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Monday / May 25.
  • PARIS (AP) — Juan Martín del Potro is back in the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2009 and will next face Rafael Nadal, the man with the most appearances at this stage of the clay-court Grand Slam.

    The fifth-seeded del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries, beat third-seeded Marin Cilic, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, on Thursday. Nadal, a 10-time champion, completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman. Both matches had been stopped by rain on Wednesday.

    With his good run at Roland Garros, del Potro is now guaranteed to return to the top four in the rankings for the first time in more than four years.

    Del Potro fought back tears during his postmatch interview and was loudly cheered by fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

    PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton spent Wednesday with the Suns with the feeling that this was the start of a beautiful relationship.

    The 7-foot-1, 250-pound center went through what he said would be his only pre-draft workout and expressed supreme confidence that the Suns will use the No. 1 pick to select him.

    “I know I’m going No. 1,” he told reporters.

    Not that the Suns have assured him of that; he’s just that confident that the team won’t pass on his combination of size, strength, athleticism and shooting touch.

    “Nobody told me,” he said. “That’s just me. I think I deserve that. I’ve worked hard.”