French Open LIVE tennis results: Roland Garros latest – Kvitova, Djokovic & Tsitsipas is quarter-final action
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The only loss on Novak Djokovic’s 35-1 record in 2020 was a result of his fourth-round disqualification at the U.S. Open – and his opponent that day, Pablo Carreno Busta, will be across the net again today in the quarterfinals.
In the women’s quarters, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin faces unseeded Danielle Collins in an all-American matchup, and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova plays unseeded Laura Siegemund.
The other men’s quarter-final sees No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas against No. 13 Andrey Rublev, also a rematch from September.
Tom Dutton and Tom Doyle will bring you all the latest action from Paris…
Kvitova into French Open semis
Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova powered past unseeded German Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old, a two-time champion at Wimbledon, reached the last four stage on the clay courts at Roland Garros for the second time since 2012 and is still yet to lose a set at this year’s tournament in Paris.
Siegemund, ranked 66th in the world, did not pose a challenge in the opening set but gave a good account of herself in the second despite suffering a lower back problem midway through the set.
Kvitova converted her second match point when her 32-year-old opponent served a double fault and the Czech will meet the winner of the all-American clash between Danielle Collins and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin for a place in the final.
Result: Women’s Singles, Quarterfinals
Petra Kvitova (7) defeats Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3.
Petra Kvitova (Cze) 6-3 Laura Siegemund (Ger)
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova takes the first set on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The seventh seed is two sets away from matching her deepest run at Roland Garros.
Nadal vents anger at French Open officials
Rafael Nadal criticised French Open bosses after being part of the latest finish in French Open history, winning his quarter-final against Jannik Sinner just before 1.30am.
The 12-time champion lambasted Roland Garros officials for scheduling five back-to-back matches on Chatrier, with Nadal and teenager Sinner not coming on court until 10.26pm and finishing the match three hours later.
Following a 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory in which he had to fight back from a break down in each of the opening two sets, the Spaniard said: “I really don’t know why they put five matches on Chatrier today. That was a risk.
“I saw immediately yesterday when they sent me the schedule, because there is a chance there is a couple of long matches. That’s what happened.
“The problem is the weather. It’s too cold to play. I know football players play under these conditions, but it’s a little bit different. They are all the time moving. We stop, we come back, we stop on the changeovers.
“It is a sport that you are stopped in a lot of moments. I think it is a little bit dangerous for the body to play with these very heavy conditions, but that’s what happened today.”
Women’s Singles, Fourth Round
Danielle Collins, United States, def. Ons Jabeur (30), Tunisia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Women’s Singles, Quarterfinals
Nadia Podoroska, Argentina, def. Elina Svitolina (3), Ukraine, 6-2, 6-4.
Iga Swiatek, Poland, def. Martina Trevisan, Italy, 6-3, 6-1.
Diego Schwartzman (12), Argentina, def. Dominic Thiem (3), Austria, 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. Jannik Sinner, Italy, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1.
Schwartzman felt like Superman
After more than five hours of gripping drama, 5ft 7in Schwartzman felt 10ft tall as he wrapped up a 7-6 (1) 5-7 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-2 victory.
Schwartzman said: “Dominic is one of the best players right now in the world.
“He won the last grand slam, he is a two-time finalist here, and I have a lot of respect for him.
“That’s why this match is very important for me. I played a few five-setters here and I never won. I think at the end this night I deserved to win.”
Dominic Thiem’s bid for French Open glory came to an end after an epic five-setter against Diego Schwartzman as number two seed Rafael Nadal breezed past Jannik Sinner under the floodlights at Roland Garros. Austrian Thiem, who won the US Open just 23 days ago, finally wilted in the deciding set in a match of extraordinary quality.
Schwartzman made it a double celebration for Argentina, following Nadia Podoroska’s shock win over another third seed, Elina Svitolina, by reaching his first grand slam semi-final. After more than five hours of gripping drama, 5ft 7in Schwartzman felt 10ft tall as he wrapped up a 7-6 (1) 5-7 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-2 victory.
In the late match on Court Philippe Chatrier, which finished at 12.25am on Wednesday morning, second seed Nadal eclipsed Jannik Sinner in three sets 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1. Earlier, in the men’s doubles, British duo Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski missed out on a place in the semi-finals.
The 13th seeds were beaten 6-4 6-4 by German pair Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz, the defending champions.
Court Philippe Chatrier | 11am BST
(7) Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Laura Siegemund (Ger)
Danielle Collins (USA) v (4) Sofia Kenin (USA)
(13) Andrey Rublev (Rus) v (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)
(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v (17) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa)
Court Suzanne Lenglen | 11am BST
(14) Alexa Guarachi (Chi) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA) v (7) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn)
Asia Muhammad (USA) & Jessica Pegula (USA) v Nicole Melichar (USA) & Iga Swiatek (Pol)
The only loss on Novak Djokovic’s 35-1 record in 2020 was a result of his fourth-round disqualification at the U.S. Open. And his opponent that day, No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta, will be across the net again today.
