After a painful US Open defeat, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas opens his Roland Garros campaign against Jaume Munar in Paris…
After a painful US Open defeat, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas opens his Roland Garros campaign against Jaume Munar in Paris on Tuesday.
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Tsitsipas vs Munar is live from Roland Garros on Tuesday 29 September, 3pm local/2pm BST
Stefanos Tsitsipas has an opportunity to make his deepest French Open run yet, landing in a quarter of the draw which contains none of the big three favourites for the title in Paris.
Tsitsipas must adjust quickly to the cold, slow, wet conditions in autumnal Paris as he takes on Jaume Munar of Spain, looking for his second win over a top-10 player, in the first round on Tuesday.
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Tsitsipas vs Munar: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jaume Munar.
Tsitsipas vs Munar: Preview
It was dubbed ‘the quarter of life’ by some when the draw came out – the quarter of the draw bracketed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, with no Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem blocking the way to the semifinals.
Can Tsitsipas take advantage? He made the fourth round of the French Open last year before having the misfortune of having to face Stan Wawrinka, losing 6-8 in the fifth in the finest men’s match of the tournament. After making back-to-back finals in February, the Greek looked poised for a good US Open run when he made the semifinals in ‘Cincinnati’, but allowed six match points to slip by in a very avoidable third-round defeat to Borna Coric at the US Open, and was then defeated by Jannik Sinner in his opening match at the Rome Masters.
Tsitsipas bounced back at the Hamburg European Open last week, beating a trio of excellent clay-courters – Dusan Lajovic, Christian Garin and Pablo Cuevas – to make it to the final, where he lost out to hard-hitting Andrey Rublev in three sets.
That should gave boosted his confidence after New York, but has left him with little time to adjust to the very different conditions in Paris, where both days of the tournament so far have been affected by rain and where it is cold, damp and players have been struggling to hit through the court with the new balls used by the French Open in 2020.
How will this affect Tsitsipas’s attacking style of play? We’ll get an inkling when he takes the court to face Munar on Tuesday. The Spaniard, currently ranked world no. 109, is 1-6 against top-10 players and his solitary victory did come on clay against Alexander Zverev in Marrakech in 2019.
Munar had a good win over David Ferrer in the first round of the French Open in 2018, but that was one of just three main-draw wins at Grand Slams he has scored so far, and so far in his career he’s mainly shone at Challenger level; post-shutdown in 2020, he lost in the first round of the US Open, retiring after two sets against Dominic Thiem, before losing in the first round of the Prostejov Challenger.
He did prepare for the French Open with a semifinal run at the Iasi Challenger, but the highest-ranked player he beat there was world no. 195, not great preparation for competing at this level. There’s no real reason to expect anything other than a straight-sets win for Tsitsipas.