The Serbian wins a real thriller from Stefanos Tsitsipas and is in the final in Paris. At first everything seemed clear to the Greeks – until things got exciting again. Now there is the highest game. 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 daily.
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Djokovic wins crime against Tsitsipas – perfect dream finale
Clay king against Tour Dominator, Rafael Nadal against Novak Djokovic – the dream final of the French Open is perfect: the two tennis giants will compete for the title in a direct duel in Paris on Sunday. Djokovic had to survive a five-sentence thriller in the semi-finals.
Only after 3:54 hours of hard work on the field, Philippe Chatrier showed the world’s number one his typical anniversary ceremony. He struggled with the most courageous fighting Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6: 3, 6: 2, 5: 7, 4: 6, 6: 1. For Djokovic it is the fifth last participation in Roland Garros, in 2016 he won the tournament.
“I stayed calm even though he played very well”, said Djokovic after the game and clearly pushed Nadal as a favorite for the final: “It is his living room after so many victories. But I am looking forward to the game with great motivation.”
Nadal reaches 13th final at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal threw his arms in the air and looked up at the sky for a moment after his display of power. “The circumstances are so difficult. It is unbelievable that I am back in the final,” said the clay king, who is now reaching for his 13th title in his Parisian “living room”. The 34-year-old Spaniard beat Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals 6: 3, 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 0) to stay in the tournament without losing a set. Nadal now has the best chances for his 20th Grand Slam title – he can draw with Roger Federer (Switzerland).
Roland Garros authority: Rafael Nadal celebrates his participation in the final. (Source: Reuters)
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The ladies’ final is certain: Kenin challenges Swiatek
American tennis player Sofia Kenin has reached her second Grand Slam final this year. The winner of the Australian Open won in the semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday against the two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic 6: 4, 7: 5. In the final in Paris, the sixth in the world ranking will face Iga Swiatek on Saturday as clear favorite. The Poles had won the first semifinals 6: 2, 6: 1 against Argentinian qualifier Nadia Podoroska. The Swabian Laura Siegemund was the last German tennis player to be eliminated against Kvitova in the quarter-finals.
German doubles Krawietz and Mies again in the final
A year after their historic triumph, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies are about to successfully defend their title. The German double entered the final with a 6: 3, 7: 5 against Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic from the Netherlands and Croatia.
The last opponents on Saturday are US Open Champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares from Croatia and Brazil. In 2019, Krawietz / Mies celebrated the greatest success of their career by winning the Roland Garros title.
Novak Djokovic: The number one in the world is in the semi-finals of the French Open. (Source: AP / dpa)
Djokovic for the tenth time in the semi-finals of the French Open
Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the French Open with some difficulty. The number one in the world faced major problems in a duel with Pablo Carreno Busta, but found a way to 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 4. At the start of the match, it looked like that it could be very close for Djokovic against the Spaniard.
At the US Open, Djokovic was disqualified in the eighth finals against Carreno Busta for hitting a linesman in the neck with an uncontrollable devious ball. It was Djokovic’s only defeat this year with 36 wins. In Paris, the 2016 champion is still hoping for his 18th Grand Slam title and can face the first loss of a set in this tournament. Djokovic meets Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final.
Djokovic recovered after a rough first sentence. He took a break from treatment because of problems with his left upper arm and seemed to feel more comfortable on the field afterwards. Carreno Busta, on the other hand, was completely out of the rhythm, which he sometimes found in the third movement. The fourth round was hard-fought.
Nadal after winning the 100th match in the semi-finals of the French Open
With the 98th victory in his 100th French Open match, Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros. The 34-year-old tennis professional from Spain won the quarter-finals against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner on Wednesday morning 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4, 6: 1.
Sinner had beaten Alexander Zverev from Hamburg in the previous round. Twelve-time Parisian champion Nadal takes on Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the battle for a final place.
Thiem fails in marathon race
US Open champion Dominic Thiem surprisingly failed in a first-class marathon race in the quarter-finals of the French Open. The third-placed Austrian, who was defeated in the past two years by record winner Rafael Nadal, lost in the round of 16 after 5:08 p.m. to Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (No. 12) 6: 7 (1: 7), 7: 5, 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 7 (5: 7), 2: 6.
Thiem missed his fifth semifinal in a row in Paris. From the start he had a lot of trouble with Schwartzman, who had fought with Nadal on clay at the Masters in Rome. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aires secured the first set in the tiebreak – after that a clay fight developed on the field of Philippe Chatrier.
Only after 3:24 pm did Thiem take the 2: 1 set lead after a nerve-racking third round. With a score of 4: 5 in the fourth set, Thiem initially fended off three set balls, but was forced into the fifth set in the tie-break.
