Roland Garros, Musetti overtakes Monfils: now Djokovic to deliver the no. 1 to Sinner. Cobolli comes close to achieving the feat


By John

He lit up the night of Roland Garros Lorenzo Musetti, who dominated the home tennis player Gael Monfils in three sets (7-5, 6-1, 6-4). In the third round he will face Novak Djokovic. The blue player played a very solid match, suffering only in the first set and then spreading to the distance. The fifth day, still tormented by bad weather, also gave the green light to Matteo Arnaldi and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, while it saw the exit of Luciano Darderi, Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego.

Out in the evening Flavio Cobolli defeated by Holger Rune, in the second round of Roland Garros: but the tennis player from Florence forced the Dane to play 5 sets, keeping him on the court for 3h50'. Rune won the first two 6-4, 6-3. But Cobolli (n.53) did not give up on what seemed like an announced knockout against the world number 13 and brought the result back to a draw by inflicting a double 6-3 on his opponent. In the fifth it came to a super tiebreaker, which Rune won 10-7. Fognini only took three games away from the American Tommy Paul, who defeated him 6-1, 6-0, 6-2. There was also nothing to be done for Sonego, who fought before giving up: the 29-year-old from Turin was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 – in three hours and 17 minutes of match – by the Chinese Zhizhen Zhang, n.44 in the ranking. In the fourth set Sonego was trying to get back into the match by going from 1-4 to 3-4, but the rain stopped his comeback and when the match resumed Zhang no longer risked anything. Three “heavy” names on the draw such as Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev advance to the 3rd round without any stumbles. The Serbian beat the Spaniard Roberto Carballes in three sets (6-4, 6-1, 6-2), allowing him something only in the first. The German easily got rid of the Belgian David Goffin – 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-2 -, apparently not at all worried about the appeal process which starts tomorrow in Berlin, which he filed against a fine of 450 thousand euros imposed on him in 2023, for domestic violence. Finally, the Russian was dominating Miomir Kecmanovic (6-1, 5-0) when the Serbian had to retire due to injury after 55 minutes of play.

The first Italian to find his way to the third round was Arnaldi. The interruptions due to the rain did not distract the Sanremo player who happily concluded the match that began yesterday against the Frenchman Alexandre Muller in three sets (6-4, 6-1, 6-3). Now it's getting tough for him because his next opponent is called Andrey Rublev – number 6 in the ranking, among the favorites after winning the Masters 1000 in Madrid – who beat the Spaniard Pedro Martinez in three sets.

«I'm happy because it wasn't an easy match – Arnaldi said in the press conference – It's hard to stay focused for so many hours… I think it was the most troubled match of my career.” Darderi fought, but ended up losing to number 26 Tallon Griekspoor, who will face Zverev. The Dutchman was forced into a tie break in the first set, with his opponent leading by one break. After yet another stop due to rain, he then won the next two with a double 6-3. In the women's draw, she continues the path of Cocciaretto, who beat the Spanish Cristina Bucsa in two sets (6-1, 6-4), gaining access to the third round. Now the Marche native, number 51 in the WTA ranking, will compete for a place in what would be the first round of 16 of a Slam with the Russian Liudmila Samsonova, 17th seed.