Rome finalist and Roland Garros forerunner Nicolas Jarry dumped out by home hero Corentin Moutet in Shock of the Day

Sunday, 26 May 2024 at 22:36
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Corentin Moutet (No. 79) surprises Nicolas Jarry (No. 16) with another major upset on the first day of the French Open. The Frenchman was consistent throughout the match, neutralizing the Chilean's power to secure an impressive 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 victory.
Jarry entered the court to boos from French fans after Moutet heated up the match in the hours leading up to it. The world No. 79 reminded his Instagram followers of the hostile reception he received from the crowd at the Santiago Open when he defeated Nicolas Jarry (7-6, 7-6).
“Revenge against Jarry at Roland Garros. I remember well the welcome they gave me at their home (Chile Open). I hope you guys are eager to show him that this time we are locals. Be ready and be loud. This is Paris,” he wrote the day before the match.
The support from the crowd was evident from the start, and Jarry was far from his usual level. In the first set, both saved some break points in their first service games. The balance did not last long, as Moutet began to dominate at 2-2, securing two consecutive breaks to take the set 6-2. The Chilean hit 14 winners and committed 20 unforced errors, compared to 7 winners and 7 unforced errors from his opponent.
Moutet's lead further energized the crowd, and the 25-year-old Frenchman showcased his best tricky shots, playing frequent drops and lobs, which unsettled Jarry, who was imprecise throughout much of the match.
Moutet secured consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the second set and gave no chances with his serve, extending his lead to 6-1. Absolute surprise on Court Simonne-Mathieu, with the Frenchman dominating the Rome Open finalist from a week earlier.
In the third set, the Chilean showed some recovery, starting with an early break and then dominating with his serve to maintain the lead. Jarry played at his usual level for a few minutes, but with Moutet's confidence and the energy of a crowd constantly pressuring the Chilean, he couldn't sustain it.
Jarry played the Rome Open final one week ago. Now is one of the biggest upsets in the first round.
The disaster for Jarry was even greater in the fourth set, where he won only 35% of his service points and 32% of return points. Moutet swept the Chilean in the match's closing stages without giving him a game in the final set, sealing the impeccable victory 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. He will face the winner of Aslan Karatsev (No. 82) or Alexander Shevchenko (No. 61) in the second round.

Korda to second round

Only one of the five American seeds saw action on the first day, with Sebastian Korda delivering a strong performance at Roland Garros. The 23-year-old, seeded 27th, faced local Harold Mayot, securing an easy victory 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. Korda capitalized on four of his eight break points and saved two of the three break points against him to clinch the win in just 2 hours and 10 minutes.
There were also some surprises, such as veteran Richard Gasquet's win over Borna Coric and Belgian Zizou Bergs' first Grand Slam main draw victory against 24th seed Alejandro Tabilo.
Some five-set battles saw Jack Draper edge out Jesper De Jong. Other notable results included five-set wins by Hubert Hurkacz over Shintaro Mochizuki and Kei Nishikori over Gabriel Diallo.

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