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Thiem accuses Williams of showing 'bad personality' in media-room row

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019

Dominic Thiem says Serena Williams showed “a bad personality” after he was told to end a French Open news conference to make way for her.

A tournament official told the Austrian fourth seed to leave the room while he was speaking to reporters on Saturday.

“Every player has to wait. It shows a bad personality, in my opinion,” Thiem told Eurosport.

Tournament director Guy Forget has apologised to Thiem, who faces Gael Monfils in the fourth round on Monday.

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According to French newspaper L’Equipe, 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams was keen to fulfil her media obligations as soon as possible after her surprise third-round loss to fellow American Sofia Kenin, saying “put me in another room, smaller, but now”.

Thiem complained to a tournament official at the time of the incident.

“What the hell? But it’s a joke, really. What’s the point of that, that I have to leave the room because she’s coming?” he said.

The 25-year-old added on Sunday that he believed former world number one Williams had contravened the players’ usual protocol.

“I wasn’t angry or frustrated. Maybe for a couple of minutes or so. It is just the principle,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it is me who sits in there, even if a junior is in there.

“I am 100% sure Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would never do something like that.”

Federer said he understood Thiem’s frustration, adding that players who had won their match, as Thiem had just done against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, are usually given priority over those exiting the tournament.

“I don’t know what went wrong but something went wrong for this to happen,” the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion said.

“If I would have lost today against Leonardo Mayer, I would let him go first or decide when he wants to go to press as he’s got a next match. My next match is far, far away. So that’s just the way you go about it.

“There must have been a misunderstanding, or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press centre.”

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Nishikori Takes Lead Against Paire Into Monday At Roland Garros

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019

Nishikori Takes Lead Against Paire Into Monday At Roland Garros

Winner to face Nadal in the quarter-finals

After a dramatic day of fourth-round singles action at Roland Garros, perhaps it’s fitting that the day’s final match did not come to a conclusion.

Seventh seed Kei Nishikori will take a 6-2, 6-7(8), 6-2 lead against home favourite Benoit Paire into Monday, as play was suspended after 9:30 p.m. due to darkness on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. The winner of this match will face second seed Rafael Nadal, the 11-time champion.

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A year ago, Nishikori needed five sets and just one minute shy of three hours to beat Paire in front of his home crowd at Roland Garros. And the Frenchman has made it difficult on the two-time quarter-finalist, saving a set point at 7/8 in the second-set tie-break to even the match at one set apiece.

Nishikori could have been disappointed with his loss of momentum, as he broke Paire at 3-5 in the second set to get back on serve, and saved two set points in the tie-break before eventually hitting an inside-out forehand into the net, sending Paire and the fans into an absolute frenzy.

<a href=''>Benoit Paire</a> celebrates after winning the second set from <a href=''>Kei Nishikori</a> in their fourth-round match at <a href=''>Roland Garros</a>.

But the World No. 7 refocused, breaking in his second return game of the third set to regain his confidence, then breaking again as darkness descended on Roland Garros, quickly finishing off the set to go to sleep with a two-sets-to-one lead.

Nishikori, who is competing in the fourth round in Paris for the fifth consecutive year, is trying to reach his 11th Grand Slam quarter-final, while Paire seeks his 200th tour-level victory and his first trip to a major quarter-final on his 34th attempt. If the Frenchman manages to pull off a comeback Monday, he will tie Todd Woodbridge for the fourth most attempts before making the last eight at a Slam.

Nadal holds a strong FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead against both players. The Spaniard has won 10 of his 12 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Nishikori, and he has defeated Paire in each of their four meetings.

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Nishikori has a 13-1 record when he faces an opponent who is competing at their home country’s Grand Slam. The Japanese star is 9-1 against Frenchmen at Roland Garros.

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Tatishvili fined entire French Open earnings for 'falling below standard'

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

American player Anna Tatishvili has been fined her entire French Open first-round earnings of almost £41,000 for falling below the standard expected of a professional player at a Grand Slam.

Tatishvili, 29, lost 6-0 6-1 to Greek 29th seed Maria Sakkari in 55 minutes.

The former world number 50 was playing her first tour-level match since October 2017.

She used her protected ranking to enter Roland Garros.

Under International Tennis Federation rules, the match referee has the right to dock appearance money if it is felt a player used their protected ranking to play a tournament despite not being fit enough.

“All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every Grand Slam match,” ITF rules state.

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French Open: Sloane Stephens beats Garbine Muguruza to reach quarter-final

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Sloane Stephens saw off Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to set up a French Open quarter-final against British number one Johanna Konta.

Stephens, runner-up at Roland Garros last year, beat the 2016 champion 6-4 6-3 in one hour 40 minutes in Paris.

The 26-year-old seventh seed needed five match points to close out the final set on Court Philippe Chatrier.

She will now face Konta, who has beaten her twice this year including in the Italian Open third round two weeks ago.

Konta earlier defeated Croatian 23rd seed Donna Vekic 6-2 6-4 to reach her maiden quarter-final at Roland Garros and the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time since she did so at Wimbledon in 2017.

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Muguruza started the brightest as she broke Stephens in her opening game of the match, with the American failing to register a point.

The 25-year-old Spaniard threatened again with five break points in the third game, but Stephens held on and responded with successive breaks of her own.

The momentum continued to switch hands as 2017 Wimbledon champion Muguruza recovered to bring it back to serve before Stephens earned the vital break and managed to close out the opening set.

Stephens, having missed an earlier chance to break, finally took the advantage in the second set as Muguruza fired a volley from close range into the net tape.

It handed the 2017 US Open champion a chance to serve for a place in the last eight, only for Muguruza to save four match points as Stephens struggled to close out.

