Roland Garros day 4 Recap: crazy Alcaraz, Nadal is the most influential, and ...

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Roland Garros day 4 Recap: crazy Alcaraz, Nadal is the most influential, and ...

Novak Djokovic was forced by Alex Molcan (of his former coach Maria Vajda) to refocus only in the heart of the third set, during the second round of the Roland Garros 2022. With two sets and a break to keep, the world number one however, he does not lose sight of the most important of objectives, sip his energy, and closes at 6-2 6-3 7-6 (4) at the threshold of two hours and twenty of play.

In theory, he shouldn't be an obstacle even Aljaz Bedene in the third round. Carlos Alcaraz is saved in an extraordinary way against Albert Ramos Vinolas, who after a rather gray first set finds cracks in the compatriot's wall.

Victories also for Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber, Leylah Fernandez, Cori Gauff and Victoria Azarenka. Out Petra Kvitova and Emma Raducanu. Time has chosen two players to be included in the list of the 100 most influential people of 2022.

The first of these is Rafael Nadal: the Spaniard started this year with the victory of the Australian Open and the 21st title of the Grand Slam. Number five in the world is the only male player to be on Time's list this year, but he is not the only one representing the tennis category.

The US magazine, in fact, has chosen another tennis player for the Icons category: Shuai Peng.

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The tennis player has been at the center of the news for more than a year for reasons that elude tennis.

Peng first denounced the violence suffered by a senior Chinese government official and later disappeared. The first round of Roland Garros has ended and has not only decreed winners and losers, but also important retirements.

On day 3 of the French Open, on Court Philippe Chartier, the match between Casper Ruud and the tournament's wild card, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, was played. The French player, who chose to play his last Grand Slam in his native land, fought in the first two sets: he won the first in a daring tiebreak, while he lost the second in the same way.

"Congratulations Jo Willy on an epic career. It was a pleasure to share the field with you. So many memories ”: these are the beautiful words that Roger Federer wanted to dedicate to the former number five in the world in a social message, published both on Instagram and on Twitter.

Dominic Thiem addressed the issue of Wimbledon and the position of the ATP, underlining how unfair this is towards some tennis players in particular: "Regarding Wimbledon, I think it's a difficult decision for everyone, for some players it may already be most likely very painful, Berrettini or Novak or Fucsovics, for example.

But we must always keep in mind that I think the big picture that Wimbledon or our whole tennis world, is simply not a problem at all, the real problem is there in Ukraine and we hope there will be peace again very soon. "