Following the early eliminations of Gaël Monfils and D’Adrian mannarino Monday, we were waiting Ugo Humbert to save honor among men. But one of the great hopes of French tennis and particularly in shape in recent weeks, has not found solutions against the Australian and lucky loser Marc Polmans (122nd). If the 38th in the world fought to reverse the outcome of this match, he however gave in to the aggressiveness of his opponent (6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3). Despite his good results in Rome and Hamburg, Ugo Humbert faltered on Tuesday and had to draw a line on this 2020 edition of Roland Garros, his second participation in the tournament. “I am very disappointed to stop so early in a tournament that is particularly close to my heart, he confessed afterwards. This defeat hurts. “He has not yet managed to pass the first lap Porte d’Auteuil. But the future still belongs to him.
After refereeing error, Mladenovic collapsed
Kristina Mladenovic did not raise French hopes on this gloomy Tuesday for the Tricolores by losing in straight sets against the German Laura Siegemund : 7-5, 6-3. Yet well launched, “Kiki“led 5-1 and should have bagged the first set without a glaring referee error. Siegemund went on to win the following games to lead a set to zero. One break was enough in the next set for the German. twelve participations at Roland Garros, this is the sixth time that Kristina Mladenovic has fallen from the start.
It was generally not the day of the French, since Pauline Parmentier said goodbye to the women’s draw and Roland-Garros for good. The Habs, who played their last Porte d’Auteuil tournament before retiring, could not do anything against the Russian Veronika kudermetova (6-2, 6-3). A moving goodbye for the 34-year-old Northerner, after 16 contested editions.
For his first Grand Slam tournament, the guest Harold Mayot was not unworthy but still lost in three sets against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina : 7-6, 6-3, 7-5. The first set given up to the tie-break could have possibly changed the outcome of the match but Mayot was too tender to hope to leave the 70th player in the world.
Ferro good news of the day
A little smile on this sad day for the French. The young Fiona Ferro (23) qualified in the second round for the second time in six appearances. Ferro defeated the Briton Heather watson in two sets: 7-6, 6-4. Watson, 56th player in the world, had yet broken the first in the first set but Ferro took the best in the tie-break. Fiona Ferro will face the number 14 seed in the next round, the Kazakh Elena Rybakina. This will be the second meeting between the two players after the one in Saint-Petersburg in February which turned to the advantage of Rybakina.
We thought we had the real good surprise of this day with Quentin Halys against the American and 96th world Marcos Giron. Defeated in the first set, the native of Bondy turned the tide to win the next two sets before Giron equalized with two sets everywhere. At the start of the decisive round, Quentin Halys, 202nd in the world, conceded a double break in disbursements (3-0) but did not abdicate, even offering himself a match point at 6-5 on the opposing service . He finally lost in five sets: 7-5, 3-6, 6-7, 7-5, 8-6. Halys missed a nice opportunity to join the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time since Roland-Garros 2016.
Gasquet and Simon without surprise
Gilles Simon, undoubtedly driven by the particular atmosphere of the Chatrier, delivered a courageous match against Denis shapovalov (CAN, N.9) on Philippe-Chatrier court. Not only did he lead 5-2 in the second set before being caught, but he also took the third set away from one of the players in preparation for the fall. If he ended up surrendering in four sets, Simon can be satisfied with his performance.
Richard Gasquet can be too, to a certain extent. He showed the extent of his palette in a stunning first set. He led 5-2 before seeing the Spaniard come back to him, then losing the set in the tie-break. The last two races were a one-way street for Agut.
For his part, Gregoire Barrère could not do anything against Grigor Dimitrov, seeded number 18 (6-3, 6-2, 6-2). In women, Harmony Tan could not do much in the face of the big blows of Daria Kasatkina (RUS).