Stanislas Wawrinka didn’t just have to beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal in yesterday’s Australian Open final. He had to get out of the shadow of fellow Swiss player Roger Federer, the record 17-time men’s champion.
The French Open is held at the smallest venue in Grand Slam tennis, and, if local residents and environmentalists get their way, will fall further behind rivals or move from the Paris site it’s occupied for almost 100 years.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka rebounded to avoid an opening-round upset at the French Open as men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic won in straight sets and Roger Federer secured a record-tying 233rd Grand Slam victory.