Herbert gives in after getting match point against Sinner
Jannick Sinner, 19th in the world, was seriously jostled Monday by Pierre-Hugues Herbert (85th), against whom he had to save a match point to secure his ticket for the second round. The Italian, who reached the quarter-finals last year Porte d’Auteuil, needed 5 sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6- 4, and more than 3:30 to get rid of the French, particularly catchy and widely supported by the audience of the court Suzanne-Lenglen.
After an imperial first set, the 19-year-old Italian nugget seemed to stall, even briefly calling on the doctor at the start of the third set. A slack that allowed Herbert to come back and then lead two sets to 1. In the fourth round, Sinner even came close to the correction, having to save no less than 5 break points in the 8th game, before having to erase a bullet match at 5-4. But, solid, the Italian finally regained the advantage to seize the set 7-5 before making the entry break in the 5th round. An advantage that he managed to keep to finally win on his second match point.
In the next round, Sinner will face his compatriot Gianluca Mager (87th).
Cornet is already falling
Alizé Cornet, 65th in the world, was beaten on Monday at Roland Garros by his young compatriot Harmony Tan, 149th and beneficiary of an invitation, 6-4, 6-4. Tan, who at 23 had never yet passed the first round of the Parisian Major in two participations (2019 and 2020), will have Czech Marketa Vondrousova (21st) as his next opponent. For Cornet, it’s a new Roland-Garros that ends prematurely. Since her round of 16 in 2017, her best result as in 2015, she has not completed the second round.
Swiatek starts his title defense well
The Polish Iga Swiatek launched the defense of her title at Roland Garros with a solid victory against the Slovenian Kaja Juvan (91st) in straight sets 6-0, 7-5, on her 20th birthday. Swiatek (9th) started the game with a bang: she escaped 3 games to 0 in 12 minutes, and 6-0 in 23, and only allowed nine points to escape during the first round. Things got complicated in the second, which lasted an hour: the young Polish girl initially widened the gap 3-1 but Juvan, who had to wait more than half an hour to register her first game and three quarter of an hour to get his first break point, came back to height and even had two opportunities to break 5 everywhere. But Swiatek held on and it was she who ended the game on the next game, her fourth match point.
She will face Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the second round.
Men’s singles (1st round)
Gianluca Mager (ITA) beats Peter Gojowczyk (ALL) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Filip Krajinovic (SER) beats Maximilian Marterer (ALL) 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)
John Isner (USA / N.31) beats Sam Querrey (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 6-4
Thiago Monteiro (BRE) beats Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Steve Johnson (USA) beats Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
Jannik Sinner (ITA / N.18) beats Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4
Federico Delbonis (ARG) beats Radu Albot (MOL) 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
Ladies’ singles (1st round)
Iga Swiatek (POL / N.8) beats Kaja Juvan (SLO) 6-0, 7-5
Madison Brengle (USA) beats María Camila Osorio (COL) 7-5, 6-4
Polona Hercog (SLO) beats Kiki Bertens (PB / N.16) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Harmony Tan (FRA) beats Alizé Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 6-4
Markéta Vondrousová (RTC / N.20) beats Kaia Kanepi (EST) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Rebecca Peterson (SUE) beats Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (10/8), 6-2
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) beats Heather Watson (GB) beats 6-4, 7-5
Hailey Baptiste (USA / Q) beats Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-4
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