French Open 2021 LIVE - Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in quarter-final action
It's Day 11 at Roland Garros! It's a big day as the two defending champions are in action with Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal taking to the court looking to book their places in the final four. Elsewhere world number one Novak Djokovic is on the court as well whilst in the women's side of the draw Coco Gauff is looking to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal is in action as well as the men's world number one Novak Djokovic on Day 11.
In the women's draw, 2020 winner, Iga Swiatek was stunned by Maria Sakkari while American teenager Coco Gauff's bid to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career was ended by Barbora Krejcikova.
That's it for Day 11. Join us again on Thursday from 2pm BST for the women's semi finals.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 7-5 BERRETTINI
Novak Djokovic books his spot in the semi finals of the 2021 French Open where he will meet 13-time champion Rafael Nadal for the 58th time in their careers. The Serb upped the ante just as it looked like another tie break was looming and broke on his third match point. The world number one gets the job done after three hours and 28 minutes. The match was stopped midway through the fourth for fans to depart and despite a close battle in the last two sets the top seed prevailed. He screams in delight at the end, roaring and shouting in Serbian. That’s what it means.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-5 BERRETTINI
It’ll be the minimum of a tie break for Novak. Berrettini offers a very brief riposte with a return winner down the line, but the Serb takes his tally to 10 aces with two more in this game to crank up the heat once again.
That forehand really is a bullet when it’s firing on all cylinders. It does just that here as Matteo drops just the one point to a rasping deep return. Tie break anyone?
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 5-4 BERRETTINI
If you blinked you may have missed that. Djokovic saunters through a rapid love hold lashing down his eight ace of the night to finish. The pressure will mount on Matteo now. He must hold to stay in the French Open.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 4-4 BERRETTINI
It looks routine and Djoker seems to lack full interest as Matteo moves 40-0 up. A double fault changes that and alarm bells start ringing for the Italian when the Serb presses to deuce. It’s clutch work from there though and he pulls levels once more.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 4-3 BERRETTINI
The fall has had no ill effects on Nole’s game. He canters to a love hold despite seeming to have a bloody hand. What focus and desire to remain fully in the zone from the 18-time Grand Slam champion.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 3-3 BERRETTINI
Drama! Djokovic threatens from 40-15 down with tremendous elasticity on the return. The Italian digs deep to turn it back his way before Djokovic takes a heavy tumble when wrong-footed by the No.9 seed’s winner. He’s a tad shaken but should be okay once he’s dusted the red clay off his kit.
The players are just leaving the court while the crowd depart due to the curfew. It's a real shame in terms of the spectacle. Djoker and Matteo will be back shortly to continue in an empty stadium.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 3-2 BERRETTINI
Matteo is pressing but these are the types of games you’ve got to carve out BPs if you are going to pull off a monumental shock. He has the crowd on their feet twice but Djoker hangs tough from deuce.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 2-2 BERRETTINI
Nole serve out to 15 before Berrettini rampages to a rare love hold. The calm before the storm…?
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 1-1 BERRETTINI
The crowd are going to have to depart very shortly due to the curfew. That’s not good for Matteo who has been feeding off their positive energy. The Italian outsmarts Djoker with a lovely lob winner to make 30-15 before the big serve does the business.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 1-0 BERRETTINI
It suddenly looks a bit tricky for Djokovic when he double faults to trail 0-30. The Serb responds with a trio of points but Berrettini forces deuce with a crosscourt forehand winner. Djoker switches to clutch mode and the serve and finish is just too good.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-7 BERRETTINI
Well, that was unexpected. Djokovic tightened up with the match seemingly all set for him to sew up. He’s been extraordinary until that moment. Expect the top seed to come back with a vengeance in Set 4.
Berrettini snares the first mini break with a sizzling forehand up the line for 4-3. He looks to convert but then places a dropshot wide with Djoker out of position. It’s a body blow and it gets worse when the Serb returns deep to force an error. Djokovic has it on his racket but duffs a crosscourt forehand into the net. The world No.1 then blows a backhand into the net. It’s 6-5 to MB and set point…the power takes over and it’s there! The No.9 seed claims the breaker 7-5.
