French Open 2021: Day 4- Tsitsipas, Ruud and Zverev storm into the third round; Nishikori survives another five set scare

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud all secured straight sets victories in the second round of French Open 2021.

French Open 2021
French Open 2021

Day 4 of French Open 2021 witnessed the beginning of second round matches in Paris. There were not many upsets to begin with, as all top seeds safely progressed into the next round. Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud all won in straight sets, whereas, Kei Nishikori had to dig deep to grind out a five set victory once again. The Japanese has now played two consecutive five set matches in a span of just few days.

Alexander Zverev breezes past Roman Safiullin

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev, sixth seed at French Open 2021 defeated the Russian, Roman Safiullin in straight sets on Wednesday. The German won by a score line of 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 and stormed into the third round. Zverev served well throughout the match, and served 15 aces during the match. He won about 80% of his points on first serve, and broke his opponent on four occasions.

Alexander Zverev had to dig deep in the two of the three sets, as he had to win the sets in a tiebreaker. He was a break down in the final set, bit held his nerve and sealed the match in the final set tiebreaker. Roman Safiullin played a good match, and also broke Zverev on three occasions.

Casper Ruud continues his red-hot form

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

Casper Ruud defeated Kamil Majchrzak in straight sets, and has continued his red-hot form. The Norwegian won by a score line of 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Ruud served five aces during the match, and broke his opponent on six occasions. He won about 81% of his points on first serve, and won 98 points during the match. On the other hand, the Pole won 73 points during the match, which shows how dominant Ruud was.

Stefanos Tsitsipas secures another straight sets victory

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Pedro Martinez in straight sets in the second round on Wednesday. The Greek won by a score line of 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and progressed into the third round. The fifth seed had 18 break point opportunities during the match, and converted eight of those. He also served eight aces during the match, and won 112 points. On the other hand, Pedro Martinez served seven double faults, and won just four points during the match.

Kei Nishikori wins another five set battle

Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori claimed his second consecutive five set victory in the second round of French Open 2021. The Japanese won by a score line of 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Nishikori did not serve even one ace during the match, and served three double faults. He broke Khachanov on five occasions, whereas, he was broken on four occasions. Nishikori broke the Russian in the final game of the match, as Khachanov was serving at 5-4 to stay in the match. The Japanese won 165 points, compared to the Russian’s tally of 151 points.

French Open 2021: Other Results

  • Reilly Opelka defeated Jaume Munar (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5)
  • Fabio Fognini defeated Marton Fucsovics (7-6, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Federico Delbonis defeated Pablo Andujar (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2)
  • John Isner defeated Filip Krajinovic (7-6, 6-1, 7-6)
  • Henri Laaksonen defeated Roberto Bautista Agut (3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6)

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