Men's French Open 🇫🇷 Round of 16 Results
Daniil Medvedev (2) d Cristian Garin (22) 6-2 6-1 7-5
Medvedev continued his controlled playing style, holding up well physically and mentally. The world no 2 has only dropped one set after four matches, an impressive stat from someone who claimed 'hated playing on clay'.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina d Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4
It was a case of youth and crowd that pushed the Spaniard over the line. The world no 46 continued to feed off the crowd. He blew a break in the second and two in the third set, allowing the Argentine to have a glance at the comeback, but the Spaniard was too strong against the 30yo.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) d Pablo Carreno-Busta (12) 6-3 6-2 7-5
The Greek God came out strong, taking two breaks in each of the first two sets, before finding himself down a break early in the third set, but he was able to break back twice in the third set to clinch a straight sets win.
Alexander Zverev (6) d Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-1 6-1
These two had their third matchup in a month. The German made it 3/3, and continued to outhit Nishikori, pushing him side to side, controlling the game with intensity. Zverev's serve held well, and was clinical in break points (8/11) (73%).
Diego Schwartzmann (10) d Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(9) 6-4 7-5
After being 5-1 40-30 up in the first set, Struff just could not convert. Schwartzmann counted his lucky stars after winning the first set via net cord, but mentally there was no coming back for the German. Despite his serve and return game on par, Schwartzmann is a cut above, breaking 8 times throughout the match.
Novak Djokovic (1) d Lorenzo Musetti 6-7(9) 6-7(2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 (WALKOVER)
It was arguably the match of the tournament, as the 19yo Italian ranked 76 in the world clinched the first two sets in tiebreakers. Djokovic had his work cut out for him, but he was not in an unfamiliar position. After the first game of the third set, he was favourite and looked ready to win. Musetti competed brilliantly, but there is something about Grand Slam best of 5 set format that favours the experienced. Musetti should not leave his head low. Not many people take a set, let alone two sets from the world no 1.
Rafael Nadal (3) d Jannik Sinner (18) 7-5 6-3 6-0
Despite the Italian breaking 4 times, it was not enough to secure a set against the world no 3, who is yet to drop a set this tournament. The stat that sticks out to me is first serve win % at 81% vs 42%. Opponent's knees are weak when coming up against the clay master, and Sinner is yet to combat the pressure.
Matteo Berrettini (9) d Roger Federer (8) (WALKOVER)
A sad sight to see. Federer withdrawing from Roland Garros to protect his knees, and save himself for the grass court season, featuring Wimbledon, where he holds the all-time record championships (8).