French Open LIVE – Elena Rybakina, Alexander Zverev in action, Stefanos Tsitsipas v Daniil Medvedev now
It's Day 10 at Roland Garros! The big clash sees Stefanos Tsitsipas face Daniil Medvedev in the evening session, with Alexander Zverev and unknown quantity Alejandro Davidovich Fokina facing off in the other men’s quarter-final on Tuesday. In the women’s draw, with only Iga Swiatek remaining from the top 10 seeds, there is a huge opportunity for the outsiders…
Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand in their ladies singles quarter final match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during day ten of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 08, 2021 in Paris, France.
It's Day 10 at Roland Garros! The big clash sees Stefanos Tsitsipas face Daniil Medvedev in the evening session, with Alexander Zverev and unknown quantity Alejandro Davidovich Fokina facing off in the other men’s quarter-final on Tuesday.
That's it for our coverage of Tuesday's action from Roland Garros. Join us again from 10am BST on Wednesday for the last of the quarter final action.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 7-5 MEDVEDEV
That’s astonishing. Just when you think Medvedev’s antics can’t get more entertaining or bizarre. He lets a 40-0 lead slip and faces match point when Tsitsipas picks him off at the net following a drop shot. The Russian throws in an underarm serve and the Greek charges in to lash the winner down the line. He turns in delight and fist pumps to his team. There's barely an exchange at the net. Tsitsipas thoroughly deserves the win that he achieved in an eventful two hours and 19 minutes. He’ll now meet Zverev in the last four.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 6-5 MEDVEDEV
The Greek keeps his emotions under wraps. He maintains his focus and guarantees the minimum of a tie break with a convincing run of serves. Medvedev will now serve to stay in Roland Garros once again.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 5-5 MEDVEDEV
“If I lose the match, it’s your fault.” Medvedev argues with the umpire over a call on his first serve after what he is suggesting was a camera moving during his ball toss. Tsitsipas gets agitated by the length of the delay. It’s great drama with the stakes so high, but Medvedev ensures there’s no blame for the official as he digs out a hold to 30 from 40-0 up.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 5-4 MEDVEDEV
That is a sudden shift. Tsitsipas conjures up a pair of aces in a dominant hold to 15. Medvedev must now hold to stay in the tournament.
BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 4-4 MEDVEDEV
Oh my word. That’s dreadful from Medvedev as he undoes a lot of his hard work. He’s broken to love after missing a backhand up the line and then lashing a smash into the net when Stef’s high defensive block appeared to be drifting out.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 3-4 MEDVEDEV
After the pressure and the drama it’s back-to-back routine holds as Stef stays in touch with the minimum of fuss.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 2-4 MEDVEDEV
The No.2 seed is on fire! He roars to a love hold to consolidate and put himself right back in this match. It had been coming despite some consistently staunch defence from the young Greek.
BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 2-3 MEDVEDEV
Daniil throws the kitchen sink at Tsitsipas – and finally gets his reward with a bewitching drop shot. That particular shot has reaped plenty of rewards as he's grown as a force in this contest. A sensational pick-up via a crosscourt backhand pass help him unlock Tsitispas’ serve as well after the Greek had once again saved two BPs before coming unstuck on the third.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 2-2 MEDVEDEV
This time Tsitsipas goes on the charge and it’s Medvedev who produces his very best when he needs it most. The world number two wipes a first break point with a huge serve and then conjures up a quite audacious drop shot to fend off another. It’s a real test in the face-off at deuce but the Russian finds another drop shot and wriggles clear to level.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 2-1 MEDVEDEV
It’s an excellent return game from Medvedev but he just can’t crack the Tsitsipas code. He lures a backhand long to earn another break point but then undoes some fine work with an overcooked return at a key moment. Stef produces clutch serving from deuce and gets out of dodge. Medvedev has taken just one of the five BPs he’s created. Will he end up ruing that poor conversion rate or will his pressure eventually pay off?
