Thiago Agustín Tirante from La Plata had a dream debut at Roland Garros by winning his first match in a Grand Slam after 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4 against the Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp, number 31 in the ATP rankings. The victory of the 22-year-old tennis player was so important that the protagonist did not find out that he had closed the duel and ended up realizing what he had achieved seconds later after the announcement by the chair umpire and the applause of the public present on court 9 from the Parisian estate.
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Tirante was serving with a match-point in his favor and his rival left the return in the net, for which the Argentine added the point that gave him a pass to the second round after three hours of play. However, the winning player returned the ball to Van de Zandshulp thinking that the match continued as the umpire announced the result and the fans applauded. Then, he looked towards the sector where his coach was to confirm that what was happening in France was real.
Once his victory was confirmed, the tennis player ranked 153rd in the ranking dropped his racket, pointed to his chest and cupped his face with his hands, still surprised by the feat. His story at Roland Garros will continue on Thursday June 1 against the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen (71st), who got rid of the Serbian Dusan Lajovic for a pass to the third round of the most important tournament played on clay.
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In addition to the surprising victory of Tirante and the great victory of Diego Schwartzman (95th) against the Spanish Bernabé Zapata Miralles, the Argentine Pedro Cachín (64th) struck by defeating the Austrian Dominic Thiem (92nd), two-time finalist at Roland Garros and champion of the US Open in 2020, by 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6 and 6-2. While Tomás Etcheverry (49th) advanced to the next stage after the 6-4, 1-0 and abandonment of the English Jack Draper. The one who did not run with the same luck was Federico Coria (96th) when he fell 6-7, 7-6, 3-6 and 3-6 with the Croatian Borna Coric (16th).
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The agenda of the Argentines at Roland Garros
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Tuesday May 30 – First Round
– 6.00 / Cancha 7: Genaro Olivieri (231st) vs. Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
– 9.15 / Court 7: Guido Pella (739 °) vs. Quentin Halis
– 9.15 / Court 12: Francisco Cerúndolo (24th) vs. Jaume Munar
– 15.15 / Court Philippe Chartier: Sebastián Báez (42nd) vs. Gael Monfils.
Tuesday May 30 – Second Round
– Diego Schwartzman vs Nuno Borges
Wednesday June 1 – Second Round
– Tomas Etcheverry vs. Alex De Minaur
– Thiago Tirante vs. Zhang Zhizhen
– Borna Coric vs. Pedro Cachin
* The summary of Pedro Cachín’s victory against Dominic Thiem
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