The elimination of Garbiñe Muguruza at the first of changes it overshadowed the Spanish day in Roland Garros, marked by the exciting triumph of Carlos Alcaraz, the first for the 18-year-old tennis player on the clay of Paris.
Pedro Martínez and Jaume Munar also signed victories, while they fell Lara Arruabarrena, Sara sorribes and Bernabé Zapata, who played against Alcaraz.
But the day was marked by the elimination of Muguruza, winner in 2016, who held the greatest Spanish hopes of the women’s team, which now remain on the back of Paula Badosa, who is already in the second round, and Carla Suárez, who this Tuesday He will return to the circuit after his break to recover from cancer.
Muguruza was erratic, physically depleted, without rhythm and hardly giving the feeling of competing against the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, who needed only an hour and a half to prevail 6-1 and 6-4.
Never before had the Spaniard succumbed from entering Paris, a tournament that she herself assures is her favorite but that this time she faced a lack of filming on clay due to the physical problems that have marked her season.
They were noticed in the duel and forced him to receive medical assistance during the first set. In the second he made a hint of recovery, but he did not have enough gas to turn the duel around and avoid early elimination.
Faced with the tears of Muguruza, the smile of Alcaraz, the youngest of the tournament, what a shame to remove the expectations that he has generated and that this Tuesday he achieved his first triumph in Paris.
He got it against his friend Bernabé Zapata, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (4), a triumph that Alcaraz prefers to see as a lesson and the first of many more than as a milestone.
Because it is, since he did it at 18 years and 26 days, the youngest since Serbian Novak Djokovic in 2005, and even younger than Rafa Nadal.
But the promise of Spanish tennis prefers to muffle his triumphs and focus on work and improvement, which he will need to defeat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, 31st in the world, his next rival after defeating Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-4 in the first round , 6-3, 0-6 and 6-2.
Hopeful also the victory of Pedro Martínez, who took revenge last year against the American Sebastian Korda, who had defeated him in the third round at Roland Garros.
On this occasion, against a rival who has taken a huge leap in the rankings and who arrived a few days after lifting the trophy in Parma, the Levantine was solid and ended up winning 6-4, 6-2 and 6- 2, to earn the right to face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth in the ranking.
Although he acknowledged that it will be an uneven duel, Martínez will come out without complexes and with nothing to lose in search of surprise.
Worked was also Munar’s triumph against Australian Jordan Thompson by 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-6 (5) and 6-4 in a marathon of almost 4 and a half hours, the Mallorcan’s second in the clay from paris.
He will have to look for the third against the American Reilly Opelka, seeded 32, executioner of the Slovak Andrej Martin by 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4, a high quality server that will force him to rely on his characteristics from the beginning. track background.
Nor did Lara Arruabarrena, who after having passed the previous phase lost against Russian Varvara Gracheva, 6-2 and 6-3, and Sara Sorribes, who fought against Chinese Saisai Zheng, but ended up succumbing 4-4. 6, 6-4 and 6-4.