The Argentine tennis player Tomas Martin Etcheverry He put an end to the best week of his career by falling today in the quarterfinals of the Open Roland Garrossecond tournament of grand slams of the year, against the German Alexander Zverev by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
etcheverryborn in the silver 23 years ago and ranked 49th in the world ranking of the ATPlost with Zverev (27), former number 2 on the planet, after three hours and 23 minutes in an intense match played on the Philippe Chatrier center court of the complex located in the Parisian neighborhood of Bois de Boulogne.
The German, semifinalist in Roland Garros In the last three editions, it will play its next match against the winner of the match that will complete the quarterfinals later between the Norwegian Casper Ruud (4) and the Danish Holger Rune (6).
Zverevborn in Hamburg 26 years ago, imposed his highest category and above all experience in Grand Slam, in fact he had lost in the semifinals in 2021 against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and in those of 2022 against the Spanish super champion Rafael Nadalabsent this year due to an injury that has been abusing him since last February.
the other semifinal
The other semifinal of the men’s draw will feature the number one in the world, the Spanish Carlos Alcarazand to the Serbian Novak Djokovic (3), winner of 22 Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic36 years old, and the Murcian alcaraz20, will star in a true anticipated final next Friday at Paris.
The great tournament of etcheverry and the development of the party
As to etcheverrythe defeat in the quarterfinals will not be enough to forget his two weeks in Paris that made him the great revelation of the tournament.
The Argentine, in his second participation in Roland Garros (last year he lost in the opening round) he had four consecutive wins against the British Jack Draper (55), Australian Alex De Minaur (19), the Croatian borna coric (16) and Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (33), all without having given up a set, and confirmed his great growth this season.
etcheverry He started playing very well and went 2-1 up at the first break of the game thanks to two good service games and the tactic of always going for the points to keep the German from hamburg defensive and prevent him from taking the initiative.
However, the German, former number two on the planet, little by little found his way around the Argentine game, thus he began to rule in the duel of crossed setbacks and also adjusted his return to achieve the first break of the match when he seized the serve from La Plata and went ahead 4-2.
Zverev He took the set 6-4, playing at a high level, but the Argentine did not feel the disadvantage and kept up his sharp and aggressive tennis.
In that context, etcheverry He broke for the first time in the second set to take a 4-2 lead, then gave up his serve but immediately went ahead again to go up 5-3 and close the set 6-3.
At that moment he saw the best of etcheverry since from 4-3 they won four games in a row to stay in front 2-0 in the third quarter.
Although that moment was favorable, the Argentine began to play very short and that favored the German who recovered and transformed a 0-2 into a 6-3.
The German took over the scene when he began to select his shots better and managed the game with his right hand, a shot that allowed him to achieve good angles to undermine etcheverrywho in turn was wrong when he chose to always hit the ball hard and flat instead of looking for variations and better effects, that led him to make mistakes often.
The German put the machinery into operation, stopped having bumps in his game and imposed his highest hierarchy and above all experience in decisive matches in a grand slamsthus he took the lead two sets to one and with the feeling of having control of the match
It was not surprising then that Zverev continue to do damage in the fourth set to etcheverrywho accumulated all the mistakes that he had not made in his previous games, of course, against the most senior rival he faced in his career.
The German broke etcheverrywent ahead 4-3 and then did not waver when he had to seal the victory 6-4 in the decisive fourth set.
The female box
For its part, in the women’s box of the French Open, the two remaining semifinalists were defined with the triumphs of the Polish Iga Swiatek and the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya.
swiatekworld number one and current champion, beat the American Coco Gauff (6) by 6-4 and 6-2, and her next rival will be the Brazilian haddad maia (14), who surprised the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (7) and defeated her by 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) and 6-1.
The other semifinal of the ladies’ draw had been defined yesterday and the Czech will star Karolina Muchova and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
muchova (43), who had eliminated Rosario from the tournament in the second round Nadia Podoroska (101), beat the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (333) by 7-5 and 6-2, and his rival in the semifinals will be Sabalenka (2), who defeated the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (192) by 6-4 and 6-4.
Sabalenkachampion this year in the australian openaccumulated 12 consecutive victories in grand slams and threatens to snatch number one from swiatek if both reach the final on Saturday.
Zeballos stands out in doubles
For his part, in the doubles box, the man from Mar del Plata Horace Zeballos and his Spanish partner Marcel Granollers They will play the semifinals tomorrow.
zeballos and Granollerswho together have 7 titles and two finals of grand slams (US Open 2019 and Wimbledon 2021), will have as rivals this Thursday the couple made up of the Croatian Ivan Dodig and the american austin krajicek.
The other semifinal of the doubles draw will be starred by the German Andreas Mies and the dutch Matwe Middelkoop before the Belgian couple made up of sander gille and joran vliegen.
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