Rudolph, Tsverev reach quarterfinals for second straight year…will meet in French Open final

Kasper Lourdes (No. 4-NOR) and Alexander Tsverev (No. 27-GER) will meet in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year at the French Open (€49.6 million-$706 million in prize money), the second tennis major of the season.

Rudd defeated No. 6 Holger Lune (DEN) 3-1 (6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3) in the men’s singles quarterfinals at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, on Monday.

Rood, who has been coached since childhood at the Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain, run by Rafael Nadal (Spain), the ‘King of Clay’, is what you might call a ‘clay court specialist’. Nine of his 10 career tour titles have come on clay. At last year’s French Open, he reached the final and met his idol Nadal, but lost 0-3 to become the bridesmaid of Nadal’s 14th French Open title. 스포츠토토

Lourdes also met and defeated Lune in the quarterfinals of the French Open last year. Rudd holds a commanding 5-1 head-to-head lead over Lune, who was a key figure in the heyday of ‘Nordic tennis’. Rood trailed 32-48 in winners on the day, but used her deep strokes with strong topspin and tenacious defense on a clay court where the ball was slowing down. He also effectively cut down on unforced errors (29-47).

Tsverev defeated Tomas Martin Echeverri (49th-Argentina) 3-1 (6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4) in the quarterfinals to reach the tournament’s final four for the third straight year. Tsverev also lost to Nadal at this event last year. He withdrew in the semifinals after suffering a severe ankle sprain in the second set and underwent surgery. After missing Wimbledon and the US Open last year, Tsverev will be looking for his best result at the same venue.

The winner of the Rood-Tzverev match will meet the winner of the Carlos Alcaraz (No. 1-Spain)-Novak Djokovic (No. 3-Serbia) match in the quarterfinals at the same time on Monday. Tsverev holds a 2-1 head-to-head lead. Neither player has won a major title yet.

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