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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are at the helm of one of the most star-studded days for tennis fans to watch all season on Sunday as the fourth round of the 2022 French Open kicks off.
Alexandre Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime were among the other ten in the men’s lottery to enter the clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris.
While a string of turmoil left a limited number of women’s seeded players, it was a busy day for the Americans as Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Amanda Anisimova attempted to reach the quarter-finals of the season’s second Grand Slam tournament.
Below is a full list of singles results from Sunday’s schedule, which will be updated through the conclusion of play. This is followed by a summary of some notable matches.
(1) Novak Djokovic d. (15) Diego Schwartzman; 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
(3) Alexander Zverev d. Bernabe Zapata Mirales; 7-6 (11), 7-5, 6-3
(5) Rafael Nadal d. (9) Felix Auger – Eliassim; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
(6) Carlos Alcaraz d. (21) Karen Khachanov; 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
(17) Laila Fernandez Dr. (27) Amanda Anisimova; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
(18) Coco Goff d. (31) Elise Mertens; 6-4, 6-0
Sloane Stephens d. (23) Jill Tishman; 6-2, 6-0
Martina Trevisan Dr. Alexandra Sasnovich 7-6 (10), 7-5
Summary of the eighth day
While most of Djokovic’s highly ranked counterparts met some resistance in the first rounds of the tournament, the French Open champion reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set.
This was not the most clinical performance from the 20-time Grand Slam champion against Schwartzman as he scored more inadvertent errors (31) than the winners (29). He compensated for that with good defense, winning 51 percent of points in turn, securing six breaks, and securing 26 of 31 points at the net (84 percent).
“I have a lot of respect for Diego, he is a specialist in this surface, so it wasn’t easy in these conditions, but I did well. I found my serve at important moments,” said Djokovic. reporters.
He has now reached the French Open quarter-finals in 13 consecutive years going back to 2010.
Nadal demonstrated his trademark resilience after dropping the opening set to Auger-Aliassime by running back to win a five-set, four-hour marathon that set up a quarter-final showdown with Djokovic.
The King of Clay, looking to increase his record of 13 titles in Roland Garros, had to fight for every match as the players collected 97 winners. His biggest advantage was defending his second serve, taking 66 percent of those points compared to 47 percent for the 21-year-old Canadian. This resulted in a 6-4 advantage in the first half for Nadal.
He is now heading towards his 59th ATP Tour encounter with Djokovic. His previous record is 28-30, illustrating the hotly contested nature of the rivalry.
Gave enjoyed her Grand Slam bash at last year’s French Open, reaching the singles quarter-finals at a major for the first time, and now she’s matching that result with much deeper progression potential next week.
The 18-year-old Atlanta-born player was absolutely in control in the second set against Mertens. She won 72 percent of points in both serve and return (13 of 18), hit eight winners with just two unforced errors and scored three breaks.
She has dealt with some inconsistencies since her run last year in Paris, including her first-round exit at the Australian Open earlier this season, but when she plays at the level on display late in Sunday’s game, she can handle anyone in the the scientist.
“I feel like I’m getting better in every game,” Joffe He said. “I think today even though I had some tough moments, I managed to get through them. I really feel like I’m progressing in every game.”
It makes up an all-American clash with Stevens, who was equally impressive as she passed Tishman, in the quarters.
Round four is scheduled to conclude on Monday at Roland Garros, with women’s top seed Iga Swiatek and men’s competitors Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas playing.