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FRENCH OPEN: Altmaier shocks 7th seed Berrettini

PARIS, OCT 3 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/3/2020 1:04:14 PM IST

 Qualifier Daniel Altmaier delivered a surprise straight-set victory over seventh seed Matteo Berrettini to reach the French Open fourth round, reports BBC Sports

The 22-year-old beat the Italian 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in Paris.
It was a composed display from the German world number 186, who is yet to drop a set during his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
He joins Sebastian Korda in the last 16 as the first qualifiers to reach that stage at Roland Garros in nine years.
Altmaier will now face 17th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the last 16.
The US Open semi-finalist was the winner of an all-Spanish meeting with 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, seeing off his compatriot 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-4.
Carreno Busta, who was a break down in the fourth set, hit 65 winners to make it through in three hours and 22 minutes.
Russian 13th seed Andrey Rublev breezed past Kevin Anderson to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time.
Rublev hit 27 winners and did not face a single break point as he dominated the South African to win 6-3 6-2 6-3.
The 22-year-old, who had never won a French Open match before this week, will play either Marton Fucsovics or Thiago Monteiro for a place in the quarter-finals.
Sofia Kenin through to fourth round
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin breezed into the fourth round at Roland Garros with victory over Irina Bara.
The American fourth seed, 21, won 12 games in a row to beat Romanian qualifier Bara 6-2 6-0 in Paris.
Kenin hit 32 winners and saved 10 break points as she set up a meeting with either France’s Fiona Ferro or Patricia Maria Tig of Romania next.
However, eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka was beaten by Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in a fluctuating match.
Jabeur, seeded 30th, beat the Belarussian 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 6-3 to reach the fourth round for the first time.
She had triple set point at 6-5 in a scrappy first set but was broken, before storming back from a 5-1 deficit in the tie-break to take the opener in 57 minutes.
However, a refocused Sabalenka took the second in just 19 minutes to force a decider.
Sabalenka saved three match points but sent a forehand long to hand Jabeur victory.
The 26-year-old will next play either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or American Danielle Collins.
Murray and Skupski reach quarter-finals
Britons Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski reached the French Open men’s doubles quarter-finals with victory over second seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
Murray and Skupski put in an impressive performance to beat last month’s Italian Open champions 6-3 4-6 6-4.
The 13th seeds will face German pairing Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies next.
Fellow Briton Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram also beat Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin to reach the last eight.
Australian Open champions Salisbury, 28, and 36-year-old American Ram easily beat the French duo 6-3 6-2.
The third seeds will play either Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic or Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Murray, 34, has never won the doubles title at the French Open - his previous best result was the reaching the quarter-finals in 2017 with Soares.
He and Skupski, 30, recovered well after being edged out of a tight second set, breaking their opponents at the first opportunity in the decider.
The two did not face a break point in the final set and served the match out with ease.
 

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