Adrian Mannarino finally won the first ATP title of his 15-year professional career as he defeated Jordan Thompson in the final of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships.

Both Mannarino and Thompson were forced to complete their semi-finals on Sunday before contesting the final. Thompson required just three points points to round off victory over Richard Gasquet while Mannarino won a third-set tie-break with Borna Coric.

It was Mannarino who ultimately proved to have more left in the tank in the final, prevailing 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 to end his drought in his seventh Tour level final.

Thompson had lost their previous two meetings on grass, and the Australian's frustration at falling a set down in their third was obvious when he fired a ball into the stands after a pinpoint backhand down the line from Mannarino.

Mannarino survived a pair of break points at 1-1 in the second and broke for the second time in the match in the subsequent game to take a 3-1 lead.

His command was never threatened and the Frenchman served out to love, sinking to his knees in delight after Thompson fired long.

Mannarino said after receiving his first ATP trophy at the presentation: "I'd like to thank all the people who helped to make it come true, all the sacrifice of my parents and my family who sacrificed to help me become a good tennis player."

Matteo Berrettini clinched his third ATP Tour title thanks to a 6-4 7-6 (13-11) win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday.

Canadian Auger-Aliassime had a shot at his first title as a senior professional after receiving a walkover when compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew from the semi-finals with a back injury, but Berrettini was ultimately too good on the day for the 18-year-old.

Berrettini enjoyed a strong start to the first set that teed him up nicely for the rest of the match, as the Italian broke Auger-Aliassime's serve in game three.

Auger-Aliassime won three games to love and made seven aces to Berrettini's two in the opener, but he was unable to break back.

The contest was even tighter in the second set, which went with serve all the way until the tie-break, meaning Berrettini avoided being broken all week.

Auger-Aliassime spurned five set points in a dramatic breaker and Berrettini made the most of the reprieve to claim a second title win of the year on his third match point.

Felix Auger-Aliassime received a walkover into a Stuttgart Open final against Matteo Berrettini, while the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships semi-finals will not conclude until Sunday.

A lower back injury led to sixth seed Milos Raonic, who was taking part in his first tournament since the Miami Open in March, withdrawing from the all-Canadian final-four match in Germany.

"I'm very sorry and apologetic that I'm unable to compete. I was hoping for the best after my match yesterday," said 2016 Wimbledon finalist Raonic.

"I woke up this morning not feeling my best. I wanted to come out here and give it a try. And after looking at it very diligently with my team, and the way I was feeling with my back, I found it was not possible for me to compete without taking any greater risk."

Berrettini faced his first two break points of the tournament but staved them off en route to a 6-4 7-5 victory over home hope Jan-Lennard Struff.

In Den Bosch, Borna Coric saved two match points but fell a mini-break behind in a third-set tie-break before his semi-final against Adrian Mannarino was interrupted by rain.

Jordan Thompson claimed an important break to move 7-5 5-3 up against Richard Gasquet but was facing a break point in game nine of the second set when play was suspended.

The players will conclude their matches on Sunday before the final is contested.

Felix Auger-Aliassime will face Milos Raonic in an all-Canadian Stuttgart Open semi-final after saving a match point in a battling defeat of Dustin Brown.

Brown upset fellow German Alexander Zverev in the second round, but Auger-Aliassime beat the enigmatic qualifier 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) on Friday.

Auger-Aliassime was unable to make his main-draw debut at the French Open due to a groin injury, but has made an encouraging start to the grass-court season.

The 18-year-old broke Brown to level at 5-5 in the final set after saving a match point and won the decisive tie-break, having stormed into a 5-0 lead.

Raonic won 89 per cent of points on his first serve in a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Marton Fucsovics.

Matteo Berrettini and Jan-Lennard Struff will contest the other semi-final following straight-sets defeats of Denis Kudla and Lucas Pouille respectively. 

Defending champion Richard Gasquet reached the last four of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships with a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 victory over Nicolas Jarry - conqueror of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.