In New York, No. 1 Djokovic defaulted for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after a game. “Sometimes,” Carreno Busta said, “is better to forget it.” Djokovic certainly seems to have moved past the episode, winning the Italian Open last month and winning all 12 sets he’s played at Roland Garros, ceding a total of only 25 games as he pursues a second championship in Paris and 18th Grand Slam title overall.
The other men’s quarterfinal is No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas against No. 13 Andrey Rublev, also a rematch from September: Rublev won their final at the clay-court Hamburg Open on the same day main-draw competition began at the French Open.
In the women’s quarterfinals, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin faces unseeded Danielle Collins in an all-American matchup, and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova plays unseeded Laura Siegemund.
Collins leads the head-to-head series against No. 4 seed Kenin 3-0, having won every set they’ve played against each other. The seventh-seeded Kvitova beat Siegemund in their only previous matchup, but that was on a hard court in 2015.
Cloudy. High of 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius).
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GAME, SET, MATCH
Sinner 6-7 4-6 1-6 Nadal
It’s all over!
Nadal brings up three match points in a flash and finishes with aplomb, firing a powerful forehand and then crashing down an unstoppable overhead smash.
Passionate celebrations follow from the Spaniard, whose quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title and Roger Federer-equalling 20th Grand Slam crown remains on track!
Nadal will play Diego Schwartzman in the last four after the Argentine’s epic win over US Open champion Dominic Thiem earlier today.
Sinner 6-7 4-6 1-5 Nadal
The job is almost complete for Nadal as he holds again with a sweetly-struck forehand from behind the baseline that leaves Sinner floundering.
Sinner 6-7 4-6 1-4 Nadal
At nearly half past one in the morning under the lights on Philippe-Chatrier, Sinner is finally on the board in this third set.
Sinner 6-7 4-6 0-4 Nadal
This match is still providing plenty of entertainment as Sinner once again battles to deuce and displays a fine range of shots before being beaten by an absolutely exquisite Nadal lob.
Nadal’s passing shot is then volleyed well wide by the teenager, who is still making his opponent work for everything.
BREAK OF SERVE
Sinner 6-7 4-6 0-3 Nadal
We edge closer to a conclusion as Nadal secures another break, this time to love.
Nothing Sinner can do from here, surely.
Sinner 6-7 4-6 0-2 Nadal
Full credit to Sinner, who isn’t throwing in the towel despite the odds and battles back from 40-15 to deuce off the back of some more fizzing forehands.
But Nadal isn’t to be denied as an impressive forehand of his own is returned only as far as the net.
An overwhelming sense of inevitability about this match now, but Sinner is still fighting.
BREAK OF SERVE
Sinner 6-7 4-6 0-1 Nadal
That now looks even more unlikely as Nadal demonstrates his superiority and versatility to break in the first game of the third set off the back of a stunning passing shot from the baseline.
A reminder, as pointed out by ITV, that, unlike Wimbledon, there is no limit on how late the action can go at Roland Garros.
So if Sinner can pull off an unlikely comeback here, we are in for a very late night indeed!
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Today’s order of play, Wednesday October 7 (all times BST)
Court Philippe Chatrier
11:00: (7) Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Laura Siegemund (Ger), Danielle Collins (USA) v (4) Sofia Kenin (USA), (13) Andrey Rublev (Rus) v (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre), (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v (17) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa)
Court Suzanne Lenglen
11:00: (14) Alexa Guarachi (Chi) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA) v (7) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn), Asia Muhammad (USA) & Jessica Pegula (USA) v Nicole Melichar (USA) & Iga Swiatek (Pol)
Cloudy. High of 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius).
Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals: (12) Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) bt (3) Dominic Thiem (Aut) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2, (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa) bt Jannik Sinner (Ita) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-1
Women’s Singles Quarter-Finals: Iga Swiatek (Pol) bt Martina Trevisan (Ita) 6-3 6-1, Nadia Podoroska (Arg) bt (3) Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 6-2 6-4
Women’s Singles 4th rd: Danielle Collins (USA) bt (30) Ons Jabeur (Tun) 6-4 4-6 6-4
Men’s Doubles Quarter-Finals: (9) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Nikola Mektic (Cro) bt Nicholas Monroe (USA) & Tommy Paul (USA) 6-4 6-4, (8) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Andreas Mies (Ger) bt (13) Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) 6-4 6-4
Women’s Doubles Quarter-Finals: (4) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze) bt (9) Sofia Kenin (USA) & Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 1-6 6-4 6-2, (2) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) bt Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) & Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) 6-2 7-5