Williams battles past Sharapova to claim French Open title
Where:Roland Garros, Paris, France When: 12:00 pm Watch Live: Click here to watch on ITV (subject to territory) Rafael Nadal takes on compatriot David Ferrer in the French Open final, who is playing in his first Grand Slam final at the age of 31. In stark contrast, Nadal is playing in his sixteenth final of a Major, and he has triumphed in eleven of those ? marking him out as one of the greatest players in history. His five Grand Slam losses have come against Roger Federer (twice) and Novak Djokovic (three times) ? no slouches themselves ? and though David Ferrer is playing his best ever tennis and deserves his place at number five in the world rankings, it is hard to see past Nadal as winner in this match. The younger Spaniard leads the pair?s head-to-head by 19-4, and has won their last eight encounters, including all on clay since 2004, when he first met Ferrer as a teenager in Stuttgart. Like the women?s final yesterday, in which Serena Williams justified her position as favourite by defeating Maria Sharapova in straight sets, it is hard to see past a Rafa Nadal victory.
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Radwanska beat Williams 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4. Michael Llodra of France serves against Steve Darcis of Belgium on May 26. Llordra won 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Darcis makes a forehand swing against Llodra on May 26. Sara Errani of Italy serves against Arantxa Rus of Netherlands on May 26. Errani won 6-2, 6-1.
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Brothers Bob, Mike Bryan win French Open doubles title
She delivered her well-practiced, post-match speech in French, delighting the crowd. She thanked everybody, from Jehovah to her family to the audience. ?Eleven years ago, I didn?t think I?d still be playing, never past 28, but heck I?m still here,? Williams told Mary Carillo on NBC. ?This is the only one I haven?t won more than one. I?m really, really, really pumped.? Compared to some of the recent one-sided matches between these two players, the 6-4, 6-4 victory by Williams in the one-hour, 46-minute final was an extraordinary, equitable show of power tennis. Sharapova, the 2012 champ and the owner of a career Grand Slam, was no slouch.
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Fully committed Serena Williams bests Maria Sharapova and French Open's slow red clay for 16th Grand Slam title
In the tiebreaker, the Bryans rallied from a 4-2 deficit to clinch the victory when Mahut sent a forehand wide. The twins won their only other French Open in 2003. When they won the Australian Open this year, they broke a tie for most major doubles titles with Australian greats John Newcombe and Tony Roche. Last year at Roland Garros, the Bryans lost the final to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Llodra and Mahut were bidding to become the first Frenchmen to win the doubles since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in 1984. Copyright 2013 Associated Press .
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Nadal And Ferrer Set Up An All-Spanish Final At French Open
But he dispatched Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2. "You can always go over it again and say 'I should have done this or that, I could have done that,'" said Tsonga, who downed 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in straight sets in the quarters. "I would have liked to play better tennis. It wasn't the case." Yannick Noah remains the last Frenchman to win a major at the French Open in 1983. "Frapper Fort," (Hit Hard) was French sports daily L'Equipe's headline on Friday ? with a photo of the barrel-chested Tsonga clenching his fist in a dynamic pose. "Honestly, I felt good," Tsonga said, playing down the weight of expectation on him to try and end his nation's men's drought in majors.
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