French Open Diary – Wednesday 1st June

French Open Diary - Wednesday 1st June

Rafael Nadal (8/15 French Open Outright) remains on course to scoop a 14th French Open crown after battling past 2021 champion Novak Djokovic on Tuesday.

Wednesday Highlights

Andrey Rublev v Marin Cilic

Casper Ruud v Holger Rune

Veronika Kudermetova v Daria Kasatkina

Iga Swiatek v Jessica Pegula

Heavyweight duo Nadal and Djokovic battled late into the night in Paris with the former once again demonstrating his dominance on the clay.

Nadal prevailed 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4), wrapping up a hard-fought win at 01:15am local time after over four hours on court.

“To win against Novak there is only one way: to play your best from the first point to the last,” said 35-year-old Nadal.

“This is one of those magic nights for me.”

The Spaniard will take on Alexander Zverev (9/2 French Open Outright) in the semi-finals on Friday following the German’s 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9-7) victory over Carlos Alcaraz.

Andrey Rublev takes on Marin Cilic at 14:00 on Wednesday with the victor set to face either Casper Ruud or Holger Rune in the semi-finals.

In the women’s draw, teenager Coco Gauff (5/1 French Open Outright) saw off fellow American Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-2 to set up a last-four tie with Martina Trevisan (16/1), who overcame Leylah Fernandez.

World number one Iga Swiatek (2/5 French Open Outright), who won the French Open in 2020, will attempt to book her spot in the semis on Wednesday when she faces American Jessica Pegula (20/1).

There’s also an all-Russian affair when Veronika Kudermetova takes on Daria Kasatkina.

Author: Lucille White