Sofia Kenin will face Iga Swiatek in her first French Open final after a magnificent straight-sets victory over Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova had not dropped a set in five matches at Roland Garros, but a composed Kenin shattered the seventh seed's hopes of ending a six-year grand slam drought with a hugely impressive 6-4 7-5 win.

Kenin, 21, gave an incredible exhibition of athleticism, skill and steely determination to set up a showdown with unseeded Polish teenager Swiatek in Paris on Saturday.

The Australian Open champion saved 10 break points and Kvitova paid the price for making 31 unforced errors on a windy Court Philippe-Chatrier as the American stayed in the hunt for a second major title of the year.

Sprightly fourth seed Kenin took the upper hand when she broke in the third game, Kvitova looping a forehand beyond the baseline at full stretch and she led 4-1 as the left-hander's errors mounted.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova broke for the first time in the next game, but Kenin got herself out of a hole to hold for a 5-3 lead after saving a break point.

The Moscow-born youngster, whose backhand was a potent weapon, served out the set from 0-30 down with assistance from more wayward Kvitova groundstrokes and incredible defence.

A resolute Kenin hung in there to level at 2-2 in the second set, fizzing a sublime cross-court winner under pressure, after fending off another break point.

Kenin broke in the next game after showing her range of strokes, including an exquisite drop shot return, and strength of mind, which was required in abundance again when she saved another four break points in a marathon game prior to going 4-2 up.

A nervy Kenin was broken when she had a first opportunity to serve out the match but secured her place in a second grand slam final after Kvitova failed to hold.

 

Data slam: Relentless Kenin capitalises on error-strewn Kvitova display

A relentless Kenin's gameplan worked almost to perfection, returning superbly and taking a more measured approach that worked a treat as Kvitova tried to power her way into a first French Open final.

There were 12 unforced errors from the racket of Kvitova in the opening set and another 19 in the second. Kenin showed great clarity of thought and mixed up her approach superbly, demonstrating great anticipation and speed around the court as her Czech opponent had a bad day at the office in testing conditions.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Kenin – 23/20
Kvitova – 28/31

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Kenin – 3/3
Kvitova – 2/1

BREAK POINTS WON
Kenin – 4/5
Kvitova – 2/12

Teenager Iga Swiatek stormed into a maiden grand slam final by defeating Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 at the French Open on Thursday.

Swiatek, 19, had not previously made it beyond round four at a major but became the first Polish woman in the Open Era to reach the Roland Garros showpiece by dismantling Podoroska in 70 minutes.

The world number 54, who is also in the semi-finals of the women's doubles, maintained her record of not dropping a set in the tournament and will take on Sofia Kenin or Petra Kvitova for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.

Podoroska, ranked 131st in the world, fell short in her bid to become the first qualifier to reach a grand slam final in the Open era as Swiatek simply proved too good on a windy Court Philippe-Chatrier.

"I wanted to play this match as if it was the first round because I didn't want the stress of thinking I was in the semi-final," Swiatek said in a post-match interview.

"I feel really lucky that I'm feeling good and nothing hurts me. I hope I'm going to play a great doubles match tomorrow and singles in two days."

Swiatek came out firing and her powerful forehand proved too much for Podoroska, who dropped her opening service game and was soon 3-0 down.

The Argentinian managed to stop Swiatek running away with it but a wide forehand saw her pass up an opportunity to get the contest back on serve in game five.

Podoroska was unable to hold serve to stay in the set, with the 19-year-old applying too much pressure and wrapping it up after 36 minutes.

It was the same story at the start of the second, with Swiatek sending a forehand down the line to move a break up in Podoroska's first service game.

An excellent lob from the net preceded a long forehand from Podoroska as Swiatek moved a double break up, but the 23-year-old dug in and immediately took one back.

It was just delaying the inevitable, though, as Swiatek became the seventh unseeded player to reach the Roland Garros final in the Open Era.

