Another good stat here. Trevisan is on quite the run at the moment.
“It’s been an incredible week,” Trevisan says after the match. “This is the first [grand slam semi-final] of my career so it’s a very important emotion for me.
“I came here with a lot of energy, I wasn’t tired, I wanted to push all that emotion on to the court.”
Fernandez wins the first point, but Trevisan hits back after a spirited rally. The Italian then scoops a shot beyond the baseline, but Fernandez returns the favour. Trevisan produces a thunderous serve and, with that, she has match point. She finally triumphs with a killer shot which leaves Fernandez stranded.
*Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 5-3 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez is doing everything she can to salvage this. She holds to love, leaving Trevisan with another chance to serve for the match.
Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 5-2 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
But wait a minute! This is an absolute free-for-all now, Fernandez breaking once more. Trevisan is undone by a couple of narrow misses and a thumping forehand from her opponent.
*Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 5-1 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
The comeback is short-lived. Trevisan breaks for the third time in the third set and Fernandez’s glimmer of hope is snuffed out.
Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 4-1 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez fights back, battling to deuce and twice wrangling advantage. She can’t force the break on either occasion but, after Trevisan wastes several chances to win it, the teenager gets another break point and takes it with a winner that fizzes across the court.
*Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 4-0 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez seems to have lost her bearings, consistently hitting the ball wide and long. She gifts Trevisan two break points, but saves both. At deuce, she squanders two chances to see out the game before Trevisan takes advantage and, after a missed opportunity of her own, seals the double break with an angled winner.
Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 3-0 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Trevisan produces another love hold, pumping her fist in triumph as Fernandez whips the ball wide on the final point. The Italian can smell victory.
*Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 2-0 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Trevisan means business here. She pushes and pulls Fernandez around the court, thundering forehand winners left and right and earning three break points. Fernandez defends the first two stoically but, on the third, a brief rally ends with her sending a shot beyond the baseline. Once again, she finds herself in a precarious position.
Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3), 1-0 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
After a messy end to the second set for Trevisan, she refocuses and holds to love.
Fernandez wins the second-set tiebreak! Trevisan 6-2, 6-7(3) Fernandez
This looks dangerous for Trevisan now, who had that one shot at closing the game out in the second set. Fernandez is growing stronger, putting more weight on her already considerable groundstrokes, and Trevisan is beginning to make errors that were not there before – especially the double fault that hands Fernandez the set.
Now, I’ll hand you over to my colleague Will Magee for the third and decisive set, which is set up very nicely.
Tiebreak! Trevisan 6-2, 6-6 Fernandez
Trevisan races to a love hold. It’ll be a second-set tiebreak.
*Trevisan 6-2, 5-6 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
This is a fine, fine effort from Fernandez. Trevisan had a glimpse of a grand slam quarter-final with a match point in the previous game. Fernandez has since slammed the door, and needs one more game to level this match at one set all.
Trevisan 6-2, 5-5 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez again comes out fighting. She drills a superb forehand winner to the corner for 0-30. Trevisan produces a good first serve next up and edges back to 15-30 … and Fernandez then sends a second-serve return long for 30-30. A bonus for the Italian. Fernandez then miscues horribly and hands her opponent her first match point! And a chance at a grand slam semi-final.
She nets her first serve, smiles to herself before delivering her second, and it’s a decent one, but Fernandez gets on top in the rally and belts a forehand winner flat and straight. The Canadian, having saved a match point, then grabs a game point of her own and with another huge return, she forces Trevisan to hit long, and it’s all square in the second set! Very, very impressive from Fernandez.
*Trevisan 6-2, 5-4 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
A huge opportunity for Trevisan arrives at 0-30 but she sends a forehand wide for 15-30. Fernandez immediately returns the favour on the next point and Trevisan has two break points – two match points, effectively … and after being forced backwards again, Fernandez can only send a shot from the baseline wide. Trevisan breaks! She can serve for her first visit to a grand slam semi-final. Will she keep it together?
Trevisan 6-2, 4-4 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
All square again in the second set between the two left-handers. Trevisan has been more consistent overall, with far fewer errors, but Fernandez is battling as hard as she can.
*Trevisan 6-2, 3-4 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez looks to be struggling a little more with this foot problem. Trevisan pushes her to deuce, but when the Canadian has game point, Trevisan pushes an attempted down-the-line winner wide.
I should mention that the arena is very sparsely populated when it comes to spectators, which seems a great shame for a grand slam quarter-final.
Trevisan 6-2, 3-3 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez, who is bringing laser-like focus to this second set, races to 0-40 on her opponent’s serve thanks largely to consecutive double faults. An ace helps to get Trevisan back to 30-40, and Fernandez then winds up a massive forehand which would have been a winner, but clips off the net and wide of the tramlines. At deuce, Fernandez is all over Trevisan’s serve and belts an unreturnable shot down the line … but eventually, Trevisan grinds out an impressive hold of serve despite those doubles.
*Trevisan 6-2, 2-3 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
A crisp winner down the line buys two break points for Trevisan. A longer rally follows but when Trevisan’s shot from the back of the court jumps off the top of the net, Fernandez executes a drop shot to save one break point and get it back to 30-40. Not to worry for Trevisan, who emphatically wins the next point, and breaks straight back.
Trevisan 6-2, 1-3 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
The Canadian breaks in the second set! With her right-foot injury in the first set, and with the accomplished way Trevisan is playing, it all seemed to be set up for Fernandez to bow out from the tournament without too much of a battle. But she is a tougher competitor than that.
*Trevisan 6-2, 1-2 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Whoah! Trevisan’s forehand is firing and she produces a jaw-droppingly good clean winner for 30-30. An error hands Fernandez game point next, though, and Trevisan hits fractionally wide. Fernandez edges ahead in the second set.
