Stan Wawrinka won the French Open by beating No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the final Sunday, thwarting Djokovic’s bid to complete a career Grand Slam.
The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the red clay of Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013.
Ill and sluggish, Serena Williams overcame a big deficit to reach the French Open final by beating 23rd-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s 39-match French Open winning streak, beating the nine-time champion in a surprisingly lopsided quarterfinal 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
Stumbling on his way to the net, Roger Federer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and precision the world has come to expect from the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
In a riveting showdown between the last two American women in the draw, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams came back to edge Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Stepping on center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.
Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year’s runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday.
On his return to center court, nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal enjoyed a quiet Tuesday afternoon.
If everyone else wants to look ahead to a potential marquee quarterfinal, the players who met in two of the past three finals at the French Open do not.
Getting past his first round opponent at the French Open was easy. Breaking the Big Four domination will be a lot harder for Tomas Berdych.
The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.
Tenth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player in the Open Era to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal with a five-set win over 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
The “King of Clay” proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.