The opening round of the men’s singles competition at the French Open witnessed intense battles and surprising outcomes as the top seeds fought their way to the second round. Let’s take a closer look at the thrilling matches that unfolded on a sunny day in Paris.
Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas faced a formidable challenge from Jiri Vesely, who showcased his skills after a lengthy injury absence. In a grueling encounter, Tsitsipas had to dig deep to secure a hard-fought victory, prevailing 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7). Reflecting on his match, Tsitsipas acknowledged Vesely’s resilience and expressed his satisfaction at overcoming such a tough opponent.
Seventh seed Andrey Rublev showcased his potential to make a splash in the French Open. Fresh from his triumph at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, Rublev faced Laslo Djere in a testing first-round encounter. Despite dropping a set, Rublev powered through, hitting 37 winners and triumphing 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. His victory signified his determination to go deep in the tournament and avoid an early exit.
Lorenzo Musetti, the 17th seed from Italy, delivered a convincing performance, securing an easy opening-round win. Displaying his skills and composure, Musetti cruised through his match, setting the tone for a potentially impressive run in the tournament.
Another notable result came as 24th seed Sebastian Korda defeated Mackenzie Mcdonald in straight sets. Mcdonald, known for his remarkable victory over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, fell short against Korda’s consistent play, showcasing the unpredictable nature of tennis.
The first-round action also witnessed surprises as American veteran John Isner was eliminated by the talented 26-year-old Nuno Borges of Portugal. Isner’s early exit highlighted the depth of competition in men’s singles.
Additionally, Lorenzo Sonego needed four sets to advance to the second round, highlighting the resilience and determination required to progress in the tournament.
Elsewhere, Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis caused an upset by dispatching 20th seed Dan Evans in straight sets, making a strong statement about his capabilities on the clay courts.
As the second round approaches, the stage is set for more exhilarating encounters and unforeseen outcomes at the French Open. With top seeds facing stiff competition from emerging talents, tennis enthusiasts can anticipate thrilling matches that will keep them on the edge of their seats.
Stay tuned to witness the drama and excitement as the journey to the championship continues at Roland Garros.
Today’s Order of Play
COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER – FROM 10:00
- Karolina Pliskova (16) v Sloane Stephens
- Novak Djokovic (3) v Aleksandar Kovacevic
- Caroline Garcia (5) v Xiyu Wang
- Jannik Sinner (8) v Alexandre Muller
COURT SUZANNE LENGLEN – FROM 10:00
- Benoit Paire v Cameron Norrie (14)
- Elina Avanesyan v Belinda Bencic (12)
- Carlos Alcaraz (1) v Flavio Cobolli
- Petra Kvitova (10) v Elisabetta Cocciaretto
COURT SIMONNE MATHIEU – FROM 10:00