French Open 2022 LIVE: Gauff vs Stephens, Djokovic vs Nadal and latest scores and results


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Follow live updates from the French Open as we reach the quarter-finals with the women’s singles and men’s singles providing several intriguing match-ups. Roland Garros may well provide us a last dance between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at a grand slam. The legendary players meet tonight on Philippe-Chatrier. The heir apparant is in action first though, with Carlos Alcaraz battling Alexander Zverev. And the women’s singles throws up an all-American clash between super-talent Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens. But first is Martina Trevisan against Leylah Annie Fernandez.

The Serbian says playing Nadal on the clay in Paris is “the biggest challenge one can have”. The match sees the legenday pari, who have 41 Grand Slam titles between them, add a 59th chapter to their decorated story. “I like the way I’ve been feeling, the way I’m hitting the ball. I’m ready,” says defending champion Djokovic. “It was obviously a well-anticipated match I think when the draw came out for a lot of people. I’m glad that I didn’t spend too much time on the court myself up to quarter-finals, knowing that playing him in Roland Garros is always a physical battle, along with everything else.”

While the Spaniard countered: “I haven’t played these kind of matches for three months so it is going to be a big challenge for me. Two weeks and a half ago, even if I had good hopes after Rome, I didn’t even know if I would be able to be here. So I’m just enjoying the fact that I am here for one more year. And being honest, every match that I play here, I don’t know if it is going to be the last match here in my tennis career. That’s my situation now. I am just trying to enjoy as much as possible and fight as much as I can to keep living the dream.” Follow the action from the French Open, below:

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, *3-1 Stephens

After several looping shots to slow the pace of the rally down, Stephens quickens it up and lands a bomb with that backhand down the line, break point again!

To the net, and here is the chance, two delicate shots and Coco gives Stephens a huge chance, she just needs to put it in as she’s so close to the net she surely can’t react.

But it’s long! Deuce again, incredible game. Now Coco to the net and she’s rediscovered her touch, a lunging forehand to her right and the ball dies on the other side of the net.

Stephens snaps! It’s long and Coco celebrates, “come on, come on!” 4-1!

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 15:01

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, *3-1 Stephens

Coco has seized the initiative now, this could be a defining moment in the game. A looping forehand at the high-point forced Stephens to overstretch and dump her return long.

Game point… Second serve for Coco, and the chance slips away.

A lovely arching serve out wide tests Stephens, but she’s a match for it with a fine return and then she puts the forehand away down the line with Coc way out of the picture, smart tennis.

Coco quick to deny Stephens’ break point, and another powerful serve puts her in a fine poisition, but that’s sloppy, an unforced error sees her go long. Break point again…

Immense survival from Coco, Stephens going long after a powerful forehand. Advantage Coco now.

The first serve is wide and the second too, nerves! Deuce!

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:56

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, *1-1 Stephens

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, *1-1 Stephens

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Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:46

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, 0-1* Stephens

A slip from Stephens there at 15-0, but she’s OK despite a heavy fall.

A mis-timed forehand then gives Gauff an opening, 15-30.

That trusted backhand does the damage again for Coco, down the line and too much for Stephens, two break-back points.

She forces Stephens to the net and then picks her off down the line with, yes, you guessed it, the backhand. We’re level at 1-1.

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:43

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French Open 2022: Gauff 7-5, *0-0 Stephens

A great start to the second set for Stephens, she carves out a break point opportunity on the Gauff serve.

A long, twisting rally with a variety of shots eventually sees the chance fizzle out, impressive nerve from Gauff.

That backhand again, down the line but a whisker wide, Coco takes a look but won’t challenge. Break point No 2.

Wow, a booming forehand, flat and skipping up low forces Coco out of her rhythm and she goes long, BREAK!

That was a long, energy-sapping rally, with high, spinning baseline strokes. Stephens in her element here.

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:39

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French Open 2022: Gauff 6-5* Stephens

Coco held her nerve there, snatching back a piece of the momentum in this game.

Can Stephens force the tie break?

Coco immediately on top of Stephens’ serve and moves to 0-30. A booming Stephens serve, but Coco defends it well, she’s fighting well behind the base line.

Stephens can’t put away the smash, the second one is into the net, three set points!

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Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:33

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French Open 2022: Gauff 5-4* Stephens

Nicely done by Stephens, the momentum has completely switched.

She levels at five apiece. Now can Coco hold her nerve on serve next?

Stephens is moving across the court so smoothly, it’s hard for Coco to get her out of her rhythm.

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:28

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French Open 2022: Gauff *5-3 Stephens

And there it is, a crucial break for Stephens to work her way back into this opening set.

The net approach was impressive there, now a chance to even this up at five games apiece.

Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:24

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French Open 2022: Gauff 5-2* Stephens

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns the ball to Sloane Stephens

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Sloane Stephens of the U.S. slams a forehand to Coco Gauff

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Jack Rathborn31 May 2022 14:18



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