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It has been a long wet week at Roland Garros, and finally the semi-final line-up in both the men's and women's draw is complete. With Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinka and Garbiñe Muguruza vs Sam Stosur having already set up their semi-final brackets yesterday, it was the turn of the top seeds to book their pre-anointed plays in the French Open semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic was up first and taking on an all too familiar opponent in 7th seeded Czech Tomas Berdych. It was relatively plain sailing for the Serb, looking to add not just the only missing prize from his trophy cabinet, but to also become the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time - a remarkable feat should he accomplish it.

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Serena Williams and Andy Murray prepared for the French Open in perfect fashion, winning the women's and men's singles titles respectively at the Italian Open, defeating Madison Keys and Novak Djokovic in two rather contrasting finals.

Unsurprisingly, it was the women's final which was the more entertaining of the two with Serena picking up the 70th title of her illustrious career, but her first in 9 months, beating compatriot Madison Keys, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in an entertaining final that witnessed plenty of big hitting and unforced errors from both women.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic will square off against Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the Rome Masters after the duo registered contrasting wins in their respective semi-final matches on Saturday.

Murray, taking on 22 year old Lucky Loser Lucas Pouille, needed less than an hour to book his place in Sunday's showpiece, dismissing the world no.52 in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Murray, who turns 29 today, will be hoping to go one better than he did in the Madrid Masters final last weekend, when he failed to get past a stubborn Djokovic in a tight three setter that went down to the wire.

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Nico Rosberg's fantastic start to the 2016 season continued unabated with the German driver picking up his fourth win of the season in as many races, and his 7th in succession going back to the fag end of last season to win the Russian Grand Prix ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, who produced a good drive to finish in second place after having started in 10th, and battled on despite a water pressure issue with his car. Kimi Raikkonen took third in the lone Ferrari to finish after 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was bunted out of the race on the opening lap by local boy Daniil Kvyaat, who followed up his battle with Vettel in China a couple of weeks back by hitting him not once but twice, sending the incensed German crashing out.

For Rosberg though it was another comfortable drive, with the Mercedes man racking up the first ever race win, pole position and fastest lap in his long career. It was a memorable win that gives him a 43 point lead over Lewis Hamilton, a potentially insurmountable margin even at this early stage of the season.

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Nico Rosberg claimed the 24th pole position of his career, his second in Russia and his second in succession this season as the Mercedes man looks to continue to stretch his lead at the top of the Drivers' Standings after having started the weekend in perfect fashion at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

The German driver actually went faster in Q2 than he did in Q3, taking Pole Position with a time of 1:35.417, but actually put in an even better lap in his previous outing, having posted a time of 1:35.337. Things didn't go quite so well for his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton though, who will start tomorrow's race from 10th place on the grid, having not come out in Q3 at all.

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DjokovicWorld no.1 Novak Djokovic won his fifth title at Indian Wells, crushing an injured Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in a very one-sided final on Sunday. Fortunately the women's final provided a lot more excitement for the fans as Victoria Azarenka also picked up her second win at Indian Wells, stunning top seed Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling final.

There was no stopping Djokovic at Indian Wells yesterday as the Super Serb picked up the 62nd title of his career, going level with Roger Federer on 27 Masters series titles, crushing his Canadian opponent Raonic in virtual no-contest. In addition to struggling with a back injury which affected his ability to serve, Raonic went for too much too early in points, committing 27 unforced errors to virtually hand the title to Djokovic, who simply had to be consistent and move his opponent around, waiting for an error.

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In one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's tennis, 27 year old German Angelique Kerber, playing her very first Grand Slam final, stunned the 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams of the United States in three thrilling sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to capture the 2016 Australian Open title.

With both women chasing a piece of history tonight, Kerber aiming to become the first German to win a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1999, and Williams aiming to join Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles, a tense affair was expected, but instead fans were treated to some exceptional tennis, with Kerber winning the title rather than Serena losing it.

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