French Open day 13: Novak Djokovic’s brilliant 215-1 record, Kiki Mladenovic enjoys brighter times
We look back at day 13 of the French Open as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set up a 56th meeting with contrasting victories at Roland Garros.
Nadal overcame a slight third-set wobble to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0), while Djokovic was taken the distance by Stefanos Tsitsipas in a 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1 victory.
Iga Swiatek was unable to make a second final, losing with Nicole Melichar in the last four of the women’s doubles, while Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid completed a sweep of the wheelchair men’s doubles titles in 2020.
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Djokovic is 237-2 overall in Best-of-5 matches from 2 sets up (l. to Nikolay Davydenko in 2008 @DavisCup 1R).
— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) October 9, 2020
Brighter times for Kiki
— wta (@WTA) October 9, 2020
Kristina Mladenovic wished 2020 was over after a missed double bounce contributed to her first-round loss against Laura Siegemund from 5-1 up in the opening set.
That came on the back of her enforced quarantine in New York but things are finally looking up after the Frenchwoman and partner Timea Babos moved to within one victory of successfully defending their doubles title.
Djokovic closing in
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 9, 2020
Djokovic has made no secret of the importance of records during the final years of his career, and one of the big ones is now firmly within his grasp. The Serbian is spending his 289th week at world No 1 – 21 short of Roger Federer’s record.
He is guaranteed to hold onto the position whatever happens on Sunday and, with the ATP deciding that coronavirus measures meaning players will not lose ranking points will continue until March, the chances of anyone passing him before he overtakes Federer significantly receded.
Who’s up next?
Swiatek and Sofia Kenin take centre stage on Saturday for a youthful women’s singles final.
Swiatek, 19, has swept all before her on her way to a maiden slam final, while Australian Open champion Kenin, 21, is bidding to become the first player since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two titles in a season.
Hewett bids for his second French Open singles title against Joachim Gerard, while Britain’s Andy Lapthorne takes on Dylan Alcott in the quad wheelchair final.
Heather Watson and Cameron Norrie flying the flag for Britain today at Wimbledon
Only four Brits remain.
Carlos Alcaraz finding his feet at SW19 to threaten Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal
He’s becoming a bigger danger to the ‘more experienced.’
Nick Kyrgios punished for spitting at fan in Wimbledon crowd
Bad boy Kyrgios handed yet another fine.
Jack Draper suffers defeat but promises to return to Wimbledon a better player
It wasn’t to be this year.
Wimbledon day four: Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal battle on
Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady won on Thursday to keep the British flag flying.
Alex De Minaur joins girlfriend Katie Boulter in Wimbledon third round
The 20-year-old won the first set on Court One but fell to a 5-7 7-6 (0) 6-2 6-3 defeat.
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon: ‘Every day is a challenge’
Rafael Nadal is prepared to grind his way into the second week at SW19.
Iga Swiatek made to sweat to progress at Wimbledon and extend streak
Karolina Pliskova was the big seed to exit the women’s draw on Thursday while Kirsten Flipkens bowed out.
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The stunning success of British players at Wimbledon contunued as Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady all won.