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Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot

• French Open champion looks forward to grass season• Barty highlights progress for Australia’s indigenous youthJohanna Konta’s “acceptance” fatalism got her to the semi-finals of the French Open, her third journey that far in a slam event. Ashleigh Ba…

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Johanna Konta questions French Open organisers after semi-finals court switch

• Women’s semi-finals moved from main court, Philippe Chatrier• Konta: ‘The way it looks probably speaks for itself’Johanna Konta on Friday joined the chorus of disapproval descending on the tournament organisers for moving the women’s delayed semi-fin…

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Johanna Konta errors hand French Open semi-final to Vondroušová

• British No 1 knocked out in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (2)• Konta squandered three points at 5-3 to take first setJohanna Konta failed to give the record books one more nudge here on Friday, twice blowing a 5-3 lead against the most talented teenager in…

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Roger Federer looks to defy daunting odds against old rival Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard still looks unbeatable on the red clay of Paris but the 38-year-old Swiss believes he can end his runNobody in the history of athletic endeavour has dominated a single geographical space the way Rafael Nadal has ruled the 2,106 sq ft of cl…

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Roger Federer looks to defy daunting odds against old rival Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard still looks unbeatable on the red clay of Paris but the 38-year-old Swiss believes he can end his runNobody in the history of athletic endeavour has dominated a single geographical space the way Rafael Nadal has ruled the 2,106 sq ft of cl…

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Novak Djokovic sails past Zverev and into semi-final with Dominic Thiem

• World No 1 defeats German No 5 seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2• Thiem makes short work of Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2Novak Djokovic reached the last of his nine French Open semi-finals in 2016 but the world No 1 could hardly have announced his return to the con…

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Amanda Anisimova shocks Halep to reach French Open semi-final

• Anisimova stuns defending champion in straight sets 6-2, 6-4• Seventeen-year-old will meet Barty for a place in the finalThe defending champion, Simona Halep, is out of the French Open, beaten soundly in straight sets on Thursday by Amanda Anisimova,…

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Johanna Konta’s calm mantra allows her to make the best of herself again | Kevin Mitchell

The British No 1 can reach her first grand slam final with victory in Paris on Friday but even if she fails she is enjoying her tennis again and believes that is the reason for her resurgenceAs Johanna Konta and her boyfriend, Jackson Wade, relax in th…

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Roger Federer wins Swiss scrap to book French Open semi-final against Nadal

• Federer overcomes Stan Wawrinka in four sets• Rafael Nadal defeats Kei Nishikori in straight setsRoger Federer finally got himself into a dogfight at this French Open after a relatively quiet run to the quarter-finals, where he survived an all-Swiss …

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Johanna Konta aims to go ‘two steps further’ as she targets French Open title

• Konta is in her third semi-final of a grand slam• ‘I will use my experience to deal with the challenge’Johanna Konta, playing the best tennis of her career, is two wins away from being the first British champion at the French Open since Sue Barker 43…

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Johanna Konta blitzes Sloane Stephens to reach French Open semi-finals

Konta stuns last year’s French Open finalist 6–1, 6–4Stephens takes just one point off Konta serve in second setJohanna Konta’s Paris dream refuses to end, as she buried an in-form Sloane Stephens on the rebuilt clay of Court Philippe Chatrier, 6-1, 6-…

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Johanna Konta profits in Paris from coach’s powers of persuasion

• Dimitri Zavialoff has worked with British No 1 since October• ‘It’s about showing her how good she is, inviting her to try’There is probably more job security in bomb disposal than there is in coaching tennis players but Dimitri Zavialoff, Johanna Ko…

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Andy Murray to make return from injury in doubles at Queen’s

Murray has not played since hip operation in JanuaryScot has not ruled out playing doubles at WimbledonAndy Murray will return to tennis in two weeks at Queen’s, and also with a partner at Wimbledon, but the three-slam champion is “very unlikely” to pl…

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Johanna Konta turns on style to progress to second week of French Open

• British No 1 beats Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 6-1 in third round• Konta first British woman to reach last 16 since Jo Durie in 1983Johanna Konta’s feet of clay are no more. Before this season Roland Garros was her dusty ochre graveyard, whatever her prote…

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French Open: Roger Federer catches fire while Rafael Nadal survives stutter

• Swiss beats Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8)• Spaniard drops set in 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victoryRoger Federer, who gives the illusion of making time stop, is enjoying his return to Paris after an absence of four years, as any 37-year-old tennis genius wou…

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Johanna Konta faces meeting of minds with Viktoria Kuzmova in French Open

• Briton’s opponent reads Shakespeare in her spare time• Naomi Osaka survives scare against Victoria AzarenkaIf Johanna Konta is to continue her new-found love affair with the clay of Roland Garros, she will have to outsmart an opponent who is studying…

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Kyle Edmund limps out of French Open second-round match with knee injury

• British No 1 was trailing 7-6 (3), 6-3, 2-1 to Pablo Cuevas• Edmund called trainer but left the court without treatmentKyle Edmund, Britain’s last survivor in the French Open men’s draw, retired at the start of the third set of his second-round match…

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Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

• Spaniard defeats German 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in Paris• Roger Federer continues comeback on clayIt usually takes only a couple of matches for Rafael Nadal to remind everyone why he is always favourite to win here – not just the titles, which he has won an ex…

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Johanna Konta gets past Lauren Davis after seesaw French Open battle

• British No 1 wins 6-3, 1-6, 6-3• Konta will face Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova nextJohanna Konta soared, dipped and soared again to defeat Lauren Davis in three sets on her way to reaching the third round of the French Open, where she might have expected t…

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Naomi Osaka stages recovery to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

• World No 1 recovers from terrible start against Slovakian• Kyle Edmund knocks out Jérémy Chardy after marathonNaomi Osaka has handed out enough bagels in her career to open a bakery but the world No 1 experienced the humiliation herself before recove…