Thursday’s matches hadn’t brought any shocking outcomes. All the favorites were confident, but we need to say that there were some very exciting matches, like the one between Karen Khachanov and John Isner. Two of the biggest favorites for winning the trophy here in Paris, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, didn’t have many troubles today.
Djokovic Against Cilic in the Quarterfinals
Djokovic won the first set against Damir Dzumhu with 6:1, and was leading in the second 2:1, when the Bosnian players decided to retire because he felt the pain in his back. Djokovic broke the defiance of the rival in the sixth game of the opening set, which lasted for more than 10 minutes, and was, in fact, the period when Dzumhur felt his injury for the first time.
Joker’s next opponent will be Marin Cilic, who eliminate Grigor Dimitrov with 7:6, 6:4, after one hour and 50 minutes of play. It was one very intense match in which we saw a very exciting tie-break with many lead changes. It is going to be the 18th clash between the two players from the Balkans, and Djokovic has a much better record, 15 wins, and only 2 losses.
Federer Cruises Past Fognini
Roger Federer did his part of the job routinely against Fabio Fognini, 6:4, 6:3. Though, the Italian had his opportunities and failed to use any. In the second set, he even had a 3:1 lead, and 15:40, but the pressure was just too big for him. This was his 363 win in ATP Masters 1000 series matches, and that makes him the best in this category ever. At the moment, he has one victory more than Rafael Nadal and also has a chance to increase the gap between them. Djokovic is far behind with 330 triumphs.
Federer’s opponent is Kei Nishikori. The Japanese superstar defeated Kevin Anderson in twos sets, 6:4, 6:4. Despite having just one ace, compared to Anderson’s 12, Nishikori managed to convert two break chances, and win this competition. His first serve was awful, 59%, but in other aspects of the play, he completely dominated the court.
Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev are facing each other in the quarterfinals after they had totally different experiences in the round of 16. The Russian had one hell of a fight with John Isner. We saw two marathon tie-breaks, but in the decisive one, Khachanov had more nerves and won. The final result 6:4, 6:7, 7:6.
Zverev, on the other hand, had an easy task against Diego Schwartzman, who is a clay specialist, and won with 6:4, 6:2. He will definitely enter this event with more energy than his opponent.
And in the last pair of the quarterfinals, we have last year’s winner, Jack Sock, and Dominic Thiem. Sock defeated Malik Jaziri, who entered this tournament in the last second, as a replacement for Rafa Nadal. He was very ruthless in the opening set which he won without a lost game, while the second one concluded with 6:4.
Thiem had a lot of problems with Borna Coric, and managed to break Croat’s resistance in three sets, 6:7, 6:2, 7:5. His mental stability emerged in the second set, after, when he managed to turn this meeting upside dow, and erase the deficit he had.