Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev were surprise second-round casualties at the Western & Southern Open, where Andrey Rublev set up a showdown with a seven-time champion.

Tsitsipas was sent packing following a shock defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff, while Zverev was surprisingly upstaged by Miomir Kecmanovic in three sets.

Fellow seed Kei Nishikori also exited the ATP Masters 1000 tournament but Rublev earned a meeting against Roger Federer.

 

STRUFF STRUTS HIS STUFF IN TSITSIPAS UPSET

Tsitsipas was tamed by Germany's Struff, who claimed a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (8-6) victory after two hours, 14 minutes in Cincinnati.

The Greek fifth seed managed to save three match points from 6-3 down in the third-set tie-break, but Struff was not to be denied his fifth win in his past 10 matches against top-10 opposition.

Struff's reward is a last-16 clash against Daniil Medvedev, who beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-2) 6-1.

 

ZVEREV TALLIES 20 DOUBLE FAULTS IN EXIT

World number six Zverev surrendered a lead as he went down 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4 to Kecmanovic.

Zverev struggled after winning the opening set, recording a career-high 20 double faults to fall to 0-5 at the Masters event.

Kecmanovic, who reached his maiden Masters quarter-final in Indian Wells, will play 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a spot in the last eight.

Spaniard Bautista Agut outlasted Frances Tiafoe 6-3 3-6 6-1. Meanwhile, sixth seed Nishikori lost to fellow Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

 

FEDERER AWAITS RUBLEV AFTER WAWRINKA WIN

From one Swiss to another. Russian Rublev dispatched Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 to book a date with Federer.

Rublev saved all five break points against three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka.

The 21-year-old can now look forward to a first meeting with last year's runner-up Federer.

The likes of Karen Khachanov, David Goffin, Alex de Minaur and Richard Gasquet also progressed to the last 16.

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal dug deep to make a winning start at the Rogers Cup, while Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock defeat in Montreal.

Nadal – a four-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament – shook off rust to overcome Dan Evans in straight sets on Wednesday.

The outcome was not as good for fourth seed and last year's runner-up Tsitsipas, who was stunned by Hubert Hurkacz.

Tsitsipas was not the only seed to fall, with Kei Nishikori, Borna Coric, John Isner and Milos Raonic also departing.

 

NADAL ON TRACK FOR RECORD-EXTENDING MASTERS TITLE

World number two Nadal survived to beat Brit Evans 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 en route to the round of 16.

Nadal trailed 5-2 in the first-set tie-break but won six of the final seven points to take control and eventually the match.

Contesting his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, Nadal claimed his 35th Rogers Cup victory and 378th Masters win – tying the Swiss superstar on the all-time leaderboard.

Nadal, who has won a record 34 Masters crowns, will face Guido Pella for a spot in the quarter-finals after the Argentinian beat Radu Albot 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

 

TSITSIPAS OUSTED, CANADIAN PAIR FOLLOW

This time last year Tsitsipas reached the final, however, the 2018 runner-up was a surprise casualty on Wednesday following a 6-4 3-6 6-3 loss to Hurkacz.

Hurkacz saved nine of 10 break points against the world number five, who failed to convert any of his four chances in the third set.

Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Raonic, meanwhile, were sent packing.

Shapovalov was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 by second seed Dominic Thiem and Raonic retired due to a back injury, with countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime benefiting after the match was even at 6-3 3-6.

Thiem will meet 14th seed Marin Cilic, while sixth seed Karen Khachanov awaits Auger-Aliassime after topping Stan Wawrinka.

 

MURRAY'S DOUBLES CAMPAIGN ENDS

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez said goodbye in Montreal, upstaged by Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

A five-match winning streak was ended following a 2-6 6-3 10-8 loss in the second round of the tournament.

Stan Wawrinka had no trouble progressing to the second round of the Rogers Cup, while Canadian duo Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov gave locals plenty to cheer about.

