Doubles specialists Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen started well at Roland Garros on Wednesday. They defeated the Italians Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori in the first round 6-4.
“We have delivered a very solid match,” Vliegen responded. “Except for a game in the first set at 4-3, we served very well. We put a lot of pressure on the return and were very dynamic at the net. As a result, we created many chances and a break in each set was enough to make the difference. The preparation was not ideal because I struggled last week in Parma with an inflammation of the left knee, but I’m doing better. Frankly, I don’t think we could have wished for a better start to the tournament.”
The Limburgers are the fourteenth seed in Paris and cannot complain about the draw. “It is true that our table is open,” Vliegen refers to the disappearance of the Croatian top seed heads Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic due to a positive corona test. “But we’re looking at it game by game. Tomorrow we will scout our future opponents, the Serb Kecmanovic and the Norwegian Ruud or the Americans Krajicek and Sandgren. They are two experimental duos, but no less dangerous for that.”