 

Data slam: Swiatek too hot to handle

Swiatek led the tournament in points won on second serve (60/97 or 62 per cent) heading into the match and she maintained that form against Podoroska. She won 16 of the 24 points behind her second serve (67 per cent) to limit her opponent's opportunities to make in-roads. Podoroska was completely smothered, as evidence by the fact she won just 34 total points to Swiatek's 61.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Swiatek – 23/20
Podoroska – 6/20

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Swiatek – 0/0
Podoroska – 0/0

BREAK POINTS WON

Swiatek – 5/9
Podoroska – 1/5

Novak Djokovic was wary of revealing the full extent of his neck and shoulder injuries ahead of a French Open semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World number one Djokovic reached the last four at Roland Garros on Wednesday after recovering from a set down to beat Pablo Carreno-Busta 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4.

Djokovic was clearly hampered by fitness concerns, however, wearing tape on his neck, repeatedly stretching out his left arm and then receiving treatment in Paris midweek.

"I definitely didn't feel great coming into the court today. A few things happened in the warm-up," Djokovic explained afterwards.

"I had to deal with those physical issues coming onto the court. As the match went on, I felt better and didn't feel as much pain."

The Australian Open champion was pressed for further detail but, with his title tilt continuing, additional information remained scarce.

"I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues. I'll just say that," he said. "I don't want to get really too much into it.

"Obviously I'm still in the tournament, so I don't want to reveal too much.

"I'm feeling okay. I think as the match progressed, I warmed up by body and the pain kind of faded away. It allowed me to play better and better and feel better."

Victory was particularly sweet as it came against Carreno-Busta, Djokovic's opponent when he was defaulted from the US Open last month for striking a line judge with the ball.

It was put to the 33-year-old Serbian that match – his only defeat in 2020 – might have contributed to the slow start against Carreno-Busta, but he insisted the injuries were the sole cause.

"No, no, it wasn't that at all. It was something else," Djokovic said. "I actually just mentioned what was the issue. I had to deal with that.

"I told you guys many times I'm over it. I'm not thinking about it at all. I mean, zero per cent."

Novak Djokovic exorcised some of his Flushing Meadows demons by coming from a set down to beat Pablo Carreno-Busta in four sets in the French Open quarter-finals.

Carreno-Busta was Djokovic's fourth-round opponent at the US Open last month when the world number one was defaulted for striking a ball that inadvertently hit a line judge.

It looked like the Spaniard might find a way past the Serbian again at Roland Garros as he took the first set, with Djokovic clearly troubled by an apparent injury to his neck and upper left arm.

However, he fought through that and triumphed 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 in three hours and 10 minutes to set up a last-four showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas, which will be Djokovic's 38th grand slam semi-final.

It was clear something was not right with Djokovic early on given that, as well as wearing tape on his neck, he continued to stretch and hit his left arm while struggling to make first serves.

Carreno-Busta forged ahead for the first time when Djokovic netted a forehand on serve and, though the Serbian would hit back to make it 4-4, the Spaniard claimed a second break before serving out the opener.

Djokovic received treatment on his left triceps between sets and that seemed to have the desired effect as he levelled up the match with an authoritative forehand that saw him break to love.

The previously subdued world number one had rediscovered his mojo and reeled off three straight games to seize the initiative in the third set, only for Carreno-Busta to fight back and then miss a forehand winner that would have put him a break up.

It was Djokovic who stepped up when it mattered, too, an ace dispatched down the middle putting him one set from victory.

A tireless Carreno-Busta then miscued at the net on serve to give a 4-3 advantage to Djokovic, who staved off three break points before converting his first match point.

 

Data slam: Djokovic overcomes injury issues

Whatever was bothering Djokovic was clearly evident in the opener when he managed to make just 40 per cent of his 30 serves, compared to Carreno-Busta's 65 per cent. However, Djokovic soon found his groove - as epitomised by his first-serve percentage of 70 per cent in the next set. 

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Djokovic: 53/41
Carreno-Busta: 42/29

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Djokovic: 2/5
Carreno-Busta: 3/3

BREAK POINTS WON

Djokovic: 6/13
Carreno-Busta: 3/13  

Stefanos Tsitsipas made a statement of intent by propelling himself into the French Open semi-finals with a straight-sets dispatching of Andrey Rublev.