Three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka outclassed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets on day one of the ATP 1000 event in Montreal.

Raonic and Shapovalov also won their opening matches on Monday, but popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bowed out.

 

'STAN THE MAN' TOO GOOD FOR GRIGOR

Swiss veteran Wawrinka showed no signs of rust as he made light work of Dimitrov 6-4 6-4.

Playing for the first time since his second-round exit at Wimbledon, the 34-year-old hit 12 aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points.

"It was a great match. I'm really happy. It's always difficult to play against Grigor, but I think I served really well. I was aggressive on the court. I'm happy with the match and with the atmosphere. It's always amazing to come back to Montreal," Wawrinka said. "I did a lot of practice, I put in a lot of hard work to be at a great level... I'm happy with where I am right now."

Next up for Wawrinka is sixth seed Karen Khachanov.

 

RAONIC, SHAPOVALOV FLY CANADIAN FLAG

It was a good day for Canadian pair Raonic and Shapovalov, who both moved through to the second round.

Former world number three and 2013 runner-up Raonic beat Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4, while Shapovalov snapped a five-match losing streak to defeat Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Raonic – the 17th seed – will face either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Vasek Pospisil for a spot in the third round as Shapovalov prepares to meet world number four Dominic Thiem.

 

TSONGA FALLS IN FIRST ROUND

Tsonga's time in Montreal was brief after the 2014 champion lost 6-2 6-2 to German Jan-Lennard Struff.

The Frenchman was broken four times as he bowed out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

Cameron Norrie rallied past Marton Fucsovics 5-7 6-2 6-3 to set up a showdown with third seed and 2017 winner Alexander Zverev.

Richard Gasquet will take on 2016 runner-up and fifth seed Kei Nishikori after topping fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-2) 6-4, while Gael Monfils survived against Peter Polansky.

Novak Djokovic progressed into round three at Wimbledon, but Kyle Edmund and Stan Wawrinka were both dumped out on Wednesday.

Denis Kudla got the Centre Court crowd on side with some bright play and inventive shots against the defending champion, but Djokovic ultimately made light work of the Ukrainian-born American to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Edmund did not have the same luck earlier on Centre Court, however, as he gave up a two-set lead to lose 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco.

There was a bigger shock on No.2 Court, as Stan Wawrinka succumbed to a surprise defeat to American youngster Reilly Opelka.

Kevin Anderson got the better of Janko Tipsarevic, with teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime - seeded 19th - brushing aside Corentin Moutet, also in four sets.

Tenth-seed Karen Khachanov overcame a poor start to dispatch Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Daniil Medvedev saw off qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Seeds Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire also booked their places in round three.

DJOKOVIC'S TITLE DEFENCE RUNNING SMOOTHLY

World number one Djokovic had four match points against Kudla as the 26-year-old rallied to push the Serbian all the way in the final game.

A stray return into the net finally ended Kudla's resistance, however, and Djokovic was content with another convincing display as he hunts a fifth Wimbledon title.

"I'm pleased with my game overall. There were some moments in the match when I could have done better but it was a solid performance overall," Djokovic said.

"Ambitions are high and I've been fortunate in my career to do so well in grand slams. I have to think only about the next challenge and take things one step at a time."

 

BRITISH NUMBER ONE EDMUND BOWS OUT

Edmund started well on Centre Court, breezing through the first two sets 6-4 6-4, but a knee injury derailed his performance.

And despite playing on after receiving treatment, Edmund could not hold off Verdasco, who fought back to secure victory over three hours and 43 minutes.

"I am a little tired. It's never easy to beat a player like Kyle," Verdasco told BBC Sport after his win. "The match was pretty complicated in the first and second set, and I was just trying to stay in the match and keep fighting, even if things weren't going my way but I was able to come back slowly point after point."

