The Roland-Garros 2022 notebook

While many were asked many questions about his health after his defeat against Denis Shapovalov in Rome, to the point of not even placing him among the favorites of Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal came to the end of his physical and mental abilities. allow a 14th coronation.

In the second week, the Mallorcan showed, as usual, a constant strength, which allowed him to raise his level of play at the end of the fifth set against Auger-Aliassime and at key moments against Djokovic, but also resist a Zverev that he seemed to have all the keys to defeat him. Always touched, (very) rarely sunk, he made it to the final which, against Casper Ruud, was just a formality.

In a series of 28 consecutive victories before the start of the fortnight, the Pole asserted her status as the ultra-favorite, losing only one set and spending less than ten hours on the track in total (9.51 h). Able to pressure her opponents as soon as she returns to service (56% of games won in this sector) or to activate steamroller mode as soon as she gets into trouble, Iga Swiatek confirmed that she was really alone on her planet. Along with Daria Abramowicz, her mental trainer brings a breath of fresh air to the women’s circuit.

They were five in the eighth (Pegula, Keys, Anisimova, Gauff, Stephens) and three in the fourth (Pegula, Gauff, Stephens), before Cori Gauff reached, at just 18, the final of these French Open. The Americans were able to take advantage of the hecatomb of the best seeds to get out of the game and remember that their group was the largest in world tennis, with 5 players in the top 30 and 12 in the top 100.

If we add to this the women’s doubles semifinal between Gauff / Pegula and Keys / Townsend (won by the former), we get a satisfactory tournament, in which “only” titles are missing, for the American contingent.

Present in the semifinals of the Porte d’Auteuil for the first time in his career, the Croatian became the fifth active player (with members of the “Big 4”) to reach the last four of the four Grand Slam tournaments . After three difficult last seasons, he found the pleasure of playing again, to the point of practicing his best clay tennis.

This is evidenced by his great victory over Daniil Medvedev, number 2 in the world (6-2, 6-3, 6-2), his first against a top 10 of this surface, after the already expeditious successes against Attila Balazs and Gilles Simon. A second, against Andrey Rublev, followed 48 hours later. “ I changed the whole structure and diet of my team. I take more care of my rest and sleep periods. I also changed my mental approach to training. It helped me regain my mental freshness “, he goes on to explain this rebirth.

It was the revelation of this Paris fortnight. Winner of the junior edition in 2019, Holger Rune reached the quarterfinals for seniors, thanks to the victories against Denis Shapovalov, Hugo Gaston and especially Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the round of 16 (7-5, 3-6, 6 -3, 6-4).

For ten days, the Dane showed off his (already) well-developed tennis panoply, both through his numerous fall shots but also his desire to stay in his line, not to give respite to the his opponents. A small inconvenience, however, his strong temper revealed a behavior considered unfair play during his match against Casper Ruud.

The latter is also attributed the same grade. The fact that he has reached the final without surpassing a single top 10 and that he has lost in three small sets against Nadal prevents him from boxing higher.

A new attraction on the circuit after his dream start to the season, marked by titles in Rio, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz was eagerly awaited at Porte d’Auteuil. The Spaniard came out of the clutches of Albert Ramos first in the second round, where he showed character to save a game and win after 4 hours and 40 minutes of combat, before giving two recitals against Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov , in night session. .

His defeat to Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, however, highlighted the progress he still has to make in his approach to major events. If he got a ball to tie in two sets everywhere, Carlos Alcaraz paid for a start to the match during which he was too impatient in the exchange to control the debates and wait for a better outcome.

Emotions multiplied tenfold with the farewells of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon at the Porte d’Auteuil, nice surprises with the courses of Leolia Jeanjean and Diane Parry, winners of the then Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Krejcikova, but without French the second week: such is the striking contrast of French tennis on the occasion of this 2022 edition. If the ills of French tennis are not new, the balance was saved by those who were perhaps least expected, in addition to a Hugo Gaston always at ease about the Parisian. ocher. Special mention to Gabriel Debru and the couple Garcia / Mladenovic, graduated in junior singles and women’s doubles this weekend.

Winner in Madrid and then finalist in Rome, Ons Jabeur lost his Roland-Garros, like many members of the top 10. The Tunisian arrived in Paris with a legitimate status as a candidate for the title and seemed ready for a quiet first round ·the. after a comfortably won first set against Magda Linette, she had three 4-3 break points in her favor in the second set. But he broke – like the smash lost on one occasion to afford a big tie-break – and lost in three sets. A big surprise that benefited Martina Trevisan, his theoretical opponent in the second round, whose table opened like this and entered the quarterfinals.

Known for being one of the most nervous players on the circuit, Andrey Rublev has returned to play his role on the courts of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The Russian was close to disqualification in his first round against Korean Kwon. In question ? He angrily swung a ball into his chair, which bounced off and knocked down a maintenance staff member, who even lost his cap.

Similar setback for Irina-Camelia Begu against Ekaterina Alexandrova, in the second round. The Romanian threw her racket on the ground before seeing her bounce back in the audience, without being disqualified. ” I’m very uncomfortable, so I don’t want to talk about it too much. I just want to apologize “, he reacted after the meeting. Gestures we would like not to see (more).

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