Roland-Garros: Tsonga's der, Gaston's perf, Simon's feat... what to remember from matchday 3

Roland-Garros: Tsonga’s der, Gaston’s perf, Simon’s feat… what to remember from matchday 3

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Starting at 11 am on Tuesday with, notably, Medvedev’s introduction, the third day of the French Open continued until late at night, or until the next day, depending, with the clashes between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Italian Lorenzo Musetti. and between the Frenchman Gilles Simon and the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta. Full of emotion with the farewells of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the new feat of Hugo Gaston and the performance of Gilles Simon at the end of the night.

La Perf’: Led 2 sets to love, Tsitsipas knocks down Musetti

It was one of the most anticipated confrontations between the many cartels of the first round. And he fulfilled all his promises. At the end of a terrible and magnificent marathon, which ended on Wednesday night to the cheers of thousands of sleepless fans, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a deficit of two sets to finally beat the Italian Lorenzo Musetti in 5 sets (5-7, 4 -6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2) and 3h33 of play. A Homeric duel between two clay court specialists. After a timid start to the game, the Greek turned into a real steamroller, smothering his opponent with his heavy, accurate strikes.

The two opponents of the night also had one thing in common, having led 2 sets to love before losing to Djokovic last year. For the 20-year-old Italian it was in the round of 16, for the Greek it was in the final. A final to which he aspires again this year. After emerging victorious from this first trap, Tsitsipas, winner in Monte Carlo and unlucky finalist in Rome, appears as one of the main favorites in his part of the table. Despite the lateness of the night, he remained for several minutes signing autographs for the spectators.

The star: assures Medvedev

Absent from the circuit between March and May due to a slight hernia, beaten in Geneva by Richard Gasquet for his return to the game last week, Daniil Medvedev reassured his fans on Tuesday. For his first slips on clay at Roland-Garros, the Russian, number 2 in the world, 6-2). It is only the second time that the most French of Russians – he has been training in the south of France for years – has passed the first round of Roland-Garros. Beaten four times in the first round in six appearances, he reached the quarterfinals last year. He can go further in this edition where the main favorites are on the other side of the table.

Feat of the Night: Simon qualified at the end of the night

It was after one in the morning from Tuesday to Wednesday when Gilles Simon qualified for the round of 16 by beating the 18th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. At the end of an epic duel of almost 4 hours, Simon playing his last Roland-Garros before retiring at the end of the year, Simon won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 before losing the third by the same score and sink in the fourth set. Beaten 6-1, Simon looked lost. But he turned the tables to win the fifth set at the end of the night again 6-4. Gilles Simon signs one of the great feats of this first lap and the adventure continues. The goodbye of Roland-Garros awaits him.

The gesture: Hugo Gaston

It has lost none of its magic. Or his ball touch. In 2020, during an edition of Roland-Garros postponed in the fall due to the pandemic, Hugo Gaston had revealed himself to the general public by reaching the round of 16 of the tournament and multiplying the redemptions. Two years later, the little prince of Toulouse did it again. At the end of one of the craziest matches since the start of the Parisian fortnight, the Frenchman prevailed (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6), after 4 hours of combat, facing to Australian Alex de Minaur.

The emotional sequence: Tsonga’s farewell

A Marseillaise, multitude of winners, hope and tears. It was the emotional sequence of this Tuesday afternoon on the Philippe-Chatrier track at Roland-Garros. Defeated by Casper Ruud in 4 sets (6-7 [6/8]7-6 [7/4]6-2, 7-6 [7/0]), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put, at the age of 37 and under the gaze of all those close to him, the end of his long and beautiful career (18 titles). “I ended up on the court playing like I have throughout my career, which is chasing every point. It is true that there was a lot of emotion on my part and this moment will remain in my memory. Somehow I ended up the way I wanted. »

One last start where he multiplied the titanic blows before being betrayed by his body – his shoulder in this case – in the 4th set. A summary of his career.

On the side of the Blues: a day between laughter and tears

Of the 15 Frenchmen present on the courts this Tuesday, only four – pending the result of Gilles Simon – managed to win their sesame for the next round. French number 1 Alizé Cornet (40th) perfectly celebrated her 61st consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam tournament (and her 18th in Paris) crushing Japan’s Misaki Doi (6-2, 6-0) . The mission promises to be more difficult in the next round where she will face the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, winner of the Porte d’Auteuil in 2017.