 

WAWRINKA PRAGMATIC AFTER EARLY EXIT

Wawrinka has not been beyond the second round at SW19 since 2015 and the 34-year-old Swiss took his early exit on the chin after Opelka consigned him to a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 loss.

"I never said I was ready to win Wimbledon. I said that was my goal. I come every year with the challenge to play the best I can. I played in the quarter-final twice," said Wawrinka, who has won the other three majors.

"If not, I lost first round, second round. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam. I'm really happy with everything I've achieved all my career by winning three grand slams in the same era of the big four."

Stan Wawrinka became the latest big name to suffer an early exit from Wimbledon as he went down to tournament debutant Reilly Opelka in the second round.

Wawrinka - who has never won Wimbledon and has now failed to reach the third round for four straight years - looked on course for a routine win after fighting back from losing the first set.

But Opelka rallied to clinch a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 victory in three hours and 13 minutes.

World number 19 Wawrinka started Wednesday's encounter on No.2 Court in sluggish fashion, with the American breaking serve in the 11th game.

Opelka could not keep up his form in the next two sets, however, but the 2015 boys' champion broke the Swiss star – seeded at 22 - again to force a fifth set.

And after Opelka held his nerve on serve to edge into a 7-6 lead, the 21-year-old made the most of three match points when Wawrinka sent a weak forehand shot into the net.

Wawrinka joins the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, in slumping out in the opening rounds.

Opelka, meanwhile, will face Robin Haase or Milos Raonic in his next match.

Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the Queen's Club Championships due to a knee injury suffered in his first-round win over Denis Shapovalov.

The 2009 US Open champion spent almost three months out of action with a knee problem before returning in May, but suffered more misfortune in London on Wednesday.

Del Potro slipped in the second set on another rain-affected day of the tournament and although he went on to win 7-5 6-4, the former world number three later pulled out of his first event of the grass-court season less than two weeks before Wimbledon starts.

The luckless Argentine was left with a swollen right knee and is taking no chances after missing so much time in an injury-plagued career.

Feliciano Lopez receives a walkover into the quarter-finals in the absence of Del Potro.

Lopez strongly denied "false accusations" made in reports of an alleged match-fixing scandal at Wimbledon two years ago after he beat Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-4 in his opening match at Queen's - a day before he is due to play doubles with the returning Andy Murray.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was leading Kyle Edmund 6-3 3-3 when play was suspended due to the miserable weather and fading light.

Stan Wawrinka saw off Dan Evans 6-3 6-4, while Milos Raonic, Lucas Pouille, Jeremy Chardy and Aljaz Bedene also advanced a day after play was washed out.

The matches between Nick Kyrgios and Roberto Carballes Baena and Grigor Dimitrov and Felix Auger-Aliassime were postponed for the day.

Stan Wawrinka is convinced his future in tennis is bright after battling back from a major knee problem to reassert himself as a grand slam contender.

At the age of 34, Wawrinka believes his days as a leading player on the ATP Tour can be sustained for some time yet, and he heads to Wimbledon re-energised and full of self-confidence.

There were many who doubted whether Wawrinka would return to the top echelons of the men's game after he struggled through the early months of 2018, looking like a player for whom surgery had taken a major toll.

His improvement has been steady though, to the point where he pushed his fellow Swiss Roger Federer hard over four sets at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

Federer fought his way through two tie-breaks on his way to victory and a place in the French Open semi-finals, where Rafael Nadal awaits, but Wawrinka knew it had been a tight contest that could have gone either way.

Asked whether his run to the second week in Paris showed he was heading back to peak form, Wawrinka said in a media conference: "Yeah, it maybe confirmed to you guys that I can still beat some top guys."

He added: "Today it was a tough match. I lost it against the best player ever to play this sport. I'm more positive than sad or disappointed with the result, because I know everything I have done to come back to that level. I know also how I left here last year when down in the ranking, like, 260 or something. [Next week] I'm going to be back in the top 20.

"I'm happy with that. I think it showed that I have done the right things, and I'm happy to keep working and keep playing some big matches."

