French Open 2020: Tsitsipas v Dimitrov, Kvitova through, Djokovic to follow – live!

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Stefanos Tsitsipas forces a second set tiebreak on Chatrier after another tough hold. This time, under immense pressure from Dimitrov, Tsitsipas found himself 15-30 down. He responded by firing a big ace down the T, then he slipped into the net after another big serve and finished the point with a smooth volley.

After multiple deuces followed, Tsitsipas dismounted with two successive service winners. His serving has been top class under pressure in this set.

Tense moments for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who just successfully served to stay in the second set. Grigor Dimitrov is playing much better now and piling on the pressure late in the second set, but after reaching 30-30 on Tsitsipas’s service game, a loose error offered the Greek game point. He gratefully took it, firing down a big serve to hold.

Dimitrov responded with a quick hold to put the pressure straight back on Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas leads 6-3 *5-6.

On Chatrier, Stefanos Tsitsipas just cooly navigated a potentially complicated situation, finding three first serves from 15-30 down. He fired a serve-forehand 1-2 punch, then an unreturned serve, then he controlled the game point, eventually forcing a Dimitrov backhand error. Positive, proactive play from the Greek to keep this set in play against an improving Dimitrov. Tsitsipas leads 6-3 4-4.

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram have been pushed to a third set 6-4 4-6 by 7th seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares.

Andrey Rublev has been down so often throughout the past 9 days. He trailed Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-5 in the final of Hamburg last Sunday and returned to claim his first ATP 500 title. Two days later, after scurrying to Paris late on the opening day of play, he trailed by two sets and 5-2 in his first round against Sam Querrey. Today, Rublev has spent so much of this match chasing a deficit against an inspired Marton Fucsovics.

His confidence is so palpable in the important moments and nobody is more aware of that right now than Fucsovics himself.

Andrey Rublev finally pulls away against Marton Fucsovics to establish a two set lead at 6-7(3) 7-5 6-4. After losing his serve, Rublev immediately broke back, sealing an excellent, proactive return game with a searing forehand down-the-line winner. He served it out with easily, crushing an ace down the T on set point.

The answer to that previous question: not very well. After a few sloppy errors, including a routine mis-timed forehand on break point, Andrey Rublev meekly hands the break back to Marton Fucsovics for 4-4. The pair have been playing for 2 hours 44 minutes now and the score remains perfectly even.

Lenglen is a battle, but Andrey Rublev has finally edged ahead after spending so much of this match chasing Fucsovics down.

Fucsovics led by a break early in the set, but a dogged Andrey Rublev has now won 3 games in a row to lead *4-3. Rublev’s relentless pressure on the Fucsovics backhand is starting to pay off and he broke serve after a shanked backhand error from the Hungarian.

After struggling badly in Tsitsipas’s service games, Grigor Dimitrov can take a lot from how he ended the first set and was able to put pressure on the Greek, finally imposing his forehand in the baseline rallies. These first service games will be very important.

First blood to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who takes the first set 6-3 against Grigor Dimitrov on Chatrier.

Dimitrov certainly timed his charge on return well. After failing to get into any Tsitsipas service game since being up 0-30 in the opening game of the match, he burst to a 15-40 lead after an excellent wrong-footing forehand down-the-line winner.

How well did Tsitsipas respond to the first pressure moments on his serve. He found two first serves on the break points, scuppering the first with a serve and forehand 1-2 punch and the second with an unreturned serve.

Tsitsipas rode his luck on a third break point, slotting a backhand into the open court after Dimitrov had to chase down an unlucky net cord. Finally, after a big serve at deuce, Tsitsipas was able to serve out the set.

A tough, tough hold by Dimitrov who recovered from 15-30 down to force Tsitsipas to serve out the set at *5-3.

After pushing the Bulgarian to deuce with an excellent forehand passing shot, Tsitsipas was prowling, peppering his backhand and looking to move into the net. However, Tsitsipas dropped his approach shot just a little too short and Dimitrov responded with a lovely flicked backhand down-the-line passing shot.

On game point, Dimitrov demonstrated his athleticism by soaking up pressure from Tsitsipas’s forehand before crunching a hefty crosscourt forehand to force a Tsitsipas error and hold.

Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to have very few no problems on his service game. Behind some solid serving, he establishes a 5-2* lead with a love hold. Dimitrov will serve to stay in the set.

On court 14, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury lead 6-4 *0-1 on Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares.

They are chasing their first French Open semi-final, which would complete their set of men’s doubles slam semis.

