Djokovic, Nadal Win Easy; Marathon Man Murray Up Friday at French Open, Krygios-Gasquet
by Staff | May 26th, 2016, 7:13 pm
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No Top 15 seeds went down on Thursday at Roland Garros on a day when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and clay GOAT Rafael Nadal showed they are in it for the long haul.


Djokovic topped Belgian Steve Darcis in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in Paris, and Nadal likewise did not drop a set, dominating Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3.

“It’s not easy, because he’s very quick, and he anticipates the play very well,” Djokovic said of Darcis.

The world No. 1 will next face Brit Aljaz Bedene, who outlasted Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(4), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-2.

Nadal was not impressed that he became the eighth man to win 200 Grand Slam matches, looking forward to next meeting Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

“The only thing I know is that I have reached the third round,” Nadal said. “That’s the only thing that matters for me…I think this year I played better than last year. I’ve been able to play some really good matches against the best players in the world. I’m very happy to be competitive again.”

Other Top 10 winners were No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga coming back from two sets down for the third time in his career, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 7 Tomas Berdych defeating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Tsonga will next meet Ernests Gulbis, who slapped 60 winners against No. 26 Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

Other seeded winners were No. 11 David Ferrer who beat Juan Monaco from a set down, No. 12 David Goffin, No. 13 Dominic Thiem who straight-setted Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 14 Roberto Bautista, No. 21 Feliciano Lopez, and No. 25 Pablo Cuevas.

Thiem is in the third round at Roland Garros for the first time and will next face #NextGender star Alexander Zverev, who beat French wildcard Stephane Robert in four.

“It’s going to be our third match in just four weeks — Munich, Nice and here,” Thiem said of Zverev. “We are good friends. He’s an excellent player, so it’s going to be a real tough match on Saturday for me. For him, too, I hope.”

Goffin will next face off against Spanish veteran Nicolas Almagro, who defeated Jiri Vesely in straights.

Also on the upset tip was Croat Borna Coric, who from a set down sent No. 20 Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic packing 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-6(6).

Highlights Friday at Roland Garros include (9) Richard Gasquet vs. (17) Nick Kyrgios, (3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (30) Jeremy Chardy, (2) Andy Murray vs. (27) “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, and (5) Kei Nishikori vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco.

FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[4]
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[21] vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)[11]
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)[17] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9]
Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[30] vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Simona Halep (ROU)[6] vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO)[27] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Barbora Strycova (CZE)[30] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]
Gilles Simon (FRA)[16] vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB)[22]


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78 Comments for Djokovic, Nadal Win Easy; Marathon Man Murray Up Friday at French Open, Krygios-Gasquet

danica Says:

If Andy plays a 5 setter today (5 TBs??!? ) against Ivo, I’m jumping off Golden Gate.


FedExpress Says:

Raonics serve is the most overrated shot in tennis history


Navdeep Says:

Don’t worry it won’t happen bcoz this is not us open, so 5th set won’t be a tiebreaker


Giles Says:

danica. Is he worth it? Lol


Navdeep Says:

Murray in 4 sets. I give a set to Dr.Ivo bcoz of his serve.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahhahaha

murray trolling every1

4-0 already


Dave Says:

Karlovic talked to much yesterday. Gave Murray extra motivation. Now he is paying for it bigtime. Not even close now.


Navdeep Says:

Murray on a roll.Already up a set and a break !


Dave Says:

is Murray about to win a match in straight sets?


Margot Says:

Well…that was quick and easy….what on earth’s going on?


J-Kath Says:

Danica
So glad you didn’t have to jump.


J-Kath Says:

Ah, there you are Margot. Third set a wee bit worrying, but what the heck – good for the hard-beat I hope.


Dave Says:

Kyrgios already down 2 to 0 to Gasquet. Nishikori could be in for a long battle as well.


mat4 Says:

My “racquet bracket” is falling apart. I checked my picks, and I guess I was out of my mind, since I chose Goffin over Tsonga (not gonna happen), Kyrgios over Gasquet (on clay? Were I drunk?), the only argument I thought about is that they were French, so bound to lose.

And now, we have a Karlovic that went back to normal after two rounds where he eliminated all my picks.


Dave Says:

Mat4,

I honestly think Goffin is a good pick. I don’t see Tsonga getting to the QF’s


Wog Boy Says:

Kyrgios is complaining about his left shoulder, can’t toss the ball, MTO atm.


kriket Says:

Can’t believe Eurosport is not showing Gasquet – Kyrgios live. Luckily our national TV is showing that match, but Eurosport sucks


kriket Says:

Eurosport is showing Radwanska – Strycova instead..


Wog Boy Says:

To be honest I am not impressed with Kyrgios/Gasquet match so far.


Dave Says:

Nishikori will beat either one anyways I think Wog Boy.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree Dave, I am pretty sure we will have Stan/Milos and Andy/Kei QFs in this half. Raining is quietly moving forward, he is flying under the radar.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ Raonic and not raining


Dave Says:

Raonic will have an easy forth round. Ramos played for over 4 hours and will be tired.


FedExpress Says:

It makes u wonder how shit kvitova has become after the thing with mono came out. or not.


