2022 is definitely a good year for Constant Lestienne. Wednesday, in the first round of the ATP 250 tournament in Tel Aviv, the Amiénois took Adrian Mannarino out of the table in two sets (7-6 , 6-4) and a little less than two hours, at the end of a meeting that he managed well tactically. A success which is not insignificant for Lestienne and which validates its current good dispositions. 68th in the world, his best career ranking, Lestienne indeed snagged in Israel his best victory on the main ATP circuit against the 51st in the world!
In ten days, Lestienne, who had never beaten a Top 100 on the Grand Tour before, scalped the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (70th) in San Diego (before losing in the quarter-finals to Daniel Evans) and therefore Adrian Mannarino.
Lots of variations in keystrokes
On Wednesday, the three-time Challenger winner this season, perfectly succeeded in “confuse” Mannarino, notably by breaking the rhythm in the exchange, with a lot of variations in the strikes and in particular the use of the slice in the backhand as in the forehand. And even if he was not on a big percentage in the first serve (47%), Lestienne almost always made the difference behind (86% of points).
Beaten in the first round in Metz by Mikael Ymer, Mannarino, he probably did not evolve 100%. Apart from a good run and eleven consecutive points to come back from 1-4 to 4-4 in the first set, “Manna” seemed to lack dynamism throughout the game. For Lestienne in any case, the great adventure continues. In the round of 16, the French will face Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.