The victory of Pablo Carreño, with incorporated scare, that of Alejandro Davidivich, in another marathon, and the expeditious one of Paula Badosa saved the Spanish day in Roland Garros, to which Roberto Bautista, Pedro Martínez, Juame Munar and Pablo Andújar said goodbye.
The solidity shown by Badosa, the last Spanish representative of the women’s team, was the best news of the day, while Bautista’s premature defeat was the most negative note. The Levantine, eleventh favorite at 33, signed one of his worst pages in parisian clay, when he fell for the first time in a Grand Slam against a tennis player from the previous phase, the Swiss Henri Laaksonen, 150 of the world, who defeated him 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
Nor had he fallen against a tennis player so badly classified in the ranking, so he equaled his worst performance in Paris, where he has twice played the round of 16. “I’m going screwed because I have not known how to change the dynamics of the gameI’ve let it depend too much on my rival, who has been very successful, “he said.
Carreño ‘threatened’ to take the same path as Bautista, but the Asturian reacted on time against the French Enzo Couacaud, 177 of the world, invited by the organization, and won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4. His cold entry into the duel almost cost him elimination, but his reaction will allow him to seek the round of 16 against the winner of the duel between Brazilian Thiago Monteiro and American Steve Johnson.
The one that seems to have no problems in Paris is Badosa, who in less than an hour defeated the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic 6-2 and 6-0, with a maturity and power that place him in a great moment at 23 years of age.
The Badosa Express
The winner of the junior tournament in 2015 has found her way to be among the best and nowhere better to prove it than Roland Garros, where she stepped into the round of 16 last year and began her rebirth. Romanian Ana Bogdan, who benefited from the withdrawal of the Japanese Naomi Osaka, No. 2 in the rankings, is now his last hurdle to match his performance from last year.
They were joined in the third round by a Davidovich who seemed to have his match against the Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp on track when he won the first two sets, but which turned into a marathon when he gave up the next two. The Spanish reacted to sign up the duel, 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 and 6-4, against 154 in the ranking and opt for their first round of 16, the first in Paris after those played at the United States Open, if he defeats Norwegian Casper Ruud in the next round, a clay specialist who will not make it easy for him.
Pedro Martínez had a difficult ballot against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth seed, who won 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 without making a huge game. On the verge of entering the top 100 in the world, the Spaniard showed that he still has a way to compete against tennis players of that size.
The same as Munar, a victim of cannon shots from the American Reilly Opelka, who ended his resistance from the back of the track despite the fact that the Mallorcan ripped him a set, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 7- 5. Andújar, after defeating Dominic Thiem, world number 4, in the first round, stumbled against Argentine Federico Delbonis by 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2.