Alexander Zverev entered the second round of the French Open in a light performance. The Olympic champion apparently won his opening match against Austrian Sebastian Offner in Paris on Sunday 6:2, 6:4, 6:4 and faced no challenge. After 1:49 hours, Zverev converted his fourth game point.
“I usually start a Grand Slam with a match over five sets and several hours,” Zverev said after the light race. “But Serge told me I have to do things differently today, and I listened to him for once,” said the German number one, referring to his new Spanish coach, Serge Bruguera.
On the other hand, the end came for the German trio. Julie Niemeyer had to admit defeat in her first Grand Slam 7:5, 4:6, 2:6 despite the long and convincing performance of American Sloane Stephens. Obviously, Tatjana Maria lost to No. 26 seed Sorana Cristia of Romania 3:6, 3:6, Daniel Altmaier lost to Spaniard Jaume Munnar 1:6, 3:6, 6:4, 3:6. Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic have A chance to qualify for the second round on Monday.
Zverev was hardly challenged by Ofner
Zverev dominated everything at Susan Lenglin Court from the start. The 25-year-old played with concentration, but was never seriously challenged by qualifier Offner. After 31 minutes, Zverev got the first set, and just over an hour later it was 2-0 for the favorite set.
Zverev presented himself relaxing ahead of the French Open. At the Australian Open at the start of the year, Germany’s top seed failed in the round of 16 after putting too much pressure on herself in the hunt for her first Grand Slam title. In Paris, his name rarely appears when it comes to title contenders. A circumstance that Zverev wants to use for himself. has been started. The 25-year-old faces the winner of the match between Argentine Sebastian Baez and Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
After her surprise victory in the tournament in Strasbourg, Kerber traveled to Paris with self-confidence. “It was the best preparation I could have hoped for,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner. “I don’t think I’ve played a tournament before the French Open. Now I’m going to Paris with a really good feeling.” But it does not count itself among the candidates. “I think from round to round. I don’t have any high expectations,” Kerber said, then followed up with a small declaration of war. “I want to play the same way in Paris as I do here.”
Niemeyer loses with thigh problems
Niemeyer, a potential successor to Kerber, has long shown that it can be expected in the future. Over the course of two sentences, the Dortmund native caused major difficulties for finalist Stephens in Paris. Then she had problems with her thighs and she was clearly restricted in her movements.
After the match, Niemeyer said: “Of course it’s annoying when you can’t play your best tennis at the end. But I can still take a lot of positive things with me. I’ve seen that I can keep up with players like that.” A duel with the 2017 US Open champion, her first appearance was in the main draw for a Grand Slam tournament. “My goal now is to always be on the main court in the Grand Slam and to survive a few rounds there,” Niemeyer said. (dpa)