Seeds Krygios, Paire Advance on Rainy French Open-ing Day; Wawrinka, Murray Monday
by Staff | May 22nd, 2016, 11:53 pm

Rain saw only five men’s matches completed on opening day Sunday at the French Open. And since Nick Kyrgios was playing, you know there were fireworks.
Two seeds advanced when No. 19 Benoit Paire outlasted Moldovian Radu Albot 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and the No. 17 seed Kyrgios topped Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 6-4.

“When I woke up this morning and saw the rain I knew it was going to be heavy conditions,” Kyrgios said. “I knew it was going to be a bit of a leveller out there. We were both going to be a little bit cold. I thought he played really well, the way he played the dropshots and he was very crafty. I knew it was going to be a tough match. He had two set points in the second set. I mean, I was a bit lucky at times, but I’m just happy to get through.”

Kyrgios will next face Dutchman Igor Sijsling who straight-setted Romania’s Adrian Ungur 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(5).

“He’s been on tour for a long time, and I know he’s probably played a lot of Grand Slams,” Kyrgios said of Sijsling. “My good friend Thanasi [Kokkinakis] played him a while ago, so I know what kind of game style he plays. I’m just glad I got through today and got a couple of days off and can do everything I can to prepare for that.”

The combustible Kyrgios could not get through his match without being a dick to one of the ball boys and receiving a warning from the chair umpire.

“A code violation for saying ‘towel’ loud?” Kyrgios told the chair umpire. “Now I’ve seen it all. That’s bullshit…are you kidding?”

In other all-unseeded play Russian Andrey Kuznetsov eased past Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, and Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili beat American Donald Young 7-6(1), 6-2, 6-3.

Eleven of 16 matches overall on the day were cancelled or postponed.

Men’s matches to watch for on Monday in Roland Garros are (3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Lukas Rosol, (2) Andy Murray vs. Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, (9) Richard Gasquet vs. Thomaz Bellucci, (8) Milos Raonic vs. Janko Tipsarevic, (22) Viktor Troicki vs. Grigor Dimitrov, (33) Steve Johnson vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Sam Querrey vs. (WC) Bjorn Fratangelo in an all-American, and (27) “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic vs. Al Montanes.

Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5] vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA)
To Finish 6-1 7-5 2-1 3.
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[4]
Gilles Simon (FRA)[16] vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9]
Oceane Dodin (FRA) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[14]

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27 Comments for Seeds Krygios, Paire Advance on Rainy French Open-ing Day; Wawrinka, Murray Monday

RZ Says:

Checking in for 30 seconds just to say, phew Stan!

jalep Says:

Yeah wow. wow. Stan. Just checked scores. Guessed right about Stan.

Ricky Dimon was so sure Stan would be on a roll with confidence after winning Geneva and have no problem with Rosol. There’s two sides to the story! I thought Rosol would take his own motivation from losing in a close 2 sets and this one would be a battle.

Stan by a whisker. He has Taro Daniel next, that should be easier. (Maybe)

Shoulda picked Troicki. Dang. Dimitrov needs help, poor guy.

Emily Says:

It’s getting so bad for Dimitrov that the press is asking him whether he should a hire a sports psychologist. It’s getting tough to watch him continue to choke, and I’m not a huge fan

BBB Says:

Was it Acapulco where Dimitrov completely blew the title? He does go through coaches rather quickly.

Separately, note to Tennis Channel: if you’re going to be the exclusive carrier of matches during the week, don’t make me buy a separate package to see most of them. You’re making me pine for ESPN.

J-Kath Says:

Congrats to Stan. Kept his cool. Just watching Andy now, seems a bit uncertain of himself.

BBB Says:

Stepanek is tricky….

BBB Says:

Stepanek is tricky, but his overheads are worse than Nole’s…..

Anto Says:

Andy down 2 sets to love. WTF!!

ABerg Says:

Andy will recover. Hopefully he gets it done today.

FedExpress Says:

the weather gods still crying about feds absence

and cilic, you are a joke. 2 fluke weeks he will never have again like he did at the US Open. at least he backed it up last year with a SF appearance. but honestyl a GS winner should have an aura and some kind of confidence

Anto Says:

Andy took the third set 6-0

RZ Says:

Been a busy day for me so just catching up with what’s been happening via Twitter. (No Margot – I have not been watching). Sounds like Andy needs the match to keep going as long as possible before being called for darkness to get ahead (or hopefully take) the 4th set with the 5th set happening tomorrow.

Dave Says:

Andy had to be down 2 sets to 0 to finally play this aggressive. The way he needs to play consistently if he wants to win more majors and get to number 1.

Daniel Says:

ETF happened to Murray first two sets?

Hope he can survive this. Him and Stan having to do it the hard way.

But first rounds tend to ve tricky.

Dave Says:

9 games in a row for Murray. Looks like he will make the come back now. Stepanek can’t compete with this kind of form. He better hope for a 5th set tomorrow so he can come out fresh and look to win in a quick shoot out tomorrow.

Dave Says:

Stepanek played very intelligent tennis the first 2 sets and played amazing. Murray lacked urgency and made to many errors.

J-Kath Says:

Ah well…Andy made his problems. let’s see if he resolves them tomorrow.

Meanwhile there’s Nole and Rafa playing. I expect both will win and join Stan (and let’s hope Andy).

Good luck to all.

Margot Says:

Blimey RZ, I was hardly watching myself….
Step very used to the horrible heavy conditions, he has played qualifying, Andy not. Hope he comes out fired up tomorrow.
Words fail me about Step’s behaviour tho.

Baa Says:

fed loons went crazy yesterday about how crappy novak was.
oops! such self-aggrandizing clowns!

Vami Says:

Andy will go through. It’s probably good for him that he’s challenged early. His next worry will be in the semis.

kjb Says:


You must have a huge crush on Fed. Every post you make here is about him.

J-Kath Says:

Vami…it is late for me…must go to bed…but your words are encouraging.

J-Kath Says:

Margo…What did you see re. Step. that I missed. Serious question?

Margot Says:

How about a 7 minute toilet break, then massive argument with ref over poor light, for starters.

J-Kath Says:


Actually even before the match I read something about Step.’s antics and that Andy should watch out. I was somewhat multi-tasking so didn’t quite realise how Step. ticked away the minutes. The court was so dark I moved a standing lamp over the TV.
I am counting on Andy to get the win….after all, he is the better player. Crystals you are coming out of your drawer.

Margot Says:

Weather better today Kath too, so everything crossed for today.
I’m all for him preparing very carefully for the green, green grass….but not quite yet…;)

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