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John Isner edges Roger Federer in the tie-break of the third set




John Isner fired 27 aces to edge Roger Federer 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after a tight tie-break in the third set. Isner sealed the win on his fourth match point after 2 hours and 16 minutes. Federer saved all the six break points he faced before fighting back from 2-6 down in the tie-break.


Isner had won only one match against Federer three years ago in the 2012 Davis Cup. Federer led 5-1 in their previous head-to-head matches and won their previous clash in the fourth round at this year’s US Open.

Isner saved two break points with a lob and a volley to hold his service game for 3-2. Federer won four points from 15-40 to win his service game to draw level to 3-3. in the ninth game Federer brought up a break point but Isner saved with a 232 km/h ace. Federer missed another break point chance.

There were no more break points until the tie-break. Isner got two mini-breaks at 2-1 and 7-3 to clinch the first set. Federer misfired on a forehand to lose the tie-break

Federer had to save three break points in the first game of the second set. The Swiss star went up 15-40 on Isner’s serve but Isner saved the break points with four consecutive aces to draw level to 2-2.

Federer received treatment at the start of the second set because of a sore arm.

“I was just feeling my arm but it didn’t affect me in the third set. It’s not serious”, said Federer.

Federer converted his fourth break point chance in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. The Swiss Maestro hold his next service games to win the second set with 6.3.

The first three games of the third set went on serve. Isner won eight consecutive points on serve to take a 2-1 lead. Federer saved the sixth break point chance to hold his service game for 2-2.

Isner fended off a break point in the fifth game with a backhand volley to take the 3-2 lead. At 3-all Federer earned a break point chance at 30-40 with a backhand passing shot but Isner saved it with his 20th ace and held his service game. Federer won four consecutive points from 0-15 down to draw level to 4-4.

Isner fired his 22nd ace and a first serve at 220 km/h to win his fifth service game. Federer was just two points away from losing the match at 4-5 15-30 but managed to hold his service game.

Federer went down 15-30 on his serve at 5-6 but recovered to force the match to the tie-break with a cross-court forehand winner. Isner brought up four match points at 6-2. Federer saved the first three chances but Isner converted his fourth opportunity with his serve

Isner fired 27 aces, saved five of the six break points he faced but could not break Federer in the whole match.

“It’s one of my best five wins. Roger is the best player in history. It’s a great win for me”, said Isner

Federer hit 13 aces, made 4 double faults and saved all the six break points he faced.

“It’s tough going out of a tournament without losing your serve, but that’s what happened. I am not sure what I could do differently”, said Federer 

Ferrer comes back from losing the first set to beat Dimitrov

In the quarter final Isner will face David Ferrer who came back from a set down to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 6-1 6-4. Both players went on serve until the tie-break, which Dimitrov won 7-4. Ferrer got an early break. The Valencia native broke twice more to win the first set with 6-1. Dimitrov fought back to take an early break in the third set. Ferrer broke twice to clinch the third set with 6-4 to secure his spot in the quarter finals for the seventh time in his career.

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Novak Djokovic Fights Back In Four-Hour Roller-Coaster To Win French Open

In the blistering French heat Djokovic battled back from the brink to win Roland Garros for only the second time in his career.




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Novak Djokovic has claimed his 19th Grand Slam title at the French Open after battling back from two sets down to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(7), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, in what was a dramatic final.



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Who is Barbora Krejcikova? Five Things To Know About The New French Open Champion

Find out more about the multiple doubles champion who was once trained by the late Jana Novotna.




A month ago Barbora Krejcikova was never considered to be a contender for a major title and her success as a singles player had been rather modest.


Then at the French Open the Czech stunned the women’s field by winning the title in what was a fairytale journey for the 25-year-old. En route to the title match she defeated seeded players Ekaterina Alexandrova (R2), Elina Svitolina (R3), Coco Gauff (QF) and Maria Sakkari (SF). Then in a nerve-stricken final she dismissed another seed in the shape of Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

Krejcikova has made headline news worldwide following her triumph at one of tennis’ biggest tournaments but how surprised should the sport be about her success?

Here are five things to know about Krejcikova.

1.It is not the first time she has triumphed at a Grand Slam

Prior to the start of the French Open Krejcikova was not ranked among the contenders to win. It was only the fifth time she has played in the main draw of a major as a singles player and she had only won one tournament title in her career which was in Strasbourg last month.

However, the Czech knows what it is like to win the big titles as she is an established doubles player who is on the verge of returning back to the No.1 spot. She has won eight WTA doubles trophies and seven of those were with compatriot Katerina Siniakova. Back in 2018 the Czech duo triumphed at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Furthermore, Krejcikova has won the Australian Open mixed doubles title three years in a row (2019-2021).

Krejcikova is also playing in the women’s doubles final at Roland Garros this year. Should she win, she would become the first player to achieve the double since Mary Pierce back in 2000.

2. A slice of Czech history

The Czech Republic is known for producing top players such as Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Martina Navratilova* and Hana Mandlikova. However, Krejcikova’s success in Paris is the first time a player representing Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic has won the title since 1981. The year when Mandlikova won. It is only the second time in the Open Era (since 1968) a woman representing the Czech flag has won the title.

