Very solid in his game, Medvedev hit 35 winners and broke Argentinian Facundo Bagnis, number 103 in the professional rankings, eight times to lose by a triple 6-2 in one hour and 38 minutes.
“I love Roland Garros, especially since last year,” said the Russian, who reached the quarter-finals in 2021 after losing in the first round in his first four appearances.
“I hope to go further this year,” added Medvedev, who will face Serbian Laslo Djere, ranked 56th, in the second phase.
For this part of the table, several seeds were eliminated today, such as the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, seeded 14, the Australian Alex de Miñaur (19) and the American Tommy Paul (30), the latter beaten by the Chilean Cristian Garín. with splits of 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3.
The South American will net in the second phase against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, 50th in the world ranking.
In the women’s competition, Badosa arrived in the French capital with doubts after not performing well in recent weeks, but it took her just 54 minutes to beat France’s Fiona Ferro 6-2, 6-0 , to whom she left only two points in second. Position.
It’s very important for me to start like this, I was very nervous these days because I lacked confidence since Madrid, but every game and every minute on the court will help me regain that confidence that I have need, explained the Iberian.
With four players in the top 10 of the ranking already eliminated in the initial phase, Badosa will play in the second round against the Slovenian Kaja Juvan (68 of the ecalafon).
However, it was not a day of surprises, as they did not lose any of the top seeds who took part in the second Grand Slam of the season on Tuesday.
The sad conclusion came with the retirement of Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, his country’s most important player for the past two decades, who quit professional sport after losing to Norway’s Casper Ruud, the eighth seed , 7-6 (8/6). ), 6-7 (4/7), 2-6 and 6-7 (0/7).
Philippe Chatrier’s public bid him farewell with a long ovation in a match that ended with a right shoulder injury, crying with emotion and embracing the Parisian clay.
Although he has never won a Grand Slam, he reached the final in Australia (2008) and the semi-finals in Melbourne (2010), Roland Garros (2013 and 2015) and Wimbledon (2011 and 2012), as well as the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy (2008) and Canada (2014), an Olympic silver medal in London-2012 and being champion with France of the Davis Cup (2017).
Tsonga is also one of only three tennis players in history to have beaten Serbian Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer when they topped the world rankings and one of three to beat this stellar triad and Britain’s Andy Murray. to a Grand Slam.