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Sport French Open champ Swiatek rises to 17th; Djokovic, Nadal 1-2

17:15  12 october  2020
17:15  12 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

'Runaway train': Serena wins French Open opener; Nadal, too

  'Runaway train': Serena wins French Open opener; Nadal, too PARIS (AP) No matter how much success they've had over the years, and to this day, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal both profess to deal with doubts. Both began this French Open with straight-set victories against overmatched foes in Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday.And both have something significant at stake over the coming two weeks: a chance to equal a record for Grand Slam singles titles. Williams already has 23, the most by anyone in the professional era; one more will allow her to tie Margaret Court's all-era mark.

Nadal , who has won the French Open a record 12 times in his career, is just one Grand Slam title short of Roger Federer’s record of 20 for male players, while Djokovic can move to 18 titles if he triumphs at Roland Garros for the second time. Sunday’s meeting in Paris will be the 56th time the two players

The stakes couldn't be much higher when Rafael Nadal meets Novak Djokovic in Sunday's French Open men's final.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek joined the Top 20 for the first time Monday by rising 37 spots in the WTA rankings to a career-best No. 17.

The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Rafael Nadal’s 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday for a 13th championship at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam trophy in all — tying Roger Federer’s record for men — did not change the top of the ATP rankings.

Teenager Swiatek bundles top seed Halep out of French Open

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Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in his 13th French Open final after the top two seeds won their semi-finals on Friday. Nadal said after a semi-final that began as a workout and finished in a dogfight: “You can’t be in the final of Roland Garros without suffering.

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final of the 2020 French Open , at the Roland Garros stadium Teenager Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she beat Nadal reaches 13th French Open final, will face Djokovic in bid to tie Grand Slam record.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open in February for his 17th major title, is still No. 1, with Nadal at No. 2, followed by U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem and Federer.

The 19-year-old Swiatek entered the French Open at No. 54 and became the lowest-ranked female champion at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975.

Her 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sofia Kenin on Saturday gave Swiatek the first tour-level title of any sort in her professional career and made her Poland’s first Grand Slam singles champion.

In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 image provided by the French Tennis Federation FFT, Poland's Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy in the locker room after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (FFT/Corinne Dubreuil via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 image provided by the French Tennis Federation FFT, Poland's Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy in the locker room after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (FFT/Corinne Dubreuil via AP)

Kenin’s run to the final — the first time she made it to the quarterfinals on clay anywhere — allowed her to move up two places to No. 4, matching her career high. The 21-year-old American went 16-2 in Grand Slam matches in 2020, winning her first such trophy at the Australian Open in February.

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Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic result in Stats, H2H, live tennis score progression, and draw results. Last at the French Open . 4th. 13 May 17. Madrid - 1 / 2 . Clay.

Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets to reach French Open final. Top seed Djokovic had match point in third set before Tsitsipas fought back. Djokovic will meet Rafael Nadal once again on Sunday. Before then, we've got the women's final between Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek .

Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 at the Roland Garros stadium. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © Provided by Associated Press Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 at the Roland Garros stadium. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The top three in the women’s rankings remained as they were before the French Open, with Ash Barty at No. 1, Simona Halep at No. 2, and Naomi Osaka at No. 3. Serena Williams is No. 10.


Video: Nadal wins 13th French Open title (Reuters)

When competition resumed in August after a hiatus of about five months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the tours decided to allow players to use either their 2019 or 2020 results at any given tournament for rankings purposes, so Barty wasn’t hurt by sitting out the French Open a year after winning it.

Djokovic confronted again by pressures of Paris

  Djokovic confronted again by pressures of Paris Novak Djokovic is just two wins away from becoming the first man in half a century to win all four Grand Slams twice, but once again Roland Garros is threatening to turn against him. Had he had done so it would have been his seventh retirement from a Grand Slam tournament. "As the match went on, I felt better, didn't feel as much pain," said Djokovic."I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues. I'll just say that. I don't want to get really too much into it."Carreno Busta seemed to cast doubt on the gravity of Djokovic's ailments.

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Rafael Nadal blasted his way past Novak Djokovic in the French Open men's final to extend his record at Roland Garros to 13 titles. His victory means he draws level with Roger Federer by taking a 20th Grand Slam title. The Swiss former world number one posted a congratulatory message on Instagram.

Osaka also sat out the trip to Paris this time, opting to rest and recover after her championship at the U.S. Open last month.

Halep did compete at the French Open, but her 6-1, 6-2 loss to Swiatek in the fourth round didn’t affect the three-time major champion’s ranking.

In the ATP, Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal before losing to Nadal, cracked the Top 10 for the first time, jumping to No. 8 from No. 14.

Russia's Andrey Rublev also made his Top 10 debut Monday, using a second consecutive major quarterfinal appearance to go to No. 10 from No. 12.

The biggest mover in the men’s Top 100 was Jannik Sinner, whose quarterfinal showing — he was beaten by Nadal — pushed the 19-year-old Italian up 29 places to No. 46 from No. 75.

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