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Tension in Ligue 1, last four for Djokovic in Rome, Démare expected on the Giro: the news on a set


1. Tennis – ATP Rome: Without Alcaraz and without Nadal, but Djokovic did the job

There will be no Alcaraz, no Nadal but Novak Djokovic will be there for the last four of the final (big) preparatory tournament at Roland-Garros. The Serb, who will remain world number one on Monday, showed solidity in the hot moments to defeat Félix Auger-Aliassime (7-5, 7-6) on Friday. He will face Casper Ruud in the semi-finals.


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2. Basketball – NBA: The Warriors find the finals of conf ‘, Boston snatches a match 7

Golden State qualified for the NBA Western Conference Finals by beating Memphis (110-96) at home on Friday in Game 6 of their NBA play-off conference semifinals, won 4 to 2.

In the other game of the evening, Boston, carried by Jayson Tatum (46 points), tied at 3-3 by beating the Milwaukee Bucks (108-95) at home, despite a great Giannis Antetokounmpo (44 points, 20 bounces). The 7th and final game of the series will take place Sunday in Boston to determine Miami’s opponent in the Eastern Conference final.

3. Football – National: Annecy promoted to L2, Villefranche in play-offs

In its sold-out Sports Park (13,500 spectators), Annecy snatched accession to Ligue 2 by beating Sedan 2-0 on Friday evening, during the 34th and last day of the National championship.

The Haut-Savoyard team, coached by Laurent Guyot, finished second in the standings, one point ahead of Villefranche-Beaujolais (3rd), who outclassed Bourg-en-Bresse (4-1) in another box office match closed, but who will have to go through the play-offs against the 18th in Ligue 2, Quevilly-Rouen or Rodez, who play on Saturday.


  • Tennis : Swiss player Stan Wawrinka withdrew Friday from the Geneva Open next week due to a foot injury that he is unable to heal.
  • Golf: Aged 51, golfer Phil Mickelson will not participate next week in the American PGA Championship, of which he is the title holder, the organization announced on Friday.
  • Basketball: The Bourges basketball players, first in the regular season of the Women’s League, qualified for the semi-finals of the championship at the expense of Lattes-Montpellier, winning the decisive match 3 86 to 69, Friday in the quarter-finals.
  • Athletics : The Americans Noah Lyles and Gabrielle Thomas won the 200m of the first meeting of the Diamond League in Doha (Qatar), amputated from the pole vault because of the wind on Friday.
  • Basketball : James Harden was set on fire by the American media on Friday after his lackluster performance earned his Philadelphia 76ers team an elimination in the NBA play-offs.


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Football – Ligue 1: Multiplex and stakes on all floors

Little catchy music and the scent of approaching summer: the end-of-season multiplexes have a certain charm. Above all, they involve a lot of issues. Here are those of the 37th day of L1, which will be disputed this Saturday from 9 p.m., from the race for 2nd place led by Olympique de Marseille ahead of AS Monaco, to the slim chances of maintaining Girondins de Bordeaux.

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2. Cycling – Giro: Showdown between sprinters and punchers

A day for sprinters-punchers. The other for pure climbers. There will be something for everyone on Saturday and Sunday, during the second weekend of the Giro. The 8th and 9th stages, which will be played in Naples then at the terrible Blockhaus, in the Apennines, raise a few questions.

The 8th stage, Saturday, constitutes a new opportunity for the sprinters to explain themselves… and therefore for Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) to sign a 3rd consecutive victorious bunch sprint, after his successes during the 5th and 6th stages, in Messina and Scalea. To do this, you will have to hang on to the various small climbs that mark out the Neapolitan route – the start and finish are located nearby, in the capital of Campania.

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3. Tennis – Rome: The beauty for Tsitsipas and Zverev, Ruud facing the Djokovic mountain

As in Monte-Carlo and Madrid, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will face each other in the semi-finals of the third Masters 1000 of the season on clay in Rome. For the moment, a ball everywhere in the center between the two men and the start of the fight at 2:30 p.m.

For the second semi-final, however, it will be necessary to wait until 7:30 p.m. to see Novak Djokovic confront Casper Ruud. This time, neither Alcaraz nor Nadal will be present to block the way of the Serb, but a Norwegian ranked 10th in the ATP who is having his best tournament on clay this season.

In the women’s draw, No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek will face Aryna Sabalenka [3] at midday, while the recent winner of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, Ons Jabeur, will have to challenge Daria Kasatkina (5 p.m.).

(With AFP)


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