Frenchman Gasquet will now take on Jordan Thompson, who rallied to beat fellow Australian and third seed Alex de Minaur 4-6 6-2 6-3 in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Second seed Borna Coric saw off Cristian Garin 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to set up a showdown with Adrian Mannarino, who ended David Goffin's title hopes.

Dustin Brown pulled off a huge upset by beating fellow German Alexander Zverev at the Stuttgart Open and Stefanos Tsitsipas also made a losing start to the grass-court season.

Brown had not won a main-draw match on the ATP Tour since the 2017 US Open before this week, but the enigmatic showman is through to the quarter-finals in his homeland after a stunning 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 defeat of the top seed.

Zverev, playing his first match since a French Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic, paid the price for converting only one of 14 break points and double-faulted 14 times in a stunning loss.

The 170-ranked Brown showed great athleticism at the age of 34, breaking the world number five on three occasions in a typically entertaining performance on Thursday.

Qualifier Brown will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 7-5 6-4 winner in the final match of the day against Gilles Simon.

The top five seeds have all made early exits in Germany, with Karen Khachanov losing 6-4 6-2 to Matteo Berrettini and Denis Kudla beating Gael Monfils after Daniil Medvedev and Nikoloz Basilashvili crashed out on Wednesday.

Tsitsipas bowed out of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships as Nicolas Jarry defeated the top seed 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Jarry served 13 aces and broke twice to claim the scalp of the 20-year world number six in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Fernando Verdasco was another seed who was second best, Adrian Mannarino rallying from a set down to win 1-6 6-3 6-4 and advance along with David Goffin and Cristian Garin.

Milos Raonic, still on the comeback trail from injury, made hard work of beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) at the Stuttgart Open.

Raonic, runner-up in 2018, has returned to action at this tournament having withdrawn from the French Open due to his failure to overcome a knee injury sustained at the Miami Open in late March.

The sixth seed hit 24 aces as both players struggled to make any great inroads against serve.

Marton Fucsovics will be the world number 18's opponent in the quarter-finals, after the Hungarian saved three match points to beat fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 7-5.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev also bowed out, with wildcard and 2017 champion Lucas Pouille claiming a 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-2 win.

Meanwhile, Borna Coric started his grass-court season in style as he came from behind to beat Taylor Fritz 4-6 6-3 6-3 at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Fritz won all 12 of his first-service points in the opening set, but in the final two sets, second seed Coric converted all three break points to progress into the quarter-finals, while third seed Alex de Minaur overcame Andreas Seppi.

Andy Murray hopes to make his singles return this year but the former world number one knows that may not be realistic.

The three-time grand slam winner will make his comeback next week after entering the doubles with Feliciano Lopez.at the Fever-Tree Championships next week, just under five months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

Murray also plans to play in the doubles at Wimbledon next month and wants to be back in singles action by the end of the year, provided his body holds up.

"It's baby steps just now. I'm feeling good, pretty much pain-free and enjoying training, practising, improving all the time just now." he said.

"I don't think when Wimbledon finishes that I will just step onto the singles court the following week and everything's good. I still have quite a lot of work to do before I'm at a level where I feel like I'll be able to be competitive."

The Brit added: "At this moment I've been progressing all of the time, at some stage it's probably going to plateau for a while before I'm able to kick on.

"I hope at some stage this year I would be able to get back to playing singles again. When that is, I'm not really interested in putting a time limit on because I'm quite happy just now so I don't need to play singles after Wimbledon or the US Open.

"If I can, that would be brilliant, but I don't think that’s going to be the case. I think it's going to take a bit longer."

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic both recorded notable wins at the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday but Denis Shapovalov failed to join his fellow Canadians in the second round.

Teenager Auger-Aliassime impressed in his first ATP Tour outing on grass, beating Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-3 to set up a clash with Frenchman Gilles Simon, who fought back from a set down against Peter Gojowczyk.

