Medvedev and Tsitsipas crash out as Swiatek survives at French Open

Jonathan Davies in French Open 31 May 2022
Medvedev had no answer to Cilic on Chatrier (Foto Arena LTDA / Alamy Stock Photo)

Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the French Open after going down in straight sets 6-2 6-3 6-2 against an inspired Marin Cilic on Monday.

Medvedev was one of two top-four seeds to fall in the fourth round at Roland Garros, with 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas beaten by Danish teenager Holger Rune 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4.

The second seed had arrived in the last 16 unscathed, having reeled off nine sets without reply in the opening three rounds.

He had also won all three of his previous meetings with Cilic ahead of their first encounter on clay.

But the former US Open champion hit the ground running on Chatrier; breaking his opponent twice as he won the last four games of the opening set to draw first blood.

And Cilic did not relent as he built on his momentum in the next two sets to roar through to his third Roland Garros quarter-final – and first in four years.

Next up for the 20th seed is Andrey Rublev, who overcame Jannik Sinner after the Italian was forced to retire through injury at 1-6 6-4 2-0 behind.

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas suffered only his fourth defeat in 21 matches on clay this year after coming unstuck against Rune.

The world number 40 became the first Danish man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Jan Leschly reached the last four of the 1967 US Championships.

Rune sets up a showdown with Norway’s maiden male quarter-finalist at Roland Garros in eighth seed Casper Ruud, who hit 42 winners in his 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

In the ladies’ draw, top seed Iga Swiatek reached the last eight for a third successive year, but only after coming from behind against Chinese teenager Xinwen Zheng.

Indeed, Swiatek lost the opening set as her opponent recovered from 3-0 to prevail in a tie-break 7-6(5).

However, the world number one dominated the next two 6-0 6-2 to claim her 32nd successive victory; putting her level with Justine Henin for the third-longest streak in the WTA since 2000.

Her reward is a showdown with 11th seed Jessica Pegula, who also overturned a one-set deficit to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6 6-2 6-3 and reach her second successive quarter-final at this event.

Daria Kasatkina continued her hugely impressive run at Roland Garros with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi.

The 20th seed has now reeled off eight sets without reply, while dropping just 14 games along the way.

Aiming to stop her in the last eight is Veronika Kudermetova, who extended her best-ever performance at a Slam by overcoming Madison Keys 1-6 6-3 6-1.


French Open 2022 Day Nine Results

Monday May 30

Round Four

Veronika KUDERMETOVA [29] 1-6 6-3 6-1 Madison KEYS (USA) [22]
Holger RUNE (DEN) 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) [4]
Iga SWIATEK (POL) [1] 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 Qinwen ZHENG (CHN)
Marin CILIC (CRO) [20] 6-2 6-3 6-2 Daniil MEDVEDEV [2]

Daria KASATKINA [20] 6-2 6-2 Camila GIORGI (ITA) [28]
Casper RUUD (NOR) [8] 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 Hubert HURKACZ (POL) [12]
Jessica PEGULA (USA) [11] 4-6 6-2 6-3 Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU)
Andrey RUBLEV [7] 1-6 6-4 2-0 ret. Jannik SINNER (ITA) [11]

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