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 1-1 MEDVEDEV
The alarm bells ring for Daniil at 15-30 as Tsitsipas peppers his defences in search of the breakthrough. The No.2 seed someone lures an error from his opponent with some ragged play from the baseline and then steps in to take the game after a drop-shot-backhand pass combo works a treat.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 1-0 MEDVEDEV
Tsitsipas attempts a half volley at 30-0 that hits the frame of his racket and he drops back to human mode. It changes the dynamic of the game as he needs to find clutch tennis at break point down, rifling a brilliant forehand up the line before settling and regaining control of the proceedings from deuce.
SET! - TSITSIPAS 6-3 7-6 MEDVEDEV
Stef moves into Greek God mode as unleashes a drive volley to clinch a brilliant breaker 7-3. He’s one set from the semi finals but Medvedev will rue not making more of his two set points in Game 10.
Tsitsipas finds a big serve to lead 4-2 at the change of ends after Medvedev rallied hard to hit back from 3-0 down.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-6 MEDVEDEV
No danger this time. It’s a strong love hold and we will indeed head into a tie break.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 5-6 MEDVEDEV
Wow, what a shot! Medvedev plays a hot dog lob that clips the baseline and follows up with an emphatic smash to romp through a love hold. He’s looking the more purposeful at the moment but Tsitsipas is hanging in there and will be eager to secure a tie break and go from there now.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 5-5 MEDVEDEV
That is a massive hold. The Greek reaches into the sky but rushes a very make-able smash to gift two set points to the No.2 seed. It’s edgy stuff but Tsitsipas manages to stave off both with the help of a lucky net cord before his first ace of the match gives him the breathing space to play his get-out-of-jail-free card.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 4-5 MEDVEDEV
It’s close, but no cigar for Tsitsipas. Medvedev is making good use of the drop shot and charging in for regular forays into the net now. It’s changing the dynamic of the match. Stef remains dangerous and keeps applying heat at deuce but can’t quite help himself to a break point.
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TSITSIPAS 6-3 4-4 MEDVEDEV
Stef steadies the ship and remembers the game-plan that has served him so well. Medvedev is playing better but if the No.5 seed executes his strategy regularly he can do more damage. It pays off here as some wonderful hitting and an acrobatic volley at the net steer him to a love hold.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 3-4 MEDVEDEV
The world number two has the bit between his teeth and looks in control. Tsitsipas moves within a point of deuce but he’s not as cool and composed now and miscues a drops-hot attempt way short of the net.
BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 3-3 MEDVEDEV
Stef’s state of Nirvana may have come to an end. The first serve does a disappearing act and it’s his first real test. Medvedev helps him out by blazing an overhead he should make for double break just long. The Russian doesn’t panic though and a solid return forces a backhand error into the net. The break point seems to ruffle the feathers of the Greek and he shanks a loopy forehand way out of court. Suddenly Medvedev is playing with a bit more variety and it’s looking like we could finally have a match on our hands.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 3-2 MEDVEDEV
That’s the tonic. Medvedev finds his range with some raking strokes to the corners and a couple of wonderful volleys at the net. It’s arguably his best game of the match as he seizes a very tidy love hold.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 3-1 MEDVEDEV
Tsitsipas is so confident out there. His strategy is reaping rewards and he’s again untroubled as he consolidates with the loss of just one fortunate point.
BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 2-1 MEDVEDEV
Many thought Tsitsipas’ clay-court game would give him a slight edge over Medvedev given the Russian’s issues with the red dirt prior to this tournament, but few were expecting him to be a cut above. That’s the case here as he drags the No.2 seed from side to side, outfoxing him with a drop shot and punishing a weak attempt with a brutal crosscourt winner to break to love.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 1-1 MEDVEDEV
Stef doesn’t have to work too hard as Medvedev looks for solutions and misses his mark too frequently. He’s being bossed at this juncture. Tsitsipas tots up another love hold.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 0-1 MEDVEDEV
The reigning ATP finals champion hits the reset button and goes into mega-efficiency mode to open his account in Set 2 with a rock-solid hold to 15.
