Djokovic, Delpo, Favorites Keep Winning In Men’s Draw At The French Open; Wawrinka-Tsitsipas Sun.
by Staff | June 1st, 2019, 5:00 pm
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The men made it a sweep with all 10 Top 10 seeds making the fourth round at the French Open. And today, none of them who in action were in any serious peril.

Novak Djokovic all but crushed qualifier Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

“Caruso was very motivated. I thought he stepped into the court having a clear game plan, attacking the ball from both the forehand and backhand. He was hitting his backhand very, very good, very solid. He actually pleasantly surprised me with his game,” Djokovic said. “I had to change my tactics quite a bit throughout the match. I think midway through the match I stepped it up a little bit. I feel like I took my game to a different level, which then resulted with an easier third set. It was a straight-sets win, but… it was tougher than the score indicated.”

Djokovic, who has won 24 straight in Grand Slam play, now meets Jan-Lennard Struff after the German pulled off an epic 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(1), 11-9 win over Borna Coric to reach his first Slam 16.

Fabio Fognini dispatched Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The Monte Carlo champion now faces Alexander Zverev. Zverev cruised early, fell apart, but then rolled in the end with a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.

“Great to come through,” Zverev said. “Obviously he’s been somebody that has been playing very well, made finals of Monte-Carlo, one of the best clay-court players that we had this season. It’s nice to get the win.”

Zverev gets Fabio Fognini next. The Italian eased past Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

“He’s playing very well, hasn’t lost more than a set so far in a match,” Zverev said. “It’s going to be difficult match. I’m ready for it. I think I’m playing much better than I have the last few months.”

2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem scored his third straight 4-set win beating Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Thiem still doesn’t look to be at his best, but he’s winning. Next will be a very interesting match against French favorite Gael Monfils who had zero troubles with countryman Antoine Hoang 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

“It was my best match so far at the French Open. Not at all perfect yet, but the best so far,” Thiem said. “He played well, especially in the beginning and then at the end of the match.”

Also today, Karen Khachanov has been quietly playing good tennis. The big Russian destroyed Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Up ahead on Monday will be fellow big-man Juan Martin del Potro who showed no knee issues in hammering Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

In two matches finished from yesterday, Stefanos Tsitsipas hung on to beat Filip Krajinovic and Stan Wawrinka took care of Grigor Dimitrov in three tiebreaks.

The two of them now collide tomorrow for a first time in a great match.

“He always looks like he gives himself a lot of time to play. He doesn’t feel like under pressure. So he’s playing the game well,” Wawrinka said.

Also tomorrow, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer return against Argentines. Nadal will meet the surprising Juan Ignacio Londero. Federer will face vet Leonardo Mayer for a fourth time.

Following a tough 5-set win, Kei Nishikori returns to battle Benoit Paire for a third time at Roland Garros. Nishikori has won both in Paris and six of eight overall.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 11h00
Kaia KANEPI (EST) contre Petra MARTIC (CRO) [31]
Leonardo MAYER (ARG) contre Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3]
Juan Ignacio LONDERO (ARG) contre Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]
Sloane STEPHENS (USA)[7] contre Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [19]

Court Suzanne LENGLEN Début à 11h00
Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE) contre Anastasija SEVASTOVA (LAT)[12]
Donna VEKIC (CRO) [23] contre Johanna KONTA (GBR) [26]
Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) [6] contre Stan WAWRINKA (SUI) [24]
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [7] contre Benoit PAIRE (FRA)


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76 Comments for Djokovic, Delpo, Favorites Keep Winning In Men’s Draw At The French Open; Wawrinka-Tsitsipas Sun.

Wog Boy Says:

Danke Herr Klopp.
If you want to win European Champions League call German.
One and only Liverpool FC, proud to be Liverpool fan.

You Will Never Walk Alone, best version and that’s not in England, enjoy it:

https://youtu.be/Go-jJlGd1so


Wog Boy Says:

“Novak Djokovic all but crushed qualifier Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.”

Are you sure you watched the match?
Novak was in all sorts of troubles through to until midway of the second set.
Caruso was playing great, took it to Novak, winning longer rallies, winning BH rallies, and if he only used one of 4-5 BP chances in the first set it could’ve been different story. Novak even took toilet break before the end of the first set to compose and try to figure out Italian excellent play.
That was one tough match on the very hot day, much tougher than result shows, good test for Novak.


j-kath Says:

Yep, Wog Boy – saw most of the match. Novak had to “re-set” a few times. His longish toilet break was significant – nonetheless he came back and handled the challenge like all the BIG BOYS usually achieve…..unlike the Ladies Singles.


