Second seed Daniil Medvedev and fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won their respective fourth matches on Sunday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-finals clash against each other in the French Open 2021.
Greek world number 5 Tsitsipas continued with his red-hot form and gave no chance to Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta to advance into the quarter-finals at the Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Busta tried to make a comeback in the third set but the 22-year-old soon tightened his grip to ensure that he goes in the last-8 leg with some good momentum.
“The fans love it, I love it, I love playing with people, I love attention,” Tsitsipas, who played his previous match in an empty stadium because of the local Covid-induced curfew, said in a courtside interview.
“It’s a privilege and a great sensation for me. Today it was working good for me, I felt like my tactics were working even if I missed some of my drop shots,” Tsitsipas, who reached the semi-final stage last year, added.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has now won 20 claycourt matches, in 2021, was to face the winner of the match between Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Chilean 22nd seed Cristian Garin.
Medvedev’s came hard on Garin from the very beginning and won the first two sets without much difficulty. Garin looked the best in the third round but Medvedev played some high quality tennis towards the end to register a 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 win.
Medvedev, who has reached two Grand Slam finals on hardcourts but had never won a match in four previous appearances at the claycourt Grand Slam, came into the clash against Garin having lost in their previous meeting on clay, at the Madrid Masters.
Garin, whose five singles titles have all come on clay, needed medical attention for problems with his right arm and neck before the third set and returned to the court an improved player, breaking Medvedev for the first time in the match.
It was World number two Medvedev’s turn to call the trainer on court to check an arm issue while trailing 2-0 and he soon found his range again to win three games in a row to level the third set at 3-3.