Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the French Open 2020 leaving the misery of twenty-five games on the road. Against Karen Khachanov - who had won the previous one from Bercy - the Serbian plays a game of extraordinary substance as usual.
Despite the obsession of short balls, hit of the week. Nole restores the natural order of things in the opening fraction despite an empty pass at 5-3, cancels three consecutive break points at 4-2 in the heart of the match, and above all stops the Russian player's comeback attempt - who opposes a strong resistance - when from 2-0 he even finds himself defending himself at 2-3 30-40.
The result of the equation is however easy to guess. The number one in the world definitively breaks the balance with a three game split (obviously seasoned by two breaks) and pushes himself to 6-4 6-3 6-3 at the threshold of two and a half hours of play.
Pablo Carreno Busta could now be waiting for him. Yes, that Pablo Carreno Busta. The US Open semifinalist still has Danil Altmaier on the road. It looked like they could both stop in the first round. It seemed, in fact. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev will find themselves on-the-road after the final of the ATP 500 in Hamburg.
Presumably on the Suzanne Lenglen. In the one-hand-backhand derby with Grigor Dimitrov (the first official) the Greek talent does what he has to do: win the most important points. After a break at the start, which acts as a tread, the match remains totally on serve until the end of the second set.
Dimitrov recovers a mini-break from a disadvantage on three occasions, he has the chance to regroup the score on the stringbed when the luminous scoreboard says "8-7 and 9-8" but never finds the decisive flash. The third set is, as in the logic of things, a completely necessary outline.
Tsitsipas, more lucid and above all with a greater quantity of petrol in the tank, fixes the success at 6-3 7-6 (9) 6-2 and hooks for the second time in his career the quarter-finals on the land of Bois de Boulogne. Victim of Rublev's comeback treaty is Marton Fucsovics.
Parisian executioner of Daniil Medvedev. The talented Russian, who ends up losing the initial tie-break, falls 2-5 behind in the second, 1-3 in the second and 4-5 0-40 in the third. With a final mega-partial of 16-4 the 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (3) that matures is practically a manifest.
Kvitova in the quarterfinals after eight years
Rain significantly slows down the program. Not a problem for Petra Kvitova (who gets rid of Shuai Zhang on the Centrale) and for Laura Siegemund, who instead inaugurates the program on Court Simonne Mathieu.
The Czech tennis player - despite the twenty-nine unforced errors - closes with a sharp 6-4 6-2 and finds her place on the table of the first eight in Paris for the first time in eight years. The 32-year-old German instead condenses the vast majority of the problems in the inaugural fraction against Paola Badosa. And he will obviously play the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career.