Alcaraz, Nantes, French Rugby, Bordeaux … Sports Weekend Tops and Flops

Opinion- Demonstration of Carlos Alcaraz, the first Nantes title in over 20 years, Bordeaux’s descent to hell … Discover the top and flops of the Figaro Sports division.

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Alcaraz, it’s completely crazy

The best player in the world today is Carlos Alcaraz! This phenomenon does not stop fascinating the tennis world. After dominating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Madrid, the first clay in the same tournament, the 19-year-old Iberian genius surpassed Alexander Zverev, the third world player in the final, in the Spanish capital. However, the title holder, who continued to win 13 consecutive victories at Manolo Santana in the Central Court, was swept away by the Murcia tornado in 1 hour 6-3, 6-1. His drop shots and kick service made the German giant sick. Alcaraz offered the fourth trophy of the season, the second Masters 1000 following Miami in 2022. The pressure doesn’t seem to have caught him. This confident phenomenon is unbeatable and undoubtedly insatiable in the five finals of the big circuit. A two-day, six-hour play with two monsters, Nadal and Djokovic, did not affect him. He had a wonderful future earlier this year. It became huge due to competition within a few weeks. Even if Nadaru continues to be the greatest player ever in clay and Djokovic, it’s enough to make him almost a favorite of the next French Open when he’s 100% physically and mentally. ..

The perfect weekend for a French club in the European Rugby Cup

Of the six clubs that participated in the two European Cups, five made it to the semi-finals. After overtime and suspense, Toulouse defeated Münster (24-24, 4-2 with a pen) to take part in the final four Champions Cup games. The same goes for La Rochelle, the winner of Montpellier (31-19), and racing, which defeated Sale (41-22). The two clubs will meet in the next round to recognize at least one French club in the Champions Cup final. In the Challenge Cup, Lyon beat Glasgow (35-27) and Toulon beat London Irish (19-18). The two clubs were able to meet in the final match in Marseille on May 27th.

Beautiful night of Nantes people

Twenty-one years after the last title and 22 years after the last Coupe de France, FC Nantes defeated Nice (1-0) in the final on Saturday and again won the “Doyen”. The Canary Islands were successful thanks to the crown-worthy night leader Ludovic Blas “Mushuu Coupe” and his return to the Europa League. A trophy and unexpected qualifications a year and a half ago when Antoine Comboure was convened as a firefighter at a club on the edge of the abyss. The craftsman of Nantes’ resurrection, Canac was one of the most praised for his fellowship with the Nantes people who came to fill the Stade de France to two-thirds. At a party that continued in the Duke’s City this Sunday, more than 15,000 people gathered to celebrate their “heroes.”

Ludovic Blas, Quentin Merlin and Canarias presented their supporters with cups. SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

Ocon and Russell, passion goes up

After climbing from 11th to 4th in Imola, George Russell did it again in Miami. Briton took the fifth position in Florida, twelfth at the start. The Mercedes driver started with hard rubber and arrived by pushing the first stint in anticipation of a safety car. The only driver to finish in the top five all the time this season, the new Mercedes driver offered Botta and Hamilton at the end of the race, wasting as little time as possible in the pits. Once again, he made his teammates better. 4th in 5 races. A comeback that certainly inspired Esteban Ocon. Esteban Ocon finished 8th in the race in Miami after breaking his car in Free Practice 3 on the final grid of the start. A very solid Grand Prix from the French who wanted to congratulate his mechanic at the finish of the work done. And since happiness is by no means alone, Alpine can also be satisfied with Fernando Alonso’s 9th place. Six points of a French brand watch in Florida.

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Bordeaux gets closer to League 2

Hit the bottom of the rock, but still dig. Girondins Bordeaux lost again on the outside. A big defeat that allowed 4 goals 4-1 against Angers. A total of 89 goals were scored throughout the season in League One, with the Girondins getting closer to League Two than ever before. After Mets defeated Lyon (3-2), FCGB took the final position in the French Championship, four points behind Sun. Etienne, 18th and road blocker. But above all, Bordeaux is no longer in fate. If ASSE wins Nice this Wednesday, the Girondin club will be officially delegated to League Two in the second half of League One’s 36th day. Otherwise, you will need to provide relief to Lorient. Lost to OM (0-3).

French tennis is still digging

To see professional French tennis players play an active part this week, we need to look at Bordeaux. Many of them participate in the challenger Primrose (Part 2 tournament). This is because it is a zero point on the Masters 1000 side of Rome. Ugo Humbert, Adrian Manarino and Benoit Paire were excluded. And again, when Gael Monfils, the victim of physical glitch (heel injury) fails, Tricolor Tennis provides very sad stats. For the first time since 1971, 51, there is no tricolor player at the final table of the prestigious Italian tournament. The decline of tennis in France is not a scoop. With Tsonga and Simon retiring soon, the era of lean cows is more real than ever. To date, only Monfils, a member of the Top 30, is guaranteed to compete in the Masters 1000 without passing qualifications or being invited by the organizers.And among the women, only Alizé Cornet, 39 years oldWhenThis week I’m in the Italian capital …

Manchester United say goodbye to C1

Red Devil’s described himself again in a bad way, with a big defeat (0-4) on Brighton’s lawn on Saturday. Beyond the third defeat of Ralph and his family in five games, this new retreat puts an end to the hopes of United supporters who were still imagining playing in the Champions League next season. What do you do to give Cristiano Ronaldo the desire to leave? Perhaps it’s the first time the Portuguese haven’t played in the most prestigious club tournament with the highest scorer (141 goals) in history since the 2002/03 season. What is certain is that Manchester United’s future coach Erik Ten Hag will cut his job for him next season with or without CR7. Until then, there is still a final match for the Red Devils to reach 6th place. It will play against the Crystal Palace of Patrick VIERA.

Ferrari misses the mark

Inevitably, when two cars are in the front row, we expect one to be the top step at the end of the race. But from the beginning, the signal was not good for Scuderia Ferrari. Carlos Sainz lacked aggression against Max Verstappen in the first corner, allowing Red Bull drivers to chase Charles Leclerc and overtake him with a stride. In addition, we discovered a known flaw in Scuderia, especially at pit stops. Both stops were bad and both riders lost time. After all, Ferrari is happy with second and third place, but Leclerc sees Verstappen returning to him with 19 points. At Maranello, four small points are comforted (or not) by the manufacturer’s lead.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz couldn’t resist Max Verstappen. RICARDO ARDUENGO / REUTERS