On Friday, June 2, the third round began at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament in Paris. There were 16 matches: eight for men in the top half of the group and for women in the bottom half. The first racket in the world Carlos Alcaras, the 22-time winner of the Slams Novak Djokovic and eight tennis players and tennis players from Russia had their fights. Not everyone made it to the next round. But first things first! Let’s take a look at the layouts, schedule and tournament grids.
Results of the sixth day. June 2, Friday
Russian tennis fans were looking forward to Friday with great impatience. Indeed, on this day, two of our athletes fought in the third round and, had they been successful, would have met in a head-to-head encounter in the fourth round. At first, it all came down to this. Andrei Rublev (seventh seed) and Karen Khachanov each took two sets from their rivals, but then the problems began. Both lost the third set, in the fourth they reached the tie-break. And if Karen was able to overcome the difficult Australian Tanasi Kokkinakis and achieve victory in the match, then Rublev in a duel with Italian Lorenzo Sonego lost the fourth game, and then the fifth, and with him the whole fight. And now on Sunday, instead of the Khachanov-Rublev match, Karen will meet Sonego. Well, Karen became the best among Russian men for the third TBSH in a row. At the US Open-2022 and the Australian Open-2023, she reached the semifinals. I wonder at what stage the current Roland Garros will end.
How is that?! Rublev relinquished the match, winning 2-0 in sets, and canceled the Russian derby at RG
Three other players from the top 10 seeds, Novak Djokovic (3), Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) and Carlos Alcaras (1), continued without losing a set. It is true that the Serb spent almost three hours in the first two games.
Men. third round Khachanov (Russia, 11) – Kokkinakis (Australia, WC) – 6:4, 6:1, 3:6, 7:6. Sonego (Italy) – Rublev (Russia, 7) – 5:7, 0:6, 6:3, 7:6, 6:3. Ofner (Austria, Q) – Fognini (Italy) – 5:7, 6:3, 7:5, 1:6, 6:4. Djokovic (Serbia, 3) – Davidovich-Fokina (Spain, 29) – 7:6, 7:6, 6:2. Musetti (Italy, 17) – Norrie (Great Britain, 14) – 6:1, 6:2, 6:4. Tsitsipas (Greece, 5) – Schwartzman (Argentina) – 6:2, 6:2, 6:3. Alcaraz (Spain, 1) – Shapovalov (Canada, 26) – 6:1, 6:4, 6:2. Varilias (Peru) – Hurkach (Poland, 13) – 3:6, 6:3, 7:6, 4:6, 6:2.
In women, six Russians played matches at the same time that day and, as in the case of men, their composition was halved at the end of the day. In the derby of two Anastasias, the more experienced Pavlyuchenkova, who returned to action after injury, scored a decisive victory over Potapova (24). Kamilla Rakhimova in all respects lost to the second racket in the world Arina Sobolenko from Belarus. And Anna Blinkova failed to hold a set lead and lost in three games to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, who returned to the tour after the birth of her daughter.
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In addition to Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina and Elina Avanesyan made it to the fourth round, who, by the way, became the first lucky loser in the last 30 years to climb that high on the TBS grid. This day was not without sensations. The third racket in the world, Jessica Pegula, lost in all respects to the Belgian Elise Mertens (28).
Women. third round
Kasatkina (Russia, 9) – Stearns (USA) – 6:0, 6:1. Mertens (Belgium, 28) – Pegula (United States, 3) – 6:1, 6:3. Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, SR) – Potapova (Russia, 24) – 4:6, 6:3, 6:0. Sobolenko (Belarus, 2) – Rakhimova (Russia) – 6:2, 6:2. Svitolina (Ukraine, SR) – Blinkova (Russia) – 2:6, 6:2, 7:5. Stevens (USA) – Putintseva (Kazakhstan) – 6:3, 3:6, 6:2. Avanesyan (Russia, LL) – Tauson (Denmark, Q) – 3:6, 6:1, 7:5. Muhova (Czech Republic) – Run (Romania, 27) – 6:3, 6:2.
Schedule for the seventh day. Interesting matches on Saturday June 3
On Saturday the third round in singles will end. 16 matches will be played: eight for men in the bottom half of the group and eight for women in the top half. In men, there were no Russians left in this part after Daniil Medvedev (2) and Aslan Karatsev (Q) withdrew from the race. Among others, the three remaining tennis players from the top 10 seeds will also play their matches: the Norwegian Kasper Ruud (4), the Danish Holger Rune (6) and the American Taylor Fritz (9).
Men. third round 12:00 Zhang Zhizhen (China) – Ruud (Norway, 4) 12:00. Nishioka (Japan, 27) – Savage (Brazil, Q) 13:30. Coric (Croatia, 15) – Etcheverri (Argentina) 13:30. Harry (Chile) – Girón (United States) 14:15. Rune (Denmark, 6) – Olivieri (Argentina, Q) 15:30. Serundolo (Argentina, 23) – Fritz (United States, 9) 17:00. Altmaier (Germany) – Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 28) 21:15. Zverev (Germany, 22) – Tiafoe (United States, 12)
In women, the Russians Ekaterina Aleksandrova (23) and Mirra Andreeva (Q) continue to fight in the upper part of the grid, who are opposed by difficult rivals – the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad-Maya (14), who already knocked out Diana Schneider from Russia and American Corey Gauff.
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Also competing for a place in the second week of the tournament on Saturday are Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina (4) and two-time Roland Garros winner Iga Sviontek (1), as well as Wimbledon and US Open finalist Ons Jaber (7 ).
Women. third round 12:45. Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 4) – Sorribes-Tormo (Spain) 2:00 p.m. Alexandrova (Russia, 23) – Haddad Maya (Brazil, 14) 2:00 p.m. M. Andreeva (Russia, Q) – Gauff (USA, 6) 15:30. Shmidlova (Slovakia) – Day (USA, Q) 15:30. Cocciaretto (Italy) – Pera (United States) 15:30. Andreescu (Canada) – Tsurenko (Ukraine) 16:15. Swiatek (Poland, 1) – Xinyu Wang (China) 17:30. Danilovic (Serbia, Q) – Zhaber (Tunisia, 7)
Roland Garros takes place from May 28 to June 11 in Paris. You can follow the games in our text broadcasts and “Championship” materials.