Alexander Zverev still has the chance to win his first Grand Slam title. At the French Open, he reached the next round after almost four hours. All information in the news blog.
The French Open of tennis professionals started on Sunday in Paris under strict hygiene and safety requirements. Unlike the previous US Open in New York, spectators are admitted to the Grand Slam tournament in the French capital. 1000 visitors are allowed to visit the facility per day.
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Zverev after crime in round three
Alexander Zverev only made it to the third round at the French Open with great difficulty. The US Open finalist defeated Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday evening in Paris in five sets with 2: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 5), 4: 6, 6: 4. Germany’s best tennis professional had 3:59 am for his success and was the first German to reach the third round at the Stade Roland Garros.
There he meets the Italian Marco Cecchinato on Friday. Dominik Koepfer had failed in four sets against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. On Thursday, Jan-Lennard Struff and qualifier Daniel Altmaier will face each other.
Rafael Nadal leaves no chance for opponents
Record winner Rafael Nadal rushed into the third round of the French Open. The twelve-time champion of Paris did not give American Mackenzie McDonald the slightest chance on Wednesday, after 1:40 hours the 6: 1, 6: 0, 6: 3 of the Spanish top favorites was perfect. Kei Nishikori (Japan) and Stefano Travaglia (Italy) determine Nadal’s opponents for a place in the round of 16.
Dominik Koepfer loses to the champion of Paris
Dominik Koepfer missed a surprise against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in Paris. The 26-year-old tennis player had to admit defeat to the champion of Paris of 2015 on Wednesday 3: 6, 2: 6, 6: 3, 1: 6. Koepfer only had a chance against Wawrinka in the third round, who hardly made mistakes. After 2.08 hours, the Swiss used his fourth match point. Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev should play in his second round match on Wednesday evening against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Viktoria Asarenka is out
US Open finalist Wiktoria Asarenka failed in the second round of the French Open. The 31-year-old from Belarus was surprisingly clear on Wednesday by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia 2: 6, 2: 6. Schmiedlova had already defeated the seven-time great winner Venus Williams (US) in the first round.
With the exit of Asarenka and the injury-related withdrawal of Serena Williams, none of the US Open semi-finalists are in Paris anymore. New York winner Naomi Osaka (Japan) did not even come because of a thigh injury, Jennifer Brady (USA) failed in the first round against 17-year-old Danish Clara Tauson.
Serena Williams is not participating in a second round
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has to give up her dream of the 24th Grand Slam triumph for the time being. The 39-year-old American resigned on Wednesday from her second round match at the French Open against the Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa. Williams had arrived in Paris with Achilles tendon problems, but had won her opening match against her compatriot Kristie Ahn 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 0.
“I like to play on clay in Paris, it’s so much fun for me, and I really wanted to hang out here,” Williams said at a short press conference. “It’s my Achilles tendon, it hasn’t healed properly. The US Open.”
Williams said she had trouble walking. This is a clear sign that she needs to recover. Williams was through to the semi-finals at the US Open. In Paris she wanted to make another attempt to catch up with Grand Slam record holder Margaret Court (Australia).
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After match point drama: Görges in round 2
Julia Görges has reached the second round at the French Open. The 31-year-old won on Tuesday in Paris against the number 19 American Alison Riske 6: 3, 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 1 and was the second German tennis player to survive the first round after Laura Siegemund.
After a 5-2 lead, Görges already looked like the sure winner in the second set. However, the German awarded three match points against a risky fight. The coupon: the tie-break she lost.
In the third set, Görges quickly took back command and finally made it to the second round with confidence.
Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Tamara Korpatsch had lost their matches in the beginning. Görges, for which it was only the second game since the restart after the Corona break, needed 2:17 hours for her success. In the second round there is now a German duel with Siegemund.
Djokovic effortlessly in round two
Superstar Novak Djokovic missed nothing in his first round match in Paris. The world’s number one from Serbia beat the Swede Mikael Ymer on match day three of the French Open 6: 0, 6: 2, 6: 3 and now meets the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
Djokovic is one of the closest favorites at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, alongside 12-time Parisian champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner and last year finalist Dominic Thiem.
Rafael Nadal has already won the French Open twelve times. (Source: Gepa Pictures / Image Pictures)
33-year-old Djokovic was disqualified at the US Open. In New York, he had hit a linesman in the neck with an uncontrollable ball. That was a mistake “which I will of course not make a second time”, said Djokovic. In Paris he fights for his 18th Grand Slam title.
Siegemund as the first German in the second round
Laura Siegemund has entered the second round of the French Open as the first German single player. The 32-year-old from Metzingen beat French Kristina Mladenovic with a brave performance of 7: 5, 6: 3.