On serve. It's 3-3 at the change of ends.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 6-6 BERRETTINI
Sadly for Matteo he comes nowhere near a late grab of the set. Copy and paste ‘Djoker love hold.’ Into a tie break we go.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 5-6 BERRETTINI
This was the set he needed early doors. Berrettini serves well once more and secures the minimum of a tie break.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 5-5 BERRETTINI
The short and simple answer to that previous question is an emphatic no. Novak chalks up yet another love hold and will be keen t get this done in straights.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 4-5 BERRETTINI
Matteo is fighting hard out there. If only some of this had come a bit earlier in the contest. Or was Djokovic just in God-mode? The world No.1 threatens the break once more but this time Matteo swats it away, tip-toeing into the net to prod home the winner with Novak way off court. The Italian hollers with delight. Can he make a match of this with a surprise break now?
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 4-4 BERRETTINI
A gorgeous drop shot gets the crowd cheering as Matteo snares the opening point. Unfortunately for those supporting the No.9 seed it’s as good as it gets. Djokovic flips the switch and clocks up four in a row to level matters.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-4 BERRETTINI
This is more like it (well, on serve at least). Berrettini slap down a pair of aces and stays in front at the business end of proceedings with a solid hold to 15.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 3-3 BERRETTINI
Once again there’s simply no danger for Djokovic. How many love holds is that? Far too many for MB’s liking.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 2-3 BERRETTINI
The No.9 seed continues to stick with his game-plan. He surges 40-0 up but almost comes unstuck as Djokovic fires a return to his feet and hits the line. A blistering crosscourt forehand ensures he doesn’t let it all fall away and he nudges the board once more.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 2-2 BERRETTINI
The crowd try to engage as Djoker flicks a pick-up from a drop shot wide. Berrettini gets his racket on the ensuing serve but can only flash it into the net. He grimaces and threatens to hurl his racket to the floor. Djokovic goes toe-to-toe in what proves to be the concluding rally and inevitably lures the error.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 1-2 BERRETTINI
You half expect Djokovic to thoroughly punish his opponent when Matteo thumps a drive volley that clips the net and bounces wide when he could have left the ball to drift out. It gives Djoker another foothold but this time the No.9 seed’s power does drag him through.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 1-1 BERRETTINI
Matteo just can’t get on the front foot. Djokovic won’t allow it. The Serbinator’s serving mojo flows nicely as he eases on to the board to love. There have been too many of those simple games for Djoker from Berrettini’s point of view.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 0-1 BERRETTINI
Djokovic really does have a great read of that powerhouse serve. It’s reduced the Berrettini threat significantly. The Serb presses once again from 40-15 down but for once his relentless precision goes missing as a hooks well wide to allow the Italian the early hold.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 BERRETTINI
That’s very comfortable. Djokovic shrugs off a rare unforced error for 30-30 and motors through the next two points to take a two-set lead.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-2 BERRETTINI
Oh dear. Berrettini seems to run out of ideas. Djokovic won’t let him off the hook. It needs to be a huge serve or massive forehand to penetrate Djokovic’s defence. He throws the kitchen sink at the top seed but comes up short and then duffs a weak dropshot into the net to cough up the double break.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 3-2 BERRETTINI
This is running away from Matteo now. He complicates things from the start and Djokovic pounces to apply some heat. The Italian reaches a lob at 15-30 but hits a tame backhand volley right at Djoker who fires into the open court to get two bites at the break. He needs just the one as Berrettini again goes for broke and fizzes just long.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-2 BERRETTINI
It’s been a LONG time since Berrettini got a point on the Serbinator’s serve. It’s machine-like efficiency once more as cruises to another perfect game.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-2 BERRETTINI
It’s rarely a routine hold when Nole’s returning to you. Few have the all round power of Matteo but Djoker has a way of absorbing and deflecting it right back your way. He keeps the Serb at bay and pushes the board once more with a game to 30.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-1 BERRETTINI
Déjà vu. Berrettini pushes another drop shot long. It’s not a key moment this time though and Nole rockets down a fifth ace to breeze through a love hold.
DJOKOVIC 6-3 0-1 BERRETTINI
Matteo needs a strong start to Set 2 if he’s to reignite his belief. He throws down a double fault to open but then reels off four points in a row to claim the scoreboard advantage.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 BERRETTINI
The world number one corks down ace number four before steering a forehand into the postage stamp to serve out the opener to love.
