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Wawrinka waits patiently in French Open Final as Djokovic v Murray is carried forward into Saturday

Stanislas Wawrinka will spend the night wondering who is opponent will be on Sunday in the Final of the French Open after the second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray was postponed to Saturday midway through the fourth set. Earlier in the day, Wawrinka earned himself a spot in the final at Roland Garros for the first time in his career, beating local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in front of a raucous football-like crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Wawrinka came into his match with Tsonga as the overwhelming favourite and laid down the early marker by taking the first set 6-3 and going up a break in the second. Tsonga responded to the challenge by breaking back en route to taking the second set 7-1 in a tiebreak. The third set was always going to be key in this contest and despite being under the cosh for large periods, Wawrinka was able to save break point after break point and force the set into another tiebreak. This time it was the Swiss who emerged victorious 7-3, and an early break in the fourth set allowed him to take the match in four hard fought sets, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4.


Williams produces dramatic comeback to stay on course for 20th Grand Slam title; Safarova awaits

serena_williams_4.jpgArguably one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, Serena Williams stayed on course towards capturing her 20th Grand Slam title and her third French Open crown by producing a dramatic comeback from a set and a break down to destroy 25 year old Swiss star Timea Bacsinszky by winning 10 games on the trot.

Williams appeared to be struggling with her health, not for the first time in a big match, but showed incredible resolve to produce a comeback of monumental proportions by seemingly hitting a switch that propelled her game into a completely different stratosphere as she bounced back from 6-4, 3-2 down to win her semi-final encounter against the no.23 seed 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.


Djokovic cruises past Nadal to setup Murray semi-final showdown in Paris

Rafael Nadal suffered just the second defeat of his career on the red clay of Paris in his 11th visit to Roland Garros, yet no one will consider his loss today as an upset. 'The King of Clay' a 9-time French Open champion came into Roland Garros this year without his usual collection of European clay courts titles under his belt. His opponent today was the world no.1 Novak Djokovic, who had taken some of his more treasured titles off Nadal's hands this summer and was on a 26 match unbeaten run.

Djokovic started the match in red hot form, racing away to a 4-0 lead before Nadal dragged things back to level terms, frustrating Novak, who was clearly playing the better tennis, but wasn't being able to put his long time rival away.


Williams to face latest Swiss Miss in French Open semis

World no.1 Serena Williams advanced to yet another Grand Slam semi-final demolishing 17th seeded Italian Sara Errani in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 to book her place in the final four at Roland Garros on Wednesday afternoon.

A 19-time Grand Slam champion, 33 year old Williams is looking to get out of her teens by lifting the French Open title for just the third time in her career. A winner here in Paris way back in 2002, before repeating her triumph in 2013, Serena was in imperious form today, smashing a phenomenal 39 winners in a match that lasted just 16 games.


Wawrinka ousts Federer, Tsonga outlasts Nishikori at Roland Garros

It was a day of upsets in the Men's quarter-finals at the French Open in Paris today with 2009 champion Roger Federer going down in straight sets to his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, and 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prevailing in five sets over fifth seed Kei Nishikori in an incredible contest that witnessed some amazing momentum swings.

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer took on his Swiss Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka in sole men's singles match on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Federer came into the match with a 16-2 edge against his 30 year old opponent, and was widely expected to prevail despite Wawrinka having been in outstanding form all week.


Resurgent Ivanovic to face Safarova in French Open semi-finals

2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and 13th seed Lucie Safarova booked a semi-final date with each other at Roland Garros by notching up impressive straight set victories in the quarter-finals today.

Ivanovic rolled back the clock 7 years, looking very much still like a fresh-faced 20 something making her way around the clay in Paris as she made mincemeat of 19th seed Elina Svitolina on Court Philippe Chatrier. The former world no.1 dished out 37 winners as she barely broke a sweat to power her way into the semi-finals in a little over an hour.


Sharapova, Kvitova ousted, Serena survives another scare at the French Open

It was another day of upsets in the women's draw at the French Open with defending champion Maria Sharapova sent packing early on Monday morning by Lucie Safarova, and the day ending with one of the other favourites for the title, Petra Kvitova also getting dumped out of the tournament in the fourth round. However, in between all the blood and thunder that engulfed Roland Garros today, stood strong the powerful figure of arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all-time, Serena Williams, who braved a tremendous challenge from young American Sloane Stephens to prevail in three tough sets.

The day started with Russian diva Maria Sharapova squaring off against Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova, an the no.13 seed proved unlucky for the defending champion as she sneaked away with a tight opening set, 7-3 in a tiebreak, before holding her poise to wrap up the contest in straight sets, 6-4 in the second.


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