For the world number one Novak Djokovic, fresh from the Italian Open success, a very simple competitive training is revealed under the roof of Philippe Chatrier, in the Roland Garros 2020 first round match againts Mikael Ymer.
The Swedish tennis player wins the misery of six points in the inaugural set and when he moves for the first time the score does so for the demerits, indeed, for too much irreverence, of those who are from the opposite side.
The initial 6-0 6-2 is a logical consequence. Ymer doesn't actually play even a bad game, he just doesn't find a package of solutions that is good enough to stick with the score. Djokovic, who as in the logic of things limits himself to the homework, abuses the short ball without a good motivation.
Solution that in the vast majority of cases is forced and out of place. Despite a few small notes of nervousness (a bad turn at 3-2 and a squabble with a spectator) the Serbian champion rearranges his ideas in time of need and rebuilds the advantage with almost negligible ease.
The 6-0 6-2 6-3 final is then in some way a manifesto. Next step: Ricardas Berankis in the second round shouldn't be a danger either.
Kenin, Tsitsipas, Shapovalov and Dimitrov
After the success of Matteo Berrettini, Gianluca Mager fails to subvert the prediction against Dusan Lajovic.
To the second round also Grigor Dimitrov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, against Barrere, Munar, Simon and Sam Querrey. Fresh from the surreal defeat with Viktoria Azarenka in Rome, Sofia Kenin, queen of the Australian Open, manages to avoid the worst against Ludmilla Samsonova.
Wins and convinces Elena Rybakina, finalist in Strasbourg, Kristina Mladenovic's thud does not even make a sound. Virtually dry of results in singles from the quarters achieved right on the land of Bois de Boulogne in 2017.
Today Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Ke Nishikori, Alexander Zverev, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Cori Gauff and Victoria Azarenka will come back o the clay-courts of the Roland Garros Stadium for the first matches of the second-round of the Parisian Slam.
Talking about Serena, she expressed herself on the Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's rivalry: " The next match against Pironkova? He is playing at an excellent level but the same applies to me too. I am ready to play against her again, it will be a long match with great exchanges and I will have to play to my maximum to win the victory."
Finally Serena also answered with a smile to a question about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard with a possible victory at Roland Garros could reach Federer in the ranking of those who have the most Slams.
Here are her words: "I don't want to talk about this topic, I'm a big fan of Rafael Nadal even though Roger Federer is still Federer. I think these words are enough about this topic."