The Roland Garros gradually heats up as the quarterfinal stage brings victory, agony, sorrow and all kinds of overwhelming emotions to the players as well as the supporters.
Seventh seed Dominic Thiem who is considered to be a strong contender to challenge Nadal reached his third successive French Open semi-finals with a dominating straight-set victory over Alexander Zverev who was suffering a blow on his hamstring.
The match lasted for near about 2 hours where the Austrian never looked in doubt of losing the tie. A 6-4,6-2,6-1 scoreline does not do justice to Zverev’s efforts of staying on the field fighting for his place. The 21-year old German has been a shadow of himself throughout the tournament but he has shown exceptional tenacity and grit to stay on the field no matter what and with continuous five-set matches in the last few rounds this was expected as fatigue got the better of him.
The upset of the day came in later when 12-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic faced World No. 72 Marco Cecchinato of Italy. Cecchinato played the match of his life to beat Djokovic in a 4-set thriller. The Serb faced a blow in his neck and kept on struggling with it throughout the encounter which lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Djokovic was pretty upset as he recently recovered from an elbow injury and it sounded like all his buildup to the Roland Garros has gone to waste. He even hinted an absence from Wimbledon because of the shoulder injury and now only time will tell whether the Serb will feature in the upcoming extravaganza.
Cecchinato’s dream run continues as he survives to fight another day with Dominic Thiem up against the Italian in the Semifinals of the French Open. It will be difficult for the World No.72. But, being the underdog has actually gone in his favour for the last few matches and if fortune favours him we may see the best underdog story ever written in Paris.
In Women’s tennis, it was United States’ Madison Keys who ended the dream run for World No.98 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. With a 7-6 (5), 6-4 scoreline, Keys reached her first Roland Garros semifinals and this time she looks in good flow as she hasn’t dropped a set until now.
It was more of a joyous occasion for the Americans when Stephens hammered Daria Kasatkina of Russia with a 6-3, 6-1 scoreline. The Russian looked very promising this time out as she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in her run to the quarters but fell short to a dominant Stephens.
So the Americans will take on each other in the Roland Garros semifinals and it will be an exciting contest to see them locking horns in a crucial tie.
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