DJOKOVIC 5-3 BERRETTINI
Serve-out question posed. Berrettini almost has to win the game twice over from 40-15 after some gorgeous volleying at the net and some devilish low slice from Novak threatened to unravel his opponent.
DJOKOVIC 5-2 BERRETTINI
There’s no doubt Berrettini would like that one back. He reaches Djoker’s drop shot on break point but pushes just long. It’s a huge shame for the Italian as Nole seizes upon the reprieve and it’s clutch from there.
DJOKOVIC 4-2 BERRETTINI
The No.9 seed stays in touch with a hold to 30.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 4-1 BERRETTINI
Matteo is having to go for the lines just to hit through Nole. He threatens from deuce without managing to break through the world number one’s elastic defence. It’s gruelling for both players and you can see what the hold means to Djoker as he lets out a huge roar when the Italian slices long.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 3-1 BERRETTINI
After three holds to kick things off it’s Novak who ups the ante to seize the first-set initiative.
Can Djokovic set up semi-final clash with Nadal?
It’s time for the last of this year’s quarter finals with world number one Novak Djokovic taking on No.9 seed Matteo Berrettini.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 SCHWARTZMAN
Rafael Nadal comes through a test to find some sizzling late form and book a familiar spot in the semi finals of the French Open. The 13-time champion didn’t have it all his own way against Schwartzman but once he took charge he never looked back. The King of Clay served out a bagel to love in two hours and 45 minutes and will meet Novak Djokovic or Matteo Berrettini next.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 5-0 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal skews a backhand into the net at 30-30 and Diego is almost there. Or so he thinks? Nadal refuses to let him get on the board and picks up a dropshot to nail the crosscourt winner. He breaks again and will serve for the match.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 4-0 SCHWARTZMAN
It remains the ultimate challenge in tennis. How do you stay with Nadal on Chatrier for hour after gruelling hour? Schwartzman’s level has dipped and the Spaniard surges on. He eases through a hold to 15 to back up the double break.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 3-0 SCHWARTZMAN
It’s one-way traffic now. Nadal breaks to love as he keeps painting patterns on the court with the same ferocity. Diego doesn’t seem to have the same strength in his arms. He tries the hot dog to retrieve a lob but flashes it into the net.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 2-0 SCHWARTZMAN
Diego is looking tired all of a sudden. Nadal consolidates with a crushing love hold.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN
That’s a painful one for Diego. He kicks off with a double fault and then misses with a couple of attempts down the line to cough up an instant break to 15. He’s been making most of those so far today. Can he regain his composure and keep pushing?
SET! - NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 SCHWARTZMAN
The serve is firing and so is that massive forehand. Nadal serves it out to love and somehow has the lead after really upping the ante in the final part of that set. Does Schwartzman still believe? He's played some awesome tennis and really got under Rafa's skin.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 4-6 5-4 SCHWARTZMAN
Here comes Nadal! The No.3 seed finds the big forehand again and again. Its got extra sting and length and that’s why he takes charge. Diego saves the first of two BPs with a sensational crosscourt winner but Rafa outfoxes him at the net and the Argentine lobs long. Nadal will now serve for the set.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 4-4 SCHWARTZMAN
That’s more like it from Nadal. He throws everything at Diego and a stonking forehand breaks through. He turns to the crowd and pumps his fist before yelling ‘Vamos!’ again. A deep, probing backhand down the line clinches a love hold and he looks keen to make a move here.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 3-4 SCHWARTZMAN
It’s back-toback love holds for Diego. Nadal just can’t hit through him. The Argentine is playing some bewitching tennis. He’s barely missing. Could he do the unthinkable here?
NADAL 6-3 4-6 3-3 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal is not thinking clearly out there but is hanging on. He keeps misjudging the overhead and somehow Diego is winning points he should be dead and buried in. The Argentine shrugs off a supreme dropshot from the Spaniard but then misses a forehand he’d make in his sleep. Nadal seizes upon the let off with a wide ace.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 2-3 SCHWARTZMAN
That’s so casual. Schwartzman disguises a delightful drop shot to demonstrate how good he is feeling out there. Nadal offers little resistance as he hooks a wild backhand wide and the No.10 seed holds to love.