World number six Tsitsipas, who will face top seed Novak Djokovic or Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday, made light work of his Russian opponent, taking just under two hours to win 7-5 6-2 6-3. 

It puts the Greek – the first player from his nation to make it this far in Paris – into his second career grand slam semi-final, following his run to the last four in the Australian Open in 2019.

The 22-year-old, who claimed 43 points on his first serve, won 16 of the final 21 games to thwart any comeback hopes for Rublev.

"I have been feeling really comfortable playing on this court," Tsitsipas told a limited number of spectators on Court Philippe-Chatrier after his triumph. "Despite not having a good start and being a break down, I remembered what a big fighter I am. It's about fighting and trying to find solutions in difficult moments."

Tsitsipas conceded the first break in an intense opener, with Rublev striking to go 3-2 up, but the 13th seed could not hold his nerve when serving for the set and an overhit forehand handed the ATP Finals champion a reprieve.

Another sloppy Rublev forehand gifted Tsitsipas the first set, and several unforced errors from the Russian followed in the second as the fifth seed upped the pressure.

A wonderful drop-shot gave Tsitsipas a first match point on Rublev's serve, though he failed to convert it.

Yet victory was assured in the next game, with Tsitsipas rounding off a supreme display with a clinical forehand volley.

Data Slam: Tsitsipas on a roll at Roland Garros

After dropping his first two in this year's tournament, against Jaume Munar in round one, Tsitsipas has now won 15 successive sets at Roland Garros, and he will now attempt to become the first man from Greece to reach a grand slam final.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Rublev – 25/23
Tsitsipas – 35/17

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Rublev – 7/0
Tsitsipas – 7/2

BREAK POINTS WON

Rublev – 1/3
Tsitsipas – 5/8

Sofia Kenin reached the French Open semi-finals with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over an inconsistent Danielle Collins on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday.

Fourth seed Kenin, contesting her maiden clay-court quarter-final at WTA level, beat fellow American Collins for the first time to set up a meeting with Petra Kvitova.

The Australian Open champion did not have to defend a single break point as she took the opening set, but her opponent belatedly showed some fire to take the match the distance.

Kenin, 21, demonstrated great maturity to counter a renewed push from Collins and reach the last four in Paris.

Collins, who negotiated a tough fourth-round match with Ons Jabeur on Tuesday amid a rain-affected schedule, displayed some rash decision-making in the opening set but produced a backhand winner to deny Kenin on her first break point.

However, in game five the unseeded 26-year-old followed up a pair of unforced errors with a double fault to hand Kenin the lead.

A pair of excellent groundstrokes saw the world number six stave off two break points and Collins reacted by ordering her coach Nicolas Almagro to move, saying: "Sit in a different spot, I'm distracted. Go and sit over there."

Kenin then moved a set and a break up but Collins became increasingly vocal after getting the contest straight back on serve, and a wayward backhand slice from the former forced a decider.

Another double fault to drop serve in the opener of the third quashed the momentum Collins had gained, with Kenin quickly raising her intensity to surge 4-0 up.

Collins took a medical time-out after appearing to struggle with a muscular issue in her midriff and Kenin showed no mercy as she stormed to victory.

Data slam: Kenin punishes Collins serve

The injury Collins was carrying appeared to significantly hinder her in service games. Only 57 per cent of her first serves landed in and she won just 13 of 36 points behind her second serve, while her eight double faults also proved costly. Collins' all-or-nothing approach did not pay off, as her unforced errors outnumbered her winners by 12.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Kenin – 38/26
Collins – 22/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Kenin – 1/4
Collins – 2/8

BREAK POINTS WON
Kenin – 5/9
Collins – 2/8

Petra Kvitova overcame the challenge of Laura Siegemund to ease into her first French Open semi-final for eight years.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is back in the last four at Roland-Garros for the first time since 2012 after recording a 6-3 6-3 victory on Wednesday.

Kvitova did not have to defend a break point in a comfortable first set and then came out on top of a more competitive second to beat the world number 66 in 80 minutes.

The winner of an all-American clash between Danielle Collins and Sofia Kenin will meet Kvitova in the last four.

