Rafa Nadal exited the tournament after a straight sets defeat to Sasha Zverev on Saturday. The German broke the Spaniards serve early in the first set at 1-1 and held on for a 6-4 . The second set saw both players exchange breaks before Zverev finally broke crucially at 5-5 to seal the win.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia sealed a final berth by beating Milos Raonic in straight sets.
Nadal faced another Spaniard Pablo Correna Busta in Friday’s quaterfinals and was given a run for his money. What a forehand winner By Busta on set point in the first set. Nadal recovered slowly and finally lending a set in the second 7-5 with his forehand causing the most damage.The French Open champion easily wrapped up the match 6-1 in the third.
The dark horse of this year’s tournament Milos Raonic of Canada also needed 3 sets to beat Frenchman Humbert. Milos served well throughout this match and hit the ball very well. Ugo did not lie down and die though. He had won the second 6-3 with some brilliant court coverage. In the third, Milos was facing match point in the tie break 4-6 and displayed great fighting spirit to win a close breaker 9-7.
Swiss veteran Wawrinka finally ran out of steam after a great week going down do Sasha Zverev. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev dominated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman
In my standout match from yesterday at the Paris masters,it was the battle of the lefty Spaniards. Nadal started off very sluggishly double faulting on the opening game at 30-40 to hand Lopez the early brake. Rafa took a while to get going in this set, Lopez eventually winning it 6-4. Nadal summoned that famous tenacity of his to win the second on a tie break. He broke Lopez in his first serve game of the third and maintained the lead to win the third 6-4.
We are back in Paris after only a month after the French Open this time in the hàrd courts. The ATP seems to love France so much such that they gave the country 3 major tournaments in a calendar year(I have included the Monte Carlo Masters as Monaco is effectively in France).The shock of the day was 2nd seed Tsitsipas losing to unseeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in 3 tie break sets. Talk about evenly matched players.
Andrey Rublev is a man on fire on the tour picking up his 3rd ATP 500 tournament since restart. Facing Sonego the man who beat Djokovic in the quarters,Rublev couldn’t afford to be complacent. He duly broke Sonego’s serve in the 5th game of the 1st set. He held on to take it 6-4. The second was much closer despite also having a single break. Andrey broke the Italian’s serve in the 9th game to take the match by the same scoreline.
Sonego can be proud of the week he had. Only playing as a replacement for Diego Schwatzman.