Danish teenager Holger Rune beat last year’s French runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his first major quarter-final on his Roland Garros debut; Rune, ranked 40th, will face Norway’s Casper Ruud for a spot in the semis; Daniil Medvedev crushed by Marin Cilic
Last update: 30/05/22 22:33
Last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his French Open hopes ended in four sets at the hands of Danish teenager Holger Rune, while second seed Daniil Medvedev was shocked by Marin Cilic during a a sensational display from the Croatian under the lights.
Fourth seed Tsitsipas was beaten 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 as Rune joined 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
Rune, who hadn’t won a game in a major tournament before arriving in Paris, had to save three break points in a nerve-wracking final game before crossing the line when Tsitsipas went very far.
“I feel amazing. I was so nervous at the end,” Rune beamed. “I was very nervous. I told myself to go ahead and play my plan. I mean it’s so great to still be here.
“Part of the tactic was to play as aggressively as possible, when he has shorter balls he attacks them. I really liked playing the drop shots and it worked out pretty well, so I’m happy.”
“These kids are going to want to beat me because obviously they hunt. I hunt too, but I’m in a different position than they are. I’m also hungry to beat them. Now that they’ve beaten me , I want revenge.”
Rune will face the Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud in the last eight.
Ruud reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final by beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3.
“It feels good, that was one of my goals this year. I feel more experienced playing the best of five sets,” said Ruud, the first Norwegian in the last eight at Roland Garros.
“Hubert has improved a lot on clay, he has become a dangerous player on all surfaces; he has a dangerous serve but I did well to return it today.”
Ruud has been one of the most consistent players on clay in recent years, claiming seven of his eight clay court titles.
After third-round appearances in 2019, 2020 and 2021 at Roland Garros, he is now starting to show his true potential.
Second seed Medvedev crushed
US Open champion Daniil Medvedev had his hopes dashed by the Croatian veteran Marin Cilic 6-2 6-3 6-2.
Russian Medvedev only recently returned to action after a layoff from hernia surgery, but despite his impressive first three appearances, 20th seed Cilic took him to the cleaners with a stunning performance .
He made no mistake and dominated the proceedings from start to finish to reach the round of 16 on clay in Paris for the third time in his career.
“It was an absolutely fantastic game from the first point to the last,” Cilic said. “I enjoyed the atmosphere, enjoyed the night session here.
“I played amazing tennis – one of the best games of my career from start to finish.”
Italy’s 11th seed Jannik Sinner retired injured in clash against Russia Andrei Rublev after a good start to the game.
The 20-year-old, a candidate for his second quarter-final in Paris after 2020, won the first set 6-1 before receiving treatment on his left knee in the second, which he lost 6-4.
Rublev, the seventh seed, was leading 2-0 in the third when Sinner threw in the towel.
“I felt good or pretty good in the first set and after serving at 2-1 (in the second) I felt something from that moment on,” Sinner said.
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