Roland-Garros: Alcaraz and Zverev win after saving a match point, Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen are offered the defending champions in Paris

Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen are the reigning champions in Paris

In doubles, two Belgians create the feat. Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen eliminated French defender Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in the first round. The Belgian Davis Cup pair had taken a break in the first leg of the match. An advantage they maintained until the end of the first set, winning 6-4. The second set remained in balance until the decisive match, which turned in the lead of the French (7/5). The third set was balanced until match 8. After the break (5-3), the Belgians were able to serve for the match and ended 6-3.

Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen will face Australians Luke Saville (ATP 69 in doubles) and Jordan Thompson (ATP 170 in doubles) in the second round, winners 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 of Serbian Dusan Lajovic ( ATP 308 in doubles) and the Czech Jiri Vesely (ATP 402 in doubles).

Gillé, 31, and Vliegen, 28, are taking part in Roland-Garros for the third time. Eliminated from the start in 2020, they had reached the 3rd round in 2021.

Herbert and Mahut also won the Australian Open in 2019, Wimbledon in 2016 and the US Open in 2015 together.

Carlos Alcaraz saves a game point and wins in 5 sets

Badly on board, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, sixth in the world and No. 6 seed, beat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ATP 44) on Wednesday in the second round of Roland-Garros. The 19-year-old Spanish starter of the season won in five sets, 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 after 4 hours and 34 minutes of play.

Dominating the first set (6-1), cleared in 26 minutes, Alcaraz, one of the favorites in the final victory, then suffered the return of his compatriot, who reversed the situation 6-7 (7/9), 5- 7. . In the 4-5 of the fourth set, Ramos-Vinolas inherited a game point in his service, which he could not get. In a particularly intense 12th game, Alcaraz, who led 6-5, lost three of seven points in the service of his rival. This set continued in the decisive match, where Alcaraz came out (7/2) to snatch a fifth set. The decisive round seemed to turn in the lead of Ramos-Vinolas, who flew away with the 0-3. Once again, the young winner of the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid found the resources to react. He twice took the service of his compatriot to lead 4-3. Ramos-Vinolas broke up immediately. But a new break in the next game allowed Alcaraz to serve for the match. He finished the match with a whitewash (6-4) and advanced to the third round, where he will meet the American Sebastian Korda (ATP 30 / N.27) or the Frenchman Richard Gasquet (ATP 70).

Djokovic trembled

The reigning world champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic showed serenity on Wednesday in the second round of Roland-Garros. The Serb lined up a second win in three sets and won 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) against Slovakian Alex Molcan (ATP 38) at the Suzanne-Lenglen track. Molcan arrived confidently in Paris after reaching the final in Marrakech, where he was overtaken by David Goffin, and in Lyon a few days ago, where he suffered the law of Cameron Norrie. The 24-year-old Slovakian was also able to count on the wise advice of his coach Marian Vajda, Djokovic’s mentor for many years. Overcome by two sets, Molcan worried a bit about ‘Nole’ in the 3rd set, but the man with 20 Grand Slam titles was able to squeeze the match at the tie break to win in three sets and 2h16 of play. The Belgrade right-hander, 35, will challenge Aljaz Bedene (ATP 195) in the 3rd round. The Slovenian won four sets against Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (ATP 149).

After missing the Australian Open at the start of the season due to the confusion surrounding his vaccination status against Covid-19, Djokovic is playing his first Major this season. If he kept his title, he would match Rafael Nadal’s record of 21 Grand Slam titles.

Taylor Fritz knocked out

No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz of the United States fell on Wednesday in the second round of Roland-Garros against the Spanish Bernabe Zapata, of the classification, in four sets, 3-6, 2-6, 2-6 , 3-6. The 24-year-old Californian, winner of the Indian Wells in March against Rafael Nadal in the final, multiplied the unforced errors (43) against Zapata, the 131st player in the world. A quarter-finalist on clay in Monte Carlo last month, Fritz retired late from the Madrid tournament in early May with a left foot injury.

Zapata, who first reached the third round of a Grand Slam at the age of 25, will meet another American, John Isner (ATP 26). The latter won in four sets against Frenchman Grégoire Barrère (ATP 210) with a score of 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

At the beginning of the day, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 9) had no difficulty getting rid of Argentine Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ATP 155). After two eliminations in the first round in 2020 and 2021, the Canadian, protected by Toni Nadal, former mentor of Rafael Nadal, therefore reaches the 3rd round thanks to his success 6-0, 6-3, 6- 4.

Zverev saves a game point and knocks Báez down

Alexander Zverev, led by two sets to nothing by Argentine Sebastian Baez (ATP 36), was able to reverse the trend on Wednesday at the Philippe-Chatrier track. The German, 3rd in the world and semifinalist last year at Roland-Garros, validated his ticket for the 3rd round by winning 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 after of a 3:36 fight. The 25-year-old right-back from Hamburg even had to clear a 4-5 game point in the final set. He was also able to count on his great service, which gave him 12 aces, and his 42 winning moves to make a difference to a player present for the first time at the final table of Porte d’Auteuil.

The Olympic champion will challenge, by a place in the round of 16, the winner of the duel between the American Brandon Nakashima (ATP 75) and the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor (ATP 58).

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