Arthur Fils and Arthur Rinderknech reach the second round of the ATP 250 in Lyon, Richard Gasquet is already eliminated
Six meetings were on the program this Monday for the first round of Lyon Open Park (ATP 250). Among these six meetings, three French were involved.
First of all Arthur Rinderknech (78th) opposed to South African Lloyd Harris (306th) from qualifications. Solid in service, the Frenchman did not give up his commitment for the match, victory in 1h30 (6-4/6-2). He will face the American Brandon Nakashima (52nd) in the second round.
The 18-year-old tricolor Arthur Son(WC) delivered an impeccable performance against Chinese Zhizhen Zhang, (69th) from qualifying 6-3, 6-2. He will face the Swedish Mikael Ymer (53rd) in the second round, the scorer of Richard Gasquet (50th).
The Biterrois was eliminated in two sets by Mikael Ymer (6-3, 7-5). The Swede was quick to take his revenge on Gasquet after his defeat at Primrose last Thursday.
Gasquet had however managed to come back to 5-5 in the second set before giving in to a 24-year-old player barely lower ranked than him (53rd).
“It was hot. It was different from last week (in Bordeaux, where he beat Ymer 7-6, 6-3 in a challenger tournament), it was more bouncy. He moved better than me. It was very physical and he made few mistakes. When it’s like this on earth, it’s hard, it’s a surface that’s starting to get harder for mecommented the Biterrois.
“I did not serve well. I got very few free points on my service. He served better than me. He deserves his victoryadded Gasquet, who will be 37 in less than a month.
“The objective was to play matches here in Lyon but I will try to prepare as well as possible for Paris. We will see the table, who I will face. It has been difficult on gravel this season, more complicated than on hard. It requires more energy, right-left. I did not do very well and we will try to prepare well for Roland-Garros“, he concluded.
Tomorrow, Gael Monfils will enter the competition, he will be opposed to the Argentinian Pedro Cachin (63rd).