Grigor Dimitrov did well to recover from break point down to put himself ont he board but Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to breeze through his early service games. This time, he advances to 15 after an unreturned first serve. Tsitsipas leads Dimitrov 4-1.

This time, Andrey Rublev makes Marton Fucsovics pay for failing to serve out the set. From 2-5 down, Rublev breezes through 5 games in a row to take set two 7-5 and level the Hungarian at one set all. Rublev 6-7(3) 7-5 Fucsovics.

Not a great start from Grigor Dimitrov on Chatrier, who double faulted from deuce in his opening game before shanking a forehand error down break point. Stefanos Tsitsipas happily welcomed that sloppiness from the Bulgarian, marching through a quick love hold to establish a quick, early lead. Tsitsipas 3-0 Dimitrov.

On Lenglen, Marton Fucsovics has once again failed to serve out the set on Andrey Rublev as he chased a two-set lead at 7-6(3) *5-3. That could be costly.

In Chatrier, the single-handed battle between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Grigor Dimitrov is just about to begin.

Dimitrov had quite a simple draw, but he has taken advantage of it to reach the second week of Roland Garros for the first time. We’ll see what he can do against Tsitsipas on his favourite surface.

Laura Siegemund of Germany is into her first career slam quarterfinal at the age of 32, beating Paula Badosa 7-5 6-2. It turned into quite a routine affair after she initially trailed 3-5 in the first set. Although ranked 66th, she is a well known threat on clay and with some big results on the surface in the past. She will face Petra Kvitova in the quarters.

Amusingly, Siegemund brought a box of takeaway food with her onto the court and was munching on it between games. As she left the court, the umpire asked her what she had been eating and said: “I’ve seen some strange things, but I never saw a takeaway Chinese,” said the umpire.

No problem for the 7th seed on her second attempt at serving it out, closed to love with a searing backhand down-the-line winner. Overall, an excellent and controlled performance from Kvitova. Incredibly, this is only Kvitova’s second quarter-final of her career at Roland Garros. The only other time she did so, she reached the semis in 2012.

Petra Kvitova dragged herself to match point at 6-2 5-3* and advantage, only to hit three consecutive backhand errors and lose the game. She will now serve for the match for a second time at 6-2 *5-4.

Petra Kvitova had been strolling to victory at 6-2 *5-2, but after a couple of errors some quality points from Zhang, she has been pegged back a break. Kvitova leads 6-2 5-3*.

This has quietly been an incredible tournament for Marton Fucsovics, who upset Andrey Rublev’s countryman Daniil Medvedev in the first round to secure his first ever top 10 win. It was easy to put that win down to Medvedev’s struggles on clay but Fucsovics comfortably backed it up by reaching the fourth round without dropping a set.

As noted during that win over Medvedev, Fucsovics is a really great story. He won junior Wimbledon and reached junior #1 aged 18 in 2010 but it wasn’t until the end of 2017, at 25 years old, that he finally made it into the top 100 after years of being stuck on the ATP Challenger circuit. Since he has made it there, he has been comfortable at the top.

He has everything he needs to be successful here: a good serve and forehand, decent movement, lovely feel with his slice, drop shots and net play, and now a greater understanding of how to use his game against the best.

The outstanding performances from sub top 100 players this week have been further affirmations of just how tough it is at the lower leagues of both men’s and women’s tennis. So many quality young players had similar struggles to Fucsovics but never made it.

On Lenglen, the pair have traded holds to open the second set. Fucsovics leads Rublev 6-2 2-1*.

Marton Fucsovics recovers from his first set hiccup to take the first set 7-6(3) on Andrey Rublev.

Such a great burst of quality from Fucsovics to take the tiebreak from 4-3 in the first. At 4-3, he chased down a drop volley after a long point and delicately slipped an angled forehand past Rublev at the net.

On the next point he showed supreme athleticism, defending a couple of brutal Rublev forehands before unloading on a cross-court forehand of his own. On set point he crushed a forehand down the line, slipped into the net a finished with a lovely backhand volley.

Laura Siegemund completes the comeback on Simonne-Mathieu, recovering from 3-5 down to take the first set 7-5 on Paula Badosa.

Andrey Rublev and Marton Fucsovics are into a first set tiebreak on Lenglen. A good recovery from Fucsovics after squandering 13 points in a row from 5-3 to 5-6 0-15.

This has been really impressive from Petra Kvitova so far. She opens the second set with an immediate break. After squandering two break points and being pegged back to deuce, she crushed a forehand down-the-line winner and then unloaded on a backhand return winner on consecutive points to easily secure the break. Things are flowing and Zhang cannot do much right now.