A solitary break was enough to settle the first set, Kvitova claiming that in the fourth game when her German opponent sent a backhand long and wrapping up the opener in just 32 minutes with a forehand winner down the line.

Kvitova quickly racked up three break points in first game of second set and struck when Siegemund, who was playing in the second week of a grand slam for the first time, sent a drop shot into the net.

Siegemund did not fold from there, though, forcing four break points and taking the last of those to level matters at 2-2.

Kvitova made an instant response as Siegemund received a time violation and then took a medical timeout, only for the Czech to be broken for a second straight game in a stark contrast to the opening set, which produced just one break point in total.

She moved decisively in front when a volleyed winner secured her third break of the set at 4-3, from which Kvitova held serve and then duly broke again as a double fault ended Siegemund's challenge and sent the seventh seed through.

 

Rafael Nadal insists playing aggressively is ‘the only way’ to thrive in a unique French Open environment following his quarter-final win over unseeded Jannik Sinner.

The 12-time Roland Garros champion admits the importance of adapting to the heavier balls and colder conditions during October in Paris.

The Spaniard booked a semi-final clash against Argentine 12th seed Diego Schwarztman with a straight sets win over Sinner but Nadal’s 98th victory in 100 French Open matches was far from straightforward.

The 34-year-old recovered from a break down in both the first and second sets to claim a 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 triumph against the 19-year-old Italian.

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record-equalling 20th grand slam title remained on track but the defending French Open champion was pushed hard at times by teenager Jannik Sinner in a late-night quarter-final.

The 12-time French Open champion had dropped only 23 games through four matches at Roland Garros, but the Spaniard was given his sternest test yet by the unseeded Italian in a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-1 victory.

The 19-year-old Sinner was serving to take the opening set after breaking Nadal’s serve to go 6-5 up, until the three-time defending champion earned his first break points to come back from the brink and level up.

Nadal powered through the tie-break to take the first set in an hour and 17 minutes, but world number 75 Sinner regained his composure as the clock ticked past midnight local time during the second set.

Sinner claimed the second of two break points to force a 3-1 lead, but once again the Italian could not consolidate as Nadal hit straight back and then edged 5-4 ahead before serving out the set.

This was the first time the highly rated Sinner has gone beyond the second round of a major, and the contest began to slip away when Nadal, playing his 100th French Open encounter, broke in the opening game of the third set.

Sinner became the first debutant to advance to the men's quarter-finals at Roland Garros since his opponent in 2005, but his journey would end as Nadal controlled the final set to claim victory at 1:28am local time.

Following his 98th win at Roland Garros, Nadal advances to face Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals, with Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 major titles firmly in sight.

Data slam: Patience pays off for Nadal

Nadal has not lost a single set yet at Roland Garros in 2020 but this was hardly straightforward. Sinner became the first player to take five games off Nadal in an opening set at Roland Garros since his next opponent, Schwartzman, did back in 2018, and it took six games before Nadal was able to earn his first break point.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Sinner - 31/44
Nadal - 37/33

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Sinner - 2/3
Nadal - 0/1

BREAK POINTS WON
Sinner - 2/7
Nadal - 6/8

Teenager Iga Swiatek continued her dream run at Roland Garros as a dominant straight-sets win over Martina Trevisan moved her into the semi-finals.

Swiatek recovered from a slow start that saw her lose serve in the opening game to dictate the contest, wrapping up a 6-3 6-1 victory in an hour and 18 minutes.

The Polish player had reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in her career with a stunning demolition of two-time major champion Simona Halep in the previous round.

Trevisan, seven years the 19-year-old Swiatek's senior, was also making her debut in the last eight of a slam, having come through qualifying and then defeated Camila Giorgi, Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Kiki Bertens to reach this stage.

As Trevisan's dream ended, Swiatek progressed to a clash with another qualifier for a place in the final, with Argentina's Nadia Podoroska having stunned third seed Elina Svitolina earlier on Tuesday.

Trevisan began brightly and saved a break-back point in the second game. When she held to love for a 3-1 lead, the Italian looked primed to take the opening set.

But Swiatek continued to apply the pressure and it told in the form of successive breaks, sandwiched by a hold to love.

