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French Open: Djokovic escapes elimination on the night shift

French Open: Djokovic escapes elimination on the night shift

Djokovic is therefore still on track to defend his title at Roland Garros. This will be the 25th Grand Slam title overall, and the fourth in Paris for Djokovic, who has not won a tournament so far this year.

Djokovic was already trailing 1:2 in sets when he caught himself in the fourth set and found his way into the match with aggressive play. The 37-year-old increased the tension again and then made a show of strength, while Musetti was no longer able to continue after an even start and a strong third round.

Djokovic was then in a celebratory mood

With his 369th victory in a Grand Slam match, the Serb equaled the record set by Swiss Roger Federer. In addition, Djokovic raised his record for five-set wins to 39:11, while the 22-year-old Italian fell to 2:6.

“He was full of adrenaline and definitely couldn't sleep,” a smiling Djokovic said in French in his interview on Court Philippe Chatrier: “If there's a party somewhere, I'll go!” Let's go!” He showed Musetti “a lot of respect.” I told him on the net that he had an amazing match. He was very close to winning it.”

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Alexander Zverev showed his comeback qualities in the match against Talon Grekspor

Zverev is also shying away from early farewells

Previously, Alexander Zverev had difficulty avoiding an early departure from Paris. The fourth-seeded German succeeded in sweeping the Dutchman Talon Grekspoor on his knees in the third round after more than four hours with a time of 3:6 6:4 6:2 4:6 7:6 (10/3). Zverev showed the quality of the comeback in the fifth set, where Grekspor was already two games ahead.

Zverev, who lost sets in the third game for the first time in this year's tournament, barely reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros for the seventh time in a row. In the battle for the quarter-final ticket, he will face the winner of the duel between Danish Holger Rönn and Josef Kovalik from Slovakia.

Zverev is off to a weak start

Zverev had a poor start on Philippe Chatrier's indoor court and immediately got a break to make it 0-2, which he was unable to do in the first set. From the middle of the second set, he played more aggressively and with much fewer minor errors. From then on things went better for the candidate, but he allowed himself a period of weakness again in the fourth set.

Grikspor, who underwent treatment on his right thigh, fought his way into the fifth set thanks to dangerous stops – and got off to a bright start at the break to make it 1-0. The Dutchman increased his lead to 4-1 and was only two points away from upset. But Zverev fought back and in the tiebreak it was clear that the German had a better finish.

Erler/Midler in a double takeout

Alexander Erler and Lucas Midler were eliminated in the second round of the doubles tournament at the French Open in Paris. The Austrian Davis Cup duo conceded defeat to top seeds Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 6:7 ​​(3/7) 2:6 on Saturday.

On Friday, Sebastian Offner failed in the third round against Frenchman Corentin Moutet. This means that Austria is only represented in the junior category at this Grand Slam, where Joel Schwarzler from Vorarlberg, seeded second, will meet American Jack Kennedy in the first round.

Women's favorite wins

In the women's category, second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and fourth seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan achieved favorite victories in the third round. Australian Open winner Sabalenka came close to losing her first set of the tournament in the first set, but then defeated Spain's Paula Badosa quite safely 7:5 and 6:1. Former Wimbledon champion Rybakina defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6:4 6:2 despite losing her serve twice in the first set.

Sabalenka defeats her friend Badosa

The duel between close friends Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa took place on Saturday at the French Open in Paris. In the end, the Belarusian favorite defeated the Spaniard in two sets.

Sabalenka's match against Badosa was also a duel between two close friends, and the organizers advertised the match as the “Battle of the Best”. Badosa has struggled with back problems in recent years, which is why the former world number two is now only 139th in the world rankings. But nothing could be done against Sabalenka, who was improving as the match progressed. The story was similar with Rybakina. The fourth-seeded Russian player said: “In the second set, I played with more confidence and improved my serve.”

French Open in Paris, men's singles

(France, Grand Slam tournament, 53.5 million euros, clay courts)

Third round panel:
Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) Lorenzo Musetti (ITA/30) 7:5 6:7 (6/8) 2:6 6:3 6:0
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG/23) Tommy Paul (USA/14) 3:6 6:3 6:3 6:2
Taylor Fritz (USA/12) Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6:3 6:2 6:7 (4/7) 5:7 6:3
Casper Road (NOR/7) Thomas Martin Echeverry (ARG/28) 6:4 1:6 6:2 6:2
Alexander Zverev (Germany/4) Talon Grixpor (NED/26) 3:6 6:4 6:2 4:6 7:6 (10/3)
Ron Holger (DEN/13) Joseph Kovalik (SVK) 7:5 6:1 7:6 (7/2)
Alex de Minaur (Australia/11) Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) 4:6 6:4 6:3 6:3
Daniil Medvedev (Rus/5) Tomas Matak (Czech Republic) 7:6 (7/4) 7:5 1:6 6:4
Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) Andrey Rublev (Russia/6) 7:6 (8/6) 6:2 6:4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/9) Zhang Zizhen (CHN) 6:3 6:3 6:1
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/21) Ben Shelton (USA/15) 6:4 6:2 6:1
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/3) Sebastian Korda (USA/27) 6:4 7:6 (7/5) 6:3
Hubert Hurkacz (POL/8) Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6:3 7:6 (7/0) 4:6 6:1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL/10) Zizo Burgess (Belgium) 6:3 7:6 (7/4) 4:6 6:4
Corentin Motet (FRA) Sebastian Offner (AUT) 3:6 6:4 6:4 6:1
Jannik Sinner (ITA/2) Pavel Kotov (Russia) 6:4 6:4 6:4

Women's singles

Third round panel:
Iga Swiatek (POL/1) Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic) 6:4 6:2
Anastasia Potapova (Russia) Wang Xinyu (CHN) 7:5 6:7 (6/8) 6:4
Olga Danilovich (SRB) Donna Vekic (CRO) 0:6 7:5 7:6 (8/10)
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE/5) Chloe Paquet (FRA) 6:1 6:3
Coco Gauff (USA/3) Dajana Jastremska (UKR/30) 6:2 6:4
Elisabetta Cocchiarito (ITA) Lyudmila Samsonova (Russia/17) 7:6 (7/4) 6:2
Clara Tousson (Denmark) Sofia Kenin (USA) 6:2 7:5
Anas Jaber (DO/8) Leila Fernandez (CAN/31) 6:4 7:6 (7/5)
Yelena Avanesyan (Russia) Zheng Qinwen (CHN/7) 3:6 6:3 7:6 (6/10)
Yasmine Paolini (ITA/12) Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 6:1 3:6 6:0
Jelina Svitolina (UK/15) Anna Bogdan (ROU) 7:5 6:2
Yelena Rybakina (KAZ/4) Elise Mertens (BEL/25) 6:4 6:2
Varvara Gracheva (FRA) Irina-Camelia Bijou (ROU) 7:5 6:3
Mira Andreeva (Russia) Peyton Stearns (USA) 6:2 6:1
Emma Navarro (USA/22) Madison Keys (USA/14) 7:6 (7/5) 7:6 (7/3)
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/2) Paula Badosa (Spain) 7:5 6:1