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Nothing quite like returning home to make you feel good, is there? Swiss Stan Wawrinka reached his fourth consecutive Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open quarter-final on Wednesday, beating American Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-4 in 68 minutes.
Wawrinka, who endured two knee surgeries last August, controlled the second-round contest, never facing a break point and twice breaking Donaldson, who reached his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final in March (l. to Anderson) at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, an ATP World Tour 500 event.
“I'm happy with my match today. I felt good out there. This will be the first time in a while that I play back-to-back matches. I like to play in front of the Swiss crowd and the fans have always given me great support here,” Wawrinka said.
Wawrinka had lost his clay-court season debut to Steve Johnson of the U.S. at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome last week, but he looked fresh and agile as he attacked the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier. The 33-year-old right-hander improved to 4-5 on the year and 10-1 in Geneva. He will next meet Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, who beat #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe 7-6(5), 6-4.
Second seed Fabio Fognini, a Rome quarter-finalist a week ago, came back to beat Noah Rubin of the U.S. 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2.
“It's always tough to start from the second round and play your first match...He was playing good,” Fognini said. “I'm happy because tomorrow I have another chance to play here, quarter-final and try to improve my game.”
Italy's No. 1 will next meet Tennys Sandgren of the U.S., who defeated Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3, 6-2. Seventh seed Italian Andreas Seppi also advanced, dismissing Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-5, 6-3. Seppi will next face Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.

#NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz picked up his second win of the season against compatriot Jack Sock, No. 15 in the ATP Rankings, to reach the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon quarter-finals on Wednesday. Fritz hit eight aces and swept the third-seeded Sock 7-6(6), 6-2 in 92 minutes.
The 20-year-old Fritz also beat Sock at the clay-court Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship last month en route to his second ATP World Tour semi-final. Fritz is in fourth place in the ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight players who compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 6-10 November in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by an all-Italian qualifying tournament.
Fritz will look to reach his third ATP World Tour semi-final on Thursday when he faces Serbian Dusan Lajovic. The Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finalist (l. to Anderson) beat qualifier Filip Horansky 6-4, 7-5 to notch his 10th tour-level match win this season.
Second seed John Isner overcame a tough second-round challenge to battle past Radu Albot 7-6(3), 6-3. The Miami Open presented by Itaú champion saved a set point at 5-6 (30/40) in the first set, before taking a one-set lead and clinching the only break of the second set to advance after one hour and 37 minutes. The 33-year-old now leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Albot 2-1, having split their two previous encounters in the U.S. earlier this year. 
Isner will face Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the quarter-finals. The 22-year-old won 83 per cent of first-service points to defeat Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in 61 minutes.Did You Know?This week, Isner is bidding to reach his fourth ATP World Tour final on clay. The American won his only clay-court title at the 2013 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (d. Almagro) after finishing as runner-up in 2012 (l. to Monaco). Isner reached his first final on clay in 2010, losing to countryman Sam Querrey in Belgrade.

There's nothing like Paris in the springtime, they say. As these 10 epics—the 10 most memorable French Open matches of the Open Era—show, there's also nothing quite as stirring or sensation as tennis in Paris at this time of year.
“You need to love the game.” That's what an exhausted, exhilarated Nadal said on June 7, 2013, when he was asked what it took to win a match like the one he had just played. On that hot day in Paris, it had taken every bit of love, and effort—and “suffering,” as Rafa likes to put it—that he could muster.
In the annals of the career-long, 50-match tug-of-war between Nadal and Djokovic, their 2013 French Open semifinal might be called the Second Epic. It was the mirror image of their Australian Open final from the previous year. That see-saw saga in Melbourne lasted five hours and 53 minutes, and went to Djokovic 7-5 in the fifth set. This see-saw saga lasted four hours and 37 minutes and went to Nadal 9-7 in the fifth set. Each match featured merciless rallies, brilliant shot-making, and one now-legendary, match-changing blunder. Nadal himself recognized the parallel.
“I lost a match like this in Australia,” he said in Paris. “This one was for me.”
It was for Rafa, but it was for all tennis fans as well. Since Nadal began his run of domination in Paris in 2005, there have been precious men’s epics in the later rounds at Roland Garros. Rafa, who otherwise has never been taken to five sets in a semifinal or a final there, has been too good to let anyone get close. Except Djokovic. Back in 2006, when he was 19, the Serb claimed that Nadal was “beatable” at the French Open. This match was his fifth attempt to prove himself right, and the closest he would come until he finally knocked Rafa out of Roland Garros in 2015.
