Novak Djokovic Injury Shakes Up French Open As Iga Swiatek Roars Into Semis

Novak Djokovic Injury Shakes Up French Open As Iga Swiatek Roars Into Semis




Novak Djokovic's worst fears got here true as he was pressured to tug out of the French Open on Tuesday on account of a knee damage, whereas ladies's defending champion Iga Swiatek put up one other stellar efficiency to succeed in the semi-finals. World primary and 24-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic withdrew forward of the quarter-final towards Casper Ruud after scans revealed a “median meniscus tear” in his proper knee. Djokovic, 37, had blamed the “slippery” Roland Garros court docket for aggravating the issue throughout his last-16 win on Monday. “I’m very unhappy to announce that I’ve to withdraw from Roland Garros,” Djokovic wrote on social media. “My group and I needed to make a tough determination after cautious deliberation.” Ruud, who misplaced to Djokovic in final 12 months's ultimate, will obtain a walkover and can play both Alexander Zverev or Alex de Minaur within the semi-finals on Friday.

Djokovic's exit from the match on account of damage additionally means Jannik Sinner will grow to be Italy's first world primary within the sport subsequent week.

Moreover, this has paved the best way for a brand new identify on the lads's French Open trophy.

Second seed Sinner reached his first Roland Garros semi-final by beating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) shortly after information of Djokovic's withdrawal.

“It's each participant's dream to be primary on this planet. Alternatively, it's disappointing to see Novak retire from tournaments, so I want him a speedy restoration,” Sinner mentioned.

The Australian Open champion will face the winner of the match between Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas, which will probably be a repeat of final 12 months's quarter-final.

Alcaraz, who seems to be getting again into his rhythm in Paris after an injury-hit preparation, has received all 5 earlier conferences with Tsitsipas.

“I'm actually trying ahead to enjoying this match. I like this problem and these sort of matches,” mentioned the 21-year-old Spaniard, who’s trying so as to add to her Wimbledon title a 12 months in the past and one other title on the 2022 US Open.

“I've watched plenty of Stefanos' matches not too long ago. He's very assured proper now and is enjoying nice tennis. I believe I’ve it in my fingers to win towards him, so I'll attempt to give him a tough time.”

Tsitsipas, who misplaced to Djokovic in 5 units within the 2021 French Open ultimate, hopes to place a cease to Alcaraz's dominance.

“He has mentioned earlier than that he likes enjoying towards me, so I hope this time he likes it rather less,” mentioned the Greek ninth seed.

Earlier within the day, Swiatek defeated Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2 to succeed in the final 4, the place she’s going to face third seeded American Coco Gauff, whom she beat within the 2022 Roland Garros ultimate.

World primary Swiatek improved her profession report in Paris to 33-2 and is on observe to grow to be the primary lady to carry the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen for 3 consecutive years since Justine Henin in 2005-07.

After Swiatek beat Anastasia Potapova within the final 16 in 40 minutes, Vondrousova's solely comfort was that she broke the Polish participant's unbelievable run of 20 consecutive video games at first of the second set.

“To be sincere, I believe all the things went nicely,” mentioned Swiatek, 23. “I felt like I used to be on course right now.”

Swiatek appeared like each match favorite after saving a match level towards Naomi Osaka within the second spherical and received 10 of her 11 matches, all in straight units, earlier than organising a semi-final conflict with Gauff.

US Open champion Gauff has failed in 4 makes an attempt towards Swiatek on clay and likewise misplaced to the highest seed when she received the title in Rome final month.

“You don't need to change your routine. Don't put an excessive amount of in your shoulders, take it like every other match, don't take it too significantly,” Swiatek mentioned.

Gauff handed her hardest take a look at of the fortnight as she got here again from a set right down to beat three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The 20-year-old Gauff is ready to play her third consecutive Grand Slam semi-final, having additionally reached the final 4 on the Australian Open.

“Everybody is aware of I need to go to the tip,” mentioned Gauff, who should attempt to finish Swiatek's 19-match French Open profitable streak.

“She is enjoying nice tennis right here, so will probably be a problem, however I’ll go into this match assured that I can win.

“I’ve nothing to lose. All of the strain is on him.”

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