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France’s Lucas Pouille upsets Rafael Nadal in US Open

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France’s Lucas Pouille claimed the biggest win of his career yet as he defeated two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal in an intense five-set fourth round match.

The 22-year-old outfought Nadal in a match lasting four hours and seven minutes to end the game by 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

Nadal had several perfect opportunities to get match point in the fifth set, including one he squandered by playing his forehand into the net with the court wide open.

Tournament 24-seed Pouille pulled off a winner down the line the next point to seal victory.

“I was very aggressive all the match and at 6-6 I didn’t want to miss,” he said after the match. He will face compatriot Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.

For Nadal, it was the first year since 2004 that the 30-year old failed to reach a Grand Slam quarter final. His best achievements since his 2014 French Open Grand Slam victory had been two quarter-final spots at the 2015 Australian and French Opens.

However, it was clear that this was not the end for the Spaniard.

“There were things I could do better. Had the right attitude. I fought right up to the last ball,” he explained after the match “But I need something else. I need something more that was not there today.”

Nadal also played down fears for his fitness. “My wrist is improving a lot. The injury is at the end of the process. I am ready to keep playing. That’s what my body is asking me now.”

Meanwhile, tournament ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also reached the quarter-finals, beating Jack Sock in four sets to make it three Frenchmen in the quarter-final of a grand slam for the first time in the Open era.

Andy Murray wins men’s singles gold at Rio Olympics

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Great Britain’s Andy Murray becomes the first tennis player to win two Olympics singles titles by beating Juan Martian Del Portro in Rio.

Murray, 29, was emotional after his thrilling 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Both him and the Argentine looked spent after the fourth set of a testing encounter, and the two men broke into tears by the sheer emotion of it all.

Murray tried everything against the bigger man: he chipped, lobbed, played soft-ball and hard-ball, wide and deep, but perhaps therein laid the folly.

There had been 15 breaks of service, many of them consecutive, stolen from an astonishing 35 opportunities. 102 unforced errors were made, shared roughly equally, just as game points came and went, squandered mostly.

But by conquering nerves to compensate for dramatic imperfections, Murray managed to pull through in the end.

It was a fight that either could have won amidst the cheers of the 10,000 spectators in attendance. But it ended when Del Portro found the net one time too many, and Murray thus retains the medal he won in London four years ago.

“The fact it’s not been done before shows it’s very hard so I’m proud to have done that,” he said. “Four years is a long time and so many things can change. A lot has changed since 2012, I’m happy here competing for the biggest events.”

Earlier, Kei Nishikori claimed his first Olympic medal by defeating Rafael Nadal.

The latter had looked somewhat drain after winning the men’s doubles gold with compatriot Marc Lopez, but was able to recover from 5-2 down in the second set to equalize, before eventually losing 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3.

 

 

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon with wrist injury

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Tennis fans will have one less star to cheer for at Wimbledon this year as Rafael Nadal withdraws from the grand slam due to his wrist injury.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who had won twice at the grass court, had confirmed the news of his withdrawal on his social network channels earlier yesterday.

“I’m sad to announce that, after talking to my doctors and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon,” Nadal wrote on his Facebook page.

“As you can all imagine it’s a very tough decision but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal,” he added. “Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much.”

Nadal hasn’t competed since withdrawing after two quick wins at the French Open in an emotional press conference. His hand was shown to be encased, to calm the effects of shredded tendons.

This marks yet another injury issue for Nadal since missing the competitive equivalent of a year through injuries from his feet, up to his knees, his back. Now, with the effectiveness of his most important joint called into question, the Spaniard faces an uncertain career ahead of him.

His victories of 14 majors from 20 finals, 28 Masters titles, an Olympic gold medal and a total of 69 trophies in all competitions were essentially won with the most lethal, top-spun, left-handed forehand in history.

It is difficult to imagine him winning without it, and there had been alarming signs after he lost to Andy Murray on clay in the Madrid Open on clay – his favourite surface.

 

Top seeds cruises into second round of French Open

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Top seeds cruises into second round of French Open

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, both tops seeds in the Roland Garros, cruises into the second round of the tournament with ease.

Having just celebrated his 29th birthday a few days ago (May 22nd), Novak Djokovic is striving for the only Grand Slam that has eluded him so far. He was defeated twice by Rafael Nadal in the grand final (on 2012 and 2014), and came just short of winning it once more against Stan Wawrinka last year.

Djokovic’s opponent, Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu managed to put up a fight against the Serb in the first set, but couldn’t reply much in the subsequent two sets. The match ended 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, as the Australian Open champion wins almost twice as many points as Lu, 92-55.

“Second and third sets were really good. I thought I found my rhythm. First set was up and down,” Djokovic said. “But I’ll take the positives out of it, and I’m hoping I can progress as the tournament goes on.”

He will be facing Belgium’s Steve Darcis in the next round, who has defeated Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. Darcis was the first person to beat Rafael Nadal in the first round of a Grand Slam, at Wimbledon 2013.

In the Women’s category, retaining the French Open title became much easier for Serena Williams after two of the five seeded players exited the event.

In the Women’s category, retaining the French Open title became much easier for Serena Williams after two of the five seeded players exited the event.

Third seeded Angelique Kerber, who earned a surprise win over Williams in the Australian Open final in January, lost to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Joining her was fifth seed was Victoria Azarenka, one of the only other two women who defeated Williams this season. She called to stop the match after she injured her right knee while trailing 4-0 in the third set against 118th-ranked Karen Knapp of Italy.

Williams does her part in her quest for her career’s 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. In just 42 minutes, she thrashed her opponent, 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, bagel.

“It was a little short for me, but I think in my career, if I don’t have it by now, I need to look into something different,” Williams said after the match. “So I’m OK – I’m OK with that.”