After the entry into the running of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Tuesday, place in the second round of Roland-Garros. If Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Russian Safiullin early Wednesday, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas will have to be wary of Spaniard Martinez.
In the evening, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, seeded number two but uncomfortable on clay, will try to win a second consecutive match at Porte d’Auteuil.
Among women, the young Frenchwoman Harmony Tan did not weigh very heavily against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
Alexander Zverev expeditious
After his comeback from the first round, during which he was led two sets to zero, Alexander Zverev was somewhat reassured against Russian Roman Safiullin (182e), winning without leaving a round en route: 7-6, 6-3, 7-6. Despite two tie-breaks and a still irregular game, the world sixth never seemed in danger on the Suzanne-Lenglen court.
More powerful than his opponent, aggressive in return, the German ended the match with 39 winning shots. But his service problems (11 double faults) continue to penalize his attacking game. To hope to see the second week on the ocher of the Porte d’Auteuil, Alexander Zverev will have to raise his level of play, and this, from the next round against the Serbian Laslo Djere, winner of his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.
Harmony Tan (149e) could not do anything against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova, seeded number 20. After beating her compatriot Alizé Cornet in the first round, the young Frenchwoman (23) struggled to exist in a one-sided encounter. She lost in two sets (6-1, 6-3) and a little over an hour.
More powerful, making few mistakes, Marketa Vondrousova, finalist of the tournament in 2019, unfolded her game while her opponent seemed feverish, no doubt impressed by the dimensions of the Philippe-Chatrier court, on which she was playing for the first time.