Qualifying for Roland Garros 2022, the second Slam of the season to be held on clay, has officially started. A day that was attended by many Italian tennis players and that will somehow remain in the history of transalpine tennis.
One of the most interesting matches of the draw was without a doubt the Italian derby between Giulio Zeppieri and Andreas Seppi, on the one hand a young and interesting talent and on the other Andreas, an icon and in general a piece of Italian tennis history.
After one hour and ten minutes of play it was Zeppieri who prevailed with the result of 6-3;6-4 and this result ends Andreas Seppi's "legendary" streak of consecutive appearances in Grand Slam tournaments. The match was decided by two breaks, with Zeppieri winning the set thanks to one break per set: in the first set the young Italian got the break in the sixth game, then defending his serve without problems and closing 6-3.
In the second set, Giulio got the break in the ninth game and then closed 6-4. An excellent performance by Zeppieri who did not concede a single break point to his rival and who will now face Romanian Marius Copil, also a very experienced tennis player, in the semifinals of the qualifying tournament.
The Italian has participated in the last 66 Grand Slam tournaments and his is the third streak of all time. Ahead of Andreas, in the ranking, only Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco have more Slams, with 81 and 67 consecutive appearances, respectively.
In this curious and peculiar classification, Seppi is ahead of legends of this sport such as the Swiss Roger Federer (fourth with 65 Majors), Stefan Edberg and the world number one, Novak Djokovic, fourth and eighth respectively in the Top Ten.
Mouratoglou speaks about Djokovic
Tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has declared that there will be "huge stakes" for Novak Djokovic at the upcoming 2022 French Open. "One: Carlos Alcaraz.' Carlitos' is probably the most solid player at the moment," Mouratoglou said.
"He won Barcelona, he won Madrid, as well as Miami a few weeks earlier. In Madrid, he became the first player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same claycourt event. Two: Stefanos Tsitsipas. Finalist last year in Roland Garros, Tsitsipas also had a good claycourt preparation for Roland Garros.
He defended his title in Monte-Carlo and racked up big wins over the last month. Three: Novak Djokovic. There will be huge stakes for Djokovic at Roland Garros this year," the Frenchman continued. "He dominated across several Grand Slam tournaments last year, and this will be his first Major in 2022. If he wins, he will tie Rafa in the GOAT race with 21 and be in great position to take the lead."