On the rainy Tuesday, Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) also had the opportunity to improve the results of the starters of the German Tennis Association (DTB). Previously, the German number one Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Tamara Korpatsch and Anna-Lena Friedsam had lost their opening matches.
Siegemund had bigger problems in the beginning, but after a 1: 5 fought his way into the game with great will and found more and more playful solutions. In the second set, Siegemund kept her concentration high and perfected her success after 2:02 am with a forehand winner.
Kohlschreiber has to pack the suitcases
Veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber was the first German to be eliminated from the men’s competition at the French Open. The 36-year-old Augsburg lost on Tuesday in cold and wet weather in Paris against Chilean Cristian Garin 4: 6, 6: 4, 1: 6, 4: 6.
Kohlschreiber had to admit defeat after 2:54 hours. For the Davis Cup player, Alexander Zverev, Dominik Koepfer, Daniel Altmaier and Jan-Lennard Struff each won their opening matches at the Stade Roland Garros.
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Top placed Medvedev surprisingly
Russian Daniil Medvedev is the first top-seeded tennis professional to be eliminated from the French Open. The number five in the world lost Monday night to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 4: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7), 6: 2, 1: 6. Medvedev continued his poor performance on clay this year. The Russian had recently failed at the start in Hamburg.
Angelique Kerber crashed after a very disappointing performance like last year in the first round of the French Open. The three-time winner was completely surprisingly beaten on Monday evening by the 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan 3: 6, 3: 6.
Kerber, who had come to Paris without much match training due to her defeat in the first round in Rome, had problems with Juvan from the start and never found her game. After about half an hour, she lost the first sentence and searched in vain for a solution in the second sentence.
Kerber had to show a lot of patience before their match. In 14th place, Italian Lorenzo Giustino and Frenchman Corentin Moutet had the second longest game at Roland Garros since 1968 with 6:05 hours.
Rafael Nadal with an easy win in the first round
Defending champion Rafael Nadal started the French Open this year with an effortless three-set victory. The Spaniard won on Monday in Paris with 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 2 against Egor Gerasimov from Belarus. In cold, wet weather, the 34-year-old Majorcan was not yet in top form, but he was never in serious danger. Nadal has won the gravel spectacle at the Stade Roland Garros twelve times. He now meets the American Mackenzie McDonald.
Struff as the third German in the second round
The German number two Jan-Lennard Struff has reached the second round as the third German professional at the French Open. The 30-year-old from Warstein won against American Frances Tiafoe on Monday with 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 3, 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 3. Struff recently had defeats in the first round ago in Rome and Hamburg.
Struff, placed at number 30 in the Grand Slam tournament, committed 15 minor errors in the first set. Too much to keep the world’s number 67 in check. In the second set, Struff bit his way into the game and got through his powerful game better and better.
Thiem and Williams sovereign in round two
US Open Siger Dominic Thiem solved his tough first round task against Marin Cilic in a focused manner. The 27-year-old Austrian beat the 2014 Croatian US Open winner 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3 in Paris. In the past two years, Thiem reached the final of the French Open and lost to Nadal.
With the ladies, Serena Williams started very concentrated and beat Kristie Ahn 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 0 in a duel between two Americans. 39-year-old Williams makes the next attempt in Paris to capture her 24th Grand Slam title and overtake record holder Margaret Court (Australia).
Out for Petkovic in Round 1
Andrea Petkovic was defeated in her comeback to the big tennis stage. Almost a year after her last tour match, the 33-year-old lost her first round duel at the French Open against Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa 3: 6, 3: 6.
Petkovic, who was held back by a knee injury before the break of Corona, got off to a restless start, with a score of 3-0 after less than ten minutes her bat flew. After that, she fought a little better in the game, but generally made too many easy mistakes.
As the match progressed, Petkovic repeatedly grabbed her left knee, but continued to fight despite obvious problems. In the end, Pironkowa made fewer mistakes and thus won.
Originally, Petkovic had planned to end her career at the end of this year, but now she’s on for another year after the long Corona hiatus. Before her first round match, the professional player, who also works as a sports presenter for ZDF, said she had never enjoyed playing tennis as much as now.
Kvitova wins the first game of the day – German professionals are waiting
Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova won the first match of the day of the French Open on a rainy morning in Paris. The 30-year-old Czech Republic beat French outsider Oceane Dodin 6: 3, 7: 5 and advanced to the second round.
The match was played on Court Philippe Chatrier, which has a movable roof since this year. On the other hand, it was not possible to play on the outdoor courts due to rain.