Last year's runner-up Raonic, meanwhile, was made to work in his return from a knee injury, eventually overcoming qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in his first competitive outing since March.

However, compatriot Shapovalov was a surprise early casualty at the tournament, the eighth seed losing to German Jan-Lennard Struff for the third time in as many months.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Gael Monfils came through a tense tie-break in the final set to see off Steve Johnson. The 2010 finalist will next face American Denis Kudla.

At the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, David Goffin and Richard Gasquet enjoyed contrasting victories.

Belgian fifth seed Goffin had few problems against Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, easing to a 6-0 6-2 triumph after just 48 minutes on court.

Eighth seed Gasquet needed two hours and 26 minutes to see off Aljaz Bedene, the Frenchman rallying from a set down to go through 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Fabio Fognini thanked fans for their support on "an incredible journey" after becoming the oldest player to break into the top 10 since the inception of the ATP world rankings.

The Italian finally made the top 10 at the age of 32 on Monday, when the men's rankings were updated following the French Open.

Fognini is the oldest men's player to break into the top 10 since the rankings were first established in August 1973. 

Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver were older than Fognini at 38 and 35 respectively when they appeared in that first-ever top 10, and this year's Monte Carlo Masters champion is the oldest man to enter in the 46 years since.

"To reach the Top 10 is like the fulfilment of a dream," Fognini told the ATP's website. "I see myself as a kid on a tennis court with a racquet bigger than me and I think, 'This kid has gone a long way'.

"Right now I am happy and I want to thank my family, my wife, my son and all the people who have always been close to me. This is another piece of the puzzle which will push me to continue to give my all to the sport I love."

On Twitter, Fognini – who lost to Alexander Zverev in round four at Roland Garros - added: "What an incredible journey! Thank you for all the support."

Russia's Karen Khachanov (9) also moved into the top 10 for the first time.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga powered to victory over Mischa Zverev at the Stuttgart Open, where the home fans also saw Philipp Kohlschreiber fall to defeat.

With the match level at three apiece, Tsonga won nine straight games to claim an easy 6-3 6-0 first-round win in just 57 minutes.

It was the Frenchman's first match on grass for two years, and he said: "It's never easy to play your first match on grass, especially against Mischa, who is a good server. 

"With the year I've had last year, I just want to play and do my best during the grass swing. There is no special goal."

Kohlschreiber lost out to teenager Miomir Kecmanovic, who battled to a 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory on a Monday that only saw two completed matches at the tournament due to rain.

Top seed Alexander Zverev, who gets a bye to the last 16, is among six players in the world's top 20 taking part in the event.

"Of course you want to play your best tennis in the final of Wimbledon - but to do that you've got to play great before as well," said Zverev, who will play two tournaments at home in Germany as part of his preparations, with Halle next after this one.

There were no major upsets at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, as Frances Tiafoe and Cristian Garin - the sixth and seventh seeds - progressed in straight sets.

Tiafoe defeated Joao Sousa 6-2 7-6 (7-0), while Salvatore Caruso lost out 6-1 6-4 to Garin. Taylor Fritz, Robin Haase and Jordan Thompson were the day's other winners in the Netherlands.

Rafael Nadal tasted success at the French Open for a 12th time and was likened to a "masterpiece" Matisse painting by Gustavo Kuerten.

World number two Nadal overcame Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 in an enthralling match on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday to retain La Coupe des Mousquetaires.

No player, man or woman, has been as successful at a single grand slam as the 'King of Clay' has been at Roland Garros.

Three-time French Open champion Kuerten admires Nadal's achievements in Paris and believes there is still room for more.

"It's already impressive enough for us to discuss how the next, or the third or the fifth he will get," Kuerten told Omnisport when asked to appraise a 12th crown for Nadal.

"It's already beyond. He already did the impossible, so it's one more line of the beauty, one more flower at the garden.

"But we are already watching the Matisse painting. It's there. If we do 10, 12, 15 replicas of this art it's better for us. But that's enough for us, enough of beauty to understand that's a masterpiece."