In addition to twelve-time French Open winner Nadal (Spain) and world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Thiem was one of the absolute top favorites in Paris. Nadal’s duel with Italian Jannik Sinner, who defeated German top player Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) in the round of 16, was scheduled for Tuesday evening. In the match, the opponent in the semi-finals of Schwartzman is determined.
Podoroska makes history – Polish woman in the semifinals
The Argentinian Nadia Podoroska made history at the French Open. The 23-year-old made it to the semi-finals as the first qualifier at the Roland Garros tournament since the start of the Open Era in 1968. Podoroska beat the clear favorite Ukrainian Elina Switolina (No. 3) on Tuesday 6: 2, 6: 4.
In the semifinals Podoroska, world number 131, meets 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek, who defeated Martina Trevisan from Italy 6: 3, 6: 1. Swiatek remains in the tournament without losing a set, she also defeated clearly the best placed Romanian Simona Halep.
Investigation of possible betting fraud
French law enforcement agencies have initiated proceedings for possible gambling fraud during the French Open. AFP news agency reported this on Tuesday. Fraud in an organized group of offenders and active and passive corruption were mentioned as possible offenses.
Specifically, it concerns the match in the first round in the doubles between the 7: 6, 6: 4 successful Romanian duo Andreea Mitu / Patricia Maria Tig and Jana Sisikowa / Madison Brengle (Russia / US) on September 30. According to various reports, large sums of money have been wagered on the fifth game of the second set, this has been reported by various betting providers. Sisikowa lost the affected service game to zero.
The German doubles reached the semi-finals
Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies reached the semi-finals of the French Open. The German duo beat Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski from Great Britain in two sets (6: 4, 6: 4). A year ago, Krawietz and Mies surprisingly won the title in Paris. This year they are at number eight.
After 1:39 hours, Krawietz / Mies used their fifth game ball on the field of Suzanne-Lenglen. After fighting hard in the previous round and fending off three match points against French duo Benjamin Bonzi and Antoine Hoang in the third set, they played confident and confident against the older brother of two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray and his partner Skupski. the first rally. .
In the semi-finals, the duo will compete against Wesley Koolhof / Nikola Mektic (Netherlands / Croatia / No. 9) or Nicholas Monroe / Tommy Paul (US).
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French Open: Tennis pro Altmaier missed the quarter-finals in Paris
German tennis talent Daniel Altmaier was eliminated in the eighth finals of the French Open. The 22-year-old from Kempen had to admit defeat to the number 17 seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta 2: 6, 5: 7, 2: 6. This means that no German professional is represented in the men’s competition at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris. US Open finalist Alexander Zverev had also failed the day before in the round of 16 against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.
Carreño Busta now faces number one in the world, Novak Djokovic in the battle for a place in the semi-finals. The 33-year-old Serb beat the Russian Karen Khachanov.
Djokovic continues – Another incident with the linesman
The number one in the tennis world Novak Djokovic climbed to the quarter finals of the French Open without losing a set. The 33-year-old Serb won on Monday in Paris with 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3 against the Russian Karen Khachanov.
Novak Djokovic: The Serbian is in the quarter-finals in Paris. (Source: Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters)
There was a strange incident in the first sentence. Djokovic hit a linesman in the head during a rally, just as bad memories of the US Open surfaced. In New York, the superstar angrily knocked a ball away after a rally, hit a linesman in the neck and was disqualified. You can see the scene in the video or above here. This time he was not to blame, Djokovic certainly had the upper hand afterwards.
Djokovic, at the top of Paris, is one of the first contenders for the title alongside record champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner Dominic Thiem. In 2016 he already achieved the great coup on the sands of Paris. In the battle for a place in the semi-finals, Djokovic will face German professional Daniel Altmaier from Kempen or Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. Number five seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrej Rublev from Russia also reached the top eight rounds.
Siegemund reached the quarter-finals
Laura Siegemund is surprisingly in the quarter finals of the French Open. The 32-year-old from Metzingen defeated Spaniard Paula Badosa Gilbert 7: 5, 6: 2 on Monday to reach the eighth finals in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. The next opponent is the number seven placed Czech Petra Kvitova.
The winner of the US Open in doubles, at 66 in the WTA rankings, got off to a strong start against Badosa Gilbert. She took the world ranking-87. the serve to 2: 1, but had to accept the rebreak immediately. Then the Spaniard appears, but Siegemund came back in the first set and impressed in the decisive phase with strong nerves.