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Azarenka complains about the cold: “ridiculous”
The unpleasant, sometimes groundbreaking conditions at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, which Angelique Kerber and four other German professionals also have to deal with on Monday, led to discussions in Paris. “The most important thing is that you accept and deal with the terms,” said German Dominik Koepfer bravely.
Anna-Lena Friedsam struggled a lot more after her 2: 6, 6: 2, 3: 6 defeat to Alexandra Sasnowitsch: “I can hardly remember it being that way over the course of my career.” Boris Becker told Eurosport that the tournament in Paris was a “sports culture shock” after the US Open.
Many players worked according to the onion principle, Zverev put a shirt with long sleeves under it. Two-time Grand Slam winner Wiktoria Asarenka went to extremes. She successfully entered her opening match wearing leggings and a track jacket, then voiced concern that the unknown conditions could lead to a greater risk of injury.
“I think so. When you’re playing at eight degrees it’s pretty tough,” said the 31-year-old, who complained during a short rain break because he didn’t want to sit on the field like a “duck”. “I live in Florida, this is a bit ridiculous,” she told the superintendent. Top favorite Simona Halep (Romania), who also showed no nudity, said despite the new roof over the chatrier that it was unusually fresh for her.
Zverev confidently enters the second round
The German number one Alexander Zverev easily reached the second round of the French Open. The 23-year-old from Hamburg defeated Austrian Dennis Novak on Sunday evening convincingly 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 4. Zverev’s next opponent is American Micheal Mmoh or local hero Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France.
Alexander Zverev: The US Open finalist has advanced to the third round. (Source: Panoramic / Image Images)
Not surprisingly, Zverev got off to a somewhat rough start. The number seventh in the world had not played a game on clay in preparation for the tournament in Paris after the lost final at the US Open and had to accept a break from Novak early. But Zverev found his rhythm in the first sentence and soon added a break in the second round. He now played extremely consistently and with a precision Novak couldn’t keep up.
Dominik Koepfer continues as the first German
Dominik Koepfer was the first German tennis player to reach the second round at the French Open in Paris. The Davis Cup professional beat Frenchman Antoine Hoang 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1 on Sunday, building on his latest strong performance on clay. Koepfer used his first game ball after 2:04 p.m. In the second round, the 26-year-old now faces the winner of the game between the Swiss Stan Wawrinka and the Briton Andy Murray.
Peaceful fails in round 1
Anna-Lena Friedsam was the first German player to be eliminated at the French Open. The 26-year-old from Neuwied lost her opening match against Alexandra Sasnowitsch (Belarus) from Belarus 2: 6, 6: 2, 3: 6. At the tournament in Paris there are ten German pros in the race.
Ultimately, there was a lack of consistency in their play. She initially had bigger problems with her opponent, but hit back into the set after the break. She now served safer, took over the serve from Sasnowitsch twice and equalized after 64 minutes.
In the decisive lap it went back and forth. Friedsam fought, but always had problems with Sasnowitsch’s many stop balls.
Top favorite Halep without any effort
Simona Halep is in the second round of the French Open. After initial difficulties, the Romanian tennis player won 6: 4, 6: 0 against Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain on Sunday on her 29th birthday. Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title in Paris in 2018, needed only 1:22 hours for her good luck. The number two in the world had only won the Masters 1000 event in Rome on Monday. Before that, she had decided not to participate in the US Open.
Azarenka reaches round 2
Fellow favorite Victoria Asarenka has reached the second round at the French Open. The 31-year-old tennis player from Belarus defeated Danka Kovinic from Montenegro on Sunday with 6: 1, 6: 2. The US Open finalist braved the difficult external conditions in the French capital. In wet and cold weather with temperatures just over ten degrees and drizzle, the challenges for the players were great, especially on the outdoor courts.
Victoria Azarenka: The Belarusian is in the second round of Paris. (Source: Reuters)
The match between Asarenka and Kovinic on the field of Suzanne Lenglen was interrupted after a few minutes when Asarenka was 2-1. Azarenka in particular complained about the conditions. After a break of about half an hour, the former world number one got better under the circumstances and easily made it to the next lap. “I’m glad I’m done. Now I can see how the others are dealing with these difficult circumstances,” said Asarenka.
Zverev and Kerber with attainable opening obstacles
Alexander Zverev comes into action on the first day of the tournament. The 23-year-old faces Dennis Novak from Austria in the fourth and final game of the day (games start at 11:00 AM / Eurosport).
Dominik Koepfer (Donaueschingen) and Anna-Lena Friedsam (Andernach) also play from the ten German pros (five women, five men) in the main field. Koepfer, who recently lost to world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia in the quarter-finals in Rome, will play against Frenchman Antoine Hoang. It was peaceful with Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus.