Day 5 Preview: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrei Rublev aim for Round Three at Roland Garros | ATP . round

The bottom half of the men’s singles draw takes the stage on Thursday to complete the second round, led by the second seed Daniel Medvedev and number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas. The seventh seed Andrey Rublev It works too, as well as #NextGenATP stars Yannick Sener And Holger Ron.

Multiples from the first and second rounds will also scatter seeds, with the second seeds Nikola Mechtic And Matty Pavik Playing for a place in the round of 16.

[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs. Zdenek Kolar (Czechoslovakia)

Tsitsipas, as Alexander Zverev And Diego Schwartzman He did in the second round Wednesday, fought from two sets down to defeat Lorenzo Mussetti In his opening match. The Greek lost 10 of 11 matches during a grueling run over the first two sets, but found his serve and regrouped to win the final three sets in a relatively straightforward fashion.

“I have to really work to get things in life,” he said of the match. “Things don’t come easy. I refuse to give up. That’s how it works with me. You never think of going back after you’ve been two sets you like. You just play it point by point. You just wish your efforts would pay off on a longer, longer term scale.”

“Being in this position, it’s a mountain to climb, and I’ve been able to climb it and regain momentum steadily but consistently.”

By coming back off the brink, Tsitsipas maintains his place as the favorite in the bottom half of the draw as he seeks a repeat of his final run from last year. also arrived at Roland Garros Semi-finals 2021, lost to Novak Djokovic In each of the last two years.

Zdenek Kolar He goes into this Suzanne Lenglen encounter on the court on the heels of what is likely the biggest win of his career, certainly by stage if not by Pepperstone’s ATP rating. On his Grand Slam debut, he took his first win at the Tour level, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, on the French wild card and ranked 162. Lucas Boy. 25-year-old Kollar qualified for the main draw this year after losing playoffs in each of the past four years.

[7] Andrey Rublev against. Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Rublev won the first ATP Head2Head encounter between this pair, which also came at the Grand Slam: Wimbledon 2021, in which Delbonis took the opening set but fell in four sets from the first round.

Rublev got a similar result against Sunwoo Kwon On Thursday, he makes his way into the match after dropping his first set Roland Garros Campaign. He advanced by winning 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

“I didn’t really have confidence, [it] It was [the] “Since I also lost in the first round in Rome,” the seventh seed said of that match. But little by little, I tried to find a way to play better and better… From start to finish, I finished much better than I started.”

Delbonis will take to the court Simone Mathieu full of confidence after his 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-2 first-round victory over France. Adrian Mannarino. But the 31-year-old has not had back-to-back wins since reaching the semi-finals of Buenos Aires in February.

[2] Daniel Medvedev against. Laszlo Djer (SER)

Laszlo Djer He won the only previous meeting between the duo, but the victory came by retiring from the second set five years ago in 2017 on the Budapest clay. The Serbian will arrive Roland Garros Third round for the third time if he can surprise the field Philippe Chatrier; He hasn’t gone past the second round at any other Grand Slam tournament.

Medvedev won his first claycourt victory of the season with a victory Facundo Bagnes, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, in the opening round. He returned from a thigh injury in time to play for Geneva last week but lost to Richard Gasquet In his opening match.

Far from being a claycourt specialist, the world number 2 was delighted with his victory over the Argentine on Tuesday as he seeks a quarter-final match he played last year in Paris.

“On clay I have to focus more on myself than on the opponent,” he said after his victory over Bagnes. “You just have to… don’t make mistakes. Put the ball in the court. Today I was able to do it well. Feeling good both physically and mentally. Ready for the next round, and this is not going to be easy.

“This year I like my level so far. Of course, again, it’s a Grand Slam, you can have stronger opponents, you can lose the second and third rounds, and you won’t be happy.”

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distance Carlos Alcaraz And Brandon Nakashima I went up to the third floor on Thursday, Yannick Sener And Holger Ron Four stars could make him #NextGenATP at the last 32. Sener, ranked 11th, takes it upon himself Roberto Carpeles Baena As he strives to match his career best into 2020 Roland Garros quarters. The unranked Rhone faces Switzerland Henri Laxsonen After a consecutive set of multiplication from the 14 . classifier Denis Shapovalov In what was his first match on clay courts.

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Carlos Alcaraz19 (ESP) Dr.. Ramos Vinolas (R2) 3rd round (2021, 2022)
Brandon Nakashima20 (USA) Dr.. Grixpur (R2) third round (2022)
Yannick Sener20 (Italy) Dr.. Fratangelo (R1) Quarter-finals (2020)
Holger Ron19 (den) Dr.. Shapovalov (R1) second round (2022)

in Chatrier, Jill Simon He will play for his 500th victory and for more farewells Roland Garros After five sets of hits rated 16 Pablo Carreno Posta Tuesday. another french, Hugo GastonLenglen will take a face Pedro Cachin After his five-way defeat against the 19th seed Alex de Minor.

In doubles matches, Miktik and Pavic hold a 10-match winning streak in the second round. The Croatians continued their titles in Rome and Geneva by winning in straight sets Andre Goranson And Ben MacLachlan Tuesday. they will face Robin Haas And crow classin in court 2.

Sixth seed Wesley Kohlhoff And Neil Skopskywinners of four Tour titles since they first joined forces in January, are also up against Ramkumar Ramanathan And Hunter Race.