Tsitsipas and Medvedev progress in the French Open while Tsonga retires

(Tennis news) Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the finals of the French Open last year, overcame a two set deficit to defeat Lorenzo Musetti 5-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2 and progress into the second round. The Greek player hit 64 winners and fired 10 aces on his way to victory against the Italian and will now face world No 134 Zdenek Kolar. Speaking after the match, Tsitsipas said “I refuse to give up. That's simply how it works with me. You never really think about getting back after being two sets to love. You just play it point after point. You just wish that your efforts will pay off. It's a mountain that you have to climb. It was a great first round. I'm going to keep working hard to improve and build a relationship with the crowd here." 

Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev progressed to the second time of the French Open by defeating Facundo Bagnis 6-2 6-2 6-2. It was clear that despite Medvedev’s obvious quality, the match was an easy victory because Bagnis’ movements were restricted with his calf heavily strapped. As for Medvedev, the Russian lost in the opening round at the Geneva Open last week to Richard Gasquet and will look to do better than his quarter-final finish at the Roland Garros last year. 

After the match, Medvedev spoke about being banned from Wimbledon and becoming World Number 1 by saying “Very strange. I need to be honest, but yeah, as I said last time, I'd be really happy to play Wimbledon. I love Wimbledon. I love playing on grass. I will play on grass after Roland Garros. But if I cannot, I mean, [I'm] just going to prepare for next tournaments, and, you know, just follow what's happening there. [If] there are no points, I become No 1, well, great for me. If there are points, I cannot become No 1, I'm going to be gutted. It is what it is. I cannot change some decisions, both about ATP and Wimbledon." 

In other results, an emotional Jo-Wilfred Tsonga waved goodbye to the crowd at the French Open after losing to Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-7 (6) 7-6 (4) 6-2 7-6 (0), thereby ending his 18 year long professional career. The 37 year old received a standing ovation from the crowd as the curtains closed on his illustrious career where he won 18 ATP titles. Speaking after the match, Tsonga said “It's a great day for me. The day when I say goodbye to my long-time companion. I've never looked back but now is the time to do it. I want to thank all the people who helped me achieve my dream of becoming a professional tennis player. Thanks to the French tennis federation and all my coaches who supported me even when I was extremely silly. I managed to be good amid the best generation of players and I'm happy about it." 

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