Tsitsipas was a finalist in Hamburg last Sunday, where he lost to the Russian Andrej Roeblev. Just like the Russian who had a difficult start on the French clay on Tuesday, the Greek was two sets behind. Munar ran out to 6-4 6-2 with good play.
Only in the third set did the Greek number 6 of the world rankings take the initiative. He won the set easily and took the fourth set with a break more than the 23-year-old Spaniard. At 3-3 in the fifth set, Tsitsipas broke his opponent’s serve. He served 5-4 for the match and immediately used his first match point.
Rublev fights past Querrey
Andrey Rublev survived the first round with great difficulty at Roland Garros. The thirteenth-placed Russian came in form to Paris as a tournament winner from Hamburg, but seemed to be on the way to elimination in the first round against American Sam Querrey. Rublev still won in five sets: 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.
Querrey, the number 48 in the world ranking, had not won since the resumption of the season after the corona break. Rublev, on the other hand, added his third tournament victory in 2020 in Hamburg last Sunday. He was previously the best in Adelaide and Doha.
Andrey Rublev cries out for joy.
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The 22-year-old Rublev fought back from a deficit in the first two sets, but lost those sets in the tiebreaks. In the third set, he saw the American take a break and Querrey was allowed to serve 5-3 for the game. Rublev, however, recovered and went on to win four games in a row and the set.
The Russian got into his game better and better and easily won the fourth set. With a break at 1-1 in the fifth set, the party still seemed to be heading in its direction. At the first match point in the storage of the 32-year-old American, Rublev immediately struck.
Djokovic continues convincingly
Novak Djokovic has reached the second round without much difficulty at the grand slam tournament in Paris. The first placed Serbian settled in about an hour and a half with the Swede Mikael Ymer: 6-0 6-2 6-3.
Novak Djokovic wastes little energy.
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The Serbian number 1 in the world had a lightning start against the 22-year-old number 80 of the global list from Sweden. In 22 minutes he batted in the first set 6-0. In the third set, the Swede was able to resist a bit more, but the Serb won convincingly with 6-4.
Difficult victory for Pliskova
Among the women, Karolina Pliskova recorded a difficult victory over Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif, the number 172 in the world. After two and a quarter hours it became 6-7 (9) 6-2 6-4.
Pliskova (28) played very sloppy in the first set, in which she left no less than eight set points unused. After an hour, the 24-year-old Sherif surprisingly took the set through an exciting tiebreak.
Karolina Pliskova barely makes it.
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In the second set Pliskova, the global number 4, recovered and after half an hour she now cashed in on her first set point. In the third set, a break at 3-3 was enough for Pliskova to escape elimination. “After the loss of the first set, I relaxed a bit and went for it a bit more”, the winner said afterwards.
Pliskova takes on former champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round, who left American Madison Brengle without a chance with 6-2 6-1. Ostapenko won the tournament in 2017, but did not survive the opening round at any other edition.
Kenin also continues
Sofia Kenin also reached the second round. The fourth seeded American tennis player defeated Russian Liudmila Samsonova in three sets: 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Kenin won the Australian Open earlier this year by beating the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza in the final. At the US Open this month, the second-placed American was eliminated in the eighth finals.
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