Roland-Garros 2022, day nine: Tsitsipas, Keys and Swiatek in action – live! | French Open 2022
* Ruud 2-0 Hurkacz (* indicates next server)
It’s the first time in the tournament that Hurkacz has been beaten, so that’s quite a statement from the 23-year-old Norwegian. Hurkacz is by far the second best, at the start of this game. Ruud seems much more comfortable on this surface. But this is the start.
Kudermetova fights against Keys – she has a 3-1 lead in the second, having lost the first set 6-1.
Ruud 1-0 *Hurkacz (* indicates next server)
A nice combination of volley and slicing bunting brought Hurkacz a point in the opener of the game. But he throws another volley carelessly into the net and it’s a pretty easy opener for Ruud.
Ruud vs. Hurkacz are next to Suzanne Lenglen and are now arriving on the pitch.
It’s their first meeting and it should be interesting. Ruud is seeded eight, Hurkacz 12. I saw Hurkacz take down Federer at Wimbledon last year – when he’s good, he’s really, really good.
First series: Kudermetova 1-6 Keys
On Eurosport, Simon Reed describes this first set as “a demolition job” by the 2018 semi-finalist at Roland Garros.
“I often wake up wondering where I am.”
Brittany Collens, ranked 1,078th in the world, writes of life at the bottom of the World Tennis Tour rankings:
Kasatkina speaks: “I like playing on clay… I was a bit nervous before the start of the tournament, but I’m very happy with the way I’m playing… Camila is very aggressive, it’s difficult to play against her , but the conditions were good for me today, it was slower so I had more time… Zero errors was my strategy Normally I don’t watch the draw… I’m excited about the quarter-finals.
She will face the winner of Veronika Kudermetova (seeded 29) against Madison Keys (22). Keys leads 5-1 in the first set there over Philippe Chatrier.
The Russian enters the last eight for the first time in four years, the second time she has reached this stage. It was a complete accomplished performance. Giorgi had his moments and wasn’t afraid to take his shots, but couldn’t build momentum.
Madison Keys has a 3-1 lead in the first against Veronika Kudermetova, ahead of Philippe Chatrier.
Kasatkina* 6-2, 5-2 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
Kasatkina still hits some great returns and puts Giorgi under some pressure, but his opponent holds on and forces the Russian to serve him.
Kasatkina 6-2, 5-1 *Giorgi (* indicates next server)
Giorgi must serve to stay there.
It’s a little cooler in Paris than it was over the weekend. 16C and sunny at the moment, with a high of 18C expected and a few more clouds later.
Kasatkina* 6-2, 4-1 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
The Russian lands a clear winner down the line to take a double break in the second set. She pumps her fist and watches her team in the stands. Kasatkina is, barring an incredible and improbable comeback from his opponent, on his way to the quarter-finals.
Kasatkina 6-2, 3-1 *Giorgi (* indicates next server)
A stunning return from Giorgi saves a game point, and warming to her theme, she cracks another huge winner to bring her own advantage. Kasatkina’s defense is again top notch, however, Giorgi shoots wide, and although the Italian forces another break point, Kasatkina eventually holds on and roars with delight as he does so.
As it is Kasatkina vs. Giorgi is the only ongoing match in both women’s and men’s singles. However, Kudermetova v Keys should be coming over Philippe Chatrier any second.
Kasatkina* 6-2, 2-1 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
This promises to be a regulatory victory for the Russian. At break point, Giorgi takes a booming forehand angled down the field but hits long. Kasatkina is now a break and set up.
Kasatkina 6-2, 1-1 Giorgi* (* indicates next server)
Unlike Giorgi’s opening service game in the second set, Kasatkina holds on relatively comfortably and it’s up to the Italian to put pressure on her opponent, one way or another. The Russian generally looks much more comfortable and composed, despite Giorgi occasionally finishing the crushing and unrecoverable winner.
Kasatkina* 6-2, 0-1 Giorgi
The Italian has a chance to start the second set positively on her own serve, and she does, despite being caught twice and saving a break point, with a particularly fine return on the Russian’s line causing trouble… Kasatkina then drills a seemingly effortless winner in the corner, for two, and fights his way through one of the game’s longest rallies with brilliant defense to force his own advantage. Giorgi saves that, however, and then Kasatkina hits long, and it’s 1-0 for the 28th seed.
First set: Kasatkina 6-2 Giorgi
A soft return from Giorgi and an ace hit through the middle by Kasatkina help put the Russian up 40-0… and a nifty forehand down the line leaves her opponent standing still. That’s the set, comfortably, for the 25-year-old No. 20 seed.
Kasatkina* 5-2 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
No one can accuse Giorgi of not going to get vaccinated here. And she hit a few belts, but a frequent lack of control helped give Kasatkina a double break in the first.
Rafael Nadal has played 112 tennis matches at Roland Garros during his career and he somehow only lost three times on those courts. But an even more absurd measure of his utter dominance is how few players have even managed to push him close to the edge; to have made him really doubt. Before Sunday afternoon, only twice in his 17 years had an opponent extended him to five sets at Roland Garros.
Kasatkina 4-2 Giorgi* (* indicates next server)
A battle royale has just concluded for the sixth game in the set. Both players had chances to win it with advantages here and there… and Giorgi just unloaded another formidable winner to force it back twice again. But Kasatkina finds a way and maintains the initiative.
The point worked well which made it 3-1 for Kasatkina.
Kasatkina* 3-2 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
Giorgi is holding, and she’s certainly starting to see the ball better after a bit of a slow start, climbing into big groundstrokes and forcing Kasatkina to get defensive.
Kasatkina 3-1 Giorgi* (* indicates next server)
Giorgi finds his range, attacking his opponent’s wobbly second serve and producing some searing returns to force him to equalise. There was also a double fault from Kasatkina as she suddenly came under pressure from a powerful and soft play from the other side of the net. However, a well-crafted point finally brought him the game and kept him with the advantage of a break in the first set.
Kasatkina* 2-1 Giorgi (* indicates next server)
The Russian 20th seed started strong. She broke her Italian opponent in the first game and held her serve in the second, before forcing two points in the third game of the first set. But Giorgi is on the board, courtesy of a nice angled forehand down the line from deep in the court.
It was a massive sports weekend in France with Real Madrid boosting Liverpool to the Champions League trophy in Paris and La Rochelle bludgeoning victory over Leinster with a late try in the Champions Cup final in Marseille.
Last night, Rafal Nadal was taken in five sets at Roland-Garros for only the third time in his career by Félix Auger-Aliassime… and the blows are linked today at Roland-Garros: the world n°1 and top seed Iga Swiatek is due in court against China’s Qinwen Zheng at 2.15pm UK time.
Before that, Veronika Kudermetova (29) will face Madison Keys (22) in the first match against Philippe Chatrier, in women’s singles, and Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) will then face Holger Rune on the same ground in men’s. . Casper Ruud (8) and Hubert Hurkacz (12) will also face off in men’s singles in about an hour. Andrey Rublev (7) vs Jannik Sinner (11) is another eye-catching game in the men’s draw due to start at 2.30pm UK time.
Marin Cilic (20) against Daniil Medvedev (2) will also be in action tonight, but first Daria Kasatkina (20) has just kicked off against Camila Giorgi (28) on the Suzanne Lenglen court . Let’s do this.