2022 – Holger Ron stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open quarter-finals | French Open

At a time when the established group of young people must act, a younger generation has emerged and is doing everything in its power to stop them.

Holger Ron caused the biggest upset yet in the men’s draw when the 19-year-old beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. His first appearance in the French Open. The lower half of the men’s lottery is wide open. Tsitsipas, fourth and finalist last year, was the favorite to return to the final.

Like Tsitsipas, Rune is a student at Mouratoglou Academy, where he has been training since his early teens, and the competition against his spell has more meaning. Throughout the match, he pressured Tsitsipas with a deep, consistent return that landed on his opponent’s shoelace and forced him to retreat. Ron served well in the key moments and advanced to the baseline when he could, finishing with 54 winners overall. Above all, he punctuated Tsitsipas with good drop hits and at good timing.

When Ron attempted to serve up Tsitsipas in the fourth set, he finally felt the weight of the moment. He advanced 5-2 with two breaks, only to lose eight points in a row and desperate to keep his lead. Recover and save breakpoints and progress.

This result has come. While Carlos Alcaraz’s success has overshadowed everything else, Rune has been quietly pacing. Twelve months ago, he placed 313 for a week before winning the first of four titles at the ATP Challenger Championship last year. He won his first ATP title in Munich this month as a wildcard, and that result would take him into the top 30. In his first match here, Ron knocked out Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.

Stefanos Tsitsipas had no answer to Holger Rune’s deep returns and micro drops. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Ron is bold and unapologetic for his self-confidence, which helped him. After watching Rafael Nadal win his 13th French Open title a year and a half ago, Ron told the Danish press that he believed he could beat Nadal’s record in Paris. “If I really focus and play tennis, I can beat just about anyone,” he said on Monday. However, his behavior was also abhorrent. Last year, he apologized after being fined by the ATP for shouting gay insults at an ATP match.

By the time Ron finished his on-court interview, Tsitsipas’ post-match press conference had already begun, and his desperation was palpable. When asked about Ron’s best qualities, Tsitsipas described Ron’s backhand as “very consistent, very precise,” but his compliment was with the back of the hand, “but he’s getting hard. When he comes down, he has his front hand [in] Very stiff grip, I don’t know… Anyway, it’s a grinder. “

Between his recent 3-0 record against Alcaraz and another loss to Ron, Tsitsipas now learns what it feels like to have a goal on your back: “These kids want to hit me because they’re obviously fishing,” he said. ÔÇťI hunt too, but I am in a different situation from them. I am hungry to hit them too. Now that they beat me, I want revenge.ÔÇŁ

Meanwhile, Ron is envious of the attention his classmate is getting. He believes that Alcaraz is worth everything and is self-centered: “I’m going at my own pace, my own way and getting better at my own pace,” he said. ÔÇťIt’s awesome. Everyone has their own journey and this is mine.ÔÇŁ

Late on Monday night, second seed Daniil Medvedev followed Tsitsipas out of the tournament as he comprehensively lost 6-2 6-3 6-2 to former US Open champion Marin Cilic. Andrey Rublev, the seventh seed and Cilic’s next opponent, is now the best player in the lower half of the lot.

Contrary to Nadal’s hopes, Roland Garros organizers announced that his quarter-final match with Novak Djokovic will take place in the evening session on Tuesday.