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French Open 2023, Day 6: Djokovic, Sabalenka and Tsitsipas into Round 4, seventh seed Rublev stunned

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By Rounaq Sehrawat: 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and 2023 Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka cruised to spherical 4 of the persevering with 2023 French Open on the once more of straight set wins, whereas seventh seed Andrey Rublev and British main Cameron Norrie had been eradicated on Day six of the opponents.

It was a day of highs and lows as some massive names bowed out of the 2023 Roland Garros. While the likes of Djokovic, Sabalenka and Stefanos Tsitsipas superior to the next spherical, massive names like Rublev, Norrie and world amount three Jessica Pegula suffered defeats in spherical three.

Djokovic wins in straight models

The two-time French Open champion appeared shaky throughout the first two models as he spent three hours on the courtroom, profitable back-to-back tie-breakers, nonetheless pulled ahead throughout the third set to complete a 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-2 win over twenty ninth seed Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina on the Philippe-Chatrier courtroom in Paris.

The Serb reached the 4th spherical of the French Open for the 14th consecutive yr no matter being booed by the Chatrier crowd on a lot of occasions all through his match.

Sabalenka makes easy work of Rakhimova

The world amount two made easy work of Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova, defeating her 6-2, 6-2 throughout the third spherical of the French Open in a match that lasted merely 67 minutes. This is the first time that Sabalenka has reached the spherical of 16 in Paris, the place she’s going to lock horns with USA’s Sloane Stephens, who beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 throughout the third spherical.

The Belarusian skipped the post-match press-conference citing psychological effectively being causes as a consequence of questions pertaining to the Russia-Ukraine battle, saying she did not actually really feel protected on the media interaction.

“I know they still expect some questions that are more about the politics and not so much about my tennis. I know that I have to provide answers, but on Wednesday I did not feel safe in the press conference,” said Sabalenka.

Tsitsipas hammers Schwartzman

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas moreover booked a spot throughout the spherical of 16 stage of the French Open with a convincing straight models win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman. The world amount 5 beat Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 throughout the third spherical.

Pegula bows out in spherical 3

World amount three Jessica Pegula didn’t advance to the Round 4 after shedding 1-6, 3-6 to Belgium’s Elise Mertens at Court Philippe-Chatrier. Mertens fully dominated the American, profitable two breaks of serve, as compared with Pegula’s zero. 28 unforced errors ended up costing Pegula the match as Mertens extended her head-to-head file in opposition to the American to 3-0.

Rublev, Norrie eradicated

World amount seven Andrey Rublev suffered a shock defeat by the fingers of Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. The world amount 48 defeated the Russian in a marathon five-setter, which lasted for 3 hours and 42 minutes. Sonego overcame Rublev 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 with a sensational comeback throughout the third spherical of the 2023 Roland Garros.

Meanwhile, a high-octane matchup between world amount 17 Lorenzo Musetti and world amount 14 Cameron Norrie, resulted throughout the British main being knocked out of the French Open. The Italian defeated Norrie 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the spherical of 16 in Paris.

Other outcomes

In completely different outcomes, Russia’s Karen Kachanov defeated Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-13-6, 7-6 to maneuver on to the spherical of 16. Austria’s Sebastian Ofner overcame Italy’s Fabio Fognini 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in a long-running five-setter in spherical three.

As for the women’s singles, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina received right here from behind to beat Russia’s Anna Blinkova 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova knocked out World amount 24 Anastasia Potapova from the French Open, beating her 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Meanwhile, fellow Russian Elina Avanesyan beat Clara Tauson of Denmark 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in spherical three.