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When the Roland Garros draw first appeared, all of us felt virtually certain that we would see Roger Federer on the second Sunday. His greatest obstacle, fourth-seeded David Ferrer, never had defeated him in 14 attempts, while Federer’s early rounds looked especially forgiving. Things did not turn out that way when an especially unforgiving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hammered the Swiss star into straight-sets submission to reach his first Roland Garros semifinal.
As ecstatic as he must have felt to achieve that breakthrough, Tsonga cannot bask in its glow too long. He may have reached the semifinals without losing a set, but so has his opponent. Handed less daunting opposition than Tsonga, Ferrer has shown even greater efficiency in hurling four breadsticks at his last two opponents. At age 31, he will not see many more opportunities to reach his first major final without defeating any of his elite nemeses. That pressure on Ferrer may counterbalance the p...
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Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time, has given zero indications that he is set to retire from the sport. Yes, he probably suffered his worst defeat at a Grand Slam event, getting smoked by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the French Open, but he is still among the very best in the game. The dominance isn’t here, but he’s still great. But that didn’t stop Road...
Roger Federer's time at the 2013 French Open is over after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals earlier this week. Federer's career on the court, however, is not.
That said, the news of Federer's retirement -- which did not happen -- would obviously be monumental, and with that in mind, Road to Roland Garros pulled a prank on several tennis stars to see...
A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline.
The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's opponent, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
That shot was a clear indication that Federer was hardly Federesque on...
Roger Federer lost out in the French Open quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a straight-set whimper that marked one of his most punchless defeats ever at a Grand Slam and gave a modicum of believability to a prank that attempted to convince players he had retired.
But ol' Federer isn't taking the loss too hard. He's already gearing up for the grass-court season --...
Especially these days, you can't always believe what you see or read and that's exactly what some tennis players discovered when they got pranked hidden-camera style.
The prank was for French Open's YouTube "Road to Rolland-Garros" and features many different professional players reacting to the fake news that Roger Federer had retired:
He currently holds the record for most career Grand Slam singles titles, with 17. He’s reached at least the quarterfinals of every major in 36 consecutive tournaments. That’s nine years. He spent 302 successive weeks atop the ATP Rankings from 2004 to 2012. He is undeniably the best overall tennis player in history, but after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated him...
Frances Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Roger Federer 7-5 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the French Open. The sixth seed saw off the 17-time Grand Slam champion in just an hour and 51 minutes to set up a semi-final meeting with Spain’s David Ferrer.
It was a tough act to follow for the second pair of semi-finalists at Roland Garros, but on a cooling, shadow-filled evening on Philipp Chatrier, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to provide both high drama and high-quality tennis if they were to hold a candle to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the French Open, falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. The 17-time Grand Slam champion was eliminated before the semifinals for
Roger Federer has retired. That's what tennis players like John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were told in this awesome prank.
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(June 8, 2013) Ever since coming back from his injury layoff, it seems all that Rafael Nadal can do is chase records, whether consciously or not, and this year’s Roland Garros is no different. The Spaniard is looking for not only his eight Roland Garros title, but also to become the first man in history to win eight titles at the same Slam event. Nadal now holds a 58-1 record at...
By Maud Watson
Vying for No. 2
On Saturday, the top two women’s seeds will be battling each other to try and claim a second title at Roland Garros. Serena’s first title came over ten years ago in 2002, while Sharapova tasted sweet success last year. Serena has a lot more going for her heading into this final. She’s yet to lose on the clay this season, and with the exception...
Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court.
Victoria Azarenka reaches for a lob against Maria Kirilenko during Day 11 action.
Shot of the Day: Victoria Azarenka reached her first semifinal at Roland Garros by easily dispatching of Maria Kirilenko in the quarterfinals in just under two hours with a score of 7-6(3), 6-2.
Nobody deserved a standing ovation more than these two worthy rivals.
A Spaniard has reached the Roland Garros final without dropping a set, but his name is not Rafael Nadal. Here are some key takeaways from two men’s semifinals that compelled and surprised.
That was…worthy of two great rivals: Whereas the Federer-Nadal rivalry has produced a series of spectacular collisions...