Garcia with forceps facing Kontaveit
A break in the clouds. Smiling, arms in the air after a final winning smash, Caroline Garcia performed well in the first round, taking out number 17 seed Anett Kontaveit in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4). Quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, in the round of 16 at the US Open, the Estonian gave a hard time to the French, 45th in the WTA standings, but who did what she knows how to do better, namely knocking out his opponent by force of cannon shots (41 winning shots). In a hooked first set, the Lyonnaise was the first – and the only one – to break.
The scenario for the second round was identical, but it was Kontaveit who took over from the Frenchwoman, in a tense part, and who was going to go all over the place in the final round. Broken from the start, Garcia managed to pick up 3 everywhere before losing his serve again and taking that of Kontaveit in stride. But more serene than usual, the tricolor continued to send winning shots, to finally get rid of the Estonian in 2:05. Garcia will have to improve on this good start to the tournament against Sasnovich in the next round.
Chardy overthrown by Rodionov
While leading two sets to nothing, that he had a match point in the tie-break of the third set, Jérémy Chardy smiled yellow when he came out of the Suzanne-Lenglen court this Sunday, after his defeat in five sets against to the Austrian Jurij Rodionov (3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 10-8). And for good reason, never, in his career, the tricolor of 33 years had known such disappointment in Grand Slam. Against the 178th world, Chardy had yet perfectly launched his match, more precise than his opponent.
But he pulled out completely in the third set, unable to end this game. However, broken first, he resumed the service of his opponent in stride before breaking again to lead 4-3. A feverish serving game and a new break later, he served to win the game at 5-4 before breaking down again. Dominated at the end of the suspense in the tie-break of the third set, he then fought to the end, but only suffered at the end of the match, before losing in 4:36. Not really the scenario he was hoping for for his 14th participation in the French Open.
Bonzi, three years later
Benjamin Bonzi had won only one Grand Slam match in his career. It was at Roland Garros, three years ago, against a certain Daniil Medvedev, who had not yet exploded at the highest level. Bonzi doubled down on Sunday. The first Frenchman to return to the courts of Porte d’Auteuil, the Gardois, from the qualifications, signed a nice victory by dominating in four sets the young Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori (6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6 -4) in 2h33.
Both players suffered a lot on their faceoff and this match was studded with breaks: seven for Benjamin Bonzi, four for Emil Ruusuvuori. Bonzi had an ideal start to the match, leading to two sets to zero and a break in the third set. But his victory was delayed by Ruusuvuori’s comeback in the game. After having broken 4 games throughout the 4th set, the 226th in the world finally got out on his 3rd opportunity. He will face in the next round another great hope, with an already much more upscale CV, a certain Jannik Sinner.
Impotent and imprecise benchetrit
Elliot Benchetrit is not doing it again from last year. The young French player (22 years old next Friday) reached the second round of the French Open in 2019, claiming his first success in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. Sunday for his entry into the running on court N.7, he did not manage to destabilize a John Isner who could however rely less than usual on his enormous service, in weather conditions slowing down the game (7 aces only).
Too imprecise to dictate the game (37 unforced errors against 14), Benchetrit got angry, smashing a racket in the third set out of spite, and lost 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. In the second round, Isner (seeded N.21) will face his American compatriot Sebastian Korda. Petr Korda’s son beat Andreas Seppi in four sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3).
Hoang will not do it again from last year
Nice surprise from the tournament last year, where he arrived until the third round, the French Antoine Hoang took the front door this year. The 126th player in the ATP ranking was taken out by the quarter-finalist of the last Masters 1000 in Rome, the German Dominik Koepfer, in four sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1). If he was not unworthy, the Toulonnais was weighed down by his feverishness in the service (8 double faults, only 10 points out of 30 won behind his second ball). For the third appearance of his career in a Major, the 24-year-old Frenchman has mostly harvested too much (55 unforced errors).