Borna Coric’s Elbow Woes and Gasquet’s Triumph at Roland Garros

Borna Coric’s Elbow Woes and Gasquet’s Triumph at Roland Garros

Borna Coric is no longer really the 12th in the world that he was in 2018 and his elbow operations have a lot to do with it. Down to 73rd in the world, wearing a huge bandage on his right arm, the Croatian had few references on earth this season before facing Richard Gasquet, himself down to 124th in the world. This could have been the Biterrois’ last match at Roland, where he is playing the tournament for the 21st time, but he did everything to prevent that from being the case, and delivered a match of great beauty. Perhaps a little tense at the start of the match, he was the first to let go of his serve, but he immediately took over the Croatian’s throw-in to return to 3-3 and was then surprisingly regular for winning in three sets (7-6, 7-6, 6-4).

From his second match point, with a magnificent backhand passing along the line that Coric let slip away helplessly. Gasquet was left with two defeats on clay that were hardly encouraging – in qualifying in Rome against Marterer (6-3, 6-4), and in Lyon against Muller (6-4, 6-4) – but he was another player, yesterday, carried for more than three hours by a magnificent audience at Suzanne Lenglen, won over by her audacity and her forehands released flat along the line. Strong on serve, enterprising on important points, the Frenchman went for the first two tie-breaks by playing moving forward, taking risks and wanting to shorten the points, so as not to engage in rallies which would have pumped too much energy.

Well helped by the Croatian’s numerous backhand mistakes (more than 25 in three sets), Gasquet had a slight downturn at the start of the third set, conceding his serve for the second time in the match in a scenario similar to that of the first set. But, as in the first, he immediately broke to return to 3-3, demonstrating astonishing physical resources, and delivering a remarkable end to the match.

Sinner in the second round?

At 5-4 against him in the third on his serve, Coric ended up giving in by accumulating faults. A backhand in the corridor, a backhand volley in the net and a fourth foul in the game gave Gasquet his second match point, the good one. Just after delivering his last winning passing, “Richie” fell on his back, liberated by the end of this fight, stunned by emotion, and so happy to be able to come back and try his luck on Wednesday.

Thinned by the loss of three kilos in recent weeks, fresh as a roach and therefore capable of holding out for more than three hours without flinching, Gasquet will have two days of rest before facing the winner of the Sinner-Eubanks match on Wednesday. If it is against the world number two, it will undoubtedly deserve the Philippe-Chatrier court.

2024-05-26 18:55:35
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