A truly interesting day full of surprises, on and off the court, at the Roland Garros 2021. But let's start talking about what happened on the court. Roger Federer got the second round of the Roland Garros 2021 turns out to be poor in problems.
The Swiss champion, in his fourth appearance of the season, beats Denis Istomin for 6-2 6-4 6-3 and he returns to success on clay-court exactly two years later. The twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who plays an extraordinarily consistent game, closes with a forehand from the center and no longer makes changes to the project until the finish line.
Rather. At the foot of the finish line he breaks his opponent's serve for the fifth time. The Uzbek player, fresh from the sieve of the qualifiers and short of solutions to make an even game, survives just over ninety minutes of play.
Federer, who in 2021 had only beaten Dan Evans in Doha, will see it in the second round with Marin Cilic. Serena Williams qualified for the second round of the Parisian Slam, not by shining, but by winning as only the champions can do.
The American rebels against a faded performance and the climax of the match against Irina Camelia Begu lies in the 4 points in a row, obtained with anger and with class, which allow Serena to cancel two set points at the tie break of the first set and transform the 4-6 in the 8-6 with a lot of final scream.
The second set quickly becomes little more than a pass for Williams who puts two breaks between himself and the Romanian and closes the question at 6-2. The young star made it known through her social media. The Japanese tennis player greeted Paris after being fined for not attending the press conferences, and after a joint statement of the four seasonal Slams, which threatened further sanctions.
But the real news of the day is Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the tournament. In the statement, the former world number one says he suffered from episodes of depression after winning her first Grand Slam., and with now she will talk about the issue with the WTA board.
This is a delicate situation for the young Japanese star. Her decision, from the beginning, did not get too many consents: in the past few hours Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek have already expressed their perplexity about it.
Commenting on his recent choice to snub the media was also American Chris Evert. She she said: "Press conferences are essential in Grand Slam tournaments to have the players' point of view on their game, it is a collective responsibility of the players to continue to grow the sport.
I think we have lost sight of the early days, the 70s, when the women's circuit did not exist and that generation talked non-stop to the press to promote sport and themselves. Gamers today are earning a great deal of money and there is compensation."