Diego is doing a fine job absorbing the forehand heat and penetrating with the backhand. Rafa finds a solution on this occasion as he wins some cheap points on serve with a pair of aces before clouting away an overhead.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 1-2 SCHWARTZMAN
There’s definitely a feeling this match is up for grabs. Nadal just can’t unlock Diego and it’s been the case for quite some time now. The Argentine plays beautifully from 15-30 down, executing a quality angled volley and sizzling home a backhand winner to keep his nose in front.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 1-1 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal is still looking very edgy. Schwartzman’s eyes light up when a tired backhand offers a half chance at 15-30 but the Spaniard’s overhead achieves parity. He screams ‘Vamos!’ and goes on to dig out a hold with a fine wide serve.
NADAL 6-3 4-6 0-1 SCHWARTZMAN
It’s Diego taking charge here. He’s not shying away and there’s no fatigue from the effort he’s putting in. An ace puts him clear and then he gets a bit of fortune when a dangerous-looking Nadal forehand hits the net and bounces out.
SET! - NADAL 6-3 4-6 SCHWARTZMAN
Here we go! Nadal drops a first set at Roland Garros in what feels like forever! The Spaniard hits a stunning winner on the stretch after a 25-shot rally but cannot settle. Schwartzman bites back from 30-0 down following a double fault and earns set point when wonderful/fortunate length forces an error. Nadal still has a chance to save it but shanks horribly off court when a pass down the line was on. Is another reigning champion under threat again today?
NADAL 6-3 4-5 SCHWARTZMAN
That’s one Nadal would like to have back. He lashes two forehands an inch long and what could have been a very hairy service game for Diego turns routine. The Argentine screams in delight and wows the crowd with a ferocious forehand winner to seal it. Now, can he break Nadal to level the match and stop Rafa’s long RG run of sets?
NADAL 6-3 4-4 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal learns his lesson and waits for the bounce on a smash to reassert his authority in the game after he miscued taking one out of the air to allow Schwartzman to lob and make 30-30. A wrong-footing backhand down the line follows and it’s tied as we enter the business-end of the set.
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NADAL 6-3 3-4 SCHWARTZMAN
Brilliant. Schwartman desperately needed a strong service game and duly produces the goods. It’s a game with almost everything as the Argentine wins the point of the match so far with an overhead after a face-off at the net and a couple of lobs. Nadal presses but can’t get close enough as the No.10 seed buries a wrong-footing forehand to snare the scoreboard advantage once more.
'That's a crowd pleaser!' - Nadal applauds Schwartzman after stunning lob
NADAL 6-3 3-3 SCHWARTZMAN
No let up. Nadal continues his recovery with a rampant love hold. All square in Set 2.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 2-3 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal settles back into the battle and earns himself some immediate reward. He returns to the extreme, loopy backhand shot to force a mistake and then curves a sumptuous forehand winner right into the corner to notch up triple break point. Schwartzman takes a crosscourt forehand early to fend one off but unravels on the next point with a backhand wide.
'Brilliant' - Schwartzman breaks straight back against Nadal
NADAL 6-3 1-3 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal finally gets on the board to stay in touch. Schwartzman had a chance to pile on the pressure with a poor volley into the net at 15-0 and from there the No.3 seed did enough. It’s far from comfortable for the 13-time champion here and he’s got some work to do to turn this set around.
NADAL 6-3 0-3 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal’s radar glitches with a few forehands that usually paint the line missing by an inch. Schwartzman puts himself in position to consolidate at 40-15 and does so when the Spaniard drills a backhand into the net.
BREAK! – NADAL 6-3 0-2 SCHWARTZMAN
The No.10 seed is really taking it to Nadal. He brushes off a couple of unforced errors and almost does relays across his baseline to stay alive and then force mistakes. A wrong-footing volley tees up break point from 30-0 down and he converts with a stonking crosscourt return. That’s some response to losing that opening set.
NADAL 6-3 0-1 SCHWARTZMAN
Diego produces the kind of game that shows he’s not going anywhere just yet. The Argentine catches Rafa out with a drop shot and follows up with an ace and a terrific forehand winner to ease on to the board.
