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Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:13 AM

Austrian Dominic Thiem upsets world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to set up a final showdown against defending champion Rafael Nadal

GRUELING. Austria's Dominic Thiem (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their grueling semifinal match played over two days. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer won't rule out 2020 Roland Garros return

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Despite suffering his worst Grand Slam loss in 11 years, Roger Federer says he might just come back for another clay court season

TOUGH RIVAL. Roger Federer admits there's no one who plays like Rafael Nadal on clay. Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal hands Federer worst Slam loss in 11 years to reach French Open final

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Delivering a masterful performance, Rafael Nadal easily disposes of long-time rival Roger Federer to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros

BLOCKBUSTER DUEL. Rafael Nadal (right) hugs fellow tennis great Roger Federer after winning their men's semifinal showdown. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal braces for 'trouble' in Federer showdown

Jun 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Defending champion Rafael Nadal may be a heavy favorite but the Spanish star expects rejuvenated rival Roger Federer to 'play aggressive'

Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Djokovic embracing history and Thiem's 'Ringo Starr' threat

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces an 'unheralded' Dominic Thiem in the French Open semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 6, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Federer dreaming of toppling Nadal: 'There's always a chance'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Despite losing all 5 of his French Open meetings against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer still holds hope that he can achieve another milestone

UNDERDOG. Roger Federer braces for another tough semifinal duel against Rafael Nadal. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer, Nadal clash in French Open semis blockbuster

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Rafael Nadal holds a phenomenal 91-2 record at Roland Garros, including a 5-0 stranglehold over Roger Federer

STAR-STUDDED SEMIS. Roger Federer (left) may have 3 more Grand Slam singles titles over Rafael Nadal, but the Spanish clay specialist remains favored to advance. File photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal

Jun 02, 2019 - 10:50 PM

At 37, Roger Federer becomes the oldest man in 28 years to make the last 8 of a Grand Slam

READY. Roger Federer says he has been ‘prepared for the worst scenario.’ Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thiem rages at press conference eviction for Serena

Jun 02, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I have to leave the room because she's coming. What the hell, I don't care,' says Austrian star Dominic Thiem after getting kicked out of his media conference to give way to Serena Williams

Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Serena's Slam history bid halted in Roland Garros shock

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Booted out by 20-year-old Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams suffers her earliest Grand Slam exit since 2014

UPSET. Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams falls short again in her bid to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 majors. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

World No. 1 Osaka's Paris dream shattered by Siniakova

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros as Novak Djokovic cruises into the fourth round

OUSTED. Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam comes to an end. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nadal into last 16 on 10th anniversary of Soderling shock

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal advances to the French Open round of 16, exactly 10 years since his shock 2009 exit to Robin Soderling

INCREDIBLE. Clay specialist Rafael Nadal disposes of David Goffin to prop up his phenomenal Roland Garros win-loss record to 89-2. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nostalgic Federer marks 'impressive' 400th Grand Slam match record

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:19 AM

'I feel that my 20 years on the tour went too fast,' says Roger Federer after becoming the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches

LEGEND. The 37-year-old Roger Federer bids to become the oldest men's Grand Slam champion of all time. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

'Everything feels harder' for Serena despite Roland Garros progress

May 31, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Serena Williams aims to power through her bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title despite going through a 'tough year'

BATTLING ON. Serena Williams vies for a last 16 spot against fellow American Sofia Kenin. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Generation game: Federer to face son of 1999 French Open rival

May 30, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Roger Federer sets up a clash with Norway's Casper Rudd, who was just 5 months old when the Swiss star debuted in Roland Garros

ON TO THE NEXT. Roger Federer reaches the third round of Roland Garros for the 15th time. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Nadal powers on in Paris, Tsitsipas battles through

May 30, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Rafael Nadal dispatches German qualifier Yannick Maden to up his Roland Garros win-loss record to an incredible 88-2

CRUISING. Everything continues to go as planned for Rafael Nadal as the clay king advances to the last 32. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

'Never been so nervous,' says Osaka after French Open escape

May 29, 2019 - 4:19 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka comes within a whisker of becoming just the second top seed to lose in the first round in Paris in the modern era

SCARE. Naomi Osaka survives a 'bagel' and avoids a catastrophic Roland Garros exit. Photo by Philippe Lopez/ AFP

Grand Slam clock ticking for weary Serena

May 26, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Amid doubts over her match fitness, Serena Williams continues to chase the all-time record of 24 Grand Slams

STILL POSITIVE. Serena Williams heads into the French Open with a winning mindset despite admitting it hasn’t been easy the past months. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Federer plays down title chances on Roland Garros return

May 25, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Seeing action in the French Open for the first time in 4 years, Roger Federer heads into the tournament as a dark horse

Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP