World quantity two Daniil Medvedev and 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas goal the French Open final 16 on Saturday whereas untroubled girls’s high seed Iga Swiatek eyes a thirty first successive win. Medvedev and Tsitsipas are seeded to satisfy within the semi-finals. To this point, Medvedev has regarded the almost certainly to achieve that stage, dropping simply 16 video games in two straight-sets wins.
Fourth-ranked Tsitsipas, nevertheless, needed to come again from two units right down to beat Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti within the first spherical.
Then he wanted 4 hours to see off 134th-ranked qualifier Zdenek Kolar, saving set factors within the fourth set tiebreaker.
Medvedev, a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros final yr after 4 successive first spherical exits, takes on twenty eighth seed Miomir Kecmanovic.
The 22-year-old Serb has had a stable clay season with a semi-final run in Munich and a quarter-final spot in Belgrade the place he took Novak Djokovic to a few units. He additionally made the final eight in Rio and Santiago.
Kecmanovic began the yr at 69 on this planet and his all-court sport noticed him additionally take pleasure in quarter-final runs on the Indian Wells and Miami Masters.
Taking part in in Paris on a career-high rating of 31, Kecmanovic is within the final 32 at Roland Garros for the primary time.
“Medvedev is enjoying good, however in fact it is not his favorite floor, he would not really feel probably the most snug right here,” mentioned Kecmanovic.
“So if I need to play him I believe it is positively higher to play him on clay than some other place.”
Tsitsipas faces unseeded Mikael Ymer of Sweden, the world quantity 95 who arrived on the event on a seven-match dropping streak, stretching again to a semi-final defeat to Alexander Zverev in Montpellier in February.
Nevertheless, Ymer has rediscovered his kind in Paris, reaching the third spherical for a second successive season.
The third spherical additionally throws up two battles of tennis previous and tennis future.
Holger Rune, simply 19, faces 21-year-old Hugo Gaston. In stark distinction, 37-year-old Gilles Simon of France, enjoying on the tour for the ultimate yr, faces former US Open champion Marin Cilic, 33.
Now ranked 158, Simon, a former sixth-ranked participant, has made the fourth spherical on three events having made his debut in 2005.
He enjoys a profession fringe of 6-1 over Twenty third-ranked Cilic with their first assembly having taken place at Wimbledon in 2007.
Girls’s world primary Swiatek, bidding for a second French Open title after her 2020 triumph, has put collectively a 30-match profitable run and has dropped simply 4 video games in two rounds to this point.
The 20-year-old Pole faces Ninety fifth-ranked Danka Kovinic who made the Australian Open third spherical in January, defeating US Open champion Emma Raducanu on the best way.
French wildcard Leolia Jeanjean, the 227th-ranked wildcard who knocked out former world primary Karolina Pliskova within the second spherical, faces skilled Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.
Third seeded Paula Badosa, who made the quarter-finals in 2021, is up in opposition to Russian twenty ninth seed Veronika Kudermetova.
Badosa has gained each the pair’s conferences this yr, together with on the Madrid clay for the lack of simply three video games.
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