French Open day 15 -- at a glance: Headlines + Nadal wins record 12th Roland Garros title + 18th major puts Nadal two behind Federer on all-time list + Nadal tells Thiem, 'you'll win it one day' + 'He stepped right on me,' says runner-up Thiem Results (x denotes seeding) Men's final Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT x4) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 Women's doubles final Kristina Mladenovic/Timea Babos (FRA/HUN x2) bt Duan Yingying/Zheng Saisai (CHN/CHN) 6-2, 6-3 Sidelines Mladenovic, Babos take doubles crown -- Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos won their second Grand Slam women's doubles title as a team with a 6-2, 6-3 win over China's Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai. The French/Hungarian pair won the 2018 Australian Open title together while Mladenovic had won Roland Garros in 2016 with compatriot Caroline Garcia. Overbooking.com -- French Open tournament director Guy Forget says one of the solutions to filling the empty seats which plagued Roland Garros this year is to overbook. "We … [Read more...] about French Open day 15 — at a glance
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Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open title on Sunday when he defeated Dominic Thiem in the final for the second straight year. AFP Sport looks at the Spaniard's 12 triumphs in Paris: 2005: bt Mariano Puerta (ARG) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 -- At just 19, Nadal became the youngest winner of a Grand Slam title since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989 at 17. He was the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open on his debut. Puerta was to later fail a drugs test and handed an eight-year ban, eventually reduced to two years. 2006: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 -- Nadal became the first man to beat Federer in a Slam final, ending the Swiss star's hopes of holding all four majors at the same time. It was Nadal's 60th win in a row on clay. 2007: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 -- The 21-year-old Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros. He again also shattered Federer's hopes of becoming only … [Read more...] about Thanks for the memories: Rafael Nadal’s 12 French Open triumphs
The poetry for the third Grand Slam tournament of the season can then, perchance, wait until early July as the circus heads for the clay pens of the French Open. As ever, sub-plots and statistics will spruce up the proceedings during 15 days of matches on the western fringes of the French capital. One question, with apologies to fans of Robert Aldrich movies, pierces the prelude: will Rafael Nadal be celebrating a dirty dozen on 10 June? The 32-year-old Spaniard has won the title on 11 of his 14 visits to Paris. Key Little wonder that he considers the French Open the most important tournament of his career. Usually, he claims two or three of the clay court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome before reaching Paris. In 2019, there has been a relative slump. He only managed to notch up the Italian Open. He did it after dispatching top seed Novak Djokovic in three sets. “Winning a title is important," said Nadal after collecting his 81st senior championship. "But … [Read more...] about French Open: Who can stop the Nadal machine?
Reigning champion Simona Halep on Friday said that the pressure was off ahead of the start of her French Open title defence after ending her long wait for a Grand Slam trophy 12 months ago. The Romanian beat Sloane Stephens in Paris last year to clinch her maiden major crown in her fourth final, and is the third seed for the 2019 edition which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday. "(It's) much better and much easier, because I have the title already," said Halep, who is the bookmakers' favourite to win a second straight title. "(It) doesn't matter anymore what is going to happen. Everything (that) comes now comes as a bonus. So I will try just to give my best and to see if I'm able to do it again." The 27-year-old had faced consistent questions heading into the 2018 French Open about her ability to win the biggest tournaments despite holding the world-number-one ranking for long spells, but finally put those doubts to bed. Now, she concedes that she is maybe "too happy" to have put … [Read more...] about ‘Happy’ Halep feeling less pressure at French Open
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were placed in the same half of the draw for the French Open on Thursday meaning the two longtime rivals could meet in the semi-finals. Second seed Nadal is chasing a 12th title in Paris while 2009 champion Federer, seeded three, is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2015. Nadal starts against qualifiers in the first two rounds while 37-year-old Federer, bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam title winner of all time, faces Italy's Lorenzo Sonego, ranked at 73. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic starts his campaign against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43. Djokovic, the 2016 champion, is bidding to become only the second man in history to hold all four Slams at the same time. Only Rod Laver, who swept to calendar Slams in 1962 and 1969, has previously achieved the feat. If the seedings work out for the quarter-finals, then 15-time major winner Djokovic would face Germany's Alexander Zverev who has still to get past … [Read more...] about Nadal, Federer on French Open collision course