Competing at his second Roland Garros, the 13th seed Andrey Rublev is through to the third round, beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in two hours and 11 minutes. The Russian hit 39 winners and 33 unforced errors, overpowering Davydovich Fokina in the battle of the forehands and drawing more than 40 mistakes from the Spaniard.
Andrey suffered three breaks and delivered seven, dominating in sets two and four to advance into the last 32 for the first time in Paris. Alejandro grabbed a break in the fifth game of the opener, serving for it at 5-4. Rublev pulled the break back in the very last moment, gaining momentum and stealing the set with another return game at 6-5.
The Russian claimed 20 out of 24 points in set number two from 1-1, producing breaks in games for and six and holding at love at 5-1 to open two sets to love advantage. Davidovich Fokina won the third set with a break in game four, serving well in the remaining ones to grab it 6-3 and reduce the deficit.
The Spaniard broke at the beginning of the fourth set but that was the last we saw from him in this one, allowing Rublev to rattle off six straight games and seal the deal in style. Roberto Carballes Baena will play in the third round at Majors for the first time, prevailing over the 9th seed Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 in five hours!
The Canadian served for the victory at 5-4 in the decider and got robbed by the chair umpire over a questionable mark. Carballes Baena lost serve again at 5-5 but it wasn't to be for the seeded player, dropping the final three games to end his run in the second round and propel the Spaniard through after a marathon.
The 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas took down one of his idols Pablo Cuevas for the second straight tournament, beating the Uruguayan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 28 minutes. The Greek had a massive advantage in the shortest and more advanced exchanges, dropping only 12 points behind the initial shot and suffering only one break.
Five seeds are safely through to the third round.
On the other hand, the youngster converted six out of 13 break opportunities, firing 26 winners and 18 unforced errors to control the pace and race over the top. The 7th seed Matteo Berrettini ousted Lloyd Harris 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 41 minutes, earning five breaks and hitting 39 winners and unforced errors to keep the points on his racquet.
The South African fought well in the opening two sets, losing ground in the third and fourth to propel the Italian over the finish line. Karen Khachanov had to work hard against Jiri Vesely, defeating the Czech 6-1, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in three hours and 35 minutes, wasting a 5-2 lead in set number two and saving set points in the third to remain in front.
Vesely led 5-2 in set number two, squandering set points and losing the tie break to push Karen over the top, in what could have been another entertaining five-setter.