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French Open Updates | Frenchman Simon wins after 1am in 5

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Spectators make their way to the courts during French Open tennis first round matches at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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The latest news on the Roland-Garros tennis tournament (all local times):

1h10

Gilles Simon’s latest French Open will continue into the second round after a marathon first-round win over a top-seeded opponent.

The 37-year-old French player said he would retire at the end of this season and he delighted home fans who stayed after 1am at Court Simonne Mathieu for the conclusion of their 6-4, 6-4 , 4-6. , 1-6, 6-4 rollercoaster against No. 16 Pablo Carreño Busta.

The match lasted almost four hours.

Simon is a former top 10 player and two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist. He is currently ranked No. 158 and needed an invitation from the French Tennis Federation to enter the court.

Carreño Busta has appeared in two US Open semi-finals.

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00:35

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2021 runner-up, overcame a two-set deficit against Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the second round at Roland Garros – a year after taking a two-set lead in the final against Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas needed more than 3.5 hours to turn things around and overtake Musetti 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 at Court Philippe Chatrier as the schedule changed from Tuesday to Wednesday and the temperature dropped to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

Tsitsipas, seeded fourth, has not lost in the French Open first round since his debut in 2017. Since then, the 23-year-old Greek has progressed every year, reaching the second round in 2018, the fourth in 2019, the semi-finals in 2020 and then the title match loss to Djokovic in five sets a year ago.

Musetti, a 20-year-old Italian ranked 66th, also took a two-set lead to zero against Djokovic at Roland Garros last year before stopping in the fifth set of their fourth-round match due to a wound.

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8:25 p.m.

Hugo Gaston earned a five-set victory over 19th-seeded Australian Alex de Minaur.

The Frenchman led 3-0 in the deciding set after losing nine consecutive games before battling to beat De Minaur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(4) in a a first round match. which lasted almost four hours.

The 21-year-old southpaw scored five points in a row in the tiebreaker to claim victory in front of home fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

De Minaur was a quarter-finalist at the US Open in 2020.

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7:15 p.m.

Third-seeded Paula Badosa needed just 54 minutes to beat wildcard Fiona Ferro 6-2, 6-0 at Roland Garros.

Badosa, 24, dropped just two points in the second set as she looks to continue her run to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year.

Jessica Pegula also reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Qiang Wang of China.

The 11th-seeded American led the second set 5-1 before Wang replied. Pegula finally landed it on his 10th match point.

A quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, Pegula reached the final of the Madrid Open earlier this month, losing to Ons Jabeur in three sets.

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6:45 p.m.

Frances Tiafoe finally claimed her first victory at Roland Garros on her seventh attempt.

The American beat Benjamin Bonzi 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(5) for his first Roland Garros win after six first-round losses.

Tiafoe, ranked 24th, advances to a second-round match against Belgium’s David Goffin.

Tiafoe has reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2020 and 2021.

The 24-year-old American first lost at Roland Garros in 2015 and then failed to qualify for the tournament the following year.

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5:35 p.m.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fell in battle. On Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland-Garros.

He lost to eighth-seeded Casper Ruud 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-2, 7-6(0) in what was likely his last match. The 37-year-old Frenchman has announced he will retire after this year’s Roland Garros tournament.

An emotional Tsonga knelt down and rested his head on the clay amid thunderous applause after the defeat.

Tsonga won 18 titles in his 18-year career and reached 5th place in the rankings. He was a runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open.

Tsonga has the most Grand Slam wins – 121 – among the French.

Tournament officials held a ceremony for Tsonga after the match.

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3:25 p.m.

Sebastian Korda advanced to the second round of the French Open with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(6) victory over veteran Australian John Millman.

The 27th-seeded American saved two set points in the tiebreaker and converted his fourth match point when Millman hit a long forehand volley.

Korda, 21, had 43 unforced errors to Millman’s 25. The Australian is 0-6 at Roland Garros.

Korda reached the fourth round of Roland-Garros in 2020 as a qualifier. Millman, 32, was a quarter-finalist at the 2018 US Open.

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1:20 p.m.

Danish teenager Holger Rune stunned 14th-seeded Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(4) in the French Open first round.

Rune, 19, won the BMW Open this month and was a semi-finalist in Lyon last week.

Shapovalov fought back in the third set to force a tiebreaker but trailed 3-1 and couldn’t recover, sending a forehand wide on match point.

Rune won the French Open junior championship in 2019.

The Dane beat Alexander Zverev en route to his maiden tour title in Munich.

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12:50 p.m.

Daniil Medvedev kicked off his French Open with a victory – never a sure thing for the second-seeded Russian.

The US Open champion beat Argentinian Facundo Bagnis 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Medvedev was a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros last year after four straight first-round defeats.

The Russian picked up his first win since undergoing hernia surgery almost two months ago. He had lost his first-round match at the Geneva Open last week when he returned.

Medvedev reached the Australian Open final this year, losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets.

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11 a.m.

The French Open first round is set to end on Day 3 and the two best men in the bottom half of the table will finally start: second seed Daniil Medvedev and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

US Open champion Medvedev recently returned to the tour after hernia surgery and opens the morning in court Suzanne Lenglen v Facundo Bagnis.

At the other end of the schedule, 2021 Roland Garros runner-up Tsitsipas wraps up the action at Court Philippe Chatrier with an overnight match against Lorenzo Musetti.

The top half of the men’s draw is considered much more difficult. It includes defending champion Novak Djokovic, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, No. 6 seed Carlos Alcaraz and US Open 2020 runner-up Alexander Zverev.

Among the main women in action on Tuesday are two-time Major champion Simona Halep and No. 3 seed Paula Badosa.

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