French Open Updates | No. 1 Djokovic advances to 3rd round
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will next face 32-year-old Slovenian Aljaž Bedene.
Alexander Zverev had to rally after two sets and save a match point to reach the third round of Roland Garros.
The German beat Argentinian Sebastian Baez 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5.
That’s good news for the No. 3 seed.
The bad news is that Baez was making his French Open debut and half of Zverev’s roster includes Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Zverev struggled with the serve of 21-year-old Baez but made it through in the third set.
Zverev saved a match point before holding 5-5 in the decider, then broke Baez before serving the match.
The last time Zverev put himself in a holeshot in straight sets at Roland Garros, it didn’t end so well. He fought back in the semi-final last June against Stefanos Tsitsipas but lost in five sets.
Czech player Marie Bouzkova has withdrawn from the French Open ahead of her second-round match because she says she tested positive for COVID-19.
She is the first singles player to withdraw from Roland Garros because of the coronavirus.
Bouzkova was supposed to face 31st seed Elise Mertens, who advanced to the third round.
Bouzkova wrote on Twitter that she hopes she will “start to feel better soon and get back on the court”.
Bouzkova is a 23-year-old player who has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam tournament in 13 appearances, including 10 first-round losses.
Maria Sakkari, seeded fourth, lost in the second round of Roland-Garros a year after reaching the semi-finals.
Sakkari was beaten by Czech player Karolina Muchova 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) at Roland Garros, meaning two of the four female seeds have already been eliminated.
Second seed Barbora Krejcikova, the defending champion, lost on Monday.
The 81st ranked Muchova beat then-No. 1 Ash Barty at the 2021 Australian Open and is now 4-2 against top 5 ranked players.
American teenager Coco Gauff qualified for the French Open third round by beating Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Gauff, 18, is trying to improve on her quarter-final run at Roland Garros last year – her best result at a major tournament.
Gauff twice fell two games behind in the second set, but fell back each time. The American forced three errors on Van Uytvanck in the tiebreaker.
The 28-year-old Van Uytvanck’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2015.
Gauff is the youngest player remaining in the draw and celebrated her high school graduation this week with photos at the Eiffel Tower.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu is ruled out of the French Open in the second round.
Raducanu, 19, lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Sasnovich won 12 of 14 service points in the second set en route to her 16th career win over a top-20 player.
Raducanu, seeded 12, failed to convert five break point chances at 1-1 in the third set.
Sasnovich qualified for the first time in the third round of Roland Garros. This is his seventh appearance.
Sasnovich, 28, also beat Raducanu at Indian Wells last year in the Briton’s first match after winning the title at Flushing Meadows.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reached the French Open third round by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 7-6(3).
Azarenka, 15th seed, committed only 13 unforced errors against 42 for Petkovic.
Azarenka has twice won the Australian Open and was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013.
Petkovic, 34, reached the French Open semi-finals in 2014 but hasn’t made it past the third round of a Grand Slam since then. She is a five-time champion on clay on the circuit.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are all on the French Open schedule as the second round begins on Day 4.
Defending champion Djokovic takes on Alex Molcan at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Alcaraz meets his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Court Simonne Mathieu. The 19-year-old Spaniard is ranked sixth and leads the tour with four titles in 2022.
Nadal, thirteen times champion, will end the day on Court Philippe Chatrier during the night session against Corentin Moutet.
Third-seeded Alexander Zverev will face Sebastian Baez in the afternoon.
The most intriguing women’s match pits 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu against Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic.
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