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Williams - Muguruza to clash in French Open Final

Serena Williams finds herself on the cusp of creating history once again as the undisputed Greatest Female Tennis Player of All Time, and quite possibly even the greatest tennis player ever period, moved to within one win of her 22nd Grand Slam title for the second time this year.

Williams was the overwhelming favourite to equal Steffi Graf's record of Grand Slam titles earlier this year at the Australian Open, but stumbled at the final hurdle suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Germany's Angelique Kerber, and the 34 year old American will have her second shot at Tennis immortality on Saturday when she competes with Venezuelan born Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.


Djokovic, Serena battle through to French Open Semi-finals

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.


Djokovic cruises into French Open Fourth Round

World no.1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros this evening, facing more of a challenge in rushing through his contest in decaying light than that posed by his opponent Aljaz Bedene, who went down rather tamely in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic, one of the favourites this year to win a first ever French Open title, will face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the round of 16.

Djokovic was a man in a hurry after his match got underway at nearly half past 7, knowing that he would have to speed things along to ensure that he wouldn't need to return to play again tomorrow against the Slovenian-born Britain.


Injured Nadal pulls out of French Open

Hopes of Rafael Nadal winning 'La Decima' will need to be postponed for another season as the 9-time French Open champion declared at a press conference that he was pulling out of Roland Garros due to a wrist injury.

Nadal has had his trouble with injuries in recent seasons, and he shared with the press today that he played his second round match with Argentine Facundo Bagnis after having taken a painkilling injection. However, his hope that the pain in his wrist would ease in time for his third round clash with compatriot Marcel Granollers haven't worked out as desired.


Djokovic, Nadal advance to French Open third round

World no.1 Novak Djokovic and 9-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal stayed on course for their mammoth semi-final showdown by registering routine wins in the second round at Roland Garros today.

Nadal was up first, and the 29 year old Spaniard notched up his 200th win at a Grand Slam, making light work of world no.99 Facundo Bagnis of Argentina, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3.


Murray battles to another 5-set win at Roland Garros

If world no.2 Andy Murray wins his maiden French Open title in a couple of week's time, there will be no one doubting whether the 29 year old Briton deserves it.

For the second straight match, Murray needed five sets to beat his opponent, this time coming from two sets to one down to battle past 22 year French wildcard recipient Mathias Bourgue.


Nadal imperious in his pursuit of 'La Decima'

Nine-time French Open Champion Rafael Nadal began his pursuit to become the first player ever in the history of tennis to clock double digits at a single Grand Slam by completely decimating big serving Australian Sam Groth, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in just 80 minutes.

Nadal, who has been criticized in the past for taking far too long to get through his early round matches, and expending too much energy in the early stages of tournaments, knows that he will need to be at his best if he is to accomplish 'La Decima' this season.


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