Roland-Garros: Notebook 4 – The “hot” case of Alcaraz, the great fear of Zverev and the Swiss walks

Carlos Alcaraz, who despite his 19 years is one of the big favorites of the tournament, was about to be eliminated in Paris on Wednesday. The same applies to Alexander Zverev, who has his back to the wall again in a first week. Meanwhile, Jil Teichmann and Belinda Bencic go for a walk. Like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal…

ALCARAZ WAS VERY TERRIBLE… After a great game that lasted almost 5 hours, Carlos Alcaraz won his ticket to the 16th final. But after a cannon launch, the Murcian prodigy shook, wavered, doubted and was even a tiny point away from finally folding. Only the veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas did not know how to activate the stunner at the right moment. In the end, the boy with blinding shots, but yesterday too often abandoned by his backhand, went over the wire (6-1 6-7 5-7 7-6 6-4). During the interview “We Run” he proves that he really has everything; First of all, by not forgetting to put your branded watch on your wrist. Then, assuring the Paris audience that he had “felt like home“. You never know, he might need him later in his career…

Zverev also suffered… He also had to give up 1 match point. A fat serve poorly returned by Sebastian Baez gave him some breathing room before he could slip into the third round. He is Alexander Zverev, reciting daze and tremors as usual in the first week of the Grand Slam. When defending the Hamburg Eskogriff, Baez was not to be taken lightly. The Argentine was bold, cheeky, intelligent in his game plan and the author of some delicious paybacks. He led 2 sets to 0 before delivering a boost that could have been decisive in the 5th set. Only a small dot missed him. “It’s a name to remember,” said our agent Marc Rosset along with his pal Pascal Droz. It is only. As for Zverev, it’s doubtful that he will go very far. But maybe he’s done with the air pockets…

THE RISE OF THE “PEQUE”… Diego Schwartzman, the “Peque”, almost fell from a great height (but still less than Opelka the other day) while trailing Jaume Munar by 2 sets to nothing. However, the Argentine managed to fight back to hold three straight 6-2s against the Spaniard. A comeback that made him smile but doesn’t calm his current feelings. Schwartzman is a far cry from his 2018 (quarters) or 2020 (halftimes) level.

DIMITROV, YES, BUT… Hey, we’re not talking about Grigor Dimitrov as he just spent his first two rounds as boss, 6-1 6-1 6-1 against Marcos Giron, 6-3 6-0 6-4 in front of Borna Coric. Does this mean that the former “Baby Fed” who has never been “Fed” could come as a surprise? Well, a priori no, since we were just talking about him. But guess what? We want him to pass the Schwartzman obstacle and then challenge a certain Novak D. (name known to editors) in the round of 16. It could be really beautiful.

DJOKOVIC IS ALREADY SOLID… Relieved to be able to compete again in tournaments and thus move forward with a free spirit, Novak Djokovic continues his spring rise. The world No. 1 will certainly have the final week of Roland-Garros and then the (golden?) start of summer at Wimbledon on top. What he has shown over the past few days is definitely impressive. Ask Alex Molcan, dominating 6-2 6-3 7-6what he thinks!

ISNER MADE OF STEEL… A crowd against him, somewhat vehemently, wasn’t enough to bend John Isner’s double meter. With nerves of steel, the American withstood the regional stage against Grégoire Barrère. Passed in 4 sets (6-4 6-4 3-6 7-6), the 37-year-old veteran, who remembers making Rafael Nadal sweat in the 1st round in 2011, meets Barnabe Zapata Miralles, qualifier and Taylor Fritz KO. The public might then be more forgiving. What allowed him to stick his nose in the 8th final?

NADAL HAS THE CROCS… No problem for Rafael Nadal. Neither in his tennis nor in his physique. As usual, returning to Paris is like a makeover for those who lost their feet in Rome 15 days earlier. The man with 13 Roland-Garros runs everywhere, rinses his opponents off and sends “bags” to definitely disgust them. Against Corentin Moutet, certainly not the most prolific player on the board, “Rafa” delivered a first recital. Outrageous, as in this point …

GASQUET, THIS IS THE EXIT… Despite his ever-delicious tennis and strobes, Richard Gasquet also went off the road and was beaten 7-6 6-3 6-3 by Sebastian Korda. The French have also paid for his lack of freshness, even if we have to acknowledge all the talent of his executioner, who will find Carlos Alcaraz on Friday for a 16th final that certainly won’t be the ugliest in history. For Gasquet, however, Paris is over. Maybe he’ll come back next year. But just for one last lap, like his friend Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did on Tuesday?

