At the Roland Garros 2021, Andrey Rublev was sensationally eliminated. The Russian talent, who had done so well between Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, recovers two sets of disadvantage to Jan-Lennard Struff but does not find the flicker in the deciding set.
He finishes 6-4 7-6 (6) 3-6 4-6 6-4 for the German. Rafael Nadal, despite an empty pass in the heart of the second set, the Spaniard overcomes Alexei Popyrin with an excellent 6-3 6-2 7-6 (4). The Spanish champion reaches one hundred and one successes on the clay courts of Roland Garros and reaches Richard Gasquet, executioner of Hugo Gaston in the second round.
Over the course of the first set, Nadal travels at relatively low speeds and piles up the vast majority of difficulties with the second ball. After a double foul on 30-15, the Australian tennis player ventures into the net in the next two fifteen (obviously with modest results) and does not find the ball out of the service at 30-40.
Popyrin, who tries to shorten the number of protracted exchanges, inevitably ends up exaggerating the number of unforced errors. Nadal catches the break on two consecutive occasions and despite a 0-30 disadvantage at 5-2 he does not make any particular changes to the script.
Popyrin understandably leaves fears aside and relies on a decidedly more aggressive tactical plan in the third. Condition that Nadal struggles to absorb and above all leads to a small break. Called to serve to secure the set, the Australian tennis player runs into a bloody double foul on the first set point and does not close a smash.
The fourteen-time champion of the tournament - at 5-5 - concedes something and does not use a handful of break points to move up to 6-5. The tie break is a practically logical consequence. And logically, it doesn't reveal too many surprises.
Roland Garros 2021: Roger Federer beats Istomin and goes to the 2nd round
Waiting for tougher tests, the first of Roger Federer on the clay-courts of the Roland Garros 2021 turns out to be poor in problems. The Swiss champion, in his fourth appearance of the season, beats Denis Istomin with a solid 6-2 6-4 6-3 and returns to success on clay-court exactly two years later.
The Uzbek player, fresh from the sieve of the qualifiers and short of solutions to make an even game, survives just over ninety minutes of play. Federer, who in 2021 had only beaten Dan Evans in Doha, will see it in the second round with Marin Cilic.
The twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who plays an extraordinarily consistent game, closes with a forehand from the center and no longer makes changes to the project until the finish line. Rather. At the foot of the finish line he breaks his opponent's serve for the fifth time.
Federer, who obviously does not grant points of reference in the few prolonged exchanges, strengthens the advantage with a second break and thanks to a very high percentage of points with the first ball (which touches almost 90%) puts the first set in the safe after a while more than twenty minutes.
Federer, who flirts with the break at the start, lands the decisive shoulder in the third game and keeps the advantage available until the end. Even if in reality he commits a few more mistakes. The very Swiss champion, who travels at much lower speeds in the third set, condenses the vast majority of the attention in the fifth game.
The first fifteen takes him home thanks to a short ball, while in the next two he appears with perfect results near the net. Istomin cancels the first two break points thanks to the contribution of the serve, but does not find a valid solution in the third case.
The twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who plays an extraordinarily consistent game, closes with a straight from the center and no longer makes changes to the project until the finish line. Rather. At the foot of the finish he breaks his opponent's serve for the fifth time.
On the fifth useful attempt, Daniil Medvedev manages to win a match on the clay of Roland Garros. Thanks to the contribution of Alexandr Bublik, another character definitely allergic to red, the number two of the group manages to perfectly manage the first two sets but above all to remedy a partial of 3- 5 in the third and to complete the practice with a partial 4-0 seasoned obviously by two breaks.
The 6-3 6-3 7-5 final is emblematic at the threshold of two hours of play. Tommy Paul will be waiting for the Russian in the second round.