PARIS (AP) – The latest news on the Roland-Garros tennis tournament (all local times):
Casper Ruud reached the first Grand Slam quarter-final of his career beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at Roland Garros.
Ruud, seeded eighth, is the first Norwegian to qualify for the round of 16 at Roland-Garros.
Ruud will face the winner of the fourth-round match between 2021 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune, a 19-year-old Dane.
Hurkacz, the 12th seed, was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year. He had lost in the first round of Roland-Garros in three consecutive appearances.
Rafael Nadal didn’t have his preference on the timing of his blockbuster quarter-final match against top-ranked Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.
The 13-time Roland Garros champion wanted a day game on Tuesday to avoid the somewhat slower conditions on the clay courts at night. But organizers have made it the showpiece match of the night of Day 10, due to start at 8.45pm, after negotiating with rights-holding broadcasters to ensure all viewers in France can watch coverage of the match for free.
Nadal picked up a five-set victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round on Sunday to set up a record 59th match against Djokovic.
He has an overall win-loss record of 109-3 at Roland Garros. Two of those three defeats in Paris have come against Djokovic, including in the semi-finals last year.
Nadal won the Australian Open in January for a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title, breaking a tie with Djokovic and Roger Federer. Djokovic missed the tournament after being kicked out of Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Veronika Kudermetova reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Madison Keys, ending four Americans’ chances of reaching the last eight at Roland-Garros for the first time. time in two decades.
Keys, who reached the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2018 and the quarter-finals the following year, dominated the first set but lost the rhythm after Kudermetova took a bathroom break before the second set.
She held and then broke Keys’ serve to take a 2-0 lead in the second, which she served on her seventh set point.
Kudermetova broke in the opener of the third set after losing 40-0 and, except for a break of serve in game four, controlled the rest of the match.
Kudermetova hadn’t made it past the third round in singles in her previous 12 majors. Keys was a runner-up at the 2017 US Open and came out of a semi-final at the Australian Open.
Keys and Jessica Pegula entered the fourth round hoping for victories to secure four American women in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2002. Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff have already advanced to the other side of the draw .
Pegula played Irina-Camelia Begu later on Monday.
Daria Kasatkina equaled her best performance at a major tournament by reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi.
Kasatkina, the 20th seed, saved a break point as she served for the match and clinched it on back-to-back unforced errors from Giorgi.
She will then face Madison Keys or Veronika Kudermetova.
“I’m delighted with the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, the most important thing,” said Kasatkina, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon in 2018. “It doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net .”
The International Tennis Federation awarded Stan Smith its highest honour, the Philippe Chatrier Award.
Smith won singles titles at the US Open in 1971 and Wimbledon the following year, and also won five Grand Slam doubles titles and was part of seven Davis Cup-winning teams for the United States .
The award, named after the former ITF president, was introduced in 1996 and recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the sport.
Off the court, Smith established his Stan Smith shoe brand in the 1970s and held coaching positions with the USTA, working with players such as Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Michael Chang.
“(Smith) has made an enormous contribution to tennis on and off the court for over half a century and it is an honor to recognize his achievements,” ITF President David Haggerty said in a statement. a statement.
The award will be officially presented on Monday at the ITF World Champions Awards in Paris.
Smith, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, said he was joining a “great list of people who have done great work on and off the court”.
“It’s also very special because I knew Philippe Chatrier well, and he did so much for the game,” Smith said.
The action at Roland Garros is underway on Day 9 with Daria Kasatkina playing Camila Giorgi in a fourth round match on the Suzanne Lenglen court.
Madison Keys is expected to open play on Philippe Chatrier Court against No. 29 Veronika Kudermetova.
Wins for Keys and 11th-seeded Jessica Pegula over Irina-Camelia Begu would secure four Americans the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time since 2002. 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff, 18, has already advanced.
Top-ranked Iga Swiatek will be aiming for a 32nd straight win when she takes on Zheng Qinwen. Swiatek is aiming to equal the third-longest winning streak on the women’s tour since 2000. Venus Williams tops that list with 35 in 2000, followed by Serena Williams with 34 in 2013 and Justine Henin with 32 in 2008.
In the men’s fourth round matches, 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Denmark’s Holger Rune and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev will have an overnight match against 33-year-old US Open 2014 champion Marin Cilic.
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