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Wawrinka Dominates Murray in Roland Garros Opener; Moutet Defeats Jarry Amid Fiery Atmosphere

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Stan Wawrinka triumphs over Andy Murray in straight sets on the first day of Roland Garros, while Corentin Moutet prevails against Nicolás Jarry amid intense home support. Discover the highlights of this thrilling start to the French Grand Slam.

The opening day of Roland Garros witnessed a highly anticipated match between two tennis veterans, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, both former titans of the sport. Stan Wawrinka, aged 39, displayed superior efficiency and court movement, defeating the 37-year-old Andy Murray in straight sets with scores of 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. This match, which took place at the Philippe Chatrier court, echoed a similar encounter from four years ago where Wawrinka also triumphed over Murray in the first round of the French Grand Slam.

In front of a full house at the Bois de Boulogne club, the Swiss player, ranked 98th, established dominance with his solid serve and his trademark one-handed backhand, leaving the British player, ranked 75th, struggling to find his rhythm. Each set followed a similar pattern, with Wawrinka breaking Murray's serve early and maintaining an unassailable lead.

Despite Murray's reputation as a formidable opponent—being a previous finalist at Roland Garros in 2016—he couldn't capitalize on key moments. The closest he came was during the 10th game of the second set, but Wawrinka's resilience allowed him to clinch the set and maintain his momentum.

Wawrinka briefly left the court for medical attention before the third set but returned unfazed, quickly securing a 4-0 lead and closing the match without difficulty. Following his victory, Wawrinka warmly embraced Murray at the net, signifying the deep respect and rivalry built over years of competition. This was their 23rd encounter, with Murray holding 13 wins and Wawrinka 10.

Reflecting on the match, Wawrinka expressed admiration for Murray, acknowledging their long-standing battles and mutual respect. As Wawrinka advances to the second round, where he faces either Cameron Norrie or Pavel Kotov, he remains eager to continue competing, driven by the passionate support of the fans.

In another significant match, Chile's Nicolás Jarry, ranked 19th, faced a tough defeat against France's Corentin Moutet. The atmosphere at the Simone Mathieu stadium was electric, with Moutet's home crowd providing unwavering support, creating a challenging environment for Jarry. Despite his recent success in Rome, where he reached the Masters 1000 final, Jarry lost 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 to the local favorite.

Moutet's dominant performance was bolstered by the crowd, who stood by him from the start. Despite winning the third set, Jarry couldn't sustain his momentum, ultimately succumbing to Moutet's relentless play and the intense support of the French fans. This defeat marked a significant setback for Chilean tennis at Roland Garros, also following the earlier loss of Alejandro Tabilo to Belgian player Zizou Bergs.

  • Wawrinka's achievements include three Grand Slam titles—Australia 2014, Roland Garros 2015, and the US Open 2016—cementing his legacy as one of tennis' greats. His experience and tactical prowess were evident as he controlled the match against Murray, showcasing why he remains a formidable competitor despite his age.
  • On the other hand, Murray, known for his resilience and skill, has also enjoyed a successful career with three Grand Slam victories—two at Wimbledon (2013, 2016) and one at the US Open (2012). However, this loss could potentially signify his last appearance at the French Major, as he continues to navigate the latter stages of his career.
  • Chilean tennis faced a double blow at this year’s Roland Garros. Besides Jarry’s early exit, Alejandro Tabilo also failed to advance, losing to Zizou Bergs after showing promise with a semifinal appearance in Rome and a notable victory over Novak Djokovic.
  • The passionate and vocal support of the French crowd played a significant role in Moutet's triumph, illustrating the impact of home advantage in major tournaments. This match was a testament to Moutet's resilience and the strategic gameplay that helped him turn the match in his favor.
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Refs: | Le Parisien | Clarin |

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