Nadal’s 50TH Victory!

Rafael Nadal has done it yet again at the French Open; the ten time Grand Slam champion has finished his 50th victory at the French Open Tournament after beating world no.13 Nicolas Almagro. The king of clay wrapped up his opponent in three sets with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 score.

Nadal has improved his record at the Roland Garros with a 50-1 win loss figure where he lost only one game to former world no.4 Robin Soderling in 2009. He joins fellow players and tennis greats with 50 0r more wins at the French Open Tournament such as Roger Federer (54), Guillermo Vilas (56), Ivan Lendl (53), Andre Agassi (51) and Nicola Pietrangeli (50). Nadal has won all the 15 sets in which he played and also won 60 out of his 61 service games so far in the 2012 French Open Tournament. The 26 year old has played exceptional tennis and made his mark in history along with other tennis legends. he won 54 service games in a row after getting broken in the second set of his first round victory over Italian Simone Bolelli. He also saved 16 points out of the 17 break points including going 4 for 4 against his fellow team member Nicolas Almagro in the quarter finals of the tournament. He now moves onto the semi-finals in which he will take on David Ferrer on Friday 8th May at the Roland Garros, which is played on outdoor clay courts. His semi-final opponent while praising him says of his that it’s impossible to beat the king of clay who is in great form right now.

Serena Williams has lost to world number 111

Fifth seed Serena Williams has lost to world number 111, Virginie Razzano in of French Open at The Roland Garros, Paris. She suffered a dramatic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss against the world number 111 from France in the first round. This is the first time that the 2002 champion has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. Speaking after the match she said, “There is no excuse, I made so many errors today. I just didn’t play at all. I just felt I couldn’t get a ball in play. When I did, I just felt like I was hitting late and, I mean, how can you hit late on a clay court? I was definitely nervous, which I think is healthy but there are no excuses”.

Williams was expected to meet Sharapova at the quarter final stage and was at the top of Sharapova section of the draw but the 30 year old lost the 5-1 lead opportunity in the second tie-break and lost in three hours, three minutes. And having lost six points in succession in the tie-break she conceded in the deciding set. Sharapova seeded second who has never reached the final of the event beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 in 48 minutes. Razzano struggled with cramps and lost three games in a row but in the 25-minute decider containing 12 deuces she finally got a breakthrough on her 8th match point. An ecstatic Razzano at the end of the match thanked the home support and said, “You gave me your energy. I’m going to have to rest. Thank you all for your support, I knew I had it in me and I dug deep inside myself to find it”.


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