Alison Hodge Says:

YNWA Thanks for the link Wogboy , im so happy for Liverpool :-)


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks JK, at least someone watched the match;)

My pleasure Alison, I was gutted Liverpool FC hasn’t won premier league this year, has it ever happened that team that lost only 1 out of 38 premier league matches hasn’t won the title?! I doubt so, but it happened to us this year, so winning European Champions league comes handy:)


Alison Hodge Says:

Wogboy good question, they actually won more games than city in the end, any other year that wouldve won any team the title, Man city were just freaks of nature, still champions of Europe is what all team really want , six awesome yay :-)


Giles Says:

“ His longish toilet break was significant”! Lolol. Typical joker up to his usual antics and gamesmanship,


FedExpress Says:

Federer about to reach his first GS QF since Wimbledon 2018. And that at the French Open.


skeezer Says:

Fed is through to the qtrs. Not bad for his worst surface. 👍;)


Daniel Says:

Federer was on fire and on a windy day, not best conditions to play. Didn’t expect it was gonna be this easy vs Meyer, super sharp and aggressive all match.

Wawa won 1st set but Tsisi is up a break in 2nd. Thay match can go long


Daniel Says:

Just heard from my TV Meyer had an injury and almost didn’t play the macth today.


skeezer Says:

There is a really good match happening now Wawa vs T
May be a long one.


jatin Says:

Such smart and efficient Tennis by Fed this whole tournament. Full on attack, taking the ball so early, incredible serving and net play and also right mix of shots.
He has won every match in straight sets with only 2 break of serves and he is battle ready to go all out in his quater finals.
Its hard to pick who I would want in the quater finals as a Fed fan.
He lost to Tsitsipas in his last slam and lost quit badly to stan in his last French open.
I would slightly prefer stan due to his overwhelming record against him since then :)
He has already achieved what experts and people were expecting of him at best in the French open. Anything more is a HUGE bonus now. But we all want him to go all out and give his best shot.
Just wish another Fedal please :)


chofer Says:

Nobody is watching the masterpiece Wawa-Tsitsi Fly are putting out there?
Are you all Fedal or Rafaole fans?

You don’t know what you’re missing.


jatin Says:

Yes chofer.
Its been a great match so far.


chofer Says:

Jatin

Isn’t it?’ And two of my countrymen were playing today and I dont care!! I knew Mayer haD a tear in abductor so why bother against Roger? And Rafa is Rafa.

But here we have a former Slñam winner playing his best again and what TO ME will be the first Centennial Champion of a Grand Slam, Stefanos (“I’m better in my head than Zverev”) Tsitsipas
Eve if he loses with Stan today, WHAT-A-PLAYER!


chofer Says:

Fans of Roger should rejoice with his style. And he’s bold!!

Like, I’m goint to close this at the net BOLD.


chofer Says:

Tsitsi looks gassed so he will come forward. Wawa at his punishing best, taking the ball on the rise.


chofer Says:

The battle of the beautiful BHs. Stan’s more effective, though. A point maker.

Oops. The greek looks really tired. Stan’s tennis, at his best, leaves you drained.

Watch out, Roger.


chofer Says:

When Stan is playing at his physical best ON CLAY, it must be felt like someone throwing rocks at you instead of balls.

He’s difficult to deal with. If he wins, I don’t think will be a walk in the park for Roger, no matter how their H2H says.

The only positives for Roger would be this match going the distance. But Wawrinka seems so pumped up now.


jatin Says:

I agree Chofer. I cannot forget the Level Stan showed in his 2015 showing when he demolished Fed and then Novak in the finals. His ground strokes are like Thor Hammer.
Tsitsipas game has a lot of variety like Fed. He is definitely a future slam champion for sure.

I still think he can push this match to a decider. Lets see


jatin Says:

Hi alison,
Long time no see :)


skeezer Says:

With Rafa wa playing against THIS Stan or Tsitsipas, now that would be a match instead of Rafa playing Qualifiers ;)


skeezer Says:

^Wish


chofer Says:

The “qualifiers”are not to blame skeezer.

