World number two Daniil Medvedev showed no signs of discomfort from his recent hernia operation, kicking off his French Open campaign with a comfortable 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Argentine Facundo Bagnis on Tuesday.
The 2021 U.S. Open champion, who briefly held the world number one ranking earlier in the season, played his first clay event of 2022 last week in Geneva after a two-month break but lost in the opening round to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Clay courts have not been Medvedev’s strong suit and he was 0-4 at Roland Garros before last year’s tournament but turned around his dismal record by reaching the quarter-final of the 2021 edition of the Grand Slam.
“I love Roland Garros, especially since last year,” Medvedev said with a smile during his on-court interview. “Before that I don’t know if I actually loved it given that I was out on the Sunday when the tournament was actually starting on the Monday.
“But now it’s Tuesday and I’m still here. I’ve been well after my surgery, I didn’t think I would be able to play on clay. But with the help of the doctors and the physios I’ve been able to be back on my feet to even play a match on clay last week and I’m 100% ready to play Roland Garros.”
Highlights of the third day at the French Open on Tuesday (times GMT):
1850 HALEP SURVIVES FIRST ROUND SCARE
Former French Open champion Simona Halep overcame a second set blip to beat German 18-year-old Nastasja Schunk 6-4 1-6 6-1 to book a spot in the second round.
Schunk entered the main draw as a lucky loser due to Ana Konjuh’s withdrawal after the Croatian said on Twitter that she required surgery on her leg having suffered a fracture when she had a fall.
1824 GASTON UPSETS DE MINAUR IN FIVE-SET THRILLER
Hugo Gaston knocked out Australia’s Alex De Minaur, the 19th seed, 4-6 6-2 6-3 0-6 7-6 (10-4) in front of a raucous home crowd on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
The 21-year-old Gaston reached the second round in Paris for the second time, having lost to Dominic Thiem in the last 16 two years ago.
1715 BADOSA BREEZES PAST FERRO
Spanish third seed Paula Badosa made quick work of wildcard Fiona Ferro by wrapping up a 6-2 6-0 win in under an hour to advance to the next round, where she will take on Kaja Juvan.
1645 TIAFOE RECORDS FIRST CAREER WIN AT FRENCH OPEN
Frances Tiafoe held off Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 7-5 7-5 7-6(5) to pick up his first main draw win at Roland Garros. He will meet David Goffin in the second round.
1528 TEARFUL TSONGA BOWS OUT AFTER DEFEAT BY RUUD
An emotional Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended his 18-year professional career with a 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-2 7-6(0) opening-round loss at his home Grand Slam to Casper Ruud at a packed Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Tsonga, alongside his family and former coaches, took centre stage for a ceremony to commemorate his career, with Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic among those paying tribute to the Frenchman via video messages.
1515 KEYS BATTLES INTO SECOND ROUND
Madison Keys came back from a break down in the deciding set to close out a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win over Anna Kalinskaya. She will play home favourite Caroline Garcia, who beat Taylor Townsend in straight sets, for a place in the third round.
1506 RUBLEV OVERCOMES KWON
Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev survived a first-set scare to move past Kwon Soon-woo 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 6-4 and will next face Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.
The 24-year-old let his frustrations boil over after losing the tiebreak as he angrily whacked a ball, which struck his chair and narrowly missed the head of a groundsman.
1315 KORDA SEES OFF MILLMAN
American Sebastian Korda wrapped up a 6-1 7-5 7-6(6) victory over John Millman to book his spot in the second round where he will take on local favourite Richard Gasquet, who rolled back the years against Lloyd Harris to win 6-1 6-3 6-4.
1215 PLISKOVA, RYBAKINA CLINCH WINS
Karolina Pliskova, seeded eighth, recovered from a set and a break down against home hope Tessah Andrianjafitrimo to battle to a 2-6 6-3 6-1 win on Court Simonne-Mathieu, while 16th seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan beat Arantxa Rus 6-1 5-7 6-2.
1114 RUNE STUNS SHAPOVALOV
Danish teenager Holger Rune prevailed in the third set tiebreak to claim his first Grand Slam victory with a 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) demolition of Canadian 14th seed Denis Shapovalov, who made 53 unforced errors in the two-hour match.
The win was Rune’s second against a top-20 ranked player after the 19-year-old upset world number three Alexander Zverev last month in Munich.
1023 OSTAPENKO BEATS BRONZETTI, COLLINS ADVANCES
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 champion, ended a five-match losing streak with a 6-1 6-4 win over Lucia Bronzetti to advance to the next round where she will meet Alize Cornet, who saw off Japan’s Misaki Doi in straight sets.
Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins made a strong start to her Roland Garros campaign, cruising past lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova 6-0 6-4 to book her spot in the second round.