Medvedev overcomes clay courtroom demons at Roland-Garros, Williams survives scare
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev overcame his previous struggles on clay to succeed in the third spherical of Roland-Garros, and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams superior after a second-set scare, as a debate over the difficult relationship between athletes and the media spilled over into one other day of competitors.
Gamers’ media mandate was but once more below scrutiny as opponents voiced their help for Naomi Osaka however stopped in need of publicly backing her press boycott. A reporter briefly misplaced his press credentials for stating he had logged on to a press convention with German Alexander Zverev from a grocery store.
Medvedev, who had a 0-4 file at Roland-Garros earlier than this newest try, saved his bid alive with relative ease to arrange a fourth-round conflict with American Reilly Opelka, as Williams, who’s gunning for a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title, fired off 5 aces to down Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori managed to scrape by with a brutal, four-hour, five-set win over Russia’s Karen Khachanov, whereas Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas made mild work of Spain’s Pedro Martinez in a straight-sets victory.
On the ladies’s aspect, two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka, 31, confirmed off her huge expertise to take down Danish teenager Clara Tauson in straight units, whereas third-seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated her fellow Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich regardless of a bevy of unforced errors.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV RECOVERS TO DEFEAT PAUL
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev overcame a sluggish begin to win 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 over unseeded American Tommy Paul and advance to the third spherical, his finest displaying at Roland-Garros after being knocked out within the first spherical of the event within the 4 earlier years.
SERENA WILLIAMS OVERCOMES BUZARNESCU
Seventh seed Serena Williams was pushed the gap however beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 5-7 6-1 to maneuver into the third spherical the place the 39-year-old goes up towards fellow American Danielle Collins.
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain’s Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-4 6-3 to maneuver into the third spherical.
Tsitsipas fired eight aces and 45 winners, changing eight of 18 break factors.
NISHIKORI WINS FIVE-SET EPIC AGAINST KHACHANOV
Japan’s Kei Nishikori battled for 4 hours on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier earlier than lastly overcoming Russian twenty third seed Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4. The Japanese will face Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen in spherical three.
“Trust me, I hate playing five sets. I don’t do it on purpose,” Nishikori stated after a second straight five-setter which took his time on courtroom at Roland Garros to simply over eight hours.
AZARENKA DOWNS TAUSON IN STRAIGHT SETS
Victoria Azarenka, seeded fifteenth, got here by in straight units towards Denmark’s Clara Tauson. The Belarusian transformed 5 of her 13 break-point alternatives to safe her place within the third spherical.
FOGNINI FLATTENS FUCSOVICS, ISNER THROUGH
Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the twenty seventh seed, edged a first-set tiebreak earlier than seeing off Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(8) 6-1 6-2.
American John Isner additionally reached the third spherical in straight units, driving his booming serve to a 7-6(6) 6-1 7-6(5) victory over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, dispensing 23 aces.
GAUFF/VENUS PAIRING BOW OUT OF DOUBLES
A mixture of youth and expertise didn’t fairly click on within the ladies’s doubles, with teen Coco Gauff and her companion, 40-year-old Venus Williams, crushed 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 by Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai within the first spherical.
SEEDED BAUTISTA AGUT LOSES TO LAAKSONEN
Spanish eleventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut was crushed 6-3 2-6 6-3 6-2 by unseeded Henri Laaksonen. The Swiss served effectively and received 10 factors on the web, whereas additionally sending down 53 winners in comparison with Bautista Agut’s 17.
ANDUJAR DEFEATED IN FIVE SETS
Argentina’s Federico Delbonis beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 in three hours and 23 minutes, hitting 54 winners, together with 14 aces, on Court docket 13.
Andujar surprised fourth seed Dominic Thiem within the first spherical, recovering from two units right down to beat the Austrian 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4, however ran out of steam in his second five-setter at Roland Garros.
RUUD POWERS PAST MAJCHRZAK
Danish fifteenth seed Casper Ruud despatched down 39 winners and received 81% of his first-serve factors en path to defeating Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Court docket 7.
ZVEREV BEATS SAFIULLIN IN STRAIGHT SETS
Sixth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany negotiated two tiebreaks to beat Russian Roman Safiullin 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(1). Zverev despatched down 41 winners, together with 15 aces, whereas additionally successful 80% of his first-serve factors.
TAN TAMED BY VONDROUSOVA
Marketa Vondrousova, the twentieth seed, ended native wild card Concord Tan’s run with a crushing 6-1 6-3 victory. The Czech cruised previous Tan with out dropping serve, successful 80% of her first-serve factors.
SWIATEK OPENS DOUBLES ACCOUNT
Defending singles champion Iga Swiatek and companion Bethanie Mattek-Sands dished out a bagel as they raced by their first-round doubles match, beating French duo Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic 6-0 6-1.
BENCIC AND BRENGLE CRASH OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS
Swiss Belinda Bencic was knocked out after a 6-2 6-2 defeat by Russian Daria Kasatkina, who fired eight aces and 27 winners previous the tenth seed to maneuver into the third spherical for the primary time since 2018.
American Madison Brengle misplaced 6-4 6-1 to Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, who transformed 5 of six break factors in a contest that lasted 65 minutes.