French Open day eight: Roland Garros bids farewell to two icons but will Roger Federer and Serena Williams return?
Roland Garros bade farewell to two ageing legends on Sunday as Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open while Serena Williams suffered defeat.
Williams was beaten by 21-year-old Elena Rybakina, who was not born when the 23-time grand slam singles champion first played in Paris, while Federer decided three matches on clay was enough as he turns his attentions to the grass.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev continued their convincing tournaments and will face off in the last eight while sixth seed Alexander Zverev will meet Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
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Thank you Sir Andy, the feeling is mutual. You gotta love it 💚 See you on the 🌱🎾 https://t.co/6Jln8V6vSw
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
Swiatek at the double
WE ARE NOT WORTHY 🤯@iga_swiatek and @matteksands save SEVEN match points, coming back from 1-5 down in the third to oust top seeds Hsieh/Mertens 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in three hours, 11 minutes. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/FvKWalEgdE
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2021
Iga Swiatek is becoming a bigger favourite to retain her singles title with every passing day. She could yet win two trophies after an extraordinary doubles victory alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands over top seeds Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens.
Women: Serena Williams (7), Victoria Azarenka (15), Marketa Vondrousova (20)
Men: Pablo Carreno Busta (12), Cristian Garin (22)
Who’s up next?
Swiatek gets top billing in the night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier for her fourth-round clash with 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.
Coco Gauff will aim to reach her first grand slam quarter-final at the age of 17 when she takes on the tricky Ons Jabeur while fourth seed Sofia Kenin plays Maria Sakkari.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both meet teenage Italians in the form of Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, with Matteo Berrettini already through following Federer’s withdrawal.
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