Rafael Nadal ousts Roger Federer in straight sets to reach French Open final

Nadal will seek 12th title at Roland Garros after defeating Federer 63, 64, 62 in the semi-finals while rain halted the Djokovic-Thiem match at one set all With 11 French Open titles in the bag, Rafael Nadal hardly needs help when it comes to winning at Roland Garros. But on Friday, after he produced a rock-solid performance in horrendous wind to see off Roger Federer, Nadal was handed a further boost when the semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem was only midway through when it was held over until Saturday because of rain. With an extra day to recover compared with his opponent Djokovic and Thiem were one set all with the Austrian leading 3-1 in the third Nadal …

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 …

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 …

Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Italian Open after hurling chair across court

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico and had levelled the match at one set all after losing the opener. After Ruud broke back to make it 1-1 in the deciding set, Kyrgios was given a game penalty, apparently for swearing at a line judge, and promptly erupted. He slammed down his racket, kicked a water bottle and hurled a chair on to the court. The umpire called the referee to court but, before he could be officially defaulted, Kyrgios told …