Rome tournament: Djokovic easy for his entry into the running, Goffin leaves Hurkacz, Pegula continues … What to remember from the day on Tuesday

Two short weeks before the start of Roland-Garros, the favorites have finished sharpening their settings. Novak Djokovic, defending champion in Paris and finalist at the Masters 1000 in Rome last year, entered the running on Tuesday May 10, as did Jannik Sinner, Casper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the women’s draw, Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur, the two finalists in Madrid last week, also start their tournament on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic has no mercy for Aslan Karatsev

His first tournaments on earth had raised some questions. Novak Djokovic is gaining momentum over the weeks. After losing in the tie-break of the third set in the semi-final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid against Carlos Alcaraz, the Serb validated his victory in two short sets against the Russian Aslan Karatsev (6-3, 6-2) .

Far from doubts after his elimination in the first round of Monte-Carlo by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the world number one showed another face. On the way to Paris, why not win Rome for the sixth time in his career? He could be opposed to Rafael Nadal in the semi-final then to Alexander Zverev in the final for a high-level preparation. Before that, “Nole” will have to dismiss his compatriot Laslo Djere or the returning Stanislas Wawrinka, who will face each other on Wednesday.

David Goffin pursues his redemption

After a very delicate year 2021 (14 wins for 15 losses) punctuated by a knee injury, the Belgian has been regaining his brilliance on clay since April. New victim: Hubert Hurkacz (12th in the world) in two decisive games 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2). After his victory at the ATP 250 in Marrakech and his third round in Madrid against Rafael Nadal, where he came very close to the feat, Goffin is positioning himself as a scarecrow for the top seeds who could face him early in the season. Paris.

He will find the young American Jenson Brooksby (21 years old, 38th at the ATP), Wednesday to try to continue. In the event of a quarter-final, he could, once again, find himself on the road to the Taurus of Manacor which he did not go far from fatally stinging last week in Spain.

Jessica Pegula confirms after her final

Beaten by Ons Jabeur on Saturday in the WTA 1000 final in Madrid, Jessica Pegula immediately recovered in Rome against Liudmila Samsonova (4-6, 6-3, 3-4). Quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, the American never passed the third round at Roland-Garros and seems able to do better after her good tournament on Spanish soil. Before that, she still has to make an impression in Rome. Pegula will face Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina in the next round. An opponent she has already met, and beaten, twice this season.

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