Arrived without “earthly” reference, Daniil Medvedev was looking forward to the 1st week of this Roland-Garros 2022. In contrast to the local representatives, who were all thrown out before the 2nd part of these 14 days. Switzerland are clinging to Jil Teichmann, their last hope, who will face Sloane Stephens Sunday at the end of the day.
MEDVEDEV MAKES IT SIMPLE… Impressive Daniil Medvedev! Who is not an ocher lover, who has just returned from a hernia and also lost his only match on clay before Roland-Garros (in Geneva against Gasquet), has endured the first week as a boss and disgusted all his opponents. He lost only 6 games against Bagnis, 10 against Djere, which however seemed able to interfere with the armholes. But no, Medvedev was present at all balls and wrung out the Serbs. His tennis is perfectly regulated. In the shadows, the Russian moves quickly despite his fantastic calling card. His upcoming duel with Marin Cilic is mouth-watering.
CILIC, THE ENCHANTING SAILOR… Because yes, Marin Cilic found a good rhythm in the first week, striking as well as in his best moments, especially his very good Roland-Garros 2017 when only an excellent Stan Wawrinka could calm him down. Dry with Balasz (3 games lost), then solid against Fucsovics, the Croatian immediately took Gilles Simon by the throat yesterday only to ruin his last game at Porte d’Auteuil (6-0 6-3 6-2). It didn’t wrinkle. But we will especially remember the greatness of Cilic, who paid homage to his opponent and took part in the entire ceremony in his honor. Class! No doubt he will try to be less magnanimous on the pitch with Medvedev.
HAT, “GILLOU”! A nod to Gilles Simon, one of the nicest, coolest and smartest players we’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. At 37, the Niçois, who will retire at the end of the season, certainly ended his last Roland-Garros with a heavy defeat, but with a smile and even a lot of humor during his “speech” on the pitch he also wanted Marin Cilic pay tribute. “I’m happy to be able to play Roland-Garros again and to play in front of my wife and children who never come. In addition, my children doubt that I could have played tennis well. They’ve been telling me for a long time: ‘Nevertheless, your tournaments end quickly!‘” For beginners: Simon is still 14 ATP titles, 8 finals, round of 16 at every Grand Slam (including a quarter in Melbourne and one in Wimbledon).
SINNERS WITHOUT A PROBLEM DESPITE EVERYTHING… “I’m not 100%“Warned Jannik Sinner after returning his McDonald’s (Mackenzie, his first name) in 3 sentences anyway. Just one round on the way to the round of 16. It will be his third round of 16 in 3 editions of RG, at just 20 years old. Fratangelo winner Carballes Baena and thus also McDonald’s, the Bozner will meet Andrey Rublev in the “Redhead Derby” on Monday.
THAT SO DISCREET RUBLEV… Here, let’s talk about him! Andrey Rublev drives the laps calmly. Saying from there that we must be wary of it, there is one step we will not take, at least not immediately, but the Russian has the merit of responding with presence, even if he had to struggle a bit each time to do so to get through His 3 rounds against Kwon, Delbonis and finally Garin he passed in 4 sets. Against the Chilean, the No. 7 seed simply had to fend off several 2-inning balls everywhere. As the winner of the Belgrade tournament, Rublev offers a nice challenge against Sinner. To find another Russian in the quarters, Daniil Medvedev?
SIMPLE TSITSIPAS… After 2 very difficult first rounds, Stefanos Tsitsipas finally finished the sights and the Ymer (Mikael by first name). The Swede didn’t bring even the slightest cold sweat to the Greek, well above the draw (6-2 6-2 6-1). In the end a bitter defeat for one and a tasty 3rd round for the other, who was a finalist last year and wants to do at least as well this year. In the next round it will be Holger Rune who stands in his way. And not Hugo Gaston.
GASTON JOINS THE LINE… 6-3 6-3 6-3. Just before 11:00 p.m., Hugo Gaston received a final blow to the head. Rune defeated him and the last French hopes. No, there will be no local player in week 2. Almost a classic now.
THE FINE SHOT OF BEL HUBERT! On the eve of this 2022 edition, Hubert Hurkacz had won just one Porte d’Auteuil match in 4 appearances. Sad results for a player who until recently was in the top 10. Things are changing completely this year, with the Pole advancing to the last 16 with worrying ease. After victories over Zeppieri and Cecchinato, he swallowed Goffin again in 3 sets (7-5 6-2 6-1) and most importantly scored this great point (see below). Everything seemed too easy for him, even if the Belgian didn’t seem quite “fit”. Hurkacz has Casper Ruud ahead of him in the round of 16. The Norwegian had to fight 5 sets to bow to the “leech” Lorenzo Sonego.
SWIATEK HAD TO PUT SOMETHING MORE… During a walk in his first 2 laps, Iga had to force Swiatek to overtake a little more in the round of 16. Admittedly, the Pole didn’t have to be shabby either, but her third round wasn’t easy. In fact, Danka Kovinic, her opponent, was not beaten beforehand. The Montenegrin ended up trying to make life difficult for the world noto sign his 31st consecutive success. A 32nd almost catches him, against Zheng, cornets faller. And Swiatek no doubt appreciated being able to test himself for longer than at the start of the fortnight.
FRENCH EXPLOSION… French women in the 2nd week? No, ladies! Alizé Cornet and Leolia Jeanjean totally blew up yesterday. Strolled by the Chinese Zheng, the former did not even go to the end of her workload, preferring to give up 3-0 at 6-0. A priori, even before the start of their meeting, the Niçoise suffered from left adductors. She was still booed by large parts of the stadium. “They are idiotsshe protested at a press conference. It makes me hallucinate that people dare boo me when I give up.” As for Jeanjean, who made a name (or given name) for herself during this edition, she gave way to Irina-Camelia Begu (6-1, 6-4).
GIORGI FINISHES SPRINT! We hadn’t spoken of her in those fortnight but Camila Giorgi recalled our good memories by finishing her 16th final in sprint and taped Aryna Sabalenka a bike wheel (4-6 6-1 6-0). Very strong, let’s face it! The little Italian, not always very stable, achieves the best Roland-Garros of her career and we know some who are very happy about it. His next meeting against a Daria Kasatkina developing like a steamroller will serve as a real reveal.
Camila Giorgi can clench her fist; she achieves her best Roland-Garros. [Martin Divisek – EPA]
Badosa, Patatras! After her successful 1st round, we felt that Paula Badosa was not in her best form in her 32nd final. Well done, unfortunately, since yesterday the Spaniard’s tournament suddenly ended with an abandonment. It was Veronika Kudermetova who didn’t ask for so much, so who could cheer. As for Badosa, she left Roland dejected.
THE WISDOM OF TEICHMANN… Jil Teichmann made a very wise decision yesterday morning by deciding to withdraw from the second round of doubles which she should have played with Viktorija Golubic. This is the best way for him to prepare for the first round of 16 of his career at the Grand Slam, which is scheduled against Sloane Stephens at around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Sealandaise will therefore usually be a little fresher to fight with the American. But remember that already in her first round against the Olaru/Kichenok pair, she had already spent too much time in the duo court.
Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti
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