Stories of the Open Era - Rafael Nadal, King of Clay: 
You know a match is a good one when neither player can fathom the shots that his opponent is pulling off. Nadal and Djokovic spent a fair amount of these four and a half hours shaking their heads and smiling in disbelief at their rival’s preposterous play. Nadal couldn’t believe Djokovic’s lunging, line-licking returns or his above-the-shoulder tomahawk forehand winners. As for Novak, he looked for help from his coaches whenever Rafa dug one more impossible get out of the clay, or hooked another forehand down the line on the dead run. Alas, there was no help for either player.
At the Australian Open in 2012, it had been Nadal who had survived a near-death experience in the fourth set, won it in a tiebreaker, and taken a 4-2 lead in the fifth before watching Djokovic storm back for the title. In Paris it was Nole who grabbed the fourth set in a tiebreaker, and led 4-2 in the fifth before watching Nadal take it all away. 
Each time, the loser was haunted by a stunning, crucial lapse. In Australia, with a chance to go up 5-2 in the fifth, Nadal missed the easiest of backhand passing shots. In Paris, serving at 4-3 in the final set, two games from victory and a chance at his first French title, Djokovic gave away a point at deuce when he ran into the net after hitting what would have been a winning overhead.
Despite that mistake, this match reached its dramatic peak over the last few games, as each man fought desperately to survive. Djokovic swung with everything he had, while Nadal sprinted farther than he ever had on the clay in Paris to track balls down. As they pushed each their way higher and higher into the tennis stratosphere, Rafa and Nole were like another pair of Parisian artists, from another age. One hundred years earlier, Picasso and Braque had described themselves as “two mountain climbers, roped together,” scaling the heights of painting. Nadal and Djokovic were their tennis equivalent in 2013. At Roland Garros that year, they led each other to a summit. 

There's nothing like Paris in the springtime, they say. As these 10 epics—the 10 most memorable French Open matches of the Open Era—show, there's also nothing quite as stirring or sensation as tennis in Paris at this time of year.
It’s rare to hear a top tennis player admit that, during a match as important as a French Open final, she was able to stop and take a second to savor the moment. It’s even more surprising when that top player is Steffi Graf. But that’s how good the 1996 women’s final was.
“It was such a big joy,” Graf said after her three-hour, three-minute win over Sanchez Vicario, “that sometimes when I was standing out there at 7-6 or 8-7, I almost didn’t know what to do, because I wanted to laugh, it felt so special.”
“And I usually don’t laugh,” Graf added, in case anyone believed that Fraulein Forehand was the frivolous type.
In her teens, when she was winning a calendar-year Grand Slam and running roughshod over the rest of the WTA, Graf was known for stone-cold domination. But by the mid-’90s, as her forehand began to go awry a little more often, and biggest rivals found ways to neutralize it, Graf became better known for her survival skills. Every Grand Slam seemed to end with her locked in another classic three-setter, and those classics usually ended with her willing herself to another win.
Graf engaged in marathon nail-biters with Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini, Monica Seles, Jana Novotna, and Mary Joe Fernandez, among others; by the mid-90s, though, it was Sanchez Vicario who had become her most common foil. The German gunner and the Spanish scrambler were made for each other, especially on clay.
WATCH—The ending of Graf's win over Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 French Open final: 
The rivalry between Graf and Sanchez Vicario is remembered as one-way traffic rather than a see-saw battle. And rightfully so: Graf dominated their head to head 28-8. But rather than let that lopsided record discourage her, Sanchez Vicario had used Graf as motivation to become a better player. By 1996, four of Sanchez Vicario’s eight wins over Graf had come at Grand Slam events.
In 1989, at 17, she had stunned Steffi in the French Open final, 7-5 in the third set. (If Sanchez Vicario hadn’t pulled off that upset, Graf would have won two consecutive calendar-year Slams.) In 1994, Sanchez Vicario outlasted Graf again in the U.S. Open final, 6-4 in the third set. In 1995, Graf turned the tables on Sanchez Vicario in the Wimbledon final, 7-5 in the third. That match peaked, in the penultimate game, with a 32-point, 13-deuce, service break for Graf that many consider the greatest game ever played.
When Graf and Sanchez Vicario faced off again in Paris the following summer, it was the 15th straight time they had met in a final, and the fourth straight time in a Grand Slam final. This may have been the best of all of them.“It was a battle of wills—Graf’s unyielding, Sanchez Vicario’s unflagging,” Robin Finn wrote for The New York Times. “It was also a battle between the risky, sideline-skimming style of the powerful Graf and the run-around, run-them-down tenacity of the clever Sanchez Vicario.”
