Roland Garros to see first-time women's champion

Mae Harvey
June 8, 2019

Nadal is an 8/11 favorite to win the tournament, while Djokovic is at 14/5 and Thiem and Federer are 9/1 and 20/1 respectively.

Federer rebounded in the second set, going up 2-0 on Nadal. This would be far from ideal for scheduling - if rained off today, do they play men's and women's finals on Sunday, for example?

Now firmly established as two all-time greats of the sport, the pair first met all the way back in 2004, when the 17-year-old Spaniard surprised the world number one Swiss with a straight sets victory.

Nadal is coming off a series of injuries while Federer is playing at Roland Garros after a four year-break - he missed the 2016 event due to a back injury, and then skipped the past two clay-court Grand Slams.

While she was more than satisfied with her performances here, Konta was less happy with the decision to move the women's semi-finals away from the main Philippe Chatrier court after rain washed out play on Wednesday.

However, Thiem came out on top in the Roland Garros quarter-finals in straight sets in 2017.

Once he gets past the quarterfinals, the King of Clay has been unbeaten on the terre battue-he is 11-0 in semifinals and 11-0 in finals. That gave Halep a break chance, one point from serving to force a third set.

He is 9-3 against Federer.

A tally of just nine games meant it was Federer's heaviest defeat in a Grand Slam match since managing only four against Nadal in their famously one-sided 2008 Roland Garros final. No. 7 Kei Nishikori on Tuesday, followed by No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs.

Since falling to Nishikori in the 2014 US Open semifinals, he has won 10 in a row.

A French Open field that included five of the last six women's singles champions at Roland Garros will have not a single one of those big names, from three-time victor Serena Williams to 2018 champion Simona Halep, represented at Saturday's final match.

Roger Federer reacts during the semi-final match.

She would also become the first Aussie to clinch a grand slam title since Samantha Stosur's US Open triumph in 2012.

The 12 month hold/break numbers indicate that there is very little between the duo on clay, but it is Vondrousova with the marginally better French Open 2019 numbers, getting to this stage without dropping a set.

Nadal, right, is congratulated by Federer after winning their semifinal match at the French Open.

The World No. 8 is joined by Konta, Vondrousova and Anisimova, who are ranked No. 26, No. 38 and No. 51, respectively. She again tortured Sabalenka in Paris, beating her in the second round 6-2, 6-4 - the same dominant scoreline she would use to dispatch Halep.

Venus Williams, a younger 17, reached the final of the 1997 US Open (losing to a 16-year-old Hingis).

The 37-year-old Federer was serenaded off the court by spectators' chants of his first name.

Along with fellow Queenslander Samantha Stosur, Barty is only the second Australian in the past decade to reach the top 10.

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