Paris (AP) – Daniel Altmaier and Laura Siegemund have continued their impressive triumphs at the French Open.
The 22-year-old qualifier Altmaier won his third round match in Paris against the number seven seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4 and is completely on his Grand Slam debut surprising in the second round. Siegemund beat Croatia’s number 13, Petra Martic, 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 3, 6: 0 and thus survived the third round of a single Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career.
The doubles Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies rounded off the great tennis day from a German perspective. The two defending champions fought the French duo Benjamin Bonzi and Antoine Hoang 6: 4, 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) and fought off three match points in the third set.
Altmaier converted his first match point after 2:15 hours and thus followed Alexander Zverev into the second round. The German number one will meet the Italian Jannik Sinner there on Sunday. The game takes place as the second match after 11.00 a.m. on the Suzanne Lenglen court.
“I showed a very good performance from the start,” said Altmaier after his great performance at Eurosport. “I just concentrate on the game in question. I’m glad that I can play a little more here.”
In the round of 16, Altmaier, who is still in the main field in Paris without losing a set, now faces the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. The 29-year-old last lost to Zverev in the semifinals of the US Open and is considered a player who barely gives his opponent points through his own mistakes. “I won’t give him anything either,” said Altmaier confidently.
Altmaier showed an impressive and almost flawless performance against Berrettini. The North Rhine-Westphalian was not intimidated by the great Court Philippe Chatrier. “In qualifying he still dreamed of Court Philippe Chatrier,” Boris Becker, a TV expert at Eurosport, said before the game. But Altmaier dealt with the new challenge in the largest stadium of the facility carefree. “He’s really a cool sock,” said TV expert Barbara Rittner, who promised Altmaier a wildcard for the tournament in Cologne from October 11th after the game.
The number 186 in the world managed a quick break, after about half an hour he got the first set. Berrettini, after all number eight in the tennis world, seemed visibly impressed by the cheeky performance of the German, who was largely unknown until before the tournament. Altmaier also kept his nerve in the tie-break of the second set.
Altmaier had to take a break for almost a year in 2018 because of a mixture of abdominal muscle pain and shoulder problems and even slipped out of the top 400 in the world rankings. Since then, he has fought his way back bit by bit and used the Corona break to get himself in top physical condition. That helps him in Paris, where he has now played six games through qualifying. “My fitness program and the fact that I played very, very many matches this year make me strong,” said Altmaier.
Against Berrettini, Altmaier didn’t let up in the third set either. He made the decisive break to 3-2, and then he still had his nerves under control. With the first match ball he made the big surprise perfect. Altmaier, currently only number 186 in the world, is only the fourth player in this millennium to have reached the first sixteen at his Grand Slam premiere. “He’s still completely in the tunnel. And that’s a good thing,” said Becker. “The journey is far from over.”
Siegemund showed a strong fighting performance against Martic. On Friday she had to give up in doubles because of back problems. Against Martic, the US Open winner in doubles had to be treated for minutes with a score of 5: 6 in the first set. But Siegemund struggled and was not discouraged by the lost first set. After she had equalized the set, Siegemund was unstoppable and made progress with the first match point perfect.