Niemeier indeed won this first set against Stephens, the 2018 finalist; she leads 7-5 0-1.
Like I said, Dellien broke Thiem in the opener of the second set; he’s won almost every big point so far, while his opponent has given away too many cheap points trying to force his way into form. Dellian 6-3 1-0 Thiem
Dellien serves for the set at 5-3 and Thiem comes at 40-30, but a colossal forehand from the former, taken well above shoulder height, prompts a backhand into the net. There’s a long way to go here, though – Thiem is playing pretty well, he’s just not quite earning the points he needs, while Dellien has just four unforced. Meanwhile, Niemeier, a qualifier, serves for the first set against Stephens at 6-5.
Linette takes a medical timeout as Dellien holds 5-2 – she left for about six minutes, but they’re there now.
Dimitrov won the Giron’s first set 6-1 and Cirstea did the same to Maria 6-3.
Yeah, Jabeur is in the game now, serving easily to win the first set 6-3. Linette made it tough early on, but there’s something different about her opponent this past year, and it’s hard to see her losing those kinds of matches now.
Thiem pushes, forcing Dellien to equalize, but a drop in lead keeps his lead – it’s 4-1 now – while, on Chatrier, Jabeur leads Linette 5-3 and even if she loses the next match, she will serve for the next set.
Jabeur smashes Linette then struggles for a 4-2 hold – she’s forced to fight, but she’s more than capable. Back on Mathieu, Thiem trailed 0-40, and although he came 40-30, this time Dellien secured the break for 3-1. However, you can see the Austrian settling down.
Linette cracks immediately, and love too. She and Jabeur are tied at 2-2 now; Stephens and Niemeier are 2-2; Grigzy Dimitrov is a break on Giron, similarly Cirstea on Maria. Meanwhile, Dellien has been cautioned for taking too long on his serve, challenging the referee about spectators moving his gaze. The referee immediately apologizes and withdraws his appeal, no he doesn’t.
Thiem saves the break point with a trademark backhand down the line, took the early gates, then won the game by hitting the backhand corner, opening up the field and cleaning up with a forehand into space. Dellien 1-1 Thiem
Linette started confidently, and Jabeur needs to dig in to hold 1-1 – she comes back from 15-30 behind. Meanwhile, Thiem is slowly closing in on 0-1 and 0-30 behind, making a game point with a forehand. But he can’t quite close it, finds himself facing a break point and, as I type this, Jabeur converts one against Linette to lead 2-1 in the first set.
As for Thiem, how good is it to see him again? He was injured and out of form in the last game, so he’s ranked well outside the top 100 in the world – which makes him an extremely dangerous floater in the draw.
For now, at least, I’m watching Jabeur versus Linette and Thiem versus Dellien. Jabeur thinks she can win a major, and who wouldn’t be thrilled to see that. I guess she can, given who did it, and given that women’s tennis is currently the least predictable sport in the world, but as a complete package, she’s never been a favorite.
Jaber  v Linette
Auger Aliassime  against Varillas [Q]
Burel vs. Sakkari 
Londero [L] against Alcaraz 
Stephens vs. Niemeier [Q]
isner  against Halys
Zverev  v Ofner [Q]
Mladenovic v Fernandez 
Dellian vs. Thiem
Kanepi vs. Muguruza 
Fognini versus Popyrin
Gauff  against sailor [Q]
Hello everyone and welcome to Roland Garros 2022! It’s almost embarrassing how much brilliant tennis we have for you today – Ons Jabeur, Dominic Thiem, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Coco Gauff and more. Like everyone else, I have no idea who – if anyone – will succeed Barbora Krejcikova and Novak Djokovic as French Open champions, but also like everyone else, I know precisely how bad it’s going to be. fun to find out. On there go!
Play: 11am local, 10am BST