In the men’s table, the seeds enforced the hierarchy on Saturday June 5 at Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal qualified without great difficulty for the round of 16. In the ladies’ category, Iga Swiatek continues to confuse his opponents. The defending champion has won 35 of her last 38 sets at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic unrolls
Novak Djokovic does not have time for this 2021 edition of Roland-Garros. Three meetings and no set conceded, this is the record displayed by the Serbian since his entry into the running at Porte d’Auteuil. The world number 1 was once again expeditious against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (6-1, 6-4, 6-1 and 1h32 of play) and qualified for the round of 16 of the tournament.
Iga Swiatek still imperial
The Polish woman is making Paris her new home. Manhandled at the start of the meeting by the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, Swiatek then accelerated to win the first set in the tie-break then pass a bubble in the second (7-6 [7-4], 6-0). Since the start of Roland-Garros 2020, the defending champion has won 35 out of 38 sets and has only conceded 2.7 games on average per round. She is definitely THE player to beat among the ladies.
Rafael Nadal at home
The title holder in men won without forcing, but without shining either, against Briton Cameron Norrie. He did not deliver his best performance in Paris but as usual, his power and his experience allowed him to win without conceding a set: 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Lorenzo Musetti wins the Italian derby
The two Italians put on the show this Saturday on court number 7 at Roland Garros. 19-year-old prodigy Lorenzo Musetti got the better of his 28-year-old elder Marco Cecchinato (3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3). Tomb of Djokovic in 2018 on Parisian clay, the eldest of the two players had started the match better, but Musetti gradually found his rhythm and was able to let go of his blows, including an improbable defense on an attempt to serve in a spoon of his compatriot. For his first Grand Slam, the Tuscan therefore joined the knockout stages while continuing to impress.
Sloane Stephens returns to the round of 16 at Roland Garros
If Swiatek is the favorite among the ladies, Sloane Stephens is starting to look like a good outsider, especially in her part of the table. Descended to 59th place in the world, the 2018 finalist regains her splendor and drops the seeds one after the other. There was Karolina Pliskova, seeded n ° 9, it is now the Czech Karolina Muchova, seeded n ° 18, who paid for her return to form (6-3, 7-5). The American will not have to go through a new seed in the next round since Elina Svitolina, world number 6 and number 5 seed, bowed quite logically against Barbora Krejcikova (6-3, 6-2 ).