Carreño needed 3 hours and 22 minutes to knock down the Spaniard and break the tie that both had in direct confrontations. The man from Gijón showed his good form and, above all, his ability to adapt to clay after such an extensive tour in the United States. There he was a semifinalist at the US Open, the great achievement of his career.
That is the best endorsement for the Asturian, who had a setback in the third set and had to recover in the fourth to leave the victory on his side. Bautista tried to the end, but seemed to suffer some physical problem that did not allow him to perform one hundred percent.
Carreño’s triumph puts him in the round of 16 at Roland Garros for the third time in his career, a round in which he will face German Daniel Altmaier on Monday, a tennis player from the preliminary phase, and who should not pose many problems to reach the rooms.
Who could not overcome the round of 32 was Roberto Carballés, who came to the duel against Grigor Dimitrov after a historic victory against Canadian Denis Shapovalov. His first victory against a ‘top ten’ did not continue this Saturday and he was forced to retire in the second round when he fell 6-1, 6-3. Carballés suffered stomach problems that led to fever and malaise.
On the other hand, the day in the men’s team was closed by the triumph of world number one, Novak Djokovic, against Colombian Daniel Galán in a very comfortable way (6-0, 6-3 and 6-2). The Serbian player – who needed less than two hours to win the match – adapted to all the conditions after starting in the open air and finishing with the Philippe Chatrier covered because of the heavy rain. His rival in the second round will be Russian Karen Kachánov.
BADOSA MAKES HISTORY.
For her part, Paula Badosa achieved a sensational triumph in her first participation in the overall women’s team at Roland Garros after beating Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in a duel of winners of the French tournament in its junior version in 2015 and 2017. The Spanish, born In the United States, he is having the best week of his career and this Saturday he showed it again.
Badosa took the stake 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 22 minutes of play, leaving the Latvian without an answer when she had options to get up. The Catalan signed nine direct aces and was full from the back of the court. It is clear that the change of coach (Javier Martí) and of residence, to Madrid, have been very good for her.
Her rival in the round of 16 will be the tennis player will be the German veteran Laura Siegemund, 32, who is playing at a high level and will be a tough nut to crack for Badosa, a recent semifinalist in Istanbul demonstrating her idyll with clay, the surface where it works best.
MUGURUZA SAYS GOODBYE
In addition, Garbiñe Muguruza said goodbye to Roland Garros after a rough Saturday that ended in the worst way. The Spanish-Venezuelan fell to the American Danielle Collins in three sets (7-5, 2-6 and 6-4) after having to change the playing conditions due to the heavy rain that fell in Paris.
Muguruza had barely played the first game when he had to walk through the changing room tunnel waiting for a decision. The organization did not want to delay the stake for this Sunday and waited for the main court, the Philippe Chatrier, to remain free for both to play for the ticket to the second round.
The player trained by Conchita Martínez started with a break and even had a break ball to go 3-0, but did not take advantage of it and the American equalized the game. At 6-5, Collins broke Muguruza and scored the opening sleeve. The scoreboard made the Spanish wake up, who overwhelmed her opponent 6-2. The clash would be decided in the third.
And it was then that Muguruza did the most difficult, it was placed with 3-0 and service in favor, but lost it. Even so, he still had the score on his side with a 4-2 that could have been almost definitive -5-2 ball-, but Collins took the last four games in a row and lowered the Spanish-Venezuelan from the dust of parisian brick.