French Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas suffer shocking exits at Roland Garros

Marin Cilic lost all three of his previous meetings with Daniil Medvedev
Marin Cilic lost all three of his previous meetings with Daniil Medvedev
Dates: May 22-June 5 Location: Roland Garros, Paris
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary from selected matches via BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and program

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a surprise four-round outing on a day of shocks in the men’s draw at the French Open.

World number two Medvedev was beaten 6-2 6-3 6-2 by Croatian Marin Cilic in a one-sided evening session.

Fourth seed Tsitsipas lost in four sets when teenage Holger Rune reached an inaugural Grand Slam quarterfinal.

The 19-year-old Dane was penalized for a dull display by the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2021 to triumph 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Rune meets Casper Ruud in the last eight after the Norwegian also won four sets, beating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

Cilic, 33, follows up against seventh seed Andrey Rublev, who advanced to the quarterfinals after Jannik Sinner retreated behind 1-6 6-4 2-0.

Former US Open champion Cilic, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2014, went back years, taking just an hour and 47 minutes to stun the second seed Medvedev under the lights on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

He scored 90% of points on his dominant first serve and failed to hit a single break point, while the Russian’s serve, in contrast, was broken five times.

“It was one of the best matches of my career from start to finish,” Cilic said in his on-court interview. “Absolutely amazing match from the first point to the last.

“When I play my best tennis, everything works, serves, comes back, moves and these last 15 days have been great for me, with some very consistent tennis.

“Against guys like Daniil you have to be able to maintain such levels during the match, so I’m definitely focused on continuing and I’m extremely happy.

“I always try to give my best even if it doesn’t go my way. If you’re persistent with your training, good things come your way and it’s such a pleasure to play like that.”

Medvedev’s departure leaves 20th seed Cilic as the only Grand Slam winner remaining in the bottom half of the draw – with Rublev, Ruud and Rune never before reaching a semi-final at major.

Rune’s remarkable run continues at Tsitsipas’ expense

Holger Rune's only two previous Grand Slam tournaments ended in first-round exits
Holger Rune’s only two previous Grand Slam tournaments ended in first-round exits

Rune had never won a Grand Slam match before that event but dropped just one set in reaching the quarterfinals.

World number four Tsitsipas seemed strangely subdued for large parts of their fourth-round match, though he leveled off after losing the first set and threatened a fight towards the end of the fourth.

But Rune saved three break points to complete the match and become the first Danish man to reach the quarter-finals on the Paris clay – and the first since 1967 to make the last eight in any Grand Slam.

“I was very nervous, but at the same time I knew that if I left my tactics, I would certainly lose,” the world number 40 Rune said in his on-the-podium interview.

“It was part of the tactic to be as aggressive as possible – Tsitsipas attacks every ball so I had to be aggressive, play fast and I really enjoy playing the shotgun. It worked and I’m really happy.”

With 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz also passing through, it ensured that two teenagers are in the last eight of the Grand Slam for the first time since the 1994 French Open.

Rune, who won the boys title at Roland Garros in 2019, appeared much fresher all the time, with Tsitsipas perhaps feeling the effects of his two draining starting matches.

The 23-year-old Greek came from two sets down to defeat Lorenzo Musetti in the first round and then took four hours to eliminate Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar in round two.

Tsitsipas, however, suggested that a change of equipment played a role in his sub-par display, although he refused to delve deeper when pressured on the issue by reporters.

“I wouldn’t blame the equipment because it’s something I chose for my personal progress and improvement,” he said.

“But it stays in your head that maybe I shouldn’t do that.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas made the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fourth year in a row

Ruud sets up an all-Scandinavian affair but Sinner bows out

Eighth seed Ruud also made history by becoming the first Norwegian man to reach the Grand Slam quarter-finals with his 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Hurkacz.

The 23-year-old’s previous best run at major came in reaching the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open but he assumed control of the away against the Polish 12th seed.

Hurkacz did not drop serving every tournament but Ruud put paid to that statistic in his very first comeback match and went on to break on five more occasions.

“It was my goal to reach the Grand Slam quarter-finals – I feel more experienced now playing the best of five sets,” Ruud said.

Seventh seed Rublev, meanwhile, was the beneficiary of Sinner’s misfortune when the Italian withdrew in their encounter after the second match of the third set.

Sinner played his previous matches with a heavy strap on his left knee, but showed few bad effects as he sprang through the opening 6-1 in just half an hour.

However, the 20-year-old demanded treatment on his knee in the second set when a battle Rublev took it 6-4 to level the match.

Sinner, the 11th seed, was unable to continue after seeing his service broken early in the third set.

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