10/18/2022 2:40 p.m. | UPDATED ON 2022-10-18 AT 2:59 PM
On an upward slope in recent weeks, Constant Lestienne got the better of Dutch qualifier Jesper de Jong for his entry into the running in Antwerp.
Constant Lestienne keeps the pace. Semi-finalist in Tel Aviv before falling in the round of 16 in Gijon, the Frenchman passed the first round of the ATP tournament in Antwerp at the expense of Jesper de Jong. If the debates were initially balanced, the 69th player in the world took advantage of an air gap on the part of the Dutch qualifier to take the advantage. Winning white the sixth game, Constant Lestienne was then able to manage his lead despite a heat stroke when concluding the first set. In effect, Jesper de Jong first had two break points before seeing the French convert his first chance to seal the fate of the first set. An ascendant that Constant Lestienne could not confirm at the start of the second set, dropping a break point in the second game. However, after a standoff with eleven equalizers, the Habs took the service of their opponent at the seventh opportunity… to better lose his easily in stride. Nevertheless, the 69th in the world recovered and broke Jesper de Jong again. Less in danger on his serve, Constant Lestienne concluded the match with his first match point (6-3, 6-4 in 1h33 ‘) and will reunite with No. 5 seed Daniel Evans in the Round of 16.