Well, that was quick. A combination of Medvedev stepping up his game, and Bagnis struggling with that calf injury sees the Russian run away with the first set. Eurosport commentators are speculating that Bagnis is unfit to continue but hanging on a little to collect the first-round prize money. Not sure if I agree with that, although the Argentine is certainly not 100%. If he retired early from this first-round match, he would only collect half of the €62,000 prize money, which equates to about a quarter of his earnings this year.
Pliskova is continuing to have a bit of a howler against Andrianjafitrimo. She’s 5-1 down, and struggling against the French player. We have an upset on our hands here.
Australian Open 2022 finalist Danielle Collins has roared through her first set with Viktoriya Tomova. Six-love, a morning donut for the Bulgarian.
Excited to see Simona Halep later. The 2018 French Open champion is on court at 2.35pm BST against Nastasja Schunk as she makes her way back from a calf injury, with the 30-year-old also taking some time out to get married. She’s ranked 19 here, but most certainly a top-10 player on her day. However, there are some hurdles to overcome for the Romanian.
“I had the biggest injury of my career, and I didn’t know how to manage it at the start,” she told CNN in a revealing pre-tournament interview. “I was scared and had low confidence because I felt my body didn’t hold anymore. I really suffered and I didn’t see any light outside of the tunnel.”
After a couple of breaks from both Medvedev and Bagnis, we’re on serve on Suzanne Lenglen. Bagnis has looked lively and bring the Russian to the net with a sumptuous drop shot. Medvedev is one of the best movers on tour, but he can only bunt it back over the net for an easy Bagnis finish. Lovely stuff.
Welcome to the third day of the French Open at Roland Garros! The second seed in the men’s draw, and soon-to-be Wimbledon absentee, Daniil Medvedev, is first up on Suzanne Lenglen, against Facundo Bagnis. Ranked just outside the top 100, Bagnis has a heavily strapped right calf – this should be fairly straightforward for the Russian. But we’ve already seen some upsets this year in Paris. Medvedev receives a warm welcome from the French crowd. I have reached the quarter-finals last year after four previous first-round exits.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Denis Shapovalov gets going against Holger Rune, while home favorite Ugo Humbert is underway against Emil Ruusuvuori.
Interestingly, on Court Simonne-Mathieu, No 8 seed Karolina Pliskova is currently 2-0 down in the opening set to Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, while Danielle Collins and lead Jeļena Ostapenko have early leads in their first-round matches against Viktoriya Tomova and Lucia Bronzetti respectively .
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