Paris (AP) – Four German tennis professionals are in action in Paris today, Thursday, but only two will make progress. Because there are two German duels in the second round of the French Open.

GERMAN DUEL 1: After Alexander Zverev’s great victory on Wednesday, another German will definitely reach the third round in the men. Jan-Lennard Struff, placed at number 30, enters the match as favorite against qualifier Daniel Altmaier in the second match after 11 hours. The German number two has matured this year and fights the American Frances Tiafoe in five sentences at the start in Paris. But Altmaier, for whom it is the Grand Slam debut, has gained a lot of confidence lately. For the 22-year-old it is already the fifth match at the Stade Roland Garros because he first had to go through qualifying.

GERMAN DUEL 2: In Julia Görges and Laura Siegemund there are two German women in Paris, who meet on Thursday after the game between Struff and Altmaier. That means: a German will certainly make it to the third round. It’s hard to find a favorite. In the ranking, Görges is slightly better at 41st, but the 31-year-old has only played two games since the Corona-break. Siegemund, number 66 in the world, has been a frequent player since the restart. In addition, the 32-year-old gained a lot of confidence with the US Open victory in the doubles at the side of the Russian Vera Swonarewa.

THE DEFENDERS: After the easy opening win, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies should be considerably more challenged in their match in the second round. The two Argentines Diego Schwartzman and Federico Coria should not be underestimated, especially on clay. Nevertheless, the winners of the French Open 2019 are favorites.

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