Player, journalist, president
The main events at Roland Garros take place on the Philippe Shatrie court. It is in this arena that the most interesting meetings are staged, and in the second week almost all matches will be played on the Shatrie court. The organizers of Roland Garros renamed the center court in his honor after the death of the tennis player – in 2001. Yes, Philip played tennis, but this is not what became famous. During his 13-year playing career, he never made it to the fourth round, either alone or in pairs. In the mixed doubles, his best result is the fourth round of Wimbledon-1960.
Much more Shatrie has succeeded as an official. Immediately after his retirement, he became a journalist, and in 1973 he became the head of the French Tennis Federation and held this position for 20 years. In addition, he was President of the International Tennis Federation for 14 years. It was thanks to Shatriya that tennis returned to the Olympic family, first as a trial sport, and then as a full-fledged one (since 1988). In 1992 Philippe Shatrie was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. On the website of the bookmaker Parimatch https://parimatch.co.tz/en/, there are bets not only on tennis but also on other sports, as well as the best odds among all bookmakers.
Svitolina’s unexpected defeat
Elina Svitolina played her third match in Paris not on the central arena, but on the first court. Obviously, no one expected that a sensation would happen in this meeting. The Ukrainian woman, who at some point became the main favorite of the tournament among bookmakers, lost to the debutante Roland Garros. Romanian Mihail Buzernescu celebrated her 30th birthday in May and gave herself her first victory in the Grand Slam tournament. The Romanian first got into the base on the “Helmet” at the US Open-2017, but she could not win either there or in January of this year in Melbourne, and in Paris she reached the fourth round. Why did the Romanian woman reveal herself so late? Shoulder and knee injuries required two surgeries that prevented the Romanian from entering the court for many years, but she is now showing her best tennis of her career.
Svitolina honestly admitted that she did not know her opponent and her game very well. Perhaps this influenced the course of the meeting. The Romanian played quite actively, went ahead and took advantage of the fact that Elina clearly cannot find her tennis. Svitolina delivered only 11 blows right through, while there were almost three times more unforced errors – 29. In addition, the first serve worked much worse than we would like. At the same time, Elina had chances: in the second set, she had a setball on her serve, but Buzernescu won it back and won 6: 3, 7: 5. This is the main victory in the Romanian’s career, which was at the end of the fourth hundred a year ago.
Tsurenko set a personal record in Paris
Of course, the defeat of Svitolina greatly upset the Ukrainian tennis fans, but Lesya Tsurenko managed to sweeten the pill. She advanced to the fourth round thanks to her victory over Magdalena Rybarikova. Unlike Elina, everything was fine with Lesya, even excellent. In the first game Tsurenko won all the points after hitting the first ball – 14 out of 14! This is a grandmaster’s indicator. As for the rest, Lesya acted at a very high level.
In the second game Rybarikova was still able to adapt to the Ukrainian game, she began to win a little more balls herself and reduced the number mistakes, but Tsurenko, having missed the serve for the match “under zero”, then “under zero” made another break – 6: 2, 6: 4. For the first time in her career, Lesya reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. “I realized that if I played tight, she would constantly bounce off the ball and give me more time. The second set was less even, but still I was calm and in tune “, – said Les after the match.
Tsurenko vs. Mugurus
The next opponent of the Ukrainian will be Garbinier Mugurus. Of course, the opponent is difficult, but three years ago Tsurenko had already won in Canada, while in two sets. And another meeting took place in Wuhan last year, and the Spaniard has already taken the upper hand there. Thus, on Monday, their third full-time match and the first on clay will take place. And Garbinier herself in the third round defeated Samantha Stosur 6: 0, 6: 2. The Australian played two matches that day (even paired with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova), and lost in both categories.
Caroline Wozniacki is also very confident. The second seeded Pauline Parmentier gave only three games, and even then, when the score was already 6: 0, 5: 0. Probably, the match with Daria Kasatkina will turn out differently, since the Russian woman has already won twice against Carolyn this year and is likely to at least impose a fight. No questions to Simone Halep, she, like Mugurusa from Wozniacki, made one “wheel”: 7: 5, 6: 0 against Andrea Petkovic. Note that after the first set the knee was bandaged for the German woman, and she could no longer play fully. Halep’s next rival is Alice Mertens, who defeated Daria Gavrilova 6: 3, 6: 1.
