Andy Murray upped his recent clay run to 11 today after easily dismissing Facundo Arguella in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the French Open.
Murray, a 2-time French Open semifinalist and recent winner of Munich and Madrid, felt he did well against a tough Argentine opponent.
“It was definitely tricky,” Murray said. “I think he has a good forehand. I think when he has time, you know, he can move the ball around the court well with the forehand. He’s quick and fast. You know, retrieves a lot of balls. I think he could definitely serve a little bit bigger. And, yeah, that was kind of it. I felt like when I was able to dictate the points, you know, and get, you know, some good depth into his backhand, then I was able to dictate a lot of the points. When he hit the first ball with his forehand, he was able to make me run and do a lot of moving. But, you know, he’s a tough, tough player.”
Murray will play the winner of tomorrow’s Joao Sousa-Vasek Pospisil match in the second round on Thursday.
A pair a Frenchman also advanced today over their countryman in four sets. First, Gilles Simon overcame a first set loss to beat Lucas Pouille 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Afterward, Simon said his back/neck injury that forced him to retire in Rome and withdraw from Nice was ok.
“It’s over, and I’m really sick and tired of having that question over and over,” Simon said. “I hear it 15 times a day. So after 15 times it gets on my nerves. If you see me on the court, it’s because I have decided I’m in good shape to be there. If I consider I shouldn’t be there, well, then you don’t see me on the court. I think things will get better if I manage to stay relaxed.”
Not soon after, Gael Monfils effectively ended the French Open career of local boy Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.
“The weather conditions were not great,” Monfils, a former semifinalist, said. “But at one stage I didn’t feel like running too much, and Edouard started the match not quite well — not that well, so I started leading. I was up one set, and I started playing dropshots. I was not 100% in my game. Then he adjusted his game, and he started managing the weather conditions better than I. I had to fight a bit more. I was not successful on the tiebreak, so he forced me into boosting my game up again.”
While, Pouille fell along with Nishioka (who lost to Tomas Berdych) and Frances Tiafoe (lost to Martin Klizan), a bunch of the new wave players pulled through including Borna Coric, Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Dominic Thiem and Kyle Edmund.
“it’s very nice to see also other players,” the 18-year-old Coric said after beating American Sam Querrey in four sets. “It’s for sure motivation and kind of you have more self-belief, I think, because you can see that someone else who’s your age can do it. They can win all the top 10, top 20 guys. So I think it’s just very good to have someone your age or maybe just a little bit older who’s doing very good.”
Kokkinakis now meets countryman Bernard Tomic while Kyrgios, who now faces Edmund, is a win from potentially Andy Murray on Saturday.
David Goffin, Benoit Paire, Juan Monaco and Fabio Fognini were among the other winners.
Tomorrow, tournament favorites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal begin their trek to a quarterfinal showdown. John Isner, Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer are also in action as the first round comes to an end.
TUESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL)
Quentin Halys (FRA) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Serena Williams (USA) vs. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)
Karin Knapp (ITA) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. Germain Gigounon (BEL)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
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