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Italian Open 2024 – Defending champion Daniil Medvedev out; Iga Swiatek in semi-finals

Iga Swiatek extends her win streak to 4 matches with no sets lost at the Italian Open, as she becomes first player in the women’s semi-finals

Italian Open 2024 – Defending champion Daniil Medvedev out; Iga Swiatek in semi-finals
Tommy Paul sends defending champion Daniil Medvedev home in straight sets

Last Updated: 11.52 PM, May 14, 2024


On May 14, as the men’s round of 16 played out in the Italian Open 2024 in Rome, the results were mostly as expected, except, perhaps, for the defeat of defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who did not put up much of fight and went down to Tommy Paul in straight sets – 6-1 6-4. Joining Paul in the round of 8 in the Men’s singles draw are Zhizhen Zhang, Alejandro Tabilo, Alexander Zverev, Taylor Fritz, Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nicolas Jarry.

The round of 16 played out at the stadia in Rome on May 14, with the quarter finals scheduled for May 15, semi-finals on May 17 and the final on May 19 in the Men’s Singles. The Women’s Singles final will be on May 18.

In the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek became the first to confirm a semi-final spot, while Aryna Sabalenka, Danielle Collins, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Ostapenko, Coco Gauff, Qinweng Zheng, will play the remaining quarter-final matches on May 15. The match schedule is as follows, Coco Gauff vs Qinweng Zheng, Jelena Ostapenko vs Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka vs Daniella Collins.

The 2024 Italian Open is the first in two decades to feature neither 10-time champ Rafael Nadal or 6-time winner Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s just back after a long injury break, while Djokovic has had a less than stellar start to the 2024 season. Both are, however, expected to head to Roland Garros shortly for the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open.

Although Djokovic has more Grand Slam wins than Nadal (24-22), the latter, has won the clay-court tournament a whopping 14 times. Despite his recent lack of form and injury, Nadal is quite gung-ho about returning to his favourite surface. But can he win it a 15th time. Well, he’s ready to give it his all.

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