Agut Bautista defeated Karen Khachanov and will play against Benoit Paire


At the beginning of the season, Roberto Bautista Agut had never reached the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament. Now, however, the Spaniard will have the opportunity to reach his second quarter-final of the year after defeating Karen Khachanov, seeded No. 10, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and 6-1 the third round of Wimbledon this Friday.

Roberto Bautista Agut has proved to be a difficult opponent for Khachanov in the Grand Slams this year, as he defeated him in straight sets in Melbourne and also London. The 31-year-old, nine-time ATP Tour champion, proved too solid for the Russian, committing only 11 unforced errors in the match, while also achieving 28 winners. Khachanov reached the same number of winners, but committed 14 unforced errors in his match of one hour and 53 minutes.

In the next round, the Spaniard will face Benoit Paire, who beat Jiri Vesely in the third round by a score of 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and 7-6 (2) in two hours. and 45 minutes of game on the track18. Paire, seeded No. 28, hit 78 winners, including 19 aces.

Paire, 30, who advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam championship for the fourth time (also at Wimbledon 2017), lifted two ATP Tour trophies in 2019 in Marrakech (see Andújar) and Lyon (v. Auger-Aliassime).

Bautista Agut has won the six previous FedEx ATP Head2Head matches against Paire. One of those two battles took place at Wimbledon in 2015, when Bautista Agut overcame a two-set deficit against the Frenchman to advance after two hours and 37 minutes.

There will be a lot at stake for both rivals, as they seek the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, nothing more and nothing less.

Carreno sneaks into the semi-finals on Antalya

This Friday he will look for a place in the final against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, executioner of Adrian Mannarino by 3-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-3. It should be remembered that Carreño, one of the 10 Spaniards in the Wimbledon men’s singles, the third ‘Grand Slam’ that starts on Monday at the All England Club tracks, will form in doubles with Feliciano Lopez, the new champion of everything at Queen’s. The penultimate round of Antalya allows him to ascend ten places in the ranking, from 59 to 49. At 27, the tennis player who trains at the Equelite Academy Juan Carlos Ferrero has room to recover positions in the second part of the season.

Barty, closer to number 1, after getting into the Birmingham final

The Australian Ashleigh Barty beat the Czech Barbora Strycova (6-4 and 6-4) and qualified for the final of the Birmingham tournament, so, lifting the title on Sunday, she will be number one of the WTA.

Barty, 22 years, recent champion in Roland Garros, would surpass the Japanese Naomi Osaka, in case of winning in the final of Birmingham, while, with a defeat, would stay two points in the ranking.

The current number two in the world possesses, after this triumph, 6,375 points, for the 6,377 of Osaka, which was eliminated in Birmingham in the second round. In case of not succeeding, Barty would have another opportunity to ascend to the first step next week in Eastbourne, last commitment before Wimbledon, although yes, to become number one there, would no longer be first seeded in the third Grand Slam of the season.

His opponent in the final will come out of the clash between the German Julia Goerges and the Croatian Petra Martic

“Rafa, twelve Roland Garros, it’s unreal”


  • Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem share compliments at the trophy ceremony at Roland Garros

Rafa, twelve Roland Garros, it’s unreal.” Dominic Thiem said it and could barely stand the lazy laugh that comes before an event difficult to digest, especially if you are a victim of the deed that is starring the manacorí in Parisian Grand Slam.

“You are an incredible champion, a legend of the sport”, said the finalist, defeated for the second year in a row, this time scratching a set, yielding 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 in 3h.01 ‘ .

Nadal received the Cup of the Musketeers from the tennis player who completed two Grand Slam in two natural seasons, in 1962 and 1969, the Australian Rod Laver.

