Fabio Fognini won the first men's singles match of the Roland Garros 2021. Despite a slow start, the Italian gets rid of Gregoire Barrere with a very rocky 6-4 6-1 6-4. The Frenchman, in his tenth Slam participation in his career, in conditions of absolute normality obviously does not find enough valid weapons to remain attached to the score.
In fact, from 4-2, he only wins two of the following eighteen games and makes the passive acceptable in the final thanks to a break. Fognini then overcomes the cut of the first round on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne for the tenth time in his career and reaches Marton Fucsovics, executioner of Gilles Simon in the second round.
The two-time finalist of the tournament Dominic Thiem stops for the first time on his first round match also at the Roland Garros. Pablo Andujar, fresh from the semifinal in Geneva and above all of the trip to Roger Federer, won another epic match.
In short: the Austrian tennis player, who is satisfied with an early-break in the first fraction, a break ahead in the second squanders him on two occasions and only at the foot of the jeu decisif manages to break the balance.
Over? Not at all. Andujar remains attached to the score, breaks off at 4-3 and in the decisive round of serve also cancels a ball for the counterbreak. Thiem then does not take advantage of a handful of chances for the 2-0 at the start of the fourth and cannot even move the zero from the points box in the immediately following game.
Andujar strengthens his advantage with a second break, but above all he contains the attempt to recover the number four of the group. Needless to say, he clears the ball with an ace for 5-5. The twentieth fifth set in his career turns out to be tragic for the Austrian tennis player.
With a decidedly lackluster project, and a very low percentage of points with the second ball, the number four of the big group leaves the service on the street at the start, almost immediately heals the gap of disadvantage, but goes out again in the fifth game.
Andujar moves to 4-2 easily and keeps the last two batting rounds in a practically perfect way. He finishes 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4: the Spaniard had never happened to win by catching up two sets of delay.
After the decision not to speak to the press during the Parisian Grand Slam, the number two of the seeding Naomi Osaka (essentially dry of successes on the clay-courts) does not shine even against Patricia Maria Tig.
Rather. The Japanese, who does not take advantage of a handful of set points in the seventh game, takes advantage of a gift in the tenth and becomes very dangerous at the foot of the tie break during the second. The final 6-4 7-6 (4) is emblematic at the threshold of two hours of play.
After the stop due to maternity, Elena Vesnina returns to play and returns to victory, in two sets against Govortsova. Wins also for Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Kvitova. Out Angelique Kerber.