She staved off two break points to serve out the set as Trevisan sent an errant forehand into the tramlines.

Swiatek raced into a 3-0 lead to start the second; and, though her run of eight straight games was ended by Trevisan, it proved only a brief interruption of her momentum.

The movement, ingenuity and defence of Swiatek was too much for Trevisan as she moved a win away from becoming Poland's first grand slam singles finalist since Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon in 2012.

Dominic Thiem admitted fatigue had left him "over the limit" of his own endurance as he lost an epic French Open quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman.

The US Open champion was beaten 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after five hours and eight minutes of exhausting tennis on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Thiem has struggled with injury concerns and a more general physical weariness in Paris but produced a remarkable level of resistance against the inspired Schwartzman, who has reached his first grand slam semi-final.

However, after the Argentine snatched the fourth set during a fiercely fought tie-break, he assumed control of the decider to record perhaps the biggest win of his career.

Thiem accepted he was physically unable to compete in the fifth set but could not complain about the result or his performance level at Roland Garros.

"To be honest, I was over the limit today," he said. "But if I would have won, I mean, Diego in that case, he has two days off now. Maybe I would have recovered [for the semi-finals]. Even though I'm physically and mentally on the edge, you never know in a slam.

"But, well, at the end I gave everything I had out there. It was an amazing match. I think [it was] the first in my career over five hours. Diego fully deserves it.

"I was doing quite well. Also today, I still could play at quite a high level for more than five hours. But, I mean, he was keeping it up until the end. He was probably a little bit fresher than me in the fifth set, so that's why he won.

"In general, I mean, I'm not sad with my performance here in Roland Garros. I mean, it was pretty short time with the long trip home, jet lag, and everything. Then, of course, the first slam, which is a special thing. Come here, play in pretty brutal conditions, I would say. I cannot say it was a bad tournament, I'm pretty happy about it."

Schwartzman had three set points on serve in the fourth but Thiem was able to force the breaker thanks in part to an astonishing running forehand winner.

Once his opponent and good friend had levelled the contest, however, he felt the match was out of his hands.

"I came back unbelievable in the fourth set," he said. "When he served for it at 5-4, 40-Love, I played this down-the-line winner. The match was basically all the time on the edge for both
of us. Tiebreak at 5-5 he played a great point. With that in the bag, I think he had a little advantage in the fifth set.

"I think if I would have wanted to win that match, I should have done it in four. In the fifth set, he was just a little bit more fresh and better than me.

"I'm super disappointed that I lost, that I didn't make the semis this year. But at the same time I'm happy for him. He really deserves it. It's an amazing achievement by him to break into the top 10 for the first time in the career.

"Maybe to lose against a friend hurts a little bit less, yeah."

Speaking on court after his win, Schwartzman said: "Dominic is one of the best players right now in the world. We are friends. I have a lot of respect for him and that's why this match is very, very important for me.

"This is the third time I've played five sets here and I think at the end of this night I deserve to win.

"In the second set and third set I was out of my mind. I was crazy, screaming, talking to my coach. My coach was saying 'play tennis, nothing else'.

"I was so nervous because I saw a chance today and didn't take it in the second or the third. But I'm very happy."

Diego Schwartzman emerged triumphant from an extraordinary five-set French Open battle with Dominic Thiem to reach the first grand slam semi-final of his career.

After an epic, back-and-forth match lasting five hours and eight minutes, Schwartzman savoured a 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win - one of the most memorable victories in his career.

Schwartzman, a finalist in Rome last month, came into the match having not dropped a set in Paris, while US Open champion Thiem had been taken the distance by French youngster Hugo Gaston on Sunday.

The Argentinian drew first blood but Thiem levelled the contest and then saved a set point in the third before moving 2-1 ahead.

An early break in the fourth appeared to have Thiem on course for victory but Schwartzman was able to force a dramatic decider.

The fifth was the most one-sided set of the match, Schwartzman breaking a run of holds with a crucial break of serve in the sixth game, and victory was his when a weary Thiem netted a drop shot.

Schwartzman will face 12-time champion Rafael Nadal or Jannik Sinner, who were scheduled to play later on Tuesday.

