French Open recap - Week 1

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Last week the second grand slam competition of the calendar year, the French Open or 'Roland-Garros' began and the very best from both the ATP Tour and WTA Tour arrived in Paris, France to compete for the historic tournament prizes.

Rafael Nadal cruised to victory 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal cruised to victory 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals

On the men's side it has been a case of the "usual suspects" as Rafael Nadal has marched his way through all competition on his quest for an incredible 12th French Open title. His latest conquest was against Kei Nishikori of Japan in a quarter-final that had all the promise of a classic. Unfortunately for the viewing public this was not to be the case as Nadal swept him aside 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. The result is a warning shot from an already intimidating foe on clay to the rest of the field and positions him well to reach another major final.

If there was any challenger that might have a chance to stop his run, it appears to be Roger Federer. The 37-year old continues to defy the rules of aging in tennis and played some truly magical tennis to beat friend, national teammate and #24 seed Stan Warwrinka 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. The match had many changes in pace, control, and momentum,but it was the all-time leading grand slam champion Federer who saw the match out to be victorious. Not to be forgotten about Novak Djokovic also remains in the field but has a difficult quarter-final match tomorrow against #5 seed Alexander Zverev.

Johanna Konta defeated former finalist Sloane Stephens

Johanna Konta defeated former finalist Sloane Stephens

On the women's side the excitement and unpredictable nature of consistency has continued as many of the top seeds fell early in the competition allowing many an opportunity to progress that perhaps had not planned for such a long stay. #1 seed Naomi Osaka lost in the third round as did #2 seed Karolina Pliskova and #5 seed Angelique Kerber was upset in the first round. Serena Williams was beaten in the third round by fellow American Sofia Kenin and the biggest American shock came today when former finalist Sloane Stephens was beaten by British player Johanna Konta to make her the first British women's semi-finalist at the French Open since 1983. #3 seed Simona Halep remains in the tournament after a string of impressive victories and many are picking her as the favorite to go on and win the women's title. Americans will be keeping all their fingers and toes crossed as Madison Keys remains in the competition after a very impressive tournament and she next faces Australian Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals. So much great tennis has already been played and much more amazing tennis still to come. You can follow all of the action on The Tennis Channel and be sure to check back here to see our tournament recap.

Click below to see highlights from the fantastic match between Federer and Warwrinka that was played earlier today.