SET! - TSITSIPAS 6-3 MEDVEDEV
The No.2 seed cuts a frustrated figure as the business-like Tsitsipas flashes home a drive volley to take a slick opener in 30 minutes on his second set point.
TSITSIPAS 5-3 MEDVEDEV
Medvedev squanders a 40-15 lead and then slices into the net from deuce to cough up set point. Tsitsipas lets him off the hook with couple of long returns before an ace gets Daniil out of dodge.
TSITSIPAS 5-2 MEDVEDEV
Whatever you can do… Tsitsipas retorts with another rapid and comprehensive love hold. He’s seeing things very clearly out there, a point backed up by a sumptuous drop shot from deep that completely caught Daniil cold.
TSITSIPAS 4-2 MEDVEDEV
A first ace of the match gives Medvedev a much-needed lift and he rattles his way through a confident hold from there to stay in touch.
TSITSIPAS 4-1 MEDVEDEV
This is composed, sharp and very impressive from Tsitsipas. When he came back from two sets down to beat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open he spoke about being in a state of Nirvana. “Playing, not thinking. I was thinking a little bit, but I was mainly focused on each single serve, each single shot." It’s been a bit like that so far. Can he keep it up as one of tennis’ great chess players looks to solve the current puzzle in front of him?
BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 3-1 MEDVEDEV
First blood, Stef! He clenches his fist in quiet delight as he steps in to wrong-foot Medvedev with a winner. The Greek turned the screw there, darting into the net to pick-up a dropshot and block a volley winner and luring a couple of errors off Daniil in some typically lengthy rallies.
TSITSIPAS 2-1 MEDVEDEV
Daniil absolutely creams a forehand up the line on the run to turn a rally right around and snatch the point. Unfortunately for him it’s his only bright moment as Tsitsipas remains unfazed and notches up another routine hold.
TSITSIPAS 1-1 MEDVEDEV
It’s equally comfortable for the Russian. He corks an awkward-looking backhand crisply up the line to take control of the contest before an error apiece concludes things. Both players have started this fully focused. They know how important it is to seize the impetus.
TSITSIPAS 1-0 MEDVEDEV
That’s a cracker to kick things off. Tsitsipas comes out on top in a pulsating rally as he sticks out a long arm to block a close-range backhand drive down the line. The Greek looks really positive and surges into the net to polish off a very handy hold to 15 with a delicate touch. The appetiser was good, now bring on the rest of the feast.
Who will book a semi-final spot with Sascha?
The winner of this mouthwatering clash will face Alexander Zverev in the last four.
Medvedev owns the match up with a 6-1 record. The Russian even won their only previous meeting on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters back in 2019.
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NOW - Tsitsipas v Medvedev
It’s time for today’s headline clash. This showdown could well be a fixture in the latter stage of the majors in the years to come. It’s No.2 seed Daniil Medvedev up against No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 6-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Zverev sweeps a backhand up the line and easily breaks again to claim a very straight-forward in just one hour and 36 minutes. The German No.6 seed wasn’t at his best but didn’t need to be against a sub-par opponent. Zverev knows he’ll need to raise it a touch in his maiden semi at this tournament when he’ll lock horns with Medvedev or Tsitsipas.
The Spaniard plays a wonderful opening point but looks shattered after it. Zverev motors back, lashing down his third ace and crunching a drive volley to move within a game of victory.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 4-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Almost time to start checking out of the hotel. ADF splutters through another service game and all too easily chokes up the double break.
ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 3-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
No concerns whatsoever there. Zverev is just too strong. ADF is miles off his best level today and it can’t all be down to fatigue. He’s lost his focus too easily. What was his game-plan? It’s blockbusting attempts and drop shots.
ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 2-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The Spaniard gets on the board and halts a torrid run of games against him. Can he at least make this set competitive or will Zverev saunter to the finish line?
ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 2-0 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Sascha backs up the break with a highly composed hold to 15. The semis are growing on his horizon.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 1-0 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
It keeps getting worse for ADF. It’s a new set, but same old story. He unloads a sweet crosscourt backhand and then a sumptuous drop shot to fend off double break point but undoes all that hard work with a double fault and a rushed forehand into the net. Zverev remains in cruise-control without playing anywhere near his highest level.
SET! - ZVEREV 6-4 6-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The No.6 seed is a set away from the last four. He hits back from 15-30 to serve out Set 2 with an ace down the T and a razor-sharp wrong-footing backhand.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 6-4 5-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The errors are leaking heavily off the Fokina forehand. He looks like a man who feels his fate has already been sealed. Another tired-looking shot, this time off the backhand, coughs up another break. Sascha will now serve for a two-set lead.
ZVEREV 6-4 4-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
There’s been plenty of angry muttering and glares towards his team. To be fair to them, ADF is the one continually going for ridiculous winners on the run. Zverev remains calm at the other end and goes on to consolidate despite not having it all his own way.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 6-4 3-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The Spaniard is his own worst enemy as he goes for two blockbusting forehands that miss down both wings – and Zverev takes charge. ADF had looked good with a drop shot and full stretch volley at the net but too often he has struggled to string a consistent run of points together.
ZVEREV 6-4 2-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Another love hold. This is more like what we were expecting in the first set. It’s looking more and more like that was a missed opportunity for Davidovich Fokina too.
ZVEREV 6-4 1-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Respite! The 22-year-old Spaniard drags himself to a hold to 30 with a routine smash to finish. He desperately needed that.
ZVEREV 6-4 1-0 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The danger for ADF is that Zverev will now relax and serve much better. That will make already a tall order even tougher. The German looks sharp as he kicks off this second set with an ominous love hold.
SET! - ZVEREV 6-4 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
It is quite apt that such a strange set of serving ends with another break. It’s an absolute disaster for ADF. He can’t buy a first serve and double faults to cough up the set point after making 30-30 with a humongous forehand. A weak crosscourt backhand then limps into the net and he’s does well not to follow through with his threat to smash his racket.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 5-4 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
What a bizarre set. Zverev’s serve goes AWOL again. He tries to force the issue by charging to the net at 30-30 but gets unlucky when he drills a forehand that clips the tape and flies long. A third double fault then coughs up the break. ADF is still alive but he’s actually got to hold to level matters and that’s easier said than done in this opener.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 5-3 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
It’s a bit of a collapse from Davidovich Fokina. He slips a drop-shot attempt into the net at 30-0 and completely implodes from there. Zverev breaks again and the Spaniard slams his racket into the ground. It bounces up and into the first row of the crowd where a friendly gentleman catches it before passing the racket back. ADF is fortunate not to have any action taken against him there.
ZVEREV 4-3 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
And there it is. Zverev finds some rhythm from the service line and it’s a simple love hold in double-quick time.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 3-3 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
It’s another break! Davidovich Fokina really needed to consolidate but can’t find his top gear. Sascha stands defiant at the net as ADF tries to pass him with a flurry of attempts from close in. He really should win the point but hits the net tamely to offer the German two chances. One whistles just wide but then the Spaniard drills another wasteful backhand into net. The world number 46 may well look back at these big moments in the first six games and wonder what might have been. Zverev is bound to get the big serve booming sooner or later.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 2-3 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
This is highly competitive and Zverev’s travails are being gobbled up by a hungry Davidovich Fokina. The German moves in following a rasping wide serve and thinks he’s about to fend off double break point and make deuce, but he corks his drive volley into the net. ADF breaks again!
ZVEREV 2-2 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Sascha shouts ‘No. no, no!’ He’s incredulous. It’s a serious but friendly disagreement with the umpire but the German is left less than impressed. It comes when he stops and queries a shot deep to his right flank. He says it’s out, but the umpire says it’s in. The fact it’s on a third break point is also tough for him to take. Davidovich Fokina takes the reprieve and digs out a plucky hold from deuce. For the record, the ball was in.
