Dominic Thiem Ends Novak Djokovic’s Run of Major Titles

PARIS — Two victories from stitching together another perfect string of Grand Slam tournaments, Novak Djokovic was tied into knots and sent out of the French Open with a semifinal loss to Dominic Thiem on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Thiem, known more for his bludgeoning power than his delicate touch, wove together an all-court game to beat the top-seeded Djokovic, 6-2, […]

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Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova Make the Final

PARIS — Under mostly cooperative gray skies and in front of small but enthusiastic crowds on Roland Garros’s secondary stadiums, Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova booked spots in the French Open final, surviving blustery switches in momentum and winds. Vondrousova, 19, lost the first 10 points of her match against the 26th-seeded Johanna Konta before steadying herself and finding her […]

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What to Watch Saturday at the French Open

TV schedule: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m. Eastern; NBC, noon Eastern Scoreboard: Men’s singles | Women’s singles Serena Williams vs. Sofia Kenin Williams received a comfortable welcome to the tournament, facing players ranked 83rd and 238th in her first two matches. She has a far sterner test in the third round against Kenin, a 20-year-old American who has steadily climbed the […]

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Another Young American Prepares to Face the Serena Williams Aura

PARIS — It was the preseason in South Florida last year, and Sofia Kenin, in search of the ultimate practice partner, sent a text message to Serena Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, to see if Williams was available. Mouratoglou politely demurred. . “He said she was all set,” Kenin said. Last month, Kenin was expecting to join forces with Williams on […]

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Meet Nick Kyrgios, the 24-year-old bad boy of tennis whose talent and antics make him the most frustrating and compelling player in the sport

Nick Kyrgios is one of the most polarizing figures in tennis. The 24-year-old Australian is considered one of the most talented players but is also considered a “bad boy” for his temper tantrums, meltdowns, and antics on and off the court. Kyrgios has admitted he doesn’t love tennis or work as hard as he could, and some feel that if […]

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Forging His Own Path, Dominic Thiem Eyes a Grand Slam Breakthrough

PARIS — With no prologue, I recently asked Dominic Thiem whether the following number sequences meant anything to him: 2 and 4; 4 and 8; and 4 and 2. He did not hesitate. “Yeah, sure, that is my head-to-head,” he said, laughing. “I know those numbers very well.” They are worth retaining. Few players have multiple victories over Novak Djokovic, […]

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Fighting Rust, Serena Williams Has a Rocky Start in Paris

PARIS — It has been a frustrating year at the office so far for Serena Williams, filled with old injuries that have resurfaced and new ones that have scuttled her chances. It has been a season where the opportunities to play actual tennis matches and finish the few she has started have been far too rare. But Williams was back […]

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French Open: Caroline Wozniacki Loses; Petra Kvitova Withdraws

PARIS — Caroline Wozniacki went from playing a perfect set to start her French Open campaign to quickly fading away against an opponent who had never previously won a Grand Slam match. In a performance emblematic of a difficult season, Wozniacki, a former No. 1 and last year’s Australian Open champion, lost Monday in the first round at Roland Garros, […]

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Same Old Roger Federer Shines at the New-Look French Open

PARIS — Endure long enough in professional tennis and the familiar becomes unfamiliar. At the Miami Open last month, Roger Federer, 37, found himself winning the title in a professional football stadium instead of the more intimate confines of Key Biscayne. “That took some getting used to,” he said. On Sunday, he walked on court to play his first French […]

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