Graf seemed to have the match in hand when she led 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker, only to watch as the ever-dogged Sanchez Vicario dug in even deeper and won seven straight points. In the third set, Sanchez Vicario led 4-2, and served for the match at 5-4 and 7-6; this time it was Graf’s turn to up her level and break. Finally, in the 17th and 18th games of the third, Arantxa’s energy flagged and a few too many errors flew from her strings.
“They had to come sometime,” Graf said. “Today, at the end, I was thinking, ‘She has to get tired, she has to get tired.’”
“I came so close,” Sanchez Vicario said. “It was very emotional, all the tension and all the nerves....We both played our best, but at the end, she pulled away.”
Neither player knew it at the time, but this match also marked the beginning of the end of an era. Graf and Sanchez Vicario would play just one more time, in the Wimbledon final a month later. By the following January in Australia, a new women’s major champion had been crowned, Martina Hingis, and the next spring Venus Williams made her French Open debut.
For the three hours that it lasted, this final made the usually stern and taciturn Steffi laugh—and wish she could play forever.
“These kinds of matches give you such satisfaction and emotions I know I’ll never have after my tennis career,” Graf said when it was over. “I don’t think they’re going to make me play longer, but they kind of tell me the reason why I’m still there.”

Dominic Thiem notched his 26th victory of the season on Tuesday to start his Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon. The top-seeded Thiem beat Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, Ecuador Open titlist, 6-2, 6-4 in 71 minutes.
Thiem won 80 per cent of his service points and didn't face a break point in the second-round matchup. The Austrian and nine-time ATP World Tour champion will next meet another Spaniard in Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who beat France's Calvin Hemery 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach his third tour-level quarter-final of the season.
Garcia-Lopez, who also reached quarter-finals on clay in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, won 81 per cent of service points and saved all three break points faced to advance.
Slovakian qualifier Filip Horansky secured his maiden ATP World Tour victory, upsetting Millennium Estoril Open champion Joao Sousa 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The World No. 334, competing in his first ATP World Tour main draw, converted five of his six break points to beat the Portuguese No. 1 in one hour and 52 minutes. Horansky will face Serbia's Dusan Lajovic for a spot in the quarter-finals.
#NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz continued his fine form this season, notching his ninth win of the season to reach the second round. Fritz, in fifth place in the ATP Race to Milan, beat Aussie Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-2 in 55 minutes. The 20-year-old will meet third seed Jack Sock for a place in the quarter-finals. Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin also progressed to the second round, beating wild card Gregoire Barrere 6-2, 6-3 in 72 minutes.

There's nothing like Paris in the springtime, they say. As these 10 epics—the 10 most memorable French Open matches of the Open Era—show, there's also nothing quite as stirring or sensation as tennis in Paris at this time of year.
Williams has had few true rivals outside of her own family, but Henin definitely qualified. The Belgian and the American split their eight matches at the major, 4-4. Of those eight, though, there’s only one that lives on in infamy.
Like controversial classics in every sport, the 2003 French Open semifinal between Serena and Henin comes with its own nickname: Say “The Hand Match” to any tennis fan and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. This contest had the kind of life-and-death drama that only seems possible in Paris, when there’s a fraught and furious crowd whipping up a storm of boos and whistles from above, and doing their best to sway the result.
When Williams stepped to the line to serve at 4-2, 30-0 in the third set against Henin, those boos and whistles swirled all around her. But she still seemed to be well on her way to her 34th straight win at a Grand Slam event—the 21-year-old American was, in most people’s eyes, all but unbeatable. Four months earlier at the Australian Open, Williams had completed her first “Serena Slam” by winning her fourth straight major title. Over the previous two weeks at Roland Garros, she hadn’t dropped a set in five matches. With each win—and especially with her 6-2, 6-1 trouncing of home favorite Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals—talk of a calendar-year Serena Slam grew louder.
Seeded fourth, Henin had yet to win a major title, but she had reached the Wimbledon final two years earlier and had recorded a straight-set win over Serena on green clay in Charleston that spring. With her mix of speed and shotmaking, Henin was too talented not to challenge Serena at a Slam at some point. The French Open, played on Henin’s favorite surface, was the logical place for it to happen. With a boisterous crowd of Belgians behind her, Henin took the initiative early, kept the ball bouncing high and out of Serena’s strike zone, and won the first set quickly.
WATCH—Justine Henin defeats Serena Williams in the 2003 French Open semifinals:
Serena—perhaps recognizing a future rival when she saw one, the same way Steffi Graf had recognized a future rival in Monica Seles on this same court more than a decade earlier—rose to Henin’s challenge. With a combination of powerful backhands, she broke Henin to win the second set. By the time Serena took the balls to serve at 4-2 in the third, the Belgian was starting to lose hope.