Trevisan 6-2, 1-1 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
A cracking forehand pass by the Italian capitalises on an indifferent volley by Fernandez for 30-15, but last year’s US Open finalist immediately crushes a forehand down the line for 30-30. Trevisan’s whipped forehand for the corner levels up the second set. The Eurosport commentators observe that Fernandez is in fact limping a little, and is looking to keep the points short and sweet.
*Trevisan 6-2, 0-1 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez produces a remarkable drop volley which gives Trevisan no chance for 15-15. And another excellent volley for 15-30, too … she stays on the attack and claims the game with another eye-catching winner.
First set: Trevisan 6-2 Fernandez
Trevisan races to three set points but then loops a forehand long to let Fernandez back into the game … the Canadian then forces her opponent on to the back foot for 40-30. Before serving the third set point, Trevisan gees herself up by clenching her fist a couple of times. But Fernandez returns the serve with such ferocity that she gets it back to deuce. Fernandez strays wide next up, and then on second serve, a stunning winner from outside the tramlines drops in the corner, Trevisan sealing an emphatic first-set victory. She has yet to drop a set at this tournament.
*Trevisan 5-2 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Trevisan shapes a phenomenal down-the-line winner to seal a double break in this first set, and Fernandez has some thinking to do here. The Italian has been to a French Open quarter-final once before, in 2020, but playing this way, she looks like a far more decorated player. (Trevisan’s best results at other grand slams are second-round appearances in Australian and the USA.)
Trevisan 4-2 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez, again, crushes a few powerful groundstrokes from the baseline and earns two points against her opponent’s serve … but Trevisan holds firm and holds serve without too much fuss. Fernandez seems to be moving well despite that problem with her foot.
“After yesterday not sure the drama can get any more intense,” emails Carrie. “But oh wait there’s the men’s quarters!!”
On replay it looks like Fernandez slipped while changing direction and was hobbling, clearly in pain, afterwards. She has a bandage on her right foot now.
Fernandez appears to have a problem with her right foot and has her shoe off. She has called for assistance and the trainer is currently examining her foot. And now some spray is being applied.
*Trevisan 3-2 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
At 30-40 Trevisan has a chance for 4-1 and a double break but she hits long, carelessly, and then a wrong-footer by Fernandez at deuce gives her the advantage. Trevisan hits wide next up, and the Canadian isn’t giving up on this first set just yet.
Trevisan 3-1 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
It’s a pleasant 20C and sunny in Paris. Meanwhile, on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Trevisan holds comfortably. It looks very much like that slow, nervous start in her first service game is going to cost Fernandez in this first set. The world No 59, Trevisan, has started consistently and is in control as a result.
*Trevisan 2-1 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
A far better effort at a service game from the Canadian. She thumps a clean winner down the line to seal it and she is on the board.
Trevisan 2-0 *Fernandez (* denotes next server)
Fernandez begins to find her range with that fearsomely powerful forehand and forces it to deuce. Trevisan double-faults away a first game point, then earns another one with a fine drop shot … and she seals the game with an excellent angled winner for the corner, wrong-footing her opponent. The Italian is in control of the first set but Fernandez is starting to see the ball nicely.
*Trevisan 1-0 Fernandez (* denotes next server)
A very nervous-looking start from Fernandez. She produces a couple of basic errors to make it 0-30 and cannot recover. First blood to Trevisan with an early break, that she didn’t even have to work hard for.
Here we go. Fernandez will serve first.
Andy Murray had forgotten the last time he made it to Surbiton. It was in 2004, he played a guy called Jimmy Wang and he retired hurt. “I slipped and hurt my groin,” he recollected after being prompted. Memories are made of this.
The players are out on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The start of the women’s singles quarter-finals is moments away.
“We’re excited to get back to Paris,” says Alfie Hewett, and there’s a good reason why: he and his partner Gordon Reid are looking for their 10th consecutive grand slam title at Roland Garros this week. “I’m feeling confident, he’s feeling confident and, obviously, we’re on a bit of a roll,” he says with a grin.
Britain’s two-times Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has said the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, made him “angry” and that a survivor’s account of the incident was similar to his own experience in the 1996 Dunblane massacre in Scotland.
A very handy drop shot by Trevisan, from her victory against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Sunday:
Leylah Fernandez – a Gooner?
In a little under 15 minutes’ time the women’s quarter-finals will commence.
At a time when the established group of younger men’s players should be making their move, an even newer generation has emerged doing everything in their power to stop them.
Faced with her first major test of the French Open she is so heavily favoured to win, Iga Swiatek embraced the pressure, recovering from a set down to defeat Qinwen Zheng 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals.
Can Tuesday match Monday for sheer drama at Roland Garros? Holger Rune was ludicrously good as he sent Stefanos Tsitsipas, last year’s finalist, packing in the men’s singles while women’s world No 1 Iga Swiatek dropped an epic first set against Qinwen Zheng before bouncing back to make it 32 wins in a row.
Much more to come today: First up in the women’s singles quarter-finals Leylah Fernandez, who was defeated by Emma Raducanu in the US Open final last year, takes on Martina Trevisan before an all-American matchup between Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens.
There is also the small matter of Alexander Zverev v Carlos Alcaraz in the men’s singles last eight before the frankly gynormous clash between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal which will be coming up tonight. Fists will be pumped, towels will be called for, and rackets will probably be smashed. Let’s do this.
Order of play
Today’s schedule for the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals (seedings in brackets):
Court Philippe-Chatrier (all quarter-finals)
Martina Trevisan v Leylah Fernandez (17)
Coco Gauff (18) v Sloane Stephens
Alexander Zverev (3) v Carlos Alcaraz (6)
Not before 7.45pm BST
Novak Djokovic (1) v Rafael Nadal (5)