Federer, Warwinka, Halep Open Play Sunday At The French Open
by Staff | May 23rd, 2015, 4:15 pm
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Roger Federer leads the 32-match schedule for opening day Sunday at the French Open. The 17-time Slam champ begins his quest for a second Roland Garros title against Colombian Alejandro Falla. Federer’s beaten Falla seven times including twice before in Paris. The lefty did give Roger a run for his money at Wimbledon in 2010 when he choked away 2-set lead.

Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka is also in action, looking to avoid a second straight first round upset. Wawrinka, who’s reached the semifinals at his last two events in Rome and Geneva, takes on Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan (no relation to Wawrinka’s estranged wife Ilham).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in last on Chatrier Court against Swedish-Brazilian qualifier Christian Lindell.

On Lenglen, Kei Nishikori begins against French 33-year-old Paul-Henri Mathieu who might be in his final French Open.

The women will feature former champion Ana Ivanovic and 2014 finalist Simona Halep. Caroline Garcia will on Chatrier against Donna Vekic in a match-up of rising stars.

Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Maria Sharapova are expected to play on Monday.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[3]
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)[31]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[14] vs. Christian Lindell (SWE)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Louisa Chirico (USA) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[9]
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[8] vs. Marsel Ilhan (TUR)
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7] vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)


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23 Comments for Federer, Warwinka, Halep Open Play Sunday At The French Open

Humble Rafa Says:

Wawrinka, who’s reached the semifinals at his last two events in Rome and Geneva, takes on Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan (no relation to Wawrinka’s estranged wife Ilham).

Thank you for the investigative reporting on the Best Backhand in Switzerland’s wife. The world is better for it.


Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my day 1 picks up at http://tennisabides.com – The men’s slate is pretty solid.


Eric Says:

mat4, if you read this, where is the site you sometimes post fuller commentary? I have lost the URL…


madmax Says:

Dan,

your video doesn’t work and I think that Falla is not going to be an easy first round opener for Roger.

I don’t think any match in a slam will be easy, no matter who is the other side of the net. Any one who takes it lightly, will be in for a shocker.

I don’t think they have treated Rafa well at RG after all the years of winning there; I think he should have been given the opening match, they should honour him and respect what he has brought to RG.

Poor of the french in my view.


jalep Says:

Simona just won her opening match!

Falla and Federer up next.


Gordon Says:

Okay – the security team at Roland Garros deserves a little pep talk. Federer was obviously not happy it took forever to get that kid looking for a selfie off the court.


skeezer Says:

Fed wins his first match, despite selfie attack.
Hey RG, wake up with the security already!,


jane Says:

looks like andy plays tomorrow (as well as berdych, monfils and others) but novak and rafa aren’t on the schedule so i guess they start tuesday.


madmax Says:

Im not happy about the security lapse,AGAIN at RG? What do they think they are playing at?

These are professional athletes, out there to do a job. If they are left to worry about any Tom Dick or Harry running onto the court, it will plague them.

God forbid anything should happen Seles style. It could have with Roger playing Soderling, Rafa playing Ferrer a couple of years ago and now.

Doesn’t matter whether it was a photo. The intruder should be fined.

What is it with the French?

It’s a multi million pound tournament. Can’t they afford security or do they want to risk a life?

if the kid did it today, some nutcase will try it tomorrow.


madmax Says:

Skeezer, thanks for the link.

It’s a little known fact isn’t it?…but worth repeating, I feel.

“As it turned out, Federer wound up with the second-highest total of match victories ever at Roland Garros; he’s now at 62, four behind Nadal. His lone breakthrough here came in 2009, when Robin Soderling gave Nadal his only French Open loss in the fourth round and Federer beat the Swede in the final”.


jane Says:

Are we still on this same thread for today’s matches? anyhow, berd won easily as did fognini.


Markus Says:

Make that silly kid do some community service. And his parents should confiscate his smartphone.

Now to tennis: What did Navratilova do to Radwanska? She is having the fastest freefall which started with her coaching.


Markus Says:

Maybe now that Berdych is in the top 4, he will be cured of his top 4 phobia.


jane Says:

tomic, nick and triple k are all through, so young aussies coming


jane Says:

novak could face the winner of tomic/triple k in the third round; first he plays nieminen tomorrow, and then likely muller.


jane Says:

coric beat querrey in 4 sets. he’ll face robredo next.


jane Says:

so i guess no one is actually watching tennis today?
murray won set 1 and is up a break in the second against this lucky loser dude. not sure who he is. ranked 137. gave a decent fight in the first set i thought but he seems spent now. i expect andy to cruise through the next 2 sets. maybe do some baking.

rafa’s opponent tomorrow is ranked 297. a qualifier named halys or similar: should be straightforward.


jane Says:

slone stephens and venus are playing now too. good early rounder! on serve set 1 at 2 all.


jane Says:

slone won the tiebreak and is up a break in the second.


mat4 Says:

@Eric:

Search lesasdutennis.com. I wrote the last three posts.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

You know that one should underestimate his opponents. Rafa has to play his best and hope that he will be able to win…

;-)


jane Says:

mat4, indeed. :)

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