Tsitsipas is scared of Dimitrov, Schwartzman out, Christmas and Switek calm … What to remember on Wednesday

The shock fulfilled his promises. Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas fought a great battle on Wednesday 11 May at the Masters 1000 in Rome. The Greek finally won in three tight sets. For his part, Rafael Nadal did not have time to shake his head. The same observation for the head of women’s tennis, Iga Swiatek.

David Goffin, Stanislas Wawrinka or even a 100% Italian duel between Fabio Fognini and Jannik Sinner will liven up the end of the Roman day.

Stefanos Tsitsipas narrowly, Schwartzman grabs the door

Stefanos Tsitsipas was frightened against Grigor Dimitrov. Winner in Monte Carlo and semifinalist in Madrid, the Greek was about to march against the Bulgarian in the last big tournament before Roland-Garros. The unfortunate finalist of the last French Open escaped with the decisive match of the third set after saving two match points (6-3, 5-7, 7-6). [7-4]). World No. 5 will face Pablo Carreno Busta’s Karen Khachanov in the third round. Carlos Alcaraz continues his long-distance duel with one of the other favorites for the title in Paris. they are the two men who have won the most games this season.

For his part, Alexander Zverev had to be wary of his rival of the day, another fit man, the formidable Argentine Sebastian Baez. The great “Sascha” fought first before losing in two sets (7-6, 6-3) to the recent winner of the Estoril tournament. In the next round, Zverev will face Australian Alex De Minaur, winner of Tommy Paul in two sets (7-5, 6-4).

Diego Schwartzman, on the other hand, stops here. The Argentine, number 12 seed, was eliminated without glory by Marcos Girón, the 60th player in the ATP (6-1, 7-6). [7-4]). Eliminated in the standings and then fished after a package, the American climbed to the round of 16. He will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

“Rafa” is developed alongside John Isner

Two small sets, 1:15 of play: here is Rafael Nadal qualified for the round of 16 of the Rome tournament. The Spaniard has offered the scalp of John Isner (6-3, 6-1), calming down a bit after his defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 in Madrid. The clay specialist will face Canadian Nikoloz Basilashvili winner Denis Shapovalov on Thursday.

Winning comeback of Iga Swiatek

After a three-week absence due to a shoulder injury, Iga Swiatek came back with authority on Wednesday against Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse, 57th in the WTA. The world number one won without difficulty in two dry sets (6-3, 6-0).

The Pole thus achieves her 24th consecutive victory, the first since Serena Williams in 2015 (between the 2014 WTA final and Madrid 2015). In the next round, she will face Belarus Victoria Azarenka for a place in the quarterfinals.

Surprise defeats of Kontaveit and Pliskova

In the women’s category, the 5th player in the world, the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, was easily overtaken (6-2, 6-3) by the Croatian Petra Martic (47th in the WTA rankings), who had reached the semifinals a of the previous edition. Karolina Pliskova, WTA No. 6 and a finalist in Rome last year, also lost in three sets to a lower-ranked player, the Swiss Jil Teichmann (29th).

Belarusian Anya Sabalenka (number 3) easily won (6-2, 6-0) against China’s Shuai Zhang. He will face Jessica Pegula in the next round. Another American, Coco Gauff, opposite Madison Brengle, also qualified in two sets and advanced to the round of 16.

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