Pablo Carreño He qualified for the Roland Garros quarter-finals on Monday for the second time in his career, after defeating the German Daniel Altmaier, from the previous phase, 6-2, 7-5 and 6-2, in 2 hours and 22 minutes, and will meet again with the Serbian Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world.
It will be a reissue of the last 16 of the last US Open, the only loss that appears in the Serbian’s record this year, by disqualification after an incident with a linesman who was hit with a ball.
Carreño, who reached the semifinals of that Grand Slam – his ceiling in the majors – achieved a place in the quarterfinals of Paris in his 350th match.
It will be the second time that the Asturian plays a quarter at Roland Garros, after 2017, which he could not complete against his compatriot Rafael Nadal for physical problems.
Facing Altmaier, 186 in the ranking and coming from the previous phase, Carreño was solid.
The game, initially scheduled on the Suzanne Lenglen court, was transferred to the center, which this edition has a new roof, due to the rain.
After imposing authority in the first set, in the second he had some doubts and the German, a cheeky player, an admirer of Stan Wawrinka, with whom he shares the one-handed backhand, got to 5-2.
But the reaction of the Spanish was forceful to overcome the set, which ended the resistance of the German, who came from defeating the Italian Matteo Berrettini, seventh favorite of the tournament.