Two sets up against a Frenchman is not safe.
No matter who you are against a French player you are so up against that crowd and once again it has proved. Over the years we have seen so many stunning comebacks from French players and once again we have been treated to it.
On day 1 it was Nicolas Mahut who at 37 years old was given a wildcard for the tournament and Cecchinato who had fonds memories in Paris last year on route to the semi-finals with that win over Novak Djokovic led 6-2 7-6 before falling 2-6 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-4 against the man who was featured in Paris for the 17th time in singles.
On day 2 it was the turn of Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The 28 year old has been playing singles of late and this year already has beaten Thiem and Nishikori on tour. This is only his fifth year in the main draw of the singles but by far his most impressive win. The Frenchman found himself down 4-6 4-6 to 12th seed Daniil Medvedev who started the clay court season so well has dropped off lately but from two sets up it looked a formality.
Herbert continued to plug away and got a massive win against the Russian winning 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 against the 22 year old.
These two who have joined forces in doubles since 2015 did complete the career Grand Slam earlier on in the year at Melbourne winning all four majors together but aren’t playing together in Paris this year.