Roland Garros

The twentieth of the year awaits by Alcaraz at Roland Garros

Báez also plays this Wednesday in Paris

May 28, 2024

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Carlos Alcaraz will seek his fourth time in the 3rd round of Roland Garros.
By Staff

Carlos Alcaraz is ready to return to the court at Roland Garros. After his quick debut on Sunday – he gave up just four games against the lucky loser JJ Wolf -, the Spaniard will have another rival from the previous phase: the Dutchman Jesper De Jong, who has just surprised the British Jack Draper in five sets.

Alcaraz will be looking for his twentieth victory of the year, in which he has not had an easy time finding his highest level. Especially due to injuries, such as the ankle injury caused by a fall on the track in Rio that forced him to retire against Thiago Monteiro, and the right forearm injury that made him miss Monte Carlo and Rome.

But his fitness looks positive in Paris. There’s a reason he comes from winning in one hour and 51 minutes to seal his 70th victory on clay on the ATP Tour. If he continues on at Roland Garros, he would reach his tenth consecutive victory in the second rounds of Grand Slam (record of 10-2 in this instance, and 3-0 in this event); and he would quote him in the third round with the winner of this Wednesday’s duel between Sebastian Korda and Soonwoo Kwon.

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Another Hispanic who is scheduled to seek the third round this Wednesday will be the leader of victories (20) on clay in the season: Sebastián Báez. The Argentine, twentieth seed in the tournament, will clash for the first time with the Austrian Sebastian Ofner, against whom he will seek his first qualification to the third round of Roland Garros (and third in Grand Slams after achieving this year in Australia and at the US Open 2023).

In addition, also Spaniard Pedro Martínez will try to surprise the sixth seed Andrey Rublev, with whom he has a 0-1 record. The No. 48 in the PIF ATP Rankings will seek his fourth qualification to the third round in majors, and first since Wimbledon 2021; as well as his second victory against a Top 10 after achieving the first a few days ago in Estoril (d. Ruud).

In other must-see matches of the day, the Italian Jannik Sinner, second seed, will face the local Richard Gasquet, who debuted in this event in 2002 when the Italian was not born. Sinner leads the Lexus ATP HeadToHead 2-0 between them, and if he remains undefeated, he will meet in the third round with the winner of this Wednesday’s duel between Pavel Kotov and Stan Wawrinka, champion of the tournament in 2015. See schedule.


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