Federer Rolls Day 1; Rafa, Sharapova Monday at French Open
by Staff | May 25th, 2014, 11:44 pm
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Roger Federer’s good draw at the 2014 French Open got off to a good start when he defeated Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to move into the second round at Roland Garros.


“I was happy seeing, getting early signs out of the match that I was actually playing well and I was going to get my chances I was looking for,” said Federer, watched from his box by his family. “My personal life, as we know, it’s all great, so I’m happy the family is here.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners Sunday were No. 6 Tomas Berdych who beat Canadian Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; No. 8 Milos Raonic who defeated Aussie comer Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3; and No. 10 John Isner who squeezed by the equally-impressive serving of Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-5.

There were no upsets among the men’s seeds, but No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny needed to come back from two sets down to defeat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.

Unseeded Radek “The Worm” Stepanek was another comeback king, defeating Argentine Facundo Arguello 6-7(8), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

There were few surprises on the women’s side on Day 1 as Top 10ers Serena Williams, Aggie Radwanska and Angie Kerber all moved into the second round barely breaking a sweat.

Williams clubbed French wildcard Alize Kim 6-2, 6-1; Radwanska defeated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-0; and Kerber rolled past Poland’s Katarzyna Piter 6-3, 6-1.

Neither Radwanska or Shuai could hold during the first eight games of their meeting.

“So many breaks in a row,” Radwanska said. “I don’t know if there is really any explanation why there was eight breaks in a row, but I guess it happens sometimes…Clay is not really my favorite surface, but I’m trying.”

In the lone upset on the day, Romania’s Monica Niculescu came from a set down to defeat No. 25 Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 29 Venus Williams moved closer to a third-round meeting with sister Serena, coming back from an early break in the first to move past Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1.

“I have to give her some credit — she’s improved a lot since the first time we played,” Williams said of the 17-year-old Bencic. “I didn’t play my first major until about 17, so I think she’s a little bit ahead of me. She definitely has maybe more experience at her age than I did. I didn’t play so much.”

The women’s draw lost a former champ in the first round when Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-3.

Matches to look for Monday at Roland Garros are (1) Rafael Nadal vs. Robby Ginepri, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Joao Sousa, (3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, the hobbled (9) Kei Nishikori vs. Martin Klizan, Miloslav Mecir Jr. vs. Tobias Kamke, (7) Maria Sharapova vs. fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak, (15) Sloane Stephens vs. Shuai Peng, Monica Puig vs. (19) Samantha Stosur, and Christina McHale vs. (32) Elena Vesnina.


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83 Comments for Federer Rolls Day 1; Rafa, Sharapova Monday at French Open

harry Says:

@courbon: you there? have you disappeared?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Kei out. Wow. What a disappointment. I hope he feels shame for letting us down like that! We believed Kei!
But not too much. I had Milos over him, so hopefully I will have an advantage over others in Kimberly’s bracket.
Who had Kei going where, guys? Let’s hear it!

It sure is getting frustrating waiting on the next generation to grab the wheel.


Okiegal Says:

Wasn’t there a problem with the ankle in the first set? Too bad for Kei fans, sorry guys……and rain, rain, GO AWAY……please!


Hippy Chic Says:

TV yeah completely gutted,im guessing like Okiegal said in that the injury was still an issue,im the other way in that i had Kei over Milos going quite deep before losing to Novak.
On a happier note as a Brit im glad our guy James Ward has taken the 1st set against Robredo,before the bloody weather got in the way.


Hippy Chic Says:

Harry i like Venus too,i was always of the opinion she was much more talented than her younger sister,and the womens game needs a great rivalry like these two used to have,would love to see Venus getting a good run together,and troubling her sister like she used to do,sadly i think thats unlikely though,seems a shame to see such a great champion fade away like she has….


contador Says:

Kei out; gutted. His injuries must be bad. If part of his problem is sciatic nerve pain…well that can take some serious time to resolve.
: (

Get well soon, Kei.


contador Says:

Hippy chic, you said I was: prettier than some footballers. So, I will say it here.:

You are beautiful! I am glad the instructions worked; very nice, as I said to see the person behund the poster. Thanks.