“At that point, I was really beginning to doubt whether I could win,” Henin said later.
At 15-0, Serena saw one of Henin’s shots land long, so she stopped the point and circled the mark. This drew a fresh set of boos and whistles from the audience. Chair umpire Jorge Dias confirmed that the ball was out, but the whistles didn’t stop. Ignoring them, Serena served and missed. Now it was her turn to argue with Dias. As she was serving, Serena had seen Henin hold her left hand up, to try to get her to delay until the crowd quieted.
But Dias hadn’t seen Henin do it, and Henin was unwilling to admit to it when Dias looked in her direction. Serena was forced to serve a second ball, she lost the point on a forehand error, and she she was eventually broken. Each of her subsequent misses was greeted with derisive applause from the crowd. When Williams finally walked off in defeat five games later, she was booed.
“I was a little disappointed with her,” Williams said of Henin. “I probably still should have won the game. It definitely didn’t turn around the match. But I think to start lying and fabricating, it’s not fair.”
“It was just a tough crowd out there today, really very tough; story of my life.”
After the match, Henin was overjoyed to have finally broken the Williams’ hammerlock on major finals.
“We proved that we can beat them,” she said of Serena and her sister Venus, “and I think that’s important for the other women, too, and I think it will give some new energy to women’s tennis.”
Two days later, Henin would rout her countrywoman Kim Clijsters for her first Slam title. She would go on to win the French Open three more times, and beat Williams three more times at the majors.
In 2011, though, Henin would express regret over how her breakthrough win came about.
“I think she saw it and was disturbed by that,” Henin said of Serena’s reaction to her hand gesture. “ So it’s true that it’s not the best memory.”
As for Serena, she would eventually shake off any bad memories she had from that semifinal in Paris. A decade later, she would make the city her second home, and make it her training base with her coach, France’s Patrick Mouratoglou. Nearly 10 years to the day after her loss in the Hand Match, with Henin now well into retirement, Serena would finally exorcise the demons from that day and win the French Open again.
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There's nothing like Paris in the springtime, they say. As these 10 epics—the 10 most memorable French Open matches of the Open Era—show, there's also nothing quite as stirring or sensation as tennis in Paris at this time of year.
From the distance of 14 years, the 2004 men’s final at Roland Garros feels like a match from another era, another century, another world. 
In part, that’s because it really was played in a different time period. The all-Argentine affair would be the last of the pre-Golden Era major finals. Starting the following month, Roger Federer would win his second Wimbledon and begin his record-setting streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. The next year in Paris, Rafael Nadal would play and win the first of his 10 (and counting) French Open titles.
Over the next decade, Federer and Nadal would accustom us to Olympian mastery at the top of the men’s game. So it’s jarring now to look back and witness the gut-wrenching, cringe-inducing chaos that Gaudio and Coria, each of whom was contesting his first and last major final, served up in Court Philippe Chatrier. As the Argentine journalist Sebastian Fest told Doug Robson for Tennis Magazine in 2010, that final "was an open air psychologist session shown on TV around the world.” If any Grand Slam final could be said to have been cursed, it was this one.
Coria, nicknamed El Mago ("The Magician"), was the heavy favorite. He was the king of clay in the spring of 2004, and his official coronation in Paris nothing more than a formality. Post-Gustavo Kuerten and pre-Rafa, Coria’s mix of deceptive speed and delicate shotmaking was the state of the art on dirt. He was a little, light 23-year-old who walked on his toes, danced across the court, and put the ball on a string.
Coria had announced himself in Paris the previous year by upsetting Andre Agassi, and in 2004 he came to Roland Garros ranked a career-high No. 3. He was motivated by a desire to prove himself after being, in his mind, unfairly suspended for seven months in 2001 after testing positive for nandrolone.
“Lots of people insulted me in the face,” Coria told Robson, “and called me ‘doper’ for a stupid, contaminated vitamin pill. It’s maybe the reason I was a bit nervous [in the final]. I really wanted to win this tournament, to try to forget everything I have deep inside.”
With the 44th-ranked Gaudio across the net, surely Coria would have his moment of vindication. Not only was he the superior clay-courter, he also didn’t like Gaudio, and Gaudio didn’t like him. Their fellow Argentine, Juan Monaco, said they “were like cat and dog.”
After two sets, it looked more like cat and mouse. Coria won the first 6-0, the second 6-3, and showed no signs of relinquishing command through the early games of the third. TV commentators lamented having to bore us with this “mismatch.”
