Each day of Roland Garros, Baseline will sum up the action with a photo gallery of the top surprises.
Anisimova On Fire
Amanda Anisimova sprinted into her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-0 win over qualifier Aliona Bolsova. While the 17-year-old was the favored player in that contest, it still takes nerves of steel to put up that level of performance. The American hasn't dropped a set yet, and is the first player born in the 2000s to reach a a major quarterfinal. She will face Simona Halep next.
Speaking of Halep, the No. 3 seed ended Iga Swiatek's dream run in just 45 minutes. The 18-year-old Pole—who is only three months older than Anisimova—managed to win just one game. "I had a problem with just putting the ball in court. So I guess that was because of stress and lack of experience, but it's natural," Swiatek said. "I'll learn from it even though it lasted, like, 40 minutes."
Paire Powers Off
Maybe it was more of a surprise to see Benoit Paire in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, but to his full credit, he deserved it. The Frenchman battled with Kei Nishikori for two days and had a 4-1 and 5-3 lead in the fifth set before losing. No French men or women made the singles quarterfinals this year.
Thiem Subdues Monfils
Many fans were expecting a lot more from Dominic Thiem's fourth-round showdown with Gael Monfils, even if their last two completed matches went easily Thiem's way. They got another very one-sided affair with Thiem winning his first straight-set match of the fortnight, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The most exciting moment may have been Thiem's tweener winner in set 3.
Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella are doing everything they can to put their singles performance in Paris behind them. The Argentinian duo dismissed former Grand Slam champions Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Roger 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals. Before this run, Pella had won just one career doubles Grand Slam match, while Schwartzman had never won consecutive major-level doubles matches.
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