French open 2018- first week roundup
French Open 2018 started with lot of excitement and now one week over, there is some top ranked players couldn’t make it to the second week and there are some unknown players making their presence felt in both men’s and women’s side.
Alexander Zverev, third-ranked player at present, had to compete for three straight 5 sets to come through the quarterfinals and it is his first grand slam quarterfinal. On the other hand, Grigor Dimitrov, World Rank (WR) No. 4, had to make an early exit after he was defeated by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. Roberto Bautista Agut (WR 13) and Pablo Carreno Busta (WR 10) already out in the second round to Novak Djokovic and Cecchinato respectively.
Novak Djokovic is already through to the quarterfinal and facing M.Cecchinato from Italy, an unknown quarterfinalist who defeated David Goffin who is ranked No 8 in the World. What a great tournament this 25-year old is having, never had a single grand slam win and now reaching to the quarterfinal.
Dominic Thiem, who had defeated Rafael Nadal in Madrid this year, is also through to his third consecutive French Open quarterfinal and he defeated No 19, Japanese player Kei Nishikori in four sets. Rafael Nadal the tournament favorite is through to the fourth round without dropping a set and is going to meet M.Marterer a 22-year old young guy from Germany and Rafael will look to continue his momentum to get his 11th French Open title. Some of the other players advanced to the Fourth round include Juan Martin Delpotro, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Fabio Fognini, D.Schwartzman and John Isner.
On the women’s side we have a mouth-watering encounter between comeback Mom Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in the fourth round after both of them qualified to Fourth round. It’s been a while both of them met and will be an entertaining contest. World No 10 Sloane Stephens and World No 13 Madison Keys both from the USA qualified to the quarterfinals and a surprise quarterfinalist in Y.Putinseva, World No 98. World No 1 Simona Halep, World No 3 Gabrine Mugurusa, World No 16 Elise Mertens, Former World No 1 Angelique Kerber, World No 7 Caroline Garcia all are through to the fourth round.
A possible Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic title match will be very interesting if both survived till thus far and also we will see 23 times grand slam winner Serena Williams is going to win this French Open or not. With competition getting harder each passing day, we are going to witness more entertaining games in the second week both in Men’s and Women’s section.
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