Roland Garros begins with a surprise! During the first match of the fortnight on the Philippe Chatrier court, David Goffin, seeded number 11, in a very bad shape, was struck down by the 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner who discovered the Porte d’Auteuil, in three sets (7-5, 6-0, 6-3) and 1h59 of a one-time game before being one-sided. Sinner will find Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, 225th in the world, in the next round.
Decidedly, Jannik Sinner does very poorly to David Goffin. Quarter-finalist in 2016, the Belgian, already beaten by the astonishing Italian in Rotterdam this year, fell for the second time in as many confrontations against the young player (19), to everyone’s surprise. Well, not totally since Sinner has already proven that he has more in the racket than his current 74th place in the ATP rankings could suggest.
Fallen to Stefanos Tsitsipas during the Masters 1000 in Rome, he delivered, for his debut at the French Open, a very good part, notching several points of great class. Certainly, his opponent, whose season on clay was very short (two matches therefore), was not in his plate, evidenced by his 43 unforced errors. But he was above all dominated by a fairer player, aggressive and domineering in the exchange, who spent lavishly and did not give up much.
Goffin has lost eleven games in a row
In a first set where he lacked consistency, being unplugged twice after taking the service of his opponent, he did not panic, and pocketed the first set on his first set point. Already clumsy, Goffin, whose frustration has risen crescendo, has never known how to revolt, unable to respond to the blows sent by his opponent. Worse, he even conceded eleven games in a row and took a bubble in the second set, before letting his opponent break away in the last act.
The three games obtained, late, by the Belgian in the third round are almost anecdotal, because it was Sinner who made the game, giving up while battling on the opposing service and never trembling on his service. The fifth Grand Slam appearance is off to a perfect start for the Italian, who can now claim without overconfidence to climb, for the first time in his career, to the third round of a Major tournament.