Holger Ron Stefanos Tsitsipas wrote The confrontation at Roland Garros for the first time | ATP . round

Holger Ron shine in his court Philippe Chatrier Saturday night debut, stave off home favourites Hugo Gaston And the fans in Paris to extend his dream for the first time in Roland Garros. Denmark’s #NextGenATP scored an impressive 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory to form a fourth-round encounter with the fourth seed. Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The match was great, full of long rallies and lots of twists and turns despite the live scores. There were 10 joint breaks from serving, with 19-year-old Ron taking seven out of 11 break opportunities.

Gaston lit up the party atmosphere under Chatterrier’s spotlight by breaking in the match’s opener, but Ron responded brilliantly by winning five games in a row to calm the crowd. After the Dane cruised through the second set with a pair of breaks, he raced to a 5-1 lead in the third set to put one foot into the fourth.

But neither Gaston nor the Paris crowd gave up, and the native of Toulouse from 3-5 closed much to the delight of his supporters. Stepping into the line to serve the match for a second time, Ron excelled in some long rallies to cross the line without any additional drama.

Both men excelled at 30 winners, with Ron scoring 38 to 31 for his opponent. Several of those winners came at the end of punishing rallies, as Rudd was pulling his opponent frequently from his position. The Dane’s control over all aspects of the match was underlined by his healthy supremacy in the short (plus seven), middle (plus nine) and long (plus seven) rallies.

Ron, who played in his third major tournament, took his first win at this level by upsetting the 14th seed Denis Shapovalov In the inaugural Paris tour. beat Switzerland Henri Laxsonen In the second round before passing 21-year-old Gaston. The Dane has not dropped a set in the past two weeks, and has only lost more than three matches in a set once, when Shapovalov took him into the third set tiebreak.

2019 Roland Garros Boys singles champion and former Junior No. 1, Ron made his ATP tour debut in 2021 and made his Grand Slam debut in 2021 US OpenWhere to take a clearing Novak Djokovic in the opening round. take two sets Sunwoo Kwon In a five-set loss in the first round in 2022 Australian Open He claimed his first Tour Championship title in Munich on 1 May.

The 19-year-old’s rise to the 40th-ranked Pepperstone ATP ranking in his career has been uneventful, certainly compared to his contemporaries. Carlos Alcaraz, but the Dane retains a strong sense of self-confidence – a prerequisite for such success at a young age. While Alcaraz is known for his tough, action-packed game, Rune exudes a quiet confidence with a smooth and slick attack that was on full display on the center court on Saturday night.

Ron, who debuted in the top 100 in January, started playing tennis at the age of six with his sister who is four years older than him. The 19-year-old describes himself as relaxed and even lazy off the field, and is a fan of football, basketball as well as cinema. Before his accomplishments on the ATP Tour, Ron was a successful partner in the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, where he got a chance to hit the likes Roger Federer And Djokovic. He even got some serving advice from former world number two Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic’s coach.

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Fittingly, Ron will meet Tsitsipas, winner of that year’s Nitto ATP Finals title, in the fourth round. This will be the first meeting of the ATP Head2Head.

The Dane is one of two unranked players among the last 16 standing in Roland Garros Fourth round combined Bernabé Zapata Mirales.