World No. 37 Cristian Garin of Chile meets world No. 50 Ilya Ivashka in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday 26 May with preview, head-to-head and tips here.
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Cristian Garin vs Ilya Ivashka head to head
The pair have never played together. It’s the first game between the 25-year-old Chilean and Ivashka, three years his senior.
Garin recovers to beat American
Garin, who recently showed off his clay court skills by reaching the quarter-finals in Rome, began his campaign in Paris with a match against world No. 33 American Tommy Paul, a former French Open junior champion.
The first set saw fortunes sway, with the advantage swaying first one way and then the other. Paul paused and then it was the Chilean’s turn, but neither could maintain the advantage. Paul then broke again and was eventually able to hold on to win the set.
But then the tide began to turn in Garin’s favor. Two consecutive breaks of serve allowed him to level the match and two more put him in control of the third set.
Paul got one of the breaks back but was immediately broken again and Garin was a set up.
He then broke again midway through the fourth set and Paul had to serve to stay in the match. He saved match points but not the third as Garin booked his second-round spot.
Ivashka cuts pair to size
Ivashka’s opponent in the first round was the spirited Frenchman Benoît Paire, a good tennis player in his day but who is sometimes let down by a suspicious temper.
Paire had again made headlines ahead of the game with comments about the withdrawal of ATP ranking points from Wimbledon, but by his standards it was a relatively low-key affair.
Ivashka created an early advantage when Paire dropped his opening game and consolidated that to win the opener.
The second set became increasingly gruff, with both men struggling to hold serve. However, Paire proved more inconsistent, and Ivashka improved by two sets.
For a brief spell in the third set, however, Paire found his form, snapping to a five-game lead and closing the gap, suggesting he could be ready to stage a rebellion.
And when he split by two in the fourth set, it looked like that could become a reality. But the storm passed, Ivashka broke back and despite having three set points, Paire failed to convert any of them and was broken again.
Paire served to stay in the match, but to his own disappointment and that of the Roland Garros crowd, he dropped serve again at the worst possible time.
Garin v Ivashka prediction and tip
Garin is better known as a clay court player and is expected to reach the third round at the expense of Ivashka.
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