Daniil Medvedev celebrated an undisputed first-round victory, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put up one last great fight. Debutant Nastasja Schunk stood up to Simona Halep for a long time. Peter Gojowczyk and Oscar Otte were also eliminated.
Before Gojowczyk, Daniel Altmaier had already failed right at the start on Sunday. Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, made it through to the second round, where he will meet Sebastian Baez from Argentina on Wednesday. Oscar Otte will play his first round match against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday.
Co-favourite Daniil Medvedev, on the other hand, is in the second round. The world number two from Russia won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 against Argentine Facundo Bagnis in Paris on Tuesday. Medvedev, who has never advanced beyond the quarter-finals at the Stade Roland Garros, needed only 1:38 hours for his success.
Tsonga’s tearful farewell
The duel between eighth seed Casper Ruud and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, for whom the French Open was the last tournament of his career, was dramatic. The 37-year-old, who has meanwhile slipped to 297th in the rankings, was allowed to take part in the Grand Slam in his home country once again thanks to a wild card. In front of a large crowd, he gave Ruud an almost unbelievable performance of will and only had to admit defeat after more than three and a half hours (7:6, 6:7, 2:6, 6:7).
Especially bitter: In the fourth set, Tsonga was leading 6:5 and served to win the set, but an injury in his right shoulder made playing impossible from then on. In tears, he lost his service game, even the medical treatment break did not change anything, Ruud won the tiebreak without losing a point.
The Frenchman said goodbye to the spectators, who sang the Marseillaise in his honour, to great applause, with many tears, but with his head held high. During the final rally, the entire stadium stood for the 2008 Australian Open finalist – who is now retiring.
Debutant Schunk forces Halep into the third set
Young tennis hopeful Nastasja Schunk narrowly missed a surprise. The 18-year-old left-hander lost her first-round match in Paris on Tuesday evening against former world number one Simona Halep 4:6, 6:1, 1:6, but showed a very strong performance.
In her Grand Slam debut, Schunk, who had slipped into the main draw as a so-called lucky loser, demanded everything from the Romanian. In the end, however, Schunk ran out of steam, while Halep showed her experience. After 1:48 hours, Schunk had to admit defeat at the Stade Roland Garros.
Otte also out after a great fight over the full distance
Oscar Otte was the next German to be eliminated after a gripping five-set thriller. The 28-year-old from Cologne had to give in to the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 6:7 (5:7), 1:6, 6:3, 6:2, 3:6 in the first round on Tuesday evening after 3:44 hours. Towards the end of the fifth set Otte was plagued by cramps and had great difficulty walking. This means that in Alexander Zverev there is only one German left in the men’s second round. The Olympic champion will play the Argentine Sebastian Baez on Wednesday.
Tsitsipas turns around 0:2 deficit
At the end of the third day of competition, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas met Italian Lorenzo Musetti – and the match developed into a real night session. The 20-year-old Musetti played cheekily and took a 2-0 lead against the Greek, but then Tsitsipas turned up the heat and turned the match around into a 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, and towards the end he struggled to reach the second round in commanding fashion. There he will meet the qualifier Zdenek Kolar from the Czech Republic.