sport news – Highlights of French Open eighth day
PARIS (Reuters) – Second seed Alexander Zverev survived a 3rd successive five-setter to see off big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6(4) 2-6 6-Three 6-Three within the French Open fourth spherical on Sunday.
The German, fired up by a code violation for being coached from the stands by his father, stormed into the lead within the fourth set earlier than securing victory in 3-1/2 hours on Courtroom Suzanne Lenglen.
“I’m younger, so I’d as properly keep on courtroom and practise somewhat bit,” Zverev mentioned courtside. “It’s one of the best, a five-set match.
It’s the first time Zverev has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and he’ll face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-Zero 5-7 6-4.
Nishikori took his solely break level alternative to say the third set however Thiem, twice Roland Garros semi-finalist, regained management within the fourth.
Former champion Novak Djokovic by no means regarded in hassle as he booked a 12th quarter-final look in Paris with a 6-Three 6-Four 6-2 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.
U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys superior to the final eight with out dropping a set, defeating Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4.
Up subsequent for Keys is Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who upset 26th seed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-Four 6-3.
Sloane Stephens sprinted previous Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-Zero to arrange a possible semi-final assembly with Keys, whom she beat in final yr’s U.S. Open remaining.
Highlights from day eight (all instances GMT:
1925 PLAY SUSPENDED FOR THE DAY
Play was suspended as a result of fading gentle, with Russian Daria Kasatkina main 7-6(5) 3-Three towards second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
Zverev’s days of residing dangerously go on
Thiem prepared for ‘legendary’ match towards Zverev in Paris
Djokovic tames Verdasco to succeed in final eight
Italian Cecchinato upsets Goffin to succeed in final eight
Stephens and Keys on collision course after overcoming French Open hump
Zverev rocks on by residing on the sting
Keys enjoys Sunday stroll into French quarters
Djokovic douses Verdasco hearth, sad with courts
Spectacular Thiem downs Nishikori to arrange Zverev conflict
Serena and Sharapova able to sharpen the sting
Spectacular Putintseva stuns Strycova to succeed in Paris quarters
1740 CECCHINATO’S DREAM RUN CONTINUES
Italian Marco Cecchinato, who had by no means gained a Grand Slam match earlier than this week, beat eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-Zero 6-Three to succeed in his first main quarter-final.
At world quantity 72, Cecchinato turns into the lowest-ranked man to succeed in the final eight in Paris since Latvian Ernests Gulbis (ranked 80) in 2008.
He’ll subsequent face 2016 champion Novak Djokovic for a spot within the remaining 4.
“For me it’s a dream,” Cecchinato mentioned. “It will likely be a pleasure to play towards Novak.”
1725 DJOKOVIC SAILS THROUGH
Former champion Novak Djokovic sprinted previous Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-Three 6-Four 6-2 to succeed in his 12th Roland Garros quarter-final.
It was the Serb’s 200th Tour-level clay courtroom match win.
1715 WILLIAMS SISTERS KNOCKED OUT
Third-seed pair of Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez survived a mid-match blip to beat Serena and Venus Williams 6-Four 6-7(4) 6-Zero within the girls’s doubles conflict.
The Williams sisters have claimed 14 Grand Slam doubles titles collectively since profitable the French Open title in 1999, however bowed out on the last-16 stage this yr.
1500 UNSEEDED PUTINTSEVA CRUISES PAST STRYCOVA
Kazakh Yulia Putintseva produced a scientific show to beat 26th seeded Czech Barbora Strycova 6-Four 6-Three in precisely one hour and 30 minutes.
Putintseva matched her greatest Roland Garros efficiency by reaching the quarter-finals for the primary time since 2016.
The 23-year-old will subsequent face U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys.
1430 STEPHENS GLIDES INTO PARIS QUARTERS
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was in full management as she broke Estonian Anett Kontaveit’s serve 5 instances on her solution to a 6-2 6-Zero win in simply 52 minutes.
“Approaching to play on back-to-back days in a Grand Slam, I used to be actually happy to get on the market and play some good tennis,” American Stephens mentioned.
1310 THIEM BATTLES PAST NISHIKORI
Seventh seed Dominic Thiem booked a spot within the quarter-finals for a 3rd straight yr, defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-Zero 5-7 6-Four on Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier.
“The primary two units have been wonderful however then he (Nishikori) raised his ranges,” Thiem mentioned.
“On the finish I used to be nervous. It’s one thing very particular to serve for the French Open quarters.
“I really like these circumstances; it was the primary time for me on Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier not enjoying towards Rafa (Nadal)… so I may benefit from the courtroom.”
Thiem will subsequent face second seed Alexander Zverev for a spot in his third consecutive semi-final in Paris.
1250 ZVEREV SURVIVES ANOTHER MARATHON BATTLE
Second seed Alexander Zverev recovered from two-sets-to-one down for a 3rd consecutive match to edged out Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6(4) 2-6 6-Three 6-3.
The 21-year-old German has progressed to his first Grand Slam quarter-finals and have become the seventh German man within the Open Period to succeed in the final eight at Roland Garros.
“I’m younger, so I’d as properly keep on courtroom and practise somewhat bit,” Zverev mentioned. “It’s one of the best, a five-set match.
“I’ve been down 2-1 each single time however I’m unbelievably completely satisfied to be into the quarter-finals. All of the hours within the fitness center have paid off.”
1020 KEYS UNLOCKS QUARTER-FINAL SPOT
U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys overcame Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-Four in simply over an hour to succeed in her first quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
“Firstly, I’m actually excited to be in my first quarter-finals in Paris,” Keys mentioned.
“I had a extremely robust opponent at the moment however I’m actually happy with my efficiency. I misplaced to my buddy Sloane within the U.S. Open remaining final yr however I hope for giant issues right here.”
Keys, seeded 13th, has but to drop a single set after 4 rounds within the event.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; modifying by Ed Osmond