On his Insta account, Avignonnais had promised the public that he would leave Ivashka: “I do not promise you the best tennis match in your life, but let us set this field on fire and enjoy it !!! » Of course, this Tuesday, the public of Simonne-Mathieu took the cause for his hero, whom he had left on Monday evening, led to nothing.
As Belarus showed a foul ball at 3-3 according to him, a fan shouted: “Do not start the devil! » An incredible series of mistakes by the Frenchman, including the wooden front wings, allowed Ivashka to pocket the second set. In the third, Paire finally recovered seeking the help of the public and ended his service at 6-1. In the fourth, Ola finally walked away with some genius shots from the south that rose to 4-0. Despite the Belarussian return, he had three fourth-set balls in service at 5-4 … harvested including two double faults.
In the score 6-5, Ivashka offered himself the first point of the match, saved after a good volley from the Frenchman. Paire’s 24th double error in service gave the Belarusians a second point of the match, which he converted with an acceleration of a hand cross.
Interviewed in court, Ivashka said: “I was more consistent than he was. » no joke! 70 unforced errors and second service faults sometimes descending one meter from the lines or in the middle of the net. “In my head, at the moment, it’s complicated, recognized the Frenchman. Once I have pressure, I have flaws and that shows in the match. Today I lead 40-0 in my service (5-4 in the last set), I’m doing a double fault. I made 24 double faults in my match. Basically, my weapon is service. It’s hard to accept because I wanted to do well here. I’m sure winning a match with the atmosphere in the stands would have done me good. »
“If I play with someone to take to the streets, who plays a great game, I say well done. But… “
This Tuesday, Ivashka did the job, but nothing more. He methodically relied on his opponent’s flaws, which upsets Paire. “In the end, if I play with someone who takes me out on the street, who plays a great game, I say well done. But there, when I leave this match, I have no impression that I was below the level of the game. 33-year-old Avignonnais concluded, clearly: “I will have to go back to work. »