The indoor does not succeed at Corentin Moutet. Defeated entry by Lloyd Harris in Antwerp last week, the left-hander did not do better in more distant lands on Monday, those of Kazakhstan. The 74th player in the world was only able to save 5 games against Frances Tiafoe (6-3, 6-2), winner in less than an hour and a half of play (1h22 exactly) in the 1st round of the Astana Open, ATP 250 tournament. The American will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, seeded number 2, in his next match.
Since his 3rd round of the US Open, Corentin Moutet had won only one match on the circuit. It was on clay and in Sardinia against … Frances Tiafoe. Unfortunately for him, he could not repeat his performance, because on hard indoor, the American showed that he had other assets. He put pressure on the French from the start by breaking him on Monday. And if Moutet caught up again, the second opponent’s accelerator was fatal to him.
From 3-3 to 6-3, 2-0, Tiafoe chained 5 games. With his ample forehand preparation, Moutet was often overtaken. He frequently shifted his focus on this shot and frustration quickly took hold. In a good rhythm in service, his opponent calmly led his boat to the end, thus completing a match without history.