Siegemund kept on stopping to force the Spaniard out of her comfort zone. In the second set, she remained on the trigger against her opponent, who had to be treated from the back and could no longer find a recipe for the cranked Siegemund.
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Thiem after crime in the quarter finals
US Open champion Dominic Thiem managed to avoid an early end at the French Open with great difficulty. The 27-year-old Austrian won on Sunday evening in the round of 16 against French wildcard player Hugo Gaston after big problems 6: 4, 6: 4, 5: 7, 3: 6, 6: 3. Thiem needed 3:32 hours for his good luck. In the quarterfinals, the number three in the world now takes on the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.
Big surprise – teen eliminates favorite Halep
The Polish Iga Swiatek surprisingly eliminated top favorite Simona Halep at the French Open. The unseeded 19-year-old beat the world’s number two from Romania 6: 1, 6: 2. It is the biggest defeat of a top player in the history of the French Open. Swiatek meets Martina Trevisan (No. 159) or Kiki Bertens (No. 5) in the quarter-finals. “I am surprised by myself”, Swiatek said after the game in a trembling voice: “A dream has come true.” She impressed Halep, who was in the first position, with fireworks in the first set, beating 17 winners.
Nadal take it easy
Record champion Rafael Nadal (34) almost reached the quarter-finals of the French Open. The 34-year-old Spaniard gave the 14-year-old American Sebastian Korda, son of the former French Open winner Petr Korda, no chance at 6: 1, 6: 1, 6: 2. Nadal’s next opponent is the German top player Alexander Zverev (Hamburg / no. 6) or the Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.
After just 1:55 hours of play, Nadal closed the game against Korda, so he stays at Roland Garros this year without losing a set. Nadal has already won the tournament twelve times, he can win his 20th Grand Slam title in Paris and thus overtake Roger Federer (Switzerland).
Tim Pütz in the quarter-finals
Tim Pütz and his partner Frederik Nielsen from Denmark have reached the quarter-finals. The duo won 7: 5, 5: 7 and 6: 4 from Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek from Croatia and Slovakia. The next opponents are Juan Sebatian Cabal and Robert Farah.
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Daniel Altmaier surprising in the second round
Qualifier Daniel Altmaier surprisingly reached the round of 16 at the French Open. The 22-year-old tennis professional from Kempen triumphed on Saturday in Paris in the third round against Matteo Berrettini from Italy, who was placed at number seven, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4 and with that his Grand Slam- Alexander Zverev’s debut in the fourth round. Altmaier used his first game ball after 2:15 am.
Siegemund in the individual round of 16
Laura Siegemund (Metzingen) reached the eighth finals at the French Open in Paris. The 32-year-old, ranked number 66 in the world, won 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 3, 6: 0 from 17th-seeded Croatian Petra Martic. Your next opponent is Spaniard Paula Badosa Gilbert.
German men’s doubles in the quarter-finals
Kevin Krawietz (Coburg) and Andreas Mies (Cologne) can keep dreaming of successfully defending their title at the French Open. The double winners of 2019 won after defending three match points 6: 4, 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) from Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi / Antoine Hoang and are thus in the quarter-finals.
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Zverev easily made the round of 16
Alexander Zverev is in the eighth finals at the French Open in Paris. The US Open finalist won the third round against Italian Marco Cecchinato 6: 1, 7: 5, 6: 3 without much difficulty on Friday evening. Zverev only needed 1:47 hours for his success. In the battle for the quarter finals, the German number one will play a different Italian on Sunday. Then 19-year-old tennis player Jannik Sinner is the opponent of the Hamburg resident.
US Open winner Siegemund has to give up on doubles
US Open winners Laura Siegemund and Wera Swonarewa have given up their second round at the French Open. The 32-year-old from Metzingen and the Russian lost the first set 3-6 to Iga Swiatek / Nicole Melichar (Poland / USA) before announcing their decision.
The exact reason for the abandonment wasn’t clear at first, but Siegemund was clearly in trouble. Siegemund is in the third round of singles, her match against the Croatian Petra Martic is scheduled for Saturday.
Top favorite Nadal in the round of 16 without any problems
Rafael Nadal easily and easily reached the eighth finals at the French Open. The twelve-time champion of Paris won 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 0 against the Italian Stefano Travaglia on Friday evening. The 34-year-old Spaniard only needed 1:35 hours for his success. Nadal is now dealing with 20-year-old Sebastian Korda. The Czech qualifier is the son of former world player Petr Korda.
