Carlos Alcaraz had to fight for a long time to reach the third round, and Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal completed their tasks with greater confidence.
Co-nominee Carlos Alcaraz prevented an early exit from the French Open with a big fight. The 19-year-old shooting star won the Spanish Generations Duel against fellow 15-year-old Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a playing time of 4:34 6:1, 6:7 (7:9), 5:7, 7:6 (7:2), 6:4 and can continue to dream of the first Grand Slam victory.
With four tournament victories this year, including the Masters in Miami and Madrid, and a jump to sixth place in the world rankings, the athlete from Murcia has made his way into the ring of title contenders for the most important clay court tournament.
After his comfortable first-round victory over Argentine Juan Ignacio, he bit his teeth on Ramos-Vinolas for a long time and clapped his hands over his head in relief after the converted match point.
“I am very tired. I am very happy with my performance,” said Alcaraz, who had to avoid a match point in the fourth set.
French Open: Djokovic and Nadal continue with confidence
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal managed to solve their task with greater confidence. The world number one and defending champion from Serbia won in the second round in a 6:2, 6:3, 7:6 (7:4) duel against Slovakian Alex Mulkan and did not lose a set. Djokovic finished the match after 2:16. Then he said, “Everything is going in the right direction.”
Nadal, a 13-time tournament winner, triumphed in the evening match 6:3, 6:1, 6:4 against France’s Corentin Moutet and is still on his way. For Mallorcan Island, this was the 300th Grand Slam win of his career. “The last few months have not been easy for me, the victories help me a lot,” Nadal said. Once again, there was no trace of the physical problems still bothering him.
Djokovic’s season has not been silent so far. Due to expulsion from the country, Djokovic missed the Australian Open and was also not allowed to compete in the Masters in Indian Wells and Miami due to his refusal to be vaccinated.
His April comeback in Monte Carlo was unsuccessful, but then the 35-year-old found his way and made an impressive claim to victory at the Masters Tournament in Rome.
Now Djokovic wants to win the title again in Paris and catch up with record champion Nadal (21 titles) after the Grand Slam titles.
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