Now you can look up pictures of Rafa, Andy, or whoever, change your picture around, depending on ehich side of the bed you woke up, and post up/take down. :D

I now have a great picture of Alexandr Dolgopolov. Tomorrow I may be back to G-Bus or something else. Hoping to end up with a Nole picture.


contador Says:

Spelling errors and typos, ugh. Need my morning coffee.

Conditions looking wet in Paris.

Go Gulbis and Thiem!

btw, I love Roger Federer’s FO kit.


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador aww your very sweet,you have made my day,TBH i thought i looked a bit fat,but thanks for the compliment,and your beautiful too ;)),had a little help from a friend whos a computer wizz,but got there in the end,many thanks again :D….


Hippy Chic Says:

^And i like your pictures of Alex and Ernie^….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

I think that from time to time, all the top players have been snippy with each other in the press, for eg. Rafa and Roger on tour issues, Madrid clay, etc.
But I think there is some truth in what Roy says as well. Roger and Novak are more typical alpha dogs, and its not crazy to imagine there’s some tension there that Rafa avoided because he’s always been deferential to ROger.
Definitely there’s some snippiness in Roger’s comment, whether its directed to Novak or the press I don’t know, regarding Novak’s injury and how he’s suddenly the favourite. I would guess that Roger, like anyone, would be peeved to win a high match, then have the world deny it because Novak’s injury was so severe and season threatening… that he took one tournament off and then wiped Rafa in a clay final.
Human nature, no?


Okiegal Says:

Roger IS NOT a fan of Novak at all! Remember when he told Novak’s parents to be quiet during a match? He definitely likes Rafa much better…..He respects Rafa and vice versa!


harry Says:

@HippyC: agree with you on Venus ;)


Susan Says:

To TennisVagabond.com, Bad Kneees Rule put a Gazzetta link on other thread that explained in Serbian language that Djokovic had back problem and was not with the wrist as was thought and that would make it more serious and need more time. It is that reason why Djokovic took just one tournamnet break.


mat4 Says:

@Okiegal:

It means nothing. First, it was seven years ago. Then, you have after that the fact that Novak played for peanuts in Basel at the invitation of RF. You can find clips on yt showing their amical relationship. In the ATP player council, Fed and Novak were almost always on the same side, etc.

In fact, we don’t know what they feel about each other. They certainly respect each other, because they all know that their mutual rivalries make them legends of tennis. They are very careful, for years already, not to offend each other, to say anything disrespectful.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Stan, don’t do this to us! We have brackets to support!


Giles Says:

How on earth can a back problem be mistaken for a wrist problem? Joker came onto court in MC with a bandage from his wrist to his elbow (or was it his armpit?) citing a wrist injury. Well, joker a d Prof(???) , what is it, wrist, back, ankle, shoulder? The man did not have an injury of any kind, plain and simple!
#Fakerovic


the DA Says:

Oh Stan. GGL is playing very well but this is very substandard from Wawa. The spotlight brings all sorts of new pressures.


contador Says:

Yep. Another top seed under pressure and playing very sloppy tennis. Stanimal going out and Kei in the early rounds is very damaging to my bracket.


Hippy Chic Says:

^Lol Contador mine too,hope Stan pulls it together^….


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh dear Stan now a break down in the fourth (sigh)….


the DA Says:

And Stan gets broken in the 4th. He has had 52 UFEs. It looks very dim at the moment.


Daniel Says:

Damm,

Now I wish Wawa was in Djoko’s side:-) He is self imploding now where he should try to get calm. Also he was too passive in some points, go for the lines, he already has nothing to lose, unless Garcia feels the pressure more than him.


Daniel Says:

This is the difference form the Federer, Nadal and Djoko from the rest.

Wawa needs to hold to stop the bleeding


contador Says:

How about that kid, Facundo Bagnis? Wow. Delbonis and Bagnis then add in a fit Delpo and that could be a very strong Argentine team.

Speaking of team, Thiem won over PHM.

