Feature 12 // 28 Jan 2019, 12:52 IST SHARE After his dominant display over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open title, a question in every tennis fan’s mind is: Can he challenge Nadal at his impenetrable fort- the Roland-Garros, this time around?Djokovic is one of only three players who have beaten Nadal at the French Open, the other two being Robin Soderling and Marcel Granollers. But that was at the quarter-final stage in 2015 against a clearly out-form Nadal, who had not yet fully recovered from an injury. Nadal was not at the best physical shape during his other two losses as well.Defeating Nadal on clay, especially at the French Open, is without a doubt the most difficult task for any tennis player. Federer has lost a whopping four finals to Nadal. Besides the aforementioned win against Nadal, Djokovic has suffered six losses in the hands of Nadal there.There are have been occasions in the past when a dominant Djokovic was considered the … [Read more...] about Djokovic or Nadal: Who is the favourite at the 2019 French Open?
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News 14 // 20 Jan 2019, 19:38 IST SHARE Roger Federer announced he will make a French Open comeback this year after he was sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas.Federer's quest to become the first man to take the title at Melbourne Park for a seventh time was ended by 20-year-old Greek Tsitsipas, who won a thriller 6-7 (11-13) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.As a result of his fourth-round loss, the 20-time grand slam champion remains one win short of reaching 100 singles tournament triumphs in his astonishing career.Federer has not played at Roland Garros for four years, missing the 2016 event due to injury and opting to skip the clay-court season in each of the last two seasons.Yet the world number three revealed he will enter the Paris major this year following his shock loss to rising star Tsitsipas."It's a bit of a desire. I’m in a phase where I want to have … [Read more...] about Federer confirms French Open return after Melbourne exit
Top 5 / Top 10 8 // 29 Dec 2018, 23:59 IST SHARE The Australian Open, the youngest among the Grand Slams was established in the year 1905. In its 113 year history, the event has been held in 7 different cities (Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, Hastings, and Christchurch in New Zealand).The Australian Open is probably the most physically demanding of all the Grand Slams owing to the scorching Australian summer heat where temperatures can go up to 45 degree Celsius. An Extreme Heat Policy rule has been introduced and this year, the 10-minute break will be applicable to men too if the conditions become unplayable.Athletes from 16 different countries have won the Australian Open over the years with the host nation leading the tally with its athletes winning a total of 50 titles till date (however only 6 of them have come in the Open Era).The tournament has been played on 3 surfaces till date. Until 1987, it was played on … [Read more...] about Men’s Tennis: 6 players with the most Australian Open titles
Top 5 / Top 10 29 // 13 Dec 2018, 20:30 IST SHARE The French Open is probably the most physically demanding of all grand slams. Winning seven matches in a slow surface paired with high bounce can pose challenges to the best of athletes. Players from Latin American countries and Spain who are accustomed to playing on clay tend to find it easier to win at Roland Garros. It is no surprise then that athletes from countries like Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Spain have lifted the La Coupe des Mousquetaires (English: The Musketeers' Trophy) - named after the four famous Frenchmen who dominated tennis during the early part of the 20th century - Henri Cochet, Rene Lacoste, Jacques Brugnon and Jean Borotra.Certain players like Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Gustavo Kuerten were expert clay court players winning numerous titles in Paris. Stade Roland Garros at Court Philippe Chatrier has witnessed many epic battles between legends. We jog down memory … [Read more...] about 4 greatest French Open finals of all-time
Top 5 / Top 10 5 // 05 Dec 2018, 14:13 IST SHARE The inaugural year when women's singles competition was introduced at the French Open was 1897, 6 years after the establishment of the tournament. Adine Masson of France won the most titles in Paris with 4 prior to the Open Era. The most successful in the red dirt during the Open Era is American Chris Evert who won a remarkable 7 titles.The average age of the French Open Women's singles champion in the Open Era is around 24 years. There have been some teenagers who have lifted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy awarded to the champion.They are Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Iva Majoli. Some women have gone on to win titles even in their 30's although it has not been all that common to see a player being crowned as champion in Paris post the age of 30. There have been only 4 such instances in the last 50 years.We take a look at 5 of the oldest female … [Read more...] about 5 oldest French Open winners in Open Era