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Serbian Novak Djokovic, ranked number one in the world, continued his way to the final match of the French Open tennis championship, one of the Grand Slam championships within the Grand Slam, by beating Russian Karen Kashanov 6-4 6-3 6-3 Monday and reaching the quarter-finals, while the Greek reached Stephanos Tsitsipas and Russian Andrei Roblev this role for the first time in their careers.
Djokovic is seeking to win his second title at the stadiums of Roland Garros and the eighteenth in the major tournaments and will meet in the next round with Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta or German Daniel Altmayer.
Djokovic has not lost a set during the French championship and has wasted only 25 matches in the four matches he has played so far.
“The match was close to the level more than what the result indicates, so I am happy to win,” said Djokovic, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the fourteenth time in his career and 47 in various major tournaments.
“My ambitions are always as high as every time I play in Paris. Now I have to focus on my next opponent,” he added.
The victory is the thirty-fifth for Djokovic since the beginning of this year, and the only black point in his record was his exclusion from the American Flushing Meadows Championship last month for directing the ball towards one of the streak referees. He was also crowned champion of the American Cincinnati and Rome tournaments.
– Precedent for Tsitsipas and Rublev –
Stephanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open, beating Bulgarian Gregory Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2.
It is the second time that Tsitsipas (22 years) has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, after the Australian Open last year, when he reached the last four and lost to Rafael Nadal.
Tsitsipas started the game well and easily won the first set 6-3 before he had to save three balls in the tiebreak for the second, which he narrowed down 7-6 (11-9), before winning the third easily 6-2.
Tsitsipas won 12 sets in a row so far, after trailing two sets in their first match against Jaume Munnar in the first round.
“I felt comfortable,” Tsitsipas said. “I knew that if I played as far as possible, with my forehand strikes, and counted on my mission, I got chances, and that’s what happened.”
“I got a lot of chances to break the transmission, I didn’t have a big percentage in translating it, but in the end I was rewarded for my fighting,” he added.
Regarding his request to treat his left eye, which suffered from redness at the start of the second group, he said, “I had a problem with my eyes, which is why I had to call a doctor. It happened in my previous matches as well. It’s still red and irritating.”
Russian Andrei Rublev also reached the quarter-finals for the first time in his professional career, after defeating Hungarian Marton Vuchovich 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Robleaf repeated his achievement at the US Open at Flushing Meadows in 2017, when he reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Rublev, ranked twelfth in the world, guaranteed his first entry in his career as well as the top ten club in the world rankings, which will be released next Monday.
Rublev continued his wonderful career this year, which has so far won the titles of the Australian Adelaide and Doha tournaments, before the hiatus due to the new Corona epidemic, and the German Hamburg.
– Kvitova and the quarter-finals after 8 years –
Czech Petra Kvitova reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 8 years, with an easy victory over Chinese Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-4.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, reached the quarter-finals for the last time in 2012, when she lost to Russian Maria Sharapova, who later won the title.
This victory will allow Kvitova to enter the club of the top ten players in the classification that will be released next Monday.
“I was a little affected during the last points, because the memory tape came back to me when I went back to the stadiums here in 2017 at the Philippe Chartier stadium,” Kvitova said, referring to the assault she suffered in December 2016 when she was the victim of an attempted robbery that resulted in a serious injury. In her hand, she was absent from the stadium for more than a year.
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