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Pablo Carreno Busta sets up quarter final against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros

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Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta has reached his fourth Grand Slam quarter final and his second in Paris after 2017 after beating German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 6-2 7-5 6-2 in the fourth round after 2 hours and 22 minutes at Roland Garros. 

 

Carreno Busta has qualified for his second quarter final at Grand Slam level in 2020 after advancing to the US Open semifinal last September. 

Carreno Busta fended off three of the four break points he faced during the match and hit 44 winners to 27 unforced errors. The Spanish player converted 6 of the 18 break points he faced and won 85% of his first serve points. The Spaniard recovered from 2-5 down in the second set by winning nine consecutive games. 

In the opening set Carreno Busta earned his first break in the third game and held serve with a service winner to open up a 2-0 lead. Altmeier wasted three game points at 1-3 and dropped his serve, when he hit his backhand long. 

Carreno Busta fended off a break point chance with a service winner in the sixth game and closed out the first set with a hold at 5-3 after 43 minutes. 

Altmeier earned the first break of the second set with a break at 15 in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead. The German player hit a service winner to race out to a 5-2 lead and served out for the set at 5-3. He saved the first break point with a forehand winner, but Carreno Busta converted his second chance, when Altmeier made an error. 

Carreno Busta drew level to 5-5 after three deuces in the 10th game before earning the break in the 11th game, when Altmeier hit a backhand long. 

Carreno Busta held serve at 30 after an error from Altmeier to win his fifth consecutive games from 2-5  clinching the second set 7-5. 

Seven of eight games in the third set went to deuce. Carreno Busta broke serve in the first game of the third set after Altmeier netted a forehand. The Spanish player hit a backhand winner in the third game to open up a 3-0 lead. Carreno Busta got a double break with a backhand to race out to a 4-1 lead. 

Altmeier fended off three break points in the fifth game to claw his way back to 1-4. Carreno Busta sealed the third set with a hold at 5-2. 

Altmeier was bidding to become the lowest-ranked Roland Garros quarter finalist since Henry Leconte in 1992. 

The Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic in the quarter final on Wednesday. They have already met in a Grand Slam tournament this year at the US Open. Djokovic controversially hit the linesman with the ball and was disqualified. This was the only defeat on the ATP Tour for Djokovic in 2020.   

“I have had stomach problems. I did not feel well. Sometimes you have to win games without being at 100%. They are usually the most important ones. Now I will try to recover as soon as possible. I will try my best against to overpower Novak and move into the semifinals”, said Carreno Busta. 

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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.

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Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since Kei Nishikori in 2008

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Carlos Alcaraz beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag becoming the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach in 2008 and the youngest Spanish ATP Tour champion since RafaelNadal in Sopot 2004. 

 

Alcaraz earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead with an inside-in forehand winner and he never looked back by holding his next service games. The Spanish teenager broke serve in the third game as Gasquet made a double fault. Alcaraz converted his third break point in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet earned three break points but he was not able to convert them. 

“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players. I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and  I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future”, said Alcaraz. 

Gasquet was aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since s’Hertogenbosch in 2018. 

“It was tough for me to play with his full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin. He is playing unbeievable. He is only 18 and of course he had a great future and Ijust could not play at his level and his intensity”, said Gasquet. 

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