PARIS - His dramatic and delightful French Open semifinal was 4 1/2 hours old - and 14 games into the fifth set - when Rafael Nadal raced from the net to the baseline to retrieve Novak Djokovic's seemingly unreachable lob.
PARIS - Done with a dominating performance in the French Open semifinals, Serena Williams climbed the stairs leading from the locker room to the players' lounge, looking to give her mother a hug.
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates his surprisingly easy three-set win over Roger Federer that lasted only 1 hour 51 minutes. Federer had won nine of their previous 12 matches.
PARIS - A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline.
Serena Williams, celebrating her 28th straight win, says: "I honestly don't even consider it a streak."
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay and tumbled to the ground. He was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years.
Rafael Nadal lost his first set Friday but stormed back for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan. Nadal, not happy about playing back-to-back days, will face Fabio Fognini today.
PARIS - Rafael Nadal wanted to get a few things off his chest.
For various reasons, Bethanie Mattek-Sands has considered quitting tennis on numerous occasions in recent years. But she couldn't, and her drive to keep going resulted Thursday in a victory over sixth-seeded Li Na.
PARIS - There have been moments, as recently as last year, when Bethanie Mattek-Sands wondered whether it was simply time to call it a career after more than a decade as a professional tennis player.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 on a rainy Tuesday at Roland Garros. Just 26 of the 40 scheduled French Open singles matches were completed.
PARIS - Novak Djokovic spent the better part of a rainy Tuesday at the French Open wondering when - and even whether - he would wind up playing his first-round match at the only Grand Slam tournament he's yet to win.
Roger Federer's road to what would be his 18th major title starts with matches against a pair of qualifiers.
PARIS - Perhaps not surprisingly, the first three questions posed to Roger Federer at his pre-French Open news conference Friday concerned rival and nemesis Rafael Nadal.
Since returning from a layoff due to injury, Rafael Nadal is 36-2 and has won six of eight tournaments. He's seeking his eighth French Open title.
PARIS - Used to be the French Open was the scene for clay-court specialists and surprise champions.
PARIS - Novak Djokovic has won 27 consecutive matches at Grand Slam tournaments. If he can make that 28 by beating Rafael Nadal in today's French Open final, Djokovic would earn a fourth consecutive major title, something no man has accomplished since 1969.
PARIS - The picture she posed for at the beginning foreshadowed a mismatch in the making: 6-foot-2-inch Maria Sharapova standing at the net, towering over a foe nearly 10 inches smaller.
PARIS - Here comes the French Open final everyone expected and, except for other players, wanted:
Maria Sharapova battled the wind and Petra Kvitova to win her semifinal match Thursday and move a victory away from a career grand slam.