Tsitsipas sets up Medvedev quarter-final

 - Reem Abulleil

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roland Garros 2021, fourth round© Nicolas Gouhier/FFT

Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to show great consistency at the Grand Slams as he entered a third consecutive major quarter-final with 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 result against Spanish No.12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday.

The Greek fifth seed, who made the semi-finals at last February's Australian Open and fell in five sets to Novak Djokovic in the Roland-Garros semi-finals last October, next takes on second-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev went from owning a 0-4 record on Parisian clay prior to this fortnight, to now going 4-0 this past week to punch his ticket to the last-eight stage for the first time at Roland-Garros.

The Australian Open runner-up eased past Chilean No.22 seed Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 and enters his clash with Tsitsipas having dropped just one set through four matches.

Daniil Medvedev, Roland Garros 2021, fourth round© Julien Crosnier/FFT

Federer withdraws

The Roland-Garros tournament organisers have learned that Roger Federer has withdrawn from the fourth round of the tournament. 

"After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today. After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery. I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court", said Federer. 

Tournament Director, Guy Forget said: "The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night. We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season."

Ninth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini receives a walkover into the quarter-finals, where he awaits either world No.1 Novak Djokovic or 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.

Roger Federer Roland-Garros 2021©Philippe Montigny / FFT

A decade later, Pavlyuchenkova returns to last-eight stage

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova returned to the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros for the first time since 2011 with a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Russian followed up her upset of No.3 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Friday with another impressive performance, knocking out two-time major champion Azarenka in two hours and nine minutes.

She awaits three-time champion Serena Williams or No.21 seed Elena Rybakina in the last eight.

Tamara makes history

Tamara Zidansek became the first woman representing Slovenia to reach a Grand Slam singles quarter-final as she stormed to a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory over Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Sunday.

Prior to this fortnight, the 85th-ranked Zidansek had never made it past the second round at any major.

The 23-year-old started her campaign in Paris by upsetting sixth-seeded Bianca Andreescu in a three-hour 20-minute duel that earned Zidansek a maiden top-10 victory.

She added Madison Brengle, Katerina Siniakova and now Cirstea, to her list of victims and now takes on 33rd-seeded Paula Badosa in the last-eight stage.

"I came out on court prepared," Zidansek said during her on-court interview.

"The first set was a battle, it was just one point, she had a set point already and I'm really happy I managed to come through.

"It means a lot to me and I'm really, really happy to be in the quarter-finals."

Tamara Zidansek, Roland Garros 2021, fourth round© Julien Crosnier/FFT

Maiden last-eight spot for Badosa

Spanish world No.35 Badosa moved into her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 result against 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.

Badosa, who is enjoying a great clay-court season that includes win over world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, a title run in Belgrade, and a semi-final showing in Madrid, extended her current winning streak to nine victories in a row.

She has won more clay-court matches this season than any other woman with her record now standing at 17-2.

Badosa had defeated Vondrousova en route to the Roland-Garros junior title back in 2015.

Paula Badosa Roland-Garros 2021©Julien Crosnier / FFT

Swiatek/Mattek Sands pull off unreal comeback

Reigning singles champion Iga Swiatek has been having no rest days in Paris as she is partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the doubles court.

The 20-year-old Pole, who reached the Roland-Garros doubles semis last year alongside Nicole Melichar, spent more than three hours on Court Simonne-Mathieu on Sunday as she and Mattek-Sands rallied back from 1-5 down, saving seven match points along the way to defeat top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Elise Mertens 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 and move into the quarter-finals.

Diede crowned champion

Top-seeded Diede de Groot added a second Roland-Garros wheelchair singles trophy to her cabinet with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over last year's winner Yui Kamiji in 72 minutes.

De Groot, who also won her in 2019, did not drop a set en route to the title this week and will be back in action later today for her doubles semi-final alongside her partner Aniek van Koot against Kgothatso Montjane and Dana Mathewson.

Girls' top seed eases through

Juniors action has kicked off in Paris on Sunday and top-seeded Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva wasted no time to book her second-round spot with a 6-3, 6-0 success over Belarusian Evialina Laskevich in just 67 minutes.


The 15-year-old Andorran, who won the Australian Open girls' singles title last year, next faces Mexico's Julia Garcia or France's Lucie Nguyen Tan.

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, Roland Garros 2021, girls' singles first round© Philippe Montigny/FFT