WATCH—Highlights from the 2004 French Open final between Gaudio and Coria: 
By the middle of the third set, the Parisian fans were just as bored. True to form, they injected themselves into the action by doing a seemingly unstoppable version of the Wave. Gaudio welcomed the break in the action; he cracked his first smile of the afternoon, and applauded when it was over. Coria, in his first sign of nerves, tried unsuccessfully to get the crowd to sit down and let him cross the finish line in peace.
Coria never made it. The atmosphere in the arena, and the demeanor of the players, had been permanently altered. Gaudio began to play as if it the match were a lark; after winning important points, he would look up and share a laugh with his coach, Franco Davin. Coria, his rhythm disturbed, tightened up and lost a 40-0 lead on his serve at 4-4. By the start of the third set, suffering from a sudden (and surely psychosomatic) leg cramp, he could barely move. 
Or, as Jim Courier put it for the Tennis Channel, “He was choking and choking and choking.”
Coria took his hands away from his neck long enough build a 4-2 lead in the fifth, serve for the match twice, and hold two match points. On those two points, Coria and Gaudio rallied until Coria finally pulled the trigger down the line. For most of that season, he had been pulling that same trigger and hitting his targets. This time, on both occasions, he missed wide by a few inches. He was just a fraction of a second, and a fraction of a nerve, late on each shot. His career would never be the same because of it.
After his loss, which came by the fittingly bizarre scores of 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6, Coria stared down, hollow-eyed, on the trophy podium. Later, his family walked away from Chatrier in tears. 
“Losing the French Open final with two match points isn’t easy against anyone,” Gaudio said. “Imagine losing to me.”
Coria would never reach another Slam final, and by 2006 he had all but vanished. That year he would lose eight times in the first round; suffering from shoulder problems and service yips that would never be cured, he averaged nearly 12 double faults per match. He retired in 2009 at 27.
It’s one thing for a big match to destroy the loser, but Gaudio-Coria did nothing to help the winner, either. “No, no, not me, it’s impossible, I don’t believe it,” were Gaudio’s first words during the trophy ceremony. It’s questionable whether Gaudio ever felt worthy of that moment. 
Like Coria, Gaudio held it together through the following season; but also like his countryman, he wouldn’t win another title or reach another Grand Slam quarterfinal after 2005. At the French in ’05, in a sort of cosmic comeuppance, Gaudio led David Ferrer 4-0 in the fifth set before losing six straight games. By 2007, Gaudio was outside the Top 100. By 2008, he was out of the game. 
Was the 2004 French Open cursed?
“That final took a lot of energy that maybe put a lot of expectations on us,” Gaudio told Robson. “Something changed after that.” 
Tennis changed. The men’s game got better. Today Gaudio-Coria looks like a struggle to the death, not just of two players, but of an era that will live in the shadows of what came after it. The sport could only become more golden from there.
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Judging by their performance in the first round of Roland Garros qualifying, a slew of #NextGenATP players are ready to make their mark in Paris.
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was one of nine #NextGenATP competitors to notch a win in the French capital on Monday, defeating South African Lloyd Harris 6-4, 6-3. The 17-year-old became the first player born in the 2000s to compete in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open, where he earned his maiden tour-level victory against compatriot Vasek Pospisil.
Since, Auger-Aliassime has gained even more momentum by advancing to the quarter-finals at two ATP Challenger Tour events in Portugal.
“Sometimes you expect to be nervous, to be tight, to not play your best tennis. But I think from the first game I was serving well, so that helps a lot because against good players, to help out physically, it’s always good to serve well,” Auger-Aliassime said according to “At the start of the year I played well at Indian Wells, now I’m playing good on clay. I won two [ATP Challenger Tour] titles on clay last year, so I really think I can play well on any surface.”
The Canadian, who is the youngest competitor in the draw, will face another #NextGenATP player in the second round: Spaniard Jaume Munar. The 21-year-old beat No. 11 seed Tim Smyczek 6-3, 7-5 to set a rematch of a first-round match at the Barletta, Italy, Challenger earlier this year, in which he beat Auger-Aliassime after two hours, 51 minutes.
Munar, who is at a career-best No. 155 in the ATP Rankings, is getting plenty of attention from someone who knows a thing or two about climbing that ladder. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal watched his younger compatriot play in person during Australian Open qualifying earlier this year.
The seven other #NextGenATP players who progressed are Jay Clarke, Hubert Hurkacz, Miomir Kecmanovic, Duckhee Lee, Casper Ruud, Akira Santillan and Carlos Taberner.