Like Ugo Humbert, Jérémy Chardy was eliminated in the first round in Madrid on Monday. The same goes for Adrian Mannarino.
It is definitely a difficult day for the French on Madrid clay. Like Ugo Humbert and Jérémy Chardy, Adrian Mannarino was unable to win for his entry into the competition in the Masters 1000 in Madrid. Opposed to the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, beneficiary of an invitation, the 34th player in the world missed his match. From the first exchanges, the Habs were in difficulty, conceding the break at the end of the first game before dismissing two double break points on his next service game.
Unable to find a flaw in the game of the 120th player in the world, Adrian Mannarino still dismissed a first set point on his own face-off before having to admit defeat. Difficulties which were only more important for the Frenchman in a second round which he went through like a ghost. Without having the slightest break point, the 34th in the world lost his three service games, allowing his opponent to win almost without forcing (6-4, 6-0 in 1h12 ′). Carlos Alcaraz will therefore have the honor of meeting Rafael Nadal in the second round.
Chardy also missed the walk
For his entry into the running, Jérémy Chardy gave everything but finally lost against Daniel Evans in three sets (7-6, 6-7, 6-2) and 2h48 of play. In the first round, after a break of each side at 3-2 and 4-2 for the Palois, it is the latter who obtained the first two set points, but the Briton held on and took his opponent to the tie-break. Dominator so far, Chardy then saw the current 26th in the ATP rankings get away with his second opportunity.
Behind, led, the French generally managed to avoid some fears, despite a match point for Evans at 5-4 in his favor. Once again, it was in the decisive game that the round was played, but this time, the Birmingham native was much less able to manage the thing, missing two new match points, including one on his serve. Reboosted, the Béarnais equalized shortly after on the beaten ground of Madrid. But, like in their last clash two months ago in Doha, Chardy gave in in the last set. Thanks to two new breaks, at 1-1 and 4-2 in his favor, Evans finished the job against the French to qualify for the 2nd round, which he will play against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, seeded number 12, or the Australian John Millman.