Rafael Nadal wins effortlessly, Simona Halep drips off | Tennis


Nadal recorded his 97th victory in the clay tournament in the French capital, where he is virtually unbeatable. The 20-year-old Korda, the son of former top player Petr Korda, could not hurt the Spaniard. The match on the center court Philippe Chatrier lasted less than 2 hours.

Nadal, placed second, will face the winner of the match between the sixth placed German Alexander Zverev and the Italian Jannik Sinner in his fourteenth appearance in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.

Simona Halep also does not know what is happening to her.

Simona Halep also does not know what is happening to her.

Simona Halep

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep was eliminated in a disconcerting way. The number 1 on the placement list was eliminated in the fourth round by the only 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek.

Halep made only three games in the match and after more than an hour had to bow his head 1-6 2-6 for the number 54 in the world.

Halep, who won the grand slam tournament in Paris in 2018, still played her first three matches very convincingly and always won without loss of set. But she was not involved at all against the young Polish.

The roles were completely reversed compared to a year earlier. Swiatek then also faced Halep in the same tournament and had no chance. “I was still inexperienced then; it was my first match ever in a big stadium and I was nervous ”, she said after her impressive victory over the woman, who won Wimbledon last year and won the clay tournaments in Prague and Rome in the run-up to Paris.

The Polish already had the first set after 23 minutes. She hit 17 so-called winners, Halep only four. There was no overturning in the second set. Swiatek took top favorite Halep even more firmly in her grip by breaking immediately and running to 5-1. Halep struggled for a while and was still 5-2, but Swiatek finished it inexorably in the next game. She did not allow any breaking point in the entire party Halep and brought to an end the series of victories of seventeen parties of the Romanian.

“I am obviously surprised, but I have made a lot of progress in the past year and can handle the pressure much better,” said Swiatek, who will face Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan in the quarterfinals, who surprisingly dealt with Kiki Bertens in the fourth. round.

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