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Roland Garros Daily Preview: The Round of 16 Concludes on Monday



Iga Swiatek this past week in Paris (

The singles quarterfinals will be set after Monday’s action in Paris.


Through three rounds, Iga Swiatek has been dominant, dropping only eight games across six sets, with four of those sets featuring a score 6-0.  But on Day 9, she faces a red-hot Lesia Tsurenko, who has already defeated two other Major champions this fortnight in Barbora Krejcikova and Bianca Andreescu.

Monday’s matches also feature two WTA finalists from last season at Slams: Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur.  ATP action is headlined by what should be two extremely competitive matchups between seeded players.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s four most prominent matches, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule.  Monday’s play begins at 11:00am local time.

Sara Sorribes Tormo vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia (14) – 11:00am on Court Suzanne-Lenglen

Prior to this fortnight, Haddad Maia was 0-7 in the second round of Majors.  Her success outside the Majors had previously come on grass and hard courts, so this run on clay is a bit of a surprise.  Beatriz is now 20-11 this year on all surfaces, and won two consecutive three-setters to reach this stage for the first time in her career.

Sorribes Tormo was unfortunately part of a very controversial decision on Sunday, where her doubles opponent Miyu Kato was defaulted for unintentionally hitting a ball girl with a ball, and only after Sara and her partner Marie Bouzkova allegedly argued for the default to happen.  There’s been a huge backlash on social media regarding Sorribes Tormo and Bouzkova’s behavior, which could easily impact her play on this day.  Sorribes Tormo won her first two singles matches in straight sets, before receiving a walkover in the last round from Elena Rybakina.  And Sara missed much of this season due to injury.

These players have split four previous meetings at all levels.  But on Monday, I favor the more aggressive game of Haddad Maia to prevail.

Holger Rune (6) vs. Francisco Cerundolo (23) – Second on Court Suzanne-Lenglen

Rune is now 29-10 on the year, and looking to repeat as a quarterfinalist in Paris.  It was also in this city where his biggest title to date occurred, when he won the Paris Masters last November by upsetting Novak Djokovic in the final. 

This is the farthest Cerundolo has ever advanced at a Major.  In fact, prior to 2023, he had never won a match at a Major.  But he is a huge threat on this surface, and came back from a set down to upset Taylor Fritz in the last round.

They have never played at tour level, but four years ago at a Challenger tournament on clay, Francisco prevailed in straight sets.  However, a young Holger wasn’t even ranked inside the top 1,000 at the time.  In 2023, Rune is a significant favorite to achieve his second Roland Garros quarterfinal.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Lesia Tsurenko – Third on Court Suzanne-Lenglen

As aforementioned, Swiatek has been in beatdown mode this fortnight.  Iga is 24-2 lifetime at the French Open, and vying for her third title within the last four years.  And after a slow start to this year by her high standard, she is now 31-6, and 15-2 on clay.

But Tsurenko is a dangerous fourth round draw.  She is 28-8 this year at all levels, and has not dropped a set this fortnight.  Her victories last week over Krejcikova and Andreescu were clinical.

Swiatek is 2-0 against Tsurenko, with both matches taking place within the past year on clay.  And both matches had the same score line: 6-2, 6-0.  While I expect a tighter contest on Monday given Lesia’s current level, Iga is still a heavy favorite.

Grigor Dimitrov (28) vs. Sascha Zverev (22) – Not Before 8:15pm on Court Philippe-Chatrier

Zverev may finally be rounding back into form a full year after the gruesome ankle injury he suffered here in Paris against Rafael Nadal.  He was just 17-14 this season before arriving in Paris, yet has only dropped one set thus far, which includes a strong four-set victory over 12th-seeded Frances Tiafoe.

Dimitrov has not dropped any sets through three matches.  And coming off his run to the final just a week ago in Geneva, he’s won six of his last seven contests.  This equals his best-ever result at Roland Garros, the only Major where he’s yet to reach a quarterfinal.

Zverev leads their head-to-head 3-1, and has taken their last three meetings, though only one of those occurred within the past seven years.  With Sascha’s confidence level growing match-by-match, I like his chances of winning on Monday.

Other Notable Matches on Monday:

Bernarda Pera vs. Ons Jabeur (7) – Jabeur is only 14-6 on the year, as she’s battled multiple leg injuries this season.  This is the only Major where she’s yet to advance beyond the fourth round.  Meanwhile, this is Pera’s first time in the fourth round of a Slam at the age of 28.  They have split two prior encounters at all levels.

Nicolas Jarry vs. Casper Ruud (4) – After a bad start to the year on hard courts, Ruud is now 14-5 on clay.  Jarry is 19-6 this season on clay, and is on an eight-match win streak, after taking the title in Geneva right before this tournament.  Nicolas beat Casper 7-5 in the third during that Geneva run, with Ruud claiming their only other meeting last season in Seoul on a hard court.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs. Coco Gauff (6) – Gauff has already twice come back from a set down in her first three matches.  Schmiedlova is yet to drop a set on the way to her deepest progression at a Major to date.  Last year in Madrid, Coco defeated Anna Karolina by a score of 6-0, 6-2.

Tomas Martin Etcheverry vs. Yoshihito Nishioka (27) – This is Nishioka’s second consecutive advancement to the second week of a Major, and he played 14 sets in the first week.  This is Etcheverry’s best ever Slam result, and he did not drop a set in the first week.  This is their first meeting.

Monday’s full Order of Play is here.


Tennis Player Disqualified From Shanghai Qualifying Match Two Points Away From Victory



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It will be a match that Australia’s Marc Polmans will never forget but for all the wrong reasons.


The World No.140 looked to be on the verge of victory against Italy’s Stefano Napolitano when leading their match 7-6(3), 6-6(6-5), in the final round of qualifying at the Shanghai Masters. However, disaster struck at the next point when Polmans temper got the better of him and subsequently cost him.

With match point, he approached the net to hit a backhand shot but it ended up in the net. Prompting the frustrated 26-year-old to hit a tennis ball that unfortunately hit the umpire. As a result of that action, he was automatically disqualified from the match which handed Napolitano the victory and a place in the main draw.

It is not the first time a tennis player has been disqualified for such an incident. During a 2017 Davis Cup tie between Canada and Great Britain, Denis Shapovalov was disqualified for firing a tennis ball that hit the umpire’s eye. Novak Djokovic was also disqualified from the 2020 US Open after hitting a ball that accidentally struck a lines judge.

“Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw
a tennis ball while on the grounds of the tournament site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up),
” the 2023 ATP rulebook outlines.
“For purposes of this rule, abuse of balls is defined as intentionally or reckless- ly hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with disregard of the conse- quences.’
“Violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine of up to $350 for each violation. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule.”

It is a tough lesson for Polmans to learn. He was on the verge of playing in the main draw of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. He is currently the 10th highest-ranked Australian player on the ATP Tour and reached the final of a Challenger event in Guangzhou, China last month.

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Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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