#NextGenATP star Holger Ron He only took his second win in the top five on Monday in Roland GarrosWhere the heart number 4 in the world Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to become the first Danish player to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Competing in the fourth round in a major tournament for the first time, the 19-year-old rose to the challenge on the court Philippe ChatrierShowcasing impressive versatility by combining brutal volleys with the stunning shots of the Greek shocker in three hours.
“I have an incredible feeling right now,” Ron said in his court interview. “I was very nervous at the end but the fans were great for me throughout the match, the whole tournament. I am so grateful and so happy to be playing in this stadium. You guys are amazing.
“I was very nervous but at the same time I knew that if I went away from my tactics against a player like Tsitsipas I would definitely lose. I just told myself to keep going and play my plan in the difficult moments. It worked out really well in the end and it gave me so much confidence. It’s great to be here.” .
Ron is making his Paris debut and has given a string of impeccable performances thus far. Before his outstanding victory over 2021 finalist Tsitsipas, the Dane had been eliminated Denis ShapovalovAnd the Henri Laxsonen And the Hugo Gaston in successive groups.
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In front of a lively crowd, Tsitsipas came out swinging and took the match to Ron by getting an early break. However, after his nerves calmed down, the Dane grew into the match. The 19-year-old began firing flat-earth strikes across the field, turning the group over with his power to move forward.
With that, Tsitsipas maintained his composure and stuck to his game plan. The 23-year-old showed impressive footwork for dictating a forehand and dragging Ron around the baseline. The Greek scored eight group winners and tightened his groundstrokes to level as he searched for his 35th win of the season.
However, Ron stuck to the job, coming back deep and aggressive to blast through the third set and back to the front. The 19-year-old then had an early break in the fourth set, before taking the match out a second time out of the question. He saved three match break points and then clinched the win on his first match point, raising his arms in the air with glee.
“I tried to play a daring show,” Ron said. “When Stefanos got the ball shorter, he was attacking a lot, so I had to play hard and really fast, and take time away from him. I really like to play drop shots, it’s fun to play and it worked out really well.”
By joining the 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz In the quarter-finals, this is the first time that two teenagers have reached this stage in a major since 1994, when Hendrik Drakemann And the Andrei Medvedev It reached the quarter-finals in the French capital.
“I get very emotional when I talk about the family and the coaches, but we’re still in the quarter-finals, so we haven’t won the championship yet,” Ron said. “Mom, my entire crew is there which is why I am here today. I am so grateful to have such a team to help me through difficult situations.”
Ron will look forward to continuing his dream run when he plays Casper Road in the quarter-finals. norwegian defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to book his place in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Roland Garros May 30, 2022
Just 12 months ago, the Dane was ranked outside the top 300 in the Pepperstone ATP ranking. It has now reached number 28 in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings after an outstanding year.
The 19-year-old shocked the world number 3 ranked Alexander Zverev On his way to his first ATP title in Munich last month, before reaching the semi-finals in Lyon. He’s 21-7 across all levels on clay this season.
Ron qualified for Intesa Sanpaolo Next Generation ATP Finals Last November he is well positioned to return to Milan this year after his exploits in Paris, and is currently third in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan.
Tsitsipas was making his sixth appearance in Paris, after losing to her Novak Djokovic In five sets in the final last year. The Greek, who triumphed in Monte Carlo in April, outperformed #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Mussetti The qualified Czech Zdenek Kolar In his first two matches, but he could not survive the third time in his first encounter with Ron.