Rublev and Medvedev began their march toward each other in Paris
Our tennis players have three matches left to win before their quarter-final clash
Andrey Rublev and previous champion Daniil Medvedev won their opening match at Roland Garros 2022, making them both on the road to the Russian quarterfinals.
Tuesday at Roland Garros – 2022 began with a confident victory for Daniil Medvedev in his opening match – 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. The Russian began his primaries season only a week ago with a defeat in Geneva to Frenchman Richard Gasquet. However, now in Paris he looked very different. However, there is information that his opponent, the Argentine, Facundo Bagnis, played with an injury. However, it doesn’t take away from Daniel’s merit in the victory.
Viktor Yanchuk, an honored coach of Russia, estimated Daniel’s condition for the present in his interview for “Championship”: “Right now Medvedev is in the phase of playing form. He’s a seeded player and he plays much weaker competitors. I think it’s very good, he needs to get in shape. Considering that his matches are played every other day now, he’ll have time to recuperate and prepare for his next match. I think that Daniil will make it to the third round, but then it might be difficult.
Andrey Rublev, seeded seventh, was the last Russian male to start the tournament. Unlike Medvedev, Andrey has had a good mainland season. He played four tournaments, won the title in Belgrade, beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the decisive match. Rublev is excellent on the French clay, and eight years ago he won the Roland Garros junior title on the same court in Paris. His first opponent at the 2022 tournament was the 71st-ranked Korean Kwon Sung-Woo, who he knows well. The tennis players have already played twice this year, and in both cases Andrei won, though on hard court – in Rotterdam and Dubai.
The start of the match turned out to be persistent and equal. The tenacious Korean was getting a lot of balls. Andrey was in a hurry to get to the break and made many mistakes. However, Kwon also had break points, which he did not use. The match ended in a tie-break, which the Korean player won 7-6 (7-5) in one hour and one minute, and Rublev dug his reserve ball out of his pocket. In frustration, he hit his racket and almost ricocheted into a cleaning staff, earning a warning from the chair umpire. In the second set Andrey spent a long time trying to win another player’s serve until he finally conquered his opponent in the seventh game. The Russian was so inspired by this result that he won the game in a breath to win it by 6-3 in 38 minutes. Rublev took the next set even more convincingly, 6-2. By that time the match had lasted two and a half hours. The situation was evened out again in the fourth game. None of the players could get to break-points. But in the end Andrey overpowered his opponent and brought them to victory – 6:7, 6:3, 6:2, 6:4 exactly in 3 hours.
That’s how Andrei Rublev won his opening match and made his first step toward a Russian quarterfinal against Daniil Medvedev. Here is a table showing who our players may play in their next matches up to the quarterfinals.
The seeded opponents for our tennis players will not start before the 3rd round. The most dangerous of them for Rublev is Yannick Sinner (11) whom he recently lost to in the 3rd round of the Monte Carlo Masters. It might be difficult for Daniil to meet with the Hungarian Marton Fucovic.