Wawrinka can look to 37-year-old Federer as an example of a player who has worked diligently not only on his game but his physicality and health, allowing him to be competitive long after others of his peer group have retired.

"As long as I enjoy doing what I'm doing, as long as I can play well, as long as I can push and see that I can have some shot to beat the top players, I'm probably gonna keep playing," Wawrinka said.

"But how long it's gonna be, I have no idea.

"I'm going to rest a little bit, and then I have to start on grass right away. I plan on playing Stuttgart, Queen's, Wimbledon."

Roger Federer continued his impressive French Open return by overcoming resilient Swiss counterpart Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in a thoroughly entertaining quarter-final on Tuesday.

In a battle between close friends who displayed incredible shot-making throughout, it was 37-year-old Federer, making his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2015, who won the rain-interrupted encounter to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against long-time rival and 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

In the process, the world number three became the oldest man to reach the last four in Paris in the Open era since the 40-year-old Pancho Gonzales in 1968.

Wawrinka, who spent five hours on court in a dramatic win over Stefanos Tsitsipas last time out, beat Federer at this stage en route to claiming the title in 2015, but he could not repeat the feat as his best grand slam display since returning from a pair of left knee operations 22 months ago ended.

The three-time major winner became the first player at Roland Garros this year to take a set off Federer, the 37-year-old converting just two of the 18 break points that came his way.

However, Federer, who came back from a break down in the third set, comfortably finished off the job after a delay of over an hour due to a storm when it was 3-3 in the fourth.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were forced to stop their French Open quarter-final matches as rain hit Paris on Tuesday.

Third seed Federer was leading a thoroughly entertaining match against Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 3-3, while Nadal was 6-1 6-1 4-2 up against Kei Nishikori when a storm rolled in at Roland Garros.

The storm had been forecast to hit the French capital earlier in the day, but its eventual arrival led to the covers being pulled out on the show courts.

Federer and Wawrinka decided to leave the court amid light drizzle and severe gloominess.

Johanna Konta had already booked her place in the semi-finals by defeating Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4, while Petra Martic and Marketa Vondrousova were due on Court Suzanne-Lenglen after Federer's clash with Wawrinka.

Stan Wawrinka came through an epic five-set battle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had a much easier path into the French Open quarter-finals.

Wawrinka and Tsitsipas both had to finish their third-round matches on Saturday and it was the Swiss who ran out a 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 winner on Court Suzanne-Lenglen a day later.

Their five-hour-and-nine-minute clash meant Kei Nishikori led Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 when bad light stopped play.

Earlier on Sunday, Federer coasted past Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-3, while 11-time champion Rafael Nadal got past Juan Ignacio Londero by the same scoreline.

With Nishikori and Paire unable to finish, Nadal will have to wait to discover his quarter-final opponent.

 

STAN SINKS TSITSIPAS

Wawrinka beat Grigor Dimitrov in three tie-breaks and he made it four in a row after saving a set point in the opener against Tsitsipas.

The Greek required six chances to restore parity and he forced a decider when the 24th seed dropped his serve immediately after cancelling out an early break in the fourth.

Wawrinka staved off eight break points in the fifth set - and 22 across the entire match - before somehow clipping the chalk with a running backhand down the line, which was upheld after the umpire got out of his chair.

Asked to describe the experience a disconsolate Tsitsipas said: "It's the worst feeling ever. Especially when you lose. You don't want to be in my place."

 

FEDERER TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE

By beating Tsitsipas, Wawrinka set up a repeat of his quarter-final against Federer at Roland Garros in 2015. Wawrinka won in straight sets that time around, and the 20-time major winner hopes lightning does not strike twice.

"I'm just happy for the guy that he's back after his knee problems. They were severe, and that's why I think he's really happy he got sort of a second life on tour, because I think for a while there he wasn't sure if he was ever going to come back again," said Federer after a comfortable win over Mayer.

