Corentin Moutet has turned the page well. A fortnight ago, the French lost in the 1st round of Roland Garros after a Homeric fight of 6:05 (the second longest match in the history of the tournament) against the Italian Lorenzo Giustino. If it surely took a few days to digest this cruel defeat, the southpaw proved Wednesday that it was history. He thus dominated in two sets (7-6, 6-4) and 2:22 hours of play the American Frances Tiafoe, 61st in the world, in the first round of the ATP 250 in Sardinia. For a place in the quarter, he will have to get rid of Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in his next match.
Moutet’s performance is all the more encouraging as Frances Tiafoe had regained confidence. Also eliminated in the first round in Paris, the American had relaunched last week by going to seek the title in Challenger in Parma. He had notably beaten good specialists in ocher such as the promising Lorenzo Musetti, Federico Delbonis or Salvatore Caruso. But he was therefore unable to continue in Sardinia against Moutet.
A perfectly managed tie-break
The Frenchman has particularly well exploited the too average percentage of his opponent in the first balls (57%). Above all, he was able to emerge victorious from a hell of a battle in the first set, won after 1h15 of play. The turning point came in the tie-break where the game was interrupted briefly after a fall from Tiafoe who then called the physiotherapist for have their right thigh manipulated. When play resumed, Moutet, who did not let himself be disturbed, flew away in the decisive game he won with a final score of 7 points to 0.
If he was the first to break in the wake of the start of the second set, the left-hander tricolor was immediately caught. But at 4-4, he was able to put Tiafoe under pressure. And the American once again conceded his service on a double fault. Moutet was quick to close the deal on the next game. It will now be a question of continuing to confirm this nice rebound.