The American Taylor Fritz, tenth favorite, ended the adventure of her young compatriot Sebastian KordaSpanish executioner Carlos Alcaraz, in the Montecarlo Masters 1000 after winning 7-6 (4) and 7-5 and reaching the quarterfinals.
Fritz, the only player so far to beat Rafa Nadal this seasonin the final of the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells, the second title of his career, he remained stronger and more stable than his rival, especially in serving.
It was in the tiebreaker where the first set was decided, falling on the side of the thirteenth player in the world making his third appearance in Monte Carlo.
After ninety -four minutes, Taylor Fritz advanced to the 2019 round of 16, her hurdle in the Monegasque tournament. The Californian, brilliant especially on the hard court, will play in the quarterfinals against Alejandro Davidovich, who defeated David Goffin 6-4, 6-1.
In another match of the morning session, Grigor Dimitrov surprised Casper Ruud and won 6-3, 7-5 to access the quarterfinals, where he will face the winner of the bout between Hubert Hurkacz and Albert Ramos.
Ruud’s skill on clay is not enough compared to the talent of one who became, five years ago, the third best player in the world. Ruud, a finalist two weeks ago in Miami, was overtaken by Carlos Alcaraz, He couldn’t find a way to condition Dimitrov’s game, which he was able to beat last year at the San Diego tournament.
Ruud gathers beautiful notes on clay. Of the seven trophies he is proud of, six are in brick dust, including the only one he won in 2022, in Buenos Aires.
The Norwegian, seventh in the world, could not repeat his good performance last year in Monte Carlo, when he reached the semifinals where he was beaten by Russian Andrey Rublev. He couldn’t even extend the fight into the third set. Dimitrov was better and resolved the crash in an hour and a half.
The Bulgarian, who this year had the best performance in the Melbourne semifinals and in the Indian Wells and Delray Beach quarterfinals, has reached his tenth participation in Monte Carlo where he is one step away from the final in 2018. He then fell against Nadal who won the trophy.
Results of the day
round of 16
Alexander Davidovich David Goffin 6-4, 6-1
Taylor Fritz d. Sebastian Korda 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Grigor Dimitrov defeated Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-5
Source: La Verdad
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