The hierarchy was respected on Tuesday, May 24, during the first matches of the second day of the Roland-Garros tournament with, in particular, the victory of Russian Daniil Medvedev, world number two. In the French camp, the results are mixed: if Alizé Cornet, Caroline Garcia and Richard Gasquet passed the first round without incident, Ugo Hubert, Arthur Rinderknech and Benoît Paire have already put away their rackets.
Daniil Medvedev expeditious
Daniil Medvedev did not drag on the Suzanne-Lenglen court, against the Argentinian Facundo Bagnis (98th). The Russian won (6-2, 6-2, 6-2) in just 1 hour 40 minutes. Operated on for a hernia in early April, Medvedev arrived at Roland-Garros without any landmarks because he only played one match on clay this season, a defeat in Geneva against Richard Gasquet. And clay is far from being his favorite surface, he who won his first match at Auteuil only in 2021. But his ball coverage and his tactical sense always make him formidable, Bagnis can testify to this, he who often seemed completely overwhelmed in this encounter.
Alizé Cornet and Caroloine Garcia exactly at the rendezvous…
In a one-sided match, Alizé Cornet (40and in the WTA rankings) dominated 6-2, 6-0, at the start of the day on the Philippe-Chatrier court, the Japanese Misaki Doi (98and). More powerful, the Niçoise largely dominated her opponent from the back of the court, in a match that quickly turned into a demonstration.
” It’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun on clay.”, said Alizé Cornet after the meeting at the microphone of France Television. In the next round, she will face Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, seeded number 13, a test that promises to be much more serious.
Caroline Garcia (79th in the world), who had not played for two months and her abandonment in Miami, also passed the milestone of this first round. She dominated the American Taylor Townsend (342nd) in two sets (6-3, 6-4).
Another Frenchwoman in the running, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo did not pass the course of this first round. But the 23-year-old, who had an invitation, took a set from the Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded number eight. Without demerit, she lost in three sets with the score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
…just like Richard Gasquet…
On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, the Biterrois (70th) mastered his match started the day before and interrupted by the rain. He dominated the South African Lloyd Harris (39th) to win in three sets (6-1, 6-3, 6-4) and 1h49 of play.
🎾 Richard Gasquet wins sharply in three sets against Lloyd Harris (6-1/6-3/6-4) #RolandGarros 🇫🇷 The French,… https://t.co/4XiTJXL1ck
“It was important to win this second set, it gives me confidence for the future”underlined the Frenchman, 70th in the world, who is participating in his 19th Roland-Garros and who, last week, went to the semi-finals of the Geneva tournament after notably beating Daniil Medevedev. “It’s fabulous to be able to hold on. I hope I can keep doing it to go further in the tournament.”he concluded.
Ugo Humbert still can’t do it…
At the end of a 3:49 marathon match on court number 7, Ugo Humbert (45th) ended up giving in (6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 2-6) against the Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori (61st). This duel between two 23-year-old players, hitters with a big serve in search of a first victory at Porte d’Auteuil gave rise to a great tussle, undecided until the end.
After a visibly nervous first set, the Frenchman raised his level of play to lead two sets to one, but Ruusuvuori was more consistent and mentally stronger. This is the fourth time in four appearances that the Frenchman has lost in the first round at Roland-Garros.
🇬🇧 Ugo Humbert comes out in the first round, eliminated by the Finnish Emil Ruusuovuori in five rounds #RolandGarros… https://t.co/SHeJBP6Wzd
… and Benoît Paire and Arthur Rinderknech also fall
Arthur Rinderknech and Benoît Paire, who also had to play their matches over two days due to rain, will not see the second round either.
The first was beaten by Kazakh Alexander Bublik, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 and the second lost on the Simonne-Mathieu court to Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, 50th in the world, in four sets and 2:36 game (6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5).
The other results of the day
Holger Rune (Denmark) defeats Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Laslo Djere (Serbia) defeats Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Sebastian Korda (USA) defeats John Millman (Australia) 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) defeats Lucia Bronzetti (Italy) 6-1, 6-4
Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) defeats Kamilla Rakhimova (Russia) 6-4, 6-3
Danielle Collins (USA) defeats Viktoriya Tomova (Bulgaria) 6-0, 6-4
Katie Volynets (USA) beats Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) defeats Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) defeats Greet Minnen (Belgium) 7-5, 6-3