For the third victory of his career at Bercy, Corentin Moutet scored a very rewarding success on Tuesday (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) against Borna Coric (26th in the world), well back and very consistent this season after having overcome many galleys. And with the support of the public of court n°1, fully behind a Frenchman this time in control of his nerves despite a very small spat with his .. racket.
Dominated in the first set, the Frenchman saved a break point at 2-2 with a serve and volley in the second set, before unfolding his non-academic and poisonous game.
All in variations, with his drop shots, his slices and his science of the lob, Moutet worked on the body of a Croat who had difficulty in setting up his pounding game over time. Also weighed down by numerous unforced errors, especially on the backhand, Coric saved the first a break point in the third set at 1-1 thanks to a decisive volley.
Then Moutet also saved his next face-off on a marvel of cross-passing. Constant in the rallies, imaginative, Moutet was often trailing 15-30 on his serve in this decisive round. But he was rewarded for his efforts at 4-4, on a break point totally harvested on a backhand in the net by his opponent. Before concluding the next game on a new backhand poorly controlled by the Croatian, after 2h36 of a solid match.
Out of the qualifications, Corentin Moutet will be opposed in the second round to the Briton Cameron Norrie, 13th player in the world.