French Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas beaten by Danish teenager Holger Rune with Daniil Medvedev also beaten | Tennis News

Danish teenager Holger Rune is upset with last year’s French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his first major quarter-final on his Roland Garros debut; the 40th-ranked Rune will play Norway’s Casper Ruud for a semi-final spot; Daniil Medvedev is crushed by Marin Cilic

Last Updated: 5/30/22 10:33 PM

Holger Rune of Denmark upset Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open quarterfinals

Holger Rune of Denmark upset Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open quarterfinals

Last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his hopes of the French Open end in four sets by Danish teenager Holger Rune, while second seed Daniil Medvedev was shocked by Marin Cilic in a sensational display of the Croatian under the lights.

Fourth seed Tsitsipas was beaten 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 when Rune joined teammate 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Rune, who did not win a match at major before arriving in Paris, had to save three break points in a nervous final game before crossing the line as Tsitsipas went a fractional long.

“I have an incredible feeling. I was so nervous at last,” said a radiant Rune. “I was very nervous. I told myself to go ahead and play my plan. I mean, it’s so great to be here.

“Part of the tactic was to play as aggressively as possible when he gets shorter balls he attacks them. I really enjoyed playing the fall shots and it worked pretty well so I’m happy.”

“These guys are going to hit me hard because obviously they’re chasing me. I’m chasing them too, but I’m in a different kind of position than them. I’m hungry to beat them too. Now that they’ve beaten me, I want a refund.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Rune will face a Norwegian eighth seed Kasper Ruud in the last eight.

Ruud reached his inaugural Grand Slam quarterfinal when he dropped Polish Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3.

“It feels great, it 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 service, but I returned it well today.”

Ruud has been one of the most consistent clay court players in recent years, with seven of his eight titles coming on the dirt.

After third-round appearances in 2019, 2020 and 2021 at Roland Garros, he is now beginning to show his true potential.

Second seed Medvedev crushed

Daniil Medvedev has seen his hopes of French Open shattered by 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic

Daniil Medvedev has seen his hopes of French Open shattered by 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev saw his hopes dashed by a veteran Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2 6-3 6-2.

Russian Medvedev has only recently returned to action after being discharged from hernia surgery but despite impressing in his first three matches, 20th seed Cilic took him to the cleaners with a blistering presentation.

He didn’t set foot wrong and dominated procedures from start to finish to reach the last eight stages on the Paris clay for the third time in his career.

“It was an absolutely amazing match from the first point to the last,” Cilic said. “I enjoyed the atmosphere, enjoyed the night session here.

“I’ve played incredible tennis – one of the best matches of my career from start to finish.”

Italian 11th seed Jannik Sinner retreated injured from his collision against the Russian Andrej Rublev after a good start to the match.

The 20-year-old, proposing to make his second quarter-final in Paris after 2020, won the opening set 6-1 before receiving treatment on his left knee in the second, which he lost 6-4.

Rublev, the seventh seed, was 2-0 up in the third when Sinner threw in the towel.

“I felt good or pretty good in the first set and after serving at 2-1 (in the second) I felt something from that point on,” Sinner said.

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