French Open : First round Night session analysis

Dellien-Thiem

 

Dominic Thiem is entering his favourite major in arguably the worst form of his career. Plagued by injury ever since he won his maiden major at the 2020 US Open, Thiem will be looking to get match fit, this time in a best of 5 major. Having not played a best of 5 match since last May, and having not made a deep enough run at a major since the 2021 Australian Open, Thiem will be looking to make some inroads in his progress back from his long term wrist injury. His opposition: Dellien, from Bolivia, is a player who consistently features in the 2nd round of majors. Dellien has played under the big lights before, having played Nadal on centre court at the Australian Open. It will be a coin toss who wins this one, given the player Thiem is at the moment.

 

Wawrinka- Moutet

 

Wawrinka seems like he is starting to get back to where he belongs. Having made the last 16 of the recent Rome Masters 1000 event, he will be entering the French Open with plenty of positives. Wawrinka has not played a best of 5 match in almost 18 months, the last of which being an early 2nd round exit at last year’s Australian Open. Wawrinka has also not made a deep enough run at a major since at least the Australian Open 2020.

Moutet, on the other hand, is a player of the future. Despite not getting the results he has wanted, he is very much a future top 10 player.

 

 

Dimitrov- Giron

Dimitrov, in no stretch of the imagination, is a player who finishes his early rounds at majors easily. He has time, and time again, been pushed to 5 sets in the first 2 rounds of majors. Against his opponent, Giron, who also has a pretty big record of playing 5 set tennis at majors- it is not hard to guess why this could also be a messy affair.

 

 

Ymer- Duckworth

Mikael Ymer is increasingly becoming a player who features in the main draw of majors.  Since January 2020, Ymer has featured  in all 8 of the majors that were played. Last year, he reached the 3rd round of the French Open, losing to Jannik Sinner in straight sets.  Duckworth is in a similar boat, having played in all the available majors since 2020. Ymer, however, seems to have an easy time against players ranked around or below him.  Take with that what you will.