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    Day 1 Preview: Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime Open Roland Garros Campaigns | ATP Tour

    The Sunday begin of Roland Garros contains opening-round matches for Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Paris. The 12 months’s second Grand Slam begins solely with singles motion, with 20 males’s matches on the slate. seems at a few of the matches to observe on Day 1 within the French capital. 

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    [6] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) vs. [LL] Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)

    The primary ATP Head2Head assembly between this pair will shut play on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier, with Alcaraz one of many males to observe in his second look at Roland Garros. The Spaniard enters the clay-court main with a tour-leading 4 titles in 2022 — three on clay — and a 28-3 season report. He sits at a career-high of No. 6 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings because of that breakout success.

    After reaching the third spherical as a qualifier in a profitable Roland Garros debut final 12 months earlier than shedding to Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, Alcaraz returns as one of many favourites to carry La Coupe des Mousquetaires in two weeks’ time. He brings a 10-match successful streak into the occasion after finishing a Spanish title double in Barcelona and Madrid, downing Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in consecutive matches on his option to glory within the latter.

    Londero final competed in an ATP Tour occasion in February when he certified and gained one main-draw match in Santiago. His finest 2022 end result got here in February, when he gained six straight units to succeed in the Cordoba semi-finals. The 28-year previous gained his lone tour-level title in Cordoba in 2019 and reached a career-high of No. 50 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings later that 12 months.

    [3] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [Q] Sebastian Ofner (AUS)

    Third on Courtroom Suzanne Lenglen, Zverev and Sebastian Ofner meet at a Grand Slam for the second time following the German’s straight-sets win within the Wimbledon 2017 third spherical – their solely earlier matchup.

    The third seed brings robust clay-court kind into Paris, having reached the semi-finals or higher in any respect three ATP Masters 1000 occasions on the European clay swing. In between last-four showings in Monte Carlo and Rome, he reached the ultimate in Madrid. Zverev’s 18-6 report at Roland Garros is his finest at any main by win proportion, as are his three journeys to the quarter-finals or higher. His finest run got here final 12 months, when he reached the semis earlier than dropping a five-setter to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Zverev additionally confronted the Greek in all three of his current semi-finals, incomes a victory in Madrid.

    “It has been a constant clay courtroom season,” the German stated forward of his Roland Garros opener. “I assumed I picked up my degree of recreation with every event on the clay courtroom season, so I hope I can play my finest tennis right here. Clearly [I’m] a little bit bit upset I did not win a title on the clay this 12 months… If I win the title right here, then I am very happy about my clay-court season.”

    Ofner, the World No. 218, is competing in his first tour-level essential draw since he reached the Los Cabos second spherical final July. He gained an ATP Challenger Tour occasion in Prague in April, his finest results of the 2022 season.

    [9] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) vs. Juan Pablo Varillas (PER)

    The primary ATP Head2Head matchup between Auger-Aliassime and Juan Pablo Varillas is the second assembly of their skilled profession, with the ninth seed successful a 2016 Futures match towards the Peruvian, additionally on clay. They are going to be second on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

    The 21-year-old Canadian gained his first ATP Tour title in Rotterdam in February and adopted it up with a visit to his tenth last in Marseille. Auger-Aliassime is 0-2 at Roland Garros, however enters Paris in super kind on the Grand Slams. After his loss to Andreas Seppi one 12 months in the past within the French capital, he has gone on to succeed in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, the US Open semis and the Australian Open quarters. Extra not too long ago, he has reached 4 straight ATP Tour quarter-finals, together with on the ATP Masters 1000 occasions in Madrid and Rome.

    Varillas reached a career-high of No. 104 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings earlier this month and counts a qualifying run to the Cordoba final 16 as his finest tour-level results of 2022. He has additionally reached 4 semi-finals, together with one last, on the ATP Challenger Tour this season.


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    Finest Of The Relaxation

    Dominic Thiem seeks the primary win of his comeback from a right-wrist damage on Courtroom Simonne Mathieu towards Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien. The Austrian, a two-time finalist at Roland Garros (2018-19), can be seeking to bounce again from a shock first-round loss to Pablo Andujar final 12 months in Paris. 

    John Isner, certainly one of 15 People within the males’s singles draw, opens towards Quentin Halys, certainly one of 15 Frenchmen within the draw. These two nations paved the way by way of event contributors, with Argentina and Spain every offering 11 main-draw opponents.

    Different seeded gamers in motion embody No. 15 Diego Schwartzman (vs. qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov), No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov (vs. Marcos Giron), No. 21 Karen Khachanov (vs. qualifier Nuno Borges), No. 25 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (vs. Tallon Griekspoor), No. 26 Botic van de Zandschulp (vs. qualifier Pavel Kotov) and No. 31 Jenson Brooksby (vs. Pablo Cuevas).

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