Jaume Munar remains one step away from the victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Jaume Munar remains one step away from the victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas

The Hellenic, fifth seed, won 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4, in three hours and 12 minutes. Djokovic, overwhelming in his debut, while Nadal will seek the third round against Mackenzie McDonald.

Jaume Munar remains one step away from the victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Always linked to Rafael Nadal , Jaume Munar tries to chart his own path, without being conditioned by the extraordinary weight of his friend. Mallorcan like him, showed his intrepid side with the junior final of Roland Garros, in 2014 and, at 23 years old, he is leaving signs of skills that allowed him to jump to 52nd position in the ranking in May 2019. This Tuesday, in The first round of Roland Garros saw Stefanos Tsitsipas , fifth seed and finalist on the canvas last Saturday in Hamburg. He had two sets of advantage, but in the end he saw the Hellenic re-emerge, who won 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4, in three hours and 12 minutes.

In the Suzanne Lenglen, second track in the hierarchy of the great Parisian, Munar gave a superb performance, although he was not able to finish the job before one of the tennis players called to be a prominent protagonist. Reigning champion of the ATP Finals, semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open and with a total of five titles to date, Tsitsipas ended up imposing his greatest rennet in high competition. The break in the seventh game of the fifth set was definitive in a match full of alternatives.

It was the second time that Munar, currently 109th, ran into a top 10 in a Grand Slam tournament. In the previous one he retired injured when he lost with Dominic Thiem , ultimately champion, 7-6 (6) and 6-3 in the first round of the United States Open.

Fight to the finish

Munar's solidity was not enough to bring down Tsitsipas. The Spaniard made only 21 unforced errors, compared to his opponent's 49, an insufficient record given the balance of 54 to 38 in winning strokes by his opponent. The Mallorcan's racket never declined, returning from an adverse break in the fourth quarter before the match was equalized to two sets.

With all the frustration that comes from losing a game in such circumstances, the experience adds to the growth of a tennis player who knows how to compete and does not feel intimidated against the great players in the best scenarios, as he already demonstrated at Flushing Meadows by standing up to Thiem.

Novak Djokovic beat the young Swede Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2 and 6-3, in one hour and 38 minutes. Comfortable debut of the world number 1, who was not penalized for his excesses with the left. “This year they are going to be very important, because the track is very heavy and you have to vary the blows. But I have abused a little,” he admitted. In the next instance he will meet the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis , 66th.

After his simple victory against Egor Gerasimov , Nadal plays this Wednesday (around 3pm, Eurosport 1) against the American Mackenzie McDonald , who, like the Belarusian, had never reached the final draw in Paris.

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