Match of the day: Ferro – Tig
This is the confirmation match for Fiona Ferro. And perhaps the most difficult to manage. By brilliantly dominating Elena Rybakina, seeded number 14, in the second round, the Frenchwoman opened her table. It is a question of taking advantage, because she finds herself in the position of favorite against Patricia Maria Tig, 59th player in the world, who discovers the 3rd round of a Grand Slam tournament at 26 years old. The Romanian is not to be taken lightly, however: before Roland, she won the first title of her career in Istanbul.
Like Ferro, Tig therefore remains on 7 straight wins. But in Turkey, she also took advantage of a very affordable painting. The Frenchwoman can boast of significant victories against Anett Kontaveit, Camila Giorgi and Sera Errani on the clay court of Palermo, before her success against Rybakina therefore. His power, his aggressiveness and his changes of pace (with his backhand slice in particular) should allow him to make the difference. But it is above all mentally that she will have to remain solid: at the end, it is a second week at Roland Garros that awaits her.
We also can’t wait to see
Fiona Ferro is not the only Frenchwoman who can dream of the round of 16. Clara Burel, 357th player in the world and a nice surprise in this women’s tournament in the French team, will also want to continue her formidable adventure for her first participation in Roland-Garros. If she manages to dominate Shuai Zhang, she would kill two birds with one stone: she would avenge her compatriot Alizé Cornet who fell under the strikes of the Chinese in the second round, and she would take personal revenge. Because in Strasbourg, last week, it was the same Zhang who had eliminated her.
Andrey Rublev Will he be in danger again against Kevin Anderson? Miraculous when he entered the running, the Russian did not have fun in the second round either against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1). In heavy and wet conditions, large servers become especially dangerous to play and Rublev has already experienced this against Querrey. After a nightmarish 2019 season, Anderson finds color and surprised Dusan Lajovic, a benchmark on clay. The seed 13 is warned.
Stéfanos Tsitsipas has he found the click? Much more convincing against Pablo Cuevas in the second round (6-1, 6-4, 6-2), the Greek seemed to shift into high gear and he may have regained the confidence he lacked in his last four appearances. in Grand Slam. If he defeats the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, 56th at the ATP, as logic would require, he would find the second week of a Major for the first time since … Roland-Garros last year and his Homeric defeat at this stadium against Stan Wawrinka.
We are wondering…
If Grigor Dimitrov will finally discover the round of 16 at Roland Garros. As astonishing as it may seem for such a complete player who reached the last four in the other three Majors, he never made it past the 3rd round in Paris. He even stumbled at this stage of the competition four times (2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
If the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan has worked well his races forwards in training. The Colombian, 153rd player in the world, will discover the third round of a Grand Slam tournament against Novak Djokovic. Galan must prepare to cover a few kilometers on Parisian clay.
How many hours Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta will spend on the court. The two Spaniards have not dropped a set in their first two matches, so they will be as fresh as roaches to do battle. And when we know their regularity and their solidity from the baseline, their game could drag on, the playing conditions not helping the matter.
Three stats to keep in mind
70. As the number of matches won by Novak Djokovic so far at Roland Garros. Or the same total as Roger Federer. A victory against Galan alone would ensure him second place in a ranking obviously dominated by Rafael Nadal (96).
2. Like the number of Italians already qualified for the knockout stages of this Roland Garros. If Berrettini qualifies this Saturday, it would be the first time in the Open era that three Transalpins would reach in week two.
17-0. Like the victory-defeat record of Fiona Ferro since the deconfinement (Challenge Elite FFT included). This is called getting off on the right foot.
The weather report
If you are lucky enough to be in Roland, forget the sunglasses and sunscreen because, oh surprise, the weather will not be nice on Saturday and just as chilly (between 9 and 14 degrees). But unlike the day before, rain should be scarce. The assurance normally to complete this third round of competition in the two singles tables. When we know that from the quarter-finals, all the matches will be played on the Philippe-Chatrier court which has a roof, the organization will soon be able to take a good breath.