French Open – Day 10
The first day of quarter-finals did not disappoint. The day started with unseeded Italian, Trevisan, playing 17th seed, Fernandez. Trevisan took the early lead before Fernandez took a medical timeout due to a foot problem. The Canadian struggled through the first set and looked very likely to retire. Fernandez pushed through and ended up giving herself a chance as she took the 2nd set tiebreak to force a deciding set. Trevisan kept her cool as she knocked out the 17th seed to book her spot in the semi-finals. The second ladies quarter-final was between 18th seed, Gauff, and unseeded, Stephens. Stephens won their previous encounter at the US Open but this time it was the teenagers turn as she beat Stephens in straight sets.
The first mens match on was between 3rd seed, Zverev, and 6th seed, Alcaraz. Alcaraz started off a little tentatively and this allowed Zverev to settle himself down. Zverev was able to take the first 2 sets 6-4. Alcaraz wasn’t going to give up that easily and after having a tough service game at 4-4 in the 3rd he was able to break Zverev and force the match into a 4th set. The 4th set was played at a very high level and worked its way to a tiebreak. Zverev hit a ridiculous backhand return winner to seal the match and book his spot in the semi-finals of this years French Open. The night match was between number 1 in the world, Djokovic and 13 time Roland Garros champion Rafa Nadal. Nadal just like last years semi-final raced through the first set taking it 6 games to 2. Djokovic once again started with a long service game which ended with him getting broken. Nadal then held and broke again to lead 3-0 with a double break. Djokovic was allowed back into the set when Nadal had a weak service game while serving for 4-0 and this flipped the whole set on its head. Djokovic went on to win the next 6 out of 7 games to take the second set 6-4. Once again though, Djokovic was broken in the first game of a set and Nadal raced away with the set winning it 6-2. The 4th set was the first set that Djokovic managed to take his first service game and it was the 1st seeds turn to lead 3-0 in a set. Nadal managed to keep it to just 1 break. Djokovic served for the set at 5-3. An incredibly long game occurred where set points were saved and break points were saved until finally Djokovic landed a ball short on break point and Nadal tucked it away to break back. It was now 5-4. 3 holds of serve occurred and we headed into a tiebreak to decide the match. Nadal played a flawless 7 points and led 6-1 and earned himself 5 match points. Djokovic saved three of them before Nadal sealed the match and book a meeting with the 3rd seeded German, Alexander Zverev.
Onto the fantasy league and ‘Forever and a Clay’ remain in the lead by 5 points over ‘Seize the Clay’. ‘Drop Shots’ had another good day as they moved up to 3rd place just 2 points behind 2nd. ‘Never Nadal Moment’ finally moved from their 3rd position. They now sit 4th with ‘Team Kickbutt’ moving back into a prize position and sit in 5th.
Day 10 saw many teams lose Djokovic and Alcaraz and sometimes even both. This meant we lost 4 teams on Day 10. Those teams were ‘Fine Whines’, ‘New Balls Please’, ‘FD Fantastics’ and ‘Doubles or Nothing’.
Quarter-Final results from day 10
- Trevisan beat Fernandez(17) – 6-2; 6-7(3); 6-3
- Gauff(18) beat Stephens – 7-5; 6-2
- Zverev(3) beat Alcaraz(6) – 6-4; 6-4; 4-6; 7-6(7)
- Nadal(5) beat Djokovic(1) – 6-2; 4-6; 6-2; 7-6(4)
Quarter-finals on today
- Kasatkina(20) beat Kudermetova(29) 6-4; 7-6(5)
- Swiatek(1) vs Pegula(11) (13:55)
- Rublev(7) vs Cilic(20) (15:05)
- Ruud(8) vs Rune (20:45)
Jared matriculated in 2020 from Wynberg Boys High School in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. His passion for tennis afforded him the opportunity of travelling to Europe. He is a quizmaster and a fantasy organiser.