July 31, 2021

Hanging, Novak Djokovic climbs despite everything in the quarter-finals

After the surprise of Roger Federer’s package on Sunday, the round of 16 continued on Monday, June 7 at Roland Garros. The Argentinian Diego Schwartzman worked to get rid of the German Jan-Lennard Struff. Novak Djokovic, for his part, won a funny match against the young Italian prodigy Lorenzo Musetti (6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 ab.)

Among women, the American Cori Gauff unsurprisingly qualified for the quarter-finals of the Parisian Grand Slam tournament, while at 25 the Greek Maria Sakkari will experience her first Grand Slam quarter-final, after beating American Sofia Kenin

  • Novak Djokovic in the snatch

Novak Djokovic conceded two sets to Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the round of 16, before qualifying thanks to his opponent's package.

He hadn’t lost any set so far in the tournament. Novak Djokovic conceded two on Monday afternoon, before finally getting rid of Lorenzo Musetti, forced to retire in the fifth set. On the Philippe-Chatrier court, the world number one was surprised by the Italian, fifteen years younger, who was playing his first round of 16 in a Grand Slam.

Winner in five sets in the previous round of compatriot Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist in 2018 at Roland-Garros, Lorenzo Musetti, a figure of the new Italian generation, once again showed that he has strong nerves.

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Led from the start of the match, the Italian, full of daring, increased risk-taking to return to the mark (4-4). Winning bet: he made doubt his opponent, author of 20 unforced errors, including 12 backhand. After 1 h 17 of play, the two men separated in a decisive game that the Italian won with serenity (7-6 [9/7]). The second round saw the same scenario happen again (7-6 [7/2]).

After a little turn in the locker room, Novak Djokovic returned to the transformed court. The Serbian accelerated and raised his level of play to win the next two sets (6-1, 6-0). Led 4-0 in the fifth set, the Italian, visibly reduced by a back injury, forfeited after 3.37 hours of play. The world number one will face another Italian, Matteo Berrettini, in the quarter-finals, qualified thanks to the Roger Federer’s package.

  • Diego Schwartzman got scared

    Winner of the German Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 16, Diego Schwartzman will find in the quarter the winner of Rafael Nadal-Jannik Sinner.

He was left unsatisfied. Stopped in his tracks by the ogre Rafael Nadal – future winner of his thirteenth Roland-Garros – in the semifinals of the tournament in the fall of 2020, Diego Schwartzman has his revenge on Parisian clay. On Monday, his Porte d’Auteuil adventure could have come to an end. Facing the German giant Jan-Lennard Struff, winner in the first round of the number 7 seed, the Russian Andrey Rublev, the Argentinian was cold picked. Led 5-1, “El Peque” – diminutive of “pequeño” (small) in Spanish, because of its size (1.68 m) – turned the tide in a first set that was ultimately cruel for his opponent.

From the height of his 1 m 96, Struff sent missiles, flashed at more than 215 km / h, but paid for his aggressiveness at the time of conclusion, letting four set balls escape. He even lost his serve in the seventh game on a well-inspired lob from the Argentine, who regained his touch of the ball and, soon, glued to 5-5. The first round, which seemed promised to the German, was played in the decisive game.

The two players then surrendered in quick succession, before Struff, exhausted, yields 7-6 (11-9). Schwartzman won the next set (6-4), after being broken twice, and flew into the third (4-0) before seeing Struff return to his height. Lucid, the Argentinian contained the assaults of his opponent and won 7-5, without conceding a single set, as since the start of this Roland Garros. He will face Rafael Nadal or the young Italian prodigy Jannik Sinner for a place in the last four.

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  • Maria Sakkari Domine Sofia Kenin

The Greek Maria Sakkari exults after her victory, Monday, June 7 at Roland Garros.

Finalist of the previous edition of Roland-Garros, the American Sofia Kenin stops this time in the round of 16, released by the Greek Maria Sakkari, seeded nO 17. Kenin quickly suffered the powerful forehand from his opponent and failed to secure any of his service plays in the first set (6-1).

Chaining unforced errors in the second set, until it came down 5-1, the nO World 5 offered a late burst of pride, before eventually conceding a final serve and losing 6-3. At 25, Sakkari will therefore have her first Grand Slam quarter-final and will face the winner of the duel between Iga Swiatek and Marta Kostyuk, scheduled for Monday night.

  • “Coco” Gauff as patroness

Among women, after the elimination of almost all of the seeds, the table of the French Open has opened. For her second participation in the Porte d’Auteuil tournament, the American Cori Gauff did not miss the opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. “Programmed” by her parents to win, like her idol Serena Williams, eliminated the day before in the round of 16 against Elena Rybakina, the 17-year-old right-hander entered her round of 16 perfectly by breaking the Tunisian straight away. Ons Jabeur, 26e world, on the Philippe-Chatrier court. “Coco” took advantage of the late start of his opponent to win the first set 6-3, in less than half an hour of play.

Without a solution against the athletic Cori Gauff, the Tusinienne Ons Jabeur conceded her service three times in the second round. After having erased four match points, she was defeated in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) on a final climb to the net of the American. Semi-finalist in Rome and victorious in Parma last May (her second WTA title), “Coco” continues its momentum.

In the next round, she will face the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who also won in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) against the American Sloane Stephens.