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Alcaraz edges De Jong at French Open; Swiatek topples Osaka

by Noe
Alcaraz edges De Jong at French Open; Swiatek topples Osaka

Carlos Alcaraz needed four sets to edge Jesper de Jong, while Iga Swiatek toppled Naomi Osaka in French Open action on Wednesday.

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Alcaraz had some tight moments before he pulled off a 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over Jesper de Jong to continue his title bid at Roland Garros.

The Spanish world No.3 trailed by a break in the fourth set after losing the third set before took advantage of the rain delay to advance.

Alcaraz took advantage of the retractable roof at Court Philippe Chatrier to come out victorious despite still coping with a right arm injury.

“I saw that I need to forget about putting on a show. It was difficult for me today,” the Spaniard said.

“I was in trouble a little bit, but really happy to do it at the end. But every match is different,” he added.

Alcaraz was only one of two players who emerged victorious on a rainy Wednesday that halted play for 45 minutes for outside courts.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was other winner, as he posted a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4 victory over Daniel Altmaier.


Swiatek toppled Osaka by winning the last five games to complete a 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-5 win on Wednesday night.

The world No.1 saved a match point before winning multiple games in the end to fend off the challenge of former world No.1 Osaka.

“Naomi (Osaka) played amazing tennis. I’m happy that she’s back and she’s playing well,” Swiatek said.

“For sure, this match was really intense. Much more intense for the second round than I ever expected,” she added.

The win extended Swiatek’s winning streak to 16 matches as she pursues her bid for a first-ever French Open title.

In another women’s singles match, Coco Gauff defeated Tamara Zidasek, 6-3, 6-4.


Belgian David Goffin blamed fans at Roland Garros for “total disrespect” during his marathon win over home favorite Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard.

Goffin said he was spat on by a spectator while experiencing multiple jeers from the French crowd during his 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 win over wild card Perricard.

“Someone spat out their chewing gum at me. (The match) was getting complicated. That’s why I wanted to stay calm,” the Belgian recalled.

“A lot of people are complaining. A lot of umpires feel that there is a lot of disrespect,” he added.

Tournament organizers assured Goffin and fans that the rules would be strictly implemented for the fans and players to follow.

“The public are incredibly enthusiastic, particularly on the outside courts. However, they must of course show full respect to all players while doing so,” they said.

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