US Open – The day of the French: Garcia and Moutet spin in the 3rd round, Bonzi and Grenier with regrets

Garcia, it’s very solid

It was a boss game. Already very convincing for her entry into the running, Caroline Garcia confirmed her excellent level of the moment by easily validating her ticket for the 3rd round of this US Open. Winner in two sets of the Russian Anna Kalinskaya (6-3, 6-1), the Lyonnaise completely rolled over her opponent on court n°5. Well glued to her line, often in the court, Garcia never let Kalinskaya breathe.

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She ended the match with very interesting figures: 22 winning shots and 10 winning climbs out of 12. Above all, she was very comfortable behind her first ball with 85% of points won behind. An offensive Garcia awaiting Beatriz Haddad Maia or Bianca Andreescu.

Bonzi deserved better

Benjamin Bonzi will feed a lot of regrets from his second round match against Nick Kyrgios. Finally beaten in four sets by the finalist of the last Wimbledon (7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4), the Frenchman could have taken the Australian in five sets. He failed to drive the point home when he had the chance.

It all happened in the 4th inning. While the Australian, more and more distracted, continued his discussions from a distance with his “box”, and saw his level drop, the Frenchman missed three break points at 4-4. Forced to raise his level, “NK” avoided going into a trap match by saving his engagement at a pivotal moment. In the process, he took Bonzi’s white serve and closed the match, breathing heavily.

After the meeting, the Aussie also paid tribute to the Habs who made life difficult for him during this very close match. It was all about details. And the latter were on the side of Kyrgios. He will challenge the American JJ Wolf in the 3rd round.

Kyrgios, by a mouse hole: the summary of his victory against Bonzi

Solid mustard

After Stan Wawrinka, who had given up after two rounds, Corentin Moutet offered himself the scalp of Botic van de Zandschulp. A remarkable and remarkable performance from the French, lucky loser who honored his repechage. On Wednesday, the 112th in the world won in four fairly well-controlled sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4). Apart from an air pocket in the second and a few signs of annoyance, the left-hander firmly held the reins.

Van de Zandschulp took risks, paying off regularly, often losing. Evidenced by his double faults (10) and unforced errors (58). Much more consistent, except during the second round, Corentin Moutet steered his boat rather well on this midday in New York.

A big forehand in the stands and a warning for Moutet

Here he is in the third round, like two years ago. This is his best result in New York and in Grand Slam (note: he also achieved it at Roland-Garros in 2019). On Friday, the Frenchman will face Pedro Cachin.

Grenier did not deserve

Also lucky loser, also opposed to a seed, Hugo Grenier delivered a magnificent fight against Matteo Berrettini. The Frenchman ended up losing it in four rounds. But what a performance from the Frenchman!

If Berrettini had a complicated summer preparation in North America, Grenier was able to raise his level of play, to the point of greatly disrupting the one who had been deprived of Wimbledon due to the Covid. Quick in legs and winner of the first set 6-2, the 119th player in the world (his best career ranking) was volleyed in the second set (6-1).

After that, the debates evened out and Berrettini needed two tiebreaks to win the bet. Despite a first ball overdue (48% over the whole match), the Transalpin kept their commitment until the end and stung Grenier at the right time. In the fourth set, the seed number 13 will have needed two match points, the first magnificently saved by Hugo Grenier. On the second, Berrettini exulted, very happy not to prolong the debates more than reason. On Friday, the Italian will cross swords with a certain Andy Murray.

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