Argentina is the country with the most players -four- in the third round of Roland Garros 2023which will start this Friday with an Albiceleste representative on the field, diego schwartzmann. He small95th in the standings, he will have a difficult match against the Greek Stephen Tsitsipasfifth in the standings, in a duel that will be played in the last round of the field Suzanne Lenglen (about 13 in our country and with ESPN2 television).
Schwartzman, 95th in the world, does not start as a favorite in the match against Tsitsipas. But the porteño is on the rise in the French Grand Slam, where he debuted with a five-set victory over the Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles (38th) and in the second round he beat the Portuguese Nuno Borges (80°), of 7-6, 6-4 and 6-3.
Thus, he celebrated back-to-back victories for the first time since US Open of the last year. But above all: he’s back playing tennis at a good level, feeling at ease on the court and responding with confidence in the important moments of each set.
Semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2020 -the year in which he also reached eighth place in the standings-, Schwartzman will play his seventh match against Tsitsipas, who leads the 4-2 record. The two victories obtained against the Greek in the past (in Antwerp 2017 and ATP Cup 2022) have fueled his confidence.
“If you ask me if I’m ready, I’ll say yes, because in the past I could beat him. In recent weeks it’s clear that I’m not the favorite. I’ll try to play my best and probably play better than in previous weeks. Tsitsipas is a player who has already finished here and it will be very difficult,” he commented in a chat with The nation.
The 30-year-old from Buenos Aires will be looking to pave the way for the round of 16, which they will try to continue on Saturday Francis Cerundolo, Thomas Etcheverry AND Genaro Olivieri.
The Greek, who lost the final of this tournament in 2021 to Djokovic, won against the Czech jiri veselyof 7-5, 6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 (9-7), and the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baenaby 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-2.
Two luxury duels at the Philippe Chatrier
The highlight of the day will be the presentations by Carlos Alcaraz AND Novak Djokovic, the two best candidates to lift the coveted Musketeers Cup. Both will be seen on ESPN2.
The Spaniard, number one in the world (position up for grabs in Paris), will face the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (26th seed) in the match that will close the day’s action in Philip Chatrierno earlier than 15:15 in Argentina.
The Murciano beat the Italian on his debut Flavio Cobollifrom qualy, and in the second round, to the Japanese taro daniele, who stole a set from him. Champion a few weeks ago in the Masters 1000 in Madrid, he is looking for his second title in a Grand Slam, after the one he won in US Open last year.
Shortly before the Carlitos match, in that same scenario, Djokovic, three in the world ranking, will collide with Alexander Davidovich Fokina (29th).
The Serbian went through his first two matches without dropping sets, against the American Alexander Kovacevic and Hungarian Marton Fucsovicswho still managed to make him sweat and angry in the first set before losing 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 and 6-3. Freight is hunting for his 23rd Grand Slam, with which to break the tie Rafael Nadal and become only the best “big” winner in history.
The other matches of the day
Men’s singles, third round:
-Andrey Rublev (Russia, 7th) vs. Lorenzo Sonego (Italy)
-Karen Khachanov (Russia, 11th) vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia)
-Cameron Norrie (Great Britain, 14th) vs. Lorenzo Musetti (Italy, 17th)
-Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs. Sebastian Ofner (Austria)
-Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 13th) vs. Juan Pablo Varillas (Peru)
Women’s singles, third round:
-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarusian, 2nd) vs. Kamilla Rachimova (Russia)
-Jessica Pegula (United States, 3rd) vs. Elise Mertens (Belgium, 28)
-Daria Kasatkina (Russia, 9th) vs. Peyton Stearns (USA)
-Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs. Anna Blinkova (Russia)
-Irina Camelia Begu (Romania, 27th) vs. Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic)
-Anastasia Potapova (Russian, 24th) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
-Clara Tauson (Denmark) vs. Elina Avanesyan (Russia)
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