De Minaur stuns Medvedev at Paris Masters Coco Gauff eliminated at WTA Finals; Iga Swiatek into semis Alcaraz, Djokovic advance, Musetti upsets Ruud in Paris


PARIS — Alex de Minor edged out fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

After recovering from a 2-0 loss in the final set, De Minor failed to convert his first two match points at 5-4. He made a return out on the first match point and made an unforced error on the second.

But the Australian got two more chances at 6-5. Medvedev saved the third match point with the winning serve, then double-faulted on the fourth and angrily threw his racquet to the ground.

Medvedev, who won the Paris Masters in 2020 and was runner-up last year, dropped his serve in the first set with a massive kick in the final game. But the Russian took advantage of De Minor’s unforced errors and made a break twice in the second set.

De Minor will play Frances Tiafoe, who beat Jack Draper 6-3, 7-5.

In other matches of the second round, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who finished fifth, beat Daniel Evans 6:3, 6:4 and became the leader of the ATP tour with 58 wins this year, while Lorenzo Musetti defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili with a score of 6:4, 6 :2. Musetti’s next opponent will be Kasper Ruud, who finished third.

Tsitsipas took the lead 3-0 in the first set. He then hit the winner’s right across the court to break Evans in the first game of the second before converting his first match point with an ace.

“I am pleased with the level of tennis that I showed when I should have,” said Tsitsipas. “I moved well, dictated well. I combined everything, including defense, transition to attack. I served well, was very calm in important moments, and it paid off.”

FORT WORTH, Texas. Tears welled in Coco Gauff’s eyes as she sat on the sideline of the WTA Finals during Thursday night’s shift after losing the round robin lead 7-6(6), 6-3 to Daria Kasatkina, ending hopes 18-year-old American to reach the semi-finals.

Gauff, who is in 4th place, lost 0-4 in her debut at the season-ending Women’s Top Tennis Tournament – 0-2 in singles and 0-2 in doubles with Jessica Pegula. Florida was the youngest participant in both tournaments in the WTA Finals since Anna Kournikova in 1999.

Earlier Thursday, Iga Swiatek beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 to take control of an eight-point streak that started the final stretch of the match in which she won nine of 11 games.

“Pushed me out of my comfort zone,” Garcia said.

Swiatek has won all four sets she has played so far, losing just 10 games.

“This is the last tournament of the season, so I have nothing to lose. I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to do next,” Swiatek said. “So, yes, of course, I give my 100%, physically and mentally.”

The results mean Swiatek has secured a spot in the semi-finals and No. 6 Garcia will face No. 8 Kasatkina on Thursday for the other spot available in their group.

Kasatkina, whose best Grand Slam performance was in the semi-finals of the French Open in June, got off to a slow start on Thursday, trailing second-placed Gauff 4-1 in Paris. But Kasatkina began to strike Gauff more often on the right, in her weaker side, and this paid off.

Kasatkina quickly scored five out of six games to take a 6-5 lead; it was the score when Gauff used a white towel to dry his tears during his shift. Gauff briefly corrected the situation by making a break to force a tiebreak in which she took a 3-0 and 4-2 lead. But after Kasatkina kept her initial pair of set points, Gauff relented on the third with a right hand into the net. to close out an exchange of 24 strokes.

Gauff started the day 1-16 this season, dropping the first set, while Kasatkina came out 28-0 claiming it and those trends haven’t changed.

Swiatek’s win made her 14-1 against top-10 opponents in 2022, and all those 14 victories were in a row, the longest single-season unbeaten streak on tour in 15 years.

Garcia is the only WTA finalist to beat Swiatek this year – at the Polish Open in July when Garcia was just 45th – and scored 3 points early Thursday.

But then Swiatek raced to the end of that set and made a 2-0 break in the second.

Swiatek’s powerful forehand is probably her most dangerous shot, but her backhand did the job that day – making passing shots when Garcia hit the net, or closing out longer exchanges with winners – and her serve got stronger as she went on. how the match dragged on. farther, including finishing as an ace at 108 mph.

It was Swiatek’s 66th tour win. The 21-year-old from Poland also leads with eight titles, including the French Open and the US Open.

“She was definitely the best this year,” Garcia said. And she continues to prove it.

PARIS. Ranked No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the Paris Masters quarter-finals by beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday as Félix Auger-Aliassime reached the last eight, winning his 15th match in a row.

Alcaraz, the US Open champion, will play Holger Rune for a spot in the semi-finals after the Danish teenager beat Andrei Rublev 6-4, 7-5. For the first time, teenagers – both 19 years old – will meet in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

Auger-Aliassime, who is in contention for a fourth title in a row, defeated French veteran Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-3 on an indoor hard court.

Lorenzo Musetti upset US Open runner-up Casper Ruud 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, while American Francis Tiafoe defeated Alex De Minor 6–3, 7–6 (5). In 2022, Tiafoe has 35 career-best victories.

Musetti, 20, will face Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals after the 21-time Grand Slam champion beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1.

Djokovic extended his match-winning streak at tour level to 11 as he races for his seventh title in the tournament.

American Tommy Paul beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4 and will then face number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, who eliminated French qualifier Corentin Moutet 6-3, 7-6 (3) to earn his 59th tour victory. year.