Day 1 Live: Alcaraz passes first test, Jabeur crashes out

Follow along as Roland-Garros 2022 gets underway

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2022, first round© Corinne Dubreuil/FFT
 - Reem Abulleil

Spanish teen phenom Carlos Alcaraz began his Roland-Garros campaign with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignacio Londero on the tournament's opening Sunday.

The No.6 seed, who is considered one of the top contenders for the title, notched his 29th match-win of the season and will be looking to pick up a 30th when he faces his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.

Canadian No.9 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime successfully came back from two sets down for the first time in his career, completing a 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas to reach the second round on Sunday.

It was Auger-Aliassime's first-ever victory in a Roland-Garros main draw and it earned him a meeting with either Aslan Karatsev or Argentine qualifier Camilo Ugo Carabelli.

Linette sends Jabeur packing

World No.6 Ons Jabeur became the first seeded casualty of Roland-Garros 2022 on Sunday as she fell 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 to Polish world No.52 Magda Linette in the opening match on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The Tunisian, who owns a tour-leading 17 match-wins on clay this season, grabbed the first set 6-3 in 37 minutes before her opponent upped the pressure.

Linette saved 4/4 break points en route to a clinching a 59-minute second set 7-6(4) to force a decider against the recent Madrid champion.

Jabeur fell behind 2-4 but battled hard to break right back and stay alive in the contest.

Still Linette would not let up, as she secured a fantastic victory in two hours and 28 minutes.


Over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, 2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens came back from a set down against German qualifier Jule Niemeier to advance with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 result.


All eyes will be on No.6 seed Carlos Alcaraz when he opens his campaign later on Sunday against Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignacio Londero.

Kanepi keeps up giant-slaying habits

Estonian Kaia Kanepi recorded the 10th top-10 victory of her career at a Grand Slam by eliminating Spanish 10th seed Garbine Muguruza 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just over two hours.

The 36-year-old Kanepi, the oldest player in the women's draw, has a knack for knocking out seeds at the majors and continued the trend against two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.1 Muguruza.

Kanepi is a two-time Roland-Garros quarter-finalist and recently made a trip to the last-eight stage at this year's Australian Open.

Kaia Kanepi, Roland Garros 2022, first round© Nicolas Gouhier/FFT

Thiem bounced in straights

Bolivian Hugo Dellien claimed a smooth 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over two-time Roland-Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who is still finding his way back after spending 10 months on the sidelines with a wrist injury.

The Austrian was searching for a first victory in over 12 months but was denied by Dellien, who posted just his third-ever main draw match-win at a Grand Slam on Sunday.


Hugo Dellien, Roland Garros 2022, first round© Nicolas Gouhier/FFT

Grigor in a hurry

World No.20 Grigor Dimitrov breezed through his opener against American Marcos Giron 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in just one hour and 34 minutes.

Dimitrov, who was a modest 6-5 in Roland-Garros first rounds coming in, is seeded 18 this fortnight and will tackle Borna Coric in the last-64 stage.

Contesting his first Grand Slam since last year's Australian Open, Coric claimed a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Carlos Taberner.

Coric, a former world No.12 who is down to 275 in the rankings, spent over a year out of action due to a right shoulder injury.

Grigor Dimitrov, 1er tour, Roland-Garros 2022©André Ferreira / FFT

First winner of the tournament

The first victor of Roland-Garros 2022 is Romanian No.26 seed Sorana Cirstea, who eased past Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-3, 6-3 in just 64 minutes.

Cirstea next takes on Stephens in round two.