Tony Yoka had warned in the locker room before the fight. "Everything that's happened in the last two years, I've put everything aside. I've taken stock and I've been ready for several months, I've wanted more. Frankly, I think from the first round, you're going to understand what's going to happen. We didn't see anything, alas. Not in the first round, not in the following rounds.
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Mistreated, wait-and-see, seemingly overtaken by fear, Tony Yoka failed, a third time. One more, one too many. Belgium's Ryad Merhy, lighter, smaller but robust and stubborn, thwarted all his plans and cast a thick veil over his ambitions. He had no intention of doing so, but he did not offer the Rio 2016 Olympic champion what he had come to look for on the centre court of Roland-Garros: a little confidence and the taste of victory again.
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