Surprising Zidasek in last four at Roland Garros, Zvar…

The semi-finals of Roland Garros are taking shape. Slovenian Tamara Zidansek and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have already qualified for the women, while German Alexander Zverev made the last four among the men.

Tamara Zidansek (WTA 85) defeated Paula Badosa Gibert (WTA 35) of Spain 7-5, 4-6 and 8-6 in three sets in the quarterfinals. The match lasted for 2 hours 29 minutes. The 23-year-old Slovenian never made it past the second round in a Grand Slam tournament, in Paris she always died instantly.

It will also be her first Grand Slam tournament semifinal for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WTA 32), who has lost six times in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament so far. In the quarterfinals, 29-year-old Pavlyuchenkova defeated her doubles partner Elena Rybakina (WTA 22) 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 9-7 in three sets.

Among men, German Alexander Zverev (ATP 6) was the first player to qualify for the semi-finals at Roland Garros on Tuesday. And that too without much effort. In the quarter-finals at Court Philippe-Chatier, the sixth seed defeated Spaniard Alejandro Davydovich Fokina (ATP 46) in three short sets: 6–4 after 1 hour 36 minutes and 6–1 twice.

It is the first time that 24-year-old Zverev is in the last four on Parisian soil. In 2018 and 2019, he made his place in the quarter finals. He will face the winner of the match between Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the semi-finals.

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