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Djokovic ”not thinking about calendar slam” after reaching Roland Garros final

Iga Swiatek faces Karolina Muchova in the French Open final at Roland Garros as the world No 1 looks to defend her women’s singles title.

Swiatek is aiming to add a third French Open crown and fourth grand slam overall, while the Pole could become the first woman to defend the Roland Garros title since Justine Henin in 2007. The 22-year-old is yet to drop a set on the Paris clay this fortnight but was pushed hard by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the semi-finals.

Swiatek was expected to face Aryna Sabalenka in the final but the world No 2 was stunned by Muchova in the semi-finals. The unseeded Czech saved match point and fought from 5-2 down in the deciding set to reach her first grand slam final, but remains a huge underdog against Swiatek on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Follow live updates from Swiatek vs Muchova in the French Open final, below.



French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

There are currently some… interesting scenes on Philippe-Chatrier. Not long now until the women’s singles final between world No 1 Iga Swiatek and the unexpected finalist Karolina Muchova.

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:55


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek said she wanted to go back to the drawing board following her fourth-round defeat to Elena Rybakina at the Australian Open at the start of the year.

Swiatek said she “felt the pressure” of coming into the tournament as the favourite and world No 1, but has managed to reset her mentality ahead of the French.


She said: “I wouldn’t say in Australia I was in a good place, so since then I made progress and I kind of switched my mindset to kind of be more efficient and calm and not overanalyse everything, you know, and not overanalyse my situation.

“It’s still a lot of pressure and it’s not easy, but also on clay I feel like I have more weapons than a faster hard court.

“I’m trying to use that confidence and that feeling of being comfortable on that surface to just kind of focus on that a little bit more and play better because of that.”

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Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:51


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Here’s how both players reached the French Open final.


Iga Swiatek 6-2 7-6 vs Beatriz Haddad Maia

Karolina Muchova 7-6 6-7 7-5 vs Aryna Sabalenka

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Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:41


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek comes into today’s final with a 93.1 per cent win percentage at Roland Garros – only Margaret Court at the Australian Open (95.5) and Court at the French Open (95.2) have higher percentage at a grand slam.

Karolina Muchova, meanwhile, is only the third player ranked outside of the top 40 to reach the French Open final. The previous two times? Well, one was Jelena Ostpenkko in 2017. The other was Swiatek in 2020.

Both players won the title.

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:31


French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

In the end, Novak Djokovic was right: Carlos Alcaraz may have won their only previous meeting, but best-of-five at a grand slam was always going to be different.

So it proved. For well over two hours, the most-anticipated match of the year lived up to the hype. Djokovic and Alcaraz traded blows and held the French Open crowd in their spell. Djokovic needed to be at his highest level to take the first set 6-3, then Alcaraz found his spark and raised his own game to win the second 7-5. A third set of equal brilliance beckoned, as did a fourth and even a fifth. Djokovic, 36, won 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1.


But then Alcaraz stopped. After jumping on a Djokovic serve, he pulled up and felt his lower right leg. His calf had seized painfully, and the cramps began to spread around his body. “Not only the legs,” Alcaraz said. “The arms, as well.” It was a different match from then. Alcaraz refused to quit but it was a non-contest. The Spaniard, so thrilling when in full flight, moved like a bird whose wings had been clipped.

It is perhaps only now that Alcaraz and everyone else realises how different a proposition facing Djokovic at a grand slam really is.

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:19


French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

Novak Djokovic will bid for a men’s record 23rd grand slam title against Casper Ruud in the French Open final.

Djokovic has the chance to move ahead of Rafael Nadal as the Serbian aims to become the oldest Roland Garros champion in history.

Ruud has reached his second French Open final in a row as the 24-year-old looks to claim a first grand slam title.


The Norwegian was thrashed by Nadal in last year’s final and admitted he will again be the “underdog” as Djokovic attempts to make history.

“Novak is going for his 23rd, I’m going for my first. It’s a big difference,” Ruud said.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 13:09


French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

Carlos Alcaraz admitted tension got the better of him after he was hobbled by cramp in his hotly-anticipated French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

The 20-year-old had just won an electrifying second set to level the contest and looked like he might be grabbing the ascendancy when, after hitting a return in the second game of the third, his whole body seized up.


Alcaraz managed to carry on but won only one more game as Djokovic triumphed 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to reach a 34th grand slam final, where he will face Casper Ruud.

The Spaniard did look a lot more anxious than usual at the start of the biggest match in men’s tennis for a year and, asked what had caused the cramp, he said: “The tension of the match.

“I started the match really nervous. The tension of the first set, the second set, it was a really intense two sets, as well. I have never felt something like I did today. I have never felt that tension that I did in that match.

“I disappointed myself, and in a match like this, coming to this match with great feeling, feeling great physically, and cramping at the end of the second set, beginning of the third set. It was really disappointing.”

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 12:59


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek on Karolina Muchova: “I still feel like I know Karolina’s game anyway because I played many practices with her since 2019, and I also watch her actually more than most of the players. Just a coincidence, but it happened. And I really like her game, honestly. I really respect her, and she’s I feel like a player who can do anything, you know. She has great touch. She can also speed up the game.


“She plays with that kind of freedom in her movements. And she has a great technique. So I watched her matches and I feel like I know her game pretty well. But obviously on matches, it’s a little bit different and I’ll be ready no matter what.”

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Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 12:49


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova have only met once before, with the Czech winning in three sets on hard court in Prague in 2019. A lot has happened since, however.

“It was one of my first WTA tournaments, and I had to play last match of qualification and my first round against Karolina the same day, because it was raining days before,” Swiatek said. “I felt like a rookie and I didn’t know if I should be in that place or not.

“But I remember she played really well. It was a three-setter, pretty tight.”


Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 12:39


French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek has the chance to begin a dynasty at Roland Garros is the 22-year-old can defend her title. If Swiatek defeats Muchova, the Pole will become the first player to defend the women’s singles title since Justine Henin won three in a row between 2005 and 2007.

Swiatek could also become the youngest player to win four grand slam titles since Serena Williams.

Comparisons with her idol Rafael Nadal may be distinctly premature but Swiatek can take another step towards establishing her own dynasty at Roland Garros with a third title on Saturday.

The Pole has only suffered two defeats on the Parisian clay, winning her first title as an unseeded teenager in 2020 then reclaiming it last year.

“Rafa, what he did and what he’s still doing, it’s pretty amazing,” she said.


“So it was totally out of my reach. And still he played so well so many years. I don’t know if it’s going to be possible for me. But I just try to compete, keep it cool year by year and just do everything step by step.”

Jamie Braidwood10 June 2023 12:29

Source: Independent

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