Roland-Garros: Notebook 9 – A stubborn rune, a smothered Medvedev, 2 Russians who amaze, Rosset, Nadal and the butchery

The fabulous Holger Rune, executioner of Stefanos Tsitsipas and revelation of this Roland-Garros 2022. The Dane continues his tournament, unlike Daniil Medvedev, stunned by Marin Cilic. Meanwhile, 2 Russian players have a great time, Marc Rosset talks about his past, Rafael Nadal and a butcher shop…

MEDVEDEV PAYS THE NOTE! Daniil Medvedev will not rise in the quarter. Arrived in Roland-Garros, barely recovered from a hernia and with a loss to Richard Gasquet in Geneva as the only earthly reference in 2022, the Russian had surprised at the beginning of the tournament, easily passing his first 3 rounds. But yesterday he just couldn’t keep up with Marin Cilic, who torpedoed it 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Dry and without discussion.

CILIC, BANG BANG! More than Medvedev’s defeat, it was Marin Cilic’s performance that impressed. Sitting on his big circles, the Croatian delivered “potatoes” to all four corners of the square and rotted the Russian’s evening. An XXL performance reminiscent of the time when the man could run at the two-week US Open. It’s been 7.5 years, but the bastard likes to think that despite the time, anything is still possible. “I played tennis at a very high levelgreeted the 33-year-old. I just have to have fun. Anything can happen at Roland-Garros. I feel young, I’ve been here a long time.”

THE RUNE OF SURPRISE… There’s another one who doesn’t feel young, but simply is, because he’ll definitely be around for a long time: Holger Rune. Him in the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros? Not many, if any, saw it coming. But to claim that the Dane had nothing to do with it would be heresy. Because yes, the 19-year-old player bravely plays his luck in this tournament – which he won as a junior 3 years ago. Yesterday he disgusted Stefanos Tsitsipas (barely brilliant on the backhand) by varying his tennis and showing cunning, playing close to his line not to give in to the Greek while distilling particularly nice cushioning. Beautiful to watch playing, but also impressive due to his calmness, the current 40th in the world (his best placing) offers a “north quarter” against Casper Ruud. That promises!

RUUD BETTER THAN EVER… The recent Geneva Open winner, Ruud, didn’t stop with his victory in Eaux-Vives. Although he was very tense for his entry into the race against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and then experienced cold sweats in the 3rd lap in front of Lorenzo Sonego, the Norwegian was solid and convincing against Hubert Hurkacz yesterday. His win in four sets takes him to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. Ruud is over the moon having set this goal for 2022. But he wants to continue on his way after being very frustrated at missing the Australian Open through injury.

THE UNFORTUNATE SINNER… Standstill and bad luck for Jannik Sinner. While starting his 8th final against Andrey Rublev and sacking the first set 6-1, the Italian felt discomfort in his left knee after suffering a problem 48 hours earlier during his 16th final. His hopes were then dashed and there was nothing he could do but resign 1-6, 6-4, 2-0 in favor of the Russian (who faces Cilic on Wednesday). Bad luck!

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 28 YEARS… The qualifications of Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune for the quarterfinals of this Roland-Garros 2022 are history since it was 28 years (and the duo Andreï Medvedev-Hendrik Drekmann) that 2 “teenagers” had not reached this stage of the tournament at the same time. And some are already dreaming of seeing them face to face in the finals… Not so soon!

KASATKINA, FOOT ON THE ACCELERATOR! No problem for Daria Kasatkina, who walks past the towers like a baker lining up croissants. Except that the Russian doesn’t squirm; She’s been just monstrous for 10 days: Sramkova had only scored 2 games in the 1st round, Contreras Gomez in the next 3, Rogers 5 in the 3, then yesterday Camila Giorgi couldn’t put more than 4 (6-2 6-2 ). The Italian felt helpless before the concert of the semi-finalist of the Rome tournament, whose duel with Veronika Kudermetova could also pass in a flash.

KEYS HAS LOST THE KEY… The little surprise of the day came from Veronika Kudermetova’s qualification for the quarter-finals, which was not expected at such a party. The Russian was able to turn a very bad situation against Madison Keys (1-6 6-3 6-1). It is true that she was helped by the implosion of the American suddenly absent subscribers, having “rolled” in the 1st set. As a doubles specialist, Kudermetova is having the best two weeks of her life in singles. A little reminder: last year, Roland-Garros was kidnapped by an equally unexpected doubles specialist: Barbora Krejcikova. Repeat again? “Never,” Kasatkina replies.

OH LA LA PEGULA! Two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist Jessica Pegula is discovering a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time anywhere other than Melbourne and the American only owes it to herself as she acts like a great to break the dream of the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (4-6 6-2 6-3). At 28, the woman whose media often reminds her that she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth – her father is a billionaire – is on her way. But can she really go further?

FEAR FOR IGA SWIATEK… Iga Swiatek was not particularly convincing yesterday in her round of 16 against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng. Less sharp than usual in the slugfest, less confident, less solid, less regular and… more tense, the Pole was startled when she conceded the first set 6-7 (the first she lost in these fortnight, the first she ever lost after 20 sets aligned). But then she got angry to finally take control of her theme and hit her opponent with a 6-0 6-2. The physical problems of Zheng, who had to put a bandage on his thigh in the second set, also contributed to this. She later explained that her worries are related to her period.

THE EVENING OF GRIMACES… The Tuesday program not only makes happy, but also makes many unhappy, since several channels cannot broadcast the huge evening poster between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, as is the case with RTS. The rights to this meeting are held by Amazon, several channels are blocked. Even the Spaniard winces as his buoyancy should no longer have the same effect in night conditions. “When Rafa makes a request, we should listen to him“, his coach Carlos Moya is already whining. Only dissatisfied people apart from Djokovic? At the moment it’s almost like…

ROSSET THE BUTCHER AND NADAL… Asked by L’Équipe about the current players he would have liked and hated, Marc Rosset admitted he would not have liked to have crossed swords with Rafael Nadal: “If you see him tormenting Federer on the backhand side, it would have been carnage against me if you remember my backhand… I could have won a few games thanks to my serve and forehand, but I wouldn’t have been lucky in that time .

WHO IS THE BEST SWISS? Marc Rosset continues his secrets and jokes that he would love to play against Roger Federer again: “because we should know once and for all who is the best Swiss“, he laughs and explains that “We’re 2-2 and it can’t stay there.” As a reminder, the Genevan had dominated Basel in Marseille (2000) and London (2000) before being crushed in Sydney (2001) and Basel (2003).

HIDE THAT FIG! Sergio Giorgi, known as the “special case” (to put it mildly), once again stood out. Oh, don’t worry, nothing too serious, but Camila Giorgi’s father was caught smoking in the Roland-Garros stands. He tried to hide, but “Big Brother was watching him”…

FELDBAUSCH AT THE AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE… Geneva’s Kilian Feldbausch, who is in the 2nd round of the junior draw, will soon challenge Australia’s Jeremy Jin. After being released from the doubles tournament he played with Frenchman Paul Inchauspe, the semi-finalist at the last junior Australian Open will be looking to return to victory in Paris.

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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