Roland Garros, Alcaraz king of Paris: Zverev ko 5 sets


By John

In the end he triumphs Carlos Alcaraz. In a marathon epilogue that lasted over four hours in the Roland Garros final, the 'executioner' of Jannik Sinner he also overtakes the German Alexander Zverev becoming champion in Paris at the end of five spectacular sets: 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6 – the score in favor of the Spaniard. From tomorrow the Iberian will overtake Djokovic in the ATP rankings, placing himself in second place behind his South Tyrolean rival and friend. For him it is the first time as king in Paris, but already the third Slam, after the US Open 2022 and Wimbledon 2023. «We did a wonderful job, with my team, which is like a family», said an incapable Alcaraz to hide the emotion. However, they didn't make it Sara Errani And Jasmine Paolini in the final of the women's doubles: the Italians were defeated by the pair Coco Gauff And Katerina Siniakova. The American and the Czech won in two sets, with a score of 7-6, 6-3, in just under two hours of play. In the men's final Alcaraz started well, then suffered a comeback from the German and went down two sets to one but then thanks to his physical strength and his irresistible shots he managed to overcome a Zverev betrayed by a few too many errors and who never gave the feeling of being able to 'kill' the match: for him too many wasted opportunities, even in decisive break points.

However, the Roland Garros balance sheet speaks Italian. With today's defeat, two finals have been lost in two days, but Jasmine Paolini has not lost the smile that allowed her to conquer Paris, in two weeks of victories and good play. The Italian now n.7 in the world, who yesterday bowed to n.1 Iga Swiatek in the singles final, was unable to team up with veteran Sara Errani to take home the doubles title, losing in two sets to American Coco Gauff and Czech Katerina Siniakova. In short, there was no happy ending, but the two Italians were fantastic and, as Errani said at the time of the award ceremony, “We'll see each other again in a few weeks, because we have a dream…”, with five circles. Thanks to the physical and mental strength drained from Paolini yesterday by the confrontation with the Polish champion, the match was decided at the tie break of the first set, won 7-5 by the opponents. In the second, some measurement errors condemned the Italians and rewarded Gauff, with her first Slam trophy in doubles, and Siniakova, who instead achieved a hat-trick in Paris. It was the Czech girl who tipped the scales: how she raised the level of her tennis the final turned, despite the greater harmony on the court between the Italians compared to that of their opponents, who decided to play the tournament only at the end.

However, it is difficult for both Italians to accept the outcome of the match. They fought until the end after contributing with Jannik Sinner and the Vavassori-Bolelli duo to bring Italy to four semi-finals in a slam, something that had never happened, and to three finals. «It's obvious that as soon as you finish there's regret – said Errani – but it was a really excellent tournament. We tried to do our best but we were a little tired, not completely clear. They are very powerful and you always had to be well placed. Sin. We were still very close.” «It's hard to accept», said Paolini, who however will not forget «these last two really intense weeks, full of emotions and memories. I can't wait to come back here, one of the most beautiful places in the world for a tennis player.”