranked Naomi Osaka was to play Dominika Cibulkova.Consistent rain at the Foro Italico is threatening to wipe ...

Italy’s men are starting to matter in tennis like its women

Tennis 05/15/19, 05:59

After four decades of dormancy, male tennis players in Italy are finally showing signs of becoming as good as the women have been.Marco Cecchinato got things rolling by reaching the French Open semifinals last year — the first Italian man to reach the last four of a major since 1978. ...

In Paris, Tommy Paul of US will seek Slam success like pals

Sports 05/13/19, 01:44

Tommy Paul paid close attention as his friends and countrymen Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka produced headline-worthy performances at the Australian Open.Now Paul aims to make his own Grand Slam breakthrough when he heads to his first French Open main draw in two weeks, thanks to winning the ...

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title

Tennis 05/12/19, 13:23

Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title on Sunday, tying Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 trophies with 33.It was the second title of the season for the top-ranked Djokovic, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open. He hadn't won in Madrid ...

Rafael Nadal says he is taking clay slump ‘naturally’

Sports 05/12/19, 07:56

Usually this time of the year Rafael Nadal is talking about how his game is peaking ahead of the French Open.The discussion is typically about how many title-winning streaks he has extended and which records he has broken as the clay season moves toward its climax at Roland Garros.Not this ...

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