Okay, BetUS sportsbook betting enthusiasts, with the 2020 French Open heading into its third day of action on Wednesday, now is a great time to look back at what’s gone down and what lies ahead on both, the men’s ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour.
The Men’s Side
On Monday, reigning three-time defending champ and 12-time winner Rafael Nadal made a successful opening defense by smacking around Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Still, Nadal complained about the colder weather and heavier balls.
“The conditions are completely different than any other Roland Garros that we played,” Nadal said after his win.
US Open champ and two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem had no complaints after beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round.
“I love the conditions because I’m from Austria, because I know how it is in these cold conditions,” Thiem said on court. “Ten, 15 degrees, I love it.”
Thiem will next face American qualifier Jack Sock who beat fellow American Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev continued his absolutely abysmal performances at Roland Garros by falling in his first-round match 6-4, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-1 against Russian Marton Fucsovics.
Fourteenth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini lost his opener against Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-0 while 19th-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was beaten 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 by the improving Yoshihito Nishioka.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic dispatched 22-year-old Swede Michael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 under a closed roof at Court Philippe Chatrier while US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini made quick work of Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
The Women’s Side
The legendary Serena Williams won her opener by taking out the unheralded Kristie Ahn, 7-6(2), 6-0.
“I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena,” Williams said afterward.
“It feels like you’re trying to push a runaway train in the opposite direction,” Ahn said. “It’s very difficult to try and stop, to stop her momentum when she’s going, when she’s feeling it.”
In other women’s first-round matches, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova dispatched Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4 after Sherif became the first Egyptian player to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros.
Danish teenager Clara Tauson got her first WTA Tour win by stopping American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 3-6, 9-7. The 17-year-old Tauson, who won the Australian Open junior title last year, saved two match points to get the hard-fought victory.
Current Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin got past 125th-ranked Liudmilla Samsonova in three difficult sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 ,and American teenager Coco Gauff took out veteran Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3 in her opener, but three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber wasn’t so lucky as she fell against 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan 6-3, 6-3.
No. 21 John Isner vs. Sebastian Korda at 4 a.m. ET
No. 16 Stan Wawrinka vs. Dominik Koepfer at 4 a.m.
No. 3 Dominic Thiem vs. Jack Sock at 6 a.m.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Mackenzie McDonald at 6:30 a.m.
No. 10 Victoria Azarenka vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova at 4 a.m.
No. 3 Elina Svitolina vs. Renata Zarazua at 4 a.m.
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. No. 6 Serena Williams at 5:15 a.m.
No. 1 Simona Halep vs. Irina-Camelia Begu at 8 a.m.