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Björkman knocked out of French Open

Swede Jonas Björkman was knocked out of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Monday in a straight sets fourth round defeat to Spaniard Carlos Moya.

Former champion Carlos Moya set up a potential French Open quarter-final clash with fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal by defeating Jonas Björkman 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-4 at the Stade de Roland Garros in the French capital.

Moya, who won his only Grand Slam title in Paris in 1999, was put under pressure early on by the unseeded Björkman, who at 35 years old was the oldest player in the men’s draw this year.

The Swede broke Moya’s serve in the second game mixing his looping baseline shots with the occasional venture to the net and he got to 5-2.

Moya though started to open up with his trademark big forehand and he won four games in a row with two breaks of serve to move 6-5 up.

Björkman forced the tie-break and was 5-3 up before Moya gathered his forces again winning four points in a row, the last with a lucky netcord, to take the set.

Two more breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games gave Moya the second set comfortably and Björkman needed treatment for a shoulder injury at the next break.

Last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist, who is better-known for his doubles play, was not done however and he forced Moya to save six break points in a marathon third game of the third set.

But as often happens, having failed to capitalise on his chances, Björkman struggled on his own following serve allowing Moya to break for a 3-1 lead.

It looked like Moya was home and dry at that point but Björkman refused to capitulate and a break of serve in the next game allowed him to level at 3-3.

Games went with serve after that until the 12th game when Moya forced the pace on return of serve and Björkman cracked hitting a weak backhand into the net on match point.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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