World No 2 Daniil Medvedev and 2021 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas were ousted from the French Open on Monday, throwing open the bottom half of the men’s draw.
Teenager Holger Rune stunned Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 while Marin Cilic cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Medvedev.
Rune became the first Danish man to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Great victory against a top player who has always been an inspiration for me @steftsitsipas 👏🏼👏🏼
— Holger Rune (@holgerrune2003) May 30, 2022
Making his debut in Paris, the 19-year-old has produced a string of faultless performances so far.
The Dane had also eliminated Denis Shapovalov, Henri Laaksonen and Hugo Gaston in straight sets.
Rune will take on Norway’s Casper Ruud in the quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, Cilic was in red-hot form against the Russian, who is returning from a hernia surgery.
The 33-year-old is through to his third Roland Garros quarter-final (2017-18) and his first Grand Slam quarter-final since he reached that stage in three of the four majors in 2018, including the Australian Open final.
Cilic, the 20th seed, did not face a break point and won 90 per cent (35/39) of his first-serve points to advance.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2022
He was also ruthless on return, converting on five of his seven break chances in a one-hour, 45-minute victory.
“It was an absolutely fantastic match from the first point to the last,” he said in an on-court interview.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere, enjoyed the night session here. I played incredible tennis — one of the best matches of my career from start to finish.”
In the quarterfinal, Cilic will face Andrey Rublev, who progressed to the last eight after Jannik Sinner retired with injury.