Tennis, Roland Garros: Berrettini and Musetti in the third round, out of Seppi. Barty world n.1 retires

After Fabio Fognini, three other Italians arrive in the third round of Roland Garros. Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner go ahead in the second seasonal Grand Slam underway on the clay courts in Paris, which however loses one of the most anticipated protagonists, the number 1 in the world Ashleigh Barty, forced to retire for a back problem.

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Berrettini dominates Coria, ahead of Musetti and Sinner

No problem for the Roman tennis player, number 9 in the world ranking and on the scoreboard, who defeated in three sets (6-3 6-3 6-2 the score), in less than two hours of play, the Argentine Federico Coria, number 94 Atp, thus reaching for the third time the third round in the French capital. With a break at the start, Matteo immediately made things clear (2-0): he did not succeed in an encore in the third game but in the ninth yes, closing the first set 6-3 even without playing his best tennis. With the serving percentages a little lower (two consecutive breakpoints canceled in the third game) and a forehand that became less deadly, in the second set much more hard-fought Berrettini turned into a “monsiuer drop-shot”, becoming a nightmare for the 29 year old from Rosario. Just with a dampening, followed by a straight passer-by along the anthology line, the tennis player followed by coach Vincenzo Santopadre hit the break in the eighth game. And shortly after he also archived the second set. The blue immediately took a break ahead at the start of the third fraction and conceded an encore in the fifth game (4-1), but in the following one, with a burst of pride, the Argentine recovered one of the two breaks (4-2). But the 25-year-old from Rome has again snatched the joke by then signing the final 6-2 with a robust first. Berrettini, who this year on the “red” (12 wins and 3 defeats so far) boasts the title in Belgrade and the final in the “1000” in Madrid, Saturday will play a place in the second round with Soonwoo Kwoon: the South Korean has eliminated Andreas Seppi with the score of 6-4 7-5 7-5.

They fly in the third round too Lorenzo Musetti e Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old from Carrara, number 76 in the world and his absolute debut in a Grand Slam, confirms himself in great form by beating the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, number 57 Atp, in three sets, with a score of 7-5 6-3 6-2 in just over two hours. Musetti, who was recently defeated by the Japanese in Parma, will now face the winner of the match between Marco Cecchinato and the Australian De Minaur. Sinner, number 19 in the world and 18 on the scoreboard, won the Italian derby in four sets with Gianluca Mager: 6-1 7-5 3-6 6-3 the final score after two hours and 19 ‘of play. The 19-year-old South Tyrolean, who last year stopped in the quarterfinals against Nadal as a rookie, will face Swedish Mikael Ymer, number 105 in the world, for a place in the second round, who overtook the French Gael Monfils, seeded number 14, for 6- 0 2-6 6-4 6-3. In the third round too Novak Djokovic. The Serbian, number one in the world, ruled in three sets the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, number 92 in the ATP ranking, with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes. On the way to the first favorite of the tournament the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who overtook the Australian James Duckworth 7-5 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-0.

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Barty retires, out of Giorgi and Paolini

After the retirement of Naomi Osaka for personal reasons, the women’s Roland Garros loses another star: the Australian Ashleigh Barty, number 1 in the world rankings, retired with a lower back problem during the 2nd round match against Poland’s Magda Linette, number 45 WTA, who was ahead 6-1 2-2 in scoring. Instead, Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina took the pass for the third round: the American, seeded number 4, won the derby with Hailey Baptiste with a score of 7-5 6-3, while the future Ukrainian Mrs. Monfils , fifth favorite, beat American Ann Li 6-0 6-4. Out and two Italians still in the running: Camila Giorgi was beaten by Varvara Gracheva 7-5 1-6 6-2, Jasmine Paolini he sold to the Greek Maria Sakkari, number 18 in the world, 6-2 6-3.

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