Djokovic remains afraid as Gauff breaks Slam.

PARIS: The youngest woman to reach the French Open Quarter Finals was Coco Gauff who had reached the Grand Slam last nine years since 2006, and who was 17 years-old on Monday to return from the two rounds to the French Open for his 15th time.

World number one Djokovic remained the first man to win all four Slams twice in more than 50 years, after a thrilling challenge by Lorenzo Musetti, 19 years old.

The Italian teenager, 76th in the Grand Slam, would condemn Djokovic in 12 year, after capturing his first two set, 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 6-7 Djokovic (2-7).

However, Djokovic levelled 6-1 before Musetti, who took a medical time-off, took the next two batches and retired 4-0 down in a stomach injured decision-making process.

The 34-year-old Djokovic came back from two sets to win the fifth time in his Grand Slam career.

In his quartern-final at the major for the 49th time, Djokovic, champion of 2016 and 19th major, shrank 53 out of the last 61 points against the weary Italian.

The Italian Teenage Challenging in the form of Jannik Sinner will also be chosen later Monday to face 13-time champion Rafoel Nadal chasing the record 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal, seeded for the semifinals, defeated Sinner in the four-finals in 2020, a young 19-year-old.

In the interim, Gauff swept over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur for an impressive 53-minute 6-3 win.

With only 17, she’s the youngest woman since Nicole Vaidisova, who won the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2006, to the last eight Grand Slams.

Since Jennifer Capriati in 1993, Gauff is also the youngest American woman in Paris in eight years.

The American teenager, who was 24, broke her Tunisian opponent three times during a performance composed on the Court Philippe Chatrier, without a break.

“I’m so happy to achieve my first quarter-final Grand Slam. I have played very much,” Gauff said, who still needs to drop a set and also got to know that she was a place for Tokyo Olympics in the American team.

Gauff, the renowned 15-year-old who ran the fourth Wimbledon in 2019, confronts Barbora Krejcikova for a semi-final position.

Czech 33rd rider also achieved his first quarter-final Grand Slam with a 6-2, 6-0 victory in 2018 and former American Open Champion Sloane Stephens.

Last year, however, the fourth seed, Sofia Kenin was knocked down by the Greek 6-1 and 6-3, who took the Grand Slam for the first time in the quarter-finals.

The 18th World Champion Iga Swiatek and Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk will take a place in the last four.

Sakkari broke Kenin six times when he committed 32 mistakes and served nine twin mistakes when the Australian Open in 2020 won.

“I am vocal. I’m vocal. Paris, I love. I’ve got a great time and soon I’m not going to leave,” Sakkari said.

Diego Schwartzman’s tenth seed, Argentina, reached his third French Open quarter-final by a 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 7-5 win over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

Schwartzman has saved seven score points on his first set to face either Nadal or Sinner, rallying from a 5-1 shortfall against the 42nd rank Struff.

Swiatek, the only remaining top ten seed in the women’s draw, did not drop a set in the last 10 matches of the tournament.

At the 2018 Australian Open, Kostyuk, 81th, achieved her breakthrough.

At only 15, she was the youngest player since 1997 in the 3rd round of a Grand Slam.

SERENA’S RUN ENDS

Meanwhile, on the last 16 of Sunday, hours after Roger Federer had taken out his last performance at Roland Garros, Serena Williams’s latest quest for a record 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams, a 39-year old who still has a short record for most of his grand slam single titles at Margaret Court, lost 6-3, 7-5, Kazakh’s twenty-fourth-century seed Elena Rybakina, while Federer resigned to guard against Wimbledon as a precaution.

The American won her last of her 3 Roland Garros titles in 2015, and since losing the 2016 final she has not been able to overcome the 4th round in Paris.

“Surely it was close. I’m so close. I’m just so close. Literally a point there could change the entire course of this match,” Williams said. There’s a point here. “These points I’m not winning. Such a thing can change everything literally.”

Williams had seen his title hopes boost with absence of Simona Halep and early departures of Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka despite arriving with just one win at Clay this year.

Since the 2017 Australian Open in the early stages of her pregnancy, she has not won the Grand Slam title, instead.

Williams, who made her first debut in 1998 at Roland Garros, refused to see whether it was her last French Open.

“I certainly don’t think at all about it. I’m thinking about other things, definitely, but not,” she said.

Rybakina, a Russian born 21, has been the best rider in a major’s race as she moves towards its first quarters-finals, where she faces the last four places with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

For the third time in four years with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev advanced to the fourth finals.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain, number 46, is the sixth German seed.

Zainab Murtaza

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