'Hard to watch': Fans baffled after Medvedev and Tsitsipas chaos

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Daniil Medvedev (pictured left) looking dejected on the bench and (pictured right) Stefanos Tsitsipas looking frustrated during the french Open.
Both Daniil Medvedev (pictured left) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (pictured right) were knocked out of the French Open before the quarter-final. (Getty Images)

The tennis world has reacted with shock as World No.2 Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were eliminated from a favourable side of the draw at the French Open.

In a day of huge upsets, last year's finalist Tsitsipas continued his up-and-down form as Danish teenager Holger Rune dispatched of him 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a huge shock.

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Rune's win marks an incredible record at Roland Garros.

The 19-year-old's win sees him join fellow 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the last eight, which is the first time two teenagers have made that stage at a grand slam since 1994.

On the same side of the draw - the opposite side to that of Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal - veteran Marin Cilic put on a masterclass to defeat Medvedev 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

It was the current US Open champion's heaviest defeat in a grand slam.

The tennis world was quick to react after the chaos that saw the favourable side of the draw open up even more.

Many also claimed both players would be fuming after facing what could have been considered a clear path to the semi-final.

French Open players Rune and Cilic react to shock wins

Rune was thrilled to have advanced to his frist quarter-final in his burgeoning career.

"I have an unbelievable feeling. I was so nervous in the end," said a beaming Rune, playing in his first French Open.

"I was very nervous. I told myself to keep at it and play my plan. I mean it is so great to still be here."

Cilic, who took just 105 minutes to defeat Medvedev, who he had never beaten before, said: "It was a fantastic match from the first point until the last. It was one of the best matches of my career.

Holger Rune (pictured) celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas on Philipe Chatrier court.
Holger Rune (pictured) after his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2022 French Open 4th Round. (Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Cilic, who has reached three grand slam finals, winning the US Open in 2014, added: "When I am playing my best tennis everything is working, serve, return, movement. Against guys like Daniil you have to sustain that so I was really focussed to keep going and am extremely pleased."

Casper Ruud reached the first grand slam quarter-final of his career by beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

"It feels great, it was one of my goals this year [to reach a grand slam quarter-final]. I feel more experienced playing best of five sets," said Ruud, the first Norwegian to reach the last eight at Roland Garros.

with AAP

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