Month: June 2014

Nadal powers on in Paris, Ferrer faces Anderson

Rafael Nadal produced another imposing display of claycourt tennis at Roland Garros on Saturday to crush Argentinian Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the last 16 of the French Open. Seeking to become the first man to win five straight titles in Paris and the first to win nine times at the same Grand Slam, Nadal has lost just 19 games in getting to the last 16. At the same stage last year en route to his eighth French Open title, Nadal had dropped two sets and lost 48 games. The Spaniard's record at Roland Garros since 2005 is…

Ferrer plays understudy role to perfection in Paris

By Robert Woodward PARIS (Reuters) – As ever, David Ferrer is performing his role as understudy to the main man from Spain to perfection. He goes on court, completes his task quickly and efficiently and leaves the stage free for Rafael Nadal to give the crowd what they really want. So it was on Saturday at the French Open as the fifth seed eased past Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3 in the first match on a sparsely populated Court One, finishing shortly before defending champion Nadal took to a full Philippe Chatrier show court to play Leonardo Mayer. But…