This is the first ROLAND GARROS that has THE WHOLE TOP 10 seeds in the last 16 since 1969!!!

So the qualifiers must have beat some competition to get there.

Nobody gifts you nothing in the ATP.


chofer Says:

The whole top 10 plus Wawrinka!


chofer Says:

Somehow, Roger is relieved though. 3 hours, 40 minutes so far…


chofer Says:

Live with the volleys, die with the volleys.

The greek’s been broken.


chofer Says:

Any doubts Tsi Tsi Fly is NOT Dimitrov?

He broked back.


chofer Says:

Has the Greek played 5 sets, ever?

Because it’s what this match deserves.


chofer Says:

The only “lucky” guy today is Roger.

Rafa went on his business as usual.

I0m not anti-Roger, people. But he’s taking a siesta while these two are killing each other out there.


chofer Says:

Pity Delpo is not physically 100% now. If he is, he should beat Khachanov on clay and I would be the only onehere thinking his game gives Thiem the fits. Even on this surface.

But that’s wishful thinking. I’m not feeling it. Bad knee. Too bad!


chofer Says:

Neither gassed out Nishikori or hothead Paire will give Rafa a tough match.

I hope the Frenchman shows up for the next one, though.


chofer Says:

Paire is crazier than Fognini. Kyrgios is not comepeting.


chofer Says:

It’s amazing how Tsitsipas game could adapt to any surface. Top spin for clay, kick serve and volley for grass. Is BH it’s not that weak on return game like Thiem (which has extreme torque for faster surfaces)
The most complete next-genner.

It makes look Sasha mechanical by comparison. The other one I’m very keen on is Felix Auger. Already 21 in ATP at 18. The next great rivalry when the old men retires?


chofer Says:

And Felix OWNS Stefanos since juniors, Interesting.

It reminds me of Fed-Nalbandian. But neither of the youngsters are that fat or lazy. I wish.


chofer Says:

That drop shot by Stefanos was next level hot.


chofer Says:

I hope all the posters here are seeing this.

It will be hard to top. Unless Rafaole shows up for the final and Nole’s hand is hot and his head is cool.


chofer Says:

This kid volleys like Federer at his age and way better than Shapovalov.

Tennis needs him competitive like this.


chofer Says:

Not to mention I think he will win RG at some point AND Wimbledon.

He’s 20. Has plenty of time.


chofer Says:

32 break situations for Stefanos and 23 for Wawa.

That’s why he’s better suited for grass. You need a return game there, besides a huge serve.


chofer Says:

Noo!


chofer Says:

Stefanos missed the train there to break; an errant volley.

That spells doom.


chofer Says:

Candidates for best match of the year so far?

This one.


chofer Says:

4 hours, 30 minutes.

Is people dead here?? Nailbiting stuff.

There’s no TB in RG’s 5th.? Why the French are so appalling?
Even Wimbledon has (well, in their quirky ways)


chofer Says:

Everyone on twitter is going bananas with this match.

here, nobody talks. And this is a tennis forum:((


chofer Says:

This match deserves a final TB.
Pity the French didn’t get the memo.


chofer Says:

WOW. The kid with the biggest balls. He deserved to break!!


fred stone Says:

Most of us watch now, talk later…


chofer Says:

Pity he couldn’t break.


chofer Says:

fred stone

Of course. Too engaging:))


chofer Says:

Kyrgios pissing his pants watching the kid fighting like this.


chofer Says:

Tsi Tsi volleing a rockethand BH by wawa is my mood now.


chofer Says:

Imagine a final like this. No? No.


chofer Says:

Wawa in beast mode. Won’t bend.

Bit I want the kid to win now. I’m suspicious he will. Too many chances wasted…

I forsee a standing ovation for the loser, anyway.


fred stone Says:

FO
No lights.
No tiebreak in 5th set.
No hawkeye (serve by Stan was out at critical moment, but called in)
Player’s council has no say?


chofer Says:

Match point for Wawa!!


chofer Says:

fred atone

Agree. Apalling Frenchs!!


Berghain Says:

Tsitsi bashing his head now. MP


chofer Says:

OMG!!!

I’m out!!


chofer Says:

But that ball was in.


