Sport Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Stanislas Wawrinka victory at the Australian Open signals chinks in strength of 'traditional' top four

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 29 May 2013

Defiant Cook defends his tactics after series victory

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 28 May 2013

Palace keen for Phillips to stay on after £120m goal

The Sport Matrix: Monday 27 May 2013

Arsenal Ladies continue hot streak

Roger Federer in action during an easy first-round win in Paris

French Open: Even Roger Federer is quite happy with low-key Sunday opening

It was business as usual as the French Open got under way here today. There was chaos on the roads, this time after demonstrators took to the capital's streets to oppose same-sex marriages; the approaches to Roland Garros were lined by ticket touts; Roger Federer started his 15th successive appearance at the tournament by crushing a Grand Slam debutant for the loss of only seven games; and Lleyton Hewitt lost a five-set thriller. Even the weather, which is often poor in the first week, conformed to tradition, although it was the cold rather than rain that contributed to a generally subdued opening day.

The women’s world No 1 position was up for grabs but it is no surprise that there were will not be a change when the updated rankings are announced

Serena Williams makes short work of Roland Garros opener

Serena Williams crushed one of her French Open ghosts with an unstoppable demolition of Anna Tatishvili in the first round in Paris.

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Roger Federer has the easiest draw of the front-runners

French Open: Life's easy for Roger Federer but Rafael Nadal faces toughest test

Most players will insist that they rarely look beyond their next opponent, but if Roger Federer has studied the draw for the French Open, which starts here tomorrow, he is sure to like what he sees.

Laura Robson: The Briton will play Caroline Wozniacki in the first round in Paris

French Open: Laura Robson handed chance to add to her giant-killing reputation

For a player who loves nothing better than to topple the biggest names at the biggest tournaments, Laura Robson was yesterday handed the perfect draw for the French Open, which begins in Paris tomorrow.

Jungle patrol: an elephant safari in Thailand

My life in travel: Annabel Croft

'In Thailand, we did an elephant safari and explored caves by canoe at night'

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 23 May 2013

Pellegrini edges closer to City role

Brydan Klein lost yesterday in the first round of qualifying for the French Open

Britain facing 19-year low at French Open

Britain will be without a player in the men's singles at the French Open for the first time for 19 years if Andy Murray fails to make it to the start line next week. The 26-year-old Scot will decide today whether to risk his troublesome back after retiring in mid-match from last week's Rome Masters.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 20 May 2013

Arsenal’s sweet 16 as they sneak into Champions League

Serena Williams celebrates victory in the Italian Open

French Open tennis preview: World No 1 Serena Williams shapes up to put last year's Paris horror behind her

Serena Williams will head to Paris for next week's French Open in the form of her life, but the world No 1 will be taking nothing for granted. Williams, who extended her career-best winning streak to 24 matches in Rome on Sunday by beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to claim her second Italian Open title, remembers how she seemed just as invincible 12 months ago, only to suffer the most extraordinary defeat of her career.

Roman empire: Rafael Nadal celebrates as he closes in on a seventh Masters title in the Italian capital

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer set to renew old rivalry in Rome

For the last 10 months the talk has been of a new order at the top of men's tennis, but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will aim to show here today that their time at the summit is far from over.

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