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French Open 2022: Alcaraz, Zverev, Thiem and Gauff in action on day one – live!


Linette takes a medical timeout as Dellien holds for 5-2 – she’s gone six minutes or so, but they’re back at it now.

Dimitrov has taken the first set off Giron 6-1 and Cirstea has done likewise to Maria 6-3.

Yeah, Jabeur is into this now, serving out easily to take the first set 6-3. Linette made it hard at the start, but there’s something different about her opponent this last year or so, and it’s hard to see her losing these kinds of matches now.

Thiem is pushing, forcing Dellien to deuce, but a drop on advantage maintains his advantage – it’s 4-1 now – while, on Chatrier, Jabeur leads Linette 5-3 and even if she loses the next game, will serve for the set after it.

Jabeur breaks Linette then struggles through a hold for 4-2 – she’s being made to fight, but she’s more than capable. Back on Mathieu, Thiem is 0-40 down, and though he gets to 40-30, this time Dellien secures the break for 3-1. However, you can see the Austrian is settling.

Linette breaks back immediately, and to love too. She and Jabeur are level at 2-2 now; Stephens and Niemeier are 2-2; Grigzy Dimitrov is a break up on Giron, likewise Cirstea on Maria. Meantime, Dellien has been warned for taking too long over his serve, taking issue with the umpire over spectators moving his eyeline. The umpire immediately apologises and retracts his call, no he doesn’t.

Thiem saves break point with a trademark backhand down the line, taken early doors, then clinches the game by hitting to the backhand corner, opening the court, and cleaning up with a forehand into the space. Dellien 1-1 Thiem

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Linette has started confidently, and Jabeur has to dig in to hold for 1-1 – she comes back from 15-30 behind. Meantime, Thiem is slowly easing himself in from 0-1 and 0-30 behind, making game point with a forehand drop. But he can’t quite close it out, finds himself facing a break point and, as I type that, Jabeur converts one against Linette to lead 2-1 in set one.

As for Thiem, how good is it to see him back? He’s been injured and out of form during the last bit, so is ranked well outside the top 100 in the world – which makes him an extremely dangerous floater in the draw.

For now, at least, I’m watching Jabeur v Linette and Thiem v Dellien. Jabeur reckons she can win a major, and who wouldn’t be overjoyed to see that. I guess she can, given who has, and given women’s tennis is currently the least predictable sport in the world, but as an all-round package she’s never be a favourite.

Order of play: show courts

Chatrier

Jabeur [6] v Linette

Auger-Aliassime [9] v Varillas [Q]

Burel v Sakkari [4]

Londero [L] v Alcaraz [6]

**

Lenglen

Stephens v Niemeier [Q]

Isner [23] v Halys

Zverev [3] v Ofner [Q]

Mladenovic v Fernandez [17]

**

Mathieu

Dellien v Thiem

Kanepi v Muguruza [10]

Fognini v Popyrin

Gauff [18] v Marino [Q]

Preamble

Morning all, and welcome to Roland Garros 2022! It’s almost embarrassing how much brilliant tennis we’ve got for you today – Ons Jabeur, Dominic Thiem, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Coco Gauff and yet still more. Like everyone else, I’ve not a clue who – if anyone – will succeed Barbora Krejcikova and Novak Djokovic as French Open champions, but also like everyone else, I know precisely how much fun it’s going to be finding out. On y va!

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Play: 11am local, 10am BST



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