The so-called “subsequent technology” of fellows’s tennis is in peril of being usurped via a good more recent breed at this 12 months’s French Open after Stefanos Tsitsipas was once despatched packing via Danish teen Holger Rune.
Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas, runner-up 365 days in the past, is one among a handful of avid gamers nonetheless ready to step in when the powers or bodily well being of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and, notionally, Roger Federer, after all start to wane.
However the 23-year-old was once outplayed via Rune, competing at Roland Garros for the primary time, in a surprise 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 defeat.
Rune joins fellow 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz within the quarter-finals, the primary time two youngsters have reached that degree of a males’s grand slam for the reason that 1994 French Open.
Spain’s Alcaraz may just land every other blow for the even more youthful weapons on Tuesday when he is taking on 25-year-old 3rd seed Alexander Zverev, every other of the following cabs off the rank however who, like Tsitsipas, continues to be looking a maiden grand slam identify.
Rune, who had now not received a fit at a big earlier than arriving in Paris, needed to save 3 spoil issues in a nerve-wracking ultimate recreation earlier than getting over the road when Tsitsipas went fractionally lengthy.
He stated: “I used to be very anxious however on the similar time I knew that if I am going clear of my techniques I will be able to lose needless to say. I attempted to play my plan and it labored out so neatly on the finish. It’s simply so nice to nonetheless be right here.
“It was once a part of the method to be as competitive as conceivable. Tsitsipas assaults each ball. I needed to be competitive, play speedy, and I truly like taking part in the drop pictures. It labored out and I’m truly glad.”
Rune will face Norwegian 8th seed Casper Ruud on Wednesday for a spot within the semi-finals.
Tsitsipas stated: “Those youngsters are going to wish to beat me badly as a result of clearly they're chasing.
“I’m chasing too, however I’m at a unique roughly place than they're. I’m hungry to overcome them too. Now that they've crushed me I would like payback.”