"It's nice to see him pain-free and playing well. I hope he's not at the level of '15, but we'll find out, because there he was crushing the ball. It was unbelievable."

 

LONDERO 'A CHAMPION' FOR TAKING ON NADAL

It was less than four months ago that Londero claimed his first title on the ATP Tour, and that was only his fourth appearance in the main draw at that level.

The 25-year-old world number 78 played with plenty of courage on Sunday but was nowhere near as clinical as Nadal, who the grand slam debutant was simply proud to have gone toe-to-toe with.

"I feel sort of like a champion, because on such a large court I played very well against Nadal," said Londero.

"I felt that I was going to be more nervous, but in the end, it was not the case. So I'm very happy because I played very well."

Novak Djokovic was made to work harder than he expected for a straight-sets victory over Salvatore Caruso, with Jan-Lennard Struff awaiting in round four of the French Open after outlasting Borna Coric.

Top seed Djokovic triumphed 6-3 6-3 6-2 against qualifier Caruso but was made to sweat on the hottest day at Roland Garros this year. The Serbian will face Struff after the unseeded German dug in to down Coric 4-6 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 11-9.

Last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem came through a testing encounter against fellow clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5, but the going was easier for Gael Monfils and Karen Khachanov, who beat Antoine Hoang 6-3 6-2 6-3 and Martin Klizan 6-1 6-4 6-3 respectively.

Despite an injury scare while beating Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets last time out, Juan Martin del Potro sealed a 6-4 6-4 6-0 victory over Jordan Thompson.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka triumphed in matches held over from Wednesday, while Alexander Zverev once more required all five sets to advance.

 

"I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED"

Djokovic acknowledged that Caruso caused him problems during the first half of their match and he had to change his approach and up his game in order to close it out in three sets.

"Caruso was very motivated. I thought he stepped into the court having a clear game plan, attacking the ball from both forehand and backhand. He was hitting backhand very, very good, very solid," said Djokovic.

"He actually pleasantly surprised me with his game. I had to change my tactics quite a bit throughout the match. I think midway through the match I kind of stepped it up a little bit. I feel like I took my game to a different level, which then resulted with easier third set.

"It was a straight-set win, but it was tougher than the score indicated."

 

TSITSIPAS EDGES THROUGH

Tsitsipas had just reeled off three games in succession to draw level in the third set, having won the first two, when bad light forced his match against Filip Krajinovic to be suspended.

Krajinovic made the most of that reprieve by winning a tie-break to force another set, in which Tsitsipas twice had to fight from a break down to take it ot another breaker.

The Greek sixth seed then had to save a set point before finally getting over the line. He still managed to get off court before his next opponent Wawrinka, who failed to serve out the third set and had to save five set points before getting over the line in a tie-break against Grigor Dimitrov.

It was Wawrinka's 500th career win and means he has now beaten Dimitrov at every single grand slam.

 

OLD HABITS DIE HARD FOR ZVEREV

After playing three straight five-set matches before his quarter-final exit at Roland Garros last year, Zverev kicked off his bid for a French Open title this year with yet another against John Millman.

Getting past Mikael Ymer in three in round two seemed to suggest his progress was going to be more serene, but once again he was taken the distance by Dusan Lajovic - as he was in 2018.

The fifth seed has another tough opponent in the last 16 in the shape of Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini, who ousted Roberto Bautista Agut to move one match away from a second grand slam quarter-final appearance.

Rafael Nadal dropped a set at the French Open on Friday, but Roger Federer got the job done in three against Casper Ruud.

Goffin joined Diego Schwartzman to become just the second man to avoid a straight-sets loss to Nadal at Roland Garros in the four most recent additions of the tournament, though the Spaniard still triumphed 6-1 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Grand slam main-draw debutant Juan Ignacio Londero will be the next up for the 'King of Clay' after overcoming Corentin Moutet 2-6 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-4 and his fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer booked a meeting with Federer by beating Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Kei Nishikori added to his remarkable record in deciding sets, while Martin Klizan also had to go the distance to eliminate home hope Lucas Pouille in a match held over from Thursday.

