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Federer meets Paris again

Federer meets Paris again

It was four years since the public in Paris had seen the tennis player who flatters the most, the Swiss Roger Federer, who this Sunday returned to Roland Garros and had a placid reunion, with a simple victory against the young Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

While waiting for the big favorites to come into play this Monday, the Spanish Rafa Nadal, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, the French Grand Slam was able to enjoy the Swiss game.

Federer did not have to work hard to win 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4 against Italian Lorenzo Sonego, 23, a neophyte in Paris, 73rd in the ranking.

Twenty years after his debut on the clay of Paris, ten after his only triumph, the 37-year-old Helvetian once again verified, in a packed center, that he is still the man most loved by the French public.

And he showed that the physical problems that forced him to withdraw from the last tournament in Rome are history, by getting rid of a rival that started nervous without problems and that, despite the fact that he arrived with the triumph in Marrakech in his record, he did not put in problems to Federer.

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In the second round, Federer will face the German Oscar Otte, rescued from the qualifying round, who got rid of the Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-1, 4-6 and 6-0.

Along with Federer, the other candidate for success who took to the track this Sunday was Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has been carving out a figure of favorite.

The Hellenic’s duel against the German Maximilian Marterer, 110 of the world, did not leave great conclusions either, whom he defeated 6-2, 6-2 and 7-6 (4).

At the age of 20, Tsitsipas arrives on the Parisian clay after doing a good tour on that surface and will be measured for a place in the third phase for the first time in his career against the Bolivian Hugo Dellien, who beat the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran his first match in a Grand Slam.

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The first Greek to enter the top ten in the world, Tsitsipas managed to defeat Rafa Nadal in the semifinals of the 1,000 Masters in Madrid two weeks ago, before losing in the final against Serbian Novak Djokovic, numbers 2 and 1 respectively in the ranking.

The Japanese Kei Nishikori, seventh seed, easily got rid of the French Quentin Halys, invited by the organizers, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4.

His next opponent will come out of the duel between the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the German Peter Gojowczyk.

The surprise came in the women’s draw, in which the fifth favorite, the German Angelique Kerber, lost against the Russian Anastasia Potapova, 18 years old and 81 in the world, who won 6-4 and 6-2.

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The quarter-finalist of the last edition, who had not played for two months due to physical problems, had already warned that she would take to the track out of respect for a Grand Slam, the only one that does not appear in the record of this former world number one of 31 years.

But she barely rivaled against a promising player, who made her debut in the tournament and who will now face the winner of the duel between the Chinese Yafan Wang and the Czech Marketa Vondrousova

The world number two, Czech Karolina Pliskova, defeated American Madison Brengle without problems 6-2, 6-3.

Her next rival will be the Slovak Kristina Kucova, from the qualifying round and who beat the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, winner in 2009 but who for the second year in a row lost in the first round, 6-2, 6-3. EFE

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