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Why Tsitsipas vs Musetti is a game not to be missed at Tuesday’s French Open – Day 3 of the order of play

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The Greek No. 4 is on the right side of the draw to do some real damage at this year’s tournament and perhaps go a step further than last year if he can weather a difficult first round

Medvedev missed most of the clay-court season after going under the knife to fix a hernia problem that could have driven him out of Roland Garros, but he returned to action in Geneva last week, where he accepted a wildcard to one To get match practice on the red dirt.

Daniel Medvedev will have much to prove when he begins his French Open campaign on Tuesday, his first major tournament since April’s surgery.

The Russian was beaten by Richard Gasquet, a result that came as a shock even considering his sacking, but said he was looking forward to matching his 2021 performances when he reached the quarter-finals here in Paris.

He had never won a main draw match at Roland Garros in four tries before but will look to avoid a fifth first-round loss 10am UK time on Tuesday morning against facundo Bagni from Argentina.

Medvedev is first, which means he doesn’t have to worry about the increasingly tight nature of the schedule; Monday’s rain means any games not completed in the evening will be played at the same pitch on Tuesday, hence the predominant “not before” time in the order of play for this resumption.

Roland Garros organizers will always tell you to watch the night game as for the 10 nights they host one they intend it to be the flagship event.

The nature of the first round draw means it’s difficult to turn this into a major competition, but this is a sucker indeed, having beaten a finalist last year Stephen Tsitsipas adoption Lorenzo Musettiwho, like the Greek, held a two-set lead over Novak Djokovic before losing in five in the fourth round.

Musetti hasn’t developed in the way many expected after that run and has lost more than he’s won in the 52 weeks since, but he has delivered promising victories over Sebastian Korda and Ilya Ivashka in Madrid (after qualifying). indicate that it is in an uptrend. His fitness is an issue (he hasn’t played against Alexander Zverev since retiring in the Spanish capital) but if he fires he will be a tricky opening opponent for Tsitsipas. The game begins just after 7.45pm UK time.

We’re cheating a little here because the excitement is already brewing, but that doesn’t mean it Katie Volynets doesn’t deserve your attention.

The 20-year-old is a former USTA 18s National Championship winner, which earned her a wildcard to the US Open, where she was beaten by eventual champion Bianca Andreescu, and similarly won her place at Roland Garros via the wildcard -Challenge of the USTA.

Volynets is already set up Victoria Golubianwho is 82 places above her in the world rankings and will try to convert that into a win not before 11:30 a.m on Court 9 after Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic played Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan in doubles.

(All courses start at 10:00am BST unless otherwise noted; UK players in bold)

Court Philippe Chatrier

Game starts at 11 a.m

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Court Simonne Mathieu

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