Not looking too good for Stan….sheesh.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

hahahahah
wawrinka was one of the favourites to win the tournament?

seriously, this wawa didnt win the AO and the MC and beat the likes of nadal, nole, and federer

the good side is his unbeaten record against the top ten this year (6-0) will still remain intact.


the DA Says:

Double break. 0-4 GGL is keeping the pressure on the whole time.


calmdownplease Says:

oh dear
so much for an `all swiss final`
hehehe!


Tennis lover Says:

Why on earth people have so many praise for Stan..only whimsical people can explain..He’s inconsistent and fragile..yet some people touted him one of the contenders. I said it earlier again saying Stan won’t win another slam..he’ll occassionaly threat here and there. That’s the end of the story..I hope Roger will put tough challenge this year surprising many naysayers.


the DA Says:

From slam winner to bagel muncher? GGL’s BH has been devastating.


calmdownplease Says:

and he’s out!
Andy’s route got easier in no time
Great play from GGL


Okiegal Says:

@Mat4

Was that remark Roger supposedly made the other day about the wrist found to be a misinterpretation? If so, well and good……if he did say it like it was stated in the article, well, rather disparaging in my book. I just think he prefers Rafa over Novak. Now I don’t believe he hates him, or anything like that. I like Fed over Novak myself. I like Andy over those two and love Rafa over everyone!! Lol My assumption just a matter of opinion……I could be wrong,but, so could you……just saying.


volley Says:

pride goeth before a fall.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Can I do another bracket now? Mine broke.


calmdownplease Says:

Bartoli retired after winning Wimbledon.
(she won’t shut her mouth even for a second when moderating either, so its our loss)
I just think that Stan, like any of us, never thought he would win a slam, and its going to take more time to process everything.
No way is Stan a true top 4 player.
It’s still Andy Roger Novak and Rafa all the way, regardless of their present positions.


the DA Says:

There goes Stan’s chance to get the AO RG double. ;) As for it opening up Andy’s draw, hold your horses. There are a lot of matches to be played. Andy could just as easily be upset tomorrow. #antijinx


calmdownplease Says:

sorry, I meant `commentating`


calmdownplease Says:

Andy’s draw has opened up, that is a fact.
Whether he get’s to the quarters or not.
Don’t believe talking about it will change anything DA.
But wow, that would be a really good super power to have!


calmdownplease Says:

`the good side is his unbeaten record against the top ten this year (6-0) will still remain intact…`

Well, for now it will.


Josh Says:

Disappointing from Stan – yes, GGL was expected to be a very tough opening test, but a Grand Slam champion needs to be able to “find a way” to win, which is what Roger, Rafa, Novak and Andy have been able to do so well for so long. Methinks he’s still not quite accustomed to dealing with life as a big-time winner. The No. 3 ranking is also in jeopardy


Hippy Chic Says:

The way this tournament is going i think i will just be taking it one match at a time,for Rafa Dominic Thiem will be all im thinking about,and likewise for Andy against Golubev,im more nervous after especially after what happened to day,two top seeds going out in the 1st round eek….


contador Says:

I think Bartoli is great – bright mind and she got what she wanted from her tennis career. Very happy for her.

Retiring one’s tennis career on a high note is not all that fashionable apparently. Serena looks younger and younger with every year added. Fedal just will go on and on and on…

I long to see Nadal and Federer taken to the woodshed by a fierce young gun in these GS’s.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

Will the be the year of an outsider winning the FO?

Stan is out, Novak looked nervous, Nishikori was still injured, Benneteau didn’t make it, even my secret favourite Montanes is out…

What’s next?


Hippy Chic Says:

John Inverdale was quite rude about Marion a year ago at Wimbledon,his words were she was never going to be a looker i believe?when she was interviewed by him before commontating on the matches,i did notice she gave him funny look,unless that was just my imagination?


Josh Says:

Apparently they sorted out their issues before agreeing to represent itv4 for the Roland Garros coverage. Basically, I think Marion let it slide because she didn’t want it to ruin her golden moment.
I’m annoyed Inverdale’s still presenting tbh


calmdownplease Says:

I’m happy for her too, but I prefer my commentators to be plus réservés
Fedal has been (sorry)taken to the woodshed by all and sundry recently.
Feel for Nishi however, it seems that Madrid, which he should have won, has done him in a little.
Hope he is okay for Wimbles.


