Men's French Open 🇫🇷 Third Round Results
Federico Delbonis d Fabio Fognini (27) 6-4 6-1 6-3
Delbonis has been in fine form recently, and was enough to grab the mental and physical game here. Fognini only winning 30% of second serves, compared to 62%, allowing the Argentine 14 break point opportunities compared to just 5 for the Italian.
Kei Nishikori d Henri Laaksonen 7-5 (Walkover)
A tired and hurt Laaksonen tried to push through but Nishikori won the first set, proving it extremely difficult for the Swiss to come back, forcing retirement.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina d Casper Ruud (15) 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(6) 0-6 7-5
Previewing this match, it had all the possibilities to go the distance, and it delivered. The crowd packed to COVID capacity seemed all Spanish, as Fokina seemed extra motivated to win this match. Ruud is only 22, and is not used to being in such a light, especially unpopular to the crowd. As a young player, this definitely plays a part in a Grand Slam tournament, and the man from Norway definitely played a bit nervous. As most players do, Ruud played well as the 'underdog' when down a set, but could not come out on top.
Alexander Zverev (6) d Laslo Djere 6-2 7-5 6-2
There was no sign of 'Double-fault Zverev'. In fact, the German was serving exceptionally consistent. This sort of consistency would definitely earn Zverev a win over his next opponent Nishikori.
Cristian Garin (22) d Marcos Giron 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-2
Garin has a very good 1-2 punch for his serve and winner. Garin's first serve of 70% allowing him to be the aggressor for the match. Giron also liked to be the aggressor, but was less consistent, allowing Garin to win the final two sets convincingly.
Palblo Carreno-Busta (12) d Steve Johnson 6-4 6-4 6-2
The Spaniard seemed levels above the American, especially after Johnson had just been in two 5-setters in a row. The 12th seed controlled the game well, only allowing the American to break just once. The Spaniard faces the 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Fourth Round.
Daniil Medvedev (2) d Reilly Opelka (32) 6-4 6-2 6-4
Medvedev is serving sensationally, winning 87% of his first serves. His groundstrokes are working well, and is controlling the game well. Medvedev loves to turn defence into attack, especially against a player like Opelka.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) d John Isner (31) 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) 6-1
The Greek God held his game well to come back after losing a first set. It can be daunting to comeback to a huge server like Isner, but the 5th seed fought smart and hard, winning 86% of his first serves, mainly due to Isner's lack of mobility across the court.
Diego Schwartzmann (10) d Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 6-1
Theoretically, it does not make sense that Aslan Karatsev is 2-0 H2H against Schwartzmann, but Kohlschreiber defeats Karatsev, then Schwartzmann demolishes the German. The world no 132 had his glory win against the Russian, and the 10th seed stopped it convincingly.
Jan-Lennard Struff d Carlos Alcaraz Garfia 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2
The German was an underdog coming into the match, and was not sure why...Am still not sure why... The German winning 84% of his first serves, not allowing the Spaniard to comeback and gain the momentum. Struff can definitely have his self-destructing moments, but he held well to finish it in 3.
Lorenzo Musetti d Marco Cecchinato 3-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3
An Italian duel! Musetti, world no 76, facing fellow countrymen Cecchinato, world no 83. Musetti continued his rise in the rankings with a tight 5 setter, leaving his fellow compatriot in the dust.
Jannik Sinner (18) d Mikael Ymer 6-1 7-5 6-3
Sinner continued his fine form. Ymer was lucky to get to the 3rd Round, but Sinner's game of grinding definitely outdid the Swede, and was expected to, with Ymer's slower serve allowing the Italian to be the aggressor and take the game in his own hands.
Novak Djokovic (1) d Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-4 6-1
A solid performance from the world no 1, with no break point opportunities given to the Lithuanian. Clinical Djoker, winning 88% of his first serves. Considering Djokovic's serve is no Medvedev or Tsitsipas, this is an incredible stat despite the lower ranked opponent.
Rafael Nadal (3) d Cameron Norrie 6-3 6-3 6-3
Rafael Nadal continued his straight sets wins in the 3rd Round, knocking out the 'Nottingham Nadal'. The world no 3 did give two breaks away, but was clinical in his returning game, breaking six times throughout the encounter. Nadal faces Jannik SInner (18) in the 4th Round.
Matteo Berrettini (9) d Soon-Woo Kwon 7-6(6) 6-3 6-4
The Italian not only won 84% of his first serves, but did not provide any break point opportunites for the Korean. Kwon did well to reach the 3rd round, but came against a clay master in Berrettini.
Roger Federer (8) d Dominik Koepfer 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 7-5
Honestly, Federer won the mental game here. The Swiss 39yo did not look in amazing form like he used to. Federer looked slow, a bit lathargic, but it was enough to get him to the 4th round. Koepfer lost the plot a few times, and although could have won this match, is not quite mature enough to be resilient, and focus in crucial times. Roger Federer he will face Matteo Berrettini in the 4th Round.