A sign that things are no longer the same in the Canadian tennis world.
Before his night, there were six extraordinary months for Eugenie Bouchard in 2014 which saw her reach the semi-finals in Australia, at Roland Garros, and then the final at Wimbledon.
There was also 2019 for Bianca Andreescu, with her titles in Indian Wells, Toronto, and of course New York.
But for Leila Annie Fernandez, let’s say that the US Open final and at least the quarter-finals at Roland Garros allow her to add her name to the discussion of good streaks in Canadian tennis history.
So on Tuesday morning, at 6 a.m. EST, you’ll play in the quarter-finals at Court Philippe Chatrier. She is the highest ranked player in her part of the table with her 17th place in the WTA rankings.
Many already see it in the final. She herself forbids it, which is easier said than done, agreed after defeating Amanda Anisimova.
Even if the road was open, it would be a mistake to neglect its rivals, starting with Italian Martina Trevisan.
True, the fifty-ninth world on paper does not frighten many people. However, she is in good shape, having won the WTA 250 tournament in Morocco earlier in May, defeating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 10th in the world.
Her playing style is completely different from Fernandes’ last rivals. Younger, the 28-year-old is a pure ground player and will play her second quarter-final in Paris.
However, apart from the quarter-finals in 2020, she has never made it past the second round of the Grand Slam.
Against Belinda Bencic and Amanda Anisimova, Leyla Annie Fernandez used much of her opponents’ shooting power to quickly counterattack. You have to be more patient against Trevisan, less forceful, but more regular.
Being a head of exchanges is very different from destabilizing a counterattack.
If the 19-year-old left-hander takes on the Trevisan challenge, she may have to take on a younger one in the semifinals.
American Coco Gauff, the expected rising star, plays excellent tennis and has yet to lose a single set in Paris, including doubles matches.
Gauff will face fellow countryman Sloane Stephens first.
Then, perhaps, we can talk about Iga Swiatek, who is still riding 32 games in a row unbeaten.
Djokovic Nadal for the 59th time and…the last time?
We’re already there, since the quarter-finals. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face each other on Tuesday.
It will be the 59th duel between the two giants, and the first since the two have reached 20 Grand Slam victories.
Djokovic leads 30-28 and it was he who won the last match, in the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2021, in four sets.
Will Tuesday’s duel be the last? Rafael Nadal stated at a press conference that this duel could, in case of defeat, be his last match at Roland Garros.
toreador is 36 on friday and the recurring pain in his foot makes him say the year is getting longer and longer for a tennis player as you get older.
He referred to the hypothesis while trying to defend his case to play the match during the day rather than in the evening. Evening sessions were a new thing for two years at Roland-Garros.
If all of today’s matches are broadcast on France Television, the evening sessions are shown on the Amazon Prime payment channel.
And the online ordering giant pays for optional posters, even if its audience is much smaller than that of France TV, France’s public and free broadcaster.
Nadal’s appeal is not out of vanity, because the Spaniard wants to be seen by the largest possible audience in France. Moreover, the organizers of Roland-Garros announced that the Amazon Prime channel will be exceptionally regulated and accessible to all for this promising duel.
no. If Nadal wanted to play during the day, he was supposed to take advantage of the few extra temperatures in the afternoon. The tennis ball will bounce more in hot conditions, like the golf ball will move more in hot weather.
Since Nadal’s game is made of balls with excessive bouncy effects, the slightest coolness in the evening, combined with the increased humidity on the court, will partially neutralize this advantage for the Spaniard.
Thus, the blows of the Mud King, the 13-times champion Roland Garros, would be easy to control by the opponent, even for Djokovic who generally shines in response.
The stars, and even Nadal himself lukewarmly point to the 35-year-old Serbian’s victory, the last preparatory tournament champion in Rome and a perfection in 12 rounds so far in Paris.
Nadal, gave up two sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the third player in history to push in five sets at Roland Garros. This allowed the Spaniard to prove that he could still impose himself by fighting in moments of tension.
It remains to be seen whether or not the foot will hold up and if, above all, Nadal will be able to resist Djokovic’s desire to join him in the record books with a 21st Grand Slam title.
Of course, it won’t be the final, but it will be. In fact, it may be more than just final.
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