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French Open: Russia's Andrey Rublev progresses to QF after Sinner walkover due to injury

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 May 2022, 10:21 IST
Russia's Andrey Rublev

Russia's Andrey Rublev progressed to his second French Open Quarter-Final on Monday after his Italian opponent Jannik Sinner retired due to an apparent knee injury during the third set of their fourth-round match at the ongoing French Open 2022 on Monday.

Sinner dominated the first set, taking a 6-1 lead. But during the second set the Italian started struggling with his movement. Rublev was able to turn match in his favour and took the lead of 1-6, 6-4, 2-0 before Sinner retired due to his injuries.

Now in the quarter-finals, the Russian will meet the Croatian player Marin Cilic, who shocked the world by defeating the World number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia in their last 16 clash.

Former US Open champion Cilic eased to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal set up a clash with Novak Djokovic in the ongoing French Open 2022 after a barnstorming fourth-round battle with Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday.

No.9 seed Auger-Aliassime pushed Nadal to the limit but in the final set, Nadal turned on the style to finish off a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

The fifth seed will next face Djokovic after the top seed defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Also, Alexander Zverev on Sunday cruised into the quarter-finals of the French Open 2022 after defeating Bernabe Zapata Miralles.

It may have been a straight-sets win for the German at Roland Garros, but the path to victory was anything but smooth for the third seed against Bernabe Zapata Miralles.

Zverev clinched a marathon opening set in a dramatic tie-break and was forced to recover from a breakdown in the second before going on to seal a 7-6(11), 7-5, 6-3 triumph over the No. 131-ranked Spanish qualifier.

On the other hand, the No. 6 seed Carlos Alcaraz stormed into the second Grand Slam quarter-final of his young career with a commanding performance over Karen Khachanov on Sunday evening at the ongoing French Open 2022.

After quickly snatching up the first two sets, Alcaraz stayed calm as he was dragged into a battle by the No.21 seed in the third.

The Spaniard reached his first Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win against 21st seed Karen Khachanov. The sixth seed will next play third seed Alexander Zverev for a place in his first major semi-final.

Lastly, Denmark's Holger Rune stunned fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 to enter men's singles quarter-final while Russia's Veronika Kudermetova beat Madison Keys to set up quarter-final clash with compatriot Daria Kasatkina.

The 19-year-old Holger Rune won the opening set 7-5 but the 2021 French Open finalist made a comeback in the second set winning it 3-6 but the Dane went on to win the next two sets 6-3 6-4.

Rune will now take on Casper Ruud in the quarter-final who defeated Hubert Hurkacz. The eighth seed Ruud became the first player from Norway to enter a grand slam quarter-final with a 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over Hurkacz.


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First published: 31 May 2022, 10:21 IST