French Open 2013

  • Federer haul seems lightyears away, says Nadal June 11, 2013

    Madrid: Rafa Nadal believes he still has a very long way to go before he can match or overtake the record haul of 17 grand slam singles titles amassed by his great rival Roger Federer. Spaniard Nadal won his eighth French Open crown on Sunday and having just turned 27, has...
  • Rafael Nadal drops from fourth to fifth in ATP rankings June 10, 2013

    Paris: Eighttime French Open champion Rafael Nadal has dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 in the ATP rankings this week, swapping places with David Ferrer, the man he beat in the Roland Garros final. Nadal only retained the ranking points he earned by winning last year's French Open, while Ferrer...
  • Rafael Nadal first to qualify for ATP World Tour finals June 10, 2013

    London: Rafa Nadal has booked his place at the World Tour finals after winning a record eighth French Open title, the ATP said on Monday. Nadal has staged a spectacular comeback after being sidelined for seven months with a knee injury from June last year. Since returning in February, he has reached...
  • Nadal the best to have ever played the game: Piperno June 10, 2013

    Former India Davis Cup player Enrico Piperno heaved praises on Rafa Nadal after the Spaniard won his eighth Rolland Garros title and his 12th overall Grand Slam going on to say that Nadal is perhaps the greatest player to have played the sport. Piperno added that winning the French Open...
  • Nadal prefers to be left alone after creating history June 10, 2013

    Paris: Having achieved the glittering distinction of becoming the only man to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament, French Open champion Rafa Nadal was soon dreaming of another priceless thing on Sunday to be left alone. A 63, 62, 63 victory over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer...
  • Strange day in the office leaves Ferrer chuckling June 10, 2013

    Paris: A Roland Garros final against Rafa Nadal should have been the highlight of Spanish warrior David Ferrer's career. Instead what he got was a "strange" match featuring driving rain, invaded by "strange" people "without clothes on" and he will now "strangely" be ranked above Nadal despite finishing second best. At...
  • Factbox: French Open champion Rafael Nadal June 9, 2013

    Factbox on Rafael Nadal who won his eighth French Open tennis title on Sunday: MAKING HIS NAME Born in Manacor, Mallorca, June 3, 1986. His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal enjoyed a successful career as a professional footballer, notably for Barcelona and Spain. The naturally righthanded Nadal switched to being a lefthanded...
  • Protesters, one letting off a flare, interrupt French Open final June 9, 2013

    Paris: Four protesters, one letting off a flare, briefly interrupted the French Open tennis final between Rafa Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Sunday. Two barechested protesters stood up in one of the front rows behind the players' benches on court Philippe Chatrier at the end of the sixth game...
  • Rafael Nadal defeats David Ferrer to win eighth French Open title June 9, 2013

    Paris: Rafael Nadal's final shot at the French Open was a typically ferocious fallaway forehand, and when it landed for a winner, his momentum and emotions sent him splaying backward onto the clay he loves. The champion quickly bounded to his feet and headed for the net at a trot. It...
  • Makarova, Vesnina win French Open women's doubles title June 9, 2013

    Paris: Fourthseeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia won their first Grand Slam title together by defeating defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 75, 62 in the women's doubles final of the French Open on Sunday. It was the first major title for Vesnina but the second...
  • Bryan brothers end 10year wait to repeat French Open magic June 9, 2013

    Paris: The 30somethings have enjoyed themselves at the French Open this year and American twins Bob and Mike Bryan continued the trend by winning a recordextending 14th grand slam doubles title at Roland Garros on Saturday. Just a few hours after 31yearold fellow American Serena Williams hoisted the women's trophy, the...
  • Sharapova defiant despite loss to Williams June 9, 2013

    Paris: Predictably it was unlucky 13 for Maria Sharapova as she lost her French Open crown to Serena Williams on Saturday, yet the Russian remained defiant as she drew positives from yet another defeat against the world number one. Sharapova has now lost 13 matches in a row to Williams but...
  • Williams believes her best still lies ahead June 9, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams thinks her best years may still be ahead of her at the age of 31. She overcame stubborn resistance from defending champion Maria Sharapova in the French Open final on Saturday to clinch her 16th Grand Slam title, beating the Russian 64, 64 and extending her own winning...
  • Ferrer in way of Nadal's 8th French Open title June 9, 2013

    Paris: His words catching in his throat, Toni Nadal called it "really a miracle" that his nephew is back in the French Open final. Seriously? Miraculous? More like expected, given that Rafael Nadal is 581 for his career at Roland Garros, a seventime champion who will become the only man...
  • Serena will equal Evert and Navratilova's slam mark: Mouratoglou June 9, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams is already assured a place in tennis history but her coach believes the 16time grand slam champion will soon embroider her status among the greats. The American, who beat Maria Sharapova to win the French Open on Saturday, is now two grand slam titles shy of Chris Evert...
  • Bryan brothers win doubles title at French Open June 9, 2013

