Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev has taken less than 100 minutes to race into the second round of the French Open but world No 15 Denis Shapovalov lost to Danish teenager Holger Rune.
Medvedev brushed aside beat Facundo Bagnis 6-2 6-2 6-2. The Argentine’s calf was heavily strapped and at one point he collapsed while serving, but he insisted he was fit to compete. The 32-year-old could be docked prize money if it is ruled he played while injured.
Given this was Medvedev’s first claycourt match of the season following hernia surgery he might have preferred a tougher workout, especially as he now faces a specialist on the red.
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Serbian Laslo Djere, who beat Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 6-4, won their only previous meeting, in Budapest on clay five years ago, though the Russian did retire at 0-6 5-5.
Shapovalov lost 6-3 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to Rune, another promising Scandinavian.
“I didn’t really show up today, so it’s a little bit difficult,” he said. “Of course, Holger is playing some great tennis, he won his first title, he’s pushing some top guys.
“So not taking anything away from him. But I think against most players today I wouldn’t come out the winner.”
Once only Swedes – and plenty of them – figured in the tennis elite from the region. Now there is only 95-ranked Michael Ymer from Sweden in the mens top 100. Above him is a Finn, Emil Ruusuvuori (61) who beat Ugo Humbert to progress, Rune (40) and Norway’s Casper Ruud (8).
Ruud was the day’s villain, bringing down the curtain on the career of French favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who sais he will retire after the tournament.
The 37-year-old took the first set, but by the end the ailing two-time semi-finalist could barely serve as Ruud won 6-7 (6-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 7-6 (7-0).
An emotional Tsonga, who reached No.5 in an 18-year career, kneeled and put his head down to the clay amid thunderous applause after the defeat.
Tsonga, who won the 2017 Davis Cup with France, was greeted on court by all of his former coaches and his parents wearing a ‘Merci Jo’ t-shirt, as well as his children.
“It’s great day for me. The day when I say goodbye to my long-time companion. I’ve never looked back but now is the time to do it,” Tsonga told the crowd.
Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev survived a first-set scare to move past Kwon Soon-woo. The 24-year-old let his frustrations boil over after losing the tiebreak as he angrily whacked a ball, which struck his chair and narrowly missed the head of a groundsman.
Frances Tiafoe finally earned his first victory at the French Open.
The 24th-ranked American beat Benjamin Bonzi 7-5 7-5 7-6 (7-5) for his first win at Roland Garros after six first-round defeats. He next faces David Goffin of Belgium.