ZVEREV 2-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
The German shakes his head despite edging the hold. He’s not finding his first serve enough and appears to be some way off the level that saw him demolish Kei Nishikori last time out. Davidovich Fokina comes close to clocking up another break pint but flashes just wide after a beastly rally and then blocks long to come away with nothing for his efforts.
Zverev ready for quarter-final clash with Davidovich Fokina
BREAK! – ZVEREV 1-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Zverev responds immediately and looks to have settled into things. He angles an agile volley winner at the net to earn the break back point before racing in again to pick-up a drop shot and sweep a backhand beyond Davidovich Fokina’s reach.
BREAK! – ZVEREV 0-1 DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
What a brilliant opener. After all of the talk of Sascha enjoying this match-up, it’s ADF who makes an immediate breakthrough. The Spaniard benefits from a double fault and a slice into the net from the No.6 seed, who looks strangely subdued. Alejandro has a pop at triple break point and gets it done on the final one with a bewitching drop shot that leaves Zverev stranded beyond his baseline.
Zverev leads the match up 2-0. The German won all five sets in their two matches on hard courts last year.
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Here comes Zverev
Next up on Chatrier, we turn our attention to the first of the men’s quarter finals. It’s No.6 seed Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev up against 22-year-old Spaniard, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 7-9 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
It’s lucky number seven for Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian had been beaten in her previous six appearances in a major quarter finals but she wasn’t to be denied this time and reaches her maiden semi final after an epic tussle with the rising 21-year-old starlet from Kazakhstan. It was a match full of momentum switches but in the end the Russian No.31 seed edged it to set up a last four showdown with Tamara Zidansek. It was hard on Rybakina who double faulted on match point. That’s a cruel way to end a two-hour and 33-minute battle but there’s no doubt the Kazakh starlet will be back in the years ahead.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 7-8 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Anastasia is looking to make it into the semi finals of a major at the seventh time of asking. She has failed to get past the last eight in her previous six appearances at this stage at Grand Slams. She wriggles through another hold. Will this pressure eventually tell on Rybakina?
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 7-7 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
That’s clutch and gritty work from Elena. She battles back from 0-30 and somehow snares the hold to stay alive in this pulsating finale. Pavs will wish she had the return attempt at 30-30 back as she slapped it into the net when she should have made it to claim a match point. On we go…
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 6-7 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
In these scenarios the pressure often falls on the one having to play catch up. Pavs knows if she’s broken she still has a chance to hit back. She digs in to hold to 30 and it’s over to Rybakina. She will be feeling the heat and nerves more acutely given that any slip will be the end of the match now.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 6-6 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Rybakina stands firm with a hold to 15. There’s no tie break so on we go!
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 5-6 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Anastasia can’t her hide her delight as Rybakina sizzles inches long from another crunching return to just miss out on deuce after being 40-0 down. The pressure swings back to the No.21 seed now…
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 5-5 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Big serving comes to the rescue. The Kazakhstani finds an ace and a blistering first serve to lead her through a potentially troublesome game. We are level once more.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 4-5 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Anastasia slaps away a delightful forehand drive volley to take charge. Rybakina can’t respond as she gestures to her team in frustration when a forehand misses the line by a whisker to allow the Russian a sight of the finish line. Rybakina must now serve to stay in the match.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 4-4 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Pavs cranks up the heat at 30-30 but an ace down the middle T and some controlled power – yes, controlled, you heard me – edges Rybakina to a vital hold. Whoever blinks now will surely miss out on a semi-final spot.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 3-4 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
There’s a big shout of ‘Come on!’ from Pavs as she somehow digs out the hold to 30. The Russian should have been facing break point but Rybakina inexplicably slammed an overhead wide with the point at her mercy.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 3-3 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
And it swings again… Pavlyuchenkova roars back from 30-0 down to wrestle her way back into it. This is so finely poised.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 3-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
The pendulum swings the way of the youngster! A double fault gives her three bites at the cherry and Pavs hands it to her on the second when she drills a backhand up the line just long.
