Stefanos Tsitsipas will kick off his Roland Garros campaign against Lorenzo Musetti, who made his way to the fourth round in Paris in 2021. Jannik Sinner will take the court on Tuesday against Bjorn Fratangelo.
(4) Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Lorenzo Musetti
Stefanos Tsitsipas was oh-so-close to his first Grand Slam title at the French Open last year. He was up 2 sets to none on Novak Djokovic before the Serb came roaring back to pocket the double career Grand Slam. Tsitsipas has had an excellent 2022 season so far, with a semifinal showing in Melbourne and the title in Monte-Carlo.
Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, ranked 66 in the world, had a breakthrough performance at the French Open last year. He made his way to the round of 16 and took the first two sets off Novak Djokovic before collapsing completely and eventually retiring at 0-4 in the fifth.
Tsitsipas has won both of his previous matches against Musetti, including a 3-set encounter on the clay courts of Lyon last year. The Italian had a good run at the Madrid Masters, where he successfully qualified and made it to the round of 16, so he might make the Greek man work for his first round win. Tsistipas should advance, but don’t be surprised if Musetti gets a set.
Cheryl pick – Tsitsipas in 4
(11) Jannik Sinner vs. (Q) Bjorn Fratangelo
Jannik Sinner is the highest-ranked Italian in the French Open draw. The young star is a tidy 24-6 on the season, though he hasn’t made it past the quarterfinals at any event in 2022. He has had a solid European clay swing, with no real surprise losses.
He will begin his French Open bid against the American qualifier, Bjorn Fratangelo, ranked 186 in the world. Fratangelo did well to earn a spot in the main draw, but running into Sinner right away will do the American no favors. Sinner rarely bows out when he’s favored to win and the Italian is plenty comfortable on the dirt.
This should be smooth sailing for Sinner. Expect the Italian to advance in straight sets.
Cheryl pick – Sinner in 3