Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Lila Fernandez advanced to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday, while Bianca Andreescu was knocked out in straight sets.
Auger-Aliassime put in a quick run with Argentine qualifier Camilo Ugo Carabile, winning 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Grand Prix for the first time in his career.
The 21-year-old Montreal producer, seeded ninth in the tournament, fired eight aces and converted five of 10 break points in a dominant claycourt display at Roland Garros.
Auger-Aliassime looked more confident against Carabelli than he did in the shaky opening round 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 over Peruvian qualifying champion Juan Pablo Farias on Sunday.
Watch | Auger-Aliassime does a quick job for Ugo Carabelli:
“It was a better start than my first round for sure,” he said. “I think it gave me confidence that if I keep going like this and win service games and stay aggressive and try to dominate, I’ll give myself a good chance of winning straight sets.”
Oger-Aliassime’s next match will be on Thursday against Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who beat Croatian Borna Gogo 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.
It took Leila Fernandez of Montreal, ranked 17th at the women’s level, just 71 minutes to knock out Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2.
“I think I played a really good game, especially in terms of the important points in the first set,” Fernandes said. “In the second set I was happy that I was able to keep that attack and keep shooting, and I’m glad the balls went in when it mattered.”
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Later in the day, Andreescu reversed his decision 6-2 6-4 against 14th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Andreescu, of Mississauga, Ont., made a late charge by winning three games in a row late in the second set before Bencic held his serve for the win.
Bencic, the Olympic gold medalist at last summer’s Tokyo Games, will meet Fernandez in a third-round match on Friday.
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Nadal wins match 300 at Grand Slam
Rafael Nadal racked up 300 career grand slam victories by defeating Corentin Mutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.
The only real flash of 13-times French Open champion Nadal on Wednesday night at Court Philippe Chatrier came to a close, when the 139th-ranked Frenchman broke him while serving the match 5-3.
But Nadal broke right-back to advance to 107-3 at Roland Garros.
Only Roger Federer, 369, and Novak Djokovic, who picked up No. 325 earlier Wednesday, beat Nadal on the men’s list for major slam wins.
Djokovic solid in the victory, Alcaraz survived
World number 1 Djokovic completed a powerful 6-2 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Slovakian Alex Mulkan in the second round to maintain his title defense and pursue a record Grand Slam title on the right track.
With Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title due to his refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19, Spaniard Rafa Nadal broke a three-way tie for the most Grand Slam titles with Serbian and Roger Federer by winning the Melbourne Park Grand Prix at the start of the year.
However, recreating the success of his campaign at Roland Garros 2021, when he beat Nadal 13 times in the French Open in the semi-finals, will lift Djokovic alongside his great rival.
The sixth seed, Alcaraz, scored six of the last seven matches, and the last half a dozen points, to end his victory in the second round, which lasted more than 4 and a half hours.
Alcaraz is only 19 years old but has arrived in Paris with a lot of expectations – his own and the expectations of others – based on his impressive season that includes four major titles. He is the youngest player to reach the top ten in the ATP rankings since Nadal in 2005.
On his way to the Madrid Open on clay earlier this month, Alcaraz became the first player to beat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament on this surface.
But he was very close to achieving a quicker exit than anyone would have expected in front of fellow Spaniard Ramos Vinolas, the 34-year-old who is ranked 44th.
Alcaraz was one point away from losing while Ramos Vinolas served to win 5-4 in the fourth set. But Ramos-Vinolas missed a forehand there. Eighty minutes later, after trailing 3-0 in fifth, the Kars took their first match point and converted it with a header.
Zverev runs two sets down
Alexander Zverev had to rise from two sets and save match point to reach the third round.
The German beat Argentine Sebastian Baez 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5.
That’s the good news for Ranked #3.
Zverev had trouble serving the 21-year-old but re-arranged the rematch in the third set.
Zverev saved match point before holding 5-5 in the deciding set and then broke Baez before being knocked out.
The last time Zverev put himself in a two-pack hole at Roland Garros, it didn’t end either. He fought again in the semi-finals last June against Stefanos Tsitsipas but lost in five sets.
Overthrowing the US Open champion
US Open champion Emma Radocano missed the French Open in the second round.
Raducano lost to Alexandra Sasnovic of Belarus 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to end her debut at Roland Garros.
19-year-old Raducano broke Sasnovic’s side in the fifth game of the opening set, hitting the winners with a backhand backhand followed by a forehand to seal it.
12th seed Radocano failed to convert five break points at 1-1 in the third set as Sasnovic netted her 16th career win over the top 20 players.
Radocano, who also lost to Sasnovich at Indian Wells last year in Britain’s first game after winning the title at Flushing Meadows, scored 17 wins and 33 unforced errors at Susan Lenglin Court.
Sasnovich advanced to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. This is her seventh appearance.
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