Rafael Nadal races past Jordan Thompson for historic French Open win

Rafael Nadal created more history as he booked his place in the French Open second round with a commanding straight-sets victory over Jordan Thompson on Monday.

The ‘King of Clay’ claimed his 106th match win at Roland Garros; surpassing Roger Federer with the most recorded by any male player at a single Grand Slam event.

A 13-time winner in the French capital, Nadal advanced to round two for an 18th successive year after overcoming the Australian qualifier 6-2 6-2 6-2.

The 21-time Major winner is joined in the second round by Novak Djokovic, Cam Norrie and Dan Evans.

Reigning champion launched his title defence with a comprehensive 6-3 6-1 6-0 win over Yoshihito Nishioka, while the British duo of Norrie and Evans also advanced in straight sets against Manuel Guinard and Francisco Cerundolo respectively.

However, there was no joy for Barbora Krejcikova; the defending champion beaten by home favourite Diane Parry.

An elbow injury meant Krejcikova, who also claimed the doubles title alongside Katerina Siniakova 12 months ago, was making her first competitive appearance since February.

But despite dominating the opening set, the Czech became the first reigning Ladies’ champion to fall at the first hurdle since Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 after going down 1-6 6-2 6-3 against the world number 97.

Fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also bowed out in the opening round; beaten 7-6(5) 7-5 by Alja Tomljanovic.

Elsewhere, world number one Iga Swiatek – a winner of five WTA titles this term – took just 54 minutes to record her 29th successive victory, putting Lesia Tsurenko to the sword 6-2 6-0.

Former Slam winners Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka and Emma Raducanu also recovered from losing their opening set to advance to round two.

Kerber saved two match points against Poland’s Magdalena Frech to claim her first win at Roland Garros since 2018, while Azarenka and reigning US Open champion Raducanu overcame Anna Bogdan and Linda Noskova respectively.

But there was no joy for 17th seed Reilly Opelka, who was beaten 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3 by world number 56 Filip Krajinovic.

An ATP winner in Dallas and Houston this season – and semi-finalist in Geneva earlier this month – Opelka could not avoid falling at the first hurdle at Roland Garros for the third time in four years.


French Open 2022 – Day Two Results

Monday May 23

Round One

Iga SWIATEK (POL) [1] 6-2 6-0 Lesia TSURENKO (UKR)
Diane PARRY (FRA) 1-6 6-2 6-3 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) [2]
Jordan THOMPSON (AUS) 2-6 2-6 2-6 Rafael NADAL (ESP) [5]
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] 6-3 6-1 6-0 Yoshihito NISHIOKA (JAP)

Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) [27] 7-5 6-4 Naomi OSAKA (JAP)
Stan WAWRINKA (SUI) 6-2 3-6 6-7(2) 3-6 Corentin MOUTET (FRA)
Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [5] 6-7(5) 5-7 Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (AUS)

Oceane DODIN (FRA) 4-6 2-6 Andrea PETKOVIC (GER)
Cameron NORRIE (GBR) [10] 7-5 6-2 6-0 Manuel GUINARD (FRA)
Linda NOSKOVA (CZE) 7-6(4) 5-7 1-6 Emma RADUCANU (GBR) [12]

Bianca ANDREESCU (CAN) 3-6 7-5 6-0 Ysaline BONAVENTURE (BEL)
Dan EVANS (GBR) [29] 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4 Francisco CERUNDOLO (ARG)
Marton FUCSOVICS (HUN) 6-2 6-4 6-4 Geoffrey BLANCANEUAX (FRA)

Santiago Fa RODRIGUEZ TAVERNA (ARG) 6-7(2) 6-3 3-6 6-4 4-6 Taylor FRITZ (USA) [13]
Angelique KERBER (GER) [21] 2-6 6-3 7-5 Magdalena FRECH (POL)

Alessandro GIANNESSI (ITA) 4-6 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 4-6 Borna GOJO (CRO)
Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 4-6 7-6(1) 6-2 Kristina KUCOVA (SVK)

Maryna ZANEVSKA (BEL) 3-6 1-6 Qinwen ZHENG (CHN)
Dusan LAJOVIC (SRB) 3-6 6-3 4-6 3-6 Sebastian BAEZ (ARG)
Norbert GOMBOS (SVK) 1-6 6-3 2-6 3-6 Pedro CACHIN (ARG)

Anna Bondar (HUN) 6-7(0) 1-6 Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [32]
Nikoloz BASILASHVILI (GEO) [22] 3-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-4 6-4 Maxime CRESSY (USA)
Zhu LIN (CHN) 4-6 6-3 3-6 Veronika KUDERMETOVA (RUS) [29]

Brandon NAKASHIMA (USA) 6-4 2-6 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2 Kamil MAJCHRZAK (POL)
Mikael YMER (SWE) 6-2 6-4 6-2 James DUCKWORTH (AUS)

Martina TREVISAN (ITA) 6-0 6-2 Harriet DART (GBR)
Alison RISKE (USA) 6-3 6-3 Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR)
Mackenzie MCDONALD (USA) 1-6 6-2 6-3 7-6(3) Franco AGAMENONE (ITA)

