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Diego Schwartzman topples Dominic Thiem in French Open epic
  • Schwartzman reaches his first grand slam semi-final
  • Nadia Podoroska into semi-finals after beating Elina Svitolina
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Diego Schwartzman celebrates his victory against Dominic Thiem in their French Open match at Roland Garros.Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA


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By the time Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman had stopped hogging Court Philippe Chatrier night had fallen on Paris yet two matches were still to be played. To the 750 fans present, it didn’t matter. They were proud witnesses to a five‑hour psychodrama as Schwartzman eventually recovered to reach his first grand slam semi-final with a 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2 win against the US Open champion in 5hr 8min.




Schwartzman arrived on Chatrier all too aware of the opportunity at hand. While his momentum has been steadily building since he beat Rafael Nadal in Rome en route to his first Masters 1000 final, it has been clear for a while that the effort it took Thiem to win his first grand slam title last month would eventually catch up with him.

But even with his tank nearing empty, the Austrian’s spirit was majestic. In a match filled with nerves and endless exchanges, so often Thiem looked dead on his feet before roaring back to life. Schwartzman led 5-4 and 15-30 on Thiem’s serve in the second set before one of the worst misses of his career, then he failed to convert 5-3 leads in the third and fourth sets. As he felt the chances slipping away, he raged to his team.

“In the second set and the third set I was out of my mind,” he said later, laughing. “I don’t know what the people are thinking about me in that time but I was crazy, screaming, talking to my coach. My coach was saying: ‘OK, play tennis, nothing else.’ I was so nervous because I saw the chance today and I didn’t take it in the second and in the third.”

Schwartzman may not have taken his opportunities but what defines him is the nerve he had to constantly pursue another. Two points away from defeat at 5-5 in the fourth-set tie-break, Schwartzman cracked a forehand on to the baseline and delicately placed a drop-volley winner. He took the tie-break and eventually the match.

“We are friends,” Schwartzman said. “I have a lot of respect for him and that’s why this match is very, very important for me. Not just to play a good match, winning after five hours in Philippe Chatrier, first time. I’ve played few times five sets here and I never win. I think at the end, this night, I deserve to win. Come on.”

It concluded one of the great nights in years for Argentinian tennis after the world No 131 Nadia Podoroska shocked the No 3 seed Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals on her debut. She will face Iga Swiatek of Poland for a place in the final, marking just the second time since 1983 that two unseeded female players will compete in a grand slam semi-final.

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Nadia Podoroska reacts after winning against Elina Svitolina. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

This was already a Roland Garros for the little person, a two-week affirmation of the quality of competition away from the top of the men’s and women’s tours.

In Podoroska’s case, her success is the simple consequence of establishing the habit of winning, no matter where those wins occurred. After languishing outside the top 300 last year, this year she has compiled a 43-6 win-loss record from runs at tournaments with only $25,000 prize money, and now with victories at the elite level of the sport.




The 23-year-old later provided some sobering context to her success as she thought back to 2017, when she did not know if she would be able to continue her tennis career: “I had too many injuries,” she said. “I dropped my ranking. I had been like eight months out of the Tour. Then I didn’t have money to start playing tournaments. It was a very tough moment for me because I also changed all my team … I was a little bit, like, I didn’t know what to do.”

After winning a total of £232,604 prize money in her entire career, Podoroska has earned £386,862 for three weeks’ work. Reaching a Roland Garros semi-final is a personal dream and as the first Argentinian woman since Paola Suárez in 2004 to do so and in a country still nostalgic for the days of Gabriela Sabatini, it brings hope of a revival for South American women’s tennis.

However, lower‑ranked players have other priorities. Most of all, it will ensure that she can afford to conduct her career under the best possible conditions for the foreseeable future.


 
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The victory leaves him level with all-time record holder Roger Federer, who has 20.

Nadal wins 13th French Open, equals Grand Slam record




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PARIS: Rafael Nadal demolished Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win his 13th French Open and equal Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles on Sunday.

For world number one Djokovic, the defeat ended his hopes of an 18th Slam and of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors twice.

Nadal, 34, claimed his 100th match win at Roland Garros against just two defeats since his 2005 debut.

The Spaniard, the oldest champion in Paris since Andres Gimeno in 1972, claimed the title without dropping a set.


 

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#tenis #paris Nadal, 34, meraih kemenangan ke-100 di Roland Garros dengan hanya dua kali tewas sejak penampilan pertama pada 2005. https://www.hmetro.com.my/.../nadal-takluk-roland-garros...

Nadal takluk Roland Garros kali ke-13


NADAL gembira merangkul kejuaraan Terbuka Perancis buat kali ke-13. FOTO AFP

NADAL gembira merangkul kejuaraan Terbuka Perancis buat kali ke-13. FOTO AFP
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Paris: Rafael Nadal berjaya mengalahkan Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 untuk muncul juara Terbuka Perancis buat kali ke-13 dan menyamai rekod Roger Federer meraih gelaran Grand Slam terbanyak iaitu sebanyak 20 kali.

Buat pemain nombor satu dunia, Djokovic, kekalahan itu menggagalkan harapannya untuk meraih kejuaraan Grand Slam kali ke-18 dan menjadi pemain pertama sejak Rod Laver pada 1969 meraih keempat-empat kejuaraan utama sebanyak dua kali.

Nadal, 34, meraih kemenangan ke-100 di Roland Garros dengan hanya dua kali tewas sejak penampilan pertama pada 2005.

Pemain kelahiran Sepanyol itu, adalah juara paling tua di Paris sejak Andres Gimeno pada 1972, dengan meraih gelaran tanpa tumpas dalam sebarang set.

Artikel ini disiarkan pada : Isnin, 12 Oktober 2020 @ 12:06 AM

 
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