Roger Federer makes a successful start
Roger Federer made a success of his introduction to Roland-Garros on Monday. The Swiss, 8th player in the world and seeded N.8, defeated Uzbek Denis Istomin (ATP 204) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 33 minutes. Federer, who has not conceded the slightest break point to his opponent, was reassured after his elimination from entering Geneva on May 18 for his first clay match of the season.
“What a pleasure to be back,” said Federer, who, injured, had not played for a year, missing the 2020 edition of the Paris Grand Slam. “It took a long time, there was a lot of rehabilitation, a lot of training. That’s enough now, it’s time for the matches! It’s good to see you again!”
Federer beat Istomin for the eighth time in as many clashes. “I like to face someone I know in the first round. Denis can do everything well, but I was more efficient, I had more options than him. We had to serve well, keep flexibility in the game and a bit of net work, that’s nice. “
Federer will face in the second round either the Croatian Marin Cilic (ATP 47) or the French Arthur Rinderknech (ATP 118), beneficiary of an invitation.
Even Medvedev laughs at his victory
A first for RGDaniil Medvedev is a great player, but he hurts on clay. He’s not doing it. The Russian won his first match at Porte d’Auteuil which made him smile. Before his match, he had published a photo-montage showing the aged Nadal who still won Roland-Garros. He had slipped a few words. “Maybe by 2050 I would have passed the first round at Roland Garros,” Medvedev laughed. On Monday, he tweeted “history is written” following his success against Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. The 4th Parisian attempt was the right one for the… 2nd world player very happy to be in the 2nd round.
David Goffin out in the first round
David Goffin was eliminated in the first round of Roland-Garros on Monday in Paris. Goffin, 13th player in the world and seeded N.13, lost 6-0, 7-5 and 7-6 (7/3) against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (ATP 76). The meeting lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes. For the second year in a row, Goffin takes the door in the first round of the French Open after a defeat against a young Italian. After Jannik Sinner last year, the executioner of Liégeois is called this year Lorenzo Musetti, 19 years old.
Faced with a nervous Goffin, Musetti flew over the first set 6-0. The second set was more contested. Goffin even offered a set point at 4-5 on his opponent’s serve. But the Belgian N.1 did not convert this opportunity. Musetti grabbed Goffin’s next face-off and went on to win the second set 7-5.
In the third set, Musetti converted a break point to lead 2-1. After six missed break points, Goffin finally managed to take the throw-in from Musetti to pick up at 5-5. We then witnessed a new break from Musetti followed by a counterbreak from Goffin. The set continued in the tie-break where Musetti emerged 7/3.
Goffin’s 10th Roland-Garros therefore ends in the first round, as in 2013, 2014 and 2020. The quarter-finals reached in 2016 are his best result in Paris.
Van Uytvanck eliminated in the first round
Alison Van Uytvanck was eliminated in the first round of Roland-Garros on Monday. Van Uytvanck, 27, 67th player in the world, lost 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to Italian Martina Trevisan, 27, 97th in the WTA. The meeting lasted 2 hours and 53 minutes. Van Uytvanck immediately took the service of his opponent, but suffered a break in stride. At 4-4 she offered herself a new break. In the next game, she wasted three set points and saw Trevisan come back to 5 games everywhere then keep his throw-in and win the set on the service of the Belgian (7-5).
Despite break points on both sides, the second set remained balanced until the ninth game, the moment chosen by Van Uytvanck to take the service of the Italian. After two missed set points, she managed to return to a tie one set everywhere (4-6).
The decisive round saw Trevisan break twice, Van Uytvanck counterbreak each time. But at 5-4, Trevisan had a shutout on Van Uytvanck’s serve to win.
It was Van Uytvanck’s seventh participation at Roland Garros. The quarter-finals reached in 2015 are his best result. Undergoing knee surgery at the end of February, Van Uytvanck is having a complicated season. She remains on six defeats in a row since winning the first round of the Australian Open in early February.
It goes for Mertens
Elise Mertens (WTA 15 / N.14) successfully completed the first round of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament. She eliminated the Australian Storm Sanders (WTA 161), who went through qualifying, in two sets: 6-4 and 6-1 The Belgian N.1 had started their match badly. After losing his first serve, the scorer scored 0-3 in favor of his opponent and then 1-4. It was then that the match changed. Mertens lined up eight games and pocketed the first set (6-4) and led in stride 3-0.
The second set was less complicated for the Belgian N.1, who took the first two serves from her opponent to lead 3-0. She certainly lost her faceoff to 3-1, but it was to then line up three games in a row and win in 1 hour and 23 minutes.
In the 2nd round of this 2nd Grand Slam tournament, Mertens will meet Kazakhe Zarina Diyas (ATP 93) who defeated Britain’s Heather Watson (WTA 71) 6-4, 7-5 in 1h53 in the 1st round.
Elise Mertens is playing her 5th consecutive Roland-Garros tournament at 25. She always reached the 3rd round of the tournament. Her best result in singles was a round of 16 in 2018 and, in doubles, a quarter-final in 2019. The Limburgoise, who is 2nd in the world in doubles, plays this one alongside the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei, 3rd in the world.
Elimination of the day: Bianca Andreescu
Seed n ° 6 After Dominic Thiem on Sunday, Roland-Garros has already said bye bye to another star in sight. The Canadian Bianca Andreescu, winner of the US Open 2019, was twice two points from the match but unforced errors were invited into her game. In the end, it was the Slovenian Zidansek who managed her nerves the best to win 6-7 (1), 7-6 (2), 9-7 in 3:20. Andreescu had withdrawn in Strasbourg last week because of abdominal pain. Zidansek lost 6-8 in the third set last season against Garbine Muguruza. She took revenge on history.