A gruelling first set lasting over an hour was a sign of things to come.

An astonishing ninth game in the second set lasted almost 16 minutes as Thiem could not convert six break points, but he was finally able to strike in his next game returning serve and then held to take the set as Schwartzman found the net with a backhand.

The tension was palpable in an unbelievable third set that saw both players broken four times. Thiem led 5-1 and 6-4 in the breaker and could not convert his first two set points, before rallying to win two straight points and move in front, sealing it with a smash.

Another overhead saw Thiem break first in the fourth set but, just as it looked like the match had taken a decisive turn, Schwartzman struck straight back.

Schwartzman built leads of 4-2 and 5-3 but saw three set points go begging as he tried to serve it out at 5-4, Thiem sending a stunning forehand winner on the run down the line to make it 5-5.

Thiem, apparently desperate to avoid another five-setter, let rip with aggressive groundstrokes, but when the fourth set went the way of Schwartzman, the South American became favourite.

Breaking Thiem to love to lead 4-2 in that decider put Schwartzman in sight of the winning line, which he soon reached, the pair stopping to chat at the net at the end of the contest, each appreciative of the other's efforts in a remarkable battle.

Nadia Podoroska caused an almighty upset to beat third seed Elina Svitolina and make history by booking a spot in the French Open semi-finals thanks to a 6-2 6-4 triumph.

The Argentine had never played a grand slam match prior to this tournament and was facing a top-20 opponent – the highest-ranked player left in the top half of the draw – for the first time in her career.

But in an immense debut on Court Philippe Chatrier, Podoroska – ranked 131st in the world – outfought Svitolina, who held serve only once against her unfancied opponent.

Podoroska is consequently the first women's qualifier to ever reach the French Open semis and her brave display is rewarded in the shape of a last-four dance with either Iga Swiatek or Martina Trevisan.

After the match, she said: "Well it's a little bit difficult speaking now after the match my English is not so good, thank you so much everybody for your support – I'm very,very happy."

Podoroska's nerves perhaps betrayed her when dropping serve in the first game but from there the Argentine's aggression on the forehand, which helped towards 17 first-set winners, coupled with Svitolina's serving woes, saw her reel off five straight games.

Even a rare blip was followed by a break to love to clinch the opening set and it was not until Svitolina's first service game of the second that the Ukrainian was able to hold.

There were six consecutive breaks from that point as Svitolina failed to consolidate against a gutsy opponent, who crucially held for a 5-4 lead.

Svitolina saved two match points, the second at the end of a mammoth 27-shot rally, but the third time proved a charm for a euphoric Podoroska.


Data slam: Svitolina struggles on serve

Take nothing away from Podoroska, who was fully deserving of her historic win, but Svitolina paid the price for poor serving. She won only 33 per cent of points on first serve and 40 on second, affording her opponent far too many opportunities. Podoroska hit 30 unforced errors, yet her willingness to take on shots also produced 30 winners.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Svitolina - 8/22
Podoroska - 30/30

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Svitolina - 1/1
Podoroska - 1/1

BREAK POINTS WON
Svitolina - 5/10
Podoroska - 8/13

Novak Djokovic had few scares in his fourth-round win over Karen Khachanov at the French Open, though there was one "awkward situation" that left him with a sense of deja vu.

Djokovic eased into his 14th Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-4 6-3 6-3 win on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday.

An entertaining but largely uneventful encounter was marked by a moment of drama as Djokovic accidentally hit a line judge with an errant shot.

The world number one, defaulted from the US Open for striking a line judge with a ball after dropping serve at Flushing Meadows, was in no danger of disqualification this time around, though Djokovic conceded the moment left him briefly feeling uneasy.

He will meet Pablo Carreno Busta in a rematch of that US Open clash following the Spaniard's 6-2 7-5 6-2 win over Daniel Altmaier.

Meanwhile there were wins for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.


DEJA VU FOR DJOKOVIC

Djokovic skipped his press commitments in the wake of his infamous incident at Flushing Meadows.

However, he was more than happy to face the media after history repeated itself in more innocuous fashion, and he praised the line judge in question for their response to the accident.