Kambek Putintseva and the 22nd match between Serena and Sharapova
With a downscaled score, Caroline Garcia beat Irina Begu. Indeed, there were many easy victories in the third round, but we note two meetings that consisted only of tie-breaks and ended unexpectedly. Champion of Prague and Madrid Petra Kvitova interrupted a streak of 13 victories in a row and lost to Anette Kontaveit, who also plays beyond praise in this clay season – 6: 7 (6), 6: 7 (4). And Angelique Kerber beat Kiki Bertens 7: 6 (4), 7: 6 (4). The German woman is higher in the rating, but Bertens acted brilliantly in the spring, so many experts called the Dutch woman the favorite of the meeting.
Yulia Putintseva became the winner in the “Third round comeback” nomination. She was inferior 1: 6, 0: 4, and with the score 4: 5 she played a double matchball and still passed Wang Qiang – 1: 6, 7: 5, 6: 4. In another stubborn match, Sloane Stevens defeated Camila Georgie – 4: 6, 6: 1, 8: 6. Well, the central meeting of the fourth round will be the confrontation between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Serena leads the face-to-face 19-2, but fans are still looking forward to every new game. Maria hasn’t defeated an American since 2004, but maybe now she will have a chance?
The fact is that in the third round the Russian woman unexpectedly easily dealt with Karolina Plishkova 6: 2, 6 : 1, while Serena Williams in a more persistent meeting passed Julia Görges 6: 3, 6: 4. After the match, Sharapova said that she always wants to play with the best, so she is waiting for a new fight with Serena, and the American noted that she was surprised at such attention to her person in Maria’s autobiography. At the same time, Williams added that she has nothing against Sharapova.
Khachanov will check Zverev
The men have no super signs in the fourth round, although Dominik’s game Tim and Kei Nishikori draws attention. The Austrian unexpectedly spent four sets to beat Matteo Berretini – 6: 3, 6: 7 (5), 6: 3, 6: 2. In the match between Nishikori and Gilles Simon, on the contrary, a fight was expected, but the Japanese showed wonderful tennis and defeated the opponent 6: 3, 6: 1, 6: 3. It is rather difficult to determine the favorite in the Tim – Nishikori match. In terms of the game, both deserve to reach at least the quarterfinals, but only one will go there.
An interesting fight will take place at the very bottom of the grid: Karen Khachanov versus Alexander Zverev. The Russian grieved the local favorite Luc Pui – 6: 3, 7: 5, 6: 3. The playing conditions suited the Russian better and did not suit the Frenchman, who likes to play the ball for a long time. If Khachanov won confidently, then Zverev saved himself with 1-2 sets in the second round in a row. Moreover, he had to play matchball with Damir Jumhur. However, the German went further – 6: 2, 3: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (3), 7: 5.
Monfils missed four match points
In one of the episodes, Jumhur and bolboi, who did not see it, ran to the ball each other and pursued one goal – to catch a game shell. Damir succeeded, but then he ran into the boy and knocked him onto the court. Fortunately, the Bosnian did not inflict serious injury on him. No less insulting than Jumhur is now Gael Monfils. In the fourth game he had four match points (!) In the game with David Goffin, but missed all of them. The Frenchman argued a little with the referee, argued a little with David, played a little to the audience and as a result was very tired. In the fifth game, Goffin’s advantage was already obvious – 6: 7 (5), 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 5, 6: 3.
The only match among top 10 players in the fourth round is the game of John Isner and Juan Martin del Gut. The American has already played seven tie-breaks at this tournament and only three sets ended differently. In the third round, Isner was stronger than Pierre-Hugues Herbert – 7: 6 (1), 6: 4, 7: 6 (4). Del Potro, in turn, defeated Albert Ramos – 7: 5, 6: 4, 6: 1. Both Juan Martin and John don’t really like clay, but some of them will make it to the quarterfinals. For sure in this match there will be fast tennis unusual for this surface with short rallies and cannon strikes from the right on both sides.
Nadal – Gasquet – 16-0
Everything was quite predictable in a pair of Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet. The Spaniard was leading 15-0 in head-to-head and hasn’t lost a set for almost 10 years. So this time Nadal won extremely easily – 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 2, while Rafael still took the first 12 draws, that is, he claimed the Golden Set. After the match, the Spaniard fulfilled his dream and played with him several rallies, which made the local fans very happy. And then Nadal will play with Maximilian Marterer, who beat Jurgen Zopp – 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 4.
The main surprise of the round is the defeat of the tired Grigor Dimitrov. After 4.5 hours with Jared Donaldson, the Bulgarian could hardly oppose Fernando Verdasco (6: 7 (7), 2: 6, 4: 6). The Spaniard will then meet with Novak Djokovic. The Serb passed the first serious test: in almost four hours he broke the resistance of Roberto Bautista-Agut: 6: 4, 6: 7 (6), 7: 6 (4), 6: 2. The match between Marin Chilic and Fabio Fognini can also turn out to be interesting.