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French Open: Richard Gasquet safely through to the 2nd round

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TENNIS FRENCH OPEN – There is no better word to describe the 12th seed, Richard Gasquet ’s performance against Bernard Tomic in the 1st round other than simply “clean.” The veteran Frenchman put aside all thoughts of home crowd pressure and played his game brilliantly from start to finish. Cordell Hackshaw

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There is no better word to describe the 12th seed, Richard Gasquet’s performance against Bernard Tomic in the 1st round other than simply “clean.” The veteran Frenchman put aside all thoughts of home crowd pressure and played his game brilliantly from start to finish. Even Tomic had to admit as much at the end of the match when he said, “I really struggled with his game, especially on clay. He really gave it to me today, and I could not do anything in the first few sets.” The Australian opponent soon found himself exiting his second major of the year again in the 1st round in just over an hour and a half. Gasquet booked himself a 2nd round spot with an emphatic 6-2 6-1 7-5 scoreline.

Gasquet got the early break in the 1st set at 2-1. Tomic broke back and held serve to even it at 2-2. However, he looked slow to get into the offensive position on the court, perhaps because of recent hip surgery. Thus, Gasquet found it easy to impose his will onto the match as he won 10 of the next 11 games giving him a 2-0 sets lead; 6-2 6-1 in just under an hour. Tomic was error prone and could not find his range, misfiring on both wings. He found some resolve in the 3rd set as he was able to keep the scoreline even till 5-5. However, Gasquet raised his level of play and secured the break as Tomic pushed the forehand long. Gasquet serve it out 6-2 6-1 7-5.

Gasquet and his fellow countrymen must tire of hearing about the drought of a French major champion. The pressure has increased many folds over as the Frenchwomen have been able to win an occasional major here and there, mostly recently Marian Bartoli’s 2013 Wimbledon victory. The last man to win was in 1983 when Yannick Noah took the title here in Paris. Despite the French adopting a more realistic stance on the subject considering the very talented pool at the top of the game, the pressure mounts each year at Roland Garros for the Frenchmen. Nonetheless, the French should be excited with the match statistics for Gasquet. He had 6 aces, no double faults, 33 winners and 12 errors. He won 84% of his first serve points, 55% of his second serves and faced only one break point. If Gasquet keeps this up, he can surely go far in this tournament.

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Simona Halep Provides Injury Update On Knee Ahead Of US Open

The return of Simona Halep looks a long way away from happening as a knee injury continues to bother the Romanian.

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Simona Halep has provided an update on her knee injury as she faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open.

The former Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion’s comeback has not gone according to plan so far as she returned from a doping ban in Miami earlier this year.

However playing time has been limited for the Romanian as her second tournament of the year ended in a first round retirement at a Challenger event in Paris.

As a result of her retirement Halep was forced to miss Roland Garros and Wimbledon as she looked to recover from a knee injury.

The injury is more serious than meets the eye though as Halep provided an update on her knee injury and revealed it’s an injury that has been occurring for the last few months, “I wanted to provide a little health update since I have been away from the court lately. It is not the best news, but I wanted to share all the same,” Halep revealed on Instagram.

“For a few months now, I have been struggling with a knee injury. It’s an injury I have never had before and it has been a tough one to manage, with the pain persisting. It has been a very difficult period (almost two years) mentally and emotionally for me and struggling physically on top of that definitely doesn’t help.

“I have decided to take the time needed to recover properly, rather than training and playing through pain. My instinct has always been to try to come back as soon as possible, but I am not a machine, I am a human being and I need time to recover from everything I have gone through.

“I’ll keep you posted and, as always, want to thank you for your permanent support. I hope to be back on court very soon.”

Halep now faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open which starts on the 26th of August.

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Alexander Zverev Commits To Olympics, Speaks About Miscommunication Between Olympics And ATP

Alexander Zverev is preparing for his Olympic title defence.

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Alexander Zverev has spoken out on the miscommunication between the Olympics and the ATP tour with tennis’ top stars set to miss some big events on the tour.

The German is getting ready to defend his Olympic title that he won in Tokyo as Zverev heads to Paris.

After narrowly missing out on Roland Garros glory, Zverev now has an opportunity at redemption as he aims for a second consecutive gold medal at the Olympics.

However there is a dilemma for big players this year as the same week as the tennis event at the Olympics at the ATP 500 event in Washington.

This is an event that Zverev usually plays but will have to miss it due to playing in Paris.

Speaking out on the miscommunication, Zverev said it’s no secret that the ATP are not best friends on the Olympics but has committed to the historic event, “The ITF or the Olympics are not best friends with the ATP, that’s not a secret,” Zverev was quoted by Tennis Infinity as saying.

Everybody continues their own tour. Yes, the Olympics is one of the, if not the, most important events we have in sports. So, the best players in the world are always going to play the Olympics over anything else, over points and over prize money.

All the top players went to Wimbledon a few years back, despite having no points on the line. It’s about prestige, it’s not about points or money. It’s about winning these kinds of titles and having medals for your country.

That’s what it’s about. I would never choose to play a 500 event over the Olympics. There are no thoughts on that, and I think Washington is going to be quite an interesting 500 event, I would say.

The ATP 500 event in Washington will be headlined by Grigor Dimitrov, Ben Shelton, Karen Khachanov and Frances Tiafoe as they are among those that have chosen ranking points over the Olympic experience.

As for Zverev he is continuing his Olympic preparations in Hamburg where he will face Pedro Martinez in the semi-finals.

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Rafael Nadal Reveals Delight At Setting Up Ajdukovic Semi-Final After Four Hour Victory

Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the Bastad semi-finals after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

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Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the semi-finals in Bastad after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion prevailed in a marathon 6-7(2) 7-5 7-5 victory to reach his first semi-final since Wimbledon 2022.

The Spaniard converted ten of his 21 break point opportunities as he reached the semi-finals.

After the match Nadal revealed his delight at reaching the last four and prevailed Navone for his resilient display, “I lost for some moments my concentration, but I was able to hold physically until the end,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“That is so important for me. Let’s see how I am tomorrow, but today I am alive and in the semi-finals, so that’s very important. There were a lot of changing dynamics in every single set. For moments, he was in control. For moments, I was in control. But at the end, no one was in control! That’s true, and I had a good chance in the second with 3-0. Then I was very close to losing the match in the second set.

“In the third [I was ahead] again with 5-2, but he’s a great fighter and he played a great match. I wish him all the very best for the rest of the season.”

Nadal will now play Duje Ajdukovic in the semi-finals as he aims to continue his eight match winning streak in Bastad with this being his first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2005.

The other semi-final will be Nuno Borges against Thiago Agustin Tirante with both players reaching their maiden ATP tour semi-final.

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