French Open Day 7: Novak Djokovic breaks tie with Rafael Nadal, doubles crew DQ’d as hit strikes ball lady


Serbia‘s Novak Djokovic known as Sunday’s French Open efficiency his greatest to date. (Picture by Christian Liewig – Corbis/Corbis through Getty Photographs)

On Roland-Garros’ opening day, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic informed reporters that the odd 12 months with out Rafael Nadal represented a brand new title alternative. Every week later, Djokovic secured his place within the French Open quarterfinals in report vogue.

With a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas on Sunday, he has reached the quarterfinals for the 14th consecutive 12 months, the longest streak by a person within the occasion’s historical past. Roger Federer made the second-most uninterrupted appearances, advancing to the French Open quarterfinals for 9 years straight earlier than he retired.

Whereas Djokovic added he doesn’t miss Nadal due to his observe report towards him, he now holds the report for many solo French Open quarterfinals appearances by a person with 17. He and Nadal had been beforehand tied.

Djokovic, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, will meet Russia’s Karen Khachanov subsequent. No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who is anticipated to be Djokovic’s largest competitors for the La Coupe des Mousquetaires, is at the moment in motion towards Italy‘s Lorenzo Musetti.

Doubles crew disqualified

No. 16 seed doubles crew Miyu Kato of Japan and Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia had been disqualified from Roland-Garros on Sunday when Kato despatched successful flying towards a ball lady throughout their third-round match.

Kato and Sutjiadi misplaced the opening set to Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo, however they had been up 3-1 within the second when Kato’s unintentional hit left the ball lady in tears.

Umpire Alexandre Juge initially gave Kato a warning, however the opponents on the opposite finish of the courtroom requested for the pair to be disqualified.

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