Three Frenchmen qualify for the round of 16 at Wimbledon

Three Frenchmen qualify for the round of 16 at Wimbledon
Three Frenchmen qualify for the round of 16 at Wimbledon

French number 1 Ugo Humbert earned himself the right to challenge defending champion Carlos Alcaraz by defeating American Brandon Nakashima (65th) 7-6 (11/9), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6). The match had been interrupted the day before by rain, just before the tie break of the fourth set. So on Saturday, “It was quite tense and I think it showed.“, joked Humbert. “On match point, I was happy that he missed: I think my passing was so bad that he was surprised to have such an easy volley and he missed.“, said the 26-year-old player who is returning to the last 16 five years after reaching it during his first participation. And it will be against Alcaraz, winner of Roland-Garros in June.”This is the kind of match I love to play, so I’m super happy to be able to play Alcaraz, Humbert says. I also think it will be on one of the two biggest courts, that’s the cherry on the cake. I’m going to try to enjoy it as much as possible, do what I’ve been doing since the beginning: try to play my game and then we’ll see. I think I also have a chance of annoying him.

Friends Fils and Mpetshi Perricard continue

The great server Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard (58th) can savour his victory over the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (87th) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4. He who had never played at Wimbledon or even won a single Grand Slam match in two participations at Roland-Garros is starting to make quite a reputation for himself at All England Club. At 2.03m tall, he still hit 27 aces on his opponent of the day for a total of 105 in three matches.At the beginning, the match was very complicated. I was very nervous. But I improved a lot in the second and third sets. And I continued my momentum in the fourth.“, commented the player who was drafted from the qualifiers on the eve of the start of the tournament. He is the first lucky loser to reach the 8th finals at Wimbledon since the Belgian Dick Norman in 1995 and will try to do better than him on Monday, the day of his 21st birthday, against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (25th) or the Argentinian Francisco Comesana (122nd).

Arthur Fils (34th) also reached the round of 16 of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, defeating Russian Roman Safiullin (44th) 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. At 20, the Frenchman is participating in his second Major on grass. Last year he lost in the first round and this year he will face Australian Alex De Minaur (9th) for a place in the quarter-finals. The latter benefited from the withdrawal just before the match of his French opponent Lucas Pouille (212th), victim of an abdominal injury.

Meanwhile, Quentin Halys, ranked 220th in the world and a qualifier, was pushing the Danish Holger Rune (15th) out when rain interrupted their match. The Frenchman, who had already reached the third round last year, was leading 2 sets to 1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 3-2 at the time of the interruption.

In the women’s draw, world number 1 Iga Swiatek was eliminated on Saturday in the third round of Wimbledon by Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (35th) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Less comfortable on grass than on clay, the Polish player completely lost the thread of her match after winning the first set. And it is Putintseva, who had never gone beyond the second round in nine participations, who will face Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (14th) for a place in the quarter-finals.

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