Djokovic, Tsitsipas Cruise Into French QFs; Nadal v Sinner Tues.

by Staff | October 5th, 2020, 8:39 pm

While the women’s draw has been decimated, the men’s draw has gone almost to form. Today, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Pablo Carreno Busta all advanced to the quarters losing a combined one set.

Djokovic won his 35th match in 36 tries this year getting over on Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic fell behind a break early in the third only to recover for the easy win.

About the only thing of interest during the match was the Serb accidently hitting another linesman off a shot.

“My gosh, it was very awkward déjà vu,” Djokovic said of the freak incident. I’m actually trying to find the linesperson and see if he’s OK because I saw he had a little bit of a bruise, like redness, in that place in the head where the ball hit him. I hope he’s fine. I mean, he definitely dealt with it in a very strong and brave way.”

Djokovic will meet the man who he was playing when he got the default, Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniard swept past German qualifier Daniel Altmaier 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. The 22-year-old Altmaier, who was appearing in his first Grand Slam, served for the second but fell apart.

Tsitsipas and Rublev set a Hamburg rematch. The Greek won a tough second set breaker but otherwise rolled past Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-2.

“The tie-break was very tense. The tie-break was where all the money was,” said Tsitsipas. “I am glad that I played good tennis and I didn’t panic. I stayed concentrated, stayed low-key and tried to take it point-by-point.

“I think it worked out pretty well at the end. I showed lots of discipline, lots of responsibility. It was a very responsible win in the second set and I am very happy with myself and the attitude that I put out on the court.”

Rublev came from a break down in all four sets to beat Marton Fucsovics 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(3).

“I think I was a little bit lucky,” said Rublev. “He was a set and 5-2 up, 5-3 serving for the second set. Then he was up a break in the third set.

“It was really tough.”

Rublev and Tsitsipas are in their first French Open quarterfinal.

On Tuesday, the quarterfinals begin with a tasty treat as Rafael Nadal test Italian 19-year-old Jannik Sinner. The young Sinner posses the rare double of poise and power.

Dominic Thiem, who escaped the drop shot barrage from Hugo Gaston on Sunday, will challenge another short player in Diego Schwartzman.

** Court Philippe CHATRIER ** Début à 11h00
1 SD H Ons JABEUR (TUN) [30] contre Danielle COLLINS (USA)
suivi de
2 SD Q Elina SVITOLINA (UKR)[3] contre Nadia PODOROSKA (ARG)
3 SM Q Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [12] contre Dominic THIEM (AUT)[3]
4 SD Q Iga SWIATEK (POL) contre Martina TREVISAN (ITA)
5 SM Q Jannik SINNER (ITA) contre Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]

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13 Comments for Djokovic, Tsitsipas Cruise Into French QFs; Nadal v Sinner Tues.

Dave Says:

Diego literally just choked the 2nd set away when Thiem basically donated it to him by bailing out with many drop shots. Big turning point in the match.

Dave Says:

Diego should have won this match in straights and now it looks like he will be down 2 sets to 1.

jatin Says:

Amazing match so far.
Diego had a lot of chances in both 2nd and 3rd set but thiem’s resilience is something else. He is delivering the goods when he needs them the most.
Even when he was down 5-3 in the 3rd set, I kind of knew he will come back and win this somehow. He has forgotten to lose it seems in the slams.

chofer Says:

Excruciating choke.

I wonder what Nadal is thinking right now. Because Thiem has not anything left in the tank. And neither will be Diego after giving away the second and third set.

jatin Says:

Here we are.
5th set and we are already 4:30 hours.
Thiem has run like 20 Km in this tournament so far. Its been brutal.

jatin Says:

Its good that the winner will get 2 days off.

jatin Says:

Seems like Thiem’s threshold has finally come to an end.
Diego to serve for the match.. Leads 5-2

jatin Says:

What a journey…. diego schwartzman.

And what an amazing sportsmansprit by thiem after the match.
Absolutely incredible match.

Dave Says:

That was an amazing match. Diego is so resilient

Anto Says:

What a match. Happy for Diego, a well deserved win. Even after giving up his lead in the second and third set and the triple set point in the 4th, he brushed it off and kept on fighting.

Thiem kinda ran out of energy in the 5th set. He will definitely have more chances here. Now I have a feeling this is going to be Djokovic’s tournament.

chrisford1 Says:

5 hours, 8 minutes.
Rest well, Diego, and see if you can be back at 100% by the semis.
He proved his takedown of Nadal at the Italian Open was no fluke. The little guy is in super form at the moment.

Dave Says:

It looks like Rafa is playing EARLY Wednesday morning

All out Says:

Sinner is playing well for his age. Very little nerves on display today. Won’t be surprised if he takes a set off Rafa today. I’m very curious to know how he will fare on a hardcourt against djokovic. He seems to have the game to cause problems to the top players. Going to be very interesting next year.

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