Eight have become four: one semifinal is set for each category at Roland Garros: while Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova will battle on Thursday for the pass to the final, Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal on Friday in a very desired clash.
Bright and thrilling future ahead, but let’s not overlook the past. Here are some of the off-score moments which happened this Tuesday in Paris, during the first 2019 round-of-8 schedule. Prepare your smiles for the best June 4 moments.
1- Chill: When the bad weather peeked at Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer’s match, the game got interrupted. This break did not stop the younger Swiss to have a good laugh with the President of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli.
Any guess on what they were talking about? Because Federer didn't seem as amused as they were... In the end, the 37-year-old got the best of his countryman. 2- How to fall with class: Same match, same man, and we stan (pardon the pun).
But seriously, how not to admire a player who uses peculiar ways to dramatize the situation? The split was on point. Stan Wawrinka bent to Roger Federer in four sets, missing the chance to face Rafael Nadal in the semifinal.
3- Discreet compliments: After getting past his countryman in the quarter-finals, Roger Federer’s successive test bears one (glorious) name: Rafael Nadal. Already eleven-time king on the world’s most famous red dirt, the Spaniard is chasing yet another French Open title, and the World No.
3 will have to give everything he has to stop his motivated opponent. During his on-court interview, Federer used some humor to highlight Nadal’s supremacy on clay, as well as mouthing the excitement of a big part of the tennis universe.
4- Feel the giggle: Marketa Vondrousova doesn’t stop to surprise as she gets farther in the tournament. The 19-year-old beat Petra Martic 7-6(1) 7-5 to secure her place in the penultimate phase of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.
At the net, there seemed to be a feeling far from the usual post-match coolness. Vondrousova and her next opponent Johanna Konta both represent a fresh breeze in Roland Garros, as none of the two had gotten this far in the tournament’s draw before.
5- Kei gets it right! Despite a wrong start, Kei Nishikori equaled Madison Keys’ results at Eurosports’ Top Spin Quiz. He had to guess about Navratilova, Agassi, and Federer among others. (Trigger warning: insects, snake.) The Japanese bowed 6-1 6-1 6-3 to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals on the Court Philippe Chatrier.
Bonus: Here is a funny Roland Garros quiz with a part of the team Lacoste. The asked questions where: Who is the doyen of the female champions? Who's the youngest male champion? What are the names of the last 10 male champions? Who are the last 5 women champions? How heavy is the Cup of the Four Musketeers? Who's the last French athlete to have been crowned in singles?