Sixty-seven unforced errors were too much to overcome as No. 19 seed Marin Cilic crashed out of the French Open on opening day, falling to world No. 99 Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.
“It’s my greatest victory this season, that’s for sure,” Ramirez Hidalgo told the media. “I would not say this is the beginning of a new career, because I’m too old for this, but it’s a kind of relief.”
No. 7 David Ferrer was the lone Top 10 seed in action, easing past Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in straights.
“I played very well, excellent tennis,” said the 29-year-old Ferrer. “I always hope I get good performances in Paris. I think you need to take it step by step, one match after the other, because all matches are different.”
Other seeded winner were No. 14 Stan Wawrinka, No. 17 Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga, No. 30 Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, and No. 31 Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt dropped out of the draw, attempting to return from foot surgery but felled by an ankle injury.
Highlights of Monday play at Roland Garros includes (2) Novak Djokovic continuing his record-setting season vs. Thiemo De Bakker, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez vs. (3) Roger Federer, (13) Richard Gasquet vs. Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, (25) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Andrey Golubev vs. (23) Thomaz Bellucci, and the return of former world No. 2 Tommy Haas vs. Marsel Ilhan.
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