Medvedev, Tsitsipas Set QF French Open Showdown, Federer Out; Nadal v Sinner Mon.
by Staff | June 6th, 2021, 8:06 pm
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Off court, Roger Federer’s first ever withdrawal during a Grand Slam was the story of the men’s draw, but on court the favorites continued to advance.

Just one of the four matches went beyond three sets. Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a break deficit in the third to beat former quarterfinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Tsitsipas has now won a tour-best 37 matches.

“My performance was good. I was very mentally there in every single game,” Tsitsipas said. “Whether I was serving or not, I was very concentrated in the procedure, in the process.”

Daniil Medvedev was on Lenglen and in what was expected to be a tough encounter with guy who just beat him in Madrid, Cristian Garin, wasn’t. Medvedev reached his first French quarter blowing out the Chilean 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.

Medvedev needed treatment in the third and was down a break, but roared back. The Russian who was 0-4 at the French has now won four straight and is looking awfully dangerous.

“To beat me the opponent needs to play good. First two sets, he didn’t play good, so it was in my favor. Third set he started playing better, he could win it,” Medvedev said. “Was a tight set, tight encounter.

“Straight from the beginning of the match I could almost return every ball in the court.

“In Madrid, even if I was not playing bad, I felt that any shot could go somewhere where I didn’t want. You can make mistakes. I had only one break point in the first game on his serve, and that was my only break point in the match,” Medvedev said. “I was missing the returns because I didn’t feel confident in my shots and in my game.”

In the night session, Alexander Zverev breezed past Kei Nishikori beating the Japanese star for a third time in a month 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

“I hope I continue playing the same way I did this match. Maybe even better,” Zverev said. “Now we’re in the quarterfinals, there’s only eight of us left, and the opponents are not getting easier. You need to perform at your best, play at your best.”

Since going down 0-2 in the first, Zverev has won his last 12 sets. He’ll take that streak into a match against first-time Slam quarterfinals Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The young Spaniard knocked out Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Tomorrow, Novak Djokovic begins his Italian part of the draw against teen Lorenzo Musetti. If he wins, he’ll face Matteo Berrettini likely Wednesday night.

Rafael Nadal has a rematch with Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old Sinner had a set point in the first back in October. Nadal, who’s won his last 33 matches and 32 sets at Roland Garros, is 2-0 against Sinner having never dropped a set.

2020 semifinalist Diego Schwartzman battles the man who toppled Dominic Thiem, Jan-Lennard Struff.

MONDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
** Court Philippe CHATRIER ** Début à 12h00
1 SD H Ons JABEUR (TUN) [25] contre Coco GAUFF (USA)[24]
2 SM H Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] contre Lorenzo MUSETTI (ITA)
Pas avant 16h00
3 SM H Rafael NADAL (ESP) [3] contre Jannik SINNER (ITA) [18]
Pas avant 21h00
4 SD H Marta KOSTYUK (UKR) contre Iga SWIATEK (POL)[8]

** Court Suzanne LENGLEN ** Début à 11h00
1 SD H Sloane STEPHENS (USA) contre Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE)
2 SM H Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [10] contre Jan-Lennard STRUFF (GER)
3 SD H Sofia KENIN (USA)[4] contre Maria SAKKARI (GRE) [17]


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15 Comments for Medvedev, Tsitsipas Set QF French Open Showdown, Federer Out; Nadal v Sinner Mon.

Daniel Says:

Too bad the young italian felt something in his leg jeoperdizing his movement, first 2 sets he gave Djoko (who was missing a lot) a run for his money. Next another italian in Berretini. Can not see Djoko x Nadal semis showdown not happening. Sinner would have to play the macth of his life and Schwatrz maybe can steal a set from Nadal.

And Djoko won’t let what happen today repeats agaisnt Berretin (who doesn’t move as well as this kid). Hope they got to semis in similar fashion for us to have a cracker of a match. Because last years RG was awuful from Djoko.


Van Persie Says:

Wow, this reminded me of Nole-Anderson R4 from Wimbledon 2014, when Nole was 2 sets down.
Good mental test for Nole!


chrisford1 Says:

VP- Kevin Anderson is one of the better people in the sport. Hope he can get back to the form he was in pre-Covid.
Rafa and Novak just never quit. Heart and grit.
Musetti, like Sinner, is a phenomenally talented young Italian player. Sometimes though, the only recognition the young talent gets is if they score an upset or near-upset of a champion. So congrats, Musetti, you are now on the radar!!
They also have Berrettini at 25 and a beast. And some older mentors on the Italian squad to help the young talent (Fognini, Seppi, etc.). They are looking good for the next 5 years.


Daniel Says:

How many sets will Sinner lead Nadal this season only to lose the set next?! Kkkk. Missed all forat serves when serving for the set. probably Nadal will close 7-5 now.


FedExpress Says:

F off Sinner. Third set where he served for the set vs Nadal and didnt close it out.

Overhyped and overrated this kid.


Van Persie Says:

Would be funny, if Medvedev wins FO this year🙂


JK Says:

My goodness the Italian player, Musetti is only 19 years old…..one for the near future —he was sparkling to begin with….then Djokovic took charge. I did enjoy this match….it had a lot of excitement particularly the first two sets.


Giles Says:

Lol “then Djokovic took charge”. NO, then faker took a bathroom break! As he usually does when he is down in the score! Sheesh.


Okiegal Says:

Giles, are you still digging up bones?? Lol


j-kath Says:

Giles – be fair – does it really matter if Djokovic takes a bathroom break? For one reason or another he needed a break – it certainly isn’t cheating. If his opponent thinks he is faking then he can make sure he is ready to respond with renewed confidence – YES? NO? MAYBE?

Hello Okiegal – howsit going chez-vous?


Okiegal Says:

Hi J-Kath…… Things are going pretty good. Escaped covid after being exposed to it by my son and his wife. So I was very thankful when my test was negative……so relieved.
Still watching Rafa…: knowing his retirement is probably just around the corner. Been knee deep in Oklahoma Sooner girls’s softball games. They made it to the finals. They have to win two and we lost tonight. So if they lose tomorrow night they will be finished and have to settle for runner up. Anyway my love of sports keeps me busy sitting on my duff in front of the TV….,,,🤣🤣🤣 Hope you are going good too! 😊😊


J-Kath Says:

Hi OKIEGAL:
Glad to hear you are pretty good. I’ve had a difficult year starting with damaging my right foot – just got mostly over that when I damaged my left hand…….at least it kept me indoors and stopped exposure to the Virus. Am now 95% recovered and at last able to drive and shop for myself…..wonderful, wonderful (except for wearing masks and avoiding getting close to anyone)- but everyone is in the same boat, especially as it is likely that Covid will be with us for years – so we may as well get used to a new, less social, way to live. C’est la vie!


Giles Says:

JK. Yes it certainly does matter. Why is it he always needs a bathroom break when he is down in the score but not the other way round. He is a bloody faker and will always be a faker. 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱


Okiegal Says:

@JK….. Sounds like you’ve had your woes. I do have a bunion that has caused my big toe to go numb….wow is me! Getting old ain’t for sissies. The only thing golden about the Golden Years is urine!! 🤣🤣🤣
Glad you are recovering!


Okiegal Says:

Regarding Novak…… he was engaging with some hecklers in his match yesterday and got very angry. He really bothers him when he doesn’t “feel” the love……

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