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Category: French Open

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John McEnroe in his prime and at his most irascible makes fascinating viewing | Tim Lewis

In the Realm of Perfection uses archive footage no one knew existed to chart Superbrat’s failure to win the French OpenA new documentary, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, has been called, in US Vogue, “the best tennis film ever made”. This in …

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Nick Kyrgios slams ‘cringeworthy’ Djokovic and ‘salty’ Nadal ahead of French Open

World No 34 hammers men’s tennis champions during Rome Masters podcastFree-speaking Australian calls Fernando Verdasco ‘most arrogant person ever’Nick Kyrgios has launched a remarkable volley of insults at some of the leading players in men’s tennis ah…

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Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open: ‘I really miss you Paris’

• Two-times champion still struggling with shoulder injury• ‘Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones’Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open because of a shoulder problem. The two-times Roland Garros champion has not pla…

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Serena Williams withdraws in Rome but says she will be fit for French Open

American has been dealing with a knee injury this yearWorld No11 had been due to face her sister, VenusSerena Williams has withdrawn from the Premier 5 tournament in Rome, the last big event before this month’s French Open.Williams said she has been de…

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Simona Halep: ‘My dream was to be the best. I did everything for tennis’

The world No 1 on how winning her first grand slam finally lifted the pressure on her shoulders and allowed her to relax as a person“Everything I did in life, until now, was just for tennis. Nothing else mattered. That’s why it became too much, maybe. …

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‘One must respect the game’: French Open says ‘non’ to Serena’s catsuit

French Open to introduce new dress code for 2019 tournamentFFT president says: ‘One must respect the game and the place’Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open.The French Tennis Federation presi…

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Rafael Nadal ‘very emotional’ after historic 11th French Open title – video

Rafael Nadal was at his awe-inspiring best as he crushed second seed Dominic Thiem to snatch a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory at Roland Garros. In 11 finals in Paris, the world No 1 has only lost six…

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Rafael Nadal sheds tear for French Open court he has made his own | Simon Cambers

The Spaniard’s 11th Roland Garros title was emotional as the demolition workers prepared to smash up Court Philippe Chatrier but thoughts turned immediately to WimbledonThe tears were new but otherwise things were as they always seem to be in Paris. Ra…

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Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open title with three-set victory over Thiem

• Spaniard beats Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2• Nadal has won 11 of past 14 tournaments at Roland GarrosRafael Nadal’s place in the pantheon of tennis was secured some time ago, but the Spaniard’s 11th coronation at Roland Garros after beating Dominic Thiem 6-4,…

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Simona Halep learns lessons in defeat to become popular champion | Simon Cambers

World No 1’s victory over Sloane Stephens in the French Open came on the back of three defeats in grand slam finalsStrength comes in all shapes and sizes. At 5ft 6in, officially, Simona Halep is not blessed in terms of simple physical stature. But…

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: French Open 2018 men’s final – live!

All the latest from the final at Roland Garros from 2pm BSTNadal to turn French Open up to 11 despite Thiem’s threatEmail Jacob | or tweet @Jacob Steinberg 10.12am BST Hello. It’s getting to the point where Rafael Nadal’s dominance of the French Open i…

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Simona Halep comes of age as she banishes ghosts of grand slams past | Simon Cambers

The world No 1’s coach believes the player can now cut loose after showing new maturity to beat Sloane Stephens at the French Open for her first major titlePerhaps Darren Cahill, the coach of Simona Halep, put it best. “She’s been close these last coup…

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Simona Halep surges back against Sloane Stephens to win French Open

• Halep comes from set and break down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1• World No 1 finally claims first slam title after three final defeatsA year after blowing the French Open final from a set and a break up, Simona Halep won the title from a set and a break down…

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Rafael Nadal likely to turn French Open up to 11 despite Thiem’s threat

Dominic Thiem is Nadal’s only conqueror on clay this season but the Spaniard has never lost a Roland Garros finalIt is not inconceivable – indeed, it is likely – that Rafael Nadal will finish his career with more French Open titles than Novak Djokovic …

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Sloane Stephens v Simona Halep: French Open 2018 women’s final – live!

American looking for second grand-slam title in last 12 monthsWorld No1 Halep seeks first major of careerEmail bryan.graham@theguardian.com or tweet @BryanAGraham 2.13pm BST First set: Simona Halep 0-1 *Sloane Stephens (*denotes server)If Sloane has an…

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Sloane Stephens happy to avoid talk of pressure before French Open final

• American faces world No 1, Simona Halep, at Roland Garros• ‘If you’re not happy, it’s more difficult to have good results’When young athletes on the rise get close to a big moment they can turn into robots, as if erecting an invisible wall to avert a…

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Rafael Nadal dominates Del Potro to set up French Open final with Thiem

• Ten-times champion defeats Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2• Dominic Thiem beats Marco Cecchinato to reach first slam finalSentiment rubbed up against reality here on Friday, as two underdogs bowed to the inevitable to leave Rafael Nadal and Domin…

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French Open 2018 semi-final: Marco Cecchinato v Dominic Thiem – live!

Rafael Nadal v Juan Martín del Potro to followMurray to decide on Queen’s and Wimbledon next weekEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com 11.51am BST It’s 1-1 in the head-to-head between Marco Cecchinato and Dominic Thiem, although they haven’t met since …

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Rafael Nadal: ‘If you don’t feel the pressure, you don’t love the sport’ – video

Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of the French Open for the 11th time after he squeezed past Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman. The Spaniard took the match in four sets, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2Rafael Nadal fights hard for victory over Diego Sc…

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Simona Halep sweeps aside Garbiñe Muguruza to reach French Open final

• Top seed made flying start in 6-1, 6-4 semi-final win• Romanian keeps world No 1 ranking after victoryIt is testimony to the depth of their friendship that Sloane Stephens’s perfectly shaped backhand down the line to put Madison Keys out her misery a…