French Open Tennis: Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev among top players entering quarterfinals of Men’s Singles
In French Open Tennis, Top seed Novak Djokovic and German sixth seed Alexander Zverev have advanced to the quarterfinals of Men’s Singles today. Djokovic advances to the Last 16 after Italian Lorenzo Musetti retired due to injury. The World number one was leading the decider 4-0 after fighting back to 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0.
Zverev defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan in the fourth round. He will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a place in the semifinal. Defending Champion Rafael Nadal will face Italian teenager 18th-seeded Jannik Sinner in a short while from now for a place in the quartefinals.
Earlier, Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev stormed into the Men’s singles quarter-finals. Medvedev will clash with Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament as a precautionary measure to rest despite reaching the fourth round.
Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic reached the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time by routing former finalist Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-2, 6-0 in fourth round of Women’s Singles.
Seventeen-year-old Coco Gauff also entered the quarterfinals after defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 6-3,6-1. Fourth seeded Sofia Kenin, the highest-seeded player in the women’s draw will face 17th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece this evening. Defending champion Iga Swiatek will take on Marta Kostyuk for a berth in the quarterfinals tonight.
Earlier, Serena Williams’ latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title ended with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat by 21st seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the fourth round.
For 21-year-old Rybakina enters the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. She will next face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated former world number one Victoria Azarenka 5-7 6-3 6-2.
Tamara Zidansek became the first woman from Slovenia to reach the singles quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. World number 85, Zidansek will now face Spain’s Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals, who beat former finalist Marketa Vondrousova.
Indian player Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Franko Skugor will face Spanish pair of Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez in the quarterfinals today.