Only del Potro knows who Roland Garros is
The second round of Roland Garros finished in Paris. While the first round lasted four days, the second, despite the rains, the organizers managed to complete in two. Unlike the starting circle, in the second there were no special surprises, but there were fascinating matches and interesting dialogues of the players at the press conferences. So, not all tennis players know why the competition has such a name – Roland Garros. Juan Martin del Potro was asked about this, and he answered correctly: “Roland Garros was the name of the Parisian pilot. I was already asked this question a couple of days ago, so I googled and found out ”, – explained the Argentinian. And the journalist said that the other tennis players who were asked the same question did not know the correct answer.
Roland Garros was born on 6 October 1888 and became famous for the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean in 1913. The most interesting thing is that Garros barely made it to Tunisia: there were only five liters of gas left in his tank. He was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor, and a year later, in 1914, he volunteered for the army and was the first to install a machine gun, which was aligned with the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. The hero of the First World War was shot down, presumably by a German pilot in 1918. One of the main tennis tournaments in the world was named after Roland Garros.
Introducing Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros, Aviator, after whom the tennis center constructed in Paris in the 1920s was named, the Stade Roland Garros! #RolandGarros rolandgarros
– Tuscan Tennis
Out of the top 16 in the second round, only Juice and Vandewey lost.
As we said, in the second round to the fans of sensations There was nothing to catch: of the top 16 players, only two lost – Jack Sock and Coco Vandevey. Both Americans are not very fond of the ground, so they do not pull even on the unexpectedness of their defeat. Eight “lucky losers” initially took part in the men’s tournament, but only one of them made it to the third round, and even then only because two of them were playing against each other. Jurgen Zopp played 10 sets in two matches and has a chance to continue the tournament, because his next opponent is German Maximilian Marterer.
Marterer himself surprised many, because he managed to beat Denis Shapovalov in four stubborn sets. The young Canadian is one of the most talented players of the new generation, but so far he has failed to prove himself in a big tournament. And in the pair Zopp – Marterer, someone will set a personal record: not one of them passed the “Helmet” until the fourth lap. Note that the Estonian has won only one match until this week, which lasted all five sets, and at this Roland Garros there were already two such meetings, and both ended in favor of the Estonian.
Stakhovsky finished solo performances
1/8 finals is a great success for any them, but then, probably, they will have a game with Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard indistinctly played the first match and played several set points against Simon Bolelli, but still won in three games. Guido Pella did not create such difficulties – 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 1 in favor of the favorite. In the third round, Nadal will face Richard Gasquet. Tennis players will play for the 16th time: not only has Rafael won all 15 matches, he has not lost any sets from the Canadian Masters in 2008. Of course, now Nadal will be the absolute favorite.
Roland Garros. Nadal and Gasquet will have the 16th face-to-face duel, Coric continues to fight #tennis #Nadal #Gasquet #Coric # RG18 #RolandGarros
Let’s continue talking about “lucky losers”. Thanks to luck, Sergey Stakhovsky got into the net and went through one circle, but for the first time in seven years the Ukrainian failed to reach the third round in Paris. The match with Misha Zverev turned out to be equal and with mutual chances, in which the German succeeded – 6: 3, 6: 7 (0), 7: 6 (2), 6: 1. The hero of the first days, Marco Trungelliti, also lost, having made a nine-hour drive from Barcelona to Paris and won the match a couple of hours after his arrival. On Sunday he beat Bernard Tomic, but on Wednesday he lost to Marco Cecchinato – 1: 6, 6: 7 (7), 1: 6.
Roland Garros. Stakhovsky is inferior to Zverev in four sets #tennis #Stakhovsky # RG18 #RolandGarros
Dimitov, Zverev and Nishikori played back with 1-2
As we already said, all the favorites overcame the second round, although some had to try very hard … The matches of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori were like a blueprint. Moreover, not only the scenario coincided, but also the timing: they all started the fifth games in their meetings almost simultaneously. And all three, losing 1-2 in games, managed to put the squeeze on their rivals. Zverev beat Dusan Lajovich, Nishikori passed Benoit Per, and Dimitrov snatched the victory from Jared Donaldson. It was the Bulgarian who had the hardest time: the American in the fifth game was two points away from triumph, but then he started having seizures, he was forced to serve from below, and Grigor still issued an exit to the third round – 6: 7 (2), 6: 4 , 4: 6, 6: 4, 10: 8.