Hippy Chic Says:

Anyway i agree with Contador shes very bright and bubbly,and has a great personality,and good knowledge of the game,but i agree with CDP in that she does like to rabbit on and on with even drawing breath,however my husband says im like that,so maybe thats why i like her….


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4 Novak looked nervous hmm?i didnt see the match,but that seems unusual?


calmdownplease Says:

`,his words were she was never going to be a looker i believe?`

oh haha that is a really unnecessary thing to come out with.
how embarrasing to have to work with him too.
I wonder if he would have said anything about the dreamy hunk stepanek at any point.
I think the girls have got a point about double standards…sometimes.


calmdownplease Says:

It’s no big deal that Novak was a little nervous in his first match. Move along everyone, he won with ease..
I just think he shouldn’t have been so obvious about the whole RG thing in general.
It’s not helpful really, is it?


mat4 Says:

Marion Bartoli is quite charming, and though she probably isn’t intelligent as much as she said, she has quite a personality.

I still do prefer commentary in English (especially Koenig and Goodall — such a contrast! then: inch perfect, you must be kidding me… and all those clichés I simply adore), although I like to watch tennis on Belgian television.


mat4 Says:

When I have to work, I usually listen to radio Roland Garros. But this year… the stream is in English!

OH, MON DIEU! N’ai-je donc tant vécu que pour cette infamie?


calmdownplease Says:

btw I’m digging the new orangy-red background on x
it feels warmer now.


Hippy Chic Says:

All those irritating cliches i simply adore,like Sue Barker throwing down the gauntlet,or Boris Becker and Tim Henman with the very much so, to name but a couple grrrr….


courbon Says:

@ harry: Hi there.I’m here, just reading not much posting…watching tennis a lot!


courbon Says:

@mat4: Well that is the first step (streaming in English ). Next one is to put the roof over the court and then maybe RG will be almost good as Wimbledon. (-:


courbon Says:

Wawrinka OUT!Nikishori OUT! Draw is wide open now…


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon hi shame you missed the bracket challenge….


courbon Says:

Hippy:I did not realise it was on. I always forget…very busy working at the moment ( I’v done like 75-80 hours this week, my French colleges think I’m mad-they are used to 35 hour week ) and then I watch matches.Any predictions from Jamie?I know you love those.


Humble Rafa Says:

American bagels are tasty, no?

It has been a hungry season.


calmdownplease Says:

@HC

And who wouldn’t feel a teensy bit nostalgic for Beckerisms like `he mizzed….but not by maaach!`
Scintillating commentary to be sure, right up there with Wilander.
Novak may have gained a mentor, but you know we lost one in the process too.
sniffles.


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i know your busy with work crikey 75-80 hours a week thats about what my hubby does too doing home care,carefull you dont suffer burn out like he did,i work part time and that wears me out TBH,anyway Kimberly always does a bracket challenge for GS,theres even a picture of yours truely(Hippy Chic indeed) now after much prodding from Contador,who wanted to see a face behind the bracket,Jamie said Rafa will win the FO,and Novak would win Wimbledon and the USO,but you know Jamie could be a completely different prediction come tomorrow….


mat4 Says:

BTW, did anybody see the scene when Novak invited the boy with the umbrella to sit on his bench and have a chat?


andrea Says:

wow…stan and kei both out….they were some contenders to go deep.

i appreciate fed’s consistency even more so when this kind of stuff happens. aside from all the other records he holds, his ability to remain so consistent for a decade -especially never retiring during this time! – is really the toughest record that any current or new player could try to break.


Humble Rafa Says:

Korda wins without scissor kick

http://news.yahoo.com/jessica-korda-wins-leads-airbus-lpga-classic-220518074–spt.html.

Korda was the cleanest hitter of the ball among left handers, until Humble came along.


