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Nadal's 8th French Open title sweeps aside lingering doubts over knee injury

Rafael Nadal has tasted success at the French Open eight times, more than anyone else at a single grand slam event. Photos: AFP

Rafael Nadal harboured plenty of doubts when he returned to tennis in February after a seven-month lay-off because of a left knee injury.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:35am

Flair outshines flare as Rafael Nadal seals great eight

Rafael Nadal's smile is reflected in the trophy as he celebrates French Open title number eight, a record number of grand slam wins at the same event. Photo: AFP

Nadal claimed his 12th major with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over his Spanish compatriot who was playing in his first grand slam final at the age of 31 and at the 42nd time of asking.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:37am

Serena Williams ends long wait to make it sweet sixteen

Serena Williams poses with the Suzanne-Lenglen trophy. Williams lost just 29 games in the entire tournament, matching her own grand slam record. Photo: AFP

Serena Williams won her 16th grand slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 yesterday, relentlessly chasing down one shot after another to defeat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Nadal seeks grand slam record at French Open

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will feature in an all-Spain final at the French Open today. Ferrer has reached his maiden final without losing a set, but has lost eight straight to Nadal. Photos: EPA, AFP

Rafael Nadal is happy to suffer if it allows him to become the first man to capture the same grand slam title eight times when he tackles Spanish compatriot David Ferrer in today's French Open final.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Sara Errani puts a positive spin despite Open humiliation

Sara Errani was swatted by Serena Williams 6-0, 6-1. Photo: EPA

Sara Errani insisted she had enjoyed her 6-0, 6-1 French Open humiliation at the hands of Serena Williams despite her brutal 46-minute capitulation.

Williams put on an awesome display  which saw her fire 40 winners past the Italian.

8 Jun 2013 - 6:37am

Nadal outlasts Djokovic to win epic French Open semi

A relieved Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their French Open semi-final in Paris. Photo: Reuters

Defending champion Rafael Nadal moved closer to an historic eighth French Open title yesterday when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7 in a titanic semi-final.

Nadal, the third seed, took his Paris record to a staggering 58 wins from 59 matches after recovering from 4-2 down in the deciding set to clinch victory after 4 hours and 37 minutes.

8 Jun 2013 - 7:15am

Maria Sharapova is 'bothered' by match with nemesis Serena Williams

Serena Williams' record against Maria Sharapova is daunting and her Russian opponent will have to find something special in the French Open final today. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova was not even an adult the last time she beat Serena Williams, it was that long ago. It was at the WTA Championships and Sharapova was 17. Nearly nine years later, she now finds herself playing to deny Williams her 16th grand slam title in the French Open final today, where the Russian has to overcome overwhelming odds to defend her title.

8 Jun 2013 - 6:55am

Djokovic, Nadal play Paris Open final a match early

Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Germany's Tommy Hass in the French Open quarter-final. Photos: AFP

It has been nearly two weeks since a murmur and a few groans went through the room in Paris after Rafael Nadal landed on the same side of the French Open draw as Novak Djokovic.

8 Jun 2013 - 5:00am

Sharapova and Azarenka face off for final spot

Maria Sharapova in action against Jelena Jankovic. It was just the fifth time in her career Sharapova had lost a set 6-0.Photo: EPA

Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka set up a mouth-watering French Open semi-final yesterday with hard-fought wins in their quarter-finals.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Ruthless Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moving closer to French dream

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates his victory over Roger Federer at the end of their French Open quarter-final. Tsonga now plays David Ferrer for a place in the final. Photo: AFP

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's surprisingly straightforward 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 quarter-final victory over Roger Federer at the French Open could be seen through two different lenses.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Serena Williams beats her French Open demons

Williams is on a 29-match winning streak. Photo: Reuters

Serena Williams has had less success at the French Open than any other grand slam tournament.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Serena overpowers Kuznetsova

Serena Williams of the US celebrates her quarter-final victory over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in Paris yesterday. Photo: AFP

World number one Serena Williams survived a huge scare to reach her first French Open semi-final since 2003, defeating unseeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:58am

Novak Djokovic sets up quarter-final with 'old man' Tommy Haas at French Open

Novak Djokovic lifts off as he returns to Philipp Kohlschreiber during their fourth-round match at Roland Garros yesterday. Photo: AFP

World number one Novak Djokovic reached his 16th consecutive grand slam quarter-final yesterday to set-up a clash against evergreen Tommy Haas for a spot in the French Open semi-finals.

Top seed Djokovic carved out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, with the German paying a high price for converting just two of 13 break points.

4 Jun 2013 - 2:56am

Roger Federer 'at home' against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer serves to Gilles Simon. Photo: Xinhua

Roger Federer's route towards a second French Open title will pit him against yet another Frenchman in the quarter-finals, although judging by the way his fourth-round win was received on Sunday, he may feel like he is the one playing at home.

4 Jun 2013 - 5:15am

Serena Williams beats Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 to reach French Open quarters

Serena Williams hits a return to Italy's Roberta Vinci during their French Open match at Roland Garros yesterday. Photo: AFP

Williams earned a berth in the French Open quarter-finals and extended her career-best winning streak to 28 matches, downing No 15-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3. It was her toughest test of the first week, but she swept the last 10 points and has lost only 10 games in four rounds.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am