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Zverev & Dimitrov Set For R4 Showdown At Roland Garros

Ruud, Rune also chasing quarter-final spot on Monday in Paris
June 04, 2023
Alexander Zverev has dropped just one set en route to the fourth round at Roland Garros.
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Alexander Zverev has dropped just one set en route to the fourth round at Roland Garros. By ATP Staff

The four remaining quarter-final places will be claimed on Monday at Roland Garros, where 2022 finalist Casper Ruud, two-time semi-finalist Alexander Zverev and the in-form Holger Rune headline the action in the singles draw. previews the remaining fourth-round clashes as well as the key matchups in the doubles draw on the Day 9 schedule in Paris.

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[22] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [28] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Is Zverev starting to heat up on the Paris clay? The former World No. 2 faced a tough road back from the ankle injury he suffered in the 2022 semi-finals against Rafael Nadal. His comeback win in the third round against 12th seed Frances Tiafoe felt particularly significant for Zverev, who seems to be rediscovering the consistency required to prevail against the best the ATP Tour has to offer.

The 26-year-old Zverev holds a 3-1 ATP Head2Head advantage over Grigor Dimitrov heading into the pair’s fourth-round meeting in Paris. The former World No. 3 Dimitrov has only reached this stage once before at Roland Garros, but Zverev will be particularly wary of the Bulgarian’s quality coming forward to the net, which could represent a key tactic to knock the German off his rhythm.

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[4] Casper Ruud (NOR) vs. Nicolas Jarry (CHI)

Ruud has performed somewhere near his best in his Roland Garros run so far. Despite dropping sets to Giulio Zeppieri and Zhang Zhizhen, the Norwegian’s powerful forehand has enabled him to dictate play from the baseline in performances reminiscent of his run to the final in Paris a year ago.

Nicolas Jarry will not be daunted by taking on the Norwegian, however. The Chilean defeated Ruud in three sets in the Geneva quarter-finals just 10 days ago and went on to lift the trophy at the ATP 250. That was the 27-year-old’s second tour-level title on clay this year (he also triumphed at home in Santiago), and he is now into the fourth round at a major for the first time. Can Jarry maintain his momentum against the fourth seed?

[6] Holger Rune [DEN] vs. [24] Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)

Rune looks to keep his red-hot clay-court form going in his maiden ATP Head2Head meeting with fellow big-hitting baseliner Cerundolo. The Dane has made solid progress through the draw as he tries to back up his 2022 quarter-final run, dropping one set across his two matches. The 20-year-old is now 15-3 on clay and will hope his all-around ability proves too much for Cerundolo to handle on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

The Argentine is also a man in form, however. Prior to Roland Garros, he reached the quarter-finals in Rome and a championship match in Lyon, and the 24-year-old has dropped just two sets in Paris en route to the fourth round of a major for the first time. Rune’s ability to keep the ball away from Cerundolo’s hammer forehand could be decisive.

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Argentine's Francisco Cerundolo and Tomas Martin Etcheverry are both playing for a quarter-final spot on Monday. Photo: Amélie Laurin/FFT.

[27] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs. Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG)

For the second major in a row, Yoshihito Nishioka has reached the fourth round. The Japanese World No. 33 has recovered from disappointing previous results this year on the European clay with a career-best showing at the French major. His opponent on Monday, Tomas Martin Etcheverry, had not won a main-draw match at Roland Garros before this year: Who can handle the occasion and extend their personal-best run?

Doubles Action

The quarter-final action in the men’s doubles draw kicks off on Monday, when defending champions Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer take on Matwe Middelkoop and his partner, two-time Roland Garros winner Andreas Mies.

The winning team’s semi-final opponents will be 14th seeds Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni or Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who also face off on Monday. Both last-eight matchups take place on Court Simonne-Mathieu.

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