Bad light meant Stefanos Tsitsipas' match against Filip Krajinovic, as well as the clash between Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka, had to be halted before reaching a conclusion, meaning they will have to return to the court on Saturday.


NADAL WARY OF LONDERO

Londero won his first ATP Tour title as a wildcard in Cordoba in February – it was just fourth tournament at that level.

He is the first man to reach the last 16 on his grand slam debut since Goffin at Roland Garros in 2012, and Nadal knows better than to take the challenge lightly.

"Well, he plays very well right now. I think it's going to be a very difficult match, demanding, but I'm prepared to fight at a very high level," said the defending champion.

 

FEDERER TIPS RUUD FOR SUCCESS

When Federer made his grand slam debut at the French Open in 1999, Ruud's father and coach Christian was also in the main draw.

The 20-year-old performed respectably on Court Suzanne-Lenglen and Federer is confident a promising future awaits the Norwegian prospect.

"I like a lot in his game. Today I saw the clay-courter. But I'm sure he's also got the hard-court game in him, and I think he's going to be obviously easy top 50, top 20, hopefully soon," said the third seed.

"From then on, anything is possible at some stage once you get in the top 20."

 

NISHIKORI THE FINAL-SET KING

Seventh seed Nishikori looked to be heading for an upset when he went two breaks down at the start of the fifth set against Laslo Djere.

However, the Japanese rallied from behind to triumph in four hours and 26 minutes to improve his Open Era-record for the best winning percentage (74.4) in deciding sets, moving to 131-45 when pushed the distance.

Nishikori will encounter a fresher-than-expected Benoit Paire in round four after Pablo Carreno Busta retired from his match against the Frenchman due to a thigh problem.

Grigor Dimitrov won a five-set battle with Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka came to a young fan's rescue at the French Open, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer cruised into the third round on Wednesday.

Dimitrov has tumbled down to 46th in the rankings, but the Bulgarian is through to round three at Roland Garros after a 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 defeat of 11th seed Cilic.

Wawrinka will face Dimitrov after hammering Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0 and then protecting a young boy as fans swarmed to get his autograph.

Nadal, the 11-time champion in Paris, dispatched Yannick Maden 6-1 6-2 6-4, while Federer cruised past Oscar Otte 6-4 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Kei Nishikori were among the other winners, while Benoit Paire took the final set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert 11-9 in a marathon all-French encounter.

 

DIMITROV BACK IN BUSINESS

Dimitrov needed four hours and 24 minutes to see off Cilic and was on a high after hitting 60 winners in an epic contest on the new Court Simonne-Mathieu.

He said: "Every win that I have now, I appreciate it. I don't really think of who I'm playing against. I just want to have those wins. It was a very, very important match to me, without a doubt.

"Clearly I have struggled the past two, three months. The shoulder hasn't been great."

 

STAN PROVES HE IS THE  MAN

Wawrinka showed his class not only with his racket but also by carrying a boy and helping to find his father as fans desperately tried to get his signature.

The Swiss said: "People were pushing too much, and he started to cry because he had some pain.

"I took him out of that mess a little bit, and he was in pain and sad. So for sure, I tried to make him feel better, give him a towel, and try to find his dad."

 

I PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT HIS FATHER - FEDERER

Talking of parents, Federer's next opponent will be Casper Ruud - the 20-year-old son of former ATP Tour player Christian Ruud - in the next round. 

"I know probably more about his dad than about him. Even though I never played him, the father." said the 20-time grand slam champion.

"I know that he's improved a lot, you know, in recent years, and I think he plays very well on the clay. Again, I haven't seen him play a whole lot. But for any 20-year-old to be on the big stage, playing a top guy, on a centre court, that's what you dream of, at least I did.

