In a duel between two hitters with fairly similar styles (big serve, big forehand, and backhand we do what we can), in the first round, Tuesday, Jérémy Chardy could have done much better than with a defeat in three sets against Matteo Berrettini (7-6, 7-6, 6-3 in 2h31).

Facing the world n ° 8, finalist of the last Wimbledon, the Pau (70th ATP) went to two points from the first set (5-3 in the tie-break) and one point from the second (forehand shift not dynamic enough at 5-4, 40-30 following a good first ball then backhand cut in the net at 6-5 in the tie-break).

With a beard that turns gently white, Chardy may rely more on his experience than on his ardor, at 34, he has not been able to find the key to a Berrettini who is probably not yet at his best. At 2-2 in the third set, the Italian picked up the break he needed to move smoothly to victory and close the deal without overtime.

In the second round, Thursday, he will face the winner of another Franco-Italian duel, the one between Corentin Moutet and Stefano Travaglia.

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