Thiem without losing a set on the round of 16 – Wawrinka fails
US Open winner Dominic Thiem was the first player from the closest circle of favorites to reach the Roland Garros round of 16. The third placed Austrian beat the last form strong Norwegian Casper Ruud 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 1 and is still without a set loss. In the past two years, Thiem only failed in the final at the French Open ahead of record winner Rafael Nadal.
Together with twelve-time Parisian winner Nadal (Spain) and world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Thiem is one of the absolute top favorites in Paris. In the round of 16, the 27-year-old surprisingly meets 20-year-old Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who defeated 2015 Swiss winner Stan Wawrinka in five sets.
In the women’s category, the number one placed Romanian Simona Halep continues. American Amanda Anisimova gave the 29-year-old no chance of 6: 0, 6: 1 in the third round. Halep now meets the Polish Iga Swiatek, just 19 years old like Anisimova.
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Altmeier surprisingly wins the German game
Qualifier Daniel Altmaier won the German game against Jan-Lennard Struff at the French Open and surprisingly reached the third round in Paris. The 22-year-old unexpectedly ruled Thursday with 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3.
In his Grand Slam debut, he is the second German tennis professional after Alexander Zverev in the third round. Altmaier, who had to take a break almost completely in 2018 due to multiple injuries, used his first match ball after 2:32 hours.
Fast forward: Djokovic moves on easily
Novak Djokovic easily made it to the third round of the French Open. The Serbian won in three sets against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis with 6: 1, 6: 2 and 6: 2.
With his success, the number one in the world in terms of victories at Roland Garros is on a level with Roger Federer. Both have now left the track in Paris 70 times as winners. The only player who has left the field as a winner more often is Rafael Nadal.
Pliskova fails early in Paris
An early end for Karolina Pliskova: The Czech seeded number two was eliminated in the second round of the French Open. Pliskova had to admit defeat to Paris 2017 winner, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, 4: 6, 2: 6. At the US Open in New York on Thursday, Pliskova failed as number one on the placement list in the second round of the unhealthy French. Caroline Garcia.
Ostapenko, number 43 in the world, will now meet American Sloane Stephens, winner of the US Open 2017, or Paula Badosa from Spain in Paris. Pliskova reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2017. In her other eight participations, she reached the maximum of the third round.
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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 beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in five sets with 2: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 5), 4: 6, 6: 4 on Wednesday night in Paris. The best tennis professional in Germany needed 3:59 hours for his success and was the first German to reach the third round at the Stade Roland Garros.
Alexander Zverev: The US Open finalist has advanced to the third round. (Source: Panoramic / Image Images)
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, already 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.
Rafael Nadal: The king of the clay goes into the next round with confidence. (Source: Reuters)
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, especially in the beginning, hardly made mistakes. After 2.08 hours, the Swiss used his fourth match point. The German top player Alexander Zverev has to meet the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday evening in his second round match.
Viktoria Azarenka 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.
Victoria Azarenka: The Belarusian is facing external circumstances. (Source: Christian Hartmann / Reuters)
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 a 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.
Disappointed: Serena Williams has to give up at the French Open. (Source: GEPA Pictures / Image Pictures)
“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.
In the second set, Görges already looked like the sure winner after a 5-2 lead. 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 half time of Corona, 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 Mikael Ymer from Sweden on match day three of the French Open 6: 0, 6: 2, 6: 3 and will now face Ricardas Berankis from Lithuania.
Djokovic is one of the closest favorites at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, alongside 12-time Paris champion Rafael Nadal and last year’s US Open winner and 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, 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 fell 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 against 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, the Italian Lorenzo Giustino and the 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 better and better through his powerful play.
Thiem and Williams sovereign in round two
US Open Siger Dominic Thiem solved his tricky task in the first round against Marin Cilic. 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 slowed down by a knee injury before the Corona break, got off to a troubled start, with a score of 0: 3 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 defeated French outsider Oceane Dodin 6: 3, 7: 5 to make it 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 continued according to the onion principle, Zverev put on a long-sleeved shirt. 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 beat 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)
Zverev got off to a difficult start, not entirely surprising. 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 duel between Swiss Stan Wawrinka and 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.
In the end, there was no 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, Romanian tennis player Sara Sorribes beat Tormo from Spain 6: 4, 6: 0 on her 29th birthday on Sunday. Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title in Paris in 2018, needed just 1:22 hours for her success. 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 cold, wet 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 number one in the world 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 last game of the day (games start at 11:00 AM / Eurosport).
Dominik Koepfer (Donaueschingen) and Anna-Lena Friedsam (Andernach) also play the main field of the ten German pros (five women, five men). Koepfer, who recently lost to world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia in the quarter-finals in Rome, plays against Frenchman Antoine Hoang. It was peaceful with Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus.