On Day 2 of this Roland-Garros 2022, Stan Wawrinka tangled in 4 rounds against Corentin Moutet, thus missing a tasty 2nd round against Rafael Nadal. For the rest, the defending champion Barbora Krejcikova was crushed by a magical Diane Parry, while the Porte d’Auteuil says goodbye to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a great player of his time.
Patatra’s Wawrinka! A forehand that doesn’t work and an opponent that forces you to visit the court with drop shots in all directions, while also delivering a few well-felt lobs; The menu that Stan Wawrinka was given yesterday by this “holy coconut” by Corentin Moutet was not particularly digestible. However, the Vaudois started well against the left-hander before gradually disappearing in a rather bland game (6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 7, 6: 3). Not harmless enough, physically overwhelmed and sometimes giving the feeling that his thoughts are elsewhere, the 2015 winner missed his match. In the 4th set, after the frustration over the lost 3rd round, he was simply “cuitas, the Stanislas”. He will therefore not have the opportunity to meet Rafael Nadal on Wednesday. Coincidentally, 5 years after their Paris final, such a poster would have been “mouthful” on paper…
GO FORWARD… Stan Wawrinka, who would not give up his entire career, will not start now. Yes, he admitted leaving the court very disappointed, but he will continue with the work ahead. “I’m looking for many things and as always in my career, it takes timehe noticed. I have to be clear and humble. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together isn’t a snapRecognizing this is already a first step.
TSONGA, THE LAST SESSION? There will certainly be plenty of emotion in the next few hours in Paris as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is just minutes away from putting his racquet down for good. Finito, Manceau’s career after taking over the door (not Auteuil’s) at Roland-Garros. Already on Tuesday afternoon it could go against Casper Ruud, who “JWT” has to face around 2:00 p.m. on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Now 37, the 2008 Australian Open finalist, semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013 and 2015 and Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012 deserves a fitting entrance. Because even without a Grand Slam title, his career was immense (see box below).
THE RAFA WAY… It’s the foot, for Rafael Nadal! Finally, for now… The former Roland-Garros king has had a very calm day for his return to the game after his injury in Rome. His opponent, Jordan Thompson, saw nothing but play (2-6 2-6 2-6). In the Aussie’s defense, he is not a man of the country. But it is never insignificant that “Rafa” starts “his” tournament with great tempo: with 106 wins at Roland-Garros, the Spaniard breaks the record of success in a single Grand Slam, which he previously held jointly with a man named Roger springer Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic didn’t tremble against Yoshihito Nishioka (6-3 6-1 6-0).
OPELKA FALLS FROM HIGH… Houston champion and Geneva Open semi-finalist, Reilly Opelka and his 211cm fell yesterday from a great height when they were broken by a Filip Krajinovic, a player who is part of that “itchy hair” that pulls the top avoiding seeds prefer the entry. The Serb was ruthless with the Michigan giants (7-6 6-2 6-3).
A NEUCHÂTEL TOUCH… Thanks to Pedro Cachin, a piece of Neuchâtel spreads to Paris. As a member of the CT Neuchâtel Interclub team, Pedro Cachin lives a fairy tale at Roland-Garros. “Lucky-Loser” (drafted from qualification), 153rd in the world, crossed the 1st round by defeating Norbert Gombos (6-1 3-6 6-2 6-3) in 4 rounds. A success that secures him entry into the top 150, “Pence in the Pooche”, but above all gives a lot of joy.
THE «SWIATEKXPRESS» ON RAILS… If it is not about the impression of accuracy, strength and composure, Iga Swiatek left nothing for his entry into the race. The Pole has been untouchable for a few weeks and remains steadfast against Lesia Tsurenko, who was swept away 6-2, 6-0 in less than a clock. The demonstration of the No. 1 WTA – perfect in all areas – did not come as a surprise, but it simply confirms – for those who still doubt it – that it will take to be very, very strong to get it in Paris .
DUEL OF VIEWS ON BOARD FOR BENCIC… Long abused by Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure, Bianca Andreescu came out with experience and mentality (3-6 7-5 6-0). The Canadian, who won the US Open in 2019, will therefore be able to experience a duel of doubles in the 2nd round as she will face neither more nor less than Belinda Bencic. The two young women have another thing in common: they no longer appreciate clay. Despite everything, Saint-Galloise will have a small advantage over a player who is certainly talented but physically weak.
OSAKA STOPS THE… No need to invoke the awkward press conferences to avoid playing a second round. Naomi Osaka “coped” on her own this time, losing to Amanda Anisimova in 2 sets. The Japanese has casually hinted that she won’t be going to Wimbledon.
PARTIES IS MAGIC! Monday’s little sensation was signed by the right hand of Diane Parry. The 19-year-old French actually blasted defending champion Barbora Krejcikova (1-6 6-2 6-3). If the Czech is certainly not as good in her sneakers as she was 12 months ago, when she landed like a hair in the soup on the list of winners, that does not detract from the young woman’s merit, brave, cheeky and talented a very nice back. The Nice native was no more than surprised by her performance, she has been stringing together tournaments on clay in recent months. So its performance doesn’t come out of nowhere. But can Diane Parry go further, somewhere else where no one is expecting her in this tournament? “I won’t put myself under any pressure‘ she replies, I’m sure others will do that for her.
KERBER HOLDS OUT…! Apparently Angelique Kerber wasn’t that relaxed on Monday evening “à la cheeky (Magdalena, her first name)”. The German was titled in Strasbourg on Saturday after an epic final of more than 3 hours and felt the wind blow against the Pole who served for the match and even received 2 balls to advance to the 2nd round. One of them was saved from an excellent cushioning by Kerber, who then took the right car (2-6 6-3 7-5). phew!
GOLUBIC AND LAAKSONEN WAIT… As night and rain disrupted Roland-Garros, Viktorija Golubic and Henri Laaksonen will not resume their respective 1st rounds until this afternoon. Trailing 2-1 2-6 to American Katie Volynets, the Zurich native found herself in deep trouble before being sent back to the hotel. The Schaffhousois, on the other hand, turned his game around and got the better of Pedro Martinez (2-6 6-4 2-0). Let’s hope this break doesn’t stop him on the pitch.
THE SENTENCE: “We had asshole contests on the pitch… If I didn’t always win, I didn’t always lose!It’s Guillaume Raoux, winner of the 1996 Davis Cup with France, speaking in L’Equipe. The former 35th in the world claims to have been one of the 3 baddest players of his time alongside Jeff Tarango and Alex Antonitsch.
Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti
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