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.
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Stat(s) of the day
95th RG victory
44-0 as No. 2 seed
25th consecutive win in Paris
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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.
Exclusive – Tennis needs to build ‘female workforce’ to reach a new audience
Judy Murray wants to see more women participating in tennis at all levels.
Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon but she is preparing to return to the game
Wimbledon is set to begin on June 28 and Naomi Osaka will be missing.
Andy Murray insists his ambition is not dented after compressive defeat at Queen’s Club
The Scot was overpowered 6-3 6-3.
Wimbledon organisers defend online ticket sale amid complaints from fans
Vast majority of those applying had no issues.
Impressive Matteo Berrettini ends Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback
Andy Murray was overpowered by Matteo Berrettini.
‘I’m just pleased to have come through,’ Dan Evans after easing into Queen’s Club last eight
British No 1 secured a two-set win over the Frenchman.
‘The goal is to prolong my career,’ says Rafael Nadal as he withdraws from Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics
Rafael Nadal opts to take an extended.
Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal may be a sign of what is to come
Kevin Palmer on Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal.
A list of Roger Federer’s defeats on grass. Can you name the 24 players who have beaten him on the surface?
A full list of Roger Federer’s 28 defeats on grass.
‘The tank is quite empty,’ says Kiki Bertens as she announces 2021 will be her final season
Kiki Bertens to call it a day.