Roland Garros 2023, day five: German is spoken - now also in the evenings
Five German-speaking individual starters will play for entry into the third round in Roland Garros on Thursday. And that's not even counting Jannik Sinner! A potential hit, however, falls out.
by Jens Huiber
last edit: Jun 01, 2023, 09:56 am
The spiciest match of day five, actually: Holger Rune (DEN/6) vs. Gael Monfils, but...
We would have really liked to see this game in front of packed stands around the Court Philippe-Chatrier. But after Monfils had to announce his withdrawal from the tournament very late on Wednesday evening, nothing will come of it. Where else could it tingle? Maybe in the second match on the Simonne-Mathieu. There, local hero Diane Parry meets 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva.
Day five's solid picks: Ruud, Rybakina, Swiatek should be safe
Casper Ruud has apparently found his form again, he goes into the first game on the Chatrier against Giulio Zeppieri as the clear favorite. The same applies to Elena Rybakina, who opens the matches in Suzanne-Lenglen against the young Czech Linda Noskova. And Iga Swiatek won't give up much against Claire Liu either.
Day Five Upset Alert: Aslan Karatsev vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA/12)
Ojegerl, in this category we were badly wrong the last two days. But Karatsev on sand, that can do something. See the win against Daniil Medvedev in Madrid. And Frances Tiafoe is a fighter before the men. But will that be enough in the third match in Simonne-Mathieu?
The German grade on day five: Zverev, Grabher, Altmaier, Hanfmann, Friedsam around the third round
So Alexander Zverev stands in for Monfils, Alex Molcan then logically for Holger Rune. In any case, the two will contest the night session from 8:15 p.m. The Court Suzanne-Lenglen could almost be firmly in German hands. Because in the second match after 11 a.m., Jannik Sinner and Daniel Altmaier meet, followed by Julia Grabher and Coco Gauff. Annalena Friedsam has been assigned the second game on the 6, against Ekaterina Alexandrova. Yannick Hanfmann will decide the game on the Smonne-Mathieu court against Francisco Cerundolo.
Here is the schedule for Thursday