The British win again at Roland-Garros

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:30 a.m.

Three Britons – Cameron Norrie, Emma Raducanu and Dan Evans – advanced to the French Open second round for the first time since 2018. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

We are just four days away from the French Open at Roland Garros and it has already been one of the most successful campaigns for British singles tennis in recent years. The progress of Emma Raducanu, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans – all playing today – to the second round equals the tally of 2018 and 2017 and drops to just around the four tally from 2016.

The two British No.1s are in the second round today as Evans joins them after a well-deserved victory in his maiden Grand Slam victory on clay.

But dive a little deeper into the data from the trio’s opening matches and there are some interesting points to be made.

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Raducandu

Emma Raducanu is taking part in her first-ever French Open main draw, and the 19-year-old had to defeat last year’s junior champion to pull through.

Known for that decisive ace in New York to win the US Open as a teenager, Raducanu scored two of her own on Monday while returning every point from her opponent Linda Noskova.

She has won 67% of her break points but will look to improve today when she takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich later today. Her 62% first-serve success rate and 40% second-serve success rate will need to improve if she is to challenge.

French finesse

When you watch Cameron Norrie’s straight-set victory over Frenchman Manuel Guinard, the range of shots used by the Briton was impressive.

Although the number of ground and approach shots was equal, Norrie had four shots over Guinard’s zero and more passes and volleys.

He had twice as many winners as his opponent and fewer forced and unforced errors.

That said, Guinard broke Norrie twice – once in each of the first two sets – while he was broken by the Briton twice in the first set, three times in the second set and three times in the third.

Tenth seed Norrie faces Australian Jason Kubler today, who lost 18 games in his straight first-round victory.

Even against all odds

Dan Evans, ranked 29th in this tournament, also won in straight sets after overcoming a first-set tie-break against Francisco Cerundolo.

It was a classic three-set victory. Although his opponent had more winners, Evans racked up fewer unforced and forced errors, fewer double faults, and more aces.

Evans has never made it past the second round at Roland Garros, having collapsed twice so far – in 2019 and 2020 – and hasn’t reached the third round at any Slam since the 2016 US Open.

Against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer he’ll like his chances, but today’s opponent was clinical in his opener, only double faulting once while wiping the floor in almost every other aspect of the game. match.

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