Krejcikova is also only the third player in history to have won the women’s French Open title whilst unseeded after Iga Swiatek (2020) and Jelena Ostapenko (2017).

*(Navratilova won her titles after switching allegiance to America).

3.The meteoric rise in rankings

Krejcikova made her official appearance in the WTA rankings back in 2011 at the age of 15. However, it wasn’t until last October that she broke into the world’s top 100 for the first time in her career. Since then she has continued to surge up the rankings by breaking into the top 40 in March. Now on a 12-match winning streak she will rise to a career high of 15th when the standings are updated on Monday. An increase of 18 places compared to where she was ranked prior to the start of the French Open.

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4.The first time she has beaten a top 10 player was less than two months ago

Amid her status of an emerging threat on the women’s Tour, the 25-year-old had only ever defeated a top 10 player twice. Her first win was over Sofia Kenin at the 2021 Italian Open where she prevailed 6-1, 6-4. She followed up on that at the French Open when she upset Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2.

Krejcikova is 0-7 against players who are former world No.1s – losing to Garbine Muguruza, Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka once. She has also suffered multiple losses to Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova.

5.The Novotna influence

The story of how Krejcikova started to work with former tennis great Jana Novotna sounds like a movie script. She had read that the former Wimbledon champion was based in a town nearby to her. So as a young player with her parents she turned up to Novotna’s house asking for advice out of the blue.

“When I went there for the very first time I was nervous because she was such an amazing person, such a big tennis player, big athlete and everything. She was always just very nice, very warm. She wasn’t acting like she won so many titles, that she’s somebody special. She’s always acting like a normal person,” Krejcikova recounts.

The original goal was to seek guidance on how to switch from junior to professional tennis and if she should explore the world of college tennis. However, Novotna was more than willing to offer advice and ended up becoming Krejcikova’s coach until 2016 when she was forced to stop due to deteriorating health. Sadly a year later Novotna died at the age of 49 following a battle with cancer.

“I spent a lot of time with Jana before she died. Her last words to me were ‘enjoy tennis and try and win a Grand Slam’. I know she’s looking after me. All this is pretty much because she is looking after me.“

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Another Grand Slam title for Krejcikova! This time singles!

The Czech player went from being virtually unknown to conquering one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments in a matter of day. Today she will try to clinch the doubles title as well




Barbora Krejcikova may have felt the pressure in the last two sets. But that’s okay.


It was just the French Open’s women’s singles final.

Yes, the 25-year-old Czech is finally a Grand Slam singles champion. That accomplishment alone  tops her total of eight Grand Slam doubles titles, counting juniors.

And she might add another Grand Slam trophy in Sunday’s French Open women’s doubles final.

She already can put the French Open singles trophy above the two Grand Slam doubles championship awards, three Australian Open mixed doubles crowns and three Junior Grand Slam doubles championship trophies


Just a few days ago, Krejcikova was just another name that most tennis fans didn’t recognize, even after she scored some significant upsets in the early rounds at Roland Garros. After all, she was ranked only 33rd in the world, that coming after winning a tournament at Strasbourg a week before the French Open.

 Then she upended American junior sensation Cori Gauff in the quarterfinals.

How things have changed almost overnight!

Krejcikova has the game to take her much farther on the WTA Tour. And her world ranking is going to shoot straight up from her current ranking after winning her second straight singles title.

She is joining the elite group of the best tennis players on the planet. No future opponent will  take her lightly.


Krejcikova once again demonstrated some of the best strokes in women’s tennis. It’s almost as if her tennis racket is part of her body. She can change the direction of her strokes in a heartbeat, switching from the direction of the open court to a shot behind her opponent in a whip-like backhand or forehand action. She can hit all angles, too.

It hardly matters how close she is to the net as her tremendous spin seldom fails to take the ball over the net on those spinning shots. Opponents are left flat-footed.


Anastasia Pavlyuchenjova did a little better in the second and third sets of Saturday’s women’s singles final at Roland Garros by going for broke with her shots. But that came after Krejcikova broke the Russian’s serve three straight times to offset losing her own serve in the first game of the match.

The string of winning six consecutive games to waltz off with the first set was a shocker as it set the stage for a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova over 29-year-old veteran  Pavlyuchenova.

Krejcikova broke service for a 4-3 lead in the third set, then  gained a double-match point at 5-3. But before finally closing out the victory in the 10th game, the 5-10 Czech came up with another double-match point situation with a signature short-ball forehand cross-court for a winner. She double-faulted away match point No. 3, but Pavlyuchenova saved her with a backhand error on match point No. 4  to end the match.


Was this just another title for the Czech, who has had so much trouble with her serve? She gets plenty of practice catching her service tosses.

Of course, it’s a dream come true for the new French Open women’s champion.

Was this another berth of a champion primarily due to the red clay? The tennis world is waiting for that answer. Wimbledon’s grass may be calling with the first test and then hopefully the U.S. Open’s hard courts.

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