In the bottom half of the Roland Garros 2021 main draw, without Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the German Alexander Zverev is the most important name of the Parisian morning. After being forced to chase for two sets against Otte on his debut, the German ended Safiullin's practice in three sets, albeit with some too much effort.
The Russian qualifier, in fact, reaches the tie-break both in the first and in the third set, but without ever winning it. With a score of 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in double figures with double fouls but also with 15 aces, Zverev reaches the third round where he will find Laslo Djere, victorious today in the derby against Kecmanovic after coming back two sets of disadvantage .
The lower part of the main draw was then hit by yet another surprise elimination. An unrecognizable Roberto Bautista Agut has in fact succumbed in four sets to world number 150 Henri Laaksonen. Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Daria Kasatkina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Madison Keys got the 3rd round.
Andrey Rublev is disappointed by his elimination from the Parisian Grand Slam, also because on the eve of the tournament he was considered one of the main outsiders: "I am quite disappointed by this defeat, I would have preferred to complete the comeback after the first two sets but I was quite unlucky at the fifth set.
He played a great game when he broke me and I didn't expect it to get to that point. Also he has always closed in the best way to cancel my chances and I must say that I feel very unlucky because Struff is a strong player and catching him in the first round is not a good thing at all."
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Does Roger Federer send Novak Djokovic a dig? In the press conference the Swiss Maestro in fact said: "Daniel Evans defeated Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo and this motivated me, the reason being that I beat Evans in Doha.
This does not mean much and it certainly does not mean that I would have beaten Nole later but all this made me realize that my level is not that far from the top players." About Djokovic. World No. 1 made it clear at a press conference how the PTPA will move forward.
He said: "In the last few months we have had several meetings to try to improve the association. We have contacted all the players in the top 500, the top 350 singles and the top 150 doubles. We contacted some athletes even if in the women's field things they are going a bit slower.
We have had some contacts with ATP, until we are well structured, until we have a clear understanding of the structure we want to give ourselves there is no reason to continue to have discussions with ATP . About 80% of the players in the top 500 support us and of these 75% have signed the PTPA affiliation document. This is great news, but it is the only one so far. You will know more in the coming months."