French Open day four: Rafael Nadal’s brilliant streak as No 2, Sara Errani unimpressed by Kiki Bertens’ ‘joke’
We look back at day four at the French Open as Serena Williams was forced to pull out ahead of her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion came into the tournament nursing an Achilles injury she picked up during her semi-final defeat at the US Open earlier this month.
Meanwhile, 12-time champion Rafael Nadal laid down a marker with a thumping 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 win over Mackenzie McDonald.
Picture of the day
Stat(s) of the day
95th RG victory
44-0 as No. 2 seed
25th consecutive win in Paris
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) September 30, 2020
Smash of the day
That poor racket 💥😳@PutintsevaYulia certainly wasn’t happy here… 😡
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 30, 2020
Yulia Putintseva’s win over Nadia Podoroska wasn’t all plain sailing.
Quote of the day
Match of the day
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev is no stranger to a five-set marathon and he came through another to squeeze past Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
The German, runner up to Dominic Thiem at the US Open earlier this month, won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.
Women: Serena Williams (6)
Men: John Isner (21), Benoit Paire (23)
Novak Djokovic and Stephanos Tsitsipas headline on Chatrier while former champion Garbine Muguruza faces Kristyna Pliskova on Suzanne Lenglen.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned by a broadcast team member on a charter flight from Los Angeles.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
Forty seven players will have to remain in their hotel rooms for 14 days.
Andy Murray’s waiting game as anger mounts after tennis players fly in for Australian Open
Andy Murray is waiting to see if there is any way he compete in the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19.
Positive Covid cases on flights to Australia put 47 players in 14-day quarantine
Three people across two chartered flights carrying the Open hopefuls tested positive for coronavirus upon their arrival in Melbourne.
Bernard Tomic still has drive to compete, saying ‘I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money’
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing.”
Dominic Thiem: ‘My wish for 2021 is to win a second Grand Slam title’
Dominic Thiem eyes a second Grand Slam trophy.
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a video and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.
Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
Madison Keys unlikely to play at Australian Open.
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.