Medvedev Reaches First French Open 3R, Tsitsipas, Zverev Win; Federer v Cilic, Nadal At Night
by Staff | June 2nd, 2021, 7:41 pm

Daniil Medvedev reached his first career French Open third round. After a error-filled opening set, the World No. 2 rolled American Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Earlier in the day, following a 0-2 comeback in the first round, Alexander Zverev looked much better today with a 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(1) over qualifier Roman Safiullin.

“First week you play against guys, some of them play first, second, third time of a Grand Slam,” Zverev said. “They’re very motivated. They’re excited to play on the big courts, like I thought today.

“I think he played a fantastic match. Yeah, I’m happy to be through in three sets. The match definitely wasn’t easy.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas was down a break early but other cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Pedro Martinez of Spain.

“It was a good match, and both of us we fought hard. It was a very tough match despite it finishing in three sets,” said Tsitsipas.

The win sets up a big showdown Friday with Tsitsipas taking on American big man John Isner who has his game going at the moment in the warm, dry conditions.

“I’m sure he can serve well right now,” Tsitsipas siad. “Also, I’m sure he’s a guy who likes to play on clay. You know, conditions are obviously the way they are. Just going to have to do my thing. Just have to find my way around it.”

Said Isner following his win over Filip Krajinovic, “These conditions out here are really tailor-made for me, I believe. I’ve played six sets and held serve all six sets, and I hope in a couple days’ time it’s going to be hot just like it was today.”

Isner wasn’t the only American man having a good day. Reilly Opelka posted a great win over Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Marcos Giron upended Guido Pella in four sets and Steve Johnson won his second straight 5-set match beating Thiago Montiero of Brazil.

MacKenzie McDonald had 2 match points in the third but couldn’t close out a big upset over Cristian Garin. The Chilean took advantage and won a tight one 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-3, 8-6.

Kei Nishikori also won a second straight 5-setter toppling Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“I had a four hours first match, four hours today,” Nishikori said. “After the third set lost, I keep telling myself if I want to keep playing. There was no answer for me, but I just keep playing.

“My body say no, but my mind was just keep playing. So I was able to win the fourth set without thinking anything. Of course, fifth set you want to fight till the end. Even though I was tired, I was keep playing. At the end I got my chances coming and I grab it, play good I think the last game.”

Fabio Fognini and Casper Ruud were also winners and Henri Laaksonen upset Roberto Bautista Agut in four.

Tomorrow, the Big 3 are all back on the same day. After a night match on Monday, Novak Djokovic will be sent to Lenglen to meet shot-maker Pablo Cuevas in a surprising first-time meeting between two guys in their mid-30s.

Following a flawless first round, Roger Federer returns to battle Marin Cilic for an 11th time. Federer leads Cilic 9-1 including a win in thier last meeting at the 2018 Australian Open final.

Rafael Nadal drew the night session. And the 14-time champion will celebrate his 35th birthday by facing French veteran Richard Gasquet. Nadal leads his longtime foe 16-0.

Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner are also on court.

** Court Philippe CHATRIER ** Début à 12h00
1 SD 2 Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [1] contre Magda LINETTE (POL)
2 SD 2 Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [9] contre Sloane STEPHENS (USA)
Pas avant 16h00
3 SM 2 Marin CILIC (CRO) contre Roger FEDERER (SUI) [8]
Pas avant 21h00
4 SM 2 Rafael NADAL (ESP) [3] contre Richard GASQUET (FRA)

** Court Suzanne LENGLEN ** Début à 11h00
1 SD 2 Ann LI (USA) contre Elina SVITOLINA (UKR)[5]
2 SM 2 Mikael YMER (SWE) contre Gael MONFILS (FRA)[14]
Pas avant 14h30
3 SM 2 Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] contre Pablo CUEVAS (URU)
4 SD 2 Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [30] contre Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA)

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17 Comments for Medvedev Reaches First French Open 3R, Tsitsipas, Zverev Win; Federer v Cilic, Nadal At Night

jatin Says:

Even though its just a 2nd round but it feels like a final to be honest.

Cilic looking totally dialed and fed’s up for it as well.
Amazing how rankings does that to players who were used to play each other in semis and finals.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Jatin, see that DTL BH from Fed in the 1-3 game?

Don’t want to get ahead of myself, but Fed looks rust free right now. Can he sustain that focus and stamina?

jatin Says:

Hope Fed resets himself and plays like 1st set in the 3rd set now. It was a difficult 2nd set with the time violation and whole discussion with the umpire.

But right now, Cilic is on fire

jatin Says:

Tennis vagabond
Lets see how it goes from now.

jatin Says:

Amazing set of tennis, especially at the start and end of the set. Both plays playing at such a high level.
Also nice sportsmanship by Fed at the start of the tiebreaker where he overruled the chair umpire.

Hope he continues this form he displayed at the end of the set.

Snot Nosed Kid Says:

No one beats Gasquet 17 times in a row

jatin Says:

Great match overall by Fed. Loved the fight and clutch moments in the tie breaker.
Doesn’t felt like the 2nd round at all with all the drama and great quality of shots by both players.

skeezer Says:

Always entertaining to watch Fed. Awesome stuff from the GOAT.👍

Katie Harden Says:

Yes Federer did well – but I have my doubts (about his fluidity). We’ll see what happens when he faces Rafa or Djokovic.

tennismonger Says:

Heck, we’ll see what happens when he faces Koepfer…the mini-Rafa will make Fed hit LOTS of balls to get through that one.

skeezer Says:

Don’t expect Fed to get very far @RafaelNadalOpen. Being almost 40 years old, having 2 knee surgeries, is a big ask to go far at the most physically demanding tournament of all. But every rd he gets through gives him more reasons to go far @ Wimbledon, getting match play and confidence in will help getting his mojo back.

jatin Says:

What an incredible set of tennis that was.
Koeper is turning out to be a really difficult player to play against.
Amazing tennis and fighting skills.

jatin Says:

What an amazing fight by fed to take the 3rd set.
He looked down and out with fatigue. Still sliced and diced his way with a great tie breaker.

I hope he has enough in his legs to go all the way in the 4th set.

Koeper is playing lights out. I have never seen a playe returning such DEEP balls against fed in almost every service of his. Its must be so tiring for fed to play every point a 5-6+ point rally.

jatin Says:

2-1 Fed
Koeper imploding.

jatin Says:

Fed with strange Unforced errors.

jatin Says:

What a performance by fed to come through. He was almost done and out..
Out of this world play in clutch moments..

But man, What a player Koeper is.

jatin Says:

Im not bothered by the outcome of this match at all. Just seeing Federer at 39 off the back of 2 knee surgeries playing to an empty stadium at 12.30am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you ❤️ ~ Andy Murray

What an inspiration Fed is..
Its already a huge bonus for him to reach 4th round….

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