Day 11 Quarter-final results
1.Rafael Nadal enters 14th French Open semi-final
The ‘King of clay’ Spain’s Rafael Nadal reached his 14th French Open semifinal by defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the last-8 clash. Nadal who has come into the Open on the back of some major title wins remains the firm favourite for the title let alone the clash. With Nadal’s 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Schwartzman, the Spaniard extended his record for the most French Open semi-finals in men’s tennis. Nadal’s quarter-final victory which was his 35th consecutive win at the Roland Garros will place him against long-time rival Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.
2. Novak Djokovic’s 40th Grand Slam semi-final
Novak Djokovic’s 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 win over Matteo Berrettini ensured the Serbian’s 40th Grand Slam second qualification, second-most in men’s tennis after Roger Federer (45). For Djokovic who is desperately chasing his second French Open, this particular open remains the only Grand Slam title that the Serb has won just once. In the quarter-final, Djokovic survived the fourth set forced by Berrettini to book a semi-final berth. In the final four which will be Djokovic’s 11th in Paris (second-most in history), Djokovic will face the biggest contender for the clay-court major, Nadal.
3.Maria Sakkari overcomes Świątek
World number nine, Poland’s Iga Świątek succumbed to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. With this last-8 victory, Sakkari became the second Greek player, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, the first remains Stefanos Tsitsipas. Sakkari’s win also creates history by making this just the second women’s major in the ‘Open Era’ to feature four first-time Grand Slam semifinalists. Sakkari who has shown great overall form this year by registering semifinal finishes in Abu Dhabi, Melbourne and Miami this year will face Barbora Krejčíková in the final four.
4.Barbora Krejčíková ends Coco Gauff’s run
17-year-old teenage sensation Coco Gauff’s dream run at the French Open was ended by world number 33, Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejčíková in a high-octane last-8 clash. Krejčíková 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 straight-set victory offered glimpses of intense rallies and shot-making. Kercikova’s experience helped her manipulate the ball more often and secure key points to set up a semi-final clash against Maria Sakkari.
Day 12 Semi-final clashes
Women’s semi-final 1: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes on Tamara Zidanšek
Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek have come through a marathon of three-setters in their previous encounters quarterfinal to book a final-four showdown at Roland Garros 2021. Both Zidansek and Pavlyuchenkova have made it to their first-ever Grand Slam semi-final. On one hand, the Russian has finally broken the quarter-final curse that kept her from advancing to semis in the previous editions with the help of some powerful displays. On the other, Zidansek has gone from strength to strength in Paris, becoming the first Slovenian women to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. This will be the first career meeting between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Tamara Zidansek
Estimated match time: 6:30 pm IST
Women’s semi-final 2: Barbora Krejčíková lock horns with Maria Sakkari
With a dream final spot at stake, 17th seed Maria Sakkari will take on unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova will lock horns for a mouth-watering, action-packed semi-final clash. A wild tournament that was filled with some major upsets and unexpected withdrawals, Sakkari is the highest-ranked player left on the women’s side. Krejčíkováon the other hand is a top-class doubles player who has recently struck gold in singles. The duo has met twice with Czech Republic’s Krejcikova leading the Greek 2-0.
Estimated match time: 7:45 pm IST