It is the fourth time in a row for Medvedev that he is stranded in the first round of the grand slam tournament in Paris. The number five in the world reached the semi-finals at the US Open earlier this month. A year earlier, he was a finalist at the grand slam tournament in New York.
Fucsovics was allowed to serve 5-1 after three hours and fifteen minutes after two breaks in the fourth set for the game. At his first match point it was immediately hit for the Hungarian number 63.
Dominic Thiem in action.
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Dominic Thiem has just started well at Roland Garros, the tournament where the 27-year-old Austrian was in the final last two years. The champion of the US Open was not in trouble by the Croatian Marin Cilic. It became 6-4 6-3 6-3.
In the third set, Cilic (31) was 2-0 ahead, but he was unable to hold on to his lead. The former US Open champion, currently number 40 in the world, was not involved in the rallies and lost his serve game six times.
For Thiem it was his first match since the US Open final, in which he beat Alexander Zverev in five sets. Both players signed up for the Masters tournament in Rome, which was in preparation for Roland Garros.
Thiem lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2018 and 2019 final. Two years ago in three sets, last year in four.
For the French hope Gaël Monfils, Roland Garros is already over. The eighth seeded Frenchman lost in the first round of the grand slam tournament in Paris to Alexandr Boeblik from Kazakhstan: 6-4 7-5 3-6 6-3.
Monfils only lost once before in the first round. That was when he made his debut in 2005. He then reached the semi-finals once, in 2008, and three times the quarter-finals.
Against Boeblik, the number 49 in the world, Monfils quickly faced a two-set deficit: 4-6 5-7. In the third set, the 34-year-old Frenchman recovered with a 6-3 set win. But a break against 3-4 in the fourth set was fatal for Monfils. Boeblik then served the game 6-3.
Angelique Kerber was already eliminated in the first round. The former number 1 of the world ranking was surprised by Kaja Juvan from Slovenia: 3-6 3-6.
Kerber had to acknowledge her multiple after 1 hour and 7 minutes. Previously, German tennis players Anna-Lena Friedsam, Andrea Petkovic and Tamara Korpatsch were already eliminated in the first round of the grand slam in Paris.
Williams a set difficult
Serena Williams has taken the first hurdle in Paris in the hunt for her 24th grand slam title. The 39-year-old American tennis star settled in two sets with her compatriot Kristie Ahn: 7-6 (2) 6-0.
Williams, seeded sixth at Roland Garros and three-time winner of the tournament, had a hard time in the first set against Ahn, the number 101 in the world ranking. She was behind a break twice, but recovered just in time and grabbed the first set in the tiebreaker.
In the second set, Williams immediately took a break lead. She then ran effortlessly to 5-0 and served for the win. Ahn fought back a few more times to deuce, but Williams still took the victory at the fifth match point.
Williams meets Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. Both players faced each other earlier this month in the quarterfinals of the US Open. Williams then defeated the 33-year-old Bulgarian in three sets: 4-6 6-3 6-2. Pironkova, who defeated German Andrea Petkovic in the first round in Paris (6-3 6-3), played her first tournament in New York since Wimbledon 2017.
Finalist Vondrousova of 2019 exit
Marketa Vondrousova has not been able to repeat her stunt from last year in Paris. The 21-year-old Czech, who lost the final of Roland Garros to Australian Ashleigh Barty last year, was killed in the first round. Vondrousova, placed fifteenth, lost in straight sets to Polish Iga Swiatek: 6-1 6-2.
Vondrousova reached the final of the French grand slam tournament last year without losing a set. Only in the final she was unable to continue her high level and lost without a chance to Barty: 6-1 6-3.
More than a year later, the Czech was no shadow of the surprise of 2019. She had no chance against the Polish number 52 in the world and was broken five times. Roland Garros 2020 was over for her in just over an hour.
Elina Svitolina has qualified for the second round of Roland Garros. The third placed Ukrainian tennis player won in two sets against the Russian Varvara Gratsjeva: 7-6 (2) 6-4.
Svitolina, who won the Strasbourg tournament last Saturday, won the first set in a tiebreak, after Gratsjeva had cleared a break behind at 6-5.
The Russian immediately took a break lead in the second set. She held it well to 4-2 and got several breakpoints for 5-2. However, Svitolina still won the game. The Ukrainian also picked up the subsequent three games and the match.
Svitolina will face Mexican Renata Zarazua in the second round.
Petra Kvitova reaches the second round of Roland Garros.
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Petra Kvitova has secured a place in the second round at Roland Garros. The seventh-placed Czech was too strong for the French Océane Dodin, the global number 118, 6-3 7-5.
In the second set Dodin played a good match; she made up a break and led 4-3. After a break at 5-5, Kvitova finished convincingly after 79 minutes.
The match was played under the closed roof of the Court Philippe Chatrier, the renewed center court at Roland Garros. It rained all morning in Paris, postponing the other parties indefinitely.
Last year, Kvitova did not play in Paris. Just before her first match, she signed off with an arm injury. In 2012 she made the last four, but her results have been somewhat disappointing in recent years.
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