SET! - NADAL 6-3 SCHWARTZMAN
The King of Clay makes no mistake this time. He takes charge with a howitzer of a forehand and serves out the opener to 15 in 42 minutes. Schwartzman has played well but it's still not been enough. That's 36 sets on the spin at RG for the Spaniard. Not bad.
BREAK! – NADAL 5-3 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal repeatedly loops high to make Diego reach up near the baseline. The Argentine coughs up three errors but manages to save all three with some surprising help from an overly-keen Nadal. Schwartzman remains eager to attack but it is his undoing on this occasion is he sizzles long in quick succession to hand over the game at the fourth time of asking. Nadal will serve for the set.
BREAK! – NADAL 4-3 SCHWARTZMAN
You’d be forgiven for expecting Nadal to motor clear from here but he chucks in a very sloppy service game and Schwartzman gets a lifeline. A loopy forehand drifts wide and when a tame backhand hits the net following a double fault he leaves himself too much to do. The Spaniard swats away one but Schwartzman rushes in to a short ball and gleefully rifles a backhand winner down the line.
BREAK! – NADAL 4-2 SCHWARTZMAN
There’s the break! Nadal cranks through the gears, relentlessly unloading that brutal forehand. He ghosts into the net to clock up triple break point before stepping around a second serve and thundering a return winner up the line.
NADAL 3-2 SCHWARTZMAN
It’s a wonderful spectacle so far. Schwartzman is going toe-to-toe with the 13-time champion. He sizzles a sensational crosscourt winner off the backhand and then someone reaches out the forehand on the slide to rifle one up the line – but it’s still not enough. Nadal thunders down an overhead and then clinically despatches a wrong-footing one-two punch to nudge the board.
NADAL 2-2 SCHWARTZMAN
Diego goes close with a backhand attempt down Rafa’s right side and just misses the line. It leaves him playing catch up and he’s soon staring down the barrel at two break points. The Argentine goes on the attack and pushes the boundary of controlled power to breach the No.3 seed’s defence and save both. A wonderful lob turns defence into a winning attack and Nadal hooks long to give his opponent a big confidence boost.
NADAL 2-1 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal had some service issues against Sinner but it’s purring along nicely at the moment. The Spaniard looks sharp as he launches a blistering forehand up the line to charge through a very solid game to 15.
NADAL 1-1 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal stomps all over the No.10 seed’s second serve but Diego steps up in the rallies with a pair of superb winners off both flanks. Two timely first serves fend off the challenge and Schwartzman gets on the board.
NADAL 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN
Nadal pulls Diego from side to side and lures a trio of errors out of the Argentine before slapping down an ace to finish. That's an authoritative start.
All rise for the King of Clay
So, one defending champion bows out – but what about the men's title-holder, Nadal? The 13-time winner in Paris will take on his latest challenger on Chatrier shortly. It’s Argentina’s No.10 seed Diego Schwartzman hoping to become only the third man to ever beat Rafa at this tournament.
H2H: Nadal has a 10-1 record over Schwartman and has won both of their previous meetings at RG, including last year’s semi-final clash. Diego has beaten the Spaniard on clay though after ousting him in the Rome Masters just prior to the showdown in Paris a few weeks later.
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - SWIATEK 4-6 4-6 SAKKARI
The champion is out! Sakkari makes it count as Iga returns wide on the third match point. It was a wonderful performance in a dominant one hour and 35 minutes from the No.17 seed. She will now meet Barbora Krejcikova in the last four. Wow, what a shock!
Sakkari serving for the match
After a lung-busting rally the Greek shows lovely composure to ease a drop volley over the net for 15-0…. Ace number 5 makes it 30-0... A wrong-footing forehand tees up triple match point... Iga saves one with a return winner... Another sharp return forces the error... Two MPs gone...
SWIATEK 4-6 4-5 SAKKARI
It’s a nearly game for Maria. She goes for her shots but misses a few by a whisker. She can’t quite things tricky for Swiatek and a drive volley finishes off a hold to 30. The defending champion is on the brink but poses the serve-out question to the Greek. Can she find that first serve for just one more game?
