Serbian Novak Djokovic extends his left arm in the quarter-final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.
Novak Djokovic has overcome an annoying left arm and an early deficit to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the 10th time.
The seeded Djokovic got off to a slow start on the scoreboard before coming back to beat No. 17 seed Pablo Carreño Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
This was a rematch of the US Open last month, when Djokovic was forfeited in the fourth round for hitting a linesman in the throat with a ball that he angrily struck with his racket after losing a game in the first set.
That went on the books as a loss and remains the only blemish on his 36-1 record in 2020.
Djokovic certainly seems to have gotten over that episode, winning all 10 games he has played since.
He was wearing a neck bandage on Wednesday and had problems with his left arm that seemed to ease after a coach massaged him during changes.
Djokovic will face No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in one of Friday's semifinals as he seeks a second French Open championship and the 18th Grand Slam title.
Rafael Nadal faces Diego Schwartzman in the other.
FINES FOR VIOLATIONS
French Open semi-finalists Sofia Kenin and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been fined $ 8,500 in the tournament so far for multiple infractions, including the help of a coach.
Both were casually taken away from the same amounts for the same infractions: $ 3,000 for training in the first round, another $ 4,000 for training in the fourth and an additional $ 1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
They are both trained by their parents. Coaching assistance is not allowed during matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
Kenin, a 21-year-old from the United States who won the Australian Open this year and is the fourth seed in Paris, will face Petra Ktvitova in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Tsitsipas, a 22-year-old Greek who is the fifth seed, will play in the men's semi-finals on Friday.
The good news for Kenin and Tsitsipas: The fine money comes from the prize money, and reaching the four finalists in singles at Roland Garros this year is worth $ 500,000.
The French Tennis Federation says the Paris Masters tournament will take place from October 31 to November 8.
The FFT says the men's indoor event will have 1,000 spectators per day. That is in line with the current social distancing rules for the French capital.
The French Open has also had 1,000 fans a day.
TSITSIPAS REACHES ITS FIRST SEMIFINAL
Stefanos Tsitsipas is in his first semi-final of the French Open.
The fifth-seeded Greek defeated 13th-seeded Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 to avenge a loss in the final in Hamburg less than two weeks ago.
His semi-final opponent will be Novak Djokovic or 17th seed Pablo Carreño Busta. They were next in Court Philippe Chatrier.
Tsitsipas also reached the semi-finals at last year's Australian Open.
SWIATEK IN SEMIFINALS
Polish teenager Iga Swiatek has reached the semi-finals of the French Open in both singles and doubles.
Swiatek and fellow American Nicole Melichar beat American couple Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four of the doubles competition.
That came a day after Swiatek reached the singles semi-finals by beating Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan.
Swiatek says he is “getting more experience in doubles tactics. … So I'm just developing as a player. “
Swiatek's opponent in Thursday's singles semi-finals will be Argentine qualifier 131, Nadia Podoroska.
LAURA SIEGEMUND DISGUSTED
Laura Siegemund has disagreed with the chair umpire for breaking time during her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Petra Kvitova in the French Open quarter-finals.
The 25-second clock violation occurred as Siegemund served 2-2 in the second set.
Siegemund froze with her arm raised and the ball still in her hand when referee Marijana Veljovic announced the call.
Siegemund says “it's clear that I've already started the movement.”
But the referee ruled that time ran out before she began her move.
Siegmund acknowledges that he has been between points longer than most players. He adds that Veljovic “is very sharp every time I have her in the chair. She gives me a ticket the first chance she gets. “
SOFÍA KENIN FOLLOWS RACHA
Sofia Kenin extended her winning streak at the Grand Slam tournaments this year by beating Danielle Collins 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.
Kenin has now won 15 leading games on the major league tour this year. He started the year by winning the Australian Open and then reached the fourth round at the US Open last month.
Collins hadn't dropped a set in his previous three meetings with Kenin.
Collins won a rain-delayed three-set quarterfinal over Ons Jabeur a day earlier. She came off the court for a medical timeout while trailing Kenin 4-0 in the third set.
It wasn't immediately clear what was bothering Collins, but he told the coach that it was “unbearable.”
Kenin's semi-final opponent will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
PETRA KVITOVA ADVANCES
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will face unseeded Laura Siegemund in the quarterfinals of the French Open as play begins at Roland Garros with some rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.
Kvitova broke Siegemund's serve to take a 3-1 lead in the first set.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will take on non-seeded Danielle Collins in an all-American showdown later. Collins leads the series head-to-head against Kenin, fourth-seeded, 3-0. She has won every set that they have played between them.
Novak Djokovic will face Pablo Carreño Busta in the men's quarterfinals. Carreño Busta is the same opponent Djokovic was playing when he was ejected from the US Open for accidentally hitting a linesman in the throat with a ball after a game.
The other men's quarterfinal match is between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 13 Andrey Rublev. That's also a September rematch. Rublev won his final at the Hamburg Open on clay on the same day the main draw competition began at the French Open.