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Topic - Yannick Noah
The seven-time champion twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set Friday, then came from behind in the fifth to beat the No. 1-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7.
Former French Open champion Yannick Noah says his accusations of doping being rife in Spanish sport were intended as a global wake-up call to sports authorities he feels should be doing more to catch drug cheats _ yet he maintains his belief that Spain is tainted.
The French Tennis Federation has distanced itself from former star Yannick Noah, calling his accusations of widespread doping in Spanish sport "inappropriate" and counterproductive in the battle against drug cheats in sport.
Rafael Nadal thinks Yannick Noah should be banned from commenting in the media after the French tennis great wrote a newspaper column accusing Spanish athletes of widespread doping.
However, Nadal angrily reacted in November after former French tennis star Yannick Noah wrote a newspaper column accusing Spanish athletes of widespread doping.
"I went through the same thing 30 years ago, when I was 20. I spoke about doping and drugs and everyone had a go at me," Noah said. "I couldn't respond to everyone. To Toni Nadal, Rafael's uncle, who's told his nephew never to say hello to me again. But what do I care if he says hello to me or not?"