We’ll have to start by firing in the next round American Sloane Stephens (64th), a 2018 Roland-Garros finalist and winner of the 2017 US Open. “Like today, I’ll have to be aggressive and super solid,” Parry said. dit. He reached the 3rd round of a Major for the first time, having reached the 2nd in Paris in 2019 when he was still a junior.
Alcaraz near the exit
On the verge of disappointment: Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz rejected a match point to qualify on Wednesday in five sets 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 5-7, 7-6 (7 / 2), 6-4 in 4:34 min, at the expense of his compatriot Albert Ramos.
After a unilateral first set, the student of Juan-Carlos Ferrero, number 6 in the world with 19 years after a resounding spring, dropped the next two and had to delete a match point at the end of the fourth seven, at 5. -4 in the service of Ramos. He didn’t save a few more cold sweats in the decisive set, when his opponent escaped 3 games at 0, or broke to tie the 4-4.
Long ago unrecognizable compared to the extravagant player who conquered Miami, Barcelona and Madrid since the end of March, Alcaraz was locked in the game of Ramos, in long exchanges, and multiplied the unforced errors, especially the other way around. . He committed 74 in total, scoring as many points.
But the young Murcian was never discouraged and showed that he had heart and character. As a symbol, it was in an impossible setback at the end of the race that he revived in the fifth set breaking Ramos. And at the expense of a crazy defense he got the decisive break at 4 everywhere.
In the third round he will face Sebastian Korda (30th), who beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-3 a little later in the evening. The Frenchman, a semi-finalist in Geneva just before Roland-Garros, had not been in the 2nd round of the Paris Major since 2018, when he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the 3rd round. The same Christmas he had won last year in the second round.
This year, after a first lap that was spread over two days due to the rain, the 35-year-old Biterrois resisted for 2:19 hours before giving up his arms, not without having inflamed the Suzanne-Lenglen track crowd. with some of its magical, precise, powerful or muffled setbacks.
Zverev also passes close to the correctional facility
After a first round in less than two hours, Alexander Zverev (3rd in the world) won a marathon of 3:36 going back two sets before dismissing the Argentine Sebastian Baez (36th) by 2-6, 4-6 , 6-1, 6-2, 7-5, not without saving a game point.
The 2021 semi-finalist had beaten Baez in straight sets in the second round in Rome earlier this month, but this time he had a big heatstroke. Leading 6-2 and 4-0, he saved three 5-0 balls before returning to 4-3. But the Argentine, who was playing the main team for the first time at Roland-Garros, regained the initiative and increased his lead to two sets to zero.
“I couldn’t have played worse than at the start of the game. I knew I wouldn’t win this second set, but I started to find the solution “, he analyzed. In fact, despite losing the round, the party leaned in their favor: the Tokyo Olympic champion clearly dominated the 3rd and 4th rounds.
Baez had a burst in the decisive set and took the lead. He even got a break to break the 4-2, but the German immediately picked it up. Then, Zverev saved a game point in his service with the 4-5. And it was he who went on to win three games in a row to win his ticket to the third round.
“Djoko” without problems
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic emerged logically victorious on Wednesday from his duel against world 38th Alex Molcan, the new protégé of his historic coach, and won without forcing his ticket to the 3rd round of Roland-Garros.
Little worried about the presence of his former coach for 15 years, Marian Vajda, in the picture of the Slovak who has been training since the beginning of the month, the Serb has quietly developed his score. Molcan, a finalist this year in Lyon and Marrakech, barely managed to delay him in the third set, pushing him to play a tie-break, before the Serb won at 2:15.
Barrere and Jacquemot removed
Grégoire Barrère, the first Frenchman involved in the second round of Roland-Garros, surrendered to American John Isner on Wednesday in four sets, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, (7 / 5). . After saving two points in the tie-break, one of which was a sensible fall, Barrère, 210th player in the world and guest, ended up folding with an ace 23 of the American tower (2.08 meters), no standard. n ° 23 Porte d’Auteuil. The Parisian had eliminated the Japanese Taro Daniel in the first round after a duel in five sets. The 28-year-old had only reached the second round of the Paris Grand Slam once before 2019.