It lasted until the fourth round, but now it’s the top-seeded men who are leaving the French Open.
No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was eliminated in a matchup between two former US Open champions on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday night in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 loss to No. 20 Marin Cilic.
Medvedev joins last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas at No. 4 on his way out of the group.
While only three of the women’s top 10 made it to the round of 32 at this year’s French Open, all of the men’s top 12 made it. And all eight best men were in the fourth round.
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Medvedev is the reigning US Open champion but was 4-0 at Roland Garros until reaching the quarterfinals a year ago. This time, the Russian won every set he played until he faced Crotia’s Cilic, the US Open 2014 champion who is now in his third quarter-final of 16 games in Paris.
Cilic’s next opponent is seventh-placed Andrey Rublev of Russia. They will play each other on Wednesday for a place in the semifinals.
Tsitsipas ousted by Rune
Danish teenager Holger Rune has eliminated 2021 French Open runners-up Tsitsipas to reach his first major quarterfinal on his Roland Garros debut.
Tsitsipas became the first member of the top-eight seed to leave the men’s group.
Rune had never won a Grand Slam match until last week and went 2-0 in previous appearances in the sport’s top four events.
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But the hard-hitting 19-year-old now joins sixth-placed Carlos Alcaraz to make this the first Slam tournament to feature two teenagers in the men’s quarterfinals since Hendrik Dreekmann and Andrei Medvedev at the 1994 French Open.
Rune struggled a bit to finish against Tsitsipas after taking a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. Rune lost nine points in a row and his lead shrank to 5-4. He then had to save three break points before serving up the biggest win of his career.
Rune plays 8th seeded Norway’s Casper Ruud for a spot in the semifinals.
Ruud writes Norwegian tennis history
Ruud has reached the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 at Roland Garros.
Eighth-seeded Ruud is the first Norwegian man to reach the round of 16 at the French Open.
Twelfth-placed Hurkacz was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year. He had lost in three consecutive appearances in the first round of the French Open.
Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal didn’t have his preference for the timing of his blockbuster quarter-finals match against leaders Novak Djokovic at the French Open.
Swiatek drops the sentence, extends the winning streak
Iga Swiatek’s 20-set winning streak ended. Never mind, her consecutive match win streak is now 32.
No. 1 Swiatek shrugged off an unusually troubled stretch to beat 19-year-old Zheng Qinwen of China 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 in the fourth round at Roland Garros on Monday.
Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, took a 3-0, 5-2 lead in the first set but failed to finish it, wasting five set points overall. In the tiebreak, Swiatek took five straight points to lead 5-2, and the 74th Zheng responded by reeling off the next five points.
That was the first sentence ceded by Swiatek since April 23.
Zheng’s movement wasn’t that great early in the second set and she took a medical time-out to get her upper right leg taped while she was 3-0 down. Swiatek snatched eight straight games to own the second set and take a 2-0 lead in the third, and didn’t let the lead slip away.
When it was over she yelled “Come on!” and shook her right fist.
Swiatek hasn’t lost a game since February and has won five straight titles. No woman has had more straight wins since Serena Williams ended a 34-game streak in 2013.
Swiatek’s quarter-final opponent will be 11th-seeded Jessica Pegula of the United States.
Nadal, Djokovic under the lights
The 13-time Roland Garros champion wanted a day game on Tuesday to avoid the slightly slower conditions on the clay courts at night. But organizers have made it the marquee night game on Day 10, due to start at 20:45, after negotiating with rightsholders to ensure all viewers in France can watch the game’s broadcast for free.
Nadal clinched a five-set win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round on Sunday to set a record 59th matchup against Djokovic.
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He has an overall win-loss record of 109-3 at Roland Garros. Two of those three defeats in Paris were against Djokovic, including in last year’s semifinals.
Nadal won the Australian Open in January for a record-breaking 21st men’s Grand Slam title, breaking a tie with Djokovic and Roger Federer. Djokovic missed the tournament after being deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Pegula 3rd US woman in fourth
Jessica Pegula has made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time by defeating Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Pegula meets two other Americans in the quarterfinals in Paris, on Tuesday Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens face off.
26-year-old Pegula is seeded 11th at Roland Garros. Her previous two rounds of 16 Grand Slam tournaments came at the Australian Open – this January and last year.
Pegula arrived in Paris with a career-record 2-3 at the clay-court major, with a third-round appearance.
She needed 10 match points to wrap up her first-round win and eight in the second round last week.
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Rublev reaches the quarters as Sinner stops
Rublev is in the quarter-finals of the French Open for the second time in three years after his fourth-round opponent, 11th-seeded Jannik Sinner, stopped playing with a problem with his left leg.
Rublev was leading 1-6, 6-4, 2-0 when Sinner called it off and grimaced as he left the court.
Sinner’s leg was treated by a coach during his previous game and then again on Monday.
Rublev has lost a set in every match he has played at Roland Garros this year en route to his fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career. That will come against Cilic.