Medvedev used his first match point in the third set with a score of 5-4. He broke the American 32nd seed with a 1-1 draw in the third set.
It is indeed the most successful Roland Garros tournament for the 25-year-old Russian player. In his previous four posts, he hung the world number 2 in the opening round.
Tsitsipas klopt Isner
Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. The Greek, who finished fifth in Paris, settled in four groups with American John Isner, who is number 31 in the standings. Tsitsipas won 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-1 after 2 hours and 38 minutes.
The Greek reached the semi-finals of the postponed edition of the French Grand Prix last year. Against Isner, he lost a set for the first time in this tournament. The American won the serve against Tsjtsipas at 5-5 and then won the first set with his own serve.
With a break at 3-4 in the second set and a good serve on his part, Tsitsipas tied the score again. After the third set, the Greek was more effective in the tiebreak. Run to 6-3 and use the set point.
However, the 36-year-old American’s resistance seemed to be broken. Tsitsipas broke Isner on the spot and advanced to the fourth round 6-1. In it he met the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniard, the 12th seed, beat American Steve Johnson in three sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-2) earlier in the day.
Williams again in the fourth round in Paris since 2018
Serena Williams reached the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2018. The 39-year-old American, who finished seventh in Paris, settled in two sets with compatriot Danielle Collins 6-4 6-4. In the fourth round, she will face Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan.
Williams is once again trying to equal record holder Margaret Court, who has won 24 Grand Slam titles, in Paris. The American tennis star’s last Grand Slam victory dates back to early 2017, when she won the Australian Open.
“It was a tough match, but I played well and kept my focus. I’m very satisfied,” said Williams, who fought 4-1 in the second set.
Arina Sabalenka already sees her defeat coming.
Ⓒ France Press agency
Sabalenka also at home
Roland Garros also lost third seed Aryna Sabalenka in the Women’s Championship to Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka. The Belarusian tennis star, ranked 4 in the world, lost in the third round to Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.
Australian world number one Barty surrendered on Thursday in the second round due to a thigh injury. Japan’s Osaka, number two in the world rankings, withdrew from the tournament earlier in the week due to all the uproar surrounding her press boycott. Simona Halep is missing from Paris with a calf injury. Roman is world number 3.
Thus Sabalenka (23) was the highest ranked player in the tournament. She won her first two matches on clay in Paris quite easily, but was outpaced by Sabalenka on Friday by Pavlyuchenkova. The 29-year-old Russian, ranked 32 in the world, had a treatment on the top of his leg after the second set. With her leg wrapped, she won the playoff 6-0.
Shores also in doubles
Demi Shores reached the third round in the women’s doubles. She and her American partner Nicole Melishar dealt decisively with Romanian/Kazakh couple Andrea Mito and Yulia Putintseva: 6-2, 6-0.
Schurz (27) and Melchard finished third at the Grand Slam in Paris. They reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the beginning of this year.
Mito and Putintseva were not identical. Schurz and Melchard allowed a break in the first set, but fixed it very quickly and outpaced their opponents for the remainder of the match.
Kohlhof / Roger
Wesley Kohlhoff and Jean-Julien Roger also qualified for the third round in the men’s doubles. The 11th-seeded duo defeated German/Finnish duo Dominik Köpfer/Emil Ruusuvuori in straight sets: 7-6 (3) 6-4.
Earlier this spring, Koolhof and Rojer ended the collaboration with the partners they started the season with. Kolhoff started 2021 alongside Paul Lucas Cobot, and Roger played for Marcelo Melo of Brazil.
Robin Haas reached the third round with his German partner Jan-Lennard Struve. Haas and Struve 6-4 7-6 (5) were too strong for Australian John Pearce and New Zealander Michael Venus.
This is the third time that Haas has reached the third round of doubles in Paris. He has not yet reached the French Grand Slam. In the eighth final, the Dutch and German will meet the winners of the match between the French duo Pierre Hughes Herbert / Nicholas Mahut, the Israeli Jonathan Erlich and the South African Lloyd Harris.
Matthew Middelkoop also reached the third round of the doubles tournament. The 37-year-old tennis player and doubles partner Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador beat Australian duo Alex de Minaur and Matt Reed in two sets: 7-6 (2) 6-4. In the eighth final, Middlekop and Arevalo now meet Rohan Bubana of India and Franco Skogor of Croatia.
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