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RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 2-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Back. On. Track. Rybakina seizes the reprieve and looks more focused. Has she rekindled her own belief? It’s an impressive hold to 15, ignoring the fortune of her opponent’s return dropping in off the net to level the match up.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 1-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
That was a huge game for both players – and it’s Rybakina who stops the rot and bites back. She desperately needed to find something there to avoid this running away from her. Pavlyuchenkova will be frustrated not to consolidate and may well have tightened up slightly.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 0-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Frustration for Elena. She makes deuce with a brutal forehand down the line but can’t make any strides forward as a clutch winner and an ace down the middle T ensure Pavs kicks off the decider on the front foot. Rybakina seems to be really struggling to find her A-game right now.
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SET! - RYBAKINA 7-6 2-6 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped for Rybakina and Pavs takes full advantage! She breaks again to take us into a decider. It’s the first set Elena has dropped this tournament and she’s going to have to settle down and go again. She lost her way a bit there.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-5 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
The 29-year-old Russian dusts the red dirt off her back and clinically backs up the break with a hold to 15.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 7-6 2-4 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
That’s the first real scrap of Set 2. Rybakina double faults and loses her way a bit. Pavlyuchenkova clocks up three break points but blows them all, including two terrible returns attacking second serves. Rybakina looks set to save a fourth but hears a squeal as Pavs loses her footing and slaps an overhead into the net. The umpire doesn’t call for a replay of the point despite the scream clearly affecting the 21-year-old’s smash. It’s a tad controversial but Pavlyuchenkova has the edge.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-3 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
It’s still the same story. Rybakina tries to apply some pressure with a sizzling crosscourt return winner but Pavs keeps her at arm’s length with a hold to 30. She nudges that board once more. The server has reigned supreme in this set so far.
RYBAKINA 7-6 2-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
That’s ice cool. A devilish, angled drop shot, winner No.28 and an ace to finish ease the No.21 seed level. Pavlyuchenkova did offer a brief riposte with a scorching forehand winner from a Nadal-esque standing position but it was all she could muster.
RYBAKINA 7-6 1-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Routine once more. Anastasia holds to 15 and keeps her nose in front.
RYBAKINA 7-6 1-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Is it me or has the pace of this match gone up a couple of notches? The tie break was rapid and the opening two games of this set are done in the blink of an eye. Rybakina retorts with her own love hold and they are both on the board early doors.
RYBAKINA 7-6 0-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
That’s a good reaction from Pavs. She was poor in the tie break but comes out with a positive attitude to kick things off in Set 2 with a love hold.
RYBAKINA 7-6 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Elena takes a tight opener by a 7-2 scoreline in the breaker. The youngster gets the job done in 57 minutes after a one-sided TB maintained her run without dropping a set in Paris this year.
Rybakina storms through a flurry of quick points to emphatically lead 5-1 at the change of ends.
RYBAKINA 6-6 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Elena unleashes her raw power to breach the Russian’s defences and make 15-15. However, the expected onslaught to try and force the break doesn’t materialise as some astute tennis from Pavlyuchenkova sees her reel off a trio of points to take us into the tie break.
RYBAKINA 6-5 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
You get the feeling that the winner of the match is on the racket of Rybakina. She’s hit a similar number of winners to Pavs but her unforced error count stands at 18 v 6. It’s either a winner or a miss from the No.21 seed. It’s affecting the overall flow of the game as a spectacle but the Russian-born Kazakhstani manages to stave off BP to hang on from deuce.
RYBAKINA 5-5 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Anastasia handles the pressure with aplomb. There’s no danger as she levels matters once more. Are we heading for a tie break or will one of these two crack the code to take the opener at the death?