RUTHLESS JIL… Very good performance again by Jil Teichmann, impeccable in front of Olga Danilovic (6-4 6-1). The Swiss will see for the first time in her career what a 3rd Grand Slam round looks like. Good news: With his inherent confidence and his attractive game, the seeded No. 23 could well travel a little further in these 14 days. In any case, Victoria Azarenka, her next opponent, is not reassured. “I look forward to facing it‘ spits a hungry Teichmann.

BELINDA WITHOUT DISTURBANCE… And since a Swiss victory wasn’t enough for our happiness, Belinda Bencic came on to double the stakes, with extraordinary composure against former WTA no. 1 Bianca Andreescu. Imperial, except like Jean-Claude Dusse at the conclusion, the Saint-Galloise didn’t even have time to tremble in front of the Canadian. His game was almost perfect. We’re hoping she can continue in the same vein, on Friday against Leylah Fernandez, another Canadian who showed herself by beating… Belinda Bencic in the Fed Cup.

EMMA STACK… After exiting the 1st round after a big fight and starting her round of 32 at a perfect pace, Emma Raducanu smashed dry in front of Aliaksandra Sasnovich and collapsed in the following 2 sets (3-6 6th). -1 6-1). A slap in the face for the Briton who still can’t (and that’s partly normal) build on the carelessness of her fabulous US Open. We’re still firmly expecting him at Wimbledon, where his tennis could wreak havoc again. “I don’t know what the atmosphere will be like but I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch and playing in front of my home crowd.‘ she admitted before exiting the Porte d’Auteuil.

SAKKARI… ZONA… Having arrived in Paris full of ambition after her semi-final last year, Maria Sakkari has already left. Yes, the Greek, who didn’t seem quite on her plate, didn’t last through the 2 tie breaks she had to play against Karolina Muchova (7-6 7-6).

ONLY ONE LEFT! Jacquemot and Jeanjean had caused the French media and viewers to foam over the past few days. No, Jacquemot and Jeanjean, these are not the nicknames of the companions of the “Pastaga” from 17:00 on the Boulogne side, but the 2 players who had stirred up France: Elisa Jacquemot and Leolia Jeanjean. Unfortunately, there is only one left in the table – the last mentioned. Jacquemot actually stumbled against Angelique Kerber (1-6 6-7). But arms in hand, with a very good performance in the second round. “Entering and playing on the chatrier was magical“, kept the Lyonnaise, just 19 years old. She will also be able to savor Kerber’s words: “Elisa embodies the future of tennis‘ the German emphasized. Class.

PARRYING OUTFIT… After beating defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in the first round, youngster Diane Parry confirmed in the evening with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Camila Osorio Serrano. A great performance for the French, who not only knew how to play very good tennis, but also kept her nerve. Which is never easy, 48 hours after an already activated service. The one who already makes the heart of Roland “Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” beat faster will challenge Sloane Stephens, another Grand Slam winner (US Open 2017), on Friday.

LAAKSONEN ABOUT THE PROGRAM… With his eyes firmly set on the round of 16 to at least defend the points of his little Parisian adventure in 2021, Henri Laaksonen will have his hands full from 11am on Thursday if he wants to repeat his record from last year. The Schaffhousois will indeed cross swords with Holger Rune, the Dane who has been climbing the career ladder at great pace in recent months. At just under 19, the world’s 40th comes out of a huge win against Denis Shapovalov. Most importantly, 12 months ago the boy was 313th in the world! Winner of the San Remo Challenger and then his first ATP title in Munich at the beginning of May, the person concerned had won the Roland Garros Juniors in 2019. Laaksonen won’t be entitled to tennis flu against Rune.

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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