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French Open day five: Rybakina continues, Ruud in early action – live updates | French Open 2023

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Ruud has been extremely competent so far this week and he breaks Zeppieri again then serves for a 6-3 6-2 lead; Keys finally gets a break, but who would be surprised to see her lose her serve and her next match; Sinner breaks Altmaier immediately for 4-4 in the first.

In classic style, Keys misses four chances to regain a break; Etcheverry couldn’t serve 2-0 against De Minaur but won the breaker at two; Shnaider and Haddad Maia are 2-2 against a decider; and Cachin now leads Coric 3-6 6-4 4-3, with a break

Altmaier not at all fazed by Sinner’s power and when he raises the break point, he responds in kind to groundstrokes inflicted on him, so Sinner ramps up the power even more – a touch could help here! – falls long, and Altmaier leads 4-3!

The day dawns again and will now serve for the game at 5-2 in the third.

USA's Kayla Day in action against USA's Madison Keys
USA’s Kayla Day in action against USA’s Madison Keys Photography: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

I love Jannik Sinner and how he generates massive power with long levers. He’s also starting to make his mark in slams, having made quarterbacks of the four, but he’s still struggling to beat top players because he’s a bit one-dimensional – his hands aren’t that good – and doesn’t move. that good. He and Altmaier at 3-3 in the first.

Keys makes room to hit a forehand from the backhand corner only to get it over the sideline and, as the clock passes two hours, Day leads 3-2 in the decider. Zeppieri, meanwhile, is unable to convert a break point – he had a few in the opening set too – so Ruud leads 6-3 3-1.

The keys return for 2-2, but a forehand winner down the line means Day has another chance to go ahead at 30-40… so Keys hits an ace in the middle. She is forced to save another break point afterwards, does so, then misses chances to close while, on Chatrier, Ruud breaks Zeppieri for 6-3 2-1 and on Lenglen, Altmaier makes it 2-2 against Sinner thanks to a booming forehand on the double. He is playing well and this match is preparing.

Have a good day – I don’t just play on words, I dance to them – smash the keys for 2-1 in the decider. Elsewhere, Sinner and Altmaier are on their way, Cachin leads Coric from a break in the third set, the first two having been split, and Etcheverry serves for a 2-0 lead over De Minaur.

Ruud holds quite easily for a 6-3 first set, and he’s playing well.

The rest on Lenglen: Jannick Sinner [8] against Daniel Altmaier.

On Chatrier, Ruud serves for the first set at 5-3 while on Court 6, Cachin tied their match with Coric at one set each.

Casper Ruud fires a serve against Giulio Zeppieri.
Casper Ruud fires a serve against Giulio Zeppieri. Photography: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Sorribes Tormo defeats Martic 6-4 6-1, and she’s a dangerous opponent for Rybakina – if she can find her best tennis.

It’s really unbelievable how many great young players are there at the moment – both men and women. Just today we have Noskova, Zeppieri, Andreeva, Sinner, Swiatek, Gauff, Seyboth Wild and Andreescu, not to mention your Muesttis, your Alcarazes, your Van Assches of this world and so on.

Rybakina says Noskova served well so it was a tough game, and she found it a little slippery on the court today. Her size is a weapon but it also makes it harder for her to move around on clay, so she needs more time to prepare and also needs to be more patient in rallies.

And it’s such Mady too! She breaks again and ties the match with Day at 2-6 6-4.

Elena Rybakina [4] beats Linda Noskova 6-3 6-3!

Rybakina didn’t play very well today, but Noskova made it difficult for her and she is still moving forward quite easily. She then meets Sorribes Tormo or Martic, with Sorribes Tormo leading 6-4 4-1.

… but take a look! She inaugurates a forehand in the corner to make her second two while, on Chatrier, Ruud leads 4-1. Zeppieri has shots, but he struggles to chain enough to seriously hinder his opponent.

Rybakina serves a double on match point; Can Noskova capitalize? Uh, not right away, going back into the net to yield another…

Ohhhh Maddy, it was SO You. After nearly nine minutes on serve for the game, Day breaks his back and will serve shortly with a 6-2 4-5 lead.

How many times do we see this? After saving two break points, the champion shows her young opponent – ​​18-year-old Noskova – how the world works, moving to 15-40 and unleashing a resounding forehand to secure the break. She will now serve for the match at 6-3 5-3.

It shouldn’t be as hot as before, at least for now, since Rybakina is in long sleeves… in long sleeves saving break points, Noskova having only won a couple to over-hit in the excitement. Rybakina duly punishes for a 6-3 4-3 lead.

In addition to the Ruud and Rybakina matches, I’m also watching Day v Keys. I’ll admit I have a soft spot for the latter – I appreciate the abandon with which she displays her power – and she played very well navigating a tricky first-round match against Kaia Kanepi. But you never know with Maddy so I wasn’t surprised she lost the first set today even though as I tap she breaks for 5-3 in the second and is now serving for a decision maker.

Zeppieri finds himself facing two break points, but after opening the angle for a forehand down the line, he passes it and trails 0-2. Meanwhile, Noskova gives a decent account of herself against Rybakina, trailing 3-6 2-2.

I’ve never seen Zeppieri play before, but he’s a big southpaw so a tough opponent for anyone on a good day, and having progressed in qualifying before beating Bublik, he’s in good shape. He forces Ruud through the heck out of it too, playing decent tennis in the process, but the number four seed eventually holds out.

The Italian Giulio Zeppieri serves in front of the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
The Italian Giulio Zeppieri serves in front of the Norwegian Casper Ruud. Photography: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Till today: Rybakina leads Noskova 6-3 1-0; The day leads Touches 6-2 2-2; Etcheverry leads De Minaur 6-3; Hadad Maia leads Shnaider 6-2 2-1 with a break; Coric leads Cachin 6-3 1-0; Sorribes Tormo leads Martic 6-4 1-0 with a break; Schmiedlova leads Bolsova 6-3; and Rudd plays the first match against Zeppieri

Elena Rybakina breaks in the first set against 18-year-old Czech Linda Noskova. Elsewhere, Kayla Day – the world No. 138 – took charge of the opening set against fellow No. 20 seed Madison Keys. Here is a summary of all the news from Wednesday:


Hi ! And welcome to Roland-Garros 2023 – day five!

Obviously, there’s a whole constellation of stars happening to our delight as we complete round two. It’s fair to say that on the face of it they all have pretty straightforward matches, but the presence of Thiago Seyboth Wild, who meets Guido Pella this afternoon, reminds us that once they start kicking balls , we have no idea what’s going to happen. arrive.

Early in the day we enjoy Casper Ruud, Elena Rybakina and Madison Keys – not bad. Then, in the second bracket of matches, come Iga Swiatek, Jannik Sinner and 16-year-old wonderkid Mirra Andreeva – making her Grand Slam debut and flying the family flag after her older sister Erika was knocked out yesterday. It won’t be long before she’s famous for more than finding Andy Murray gorgeous.

After that, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff and Francis Tiafoe – whose match with Aslan Karatsev could be a belt – support us, before Taylor Fritz closes the session against Arthur Rinderknech, who eliminated Richard Gasquet in a French derby earlier in the week. And if that wasn’t enough, we have Alex De Minaur, Griggzy Dimitrov, Tommy Paul and Bianca Andreescu, while Petra Martic vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo is my prediction for today’s dormant match.

On it goes!


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