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Sport French Open 2020: Fucsovics claims late-night Medvedev scalp, normal service resumed for Nadal

03:30  29 september  2020
03:30  29 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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The 2020 French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It is held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Day two at Roland Garros sees Rafael Nadal take to court, aiming for a 13th title, as he faces Egor Gerasimov last on Chatrier. The 2020 French Open was postponed from its usual springtime slot That will give encouragement to Marton Fucsovics . The 28-year-old has plenty of experience and is

a man looking at the camera: Marton Fucsovics © ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images Marton Fucsovics

Daniil Medvedev suffered a stunning late-night defeat to Marton Fucsovics after Rafael Nadal beat Egor Gerasimov in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Fourth seed Medvedev became the biggest casualty in the men's draw at Roland Garros as Hungarian Fucsovics, ranked 63, won 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-1 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

It was after 11.30pm in Paris when the 28-year-old Fucsovics secured the first win against a top-five opponent in his career under the floodlights.

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Rafael Nadal , Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep are among the favourites to win the 2020 French Open after the draws were made at Roland Garros . There are similarly dangerous lurkers that could prove problematic for Medvedev and Tsitsipas in their quarter. Rafael Nadal route to French Open glory.

After dropping his opening service game, Marin Cilic has looked very sharp. Today marks the second of the French Open ’s unique three-day first round action and we will get our first glimpses of Petra Kvitova, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal , Daniil Medvedev , Garbine Muguruza.

Medvedev lost the second set when he was given a point penalty for smashing his racket on an evening to forget for the Russian, who prompted raised eyebrows from his opponent when he won a point with an underarm serve.

Nadal overcame Gerasimov 6-4 6-4 6-2 and made notable strides from his quarter-final loss to Diego Schwartzman at the Internazionali d'Italia, while US Open champion Dominic Thiem also cruised into the second round.

The shocks came as eighth seed Gael Monfils, a semi-finalist in 2008, lost 6-4 7-5 3-6 6-3 to Alexander Bublik while 19th seed and rising star Felix Auger Aliassime was defeated by Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5 6-3 6-3.

Monfils' compatriot Corentin Moutet was knocked out by qualifier Lorenzo Giustino in a marathon five-setter and clay-court specialist Fabio Fognini tumbled out in four sets in his match with Mikhail Kukushkin.

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Summary Day two from the French Open at Roland Garros , Paris Defending champion Rafael Nadal beats Egor Gerasimov 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach second round

Rafael Nadal is the three-time defending champion. Nadal attempts to equal Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

NADAL RESUMES NORMAL SERVICE

Having struggled on serve in his surprise defeat to Schwartzman in the last eight in Rome, Nadal was much improved in that regard against Gerasimov.

He won 82 per cent of points on his first serve, with his improvement in that area leaving Nadal satisfied after coming through the first test in his quest for title number 13.

"I am trying to serve with high percentage. That's the first step that I have to do," said Nadal. "When I know that I can have a big percentage of first serves, then is the moment to increase the speed and increase the aggressiveness on the serve, no? Step by step. Today was the first step.

"Tomorrow, another day for practice. That's the only thing that I try to look at at this tournament, no? Try to be happy about every single improvement and try to give me a chance to be better every day."

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Roland Garros will be up to 60% full when the rescheduled tournament takes place in order to ensure physical distancing. Tennis bodies suspend sport until 7 June with sideswipe at French Open . French Open 's new dates in late September risk boycott by Rafael Nadal .

Daniil Medvedev will aim to earn his first victory at Roland Garros when he faces Marton Fucsovics in the first round in Paris. Daniil Medvedev has a clear objective for his opening match at Roland Garros It is clear that Medvedev does not play a similar style to Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem

THIEM NOT CAUGHT COLD BY CILIC

Thiem, fresh off his victory at Flushing Meadows, comfortably prevailed in a battle of US Open champions with Marin Cilic, spoiling the Croatian's 32nd birthday.

Thiem triumphed 6-4 6-3 6-3 and, while much has been made of the cold and the heavier balls at this year's event, the conditions are of no concern to the Austrian.

He said: "Conditions, I'm used to them or I know how to play in those kinds of conditions obviously because in Austria, we have many days like that. And then from junior times and when I started to play professional on the futures in March in Croatia or Czech Republic, there were many tournaments with similar conditions. Cold, heavy balls.

"So, it's not really something new for me, and it helps against guys like Marin, because it's a little bit easier to return many serves back in the court and to run down almost every ball. So, I like these conditions. And anyway, we have to do the best we can, because it's a very special year."

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MOUTET LOSES SIX-HOUR MARATHON

There was more disappointment for the small number of home fans as Moutet followed Monfils in tumbling out of the tournament, albeit in significantly more dramatic fashion.

Moutet will have been expected to come through his clash with Giustino with little difficulty but was outlasted in an epic that was finally settled after six hours and five minutes of play.

Giustino progressed 0-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 18-16 and fell to his back in celebration as he came through a marathon encounter.

Asked for his thoughts on the contest, Moutet said: "My feelings, I don't know. We played a really long match, so I don't know. I don't feel anything in my body right now. I feel empty."


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