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Five Players Who Need A Deep Roland Garros Run

Sofia Kenin is one of many players who would benefit from a deep run in Paris.

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The second grand slam of the season is fast approaching and some players are in desperate need of a deep run in Paris.

 

Roland Garros is just over a week away the final stop on the clay court season with 256 singles players of winning a grand slam.

Seven wins away from immortality and fulfilling a dream of a lifetime is on the mind of most players when they approach Roland Garros.

But only for a select few that dream can turn into a reality while others are only dreaming of a deep run in Paris.

Here we analyse five players who could use a deep Roland Garros run to build confidence for the rest of the season:

Sofia Kenin

The former Australian Open champion has struggled for form at the start of 2021 having lost in the second round in Melbourne and had abdomen surgery. Since having surgery, the American has only won one match from four tournaments with that being in Miami.

Kenin reached the final in October at the delayed Roland Garros event in 2020 but looks unlikely at this stage to reach similar heights in 2021. A deep run at the place where she did so well last year could be the start of a revival and with her dad no longer in her corner could she get the fresh start that her form so desperately needs.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

At the start of the clay-court swing, there was so much excitement about the Canadian’s hopes having decided to team up with Toni Nadal, the uncle and coaching legend behind Rafael Nadal’s success. However that excitement has not translated to Felix’s tennis. Failing to reach the quarter-finals in all five clay-court events so far and losing in the opening round in three of them.

A deep run at Roland Garros could give the gritty Canadian the confidence that he can hang with the best on his best surface but also give him the start needed to give his season some consistency that is needed.

Kiki Bertens

Since her achilles surgery at the start of the year, the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist hasn’t been able to produce the performance that made her favourite for Roland Garros in the last few years. Bertens’ only wins have been against the world number 137 and 702 with the current world number 17 also withdrawing from Rome and Belgrade.

A deep run at Roland Garros could give the Dutchwoman hope that she is still capable of producing big performances on the big stages as she looks for her first grand slam title.

Diego Schwartzman

The two-time Roland Garros quarter-finalist has produced a surprisingly flat clay-court season. His only wins on the clay this season have come against Frances Tiafoe and Corentin Moutet in Barcelona. A lack of patience from the Argentinian has been noticable with confidence at a low, time is ticking to produce his best form.

Will a revisit to Schwartzman’s favourite slam give him a boost for the rest of the season?

Marketa Vondrousova

Struggling with injuries, the 21 year-old hasn’t been able to quite reach the standards that got her into the final of Roland Garros in 2019. A second week in Melbourne would have given her confidence but one win from three tournaments would have been less from ideal heading into the second grand slam of the year.

A deep run at Roland Garros for the Czech Republican would be the welcome boost that she would need heading into the rest of 2021.

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Andy Murray Explains ‘Crushing’ Feeling After Olympics Exit

Andy Murray explained his emotions after exiting the Olympics today.

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Andy Murray admits he feels ‘crushed’ after losing in the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist failed in his attempt to win a medal for a third consecutive Olympics after him and Joe Salisbury lost to Croatian duo Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 10-7.

It means that Murray will likely not win another Olympic medal with this expected to be his last Olympic Games.

On social media Murray admitted that he was crushed about today’s result:

Having been a set and a break up it looked like that Murray was going to have a fairytale ending to his Olympic career.

However the Croatians turned the match around to seal victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Murray also spoke to BBC Sport about whether he will indeed compete at another Olympics, “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” the three time grand slam champion added.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently. I had another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US hard court season where he will look to compete at this year’s US Open where he is one withdrawal away from the main draw.

As for Cilic and Dodig they will now face New Zealand duo Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

The other semi-final will see top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic take on US duo Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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