SWIATEK 4-6 3-5 SAKKARI
The first serve continues to tick along and keep Swiatek at bay. The Pole can’t make inroads from 0-15 and a fourth ace of the game sees Maria move within one of a major shock. That was a significant step but the biggest one is still ahead of her.
SWIATEK 4-6 3-4 SAKKARI
Maria comes out all guns blazing but the game turns at 0-15 when she reads a drop shot, charges in but blazes a sitter of a forehand wide. Iga jumps on the reprieve but then gets fortunate with a flick off the tape that ends with Sakkari dumping a forehand into the net when she looked all-set to force deuce.
SWIATEK 4-6 2-4 SAKKARI
You have to say that’s tremendous. Sakkari doesn’t allow the No.8 seed to get her teeth into the game as she rattles through a love hold to maintain her advantage.
SWIATEK 4-6 2-3 SAKKARI
Just when you think the shock is firmly on, Swiatek responds with clutch serving and hitting to bite back from double break points down to lay down the gauntlet. The 20-year-old Pole isn’t about to give up her title without a major fight.
SWIATEK 4-6 1-3 SAKKARI
The No.17 seed is as solid as a rock. Another beauty of a drop shot steals the show as she romps to a love hold. She can sense the opportunity is there for her and is determined to give it her best shot.
SWIATEK 4-6 1-2 SAKKARI
That delay hasn’t done Sakkari many favours. A couple of misses allow Swiatek to take charge in the game before she finishes it off with a rasping forehand down the line that appears to already have more pop and depth. Is the Pole about to hit the comeback trail?
Medical time out complete
Swiatek is back on court and has some heavy strapping on her right thigh after disappearing for a few moments to get some treatment.
SWIATEK 4-6 0-2 SAKKARI
There’s no answer. Sakarri booms another forehand winner and finishes with an un-returnable wide serve to consolidate with aplomb. The Greek wants to maintain the charge but Swiatek calls for the trainer. Interesting. There didn’t appear to be an obvious problem but the medical team are now on court and stretching out the Pole's right leg.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 4-6 0-1 SAKKARI
Iga goes off court for a comfort break but when she returns the problems remain. A bizarre loopy rally sees her fire a slow-paced shot long before a wide forehand chokes up the instant break. Sakkari’s momentum builds.
SET! - SWIATEK 4-6 SAKKARI
What a show of grit and high-class hitting from Maria! She earns a set point with an ace but then has to fend off the break back opportunity when she sizzles a forehand just wide down the line. Some brave and intelligent serving earns her a second chance and she finishes off what is surely the rally of the opener with a rasping backhand winner. The Greek takes the set in 47 minutes and the reigning champion is in danger with plenty of work to do.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 4-5 SAKKARI
The favourite is in a little bit of trouble. She hooks a forehand wide to cough up another break after Sakkari had piled on the pressure to earn two bites of the cherry with more sharp returning. The 25-year-old will now serve for the set.
SWIATEK 4-4 SAKKARI
A real kicker of a serve towers above Swiatek and puts Sakkari in charge. The Greek No.17 seed wrong-foots her opponent with a third backhand winner of the contest before serving out another solid game to love. She’s not fazed by the occasion or the opponent here.
SWIATEK 4-3 SAKKARI
That’s a loose return game from Maria and Iga surges through an efficient love hold. The steady flow of errors at both ends of the court means this match has yet to really catch fire.
SWIATEK 3-3 SAKKARI
That’s quite brilliant from the Athenian. She outfoxes Swiatek with a fabulous drop shot before hooking a fizzing crosscourt backhand beyond her reach to secure a very impressive hold to 15. She’s firmly established in this match now.
SWIATEK 2-2 SAKKARI
Maria can’t adjust quickly enough to successfully defend a devilishly deep Swiatek backhand but clutch serving sees her go on to fend off a total of four break points. It’s frustrating for the No.8 seed but mightily solid under stress from the Greek.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 2-1 SAKKARI
Maria may have some nerves but Iga’s not exactly firing on all cylinders either. The Pole’s forehand hasn’t found its rhythm and a trio of over-cooked attempts sees her gift the break right back.
