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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina dropped to his knees in celebration after an epic victory on Friday at Roland Garros. The Spaniard, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, came through a 16-minute service hold in the final game of his 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(6), 0-6, 7-5 victory over Norwegian 15th seed Casper Ruud, one of the player’s touted to go deep at the Paris major.Davidovich Fokina, who also reached the fourth round at the 2020 US Open, saved four break points in the final game, including one with an underarm serve, as Spanish supporters chanted “Foki, Foki” with every point their favourite won. He closed out one of the biggest wins of his career after four hours and 35 minutes on his fifth match point.The World No. 46, who reached the Millennium Estoril Open semi-finals in May, will now prepare to challenge Argentine Federico Delbonis, who upset Italian 27th seed Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.There were no break points in the decider, which lasted 63 minutes, until the 10th game when Ruud came under increasing pressure. Davidovich Fokina broke on his fourth break point when Ruud hit a backhand long, then came through a lengthy service hold at 6-5 - featuring five match points in an eight-deuce game - for a memorable 18th match win of 2021.When asked whether he would change anything, Ruud said, "At 5-5 in the fifth [set] and game point, I would probably go [for a] crosscourt forehand on the let instead of down the line, because he passed me on the big point. He hit his crosscourt forehand and it bounced up from the net, and I went down the line. If I would have gone cross, I would have had [a] 6-5 [lead]."Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comRuud, 22, had come to the French capital in form, having captured his second ATP Tour title two weeks ago at the Gonet Geneva Open (d. Shapovalov). He also reached two ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Rublev), the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Berrettini), plus the last four at the BMW Open in Munich (l. to Basilashvili)."It's difficult because you never really know what's going to come out of his racquet," said Ruud, after losing to Davidovich Fokina. "He can produce extremely good shots and extreme winners, passing shots, beautiful drop shots. But sometimes he can also do more mistakes. The fourth set went fast. That was the set where I played very well and he kind of lowered down a little bit. But then in the fifth [set] it was game on again."
Nicht nur die deutschen Tennisasse haben in Roland Garros einen sauberen Start hingelegt. Mit Lorenzo Musetti, Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini, Marco Cecchinato und Fabio Fognini stehen gleich fünf Italiener Italiener in Runde drei der French Open 2021.
Two #NextGenATP Italian stars Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti joined Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini in the Roland Garros third round on Thursday afternoon. Sinner, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year (l. to Nadal) and broke into the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time in April, defeated compatriot Gianluca Mager 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours and 21 minutes.The 19-year-old, who hit 29 winners, including seven aces, saved two set points on serve at 4-5 in the second set. Despite winning 46 per cent of his first serves in the third set, Sinner responded well and will now challenge against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer.Sinner, who saved a match point in his opening-round victory against France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, is now 23-10 for the season. The Italian won his second ATP Tour title in February at the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne (d. Travaglia) and reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in April at the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Hurkacz).Ymer defeated French 14th seed Gael Monfils, the 2008 semi-finalist, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 24 minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.Musetti extended his stay in Paris as the 19-year-old reached the third round on his Grand Slam debut. The Italian struck 39 winners, including four aces, against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan for a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over two hours and nine minutes.Musetti recovered from 3-5 down in the first set, before taking control of the match that finished with Nishioka’s 43rd unforced error on the Italian’s fifth match point.Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comThe World No. 76 will next face Australian 21st seed Alex de Minaur, winner of the Antalya Open title (d. Bublik) at the start of the season, or Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the third round.Nine months ago, Musetti was still outside the Top 250 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. He has reached two ATP Tour semi-finals this season – as a qualifier at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco and also at the recent Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (l. to Tsitsipas both times). He beat Belgian 13th seed David Goffin 6-0, 7-5, 7-6(3) in the first round on Monday.
Die beiden Österreicherinnen Barbara Haas und Julia Grabher stehen in der Wimbledon-Qualifikation in der zweiten Runde.
Roland Garros was postponed by one week this year
The second week of the grass season was newsworthy in more ways than one, with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur making history in Birmingham to Andy Murray's enthusiastic return to home soil at the Queen's Club.