Roland-Garros Day 6 men’s recap: Zverev wins, Fognini falls to Delbonis


  • Notable names winning on Friday at Roland-Garros (3rd round): Alexander Zverev (6), Kei Nishikori
  • Notable names losing on Friday (3rd round): Casper Ruud (15), Fabio Fognini (27)
  • Notable names in action on Friday: Daniil Medvedev (2), Stefanos Tsitsipas (5), Pablo Carreno Busta (12), Cristian Garin (22), John Isner (31), Reilly Opelka (32)
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Alexander Zverev got past Laslo Djere in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 – but the Serbian did have a chance to serve for the second set, upon which he failed to capitalise.

The German is now through to the fourth round in Paris for the fourth successive year.

Fabio Fognini fell in straight sets to Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. The 27th seed was so enraged at one point that he sustained a hand injury from hitting his own racquet in frustration.

“Well, analysis is clear: I play very bad tennis today,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference. “I don’t know how to win. I mean, he was really solid. He’s really in confidence. I play really bad. That’s all.”

Delbonis, aged 30, has never before reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam.

Kei Nishikori will be relieved to avoid another lengthy match, but he will doubtless be sending best wishes to Henri Laaksonen, who retired from their third-round encounter after the first set. The Japanese star was leading 7-5 after his opponent required treatment on court for what appeared to be a left thigh injury.

“I went on the 2-1 game to the backhand corner, and I tried to recover from there, and then I felt pain on the adductor, abductor, I don’t know which one it is, inside,” said Laaksonen in his press conference afterwards. “I couldn’t move then any more.”

The Swiss had knocked out Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the previous round.

  • In one of the day’s most eventful matches, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain knocked out 15th seed Casper Ruud 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(6), 0-6, 7-5. This will be the first time the 21-year-old has played in the fourth round at Roland-Garros, equalling the run he made at last year’s US Open.



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