"When you're growing up and thinking to be a professional tennis player, it's not so much about actually playing a certain player, it's about playing on a certain court. He's going to get that either on Lenglen or Chatrier for the next match."

Two-time Geneva Open champion Stan Wawrinka was upset in the last 16 on Wednesday, while 2018 winner Marton Fucsovics also came unstuck.

Swiss star Wawrinka won in both 2016 and 2017 before losing to eventual champion Fucsovics in the quarter-finals last time out.

But the duo suffered an earlier exit this year as second seed Wawrinka was stunned by Damir Dzumhur and Fucsovics, seeded fourth, fell well short against Federico Delbonis.

Wawrinka won the opening set against Dzumhur before going down 3-6 6-3 6-4, with the Bosnian now set to face Radu Albot.

Elsewhere in the draw, third seed Cristian Garin lost in three sets to Taro Daniel.

The favourites fared much better in Lyon, where Nikoloz Basilashvili, Roberto Bautista Agut and Denis Shapovalov all advanced.

Although Richard Gasquet retired, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Benoit Paire at least ensured there was some French representation in the last eight.

Tsonga was taken the distance in a 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 win over Steven Diez, while Paire enjoyed a much more straightforward 6-4 6-3 triumph over Pablo Cuevas.

Dominic Thiem again showcased his proclivity for upsets on the clay with victory over Roger Federer at the Madrid Open, but will face a rested Novak Djokovic in the last four.

Thiem beat Rafael Nadal en route to winning the Barcelona Open last month and produced a hugely impressive fightback to see off Federer in three sets on Friday.

Runner-up in 2017 and 2018, Thiem will have to overcome Djokovic to reach a third successive final at Caja Magica, the world number one having the benefit of a walkover after Marin Cilic withdrew due to food poisoning.

As for Nadal, he progressed to his 70th Masters 1000 semi-final by crushing Stan Wawrinka and will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek ended the reign of defending champion Alexander Zverev with a three-set victory.

THIEM'S TERRIFIC TURNAROUND

Having been outclassed in the first set, Thiem faced two match points in a second-set tie-break with Federer.

However, he saved both to win an enthralling shoot-out and subsequently prevailed in a decisive set in which the Swiss great noticeably ran out of steam, Thiem winning 3-6 7-6 (13-11) 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes.

Thiem beat Djokovic at Monte Carlo last year and at the 2017 French Open but knows he will be facing a very different animal this year, with the world number one having claimed titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open since their last meeting.

"The test today was huge, and tomorrow is a different game, of course," said Thiem. "But I was playing Novak last year, and two years ago, and he was not at his best.

"Now he is again. He's won the last three grand slams and he is at the top of the ATP Ranking again. So, the challenge couldn't be bigger… I'll try to keep up my good momentum which I have now and give my best again."


TSITSIPAS FEELS CAPABLE OF MIRACLES

Tsitsipas claimed a second successive win over Zverev, coming through 7-5 3-6 6-2, but history is not on his side going into his clash with Nadal.

The 20-year-old is 0-3 against the King of Clay, although he believes anything is possible when he is in this vein of form.

"I'm really happy and satisfied with my performance. I think I deserved the match at the end. I was playing really well, feeling really comfortable on the court," Tsitsipas said. 

"When you feel like this, you can do miracles."

RUTHLESS RAFA STORMS THROUGH

Nadal was in no mood to hang around as he dispatched Wawrinka in a repeat of the 2013 final

He needed just 69 minutes to claim a 6-1 6-2 victory, progressing through to his 11th semi-final in the Spanish capital.

And he knows the same will be required to fend off Tsitsipas.

"It was a great performance," Nadal said. "I'm happy, it was an important moment for me and I'm really happy to be through this way.

"It's going to be a tough one [against Tsitsipas], I hope to be ready for it. I'll need to play my best."

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