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The defending champion Iga Swiatek successfully entered the running on Monday at Roland Garros. Legend Roger Federer is also due to start his fortnight in the afternoon. Overview of the events of the second day of the tournament.
Roland-Garros passes the second. After Dominic Thiem’s surprise elimination on Sunday, all eyes are on circuit legend Roger Federer, who enters the running. On the French side, Caroline Garcia qualified while Benoît Paire lost. Finally, Serena Williams will have the honor of opening the tournament night sessions at 9 p.m.
The French, badly in his skin since the start of the pandemic and the closed door, displayed a beautiful face by finding the French public on the Simonne-Mathieu court. “We love you, Benoît!”, “Come on Benoît!”, “It’s in your head!”, “You are monstrous!”, “Who is the boss?”, “Well, you’re a legend ! ” The player did not lack encouragement to deliver a more than convincing but irregular performance.
In difficulty early in the match, Benoît Paire then woke up and won the first set against Casper Ruud. The Frenchman takes the Norwegian’s last serve and then wins the 7-5 round.
Chase the natural … it comes back at a gallop. Benoît Paire finally lets himself out of his match. He disputes a break point despite an inflexible decision by the referee. In the process, he lets slip the second and the third sets.
Despite a good fourth round and a two-set ball everywhere, the French lost in the decisive game and already left the tournament. A defeat that touched Avignon, on the verge of tears.
“I came to find the tennis that I love, the atmosphere that I love about Roland. This atmosphere from the first points warmed my heart. It motivated me. There was a lot of ’emotion on returning to the field, “said Benoit Paire at a press conference. “It’s something that will mark me because, certainly it was not the result that I expected, but in terms of mental good, that’s what I was looking for. I am very reassured, proud to have played this tournament. This dose of love is already doing me good. “
The French number 1 walked for her first round. Caroline Garcia quietly disposed of the German Laura Siegemund (6-3, 6-1). She will face Slovenian Polona Hercog in the second round.
The world number 2 clinched his first victory at Roland Garros in five appearances by beating Kazakhe Alexander Bublik (37th) 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round.
Faced with an atypical player, Medvedev managed a very solid game. “It’s a very good game but I trained very well,” commented the Russian in French before leaving the Philippe-Chatrier court. “I had never won at Roland Garros before, but I really wanted to do it today. So even when I was led in the third set, I over reacted.”
“This year I thought I was really bad on clay. But from the first day here I felt I could play really well. I almost feel like on hard,” he explained.
Jannick Sinner, 19th in the world, was seriously jostled by Pierre-Hugues Herbert (85th), against whom he had to save a match point to secure his ticket for the second round.
The Italian, who reached the quarter-finals last year at Porte d’Auteuil, needed 5 sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6- 4, and more than 3:30 to get rid of the French, particularly catchy and widely supported by the audience of court Suzanne-Lenglen.
After an imperial first set, the 19-year-old Italian nugget seemed to have stalled, even briefly appealing to the doctor at the start of the third set. A slack that allowed Herbert to come back, then lead 2 sets to 1.
In the fourth set, Sinner even curled the correctional, having to save no less than 5 break points in the 8th game, before having to erase a match point at 5-4. But, solid, the Italian finally regained the advantage to seize the 7-5 set before making the entry break in the 5th round.
“When I saw his name on the draw, I knew it was going to be a tough game. Especially here, where he had the support of the spectators. Despite that, it’s really good to play in front of the crowd again. , so thank you all for coming, ”said Sinner just after the game. “Tennis is really a crazy sport, where everything can change at every point. Today I’m glad it turned out in my favor. I feel a bit like a survivor.”
For her birthday, Iga Swiatek was no doubt hoping to ship her first round against her best friend, Kaja Juvan. If she was ruthless during the 23 minutes that lasted the first set (6-0), she was more hung in the second. She multiplied unforced errors before winning on her fourth match point (6-4).
Birthday c̶a̶k̶e̶ bagel 🥯 @ iga_swiatek isn’t wasting any time today. The reigning champ takes the opening set 6-0 over Juvan. pic.twitter.com/aYmg0n7YHK
“I don’t know what to say,” Swiatek blurted out after the audience sang “Happy Birthday” after his match was over.
“I have never been in the defending position, even in smaller tournaments, I didn’t know what to expect, she explained. I tried to keep my routine, like the rest of the season. “
The young Harmony Tan, 23, became, on Monday, the first Frenchwoman to qualify for the second round of the Grand Slam. Opposed to the seasoned Alizé Cornet, she showed great resistance and took advantage of the 31 unforced errors of the Niçoise to win. This is the first victory in a Grand Slam tournament for the young player, who participates in Roland-Garros thanks to an invitation.
For Cornet, it’s a new Roland-Garros which ends prematurely. Since her round of 16 in 2017, her best result as in 2015, she has not crossed the second round.
Cornet does not celebrate his record For his 57th participation in a Major in a row, Alizé Cornet lost his entry against Harmony Tan 6-4 6-4. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/4jA1Qtytbl
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