Arthur Rinderknech controls Quentin Halys in the first round of the US Open

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Arthur Rinderknech controls Quentin Halys in the first round of the US Open

Arthur Rinderknech emerged victorious on Monday from the first Franco-French round which opposed him to Quentin Halys. A little better ranked (58th against 76th), a little more experienced on the main circuit, he won (4-6, 7-6 [4]6-3, 6-2) in 3h05.

Rinderknech, however, came close to disaster when he found himself faced with a two-set ball to nothing for his compatriot, at 4-6, 5-6 and 30/40 on his commitment. Fortunately for him, a long forehand cross then helped him out.

From there, Halys’ first serve, impressive and almost unusable until this moment (16 aces over the first two sets and only 2 points lost out of 33), began to nose dive. Rinderknech was able to put his paw on the game and he never took it back, winning the third and fourth sets quite clearly.

And now the world No. 1

This victory brings a breath of fresh air to Rinderknech, who had already reached the final of a Challenger tournament in Vancouver eight days ago. But before this Canadian run, the French revelation of the 2021 season had experienced a delicate pass in recent months.

Since his semi-final in Doha in February, he had won only three matches on the main circuit. This is the third time in his career that he has reached a Grand Slam, and the second at the US Open. There is, just, at Flushing Meadows, at this same stage of the competition, he had delivered a good opposition to Carlos Alcaraz (defeat 7-6 [6], 4-6, 6-1, 6-4). This time, he will have even more to do, in the second round, on Wednesday, against world No. 1, Daniil Medvedev.

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