Nadal now sits just two adrift of Roger Federer's record haul of 20 major titles. Kuerten has no doubt the Spaniard will keep adding to his tally by securing further triumphs in Paris.

Asked how many more times we could see Nadal lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires, he playfully said: "Ten more!

"This is the Rafa mode so we are already seeing the impossible. We cannot expect anything less than this, [along] these same lines.

"So he will have normally a good chance of winning and being the favourite for the next three years."

Rafael Nadal claimed his 12th French Open title as this year's tournament at Roland Garros came to an exhilarating conclusion.

The record-breaking crown for Nadal came following a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 triumph over Dominic Thiem in a repeat of last year's final.

With the French Open reaching its denouement, Omnisport's man on the ground Tom Webber delivers the final entry from his daily diary.

 

DECKING OUT THE CONCOURSE

Unfortunately, not everyone could get a seat on Chatrier for Sunday's main event.

The organisers at Roland Garros did their best to try to encourage people to hang around, though.

Deck chairs lined the walkway up to Court Suzanne-Lenglen, with huge numbers of attendees opting to take in the match on one of the big screens.

To be fair, they looked pretty comfortable.

 

AN AWKWARD EVENING

Have you ever been in a situation where your partner really wants to do something but you really don't?

That could very well be the case for Thiem and his girlfriend Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday.

While Thiem suffered defeat to Nadal, his girlfriend triumphed in the women's doubles.

It's the second time Mladenovic has claimed the honour as she and Timea Babos saw off Ying-Ying Duan and Zheng Saisai 6-2 6-3 on Chatrier.

The victory means the Frenchwoman will move to the top of the WTA's doubles rankings – not a bad day's work!

I'm not sure Thiem will be in the same mood for celebrating, though.

 

BARTY BACK FOR MORE

A day after clinching her first major title, Ashleigh Barty was back at Roland Garros for a photo shoot with her new piece of silverware.

The Australian posed in front of the clay wall outside for Chatrier and did her best to respond to an inordinate number of shouts from photographers commanding that she look at them.

But when you're holding La Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen, you're probably happy to put up with that for a few short minutes.

 

AU REVOIR, BULLRING

Sunday was the final time the French Open will be contested with the iconic Court No. 1 still standing.

The stadium will be taken down for the redevelopment of the Mousquetaires square ahead of the 2020 edition.

It was a great place to watch some tennis, but the facilities had certainly not aged well.

Walking through the access tunnel to the media seats almost felt like visiting a prison! (Not that I have).

Rafael Nadal will not play in a grass-court tournament before Wimbledon to ensure he is fully fit for the third grand slam of the year.

Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to secure an astonishing 12th French Open title on Sunday.

The 18-time grand slam champion has not entered a grass-court event prior to Wimbledon since an appearance at Queen's Club four years ago and the world number two will not be altering his schedule.

"I know I played a great event last year [at Wimbledon]. I have been able to be very close to win another title there." said the 33-year-old Spaniard, a two-time champion at SW19.

"As everybody knows, I love to play on grass. And as everybody knows, I am not able to play so many weeks in a row like I did 10 years ago, eight years ago. So I have to do my schedule.

"The last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again. Even though I lost to Gilles Muller [in the fourth round] in 2017, I played great tennis there too. I was very close to being in the quarter-finals, and last year I was one point away from the final [when losing in the semis to Novak Djokovic].

"So I will not play before Wimbledon, of course. I felt competitive the last couple of years, so why do I need to change that? What gives me a better chance is being healthy more than playing a lot of matches before."

Nadal was not in the right frame of mind after suffering injury setbacks earlier in the season, but revealed the turning point came at the Barcelona Open.

"After the first round in Barcelona, I was able to stay alone for a couple of hours in the [locker] room and think about it and think about what's going on, what I need to do." he said.

