After having to wait until after 8:30 p.m. to be able to play and having to do so in the Philippe-Chatrier and not in the Suzanne-Lenglen as expected due to the weather, the Asturian was very solid against the German, classified from the previous one and that collapsed after losing a second set that seemed to have won.

The one from Gijón managed to get into the eight best of the Parisian ‘great’ for the second time in his career, after doing so in 2017 when he had to leave before Rafa Nadal, and he did it with good tennis (44 winning shots for 27 unforced errors) a little scare when he had to be treated at the beginning of the third round, apparently for a stomach problem.

Carreño started very strong against Altmaier, whom he dismantled with a very fine tennis from the back of the court, to which the German had no response. Two ‘breaks’ in a row and the solvency with the serve allowed the Spanish to close the first set without problems.

The German, who so far had not lost a set in Paris, reacted immediately and offered his best tennis, with a backhand to a very damaging hand. He managed to break in the sixth game and went 5-2 when against all odds he entered a tennis ‘pájara’, reflected especially when he served to win the set. The Spaniard regained the disadvantage and ended up taking five games in a row to become 2-0.

Then, Carreño had to request medical assistance, but everything was in a scare because it did not affect his solid game too much, while his rival was already beginning to lower his arms somewhat. The man from Gijón won the first four games and sentenced without problems.


Now, Carreño will have a particular rematch in the quarterfinals against Serbian Novak Djokovic, who only has one defeat to his credit this season, the controversial disqualification that he suffered against the Asturian in the last US Open after hitting a linesman with a pitch. .

The Serbian has already left that incident behind and walks with a firm and devastating step through the Parisian red clay. This Monday he faced his first serious test in the tournament, against Russian Karen Kachanov, fifteenth seed, and he solved it with great authority in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

The one from Belgrade, who equaled Rafa Nadal’s mark of 14 quarter-finals reached at Roland Garros, was very firm against the Muscovite, whom he neutralized at all times, supported by 44 ‘winners’, the majority with a ‘drive’ That worked perfectly for him.

The Balkan commanded in the first two sets and only had more problems in the third in which the Russian recovered a ‘break’ and had two break balls to go 4-2. He did not take advantage of them and did not win any more games.

In addition, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas also passed among the eight best, on the rise as the tournament progresses, who defeated the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (6-3, 7-6, 6-2), and the Russian Andrey Rublev, champion in Hamburg and who chained his eighth victory in a row when he came from the Hungarian Marton Fucosvics (6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6) in four hours.


On the other hand, in the women’s team there are no longer Spanish representatives after the elimination of Paula Badosa, who said goodbye in the round of 16 after falling in straight sets against the German Laura Siegemund (7-5, 6-2), thus concluding a historical participation in the ‘great’ Parisian.

The Catalan, who made a historic appearance in the round of 16, could not counteract the power and pace of Siegemund, who managed to overcome a 5-3 in the first set and who despaired with left-overs forcing him to continually climb the net. Even so, her great week in the French capital will allow her to rise to her best classification, as the second best Spanish after Garbiñe Muguruza, in the next update of the WTA ranking.

After beating Kozlova, Stephens and Ostapenko in her first week at the Parisian ‘big’, the 2015 Roland Garros junior champion opened the court Simonne Mathieu against the combative Siegemund in search of extending the feat of her historic qualification for the round of 16.

It was the German who managed to get ahead in the third game, after recovering to 40-0 and breaking on her second chance, although the Catalan, number 87 in the WTA ranking, responded with a ‘counterbreak’ with a blank game.

Although he missed the two break opportunities he enjoyed in the sixth, he did not fail in the eighth, where he managed to serve 5-3 to win. However, Siegemund returned the break to him and started a four-game winning streak to claim the heat.

Nor did things start well in the second set for Begur, who saw how the German broke her serve as soon as she started, before having to be treated with 2-1, after forgiving a ‘break’ ball previously, due to inconvenience. in the back.

A new break by Siegemund in the seventh game ended up condemning her, and her rival closed the duel on the first of the three match points available to her. Now the 32-year-old, who has reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time, will face Czech Petra Kvitova, who defeated China’s Shuai Zhang (6-2, 6-4).