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June 2022

June was an action-packed month, with the conclusion of the second Grand Slam event of the year, Roland Garros, taking place, as well as the build-up to the third Grand Slam, Wimbledon.

Nadal and Swiatek reign in Paris

In the top half of the men’s draw, two high quality Quarter Finals played out.

Rafael Nadal outlasted Novak Djokovic in 4 sets to set up a Semi Final with Alex Zverev. The German secured a long-overdue first win at a Grand Slam against a top 10 player, as he beat Carlos Alcaraz in 4 sets.

In the other half, Casper Ruud won a battle of the Scandinavians against surprise Quarter Finalist Holger Rune, and Marin Cilic completed the lineup after beating Andrey Rublev on a deciding set tiebreak.

Nadal and Zverev played out a thrilling first two sets, but with the second set heading for a tiebreak, Zverev fell and ruptured ligaments in his ankle, forcing him to retire.

Ruud advanced to his first Grand Slam final after he came from a set down to beat the experienced Cilic. Nadal then showed why he is so hard to beat at Roland Garros, dominating in a 6-3 6-3 6-0 win to claim his 14th French Open title, and 22nd Grand Slam title.

Results here meant that Daniil Medvedev returned to number 1 in the world, and Alex Zverev reached a career high world number 2. The German’s injury would however result in surgery, ruling him out of the grass court season and potentially until the US Open in late August. Djokovic, having failed to defend his Roland Garros title, fell to world number 3.

In the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek continued her red-hot run of form by beating the highest ranked player remaining apart from herself, Jessica Pegula.

Daria Kasatkina would await her in the Semi Finals after the Russian beat countrywoman Veronika Kudermetova. In the other half, unseeded Martina Trevisan set up a Semi Final against 18-year-old Cori Gauff, after they beat Leylah Fernandez and Sloane Stephens respectively.

Both Semi Finals were one-sided affairs, with Swiatek and Gauff advancing. Swiatek then extended her winning streak to an incredible 35 matches, as she beat Gauff 6-1 6-3 to win the title. It is the longest winning run of any woman since 2000. Gauff, in her first Grand Slam final, became the youngest woman to make it that far since Maria Sharapova in 2004.

The grass court season begins

The major events on the ATP Tour before Wimbledon being at Queen’s (UK) and Halle (Germany).

Queen’s began with a shock: top seed and world number 5 Casper Ruud being beaten by British wildcard Ryan Peniston in his first ATP match.

There were many other early surprises, so much so that after the First Round, only two seeds were left: Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic. Berrettini, having only come back from injury the week prior, would go on to win the event, beating Filip Krajinovic in the Final. The Italian also won the ATP250 event in Stuttgart, and boasts a 32-3 record on grass since 2019, making him one of the leading contenders for Wimbledon. Hubert Hurkacz won the title in Halle, impressing all week and beating Medvedev 6-1 6-4 in the Final.

Ons Jabeur won the WTA500 event in Berlin, after Belinda Bencic was forced to retire in the Final. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won the Eastbourne WTA500, beating Jelena Ostapenko in the Final.

The Championships get underway

The draw being released created intrigue as per usual.

Djokovic faced a potential Quarter Final against Alcaraz, with Ruud and Hurkacz being the highest other seeds in that half.

In the other half, Nadal faced a tricky route to the final, with potentially Cilic, Auger-Aliassime and Berrettini standing in his way. Swiatek was drawn in the same half as the likes of Badosa and Pliskova, and wildcard Serena Williams, playing her first event since The Championships last year. Kontaveit and Jabeur were placed in the other half, as were Sakkari, Collins and Raducanu

Djokovic and Nadal both dropped sets in their opening matches, to Soon-Woo Kwon and Francisco Cerundolo respectively.

Nadal-serves to Cerundolo at Wimbledon 2022

Hurkacz was taken out in five sets in the First Round by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Berrettini and Cilic were forced to withdraw before playing after positive Covid-19 tests.

Auger-Aliassime went out in the First Round to Maxime Cressy. All female top seeds advanced with ease, with Collins being the only top 8 seed to fall in the first two days. Serena Williams was beaten in her comeback match by Harmony Tan in a three-set thriller.

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