Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (N.2), who didn’t win a match until last year at Roland Garros, only needed three sets to defeat Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic (N.31) this Saturday and advance to the last 16 of the Paris tournament. .
In less than two hours (1:48), Medvedev outscored Kikmanovic 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, without giving up his serve once.
The world number two, who reached the quarter-finals last year in Paris, will try to at least match that result against the duel winner, which will be played by France’s Gilles Simon (No. 158) and Croatia’s Marin Cilic (seeded 23) on Saturday.
He arrived in Paris after barely participating on the ground, after a hernia operation two months ago that only allowed him to return ten days ago in Geneva, where he lost in the first round, and gave a playing lesson to the 22-year-old Serb, he called in his country to take over from Novak Djokovic.
The Russian joked after the match, who apparently left behind the ghosts of Paris, a tournament in which he participated in his first four participations did not beat the first round.
“It was hard to see everyone wondering how you could have been No. 2 in the world without going through the first round here,” the winner of last year’s US Open and finalist in February in Australia, admitted in his first Grand Slam. From the year it reached number one for three weeks in April.
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Written by Daniel Arevalos
“God helps those who get up early,” is an old saying, but it fits perfectly with a fellow footballer who gets up too early every day to get to the training ground across the border.
It is known that football requires a lot of sacrifices for players, not only physically but in other aspects of life, such as a healthy diet and a good rest among others, but sometimes situations arise where you have to put something like in Ernesto “Penti’s case” Alvarez (33) who currently plays for Crucero del Norte, which participates in the Federal A Championship for Argentine football.
Communicating with VERSUS, the wonderful striker who has played in many first and middle division clubs in our country and also has experience abroad (Argentina, Mexico and Colombia), commented on a very special situation that he faces every day to get to the training ground. On the Argentine side (posadas), until reaching Garuba, is the headquarters of the Crucero del Norte.
The distance is short (about 16 kilometers by road), but the wait is long to cross the bridge (San Roque Gonzalez), due to the controls and the number of people using the border crossing.
“Every day I get up at four in the morning to go to training. Not because of the distance, but because of the waiting time to cross the bridge, it takes between one and a half and two hours to cross to the Argentine side. The striker said with the usual positive vibes.
In addition to Pinte, two Paraguayans who are part of the Crucero del Norte team are Alex Garay, Rubio Ñu and the former Tobías Arévalo, who at the time was part of the Deportivo Santaní team.
“For family reasons (Benti’s wife works in Encarnacion), I travel every day to Posadas, I go with Alex Garay who also lives in Encarnacion, sometimes we arrive very early and sometimes a little late, practice starts at eight and average, but he explained that they (Argentines) have An hour more than us.
“When there are not many people, we quickly cross the bridge, get to the club early and enjoy sleeping again in the pension above our changing room until at least half an hour before training,” says the footballer.
“On the way back, no problems, the border was crossed quickly, we come back when we finish training, and I even have time to pick up my son from school in Encarnacion and we’re home by lunchtime.”
Benti returned to Crucero del Norte after seven years and this is his third run at the institution, formerly (2013/14), returning in 2015, is a benchmark for Posadeño’s team with four goals and four assists on eight disputed dates.
And about the level of the tournament, the player confirmed. “The competition here is tough in this category, and I dare say much more than our first-class football. Thank God, I have a lot of regularity, I started in all matches, scored four goals so far and four assists,” he said.
He explained that “Krushiro is a well-organized and serious institution, and they abide with us in everything they promised,” explaining that there is no award but a good salary. “In my case I feel very comfortable because they are the same directors as they were when I was years ago.”
He said about his goal. “The intention is always to reach the title, the championship is just starting, and all the clubs have prepared well with the same intention, but we will go step by step.”
He said that given his current good performance, if he plans to return to Paraguay football in the second half of the year. “No, at the moment I’m fine here and I want to continue, and I hope we can upgrade. The deal is in principle for one year.
At the start of the middle class 10’s history, Sportivo Lucinho slowed down again and drew at home against tough Pastorio, who showed they would fight in this category. In a very exciting match from start to finish, it was Juan Manuel Frutos’ team that took the lead thanks to a goal by Renzo Carballo.
But Oriazole didn’t give up and had to paddle from below to match it, which happened via Juan Nunez just before the break. With this tie, Luqueño is still close to the top with 19 points, but he missed out on a great opportunity to be the sole captain, at least until San Lorenzo plays.
For his part, Pastorio reached the top of the table with this parity, reaching 20 units, with one game more than Santo. On the next date, Luqueño will have to face Trinidense, while Pastoreo will face February 3 at home.
In another match held on February 10, 3, Rubio Nou drew 0-0 in Ciudad del Este.
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