On the eve of celebrating his 17th birthday, Arthur Fils qualified for the Roland-Garros final by beating his compatriot Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. He will face another French in the final, Sean Cuenin or Luca Van Assche.
What a fight between the two friends! It is finally @ ArthurFils1 who won in the juniors semifinals against @MpetshiG 3/6, 6/3, 7/6 (5) in 2:09. The St-Michel Sports Tennis player is in the final of #Roland Garros. pic.twitter.com/EpPX3JHmCb
– FFT (@FFTennis) June 11, 2021
For the first time in history, four French people are in the semi-finals of the Roland-Garros junior tournament, and the first finalist is named Arthur Fils! The Essonne player will play in the final on Saturday, his 17th birthday, after his victory in the half over his great friend Giovanni Mpetschi Perricard who will be 18 in July. Fils won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 after a 2:12 fight. Ranked 1035th and 1042nd in the ATP respectively, Fils and Mpetschi Perricard, who have been training together from a young age, delivered an excellent match, under the watchful eye of many French supporters. coming to see what this new generation looks like. Things were badly off for Fils, however, who lost the first set by breaking at 3-2, then found himself trailing 3-1 in the second after losing his serve at 1-1.
But he turned it around completely by winning the last five games of the second set to tie one set all over. In the third, the two players held their serve well, and everything was decided in the tie-break, where Mpetschi Perricard came back from 2-5 to 5-5, before cracking on the next two points (5-7 ). On Saturday, Fils will try to become the thirteenth French player to win Roland-Garros, after notably Patrick Proisy (1967), Henri Leconte (1980), Fabrice Santoro (1989), Paul-Henri Mathieu (2000), Richard Gasquet (2002), Gaël Monfils (2004) or Geoffrey Blancaneaux (2016). But if it is not him, it will necessarily be another French, since Sean Cuenin (17 years old, 1660th) and Luca Van Assche (17 years old, 1211th). face off in the other semi-final.