Daniel Says:

Murray says thanks Stan. Now he is favorite to reach semis and would have to beat Nadal and either Djoko/Fed in the final.


courbon Says:

@ mat 4: I read about it on tennis.com.Pretty cool


Margot Says:

@Daniel
You cannot be an Andy fan, we would never be so presumptious…Re Stan…Ahem… pride goes b4 a fall.
My bracket is broke too :( Had Kei going deep and Beefy beating Andy…Oh well, not all bad news then….;)


Bad Knee Rules Says:

@mat4, this one:?

http://youtu.be/YskqvyX1W7M


mat4 Says:

BKR:

Yes, although I watched on another link (I worked all night, so I fell asleep (what a shame) after the first few games).

You can find good coverage on tennis in French here:

livetennis.fr


Hippy Chic Says:

Indeed very cute scenes of Nole with the ball boy,he will remember that for life,sitting a chatting to one of the worlds best players,and one of the tournaments favorites lol.
I also remember the time in 2008 in the opening round at Wimbledon when Dominic Hrbaty was getting schooled by Roger,and on one of the change overs Hrbaty sat next to Roger,and said thankyou for being my friend,which was so sweet….


harry Says:

courbon :-)


Okiegal Says:

I watched all of Novak’s match today. I saw the interaction with the ball kid ……..and yes, Novak knows how to work a room! Real neat gesture from him. I’ll bet that kid is still on cloud nine. Novak also called the shot when to get the match started again after the rain delay. Novak has clout!


the DA Says:

@Margot – Who the heck is ‘Beefy’? My mind draws a blank.

In other news, I read an interview (below) with Davydenko where he suggested that it might have been his last match today:

http://sport360.com/article/international/21588/davydenko-might-call-it-quits-after-french-open-defeat

He will be missed.


Daniel Says:

@Margot

I think he has a shot, he likes a big match against a big name and nothing tops beating Nadal in RG:-)


Okiegal Says:

I think Beefy is Stan……maybe??


skeezer Says:

Thnaks Harry, interesting stuff.

“Now, the ITF is trying to find an easier way to ensure courts are fair.”

They were fair pre 2001. Few were complaining back then. But “whoever” decided to mess with them after. Now they are payin the price as predicted. Good luck now in trying to turn back the clock.


Goatexpert Says:

Court surface, racket technology, and balls. the combination of the three determines speed, spin and bounce. the best surfaces are ones that allow a vareity of playing styles to compete on an equal footing – serve and volleyers, baselines, moonballers, whoever.

Unfortunatly, the last decade has seen all three variables being changed to such an extent that serve and volley is dead (and I am not one of those who used to love the 1/2 shot rallies during Sampras’s grass court days either), the one handed backhand is dead due to the high bounce, and in general good defence beats good offence 9 times out of 10.

that’s not good for the sport. Mens tennis is becoming a little bit like women’s tennis (which is totally boring now since all players play the same way – keep returning until a mistake is made).

Someone in the policy circles needs to get his head right and take steps to correct this trend, otherwise with every passing year, we will just see fit baselines with strong defence winning everything.


Purcell Says:

Okiegal: You have no idea about the relationship between Roger and Novak or any other players for that matter and neither have I. But I will add that the reason Roger told Novak’s parents to be quiet was because they were constantly barracking him even when he pointed out that one of Novak’s shots was IN. I saw the match. Did you?
Now let’s think about the other side. Novak’s parents were overwhelmed that their son had won AO……remember the mother’s remark: ‘The King is dead etc etc..’ In some people’s view, their enthusiastic support for their son got the better of them on occasions and led to snide comments about their ‘classless’ behaviour.
That’s all I know and therefore I can’t draw any conclusions about their relationship. I understand that they are grown men with a wealth of experience behind them so they should be able to rise above any previous ‘events’ and ignore the media’s attempts to make something out of nothing.


mat4 Says:

In defense of Okiegal:

I finally watched that interview. I thought it was in French, but no, it was in English.

It was obvious that Roger didn’t say what he intended first. But, thinking about it, he must have remembered the hype produced after his victories in Hamburg, e.g., and how difficult it was to beat Rafa at RG. The only one that did it was Sod, after all.

I am certain, more than ever, that it has nothing to do with Rafa, or Novak, but the pressure journalists put on a player — “it’s now or never”, “you are the favourite finally”, etc., etc. After the recent articles on Stan, I am not certain that such pressure didn’t take his toll in his early elimination.

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