ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov advance

Tennis - Roberto Carballes Baena and Aljaz Bedene were forced to retire

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov advance

After a slow start of the campaign against Jaume Munar, Stefanos Tsitsipas has found the rhythm in Paris, beating Pablo Cuevas and Aljaz Bedene in straight sets. The Greek will compete in the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second consecutive year, ousting Bedene 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 in an hour and 20 minutes, with the Slovenian retiring with a right ankle injury.

Stefanos hit ten aces and saved both break points offered to Aljaz, controlling the pace against the rival who couldn't stay on the court until the end. The Greek held with an ace in the first game and grabbed a break at 15 in game two when Bedene netted a backhand for an early lead.

Tsitsipas landed another ace in game three to confirm the advantage, broke at love and held at 4-0 with a service winner to open a 5-0 gap in 13 minutes. Aljaz saved a set point in game six to get his name on the scoreboard and avoid a bagel, struggling with that ankle injury and allowing Tsitsipas to close the set in game seven after 27 minutes.

The Greek served well in set number two, securing breaks in games three and seven and sealing the set with a hold at love for a 6-1, 6-2 advantage. Bedene decided to call it a match after three points in the third set's fifth game, not willing to risk more serious injury.

Roberto Carballes Baena stayed on the court for five hours in the second round against Denis Shapovalov, prevailing but not feeling good the night ahead of his next clash with Grigor Dimitrov. Ther Bulgarian won the opening two sets before the Spaniard had to retire, unable to stay on the court for one more set and play on a high level.

Grigor forged a 6-1, 6-3 lead in just over an hour, losing only eight points behind the initial shot and delivering four breaks to have the upper hand. The Bulgarian is yet to lose a set in Paris this week, advancing into the last 16 for the first time and bouncing back after an early US Open exit.

In the battle of the seeds, Karen Khachanov ousted Cristian Garin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two and a half hours.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov and Karen Khachanov scored wins in Paris.

The Russian lost serve four times and claimed eight breaks to cross the finish line first, taming his strokes nicely to hit 32 winners and 34 unforced errors.

Karen kicked off the encounter with three straight breaks, holding with a service winner in game eight for 6-2. Raising his level, Cristian grabbed two breaks in set number two, sealing the set at 5-3 to level the overall score.

Both players served well in the opening seven games of the third set before Khachanov broke at love to move 5-3 up. Garin pulled the break back but suffered a break at love when Karen landed a lob winner that sent him two sets to one up.

Carried by this momentum, the Russian barely lost a point on serve in set number four, earning breaks in games six and eight to move over the top and set Novak Djokovic clash.

Grigor Dimitrov Karen Khachanov Aljaz Bedene