French Open – results men: Tsitsipas continues to struggle in Roland-Garros – Hurkacz needs five sets

Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) sniffed the set equalizer against Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece/No. 5) in the fourth round, had break chances and even four set points in the tie-break. “He wants to win the game almost by force, but he has to stay relaxed,” criticized Eurosport-Expert Boris Becker the Greeks.

But then Tsitsipas pulled through with nerves of steel. He is in round two of the clay court Grand Slam for the sixth time in a row. Tsitsipas had more problems than expected on the Philippe Chatrier court with his opponent, who slipped down to world number 445 due to a persistent thigh injury.

“He’s still missing a tournament victory that gives him self-confidence in 2023,” gave Eurosportexpert Barbara Rittner to consider: “He lacks a little lightness. He will have to improve.” Becker saw it that way too.

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“He has to improve a lot on his basic strokes. There were too many simple mistakes. His backhand was also shaky. His arm wasn’t loose,” said the six-time Grand Slam winner.

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Meanwhile, Olympic finalist Karen Khachanov (No. 11) lost two sets against local hero Constant Lestienne (France). It was 3: 6, 1: 6 after less than 90 minutes. But then the Russian showed fighting spirit and won 3:6, 1:6, 6:2, 6:1, 6:3 after 3:41 hours.

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Hubert Hurkacz (Poland/No. 13) also needed five sets against the quarter finalist from 2016, David Goffin (Belgium) – 6: 3, 5: 7, 6: 4, 2: 6, 6: 4 after 3:37 Hours.

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Wild card holder Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) managed a small surprise, beating 20th seed Dan Evans (Great Britain) 6:4, 6:4, 6:4.

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In the second round there is also the Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner, who surprisingly clearly 6: 4, 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 2 against the American Maxime Cressy (44th place) who is 74 places higher in the world rankings ) prevailed.

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2023-05-28 16:18:00
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