Berghain Says:

Congrats Stan. What a champ.


jatin Says:

What a sad end to this EPIC match.
Both players gave it all. Feeling bad fot Tsitsi though. He had so many chances, That last point would bother him a lot for days :(


jatin Says:

Great hug in the end. Stan is BACK.
Its a kind of match where you don’t want anyone to win.


Daniel Says:

Great match. I was cheering Tsisi and hengad 0-40 first game of 5th set and was holding easy. His lack of BP convertion cost him the match.


chofer Says:

Tsi Tsi 61 winners 48 UFE over 5 sets.

His numbers overall better than Wawa’s. He lost.

Tennis is fascinating.

Best match of the year.

I want a rematch between these two at Wimby.

Wawa with the determination I saw him when he won here. I’m not sure his body will hold.

And there is Rafa and Nole, the ultimate legs drainers.

And Roger next, who’s drinking a martini, bathing in his Hotel terrace.


j-kath Says:

Chofer: Your comments ARE appreciated – but if, I’m guessing that everyone – like me – was too busy running around in the short ads. so can we could get back to the action. And Oh boy, was that some match!!! It should have been the final. Well done both players – always so heart-breaking for the eventual loser after playing so close and so well.

Stan vs. the Fed. next……if Stan is able to get out of bed.


chofer Says:

j-kath

I know. I really felt like talking to neutrals here because THAT WAS SOME MATCH indeed!!

“Stan vs. the Fed. next……if Stan is able to get out of bed.”

I think he will. But I can see Federer playing quick, like if it was at Wimbledon. If something bothers a gassed player is givin him no rhythm to begin with.

I can see a 6-1 or 6-2 for Fed in the first set. But if Wawa’s engines catch steam after today’s legs beatdown, he will be dangerous to stop.


Madmax Says:

Chofer,

We WERE watching the EPIC match – have not seen anything like this in a longggg while. Absolutely fantastic. Stan was awesome and this Greek guy, WHAT A PLAYER. Already overtaken Thiem and Zverev in my opinion. Seems totally focused and elastic. Really does. Such arrogance with those shots, I love him!

Stan, with his experience got the edge, and what a brotherly, fatherly hug at the end. You could see Tsitsipas, his shoulders shrunk down at the end, you had to feel for him. He must feel devastated but how many times has Stan been in that position. He would understand.

The best match of the tournament so far, by a mile.

Stan is back. What passion and what control. I am flabbergasted at Stan’s style and dexterity on the court. He is 14 years older than his opponent, yet you would not think it.


Alison Hodge Says:

Hi Jatin ;-)


chofer Says:

Madmax

Stan in punishing mode is something to behold for sure.

I feel for Tsi Tsi fly. He’s young, though. I hope he learns from this. He’s already my fav, next genner by a mile…

Who can’t, on theis senses, would not LOVE kid this versatile (those volleys!) and someone who HATES losing evidently.

He’s not afraid of the status quo. I hope he wins a Slam by next year. That rotten fruit is falling to the tree. It’s so obvuios he’s the best young player for many reasons, that only a blind couldn’t see.

But Felix Auger OWES him. I’m saying this because every future champion has his kryptonite.

It happened with Roger with Rafa early on… It’s amazing, after watchin this sport for almost 30 years, history repeats itself, and itself, etc..

Felix it’s the next one I’m looking for to rise up.


chofer Says:

The only thing left to complete my day is FedExpress showing up to say Stefanos’ “choked”.

It’s puzzling he didn’t do it, yet:))

I’ll wait.


chrisford1 Says:

It’s tough, heartbreaking, but magnificent matches that are needed for Tsisipas to grow into a champion. If you go by that, he sure got one today.


skeezer Says:

Stan will be fine for the next match. He doesn’t play till Tues. Plenty of time to rest up.
What can one say? How many break points did Stan save? The guy is a beast. When he knows his game is there, he will not be denied. Worried for the Maestro, his buddy is coming into the next match with a steely unnerving mindset. Fantastic grit and play by Stan.

We are seeing a future champion before our eyes. Just like when Fed/Sampras met @ Wimby. Stefanos has had a stellar year so far and he is only 20. What makes him different is he has a well rounded game on all fronts, and mostly, is a fierce competitor. You can see it. He’ll win slams one day for sure, if his mind will let him.


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