Danish teenager Holger Rune beat last year’s French runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his first major quarter-final on his Roland Garros debut; Rune, ranked 40th, will face Norwegian Casper Ruud for a place in the semi-finals
Last update: 30/05/22 16:58
Last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his French Open hopes ended in four sets by Danish teenager Holger Rune on Monday.
Fourth seed Tsitsipas was beaten 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 as Rune joined 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
“I feel amazing. I was so nervous at the end,” Rune beamed. “I was very nervous. I told myself to go ahead and play my plan. I mean it’s so great to still be here.
“Part of the tactic was to play as aggressively as possible, when he has shorter balls he attacks them. I really liked playing the drop shots and it worked pretty well, so I’m happy.”
Rune, who had never won a Grand Slam match before arriving in Paris, will face Norway’s eighth seed Casper Ruud in the last eight.
Ruud reaches his first major quarter-final in Paris
Ruud reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final by beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3.
“It feels good, that was one of my goals this year. I feel more experienced playing the best of five sets,” said Ruud, the first Norwegian in the last eight at Roland Garros.
“Hubert has improved a lot on clay, he has become a dangerous player on all surfaces; he has a dangerous serve but I did well to return it today.”
Ruud has been one of the most consistent players on clay in recent years, claiming seven of his eight clay court titles.
After third-round appearances in 2019, 2020 and 2021 at Roland Garros, he is now starting to show his true potential.
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