Roland Garros. Zverev, Dimitrov and Nishikori played in five-set thrillers #tennis #Zverev #Nishikori #Dimitrov # RG18 #RolandGarros
Dominic Tim in a beautiful and rather difficult match beat Stefanos Tsitsipas – 6: 2, 2: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4. If Shapovalov, with all due respect to Marterer, lost to the player of the second echelon, then the Greek fought with dignity with the only person who beat Nadal on clay since 2016. However, Tim did it twice. As for the other favorites, it took Marina Cilic four games to pass Hubert Gurkash, while David Goffin limited himself to three games. In the next round, he will probably have a difficult fight with Gael Monfils.
Roland Garros. Tim beat Tsitsipas in two days, Cilic and Fognini go further #tennis #Thiem #Cilic #Fognini # RG18 #RolandGarros
Tsurenko repeated her personal best in Paris
Three Ukrainian girls played in the women’s category in the second round , and two of them moved on. Katerina Kozlova, after her sensational victory over Elena Ostapenko, lost to her almost namesake Kateryna Sinyakova. Losing with a double break in the third set, Kozlova was able to equalize the position, but then gave two games in a row – 7: 6 (4), 4: 6, 4: 6. Sinyakova will face Barbara Strycova in the Czech derby. But the Ukrainian fans were pleasantly surprised by Lesya Tsurenko. Lesya started the season very well, reached the semifinals in Hobart, then won in Acapulco, but she could not prove herself either on the North American hard or on clay.
Lesia Tsurenko moves into the 3d round in Paris for the second time in her career © Getty Images #tennis #Tsurenko @LTsurenko # RG18 #RolandGarros
Ukrainian lost three matches before Roland Garros in a row, but in the capital of France she has already won two strong-willed victories. In the second round, the next day, after her birthday, she beat Vandewey – 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 0. Coco was so upset that at some point she smashed her racket to smithereens. And Lesya went on, repeating her personal record in Paris, and then will meet in the third round with Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian, unlike Tsurenko, is still winning very confidently in Paris – only nine lost games in four sets.
Thanks @rolandgarros and FFTennis! #itsmybirthday #paris # rolandgarros2018
– Lesia Tsurenko
Svitolina limited herself to two sets
Elina Svitolina was also pleased. If the first racket of the country did not act so confidently against Ayla Tomlyanovich and could easily lose the first set (at 5: 2 the Australian had a set point), then the meeting with Victoria Kuzhmova was a little easier. The Slovakian played much more actively, but Elina was not against acting as number two, because Kuzhmova was still very wrong. In 1 hour 22 minutes Svitolina went further – 6: 3, 6: 4. Garbinier Mugurusa, who met with Fiona Ferro, won with the same score. Other favorites also confidently won: Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki, each in one of the sets made a “steering wheel”. Simona Halep also easily beat Taylor Townsend – 6: 3, 6: 1. But Caroline Garcia beat Peng Shuai in only three games – 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 3.
Elina Svitolina: “I want to show Ukrainians how a professional tennis player lives”
Celebrate Pauline Parmentier’s victory over Alize Korne. Pauline, who hasn’t won titles in 10 years and started the season with two wins and 13 defeats, unexpectedly found her game in late April in Istanbul. For the first time in her career, she beat a top 10 tennis player (Caroline Wozniacki) and won her first title in 10 years. Interestingly, in the French derby with Cornet, almost the entire stadium was rooting for Parmentier. The most curious thing is that in the third round she will play against Wozniacki, whom she sensationally defeated in Istanbul a month ago. The stakes are much higher now.
Roland Garros. Wozniacki won the 20th match in the tournament, Georgie and Sakkari reached the third round for the first time #tennis #Wozniacki #Sakkari #Giorgi # RG18 #RolandGarros
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are just one match apart. Serena very slowly began a meeting with Ashley Barty and struck only three blows right through (possibly a figure close to an anti-record). Gradually Williams began to improve and won 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. The American woman triumphantly threw her hands up and actively rejoiced at her success, as if she had reached at least the final. Her next rival will be Julia Görges, and Sharapova passed Donna Vekic 7: 5, 6: 4 and will then meet with Karolina Pliskova. The Czech woman defeated Lucy Shafarzhova in the national derby with a score of 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 1.