The converted match ball was already over, and Alexander Zverev had already gone to his seat for a while when he turned around again and returned to the middle of Philippe Chatrier. The crowd was still applauding, most of them were standing in the stands at the great main stadium. Then Zverev roared loudly. He opened his mouth wide twice, three times. You couldn’t hear it because it was too noisy around. Zverev’s intense cry of relief became a cry of silence.
With 2:6, 4:6, 6:1, 6:2, 7:5 success against young Argentinian rookie Sebastian Baez, 21, Zverev, the only German tennis player remaining on the men’s field, has a third-round finish in reaching the French Open. . The match was turbulent and brutal as the result. And Zverev did it like Angelique Kerber, to craft an episodic analogy. In the first round, Kerber saved two match points against Poland’s Magdalena Fritsch. Zverev, in turn, repelled the match point. After 3:24 hours, the Argentine was just one point away from a surprise at 5:4 and 40:30. His return ended outside the border. After 3:36 hours, Zverev had a match point. Once again, Bayes’ ball fell out of bounds.
Tennis can be very tight and very rough. Just a few strokes and everything turned out. Zverev turned to his chest after the last point, and his father was sitting upstairs in a small chest, as was a physiotherapist. He nodded and said: Did you see that? Nowhere can Zverev win five sets like at Roland Garros. His record there is now 8-1 if he goes the full distance.
Bayes explains Zverev’s limits in two sentences
Minutes later, former three-time French Open winner Mats Wellander gave an interview to Zverev, in which he asked the Swede how he survived. “I just tried to fight,” replied Zverev, who was last eliminated in the first round at a Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2019. It remains that way. “You have to find a way,” Zverev continued on the microphone, recalling industry giants Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have always been able to find solutions. There was a lot of astonishment in his voice when he added, “I’m still in the tournament now.”
Bayes showed him limits in his first two sentences, favored by Zverev’s erratic, erratic, and sometimes confusing performance. Baez has already worked his way up to number 36 in the world rankings. “He’s an unbelievably strong racket,” Zverev praised on the court. “Bayes hits the ball with full force,” he said. And not only that, Baez, whose style reminds us a lot of fellow veteran Diego Schwartzman, has taken its toll on Zverev. But the 25-year-old made himself aware, and it was clear he was doing better in the third and fourth sets before Baez retired 4-2 with his first break in the fifth. Zverev stuck around and saved that match point and stole Bayes’ serve to make it 6:5. He couldn’t take advantage of that advantage anymore.
“Before the tournament, not everyone expected me,” Kerber says.
This time Angelique Kerber made it to the third round in a big way. At 6:1, 7:6 (2) against 19-year-old Elsa Jacquimot, who also played at Court Philippe Chatrier before the Zverev match, had an easy match in the first set, Jacquimot looked nervous at first. In the second group, the French acted more courageously. The game got tighter, but she took it as a good sign that Kerber won in two sets. “I’m glad I didn’t go into the third set,” she said. “Of course I’ve noticed the last few days, but it’s a good feeling too. It’s a good feeling to win matches again, to control these difficult situations again.” She frankly admitted, “I mean, the last few years haven’t been going so well. I think before the tournament not everyone expected me to win a round or two. Now I’m in the third round.”
There, Kerber, 34, will meet Alexandra Sasnowiec of Belarus on Friday, who defeated US Open winner Emma Radokano of Great Britain 3:6, 6:1, 6:1. For Kerber, it now also comes down to a particularly tempting task. . If she had won her next five matches, she would have made it to the Grand Slam. Only ten women have managed to win all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once. Kerber won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018. Stephanie Graf is the only German to win in all four locations.
“Of course it would mean a lot to me,” Kerber said of the possibility that she, too, might become part of this elite circle. “But that’s still too far away to even think about. If that happens, we can talk about it. Of course it would be a dream. But it’s still too far away.” Actually looking comfortable in Paris, winning the title last Sunday in Strasbourg had a positive effect. On the field during an interview with former player Marion Bartoli, Kerber said a particularly sweet sentence: “When you achieve everything, you play for the love of the game.” You can believe it: she takes it as it is in Paris.
The individual competition of Andrea Petkovic, who in her view was able to provide a reasonable explanation for her defeat 1: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7) against the former world number one and Viktoria Asarenka from Belarus: said the 34-year-old from Darmstadt in her own way The Special: “Of course Roland Garros is not interested in that, but eleven o’clock is not my time. I’m 100 percent more available than one o’clock in the afternoon.” Since it was her last Paris single, she doesn’t quite know yet how long she will be on tour. “It’s really hard to say,” she said. “It occurred to me for a moment when I left the field. If it was up to my will, I would play for ten more years,” but I would do it myself. The body is hanging. I can’t help but say it after a whole season.”