Status: 25/05/2022 20:30
Tennis professional Alexander Zverev only gets started at the French Open after a deficit in two sets and moves into round three. In doubles, however, the two-time winners Krawietz / Mies were eliminated. Angelique Kerber was allowed to cheer.
Zverev initially had a hard time in his second round match on Wednesday (May 25, 2022) in a 2: 6, 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 2, 7: 5 against Argentine Sebastian Baez. Too many simple mistakes and weaknesses on the serve quickly gave Germany’s number one tennis player a deficit in two sets in Paris.
But the German pulled himself together and secured himself with good baseline and attacking shots. Zverev dominated sets three and four and seemed to be on track for victory. But Baez fought back in the fight with a lot of heart. In a playfully strong fifth set, Zverev had to counter a break and fend off a match point from the 21-year-old Argentine at 4: 5.
First match ball sitting
In the match then, he managed the decisive break to 6: 5. With his own serve, Zverev finally turned his first match point into victory after 3:36 hours. “You can not play worse than in the first one and a half sets,” Zverev said after the match. “I’m glad I was able to turn the matter around eventually.” His next opponent is American Brandon Nakashima.
Novak Djokovic had minor problems. In his match in the second round, the Serbian Slovak Alex Molcan beat 6: 2, 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 2).
Early closing for Krawietz / Mies
In doubles, the dream of a third French Open title has ended for Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. The German duo lost their first match 4: 6 and 2: 6 to Lloyd Glasspool / Harri Heliovaara (Great Britain / Finland).
Kerber is still there
Angelique Kerber during her fight against Elsa Jacquemot
PHOTO: DYLAN MARTINEZ / REUTERS
For women, Kerber only fought toward the end of his victory in the second round. The German won 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 2) over French wildcard player Elsa Jacquemot and was only slightly challenged in the second set.
In the third round, Kerber meets Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus on Friday, who surprisingly defeated British US Open winner Emma Raducanu 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1.
Declaration of love for their sport
“She played very well in the second set. I’m glad I’m one round ahead,” Kerber said after the overall very tough argument on the Philippe Chatrier pitch.
“After winning everything, you only play because you love the sport. And I love tennis,” Kerber said in the winning interview when asked by former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli why she was still on the tour at an age of 34 years. .
Andrea Petkovic leaves the French Open open
The French Open, on the other hand, is over for Andrea Petkovic. Despite an increase in performance, the 34-year-old from Darmstadt was beaten in the second set by former world number one Viktoria Asarenka from Belarus 1: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7). Petkovic even missed a set ball in the second set as the score was 5: 4.
Petkovic was unable to subsequently say whether it was the last French Open of her career. “When I left the court, it went through my head for a moment, but I can not say it yet,” Petkovic said: “I would play ten more years because of my will and love of tennis, but I have to listen to my body at the end of the year and then make a decision. “