After winning the most important match of her life, Carla Suarez Navarro returned to the field in the day 3 of the Roland Garros 2021, almost two years after her last match. The Spanish tennis player, despite the long absence, expressed an excellent level of play and came close to winning against Sloane Stephens, winner of the US Open in 2017.
Rafael Nadal, despite an empty pass in the heart of the second set, the Spaniard overcomes Alexei Popyrin with an excellent 6-3 6-2 7-6 (4). The Spanish champion reaches one hundred and one successes on the clay courts of Roland Garros and reaches Richard Gasquet, executioner of Hugo Gaston in the second round.
Novak Djokovic qualified for the second round of Rolamnd Garros 2021. The Serbian tennis player, world and seed no.1, and his first-round rival, Tennys Sandgren, had already met three times in their career before tonight, never on cay-courts. Despite the change in surface, the result once again rewarded the 18-time Grand Slam champion, who started his Paris expedition well.
Djokovic has never lost in the first round at Roland Garros and, thanks to his victory over the American, recorded his seventeenth consecutive winning debut in Paris. Sandgren never scored in response on any of these occasions and Djokovic managed to avoid obstacles not without concern.
Petra Kvitova, who withdrew from the tournament due to an ankle injury accused ‘during my post-match press requirements’, or the obligations with the media not to participate in which Osaka has decided to end her Parisian adventure.
Let’s talk about technology. The Philippe Chatrier court, with its new retractable roof, and also with the articifivial lights in Bois de Boulogne, give a whole new atmosphere to a tournament that has waited far too long to introduce these technological innovations. Today, the facility is much more functional and evocative, so that it can start to look good with the most advanced systems already used at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open.