A battling Muguruza then had a chance to break herself, but an ace from Stephens swung the game back in her favour and this time she made no mistake in closing out to seal victory.

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Britain's Konta into French Open quarters for first time

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

British number one Johanna Konta continued her charge through the French Open by impressively beating Croatian 23rd seed Donna Vekic to reach the quarter-finals.

Konta, seeded 26th, won 6-2 6-4 in baking conditions at Roland Garros.

She is hoping to emulate Jo Durie and become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals since 1983.

The 28-year-old will play 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or Sloane Stephens – last year’s runner-up – next.

Spanish 19th seed Muguruza and American seventh seed Stephens meet on Court Philippe Chatrier later on Sunday.

“To be able to win a match like this against a tough opponent is a great feeling. I felt I played well throughout the match,” said Konta after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final since Wimbledon in 2017.

“To win like that in front of a crowd like that gives you goosebumps.”

Konta is enjoying a superb clay-court season, reaching WTA finals in Morocco and Rome, and has continued to build on that form in Paris with some assured performances.

She wrapped up victory over Vekic on the first of her three match points when the Croat hit long.

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Konta’s clay-court joy continues

Konta had never won a main-draw match at Roland Garros before this year and appears to be reaping the rewards of her work with coach Dimitri Zavialoff, whom she employed at the end of last year.

She is trusting her ability on a surface where she has had little previous success and against Vekic, this was again evident.

Konta produced 33 winners and seven aces on her way to victory, improving her tallies in these areas from each of her previous three matches.

Former world number four Konta was rarely flustered against Vekic, who she memorably beat in a three-set thriller on her way to the Wimbledon semi-finals two years ago.

After bouncing straight back from losing her opening service game, the Briton broke again for a 5-2 lead and kept a measure of calm to see off four break points before sealing the set with an ace down the middle.

Serve ruled at the start of the second set – with only eight receiving points won in the opening six games – before Konta struck first for a 4-3 advantage.

For the first time she wobbled as three unforced errors handed the break straight back, but she managed to reset again in the next game.

Two whopping forehands, which dusted the baseline, set the tone, forcing Vekic into a panicked backhand volley wide that brought up three break points for the Briton.

Vekic saved two of them, only for Konta to take the third when she pulled off an outrageous backhand drop shot from the back of the court.

Konta took her first match point when she expertly judged a Vekic return was going long, breaking out into a broad smile and raising both arms skywards in celebration.

“I was definitely pleased with how I was playing and the kind of problem-solving I was doing out there. I felt I was being very effective,” Konta said.

“I thought I had very few drops in my level, which I think definitely kept the pressure on her and in trying to find a solution.

“I was able to identify where I was getting points and what was making her feel uncomfortable on court. I thought I played into the open spaces quite well and was able to find opportunities to do that.”

Quarter-finals full of new faces

Konta is not alone in being a quarter-final debutant at this year’s French Open.

Croatian 31st seed Petra Martic and Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova are both in the last eight at Roland Garros for the first time and one of them will be Konta’s semi-final opponent if she is victorious in the next round.

Neither player has made it to a Grand Slam quarter-final before, but Martic reached this stage after beating Kaia Kanepi 5-7 6-2 6-4, while Vondrousova came through after a 6-2 6-0 win against 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova.


BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Tennis can sometimes be a very simple game.

Fuelled by confidence, and playing with the utmost fluency, Johanna Konta looked in little doubt that a quarter-final spot was hers for the taking.

Konta arrived in the Moroccan capital Rabat at the end of April with some fine Fed Cup wins for GB under her belt, but a very sketchy career record on clay.

She saved three match points in the first round there, and has not looked back.

The win over Vekic was Konta’s 14th in four tournaments, and she has nothing to fear – whichever Grand Slam champion awaits in the last eight on Tuesday.

Salisbury in doubles quarter-finals

Konta was not the only Briton in action at Roland Garros, as Joe Salisbury made it to the men’s doubles quarter-finals alongside American Rajeev Ram.

The 11th seeds came back from a set down to beat eighth seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Salisbury and Ram will face unseeded French pair Fabrice Martin and Jeremy Chardy – who was beaten by British number one Kyle Edmund in the first round of the singles – in the last eight.

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Federer Breezes Into Roland Garros QF

  • Posted: Jun 02, 2019

Federer Breezes Into Roland Garros QF

Swiss to face Wawrinka or Tsitsipas

For a self-described “outsider” at Roland Garros, Roger Federer sure has been playing like one of the favourites in Paris.

The third seed won his 12th set in a row on Sunday, beating Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to make his first Grand Slam quarter-final in 11 months (Wimbledon, l. to Anderson) and return to the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time since 2015, the last time Federer played at the clay-court major. 

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The Swiss is through to his 12thRoland Garros quarter-final and 54th overall at a Grand Slam, the latter of which extends his record.

At 37 years 305 days, Federer is also the third-oldest man to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in the Open Era. The 2009 titlist will meet Stan Wawrinka or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight. Wawrinka beat Federer in the 2015 quarter-finals.

Mayer trailed Federer 0-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the two had never played on the Argentine’s favourite surface of clay. and Mayer held five match points against Federer during their 2014 Shanghai meeting. But during his return to clay this year, Federer has looked as comfortable as anyone, a trend that continued on Sunday.

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The Swiss broke in the opening game with a backhand winner down the line, and the fist pumps flowed from there. Federer converted five of his 10 break points and never faced a break point on his serve.

Federer lost to Tsitsipas, the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion, in the Australian Open fourth round, but Federer evened their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with a straight-sets win in the Dubai final for his 100th title.

Federer leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Wawrinka 22-3, but all three of Wawrinka’s wins have come on clay: 2015 Roland Garros and 2014, 2009 Monte-Carlo.

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