Rafael Nadal’s big 300; Round 2 at the French Open

Nadal’s big 300

Carlos misses elimination

Novak, Rafael and Daniil maintain clean sheets

Round 2 was thrilling. Some top 10 players had to fight hard for a spot in Round 3 while others sailed straight through to Round 3 without a hiccup.

Here is the run-down of Round 2 at the French Open:

Men's Competition (Round 2)

The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, took care of business winning his round 2 match against Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. With this win, Nadal achieved his 300th career Grand Slam match victory.

Seed No. 25 Sebastian Korda, seed No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov and seed No. 26 Botic van de Zandschlup all overcame their challengers to secure their spot in the 3rd Round.

Novak Djokovic riding the momentum of his win at the Italian Open has not dropped a single set and is now on to Round 3. Cameron Norrie ended Jason Kubler’s run for the trophy. The score was 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Seed No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime dealt a straight set blow to Camilo Ugo Carabelli.

Seed No. 3 Alexander Zverev was almost sent home by the young Argentinian, Sebastian Baez. However, he prevailed and finished with a 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

The Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz-Garfia, was the clear favourite to win his match against veteran and fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Carlos took the first set 6-1, but then ceded the 2nd and 3rd set to Ramos-Vinolas, 6-7, 5-7. Saving match point, Carlos drew energy from the crowd and found a rhythm that he would eventually use to take the win. The 5 set, four (4) and a half hour match ended 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 4-6.

Andrey Rublev, seed No. 11 Jannik Sinner and seed No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas all advanced to Round 3. Seed No. 12 Hubert Hurkacz advanced to Round 3 by winning his match against Marco Cecchinato in straight sets.

Seed No. 2 Daniil Medvedev advanced to Round 3 winning his match in straight sets and Seed No. 8 Casper Ruud followed suit in his match against Emil Ruusuvuori.

Major Upsets (Men's Competition)

The American and seed No. 13 Taylor Fritz was eliminated by the Spaniard, Bernabe Zapata Miralles. Taylor won the first round and then lost the 3 subsequent sets.

Seed No. 24 Frances Tiafoe, fell to Belgian player David Goffin in Round 2.

Women's Competition (Round 2)

Seed No. 14 Belinda Bencic advanced to Round 3 after defeating Bianca Andreescu, 6-2, 6-4.

Kaia Kanepi, seed No. 27 Amanda Anisimova and seed No. 21 Angelique Kerber all advanced to Round 3 after beating their opponents in straight sets.

Seed No. 15 Victoria Azarenka moved on to Round 3 after taking down Andrea Petkovic, 6-1, 7-6.

Coco Gauff, seed No. 18, defeated Alison Van Uytvanck to secure her spot in Round 3 and seed No 17, Leylah Fernandez, won her match 6-3, 6-2.

Seed No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka, Alizé Cornet and seed No. 28 Camila Giorgi all advanced to Round 3.

Iga Swiatek won her match against Alison Riske in straight sets to secure her spot in Round 3. Seed No. 3 Paula Badosa and Veronika Kudermetova also advanced to Round 3.

Major Upsets (Women's Competition)

Seed No. 4, Maria Sakkari, fell to the unseeded player, Karolina Muchova. The game ended, 7-6, 7-6.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich advanced to Round 3 after defeating US Open Champion Emma Raducanu. The score was 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Seed No. 19 Simona Halep, seed No. 13 Jelena Ostapenko and No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova were all eliminated from the competition in Round 2.

The American, Danielle Collins, lost her match to fellow countryman Shelby Rogers in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

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