Downpour halts Djokovic-Del Potro quarter-final

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

Isner did not lose his serve at all against Wawrinka, and Isner recorded the only service break of the match in the seventh game of the second set.

The Serb clinched the match at the fourth time of asking after Bedene sailed a forehand long after an hour and 46 minutes on court.

Fognini, who failed once again to make it past the third round of his home tournament, had defeated British world No 1 Andy Murray on Tuesday evening to hinder the prospects of the three-time major victor repeating a deep run in Paris where he lost to Novak Djokovic previous year.

Isner, ranked 24th in the world, reached the last-eight on Thursday when he upset world number three Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

"It's a situation for me where I'm going out there against the No. 3 player in the world". That's what happened today.

First round: Tommy Haas bty Ernesto Escobedo 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (1); Alexander Zverev bt Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Benoit Paire bt Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6 (2); JDavid Ferrer bt Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Pablo Carreno Busta bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3; Juan Martin del Potro bt Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Roberto Bautista-Agut bt Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. All the players are looking to raise their game for Paris.

Isner's quarterfinal opponent will be another big server, sixth-seed Marin Cilic, who eliminated ninth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-4.

Zverev, the 16th seed who is the youngest player in the ATP top 50, will meet the victor of the clash between Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, to be played later Thursday.

In the women's tournament, Venus Williams overcame determined Briton Johanna Konta to win their third-round clash 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Williams will take on Garbine Muguruza after the 2016 French Open champion beat Julia Gorges 7-5, 6-4. "It's one of my favorite places on earth, so that's one of the reasons why I have always come here".

"It s so different when you re talking about it or when you re playing it", she said. Kontaveit beat 16th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Madrid Open champion Simona Halep.

Russian Federation s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, suffered a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

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