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Now that the 2020 Grand Slam season is done and Rafael Nadal is tied with Roger Federer at 20 major championships, the most for a man in tennis history, followed by Novak Djokovic at 17, some might be tempted to rekindle the conversation about which is the “Greatest of All-Time.”
Adding to his own French Open record trophy with No. 13 on its red clay, Rafael Nadal delivered a remarkably dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic.
Ash Barty has prioritized her health over her status as women's tennis No. 1 by opting out of a second Grand Slam event during the coronavirus pandemic, this time skipping a title defense at the French Open.
The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when the French Open starts in September at Roland Garros.
The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic
Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer – the other was on his left knee in 2016 – and one that is certain to raise questions about his future in tennis.
For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.
Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak has ended in the French Open semifinals. The loss comes because he made some odd strategic choices, because the wild weather bothered him and because the chair umpire got under his skin. Mostly, though, because Dominic Thiem managed to outperform Djokovic at his own brand of defense-to-offense, speed-and-power baseline game. Thiem won in five sets and will play Rafael Nadal for the title.
Ash Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win the French Open for her first Grand Slam title. Barty is the first Australian to win the championship at Roland Garros since 1973. It caps a quick rise to the top of tennis after her return to the sport. She had taken a break to play cricket. Says Barty: “I played the perfect match today.”
King of clay Rafael Nadal blew away Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on a windswept center court on Friday to reach the French Open final for a 12th time, seeking a record dozen titles.
Novak Djokovic is poised to become only the second man in history to hold all four major titles at once on two separate occasions. Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals. Djokovic will be back on the court after only one day for the semifinals against Dominic Thiem. Thiem rolled past 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 .
The French Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal comes 15 years after their first match against each other. For tennis’ sake, maybe this won’t be their last meeting with a lot on the line. Given that Federer is 37 and Nadal 33, who knows? Then again, why write either of these guys off now?
Seventeen-year-old American Amanda Anisimova has upset defending champion Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open quarterfinals. The 51st-ranked Anisimova’s first Grand Slam semifinal will come against another player making her debut in that round of a major. No. 8 seed Ash Barty of Australia advanced by beating No. 14 Madison Keys of the United States 6-3, 7-5. Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will meet in the men’s semifinals.
When the French Open ends, its Court No. 1 will bid adieu, too, demolished to make way for a grassy gathering place at Roland Garros. In a sign of the times, the arena’s final event Sunday will not be a tennis match, but an esports competition.
The second full-day washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on time. Tournament director Guy Forget said there is a chance that the women’s singles final could be delayed from Saturday to Sunday.
Johanna Konta produces a remarkably dominant performance against Sloane Stephens in a 6-1, 6-4 victory to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in 1983. Konta’s semifinal opponent will be 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, who wasted a 5-2 lead in the second before finally converting her fourth match point for a 7-6 (1), 7-5 victory over 31st-seeded Petra Martic.
Leave replay review to other tennis tournaments and other sports. The French Open does things its way and relies on eyes instead of electronics to get officiating calls right. That leads to a bit of choreography on clay whenever a player disagrees with a ruling. Do not expect a change anytime soon. The tournament director tells the AP he doesn’t expect the French Open to add a review system.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at the French Open. Their matchup in the semifinals will be the sixth time they’ve played each other at Roland Garros. Nadal is 5-0 in those other matchups. These are two titans of tennis: Federer holds the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles and Nadal is next with 17. Nadal has won 11 of those trophies in Paris.
To Amanda Anisimova, it seems “like, forever ago” that she was playing in the French Open main draw for the first time. For the record: It’s been all of two years. Ah, to be young again.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are out of the French Open. Williams’ bid for Grand Slam title No. 24 ends with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years. She is beaten in the third round by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. Top-ranked Osaka couldn’t muster another comeback and falls to Katerina Siniakova to end her run of 16 straight Slam wins.