After two months of absence due to a plantar aponeurosis in her right foot, Caroline García calmed down by beating the American Taylor Townsend, 342 in the world, 6-3, 6-4. The two Bleues join Diane Parry, Elsa Jacquemot and Léolia Jeanjean in the second round. Among the men, veteran Richard Gasquet and Hugo Gaston overcame the hurdle of the first round.

A fatal turn this Tuesday for Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, Fiona Ferro, Chloé Paquet, Lucas Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ugo Humbert, Benjamin Bonzi, Adrian Mannarino, Benoit Paire and Arthur Rinderknech.

Player to watch: Dane Rune

In 2019, at just 16 years old, he became the first Dane to put his name on the list of winners at the Roland-Garros Junior tournament. Three years later, Holger Rune perfectly celebrated his first match in the French Open main draw. This Tuesday he pulverized the powerful Canadian Denis Shapovalov (seeded no. 14) in three dry sets (6-3, 6-1, 7-6). The current ATP number 40 confirms his good start to the season. In April, he upset the number 3 in the world, the German Alexander Zverev, in the final of the Munich tournament (6-3, 6-2). Together with the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, Rune, who has been training since he was 13 years old at the Mouratoglou Academy, is one of the young people to follow…

The diatribe: “I find it hard to understand if the ATP defends the players or Russia”

It was not foreseen in the schedule of passages in the press room. But Benoît Paire had things to say. This is how the Frenchman appeared at a press conference, after his defeat against Ivashka (6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5), where he accumulated a whopping 24 double faults, to push a rant against the decision of La ATP and WTA will not award any points at the next edition of Wimbledon (June 27 – July 10). A decision that follows the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players by the organizers of the London tournament.

“It is difficult for me to understand the thing, if the ATP rather defends the players or defends Russia. That’s my point of view. Because, finally, for 4 or 5 players, we find ourselves playing a tournament with no points, with nothing. When some had Covid and had to stay in their room, we did nothing saying: There are some who can’t play this tournament, so we have to cancel the tournament, there are no points. There, suddenly, there are four Russian players, including Medvedev, who cannot play and we are against Wimbledon. It just seems a shame to me, because in fact, if you listen to most players, not everyone understands this decision. When I talk about it in the locker room with 99% of the players, 99% of the players want points and they want to play a normal tournament. »

On the way, Paire confirmed that he would be in London to “pick up his check.” “Yo, I’m going there to get my check anyway, to play an exhibition. »

the number: 2

Like the number of points obtained throughout the second set by Fiona Ferro against the Spanish Paula Badosa. The World No.3, a semi-finalist last year, was intractable with the French youngster (No.130), swept in 54 minutes 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday. After the premature eliminations of Krejcikova, number 2 in the world and holder of the trophy, and Jabeur, number 6 in the world, Badosa is one of the main contenders for the title along with the Polish Iga Swiatek.

The main results

First round, men’s singles: Sebastian Korda (USA/N.27) defeats John Millman (AUS) 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6); Richard packing (FRA) defeated Lloyd Harris (RSA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-4; Casper Ruud (NOR/N.8) defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 7-6 (7/0); Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) defeats Ugo humberto (FRA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2; Frances Tiafoe (USA/N.24) defeats Benjamin bonzi (FRA) 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5); David Goffin (BEL) defeats Jirí Lehecka (CZE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Holger Rune (DEN) defeats Denis Shapovalov (CAN/N.14) 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4); Hugo Gaston (FRA) def. Alex De Minaur (AUS/N.19) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (10/4); Federico Delbonis (ARG) beats Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/1), 6-2; Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeats Benedict Pair (FRA) 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5; Jannik Sinner (ITA/N.11) defeats Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; Alexander Bublik (KAZ) beats Arthur rinderknech (FRA) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4; Daniil Medvedev (RUS/N.2) defeats Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; Zdenek Kolar (CZE) defeats Lucas Puglia (FRA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/N.4) defeats Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) (5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2).

First round, women’s singles: Simona Halep (ROM/N.19) defeats Nastasja Schunk (GER) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1; Alize Horn (FRA) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-2, 6-0; Jelena Ostapenko (LAT/N.13) defeats Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) 6-1, 6-4; Jessica Pegula (USA/N.11) defeats Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-2, 6-4; Karolína Plisková (CZE / N.8) defeats Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; Paula Badosa (ESP/N.3) defeats Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6-2, 6-0; Carolina Garcia (FRA) defeats Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-3, 6-4; Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/N.7) defeats Chloe Pack 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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