The Spanish also spared no praise at the ceremony, before the 15,000 people of the Philippe-Chatrier, for Thiem. “Keep trying, you’ll get it. You have a great team and a great family. You are an example, a great worker and always with a smile on his lips. You are a good person, which is the most important thing. ”

And he had special words for his closest people, those who lifted him after the hard stick of a new injury in Indian Wells, which sustained him in the difficult start of the earth. “It would not have been possible without you in the most complicated moments. It is very, very special. It was a dream to play here in 2005, I could not even think that in 2019 I would be here and with the trophy with me. ”

Almost the tears to the champion of 2018, Carlos Moyà, now directing the technical team that forms with Francis Roig, Rafa Maymó, Carlos Costa, Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Jordi Robert ‘Tuts’ and Benito Pérez-Barbadillo. And Toni Nadal, omnipresent in the career of his nephew.

This time he sat behind Carlos Moyà, next to his brother Sebastià, father of the ‘creature’. In the next row the mother, Anna Maria Pararea, the sister, Maribel, and the fiancee, Maria Francisca Perelló.

He thanked the presence of “His Majesty the King (Don Juan Carlos) and Doña Elena”, in the box next to the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, and the president of the CSD, María José Rienda.

Rain Pushes Djokovic-Zverev & Thiem-Khachanov Roland Garros QFs to Thursday


Roland Garros has thrown the towel at four thirty in the afternoon, after more than four hours without rain tennis, since the games that started at eleven o’clock were interrupted at noon. Faced with the adverse weather, cancellation of today’s Wednesday.

The most benefited, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, though they could not train, giving up on the indoor track. They are from Tuesday in the semifinals, which will not be played until Friday. They have plenty of time to prepare for their confrontation.

The victims, the tennis players in the top of the table, since the best will be forced to play two days in a row: tomorrow, Thursday, the quarters and Friday, the ‘semis’.

The encounters Novak Djokovic-Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem-Karen Khachanov will reappear in the programming of this Thursday, the 6th.

It also happens with the women’s Simona Halep-Amanda Anisimova and Madison Keys-Ashleigh Barty. The successive winners must go to the track Thursday (quarter), semifinals (now Friday in their case) and final (Saturday.

The semi-final between the British Johanna Konta and the Czech Marketa Vondrous has already been drawn since Tuesday.

The organization has announced that it will refund the price of the tickets to its holders.

In the year 2020 the Philippe-Chatrier center court will have a retractable roof, being the last Grand Slam tournament that will have it.

.Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer qualified for the third round and continue at a steady pace at Roland Garros


The Spaniard defeated the German Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, while the Swiss defeated fellow German Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4.

The Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer advance at a steady pace at Roland Garros. The number 2 and 3 of the world have been imposed on the Germans Yannick Maden and Oscar Otte, respectively, to qualify for the third round of the French Grand Slam.

The Mallorcan player maintained his steady pace by defeating Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes. In search of his 12th title in Paris, the defending champion showed his most solid version until the final heat, when he let himself be snatched twice. In any case, the Balearic tennis player solved it with three breaks.

The seven games on loan this Wednesday before the 114th in the world, added to the six of his debut against the Germanic Yannick Hanfmann, make him tie his fourth best start on Paris clay.
Nadal acknowledged that in the final stage he raised his foot on the accelerator and that his rival came with good pace after winning four duels, all three of the previous and first round against the Belgian Kimmer Coppejans. “He’s a good player, at Roland Garros he has already won four games, he has come with great confidence,” said Rafa over Maden, 29.

The Mallorcan will be measured by a place in the second round against the Belgian David Goffin, who agreed to the third round after beating the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3. He is a rival against whom he has never lost on clay. In four duels, the Belgian has only won one, played on hard track of the Masters Tournament in 2017.
For his part, in his second match in this contest, Federer managed a comfortable victory in only 96 minutes by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4 against Otte, a 25-year-old German player who was ranked 144th in the ATP ranking.

The former world number one controlled the game and saved the four break points that his opponent had, unable to break the Swiss’s serve. Federer, who was champion in the clay of Paris on one occasion (2009), returns to the tournament in this edition after four years of absence.

The 37-year-old will face the third round of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (63rd), who will arrive at this match after eliminating the Italian Matteo Berrettini (31st) by 6-4, 7-5 and 6-3.

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