Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Halep vs. Anisimova, Djokovic vs. Zverev in French quarters

Halep vs. Anisimova, Djokovic vs. Zverev in French quarters

Women's champion Simona Halep is due to play American Amanda Anisimova in the quarter-finals at 1400 on Court Philippe Chatrier, while on Court Suzanne Lenglen Madison Keys and Ashleigh Barty are due to face off for a spot in the semis.

Extending his Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches and closing in on a fourth championship in a row, Djokovic was dominant yet again in the fourth round Monday, beating 45th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

"It didn't seem like he was playing confidently after that and I probably elevated a level or two. I have played plenty of, I think, tight matches in my career, that I can rely on that experience".

It is only the second time since 2016 that all French Open play was cancelled and third since 2000.

The fifth-seeded Zverev rallied past ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-5) on Tuesday.

Laver remains the only man to have won all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year, in 1962 and 1969.

Japan's Kei Nishikori edged out home favourite Benoit Paire in five sets, having resumed two sets to one ahead after the match was suspended by bad light the previous day.

The Spaniard, celebrating his 33rd birthday today, has won all four of their meetings on clay.

"I expected a very tough one", Halep said in her post-match press conference.

Despite his high ranking and the fact he made the last eight here a year ago, Zverev had never beaten a top-20 player at a slam, while this was his first victory over a top-20 player in what has been a tough season until now.

In the men's draw, top seed Novak Djokovic continues his quest to become the first man in the professional era to twice hold all four major titles simultaneously when he takes on Alexander Zverev.

"It's going to be a tough match, he's the greatest ever clay court player", said Nishikori.

You'd think that the tournament organisers would want to fans to be able to see all four quarter-finals today, as opposed to just two (the two women's matches start at around 1300 United Kingdom time) - not to mention the extra advertising revenue from television that having more hours in the schedule would dictate.

French interest in the singles ended for another year just a few hours later when 14th seed Gael Monfils was defeated 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 by Austrian fourth seed Thiem, the 2018 runner-up. But he also has not faced a seeded player yet. "So honestly, I couldn't ask for a better match", Anisimova said.

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