It was a little tough for the Czech, who was battered in the first set but really stepped up in the third to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Alize CornetThe unseeded home favorites reached the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year, beating Misaki Doi in straight sets Philippe-Chatrier, coming into the net to sweep the cross-court winner inside the baseline for match points.
“This is my favorite course in the world. I hope to be back playing for the second round.”
He will face Ostapenko in the next round.
Medvedev interviewed after the game, thanked the crowd and talked about how his body felt good. He had hernia surgery earlier this year and admitted before the tournament here that “clay for my body is the most dangerous surface. For me it’s clay court—every time, every year I have some problem where I can’t be 100%. I didn’t play my best tennis on clay.”
With it, he can be happy with his daily work. The Russian tennis player advanced to the second round.
A formality, in the end. On match point, Bagnis hit a forehand towards the crowd, and that was it.
Medvedev is just one game away from winningwhile Pliskova broke up in the deciding third set against Andrianjafitrimo.
I love that ‘quiet room’ look …
The weather in Roland Garros is very volatile. Sunshine one moment, rain the next. Medvedev and Bagnis are battling through the latter at the moment, with the Russian breaking in the third set and on her way to an easy straight-sets win.
We entered the third and final set on Simonne-Mathieu Court. The Czech seemed to have woken up.
Two results from the women’s draw to tell you about:
Danielle Collins and Jelena Ostapenko both qualified for the second round after winning two straight sets against Viktoriya Tomova and Lucia Bronzetti respectively.
Russia closed it with an ace in Tin a game that also includes the furthest stroke and chat with the referee (in French, Medvedev is fluent, as he lives full time in the south of France).
Pliskova bounced back in second set against Andrianjafitrimo. The No. 8 seed was leading 4-1 as he tried to equalize by taking the second set.
Something you might have missed from yesterday was a shock loss for Stan Wawrinka to local substitute Corentin Moutet, famous for a five-set epic but also for Wawrinka’s comments to the referee about the water temperature at Roland Garros.
It’s not normal at a grand slam,” said the 2015 French Open champion. “Is that normal? Do you think it’s normal? So you call someone. It’s been three changes, I ask you for unfrozen water! Because it’s not good. You’re at the French Open and you can’t get plain water! You think that’s normal?”
If this sounds like an odd complaint, it’s actually something tennis players really care about. This is from Novak Djokovic’s book, Serve to Win. The Serb seemed to only drink warm water on the pitch.
“When you drink iced water, the body needs to send additional blood to the digestive system to heat the water to 98.6 degrees. There are several benefits to this process – heating cold water burns some additional calories. But it also slows down digestion and diverts blood from where I want it – in my muscles.”
Wait a moment, Bagnis sent a forehand forward and he’s won a game! Down 4-1 in the second set, the comeback begins!
Bagnis is not moving well at all. It turned into a procession of sorts for Medvedev, who has won the last eight matches. He was leading 6-2, 4-0. Bagnis limped off, but seemed determined to take the prize money! The Argentine was barely able to get down while serving.
Denis Shapovalov lost one set and one break against the unseeded Holger Rune, who converted three of his four break points to lead 6-3, 3-0!
A great start for Andrianjafitrimo, who is only here having earned the lucky loser spot after losing in the final of the Morocco Open to compatriot Kristina Mladenovic last week. Pliskova has it all to do.
Well, that’s fast. Medvedev’s combination stepped up his game and Bagnis, struggling with a calf injury, allowed the Russian to qualify in the first set. Eurosport commentators speculated that Bagnis was unfit to continue but held on a bit to collect the first-round prize money. Not sure if I agree with that, although the Argentine is certainly not 100%. If he had retired earlier than this first-round match, he would have collected only half of the €62,000 prize money, which is equivalent to about a quarter of his earnings this year.
Pliskova continues to make a few mistakes against Andrianjafitrimo. He was 5-1 down, and struggled against the French players. We have an upset on our hands here.
2022 Australian Open Finalist Danielle Collins has roared through her first set with Viktoriya Tomova. Six love, morning donuts for Bulgarians.
Nice to see Simona Halep later. The 2018 French Open champion took to the court at 2:35 p.m. local time against Nastasja Schunk as she recovered from a calf injury, with the 30-year-old also taking time to get married. He is ranked 19th here, but most definitely a top 10 player of his day. However, there are several hurdles to overcome for Romania.
“I had the biggest injury of my career, and I didn’t know how to manage it at first,” he told CNN in an open pre-tournament interview. “I was scared and lacked confidence because I felt my body couldn’t take it anymore. I was really suffering and I didn’t see any light outside the tunnel.”
After some break from Medvedev and Bagnis, we are serving at Suzanne Lenglen. Bagnis was agile and got the Russian into goal with a fine drop shot. Medvedev was one of the best movers on the tour, but could only get him off the net to finish Bagnis with ease. Beautiful things.
Welcome to day three of the French Open at Roland Garros! The second seed in the men’s draw, and soon to be out of Wimbledon, Daniil Medvedev, will take on Suzanne Lenglen, against Facundo Bagnis. Ranked just outside the top 100, Bagnis has a tight-knit right calf – this should be easy enough for the Russian. But we’ve already seen some disruption this year in Paris. Medvedev received a warm welcome from the French audience. He reached the quarter-finals last year after four previous first-round eliminations.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Denis Shapovalov will take on Holger Rune, while home favorites Ugo Humbert take on Emil Ruusuvuori.
Interestingly, on Court Simonne-Mathieu, 8th seed Karolina Pliskova is currently 2-0 down in the opening set to Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, while Danielle Collins and leader Jeļena Ostapenko have an early advantage in first-round clashes against Viktoriya Tomova and Lucia Bronzetti. .
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