The three Frenchmen competing in the third round of the US Open on Saturday, Richard Gasquet, Alizé Cornet and Clara Burel, were eliminated. Caroline Garcia and Corentin Moutet remain the last blue hopes in New York.
The number 18
Overwhelmed 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 in 2h17, in the night session, Richard Gasquet suffered his eighteenth defeat in as many matches against Rafael Nadal. Biterrois summarized: “I don’t have the style of play to worry him. He is much stronger than me, he really nullifies all my strength and in no time can I have a bit of strategy, a bit of air“. The 36-year-old semifinalist of the 2013 edition, like his executioner of the evening, played 47 sets against the Majorcan and won only 4, the last in 2008 …
The standing ovation
At 6-0, 3-0, Gasquet opened his game counter against Nadal. This caused a standing ovation from the New York audience, frustrated by the lack of entertainment. The Biterrois raised his arms crosswise to “to celebrateThis first game A somewhat cruel scene for a triple Grand Slam semi-finalist, more helpless than ever against the immaculate Nadal.
“It’s a little bigger than usual, but it’s still there, ok. “ “terminator Nadal was injured on his nose on Thursday night, during his second round against Fognini, after an unfortunate racquet bounce in his face. New injury for the champion with a bruised body. But against Gasquet, the big hit of the racket in the face was only a distant memory …
The record and the defeat
As at the Australian Open in the quarter-finals, Alizé Cornet suffered the law of the American Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-6 (11/9). In a very tight second set, without a break point, the Nice players collected three balls to equalize in a set anywhere, but in the end it was the 19th in the world to have the last word in the decisive match (11-9) to his second match point. Recall that the Nicoise has set in New York, at the age of 32, a new record of 63 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, improving what she had held since Wimbledon with the Japanese Ai Sugiyama.
End of course for Clara Burel. The 131st in the world, from the qualifications, was outclassed by the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-0, 6-2. The 21-year-old Frenchwoman, who was playing her sixth game, handicapped by a pain in her right thigh, did not exist against 6And World Cup, semifinalist last year, which will face the American Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals.
The number 8
After being sidelined at Wimbledon, in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the Russians and Belarusians take their revenge at the US Open. Men and women put together, there are eight to reach the final eighth. Medvedev, Rublev, Khachanov, Kudermetova and Samsonova for the Russians, Ivashka, Sabalenka and Azarenka for the Belarusians.
Quarter-finals last year at 18, here is Carlos Alcaraz in this year’s round of 16. He is the youngest player since Pete Sampras in 1989 and 1990 to reach the second week of the US Open for two consecutive years.
Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (10/7) after a four-hour fight. All in a super tie-break. In difficulty in recent weeks, the 11th in the world reassures himself a little.
Roland-Garros winner Iga Swiatek had to struggle a bit to defeat American Lauren Davis, 105th in the world, 6-3, 6-4. Conducted 4-1 in the second act, the Pole lined up five games in a row to win in less than two hours and find German Julie Niemeier (108th). Invincible, in the spring with 37 wins and six consecutive titles, the world number 1 was slowed down a bit in her irresistible momentum this summer.
Petra Kvitova had the last laugh against Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12/10). The Czech, who won at Wimbledon in 2014, will face American Jessica Pegula (8th). Her finalist this summer in Cincinnati, she ended up dominating the Spanish in a decisive match on the fly, after saving two match points at 6-5 against her. It is her sixth consecutive victory at the expense of Muguruza, who had won their very first confrontation.
“He is a person worthy of Mount Rushmore. An athlete the size of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods“Tribute signed Frances Tiaffoé to Serena Williams, who said goodbye to New York, Friday evening at 3And round. Tiaffoé continues his journey after winning against Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-4.