BREAK! - SWIATEK 2-0 SAKKARI
That’s far from ideal. It’s a scrappy opening and Sakarri hasn’t quite settled. She coughs up double break point with an untimely double fault and then blazes a crosscourt backhand well beyond the baseline. First blood to the reigning champion.
SWIATEK 1-0 SAKKARI
A trio of big first serves do the heavy lifting for Iga as she opens with a game to 30.
Just like Justine?
Swiatek is aiming to become the first champion to defend her title at RG since Justine Henin. The Belgian won three in a row between 2005-2007.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Sakkari is on her best ever run at a major. She knocked out last year's runner-up and fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-3 to reach the last eight. Her previous best saw her reach the last 16 at both the Australian and US Open last year.
Highlights: Sakkari stuns fourth seed Kenin to reach quarters
All set for Swiatek v Sakkari?
Next up on Chatrier, it’s the defending champion Iga Swiatek against Greece’s world number 18, Maria Sakkari. Number eight seed, Swiatek is the highest ranked player left in the women’s draw.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – GAUFF 6-7 3-6 KREJCIKOVA
It’s all over! Barbora Krejcikova finally claims victory on her SIXTH match point as she serves out to love and books her place in the semi finals of the French Open. It was a topsy-turvy one-hour and 50-minute tussle with teenager, Coco Gauff. The match had two hugely contrasting sets as a tense and closely-fought opener that Gauff should have won was followed by a one-sided one that went the way of the Czech despite the 17-year-old's late flurry.
GAUFF 6-7 3-5 KREJCIKOVA
The Gauff rollercoaster goes through more peaks and troughs as she saves another two match points to somehow survive from deuce. It’s a HUGE game for Barbora next after seeing five MPs wiped away. She needs to regain her composure and see it out before it gets really messy for her.
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-7 2-5 KREJCIKOVA
What a collapse from Barbora. She blows three match points in a row, missing on the last one with a backhand when most of the court was open. Gauff senses her opponent tightening up and reels off a couple of backhands of her own to stay alive a little longer.
GAUFF 6-7 1-5 KREJCIKOVA
It looks bleak when Gauff flashes a drive volley long for 30-30. The American finally finds some form though and outlasts her opponent in an excellent rally before landing a wide ace to avoid a bagel.
GAUFF 6-7 0-5 KREJCIKOVA
The spotlight is firmly upon Gauff’s implosion but credit to Krejcikova. She weathered a storm in the opener and has quietly gone about her business in this second set. An eight double fault can’t stop her charge as she sweeps an elegant backhand up the line to move within a game of the semi finals.
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-7 0-4 KREJCIKOVA
It is error upon error from Gauff. She growls in frustration as another shot slaps the net to gift Barbora triple break point. The Czech doesn’t have to do much to convert as a double fault hands her the double break. Coco responds by smashing her racket into the floor.
GAUFF 6-7 0-3 KREJCIKOVA
A trio of unforced errors take Gauff beyond the 30 mark and they help the world No.33 consolidate to love with real ease. Coco needs to dig deep here or this will be over before she knows it.
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-7 0-2 KREJCIKOVA
It’s beginning to unravel for the teenager. A double fault at 40-15 is the catalyst for a mini collapse. A loopy forehand drops quite a way long of the baseline and it’s the Czech who takes charge.
GAUFF 6-7 0-1 KREJCIKOVA
Could it be Barbora’s day? She fends off more break points and manages to evade Gauff’s attack once more to open Set 2 on the front foot. She has a set-lead and that scoreboard advantage. Gauff will do well to reset and keep a clear mind.
SET! - GAUFF 6-7 KREJCIKOVA
Gauff will be devastated. She loses the tie break 8-6 after blowing five set points. It was an intriguing and entertaining 70-minute opener that was somewhat plagued by anxious, scrappy moments. Krejcikova just about handled the nerves better and hit a purple patch at 6-4 down in the breaker to somehow take charge.
This set just goes on and on. Krejcikova hits two wonderful winners to save another two set points from 6-4 down. It’s 6-6 and Gauff has now seen five set points come and go
It’s 3-3 at the change of ends as both players shred their own nerves with some patchy tennis. Barbora was 2-0 up and then had a forehand on a platter at 3-2 but dumped it into the net from close in after an untimely shout from the crowd.
