Roland-Garros: Notebook 6 – Teichmann who inspires, Djokovic who smashes everything, a surprise in the final and Nadal against Nadal

Jil Teichmann shed light on Friday at Roland-Garros, where Novak Djokovic really gets going, where there will be a surprise in the final in the women’s draw anyway and where Rafael Nadal meets another Nadal with “Tonton Toni”. Surprise on hold.

TEICHMANN MAKES A LOT OF PLEASURE! Let’s start with the great news from Friday, namely this success by Jil Teichmann against Viktoria Azarenka, after 3h18 of play, and this while the former WTA No. 1 was particularly used for the game! The Biennoise ‘we’ played a great role, never letting up, going for victory thanks to kind gestures on both sides and with remarkable courage. A very good performance for her, who is enjoying herself on clay and hopefully hasn’t finished surprising us in this tournament. But maybe she should stop burning her cartridges twice in the company of Viktorija Golubic. She, who has already worked “overtime” in the first round, is scheduled for Saturday at 1.35 p.m. It’s not the best idea, while his next round against Sloane Stephens is clearly playable. All the more given the current level and momentum.

BENCIC, THE OTHER “DAY WITHOUT”… No, we won’t spare Belinda Bencic because her match yesterday against Leylah Fernandez, Saint-Galloise simply must never lose it. His failed start to the game (0:3) didn’t cost him anything either. Aside from the fact that the Olympic champion generally did everything, playing yo-yo and stringing together 3 good games and then 3 horror games. At the end of the 1st set when reinserted, then especially at 2:0 40:0 in the 3rd set, when the Canadian watered the tarpaulin and as “Beli” herself “no longer just had to close” the deal. But more than his game, it was his attitude and “body language” at the heart of the final set that frustrated. If the Swiss had kept her nerve and been more willing to conquer, she would have driven another lap without batting an eyelid. Angry, terribly upset because a boulevard opened up in front of her at the Grand Slam and once again she didn’t fall into it.

IMPERIAL DJOKOVIC… He was robbed from the Australian Open so Novak Djokovic is catching up as best he can either by beating up his opponents. Nishioka had only seen a game in the 1st round, Molcan had only cheated in the 3rd set in the 2nd round, and now Bedene took a “shattered” 6-3 6-3 6-2. If the quality of the resistance offered to the world number one can be discussed, there is no doubt about his tennis. “Nole” plays simply and above all serves wonderfully. Not enough to reassure Diego Schwartzman and the rest of the table. “I feel up again after digesting what happened in Melbourne”, the Serbian story started from definitely disgusting adversity?

WHO’S AFRAID OF SCHWARTZMAN? We knew 48 hours ago that we were taking a risk by invoking Grigor Dimitrov, who always gets things wrong when we write about him. It didn’t fail! Yesterday the Bulgarian – author of 59 unforced errors in 3 sentences, what a horror! – was martyred by Diego Schwartzman (6-3 6-1 6-2). This will teach us! For his part, the Argentine, who dominated in all rallies and was almost impervious to his opponent’s backhand, undoubtedly had his best game of the season, far below his expectations so far. Does this mean that Schwartzman is once again scary and Novak Djokovic can become a real threat in Sunday’s round of 16? To be honest, no.

NADAL VS NADAL… After Kramer against Kramer, Nadal against Nadal! Granted it’s not the same scenario but family opposition will be real on Sunday as Rafael Nadal – just as comfortable as Djokovic – meets Félix Auger-Aliassime, who has been coached by “Tonton Toni” for more than a year. Here’s the little wink from the end of the 1st week. That’s as far as it goes, however, because despite the advice of the game’s former champion, it’s hard to imagine the Canadian tripping up the former king of Roland-Garros. In any case, Nadal (the tennis player) approaches this duel very calmly:”It’s easy for me, Toni is my uncle and I don’t think he wants me to lose. But at the same time, he’s a pro taking care of another player. I don’t know what will happen, whether he will be in Felix’s box or not. But at the same time I don’t care because I have no problem with it.”

ZVEREV IS CALM… After going through all the emotions (and 1 point after losing) in the 2nd round against Sebastian Baez, Alexander Zverev was somewhat reassured (although he needed 2 tie breaks) by beating Brandon Nakashima in 3 sets. Not everything went perfectly in the German’s tennis, but at least he can say that he will come into the round of 16 fresher than his future opponent Barnabe Zapata Miralles, executioner in 5 rounds by John Isner.

ALCARAZ “GET” STRONG AGAIN… Albert Ramos-Vinolas’ alarm was cleared, Carlos Alcaraz flexed his muscles again and showed what kind of blade he is warming up against an opponent who is certainly less comfortable on clay than his compatriot, but with a much more complete game: Sebastian Korda. Good in his sneakers the Murcian left the American nothing (6-4 6-4 6-2), for which he did pretty much everything on the pitch. After this demonstration, a beautiful round of 16 against Karen Khachanov, whom he has never met on the tour, awaits him.

PARRY, IT’S OVER… Diane Parry has finished her Roland Garros. The beautiful adventure of the young French met the cold realism of Sloane Stephens, which developed 2 notes above the revelation of this first week. Only 2 local players remain in the table, Alizé Cornet and sensation Leolia Jeanjean. Stephens, she, 2018 finalist, relies on Jil Teichmann. It will be for Sunday!

MUCHOVA’s grief… Sad picture in Paris; that of Karolina Muchova, who had to retire while fighting very well for a place in the round of 16. Unlike Amanda Anisimova, the Czech sprained her ankle in the second round. No matter how much she held on for a moment, it wasn’t enough. Muchova had to give the right car to the American. Too bad.

TREVISAN CONTINUES ITS BEAUTIFUL HISTORY… Martina Trevisan, the late reveal of Roland-Garros 2020, writes another chapter in her personal story, almost 2 years after her push to the quarter-finals of the autumn edition of “RG”, and it didn’t displease us. The 28-year-old Italian just passed 3 rounds without losing a run. Even better, she dominated all of her opponents, including Daria Saville (Ex-Daria Gavrilova). In great form, therefore, Trevisan continues his momentum after winning the title in Rabat on the eve of his arrival at Porte d’Auteuil.

KERBER HAS MELT… Angelique Kerber (unfortunately) melted in the Paris sun. With a shoulder problem, the German had a good fight, failing to stumble the solid Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who won 6-4, 7-6. The Belarusian will be in the round of 16 against a certain Martina Trevisan.

FIRST RATING: Martina Trevisan, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Leylah Fernandez, Amanda Anisimova, Elise Mertens, Cori Gauff, Jil Teichmann, Sloane Stephens… One of these 8 young women will be in the final next Saturday. The? Place your bets!

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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