"My gosh, it was very awkward deja vu," Djokovic said. "I'm actually trying to find the lines person and see if he's okay because I saw he had a little bit of a bruise, like redness, in that place in the head where the ball hit him. 

"I hope he's fine. I mean, he definitely dealt with it in a very strong and brave way. But it was a hit because I was very close.

"Obviously because of what happened in New York, people I guess are going to make the story out of this.

"It has happened to me and to many other players in the last 15 years that I've been on the tour. I've seen it a lot when the ball ricochets from the racquet and the frame, hits someone in the stands, or someone that is close to you or line umpire.

"It was a very awkward situation obviously."

RUBLEV HAILS 'REALLY IMPORTANT' WIN

Rublev had to fight extremely hard to see off Marton Fucsovics, conqueror of his Russian compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the first round.

The 13th seed was a break down in each of the first three sets, losing the opener on a tie-break before coming back to prevail 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Asked if he could enjoy a match where he was almost always having to claw back a deficit, he replied: "I think I start to enjoy more when it was one set all.

"When he broke me and I broke him back. When the games was three-all, when I broke him, when he broke me back, from that time I start to enjoy more.

"In general, I think we showed great level. These kind of matches are really important. You understand why you are working, why you're giving everything every day in practices."

TSITSIPAS EYES REVENGE

Next up for Rublev will be fifth speed Tsitsipas, who lost to the Russian in the final in Hamburg prior to travelling to Paris.

The Greek overcame Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-6 (11-9) 6-2 to set up a rematch with Rublev in the last eight.

And he knows he will have to improve if he is to alter the outcome from their previous encounter.

"Andrey, we grew up playing together. He has improved a lot. We've played each other many times. I think he has a positive record against me," Tsitsipas said.

"It is very important for me to take this opportunity and fight harder this time, maybe do something better.

"He's a very challenging player to play against. I think he for sure brings the best out of me when I step out on the court to play against him."

Sofia Kenin reached her first ever French Open quarter-final after coming from behind to beat Fiona Ferro 2-6 6-2 6-1 on Monday. 

The reigning Australian Open champion shook off a sluggish start to thunder back against the home favourite and set up a last-eight clash against either Ons Jabeur or Danielle Collins, whose last-16 match was postponed until Tuesday due to rain. 

Seventh seed Petra Kvitova, meanwhile, will face Laura Siegemund in the last eight after they saw off Zhang Shuai and Paula Badosa respectively in straight sets.

 

KENIN'S NEW-FOUND LOVE AFFAIR WITH CLAY CONTINUES

Against the backdrop of a boisterous, if somewhat sparse, home crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, Kenin showed her class to shrug off a disappointing first set and see off Ferro. 

She admitted afterwards that after a number of years hating playing on clay, she has finally started to enjoy herself on the surface. 

"I was super proud of myself," she said. "There was a lot of emotion and I'm super happy I won. The crowd wasn't the best but it's understandable.

"I usually don't play well on clay. In the past few years I hated the clay and last year I started to like it for the first time. I'm proud that I'm deep into the tournament."

 

KVITOVA OVERCOME WITH EMOTION IN ROUTINE WIN 

Kvitova reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time in eight years with a 6-2 6-4 win over Zhang in one hour and 25 minutes. 

The Czech made her comeback from a knife attack in the 2017 edition of the tournament and says memories of that time came flooding back in the closing stages on Monday.

"I got a bit emotional during the last two points of my match," she said. 

"Everything just came back to me like when I had my whole family, and people who I loved, here. They helped me through the tough, tough times. It's definitely been a long ride."

 

SIEGEMUND IN LAST-EIGHT DREAMLAND

Kvitova's reward for that victory is a clash against Siegemund in what will be the German’s first career grand slam quarter-final at the age of 32. 

She powered past Badosa 7-5 6-2 and says it is the realisation of a dream to be in the latter stages at one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. 

"It's exciting to come so far. It was always my dream to be in the second week of a slam," she said. "I just spoke about it with my boyfriend at the US Open. It was one big goal for me to make it in singles into the second week of a slam. 

"That's where I see myself. That's where I want to be. I'm glad I'm making that come true now."

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