The rain finally lifted on Wednesday at Roland Garros enabling top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams to progress to the quarter finals.
Djokovic wrapped up his rain-delayed match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 against 14th seed Roberto Bautista despite a fourth-set wobble that saw him a break and 4-2 down at one point. He now faces Czech Tomas Berdych.
In men’s quarter-final action, Andy Murray downed home favourite Richard Gasquet 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0, 6-2 to set up a semi-final clash with defending champion Stan Wawrinka.
Meanwhile, it was a mixed day for the Williams family. Serena swatted aside Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarter-final tie with unseeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who downed 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 7-5.
Big sister Venus, however, checked out with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Swiss eighth-seed Timea
Bacsinszky, who at one point had quit tennis and was working in a hotel until giving the game a second chance in 2013.
Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych
In beating Roberto Bautista on Wednesday, Djokovic became the first player to pass the $100 million mark in prize money.
But his bank balance will be the last thing on the world number one’s mind as he once again tries to capture that elusive first title at Roland Garros and complete a career Grand Slam. He will have to do it the hard way, however, as the rain delays have left him with the prospect of just one rest day ahead of Sunday’s final.
Standing in his way is Czech Tomas Berdych, who swept aside David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in just two hours and 12 minutes in their fourth-round tie. With 23 losses in 25 ATP matches against Djokovic, Berdych faces an uphill battle to advance to the semis.
Serena Williams v Yulia Putintseva
Another top seed who faces play on four straight days is Serena Williams, but the World number one seemed unfazed. “Four in a row? When we play regular tournaments you play four, five matches in a row. It’s what happens,” said Williams. “It’s something you just get used to.”
With unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan standing between her and another grand slam semi-final, few would bet against the Williams juggernaut rolling on toward Saturday’s final and a record equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.
Dominic Thiem v David Goffin
The battle of the young guns on Suzanne Lenglen will see 22-year old Austrian Dominic Thiem take on 25-year old Belgian 12th-seed David Goffin, with the winner facing a semi-final tie against the winner of Djokovic and Berdych.
Goffin is remarkably just the second Belgian man to make the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, while the match is Thiem’s maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.
Kiki Bertens v Timea Bacsinszky
After conquering Venus Williams, Timea Bacsinszky will face 58th-ranked Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who defeated American Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3 to make her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
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