Nick Kyrgios tried his luck against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, the 21st player in the world. The Australian was ultimately no match and lost in three sets, even taking a bubble in the last (3-6, 4-6, 0-6).
Falling against Daniil Medvedev, one of the favorites for the title, Richard Gasquet needed a miracle to reach the second round of this US Open 2021. But the French did not have the slightest opportunity to shine against the Russian and even got swept away in the third set (4-6, 3-6, 1-6).
The world number 2 has, quite simply, conceded no break point to the French player during the two hours of matches. Too strong, that’s all.
Despite an advantage of two sets to one, the French Quentin Halys was finally knocked down by the German Daniel Koepfer. After three 3h30 duels, the Habs from qualifying lost in five sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6).
If Caroline Garcia is passed against the Briton Dart (6-7, 6-4, 6-2), the other two tricolors engaged last night at the US Open have taken the door.
Kristina Mladenovic lost against a Lucky Looser, Russian Rakhimova, despite winning the first set (6-2, 2-6, 3-6). AlizÃ © Cornet was too fair against the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5-7, 5-7).
US Open title holder Naomi pulled off a fairly quiet comeback against Czech Marie Bouzkova. The Japanese won in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) at the start of the night session. A first round without a hitch for the world number 3.
After the eliminations of Benoit Paire and Ugo Humbert, the tricolor clan recorded the qualifications of Adrian Mannarino and Arthur Rinderknech. The first won against his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert in five sets (3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3). Still in five sets, the second dominated Serbian Kecmanovic (6-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4).
No miracle for Antoine Hoang (150th) against the American Giron, 64th in the world. The local won in 2:30 and three dry sets (6-3, 6-4, 7-5).
The Greek could fear a trap match against the Scotsman and that was the case. The world number 3 was led twice in innings but ended up knocking down the Briton after almost five hours of fierce struggle at Flushing Meadows (2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Ugo Humbert, like his compatriot Benoit Paire, was eliminated in five sets by Peter Gojowczyk (1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4). It is a real underperformance for the Mosellan.
Embarked on a decisive fifth round, Ugo Humbert gave himself a chance to continue his American adventure. However, he must face a late break. The adventure of Benoit Paire is it over, however. Led two innings to nothing, Paire had offered a nice reaction after a stroke of blood, pocketing the third inning, but the French finally lost in four sets (6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4).
TO?? a few hours to face Casper Ruud, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga decided to withdraw from the US Open, affected in the right calf. The 36-year-old Frenchman, who is continuing his difficult season, is replaced in the table by the Japanese lucky-loser Yuichi Sugita.
Nervous and long beside his subject, Benoit Paire came back to two sets to one against Dusan Lajovic (3-6, 5-7, 6-2). The French Ugo Humbert is led two sets to one now by the German Peter Gojowczyk (6-1, 1-6, 2-6), after he won the first round.
Dominated 6-3 in the first set by Serbian Dusan Lajovic, Benoit Paire lacks consistency and has already committed 13 unforced errors in this meeting. The Frenchman is in the hard, and he also gave up the break at the start of the second round. It’s much better on the way for Ugo Humbert, very easy in the first set, won 6-1 against Gojowczyk. But the German was able to reverse the trend and led 3-0 in the second set.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan is aiming for a third US Open in four years, but she will have to dispel the doubts that have crossed her since the spring, as of Monday in New York where world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty defeats favorite ball. Osaka does not appear in the best of conditions for the US Open, where it will have in its part of the table Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who passed it to the 2nd rank in the world.
The one who occupies the throne is Ashleigh Barty for the 83rd consecutive week. Victorious at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, the 25-year-old Australian, also titled in Miami, Melbourne and Stuttgart this year, will be her biggest rival, if not the favorite.
If he is no longer the player who made up the Big 4, with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the prospect of facing Andy Murray as soon as he enters the fray Stefanos Tsitsipas is not to be enjoyed. Daniil Medvedev will also have to avoid a trap, the one set by the French Richard Gasquet. Other tricolors enter the field on Monday, including BenoÃ®t Paire, who is currently on the court, as is Ugo Humbert. On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka of Japan will challenge Czech Bouzkova, while Sabalenka will face Serbian Stojanovic.
His failure at the Olympics does not change the case. Not more than the state of form of its rivals during the American fortnight which opens this Monday. In the absence of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic remains the huge favorite of the US Open tournament. The Serbian has shown his supremacy on the tour throughout the season, indisputable, perhaps even more so in a Grand Slam tournament. His titles in Melbourne, Paris and London are there to testify. However, beware of the Next Gen who seems determined to upset the established order. Alexander Zverev, who has never seemed so strong since his Olympic coronation, could well play the spoilsport, unless Stefanis Tsistipas, who had parked somewhat, manages to extricate himself from the ‘a tricky board to create the feel of the tournament. As for Daniil Medvedev, he remains, despite his latest misfortune, a serious customer on hard.