Once again a top-seeded racquet at the Hassan II Grand Prix held at the Royal Tennis Club of Marrakech on the occasion of its 35th edition. The British Kyle Edmund (N° 3 of the tournament and 22nd in the world ranking) underwent the law of the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who won in 2 sets more or less decisive (7/6, 6/3) to qualify to the quarterfinals scheduled this Friday.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (33 years old and 118th ATP) made speak his experience and his rigor to overcome Kyler Edmund who is still young (24 years old) with only 1 title in 2018 at the European Open of Antwerp. It is therefore a victory of the heart for Tsonga, invited at the last minute and who remains one of the most titled players present in Marrakech (17 including 2 in Masters series).
Kyle Edmund, finalist of the recent edition on the same RTCMA courts, was added to other big names who left the competition in the first round including the Italian Fabio Fognini (N° 2 and 17e ATP). Spanish Fernando Verdasco (N° 6 and 35e ATP). This confirms the bitterness of the matches and the level of play more balanced overall.
In the other matches of the second round, played on Wednesday, the Dutch Robin Haase fell against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego from the qualifying table (7/6, 6/3), while the other player reaching the qualifiers, the Spanish Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, ended up a place in the eighth against the Japanese Taro Daniel who used the third decisive set to win (6/2, 1/6, 6/1).
On the other hand, the Frenchman Gilles Simon (N° 4 and 27th ATP) did not find great difficulties to continue its momentum by dominating the Argentine Guido Andreozzi in 2 identical sets (6/2, 6/2).
These are basically the results of the third day of the tournament which will continue on Friday with the duels of the first 8 players of the quarter after the last four matches of the second round, played Thursday, with the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero against the Czech Jiri Vesely, the German Philipp Kohlschreiber (N° 7) who crossed his racket against the Spanish Pablo Andujar, winner of the previous edition, Pierre-Hugues Herbert (N° 8) and Benoit Paire who met in a party in one hundred percent French before the German Alexander Zverev (N° 1 of the tournament and 3rd World) does not close the debates against the Spaniard Jaume Munar.
If Zverev kept his chances to go all the way to the delight of the public who came in large numbers for the first time, the French remain represented in force. No less than 3 players will still be there with Tsonga and Simon already qualified, in addition to the winner of the duel between Paire and Hebert.
That the show continues in Marrakech, which saw, on Wednesday, the unfolding of the traditional Kids Day reserved for children at the famous Jamaâ Lfna, which was, last Saturday, the scene of the other exhibition match between several stars for the promotion of the Hassan II Grand Prix and its 35th anniversary.