Roland-Garros: Notebook 1 – Ruthless Swiss women, a favorite who already fails, a gift for “Djoko” and the promise of Ivanisevic

Jil Teichmann and Belinda Bencic made a perfect entry into “their” Roland-Garros. In contrast to Ons Jabeur, who ended up as a favorite and was sure she could achieve something, but failed immediately in Paris. Where Goran Ivanisevic promises us one of the greatest matches ever in Week 2.

A BRILLIANT JIL! 6-2 6-1; It’s a nice prize that Jil Teichmann gave to Bernarda Pera. Easily and without much effort, the Swiss signed a really brilliant first round, which brought her the first success of her career at Porte d’Auteuil. Regularly in exchange and patient when necessary, the Biel native was so happy that she kindly took the time to line up autographs and selfies with the few fans gathered around the square. His joy and lightness are a joy to behold. Even if we don’t want to ignite, Teichmann seems more likely than ever to have the opportunity to finally cross a 2nd round at a major tournament this week. It’s all the harm we wish him.

BELINDA, FAST! We don’t know if she booked a table at a prestigious Parisian eatery for her Sunday night, but the fact is Belinda Bencic hit the gas pedal just after 8pm to complete her first lap. With programming falling behind, the Saint-Galloise set the record in good Switzerland by beating Reka Jani (6-1, 6-1). Obviously not paid on time, “Beli” had no reason to get involved.

JABEUR WILL WAIT… She confided it to L’Equipe yesterday: she has dreamed of winning Roland-Garros since she was 9 years old. But Ons Jabeur, who has never reached a quarter-final in Paris, will still wait to go all the way. The defending champion in Madrid and finalist in Rome was actually ‘overthrown’ from the start by a very solid Magda Linette (3-6 7-6 7-5). Above all, his immense waste in all areas during the 3rd set comes into question. It’s inevitably a huge disappointment for the world 6th who was the 3rd favorite behind Iga Swiatek and Paula Badosa and thought this was going to be her year.

MUGURUZA ALSO CRACKS… Garbine Muguruza, presented at Roland-Garros in 2014 and given the title in 2016, may love this tournament but hasn’t returned it so well for 4 editions. Beaten in the round of 16 in 2019, in the 3rd round in 2020, then last year straight away, the Spaniard stumbled again this year when she entered the competition. While she was flat out against Kaia Kanepi, the Geneva native stopped like me (6-2 3-6 4-6) in my first appearance from the Bureau des Autos. With his defeat, another seed (the 10th) is already leaving. The painting is created from the 1st day.

“ONE THIEM, NO SPIRIT”… It is clearly painful to see: Dominic Thiem is no longer there, also (and above all?) mentally. “I’m not on the level, I have to accept it” he also admitted. Yes, a great player of recent years, the Austrian has become the shadow of the fighter he was then, able to play two finals at Roland-Garros and even the US Open (2020 ) to decide. Yesterday , we saw him scattered like a puzzle by a Hugo Dellien who likes sand but isn’t Rafael Nadal either. 6-3 6-2 6-4 of the Bolivian proves that “Domi ” still has a long way to go. Given the state of his current forehand (and his mental distress) we can seriously doubt whether he’ll ever make it again.

ALCARAZ ACCEPT… Will Carlos Alcaraz ever get overwhelmed by the pressure? It’s possible, but honestly it wasn’t the case last night. Perhaps a little tense (and again we had to scratch ourselves to detect a touch of nervousness…) during his start in the match against Juan Ignacio Londero, the phenomenon then assured and accepted as boss. Easy win 6-4 6-2 6-0 for his 11th consecutive success on the ATP Circuit. We don’t really envy him his next opponent, Albert Ramos-Vinolas. How do you say “go to the slaughterhouse” in Spanish? are you going to the alcaraz

AUGER-ALIASSIME WAS VERY HOT… For almost 2 hours, Félix Auger-Aliassime got closer and closer to the abyss. More than mistreated by little-known Peruvian Javier Varillas, who ordered the huge forehand shots and found all the lines, the Canadian got away in the end, probably more from his opponent’s loss of rhythm than his own resources. Cheeky and honestly impressive in the first two rounds, Varillas was perhaps too quick to see the biggest win of his career. And the experience of “FAA” made the difference (2-6 2-6 6-1 6-3 6-3).

CARABELLI JOINS HISTORY… Camilo Ugo Carabelli is hardly an unknown person in history. He was actually the first player to win a super tiebreak at Roland-Garros. The Argentine added style to the result as he wrote a chapter in the Paris visitors’ book with his win over Aslan Karatsev. Final score: 6-3 4-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-5).

A GIFT FOR DJOKO… When he celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday, Novak Djokovic was given an electric scooter. Did the organizers and the FFT give him this gift to see him leave as soon as possible? Or just because you’re hoping to see him pull away as soon as possible in the quarterfinals? never mind However, one thing is certain: in order to sneak into traffic with Anne Hidalgo sauce, the world number 1 needs his helmet.

THE PROMISE… Moreover, Novak Djokovic (just like Rafael Nadal) has to make sure because in an interview granted to L’Equipe, his coach Goran Ivanisevic already wanted to warn everyone: “The Djokovic-Nadal quarter-finals of this Roland-Garros 2022 will be the biggest in history‘ pounded the Croatian.

FRANCE HAS A SECOND ROUND… ONLY ONE! And she owes that to Grégoire Barrère, who defeated the Japanese Taro Daniel after 5 sets. Despite the bike wheel being taken in the 3rd round, the Val de Marne player used his opponent’s pump to turn the game around and advance to the 2nd round (3-6 6-2 0-6 6 -3 6-4) and above all save French honor. To prolong the adventure, he must continue to respect the good gestures, Barrère, in the 32nd final where John Isner is waiting for him.

GRIEKSPOOR ON HIS GENEVA MOMENTUM… Tallon Griekspoor, who was in the quarter-finals of the Geneva Open, where he annoyed Reilly Opelka for a long time after victories over Tommy Paul and Johan Nikles, has lost none of his élan in the TGV. The proof: Barely arrived in Paris, the Dutchman offered himself nothing less than the finalist of Monte-Carlo 2022, namely the No. 25 seeded Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (2-6 6-0 6-4 6-3). Nice prestige success for the “Big Rod” from Haarlem, who was in the final draw at Roland-Garros for the first time in his professional career.

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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