Whether it rains, winds or snows on the Porte d'Auteuil, there will be at least three Frenchmen in the second round of this Roland-Garros still sounded by the forfeit of its "dictator" Rafael Nadal. The draw orchestrated by the fresh statufied Antoine Dupont and Iga Swiatek has indeed given birth to four tricolor duels of entry: Richard Gasquet - Arthur Rinderknech, Arthur Cazaux - Corentin Moutet, Adrian Mannarino - Ugo Humbert. As well as Dodin facing Janicikevic.
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The enigma Gaël Monfils inherited the Argentine earthling Sebastian Baez, while Benoît Paire fell (badly) on the Englishman Cameron Norrie, seeded number 14. On the up-and-coming side, if they manage to dominate respectively the Italian Marco Cecchinato and the whimsical Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Luca van Assche and Arthur Fils will offer themselves a remake of the 2021 junior final (won by the first), before probably challenging Novak Djokovic in the third round.
Djokovic - Alcaraz in the semifinals?
"Djoko" finds himself in the same half of the draw as world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, whom he could face in the semifinals if he triumphs a possible quarter against the fickle Andrey Rublev, recent winner in Monte Carlo, while the young Spaniard disposes of Stefanos Tsitsipas in another hypothetical quarter. In the other half, the "logical" quarter-finals would pit Daniil Medvedev against Jannick Sinner, and Casper Ruud against his rival Holger Rune.
On the women's side, Caroline Garcia remains the greatest source of hope for our suffering tennis, despite a very mixed start to the season. The only French seed (No. 5), the Lyonnaise has already experienced a more difficult draw, and will start with China's Wang Xinyu. If all goes well for her, Garcia could meet in the quarterfinals Aryna Sabalenka (2nd in the world), who finally unlocked her Grand Slam counter at the last Australian Open.
Swiatek has a job to do
If we hope, without believing too much, nice surprises, we are sure that at least one Tricolore will cross the first round, since Océane Dodin and Selena Janicijevic will challenge each other in the first round to win the formidable honor of rubbing shoulders with Ons Jabeur.
In order to hope to win a third "Roland", after 2020 and 2022, Iga Swiatek will not have an easy tournament. Here is her possible menu: Barbora Krejcikova (winner in 2021) in 8th, Coco Gauff, her victim last year in the final, in the quarters and the formidable Elena Rybakina, freshly victorious in Rome, in the semifinals.
- Roland-Garros 2023
- Caroline Garcia
- Richard Gasquet
- Novak Djokovic
- Carlos Alcaraz
- Iga Swiatek