GAUFF 6-6 KREJCIKOVA
Once again Gauff can’t make it count! The 17-year-old misfires on several opportunities as Krejcikova has major issues with her ball toss. It’s a continual theme in the game. Somehow the Czech saves two more set points (three in total) and wriggles her way into a tie break. Only Gauff will know how she isn’t a set up right now.
GAUFF 6-5 KREJCIKOVA
The crowd offer cheers of support to the tightening Gauff and she responds with some wonderful work. A brilliant forehand winner on the run tees up game point that she gobbles up with a powerhouse first serve. Now, can she crank up the heat or are we heading into a tie break?
GAUFF 5-5 KREJCIKOVA
Reprieve secured. Krejcikova breezes through a love hold to back up the break and level. She has the momentum at a crucial juncture in the set.
BREAK! – GAUFF 5-4 KREJCIKOVA
A pair of aces earn Gauff a set point but it’s not the winning hand she was hoping for. A long forehand and a double fault offer the world No.33 a lifeline and she doesn’t have to do too much to convert as a wobbling Gauff drags a tight backhand low into the net.
BREAK! – GAUFF 5-3 KREJCIKOVA
That’s huge! Gauff rakes a beastly crosscourt forehand to draw the error and break after a double fault allowed her to make deuce and take advantage of the Czech’s sudden dip. Barbora had been serving so well on key points up until that moment. Will it cost her the set?
GAUFF 4-3 KREJCIKOVA
That is a splendid hold. Gauff rushes to a 30-0 lead but a double fault complicates the game and turns it into a bit of an ordeal. The teenager’s serve comes under threat again but Krejcikova fails to take advantage of what would be a forehand winner into the open court by slapping it into the net. Gauff again double faults in a tricky face-off from deuce but finds a way to squeeze her way out of what had become a suffocating game.
GAUFF 3-3 KREJCIKOVA
The 25-year-old Czech is finding her best tennis when she’s under threat. A pair of aces help her save break point and turn the game in her favour. She then levels when a raking crosscourt forehand proves too good for Gauff to find a winner on the stretch.
BREAK! – GAUFF 3-2 KREJCIKOVA
That hold is looking even more significant all of a sudden. There’s no doubt Barbora has now settled after being steam-rollered by Gauff’s rampant sprint out of the traps. She cuts through the American’s defence with some big-hitting and is right back in business when Gauff thuds a tight backhand into the middle of the net.
GAUFF 3-1 KREJCIKOVA
Gauff’s backhand is purring at the moment. A fifth winner off that wing launches a comeback from 40-0 down. A low angled volley and some stout defence see her make deuce but Krejcikova finds the first serve and then corks a forehand winner to get on the board.
GAUFF 3-0 KREJCIKOVA
It’s fearless tennis from the No.24 seed right now. She’s screeches ‘Come on!’ and clenches her fist once more as a clinical crosscourt backhand consolidates her break in style.
BREAK! – GAUFF 2-0 KREJCIKOVA
Barbora’s nerves jangle all over the place and before she knows it a double fault gifts Gauff triple break point. The Czech psyches herself up with a sharp yelp after the American nets a backhand before clutch serving helps her reach the sanctuary of deuce. Gauff refuses to let her off the hook though and a blistering forehand down Krejcikova’s left flank earns her another chance. The butterflies return with a vengeance for the doubles superstar and anther double fault condemns her to an early deficit.
GAUFF 1-0 KREJCIKOVA
It’s an edgy start at both ends of the court. Gauff kicks off with a double fault but finds two winners off both flanks, including a searing backhand up the line. Krejcikova couldn’t quite find the rhythm to apply additional heat and the American gets up and running.
DID YOU KNOW?
Krejcikova has won Grand Slam titles in the women’s doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon (both in 2018). She has also won the last three mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open.
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It's all starting with Czech double specialists Barbora Krejcikova hoping to continue her 2021 rise and rise as a singles star. The 25-year-old world number 33 meets American teen sensation, Coco Gauff. The 17-year-old starlet is in her first major quarter final. She has previously made the last 16 at Wimbledon and Australia. She also won the 2018 junior title at Roland Garros.
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