Alexandre Müller eliminates Arthur Fils in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome

Alexandre Müller eliminates Arthur Fils in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome
Alexandre Müller eliminates Arthur Fils in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome

He was not the favorite of this Franco-French duel, but Alexandre Müller put in a convincing performance to win against Arthur Fils (7-5, 6-3), Saturday in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome. Coming from qualifying, the 109th in the world, who dominated Marton Fucsovics (4-6, 7-6, 6-2) on Thursday in the first round, continues his great week in Rome with a fourth success in six days. In the third round, the 27-year-old could meet Andrey Rublev, if the recent winner of the Masters 1000 in Madrid wins against Marcos Gijon later in the day.

Very solid from the baseline, capable of astonishing backhand accelerations along the line, Müller, it must also be said, benefited from his opponent’s numerous approximations. Eliminated from the start by Daniel Altmaier (6-2, 6-3) in Madrid, where he was ill, Fils has, as often in recent months, cruelly lacked consistency. From the first game of the match, he committed five unforced errors and gave up his commitment.

Müller took advantage of Son’s gross mistakes

Thanks to his clearly superior power, the 34th in the world recovered while Müller served to win the first set at 5-4, but the machine stalled again: three double faults precipitated the loss of his engagement at 5 -5. This time his opponent did not miss the opportunity to finish.

The second set started like the first: a mess of mistakes from the 19-year-old and an entry break in favor of Müller. At 3-2, Fils obtained a break point, but, once again, he rushed with a backhand return redacted on a second ball. At 5-3, he gave Müller a match point by propelling his forehand volley into the net with the entire court open. One last forehand too long and that was the end of his Roman tournament.

After a delicate start to the year which saw him leave the top 100, Müller found his colors at the best time, just before Roland-Garros, where he will benefit from one of the two “merit” wild cards awarded by the FFT, in this case that assigned “to the French player not directly entering the final table, the highest ranked in the ATP singles rankings” on May 6.

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