Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros to claim his 12th French Open crown and 18th grand slam title Rafael Nadal, hair thinning, legs slowing imperceptibly but genius intact, remains unbeatable on the clay of Roland Garros. Not even a spirited challenge by the world No 4, Dominic Thiem, could stop the 33-year-old Spaniard winning the French Open for a 12th time on Sunday, a feat unlikely to be matched in their lifetimes, if ever. For two sets the 25-year-old Austrian made a proper fight of it. But Nadal responded to the threat by tearing through the final two sets like the wind that has disrupted the schedule over the past few days to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 …

Johanna Konta and Ashleigh Barty look to steal teenagers thunder

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova produced a stunning performance to defeat the defending champion, Simona Halep, and reach the French Open semi-finals The thunderstorm expected to rip through Roland Garros on day 13 will be forgotten soon enough if Amanda Anisimova and Marketa Vondrousova become the first teenage finalists in a major championship since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis at the US Open 20 years ago. That possibility describes a cycle of change that Williams had strangled with her brilliance in compiling 23 majors, a run that has stalled since the 37-year-old grande dame of tennis became a mother in September 2017. She has not won a tournament since and her game has an air of anxiety about it. Her …

French Open: Roger Federer catches fire while Rafael Nadal survives stutter

Roger Federer caught fire as he rattled through a three-set victory and into the fourth round of the French Open while Rafael Nadal dropped a set but made safe progress Roger Federer, who gives the illusion of making time stop, is enjoying his return to Paris after an absence of four years, as any 37-year-old tennis genius would, and he confirmed on day six he is still dangerous going into the second week for the 14th time in his career. Federer has looked fit, sharp and happy in his first three matches, has not dropped a set and is hitting the ball with pleasing power and precision, as the young Norwegian Casper Ruud discovered on Court Suzanne Lenglenon Friday when …

Michael Chang: I chat with Ivan when I see him. But never about the French Open

Thirty years on from his Paris triumph, Michael Chang talks to Simon Cambers about underarm serving, toppling Lendl and how Tiananmen Square tinged success with sadness It is one of the most iconic moments in tennis history. Michael Chang, a young American playing only his fifth grand slam event, was cramping in the final set of his fourth-round battle at the 1989 French Open against the world No 1, Ivan Lendl, the colossus who had won the title in three of the five previous years. At 4-3, 15-30, Chang stood on the baseline and readied himself to serve. It was then the flash of inspiration came. Leaning forward and pausing for a moment, Chang delivered an underarm serve, slicing across …