RYBAKINA 5-4 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Rybakina needed to reset rather quickly and she does just that. The winners continue to spring off her racket off both flanks and she turns up the scoreboard pressure with a confident game.
RYBAKINA 4-4 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
All square. Rybakina’s unforced error tally is now up at 12. Pavs takes advantage here, nailing a second ace and finishing off a hold to 30 with a big first serve down the middle T.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 4-3 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
And that is why she hang tough when you’re second best and under the cosh. Your opponent can lose rhythm and the momentum switches to you. That’s the case here as Rybakina’s first serve goes AWOL while her radar for the baseline needs plugging back in. To her credit, she shrugs off two double faults and ends up saving four break points before one of those overcooked forehands sees Pavlyuchenkova break back.
RYBAKINA 4-2 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Pavs comes up with a variety of wonderful winners to stay in touch from deuce. A sublime drop shot and a forehand crosscourt pass on the run are the pick of the points and they really do need to be that good at the moment.
RYBAKINA 4-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
Elena’s game is purring right now. She’s playing with the confidence of someone who took down the GOAT of women’s tennis in the last round. She consolidates and has a strong grip on the proceedings at present.
BREAK! – RYBAKINA 3-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
It’s the 21-year-old Kazakh starlet who strikes first! She she’s two of three break points saved by Anastasia but then gives the treatment to a poorly disguised serve and clouts away the crosscourt forehand winner.
RYBAKINA 2-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
These two are still working there way into this one. No real fireworks as of yet. No doubt plenty of nerves under the poker-like faces. The No.21 seed definitely has the weapons to do damage and she does enough once more to maintain the very early running.
RYBAKINA 1-1 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
No clear danger for Pavlyuchenkova as she plays the more consistent from the baseline to ease through her opening service game for the loss of one point.
RYBAKINA 1-0 PAVLYUCHENKOVA
At times that opener was far from pretty from Rybakina. She plays catch up to deuce as she saves a break point balancing some nervy errors with magnificent shot-making. Pavs pushes her on a second BP but the Russian-born Kazakhstani saves another and goes on to claim a hard-fought hold.
Highlights: Pavlyuchenkova overcomes Azarenka to reach quarter final
Meanwhile, Pavlyuchenkova or ‘Pavs’ as we like to call her, has taken down No.3 seed Aryna Sabalenka and two-time major champion Vika Azarenka on her run to the last eight in Paris.
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Up next: Rybakina v Pavlyuchenkova
Well, that was an exhausting, intriguing and sometimes brilliant way to get today’s quarter final action underway at Roland Garros. Congratulations to Tamara Zidanšek after she edged Paula Badosa 7-5 4-6 8-6.
Next up, It’s Serena Williams’ conqueror, Elena Rybakina against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The winner of this will meet Zidanšek in the last four.
Highlights: Rybakina shocks Serena to reach quarter-finals in Paris
13:35 - Zidansek wins to book her place in the last 4!
ZIDANSEK 8-6 BADOSA (7-5 4-6)
Badosa began well and broke Zidansek in the opening game and then hold her serve.
The referee gave the Slovenian an informal warning in game two for getting coaching from her team up in the stands.
Zidansek recovered to break back, the 14th break of the match, before levelling the set at 3-3.
Both players then held their serve for the next seven games. Badosa had a double break point with the score at 6-6 but her opponent saved them with some ferocious shots from the baseline.
Zidansek then earned herself two match points and took the second one to secure victory with a crisp forehand.
12:37 - Paula Badosa hits back to force a deciding set!
*ZIDANSEK 4-6 BADOSA (7-5)
Zidansek carried her momentum into the second set with an early break.
But some struggles with her first serve saw her broken to reduce her lead to 3-2.
And Badosa hit back with another break of her own, the fourth in a row, before holding her serve to level at 4-4.
The momentum was now with the Spaniard and she broken again before holding her serve to level the match.