Leylah Fernandez – a Gooner?
In a little under 15 minutes’ time the women’s quarter-finals will commence.
At a time when the established group of younger men’s players should be making their move, an even newer generation has emerged doing everything in their power to stop them.
Faced with her first major test of the French Open she is so heavily favoured to win, Iga Swiatek embraced the pressure, recovering from a set down to defeat Qinwen Zheng 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals.
Can Tuesday match Monday for sheer drama at Roland Garros? Holger Rune was ludicrously good as he sent Stefanos Tsitsipas, last year’s finalist, packing in the men’s singles while women’s world No 1 Iga Swiatek dropped an epic first set against Qinwen Zheng before bouncing back to make it 32 wins in a row.
Much more to come today: First up in the women’s singles quarter-finals Leylah Fernandez, who was defeated by Emma Raducanu in the US Open final last year, takes on Martina Trevisan before an all-American matchup between Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens.
There is also the small matter of Alexander Zverev v Carlos Alcaraz in the men’s singles last eight before the frankly gynormous clash between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal which will be coming up tonight. Fists will be pumped, towels will be called for, and rackets will probably be smashed. Let’s do this.
Order of play
Today’s schedule for the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals (seedings in brackets):
Court Philippe-Chatrier (all quarter-finals)
Martina Trevisan v Leylah Fernandez (17)
Coco Gauff (18) v Sloane Stephens
Alexander Zverev (3) v Carlos Alcaraz (6)
Not before 7.45pm BST
Novak Djokovic (1) v Rafael Nadal (5)