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Novak Djokovic cruises through first round of French Open

World no.1 Novak Djokovic began his latest attempt at claiming his maiden French Open title by crushing Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round in Roland Garros today.

Djokovic, who has made the final here at Roland Garros in three of the last four seasons, is hoping to go one better this year, and got the perfect early work out as Lu kept pace with the top seed in the opening set. Djokovic lifted his game just enough to ensure that he wrapped up the match quickly, saving his energy for bigger tests to follow over the next two weeks.


Rain plays havoc on Day 1 at Roland Garros

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, got off to a wet start with only 5 seeds able to complete their matches on Day 1 at Roland Garros. As a result there were also no upsets on the opening day, though 10th seed Petra Kvitova flirted with disaster briefly before scrapping past 21 year old Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted more than 2 hours.

Kvitova, wearing a gorgeous blue ensemble, looked to be on the verge of crashing out when Kovinic served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but Kvitova rattled off 7 straight points and won three games on the trot to book her place in the second round.


Roger Federer withdraws from 2016 French Open

2009 French Open Champion and perennial fan favourite Roger Federer has withdrawn from playing at Roland Garros this year due to a back injury.

The legendary Swiss underwent knee surgery shortly after the Australian Open this year, but returned to competitive match play at Monte Carlo in April. Federer's knee recovered sufficiently for him to be able to compete in the European Summer Swing, but a back injury picked up during practice in Madrid forced the former world no.1 to withdraw from the Madrid Masters, though he did return to action the following week at the Italian Open.


Jordan Thompson earns Roland Garros wildcard

Rising star Jordan Thompson (NSW) has been awarded a wildcard into Roland Garros, capping his stellar start to the 2016 season. The 22-year-old was given the nod for the coveted entry pass by Tennis Australia selectors following an impressive stretch on tour, highlighted by his maiden ATP Challenger title in Cherbourg, France in February and a second title win in Anning, China in April.

In 12 months Thompson has climbed more than 160 places in the world rankings, moving from No.254 in May last year to now sit at world No.89.


Wawrinka stuns Djokovic to win maiden French Open title

stanislas_wawrinka_1.jpgWorld no.1 Novak Djokovic's quest for a career Grand Slam will need to wait for another year as the Serbian superstar failed in his attempt to win the only major trophy missing from his cabinet, going down in four sets to a red hot Stanislas Wawrinka in the Final of the French Open at Roland Garros today.

It was perhaps a perfect finish to the match as Wawrinka ripped one of his trademark backhands down the line for a winner, his 59th of the contest to seal his second Grand Slam title and his first French Open crown.


Williams overcomes blip to claim 20th Grand Slam title

serena_williamsSerena Williams played flawless tennis for a set and a half, and then had to do it all over again after going through a mid-match blip of epic proportions which included sitters dumped into the net and double faults galore, but when the dust settled and everything was said and done, the American legend emerged victorious at Roland Garros, claiming her third French Open title.

Williams' win in Paris is also the 20th Grand Slam triumph of her career, leaving her just 2 shy of the legendary German Steffi Graf in the all-time winners stakes, and going by the desire and hunger she has showcased over the last fortnight, it wouldn't be at all surprising if she finishes above the German when she does call time on what has been a rather glorious career.


Djokovic downs Murray in five to set up Wawrinka showdown on Sunday

novak_djokovic4World no.1 Novak Djokovic kept his date with destiny and the glory that comes with joining an elite bunch of tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam by advancing to the third French Open final of his career.

Djokovic, twice a runner-up to Rafael Nadal, will look to go one better on Sunday when he squares off against 8th seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion.


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