Roland Garros 2022: 19-year-old Holger Rune continued his impressive run in clay but outclassing 14th seed Denis Shapovalov in the opening round. Daniil Medvedev, meanwhile, came through a hassle-free first-round match on Tuesday.
French Open: Shapovalov stunned by teenager Rune, Medvedev off to winning start (AP Photo)
- 19-year-old Holger Rune created a big upset on Tuesday
- Rune defeated 14th seed Shapovalov in straight sets
- Daniil Medvedev stormed into the 2nd round of men’s singles
World No. 15 Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday suffered a shock first-round exit at the French Open. The 14th seed was stunned by 19-year-old Holger Rune of Denmark in straight sets – 3-6, 1-6, 6-7 (4) in the men’s singles opening round match on Court 12 in Paris.
Denis Shapovalov was in the mix after having beaten 13-time French Open champion, Rafael Nadal, in Rome but he was unable to deal with the intensity that the 19-year-old Rune brought to the court. Shapovalov had a topsy-turvy run on clay this season as he exited in his opening match in Geneva earlier this month. He had lost to Andy Murray in Madrid before the big win over Nadal.
On the other hand, Rune, the winner of boys singles title at the French Open in 2019, extended his clay court record this season to 11-6. The Danish player was ranked 474 at the start of the year but he headed to the French Open as No. 40 in men’s singles after a solid run in 2022. He had won his maiden tour level title in Munich wherein he defeated Alexander Zverev in April.
Rune showcased his composure when he lost an opportunity to serve for the match after dominating Shapovalov throughout his contest. The Canadian star forced a tie-breaker but Rune aced the battle of nerves this time.
MEDVEDEV MAKES STRONG START
Meanwhile, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev made a strong statement with a hassle-free win over Facundo Bagnis 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen in his first-round match on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old had played down his chances of going deep into the tournament after having recovered from a hernia surgery. Medvedev faced an early exit in Geneva last month but he came up with a dominant display against Bagnis.
Medvedev will next face the winner of the first-round match between Laslo Djere and Ricardas Berankis.