Day 9 Live: Cilic cruises past Medvedev, Sinner retires

 - Reem Abulleil

Follow along as fourth-round singles action wraps up at Roland-Garros 2022

Marin Cilic, huitièmes de finale, Roland-Garros 2022©Philippe Montigny / FFT

In a battle of two US Open champions, 33-year-old Marin Cilic breezed past world No.2 Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided night-session Roland-Garros fourth round on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Monday.

It was Cilic's first victory in four meetings with Medvedev, who was a quarter-finalist in Paris last year.

"It was one of the best matches of my career from start to finish," Cilic told Alex Corretja in his on-court interview.

The 20th-seeded Cilic is into the Roland-Garros last-eight stage for a third time in 16 appearances, and first since 2018.

He will take on No.7 seed Andrey Rublev for a place in the final four.

Iga survives

"QF #3. Love you, Paris," wrote Iga Swiatek on the camera lens following her tightly-contested fourth-round victory over talented teenager Zheng Qinwen on Monday.

The 19-year-old Chinese is the first player to take a set off of Swiatek this tournament and the first since Liudmila Samsonova stretched the world No.1 to three sets in the Stuttgart semi-finals last month.

Zheng took an 82-minute opening set before a right thigh injury began to bother her. Swiatek recovered to post a 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2 victory, extending her winning streak to 32 consecutive matches.


The 20-year-old Pole has now matched the third-longest winning streak on the women's tour this century, equalling Justine Henin's run of 32 in a row from 2008.

Swiatek, a champion at Roland-Garros in 2020, next faces 11th seed Jessica Pegula, who also rallied back from a set down in her fourth round against Irina-Camelia Begu.

Rublev into last eight

No.7 seed Andrey Rublev has moved into the second Roland-Garros quarter-final of his career after his opponent Jannik Sinner was forced to retire from their contest with a left knee injury.

The Italian 11th seed took the opening set 6-1 in 30 minutes before Rublev struck back to clinch the second 6-4.

Sinner had struggled with the same knee issue in his previous round and when he fell behind 0-2 in the third, he took the decision to retire, sending Rublev into a last-eight meeting with Cilic.

Andrey Rublev Jannik Sinner Roland-Garros 2022©Corinne Dubreuil / FFT

Rune and Ruud make history

Meanwhile, Danish teenager Holger Rune posted the biggest victory of his career, knocking out last year's finalist and No.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland-Garros.

The world No.40 is the first Danish man in history to make it to the last-eight at the Parisian Slam.


Making his tournament main draw debut, Rune dropped his first set of the fortnight against Tsitsipas and was broken while serving for the win at 5-2 in the fourth.

But the 19-year-old recovered from the setback and closed out the victory shortly after to book a showdown with No.8 seed Casper Ruud in the last eight.

Ruud punched his ticket to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, thanks to a 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 success over Polish 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz.

The Norwegian clay expert pulled off the victory in two and a half hours to become the first man from his nation to reach the last-eight stage on Paris' terre battue.


Casper Ruud, Roland Garros 2022, fourth round© Nicolas Gouhier/FFT

Kasatkina back in last eight

Daria Kasatkina has motored into her first Grand Slam quarter-final in four years after weathering the Camila Giorgi storm 6-2, 6-2 in Paris on Monday.

The 20th seed had not reached the second week at any major since back-to-back quarter-finals at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon in 2018.

The 25-year-old was in command throughout her fourth-round victory over the heavy-hitting Italian, her second win from as many meetings between the pair.

Kasatkina’s consistency was superior as she committed just 10 unforced errors to her opponent’s 37, with Giorgi unable to hone her more aggressive game as she did against seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round.

Kasatkina has dropped just 14 games in the opening four rounds and will next meet 29th seed Veronika Kudermetova.

Achievement unlocked for Kudermetova

Kudermetova advanced to a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over former US Open runner-up and No.22 seed Madison Keys.

The 25-year-old had never made the second week at a major prior to this fortnight and takes a 0-1 head-to-head record into her quarter-final clash with Kasatkina.


Veronika Kudermetova, Roland Garros 2022, fourth round© Philippe Montigny/FFT