tennis Benjamin Bonzi had a great performance by taking out the American Christopher Eubanks (30th in the world)
Benjamin Bonzi defeated American Christopher Eubanks to advance to the third round of the US Open on August 30, 2023. — Getty Images via AFP
The French have already does better than’’ Roland Garros. Benjamin Bonzi and Adrian Mannarino qualified for the third round of the US Open on Wednesday. Hugo Gaston and Titouan Droguet, whose career began in qualifying ended.
A total of eight of the 24 French players entered in the men's and women's main draws advanced to the second round. Four played on Wednesday and the other four (Gaël Monfils, Arthur Fils, Arthur Rinderknech and Clara Burel) will play on Thursday.
Ça passe: Bonzi, Mannarino
He had never done so well. New York: Bonzi (108th) qualified for the third round at the expense of the American Christopher Eubanks (30th) 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9/7).
In difficult conditions, with a noisy American public that was entirely committed to Eubanks’s cause, the Frenchman showed composure, especially on a backhand passing shot which allowed him to win the first set.
After quickly giving in the second set, he took advantage of the a drop in speed from his opponent, especially on serve. In the fourth set, Eubanks seemed to running out of pace, committing 24 unforced errors in that run alone. Bonzi, however, needed decisive play and three match points to finish.
Last year, the 27-year-old from Nîmois lost in the second round. This year, he will try to reach the round of 16: it will be Friday against the Swiss Dominik Stricker (128th), surprise winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas (7th).
Mannarino, he came to end of the Hungarian Fabian Marozsan (92nd) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 and qualified. for the third round, tying his best result at Flushing Meadows. At 35, he will try to reach the knockout stages of the American Major for the first time by facing the American Frances Tiafoe (10th), semi-finalist last year, or the Austrian Sebastian Ofner (58th).
Ça break: Gaston and Droguet
Passé by the qualifications, Gaston (99th) was upgraded by the Serb Laslo Djere (N.38), 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 who deprived; the Frenchman in a prestigious duel against; Djokovic in the third round.
Winner of two Challenger tournaments in July (Iasi and Trieste), the Toulousain struggled; the whole game against his opponent's powerful groundstroke. He looked for to force fate at the net, earning 25 points on climbs, but he also committed 29 unforced errors.
Titouan Droguet will have won; more money in a week than in his entire career on the challengers tournaments. At 22, the 171st in the world has shown beautiful things to New York, and he did not deserve it. Wednesday, losing in 4 sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-7, 3-6 against Techèque Mensik.