"And there had been a couple of issues that I had to decide. One possibility was to stop for a while and recover my body. And the other was [to] change drastically my attitude and my mentality to play the next couple of weeks.

"Thinking a lot, finally I think I was able to change and was able to fight back for every small improvement that I was able to make happen. And since that first match against [Leonardo] Mayer in Barcelona, I think the things have been improving every single day since today.

"I played not bad in Barcelona the next three rounds. I played better in Madrid, and I played much better in Rome, and here I played a great event.

"So of course these small things that I have been improving every single day and doing with the right attitude, doing with the right passion, that's the only way for me to be back where I am today.

"Of course [to] have this trophy with me means a lot. But the personal satisfaction of changing the dynamic is the thing that I am more satisfied with."

Rafael Nadal insists he will be content if he ends his career with fewer major titles than Roger Federer, stating you cannot be upset if your "neighbour has a bigger house than you".

After winning the French Open for a 12th time with a stunning 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 triumph over Dominic Thiem on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday, Nadal is now just two grand slams short of Federer's haul of 20 – a record in the men's game.

The Roland Garros champion has never previously been as close to his rival's tally of slam titles, having trailed 16-6 when Federer won the 2010 Australian Open.

While Nadal acknowledges the competition between himself, Federer and 15-time major-winner Novak Djokovic has helped push them all to new heights, he will never feel jealous about another's achievements.

"Of course, we push each other. But I lost, I think, around 15 or even more grand slams in my career due to injuries," said Nadal.

"But being honest, I never complain myself much, and I never tried to think about, 'Well, [am] I gonna catch Roger or not?' Being honest, I am not very worried about this stuff.

"You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or better garden. That's not the way that I see the life.

"I just try to do my way. I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me. And if, at the end of my career, I am able to win a couple of more grand slams and be closer to Roger, [it] will be unbelievable.

"If not, for me, still unbelievable, no? And today, the last thing that I thought before you ask me that is about this thing. For me, Roland Garros, feeling myself enjoying again on court - that's the main thing.

"Then what can happen in the future, we will see. I'm gonna try my best to keep enjoying tennis, giving myself chances to compete at the highest level, and we will see what's going on."

Rafael Nadal is continuing to improve despite his advancing years, according to defeated French Open finalist Dominic Thiem.

La Coupe des Mousquetaires was lifted by Nadal for a record-breaking 12th time - no other player has won a single grand slam as many times - on Sunday as he outmuscled Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 in a thrilling encounter on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Victory earned the Spaniard his 18th major title, just two shy of Roger Federer's record haul in the men's game.

Thiem was also beaten by Nadal in last year's final and the Austrian thinks the 'King of Clay' is still managing to up his performance levels despite turning 33 this week.

Asked if Nadal is getting better, Thiem replied: "Yeah, sure. He also improves and develops his game. I mean, if he didn't do that, for sure he wouldn't have that success every year in this tournament.

"I think that we both got better compared to last year, so my goal is to improve even more until next year and come closer and closer."

The pair played out some incredible rallies during the opening games of the first set, before Nadal pounced to seize the initiative.

Thiem credited an aggressive approach for getting him back into the match but felt like he was "stepped on" by the left-hander in the last two sets.

"I think he played outstandingly, because especially in the first two sets I played very good tennis. What he was performing I think is unbelievable, really," said Thiem.

"There has to be a reason why he's that successful. I mean, he's won 18 grand slams, which is a big number, only two less than Roger. So definitely he's one of the greatest of all time. Today, as well, I saw why.

"I played very good the first two sets, and then I had a little drop, which is against most of the players not that bad, but he took the chance and stepped right on me. That's it. I can only congratulate him on how amazing he performed."

Thiem's semi-final with world number one Novak Djokovic only finished on Saturday after being interrupted the previous day.

"I mean, it was a grand slam final, so I didn't feel tired in the match," he said. "But at the same time, a match like [Saturday], beating Novak over two days with all the interruptions, it leaves traces on the body and also on the mind. That's 100 per cent."

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