Paris, June 5 (BNA): Casper Ruud continued his bid to reach back-to-back finals at the French Open by defeating Chile’s Nicolas Jarry by winning 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-5 in the fourth round on Monday, with Tunisian skipper Anas Jabeur still in the lead. His way to winning his first Grand Slam title.
Reuters reported that Alexander Zverev barely sweated in the evening session to win 6-1 6-4 6-3 over Bulgarian 28th seed Grigor Dimitrov and rematch with Argentine Thomas Martin Echeverri.
Ruud, who has only dropped two sets in four matches so far, faced a tough test against clay court specialist Garry, but pulled through in three hours and 20 minutes as his opponent failed to capitalize on his chances in the final two sets.
“If we had played five sets, I don’t know how long we would have played,” Ruud said on Court Philippe Chatrier. “I have to thank my team for pushing me into practice. I did the work and was physically ready for more.”
He will then meet Holger Rohn in a rematch in the quarter-finals last year after the Dane received a hand from the referee with a missed but blatant double kick to beat Argentine Francisco Serundolo 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7). ).
Echeverry reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 7-6 (8), 6-0, 6-1 win over 27th seed Yoshihito Nishioka.
Jabeur moved into the quarter-finals on clay for the first time with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American Bernarda Pera, and was hoping the romantic atmosphere in Paris would help her in her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title.
“Paris is always romantic, day or night. Winning here will definitely be a great memory for me,” said Jabeur, who became the first African player to reach the quarter-finals of each of the four Grand Slams in the Open Era.
The Tunisian had reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2020 and finished second to Elena Rybakina and Iga Swiatek in the Wimbledon and US Open clashes last year.
The 28-year-old is not complacent before facing 14th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, who beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5 to become the first Brazilian woman since Maria Bueno in 1968 to make the quarter. Major final.
“At the moment, I only want to play one match at a time,” Jaber added. “I’m going to have a very tough quarter-final game. I’ve only been taking it one game at a time, trying to get through to week two. Now I’m going to push more for the next few games.”
Haddad Maia became the second Brazilian woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open Era after Bueno and got there in three hours and 51 minutes – the longest women’s match in the tournament.