    Paris: Topseeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States won their 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut of France 64, 46, 76 (4) in the French Open final Saturday. In the tiebreaker, the Bryans rallied from a 42 deficit to clinch the victory when Mahut...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to claim her 2nd French Open title June 8, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when she beat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 64, 64 on Saturday. The victory completed the No. 1ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111thranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros...
  • Missing French Open could be blessing in disguise for Andy Murray June 8, 2013

    London: World number two Andy Murray is hoping his Wimbledon title chances will benefit from his enforced absence from the French Open in Paris. The Briton ended a sequence of three successive Grand Slam final appearances when he pulled out of the clay court event at Roland Garros because of a...
  • No player even closer to solving Rafa riddle on red dirt June 8, 2013

    Paris: An unassuming Swede and his hammerhead forehand is starting to gain mythical status at Roland Garros because in nine years Robin Soderling remains the only man to have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Over the seasons grand slam champions in the calibre of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy...
  • Nadal, Ferrer make up allSpanish final at Roland Garros June 8, 2013

    Paris: Rafael Nadal won an epic semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the French Open to remain the King of Clay for another couple of days, at least. The seventime champion twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set Friday, then came from behind in the fifth to...
  • Sharapova looking for her range against Serena in the final June 8, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams gives pet names to her various character traits whereas Maria Sharapova, who will try to prevent the American claiming a 16th Grand Slam title in Saturday's French Open final, usually sticks rigidly to the ice maiden routine. Defending champion Sharapova has been quite erratic in the last couple...
  • Nadal crosses Djokovic hurdle to enter eighth final June 7, 2013

    Paris: Rafael Nadal won an epic semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the French Open to remain the King of Clay for another couple of days, at least. The seventime champion twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set on Friday, then came from behind in the fifth to...
  • Sharapova bids to end to poor run against Williams June 7, 2013

    Paris: Maria Sharapova was not even an adult the last time she beat Serena Williams, it was so long ago. That was at the WTA Championships, when the Russian was just over 17 12 years old. Nearly nine years later, she'll try to stop Williams from winning her 16th Grand...
  • Nadal and Djokovic renew hostilities a round early June 7, 2013

    Paris: The current best player in the world meets the greatest claycourt player of all time in a French Open blockbuster on Friday but it is not even the final. Unusually no silverware will be at stake when Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spaniard Rafa Nadal strut on to Philippe...
  • Bryan brothers reach doubles final at French Open June 7, 2013

    Paris: Topseeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States will aim for a record 14th major doubles title after beating Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 61, 64 in the semifinals of the French Open on Thursday. On Saturday, the twins will face Michael Llodra and Nicolas...
  • Ferrer to give Tsonga tougher time than Federer: Forget June 7, 2013

    Paris: JoWilfried Tsonga can expect David Ferrer to give him a tougher time than Roger Federer managed when they meet in their French Open semifinal on Friday, former France Davis Cup captain Guy Forget has warned. Sixth seed Tsonga is bidding to become the first Frenchman to win Roland Garros, let...
  • Serena Williams sets up Roland Garros final against Maria Sharapova June 6, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams reached the French Open final for the first time since 2002 when she beat Sara Errani 60, 61 on Thursday. The No. 1ranked Williams' opponent Saturday will be defending champion Maria Sharapova, who defeated Victoria Azarenka 61, 26, 64. Against Errani, the runnerup last year, Williams took control by...
  • Bryan Brothers reach doubles finals at French Open June 6, 2013

    Paris: Topseeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States will aim for a record 14th major doubles title after beating Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 61, 64 in the semifinals of the French Open on Thursday. On Saturday, the American twins will face Michael Llodra and...
  • Maria Sharapova overcomes Victoria Azarenka to reach French Open final June 6, 2013

    Paris: Defending champion Maria Sharapova overcame 11 double faults and earned a return trip to the French Open final with a noisy victory over Victoria Azarenka, 61, 26, 64 on Thursday. Sharapova's opponent on Saturday will be either No. 1 Serena Williams or Sara Errani. Sharapova beat Errani in the final...
  • Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic to clash in French Open semifinals June 6, 2013

    Paris: The French Open showdown between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic might lack some sizzle because it's a semifinal and not the final. Still, they both have more than enough motivation to make the match a memorable one. Seventime champion Nadal vs. No. 1ranked Djokovic carries the heft of a final, even...