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French Open: Djokovic three wins away from 23rd Grand Slam, 17th time…


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Novak Djokovic of Serbia, two-time champion and aiming for his 23rd Grand Slam, defeated Juan Pablo Varillas 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round of the French Open tennis on Sunday. . He has made it to the quarterfinals of Roland Garros here for the 17th time. Djokovic has good motivation to win the title. If he wins the title, he will achieve a record 23rd Grand Slam, apart from this he will also reach the number one ranking again. Currently running at number three.

Verillas had earlier played three five-set matches in which he upset players like Roberto Bautista and Hubert Herquez. He could not do anything special against Djokovic. The 36-year-old Djokovic took a 4-0 lead in the first set and continued his dominance. Novak defeated the 94th ranked opponent in the world in a match that lasted one hour and 57 minutes. During this, he hit 35 winners and converted six out of 12 break points.

He will now face Karen Khachanov of Russia, who defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 in the other match. Sonego had beaten Rublev in their previous match but Khachanov came back well after losing the first set. Khachanov, the 11th seed, has reached the quarterfinals of the third consecutive Grand Slam.

Sonego was very aggressive in the first set but the Russian equalized in the second set. He came back in the match in the third set tie-breaker and took control. He won this match in three hours and 29 minutes. In other men’s matches, Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated Francis Tiafoi 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6 in three hours and 41 minutes.

  • Djokovic’s win-loss record at Roland Garros is 89-16
  • Djokovic has played 12 sets and did not lose one in four round matches

Russia’s Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came back from a set down to beat 28th seed Elise Mertens 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and nine minutes to reach the last eight. This match was the second longest match in women’s singles this time. Earlier, Kimberley Birrell won the first round in three hours and 10 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova had earlier defeated Samsonova in the second round in three hours and six minutes. Pavlyuchenkova, who finished runner-up two years ago, has reached the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam for the eighth time in her career and for the third time in Paris. She is making a comeback after a knee injury. Last year, she stayed away from the field and due to this her ranking reached 333. She is the lowest ranked player to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Japan’s Miyu out with partner for accidentally hitting ballgirl

At the French Open, doubles player Miyu Kato of Japan and her Indonesian partner Aldila were disqualified from the match after Kato’s shot accidentally hit Balgirl on the neck. She was moaning for 15 minutes. During the second set of the match on Court-14, Kato swung the racket and the ball went towards the ball girl who was not paying attention to the player. At first, chair umpire Alexander only warned the player, but when tournament referee Remi and Grand Slam Supervisor Wayne McEwen himself came onto the court, the chair umpire disqualified him. In such a situation, Marie Bujkova of Czech Republic and Sorribes Tormo of Spain were declared winners in the match. Bujkova said that this situation is bad for everyone but one has to follow the rules.

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