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Wimbledon: Mannarino, the last French survivor, eliminated in 8th by Djokovic

Ⓒ AFP – Adrian DENNIS – | Frenchman Adrian Mannarino vs Serbian Novak Djkovic in Round of 16 at Wimbledon on July 11, 2017

Adrian Mannarino, the last Frenchman still in contention at Wimbledon, was eliminated Tuesday in the Round of 16 by former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, triple winner of the London tournament, in three sets 6-2, 7-6 (7 / 5), 6-4.

The two other French players in the second week, Benoit Paire and Caroline Garcia, lost on Monday, respectively, against two Britons: World No. 1 Andy Murray and World No. 7 Johanna Konta.

This is the first time in three years that there are no “Blues” in the quarterfinals. By 2014, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jérémy Chardy and Alizé Cornet had stopped in eighth place.

By 2015, Gilles Simon had reached the quarterbacks, Richard Gasquet the semi-finals. Last year, Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lost only in the quarter-finals.

The 2017 edition is anything but a good vintage for French tennis, which has seen several disappointments, notably the failure of its N.1 Kristina Mladenovic in the second round or the surprise elimination at this stage of the competition of the Pair Nicolas Mahut / Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the double gentlemen’s race of which they were the holders of the title.

Mannarino, 51st worldwide, had reached the round of 16 for the second time in his career after 2013, thanks to a victory against his compatriot Gaël Monfils in the third round.

The 29-year-old Valdoisian fought hard and resisted Djokovic, 4th in the world, in the second set.

But the triple champion of Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015), despite a problem in the right shoulder – he was massaged by a physio in the third set – was stronger.

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