Filip KRAJINOVIC (SRB) 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3 Reilly OPELKA (USA) [17]
Danka KOVINIC (MON) 2-6 6-2 6-1 Ludmilla SAMSONOVA (RUS) [25]
Miomir KECMANOVIC (SRB) [28] 6-3 7-5 6-3 Tomas Martin ETCHEVERRY (ARG)

Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) 6-7(7) 7-6(1) 6-2 Ana BOGDAN (ROM)
Heather WATSON (GBR) 3-6 3-6 Elsa JACQUEMOT (FRA)
Attila BALAZS (HUN) 0-6 1-6 2-6 Marin CILIC (CRO)

Barbora Krejcikova will take on Madison Keys in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 Australian Open on Tuesday.

Krejcikova has been in fantastic shape in this early part of 2022, having won seven of her eight matches on hard courts. Barbora has dropped just one set in four matches at the Australian Open 2022 so far, which was against Jelena Ostapenko in the third round.

She comes in fresh off the back of a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory over two-time Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka.

This is actually the first time when Krejcikova manages to reach the quarterfinals in singles at the Australian Open. Barbora became one of the best performers on tour since her triumph at the 2021 French Open.

Keys has also been in great shape in this early stage of 2022, having won 10 of her 11 matches on hard courts. She is currently on a nine-match winning streak, having dropped just three sets in the process. Keys heads into this clash full of confidence after demolishing Badosa 6-3, 6-1 in the previous round at the Australian Open.

Keys is looking great at the moment as she has won the Adelaide 2 in the lead-up to the Australian Open and she has now reached the Quarter-Finals in Melbourne for the first time since 2018.

Our prediction for this match is Over 2.5 Sets at odds of 69/50 with Bet365.

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Simona Halep will attempt to continue shaking off the rust after a six-month hiatus as she faces Barbora Krejcikova in a bid to make the quarterfinals in Prague.

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Halep vs Krejcikova is live from Prague on Thursday 13 August at 2pm local/1pm BST

World no. 2 Simona Halep narrowly survived her first match in six months when she edged past Polona Hercog in a third-set tie-break, extending her winning streak to five matches.

WTA Prague: Tournament information, schedules and live streams for the Prague Open

Halep continues her comeback to WTA Tour tennis as she takes on local favourite Barbora Krejcikova at the Prague Open on Thursday.

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Halep vs Krejcikova: Head-to-head

Halep leads the head-to-head 1-0 after beating Krejcikova on clay in Bucharest in 2016 – but she had to come back from a set down to do so, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Halep vs Krejcikova: Preview

Despite six months out of competition, not knowing when the sport would return, Halep picked up right where she left off when she played her first match since February at the Prague Open on Tuesday.

Her last match before the WTA Tour shut down due to the global health crisis was a victory over Elena Rybakina, sealed in a third-set tie-break, to claim the 20th WTA title of her career in Dubai; on Tuesday, a third-set tie-break was needed once again to separate the Romanian from her opponent.

Halep initially looked like she had never been away as she breezed through the first set against Polona Hercog 6-1, but lost the second set by the same scoreline and had to tough out a decider which lasted longer than the first two sets put together. Even the best players have to contend with ring-rust and lack of match fitness, and Halep’s was evident, not so much in being pushed hard by Hercog – all three of their previous meetings had gone to three sets – but in the way her energy level dropped after winning the first set, and most of all in the way that she first failed to serve out the match, then let six match points slide on Hercog’s serve at 4-5 and 5-6.

Hercog hit an ace on the first unconverted match point, but the remaining five were pretty much all unforced errors by Halep, and had Hercog not faltered in the tie-break – she had lost her last 21 matches against top-10 players, and it showed – Halep might not have got over the line.

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Barbora Krejcikova took a set from Halep in their only previous meeting (PA Images)

However, she did, and her winning streak is now at five matches with her last defeat coming in the Australian Open semifinals to Garbine Muguruza.

To make it six, Halep will have to get past wildcard Krejcikova, who recorded a surprisingly routine 6-4, 6-3 victory over Halep’s compatriot Patricia Maria Tig.

Four years younger than Halep, Krejcikova is something of a late bloomer and is the closest she has ever been to breaking into the top 100, reaching a career-high ranking of world no. 113 in February after qualifying for the Australian Open and reaching the second round. She recorded an excellent 2019 season, going 27-8 and winning four ITF titles, but played almost exclusively on clay.

Krejcikova’s career-best result came in Nurnberg in 2017 when she finished runner-up to Caroline Garcia at the WTA International after having come through qualifying. Since then, she has reached two WTA quarterfinals, both on clay.

It would be a mistake to completely discount Krejcikova, especially playing at home, and she did take a set from Halep in Bucharest in 2016 (Halep went on to win the tournament and double-bagelled Anastasija Sevastova in the final). Three of her five matches against top-20 players have gone the distance, and Halep is clearly rusty. The world no. 2 could well be pushed to three sets once more.

Halep vs Krejcikova: Prediction

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