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Nadal Wins Steamy 9th French Open

Sends Novak Djokovic packing after shaky first set

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 today in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35... More »

Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit

(Newser) - It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP . Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the... More »

Nadal Dumps Djokovic, Wins 7th French Open

Final was suspended last night due to rain

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title, returning to Roland Garros today to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a match that was halted the night before because of rain. When play resumed, second-seeded Nadal promptly broke top-seeded Djokovic's serve to pull even at 2-2.... More »

Nadal Downs Federer, Nabs 6th Open

Takes fourth French Open against Swiss player

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-equaling sixth French Open title today, beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final. It was the fourth final at Roland Garros between the two players, and the fourth won by Nadal. More »

Nadal Captures 5th French Open

Roundly defeats Robin Soderling at Roland Garros

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his crown as the King of Clay. Chasing down shots all over the court, the relentless Spaniard won his fifth French Open title today and avenged his lone Roland Garros defeat, beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal improved to 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the... More »

Soderling Bounces Defending Champ Federer

Swede snaps 6-year streak of Grand Slam semis at 23

(Newser) - There will be a Grand Slam semifinal without Roger Federer for the first time in 6 years. French Open upset specialist Robin Soderling struck again today, rallying past defending champion Federer in a rainy quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. That ended Federer's record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23... More »

Is Federer Now the Greatest Player Ever?

With 14 Slams, Swiss tennis star enters the pantheon

(Newser) - Roger Federer has tied Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slams after his decisive victory yesterday at the French Open—a title that Sampras himself never won. And as soon as the Swiss player lifted the cup on the red clay of Roland Garros, the arguments began: Is Federer now... More »

Federer Wins 1st French Open

Swiss star's victory gives him elusive career Grand Slam

(Newser) - The fans at Roland Garros got what they were cheering for today: not a nail-bitingly close French Open finals match, but a definitive win by Roger Federer. After years of falling just short on clay, Federer finally can claim a career Grand Slam with his 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4... More »

Federer Earns Final, Will Face No. 23 Seed

(Newser) - Striving to complete a career Grand Slam, sentimental favorite Roger Federer came from behind twice in the semifinals to beat big-serving Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a French Open semifinal today in Paris. Playing in his fourth consecutive Roland Garros final, Federer will try... More »

Sharapova Falls to Safina

Top seed falls in 3 sets

(Newser) - Dinara Safina dashed Maria Sharapova’s French Open dreams today in an all-Russian free-for-all, ESPN reports. A screaming Sharapova bungled two big leads, rankling the crowd, which booed and whistled as she made her unceremonious exit . “They paid the ticket to watch me, so they must appreciate me on... More »

Nadal Bites Federer (Again) at Garros

Spaniard wins French Open number trois, ends Roger's streak

(Newser) - Spain's Rafael Nadal sealed a threepeat at Roland Garros today—the first player since Bjorn Borg to achieve the feat. Lionized hardcourt phenom Roger Federer fell for a third straight year to Nadal, who is still undefeated at the French Open with a sacré blu-worthy 21 straight victories. More »

Henin Scores French Open Threepeat

Straight-sets Belgian bests Ivanovic for Roland Garros title

(Newser) - Belgian clay-court luminary Justine Henin won her third straight Roland Garros in Paris today, breezing past Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-1 6-2 in the final. Ivanovic won a rare break from Henin in the first game, but collapsed soon thereafter, double-faulting five times and handing the 25-year-old her fourth French... More »

Sharapova Comes From Behind in French Open Masterpiece

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova squeaked past Patty Schnyder in a blistering forehand duel to pass the fourth round at Roland Garros yesterday, in what's being hailed as an instant classic at the French Open. The Russian superstar battled back from match point twice to beat her Swiss rival 3-6 6-4 9-7. More »

U.S. Massacred at French Open

Roddick, Blake among eight Amis to drop in nine matches

(Newser) - In their worst-ever Open showing, eight of the nine American men's tennis players at Roland Garros were defeated in one day; the ninth had his match suspended due to darkness. Third-seed Andy Roddick and eighth-seed James Blake both dropped to lower-ranked opponents in four sets each after initially leading. More »

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