The same cannot be said for other the players in Paris. Three players were simultaneously serving for the set a few minutes ago but only Kvitova was able to see her set out.

On Lenglen, Marton Fucsovics lead 5-3* before losing 12 points in a row. He now finds himself down *5-6 and serving to stay in the set.

Paula Badosa could not close out Laura Siegemund at *5-3 in the first set and has been pulled back to 5-5.

Despite waiting in the cold for a good 6 minutes during Zhang’s medical timeout, Petra Kvitova had no problems serving out a very solid first set to 30, sealing it with a quality second serve that forced an error from Zhang. Kvitova leads Zhang 6-2.

On the other courts, 13th seed Andrey Rublev is currently down *5-4 to in-form Hungarian Marton Fucsovics on Lenglen.

On Simonne-Mathieu, 22 year-old Paula Badosa leads *5-3 on Laura Siegemund and she will serve for the set.

Zhang Shuai has now called the trainer for what appears to be an issue with her right thigh. She has gone off the court for a medical timeout.

Zhang Shuai saves double break point to hold serve, forcing Kvitova to serve it out at *5-2. On the first set point, Kvitova just narrowly failed to complete a nice move to the forecourt, dropping a backhand volley into the net.

On the second, Zhang swept forward to the net herself, perfectly timing a lovely backhand drive volley. After a wayward forehand return from Kvitova, she has now established some momentum even if the match moves into a third set. Kvitova leads *5-2.

This has not been a good start for Zhang Shuai, but she is a really talented player with a great story. Between 2008 and 2015, Zhang lost in her first fourteen slam first rounds despite numerous good results on the WTA tour. Her struggles eventually led to her considering retirement at the end of 2015.

Zhang’s family and close friend Sam Stosur convinced her to play on and she arrived at the 2016 Australian Open thinking she would give it one last try. Zhang drew world number two Simona Halep in the first round, and beat her in straight sets before reaching the quarters. After all those struggles at slams, she has now reached the second week of all but the US Open.

Great effort from Kvitova to save break point with a big serve down the T before holding firm through a long deuce game to reach 5-1*. She served very well when needed.

The conditions have forced Kvitova to be really disciplined and creative with her shot selection. She still has the power to hit through the courts, but she has stepped onto the court knowing that points simply will not come as easily for her as usual. If she tries to blast through opponents, she will lose. That is a completely different mentality than on faster courts when she can just spend the whole time on the front foot.

We’re already seeing her playing the margins more by opening up the court with cross-court angles and choosing her moments to change directions very carefully. That was exemplified by her game point for 4-0, in which she was pushed back behind the baseline by a Zhang. Instead of crushing her backhand down-the-line, she slotted an angled backhand behind Zhang. Still, a good hold from Zhang to get on the board. Kvitova leads 4-1.

Petra Kvitova did not have a similar quality start in Saturday’s match against 18 year old Leylah Fernandez, where she quickly found herself down 1-5 in the first set before facing two set points. However, it was really impressive how she dug herself out of that hole.

Kvitova’s peerless ballstriking talent is well known to most but as she has grown up, she has learnt how to harness her weapons more consistently, to think more on-court and to problem solve in matches. Not many players have as many shots in their arsenal as Kvitova, who is very comfortable throwing in drop shots, slices, angles and moving into the net. That variety of shot helped her win 9 games in a row from 1-5 down on in her third round.

Not many people fancied Kvitova this week in slow, wet conditions on a clay court at the start of last week, but she is still here and she looks good. After a couple of double faults from Zhang, Kvitova now leads *3-0 with a double break.

This has been a quality start from Petra Kvitova on Chatrier, who broke in the opening game and then quickly held to consolidate for a 2-0 first set lead against Zhang Shuai, sealed with a beautiful running forehand cross-court winner.

Hello! Welcome to day nine of our Roland Garros coverage as fourth round action comes to a conclusion. After a series of shock results in the women’s draw over the past couple of days, with 2018 champion Simona Halep, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza and 5th seed Kiki Bertens being knocked out, we begin on Chatrier with one of the two remaining slam champions in the draw as Petra Kvitova takes on Zhang Shuai of China. Stefanos Tsitsipas will follow in a single-handed backhand duel against Grigor Dimitrov before Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin finsh off play on Chatrier.

While the women’s draw has quickly descended into chaos, with a new Roland Garros champion certain to be crowned, this week so far has been a stroll for Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The question is who will first be able simply put them under any pressure at all. 15th seed Karen Khachanov of Russia will have his chance today.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2020/oct/05/french-open-2020-kvitova-dimitrov-djokovic-live

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