On a rainy and cold tennis day, laura siegemund reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam tournament for the first time after a "battle of nerves".
Daniel altmaier, on the other hand, failed to reach the eighth finals of the french open after a long wait about an hour before midnight, losing 2:6, 5:7, 2:6 to the 17th-seeded spanish player pablo carreno busta. This means that after the much debated withdrawal of the ill alexander zverev the day before, there is no german professional left in the men’s competition.
Carreno busta will now face world number one novak djokovic in a rematch of the u.S. Open round of 16 in the battle to reach the semifinals. In new york, the 33-year-old serb was disqualified in his match against carreno busta because, after losing a service game, he angrily knocked a ball away and hit a line judge. Altmaier was denied the early crown of a duel with djokovic.
After his remarkable run through the qualifying rounds and victories over jan-lennard struff and the seventh-seeded italian matteo berrettini, the 22-year-old from kempen also had hopes of a coup against carreno busta, but in the end the tough and solid spanish player was simply unbreakable. Due to the continuous rain in the french capital, the two opponents had to wait for hours before their match was moved to the covered center court as the last match of the day.
The other german-spanish duel in the afternoon was won by siegemund, despite the adverse conditions. "It’s not fun at the moment, it’s hard on the body too. The balls are so heavy, the cold is not healthy," said the 32-year-old. But immediately the german number three behind the failed angelique kerber and julia gorges added: "you decided to play tennis here. Then you can not complain."
More exhausted than euphoric sab siegemund in the digital press conference, analyzing more nuchtern than emotionally her 7:5, 6:2 against the also unseeded spanish paula badosa. In the quarterfinals on wednesday, siegemund will face two-time wimbledon champion petra kvitova from the czech republic.
"It was always my dream to be at a grand slam in singles in the second week. It was one of my rough goals and I’m glad I was able to fulfill it," said the number 66 in the world rankings. At the US open in new york, siegemund had last won the doubles title with russian vera swonareva, but in singles, the quarterfinals on clay in paris is her roughest success.
One day after the hotly debated tournament K.O. By alexander zverev she made positive headlines from the german point of view. The hamburger was eliminated on sunday in the eighth final against the 19-year-old italian jannik sinner. His statements that he had a fever the night before and felt ill subsequently caused heated discussions, especially in the social media, about whether zverev had been allowed to play at all in this condition and whether he had been a danger to his opponent and the other people on the court. According to the organizers, zverev was last seen on 29. Tested in september, the result was negative.
On monday evening, zverev told the tv station eurosport: "i got the result today: i am negative. I have no corona." He had a cold and was "a little bit sick. But that doesn’t "immediately mean you have corona," zverev was quoted as saying.
Laura siegemund was and is not really well. In the past few days she complained of back problems, before the match against badosa she was struggling with stomach grumbling. "Today was exhausting, it was kind of a battle of nerves," siegemund said and continued: "the tension was high, plus the wind, it was wet and cold."
3:5 down in the first round, but siegemund, playing in leggings and a long-sleeved top, stayed cool. In the second round, badosa’s back had to be treated, siegemund loved to bring himself something to eat and kept warm with serving movements and triple steps on the spot. After 96 minutes, she took her first match point – and said a little later, full of hope: "I’ve seen a lot of tournaments that started out really bad, under really difficult conditions, really disgusting. And on the final day the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day."