RZ Says:

Second day in a row that Andy is not locked in a 5-set battle. That ice bath pic is doing its job!


RZ Says:

@FedExpress – I think of Kvitova as the WTA equivalent of Wawrinka. When she’s on, she’ll beat anyone. But when she’s off, anyone will beat her.


RZ Says:

Looks like Nishikori-Verdasco is going to go 5.
Hopefully Gasquet-Kyrgios won’t go 5 (sorry Nick fans, but as I’ve stated before, that’s a bandwagon I just can’t get on)


Margot Says:

Just heard Nadal has pulled out, citing a wrist injury. WTF?


Daniel Says:

Murray won easy as I thiught he would. Isenr up a set and on serve still second serve.

Kyrgios down 2 sets, over for him.

Kei facing multiple set points in set 4. Verdasco closed and will serve first fifth set

Suddenly Murray is pretty safe for semis again, as he was


Daniel Says:

Nadal OUT with wrist problems!!!😱😱😱😱😱😧


Okiegal Says:

Margot…just heard his interview…..he played yesterday with an injection in the wrist……it was asleep when he played…..it’s worse…..


Daniel Says:

Age is a biatchy!!
Turning 30 in a few days and now this. Seema this event marks the end of FEDAL era for good, both sidelined at the same point due to injury.


Wog Boy Says:

Feel sorry for Rafa, it must be devastating:(


Margot Says:

Sorry for him, you and other fans.
Jeez, Nole’s draw tho……


RZ Says:

Just looked up the Nadal retirement on Twitter (the best immediate source though not always accurate). Nadal said he had more and more wrist pain each day. He played with an injection yesterday but it felt worse yesterday. He’s afraid it will break if he keeps playing (guessing he may mean the tendon here as he said it was sheath of the tendon that is injured).

This is sad and extremely bad luck. He was playing well again and had a real shot at winning this title. Hopefully this won’t be a long-term absence because any long-term injury for Rafa at this stage could be career-ending and he doesn’t deserve to go out like that.


Daniel Says:

He played as much as he could with the inflamation, sometimes they can habdle pain but others yiu just have to listen to uour body.

Must be devasting for him the most imoortant tourney of his season, playkng well again, winning easy, and this. He must be asking tennis God’s why now?! Really frustrating for him, qas injury “free” at least as far as we know for 18 months.


mat4 Says:

I am sorry for Rafa, and very happy for Novak.


Daniel Says:

He said his doctor didn’t guarantee his wirst could handle 5 more matches. At least he was aiming at the title.

He could risk rupture in tendon andstay without playing for several weeks.


J-Kath Says:

My goodness Rafa out! Oh my, so sorri for Okie and all his fans.
The whole tournament seems strange 5-setters happening all over the place and now this withdrawal.


FedExpress Says:

If nole cant win from here he should retire in shame really.


Daniel Says:

Djoko must sense this is his time: first the weather (cool for next 10 days), than Murray (who looked as Djoko potential final nightmare) strugling early on, now Nadal out.

Draw open up and could be an oportunity for Tsonga, Thiem, Sverez reach semis now. Hope one of the young guys gets there.

For Nadal, 4 straight Slams without even a second week result, last 8 without a title. Things not looking good at all.


RZ Says:

@Mat4 – it’s nice of you to save me from being in last place for the 3rd bracket challenge in a row. :-) Seriously though, probably everyone’s bracket will be messed up after Rafa’s withdrawal.

That section is flush with good claycourters – Goffin, Thiem, Almagro, Tsonga, even Gulbis. And the two I didn’t mention yet (Zverev and Granollers) aren’t shabby either! As a member of Team Thiem, I would hope he makes it but wouldn’t be surprised to see Goffin make his first slam semi.


Wog Boy Says:

This doesn’t change much for Nole, there are plenty of players left in a draw who can beat Nole and five matches to go, you are all rushing little bit.


Daniel Says:

mat4,

Was it you who said one of Nadal, Stan or Murray wouldn’t reach semis? One right so far…


Daniel Says:

Granollers must not believe what good fortune happened to him


Wog Boy Says:

Gasquet is serving for the match, Kyrgios wasn’t there today.


Daniel Says:

4-2 Nishikori fifth set.


Daniel Says:

Gasquet serving for the match, did not saw a straight set wins.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: Nick had treatment on his shoulder in the first set.
He’s had shoulder problems before.


Okiegal Says:

JK….thanks for the condolences, but I had heard he had a niggle in the wrist before he came to Paris and it just got worse….oh my….it never ends. 72 wins 2 losses and nine Trophies. Wow, just WOW!! I am gutted, as Green Lady would say……


Wog Boy Says:

Yes Margot, I posted about MTO before, left shoulder, but he just wasn’t in the mood today anyway. Spent more time arguing with his brother in the box, even asking him to leave the box. Altogether not really good match.


Margot Says:

^ Oh dear. Kept expecting Gasquet to Crashquet …..


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

I had the impression, after seeing the draw, that Novak would easily win the title. I AM NOT SURPRISED by Rafa’s retirement. I WON’T BE SURPRISED by Andy winning Wimbledon, Novak the OG, and Fed his last slam before retirement at the USO.


mat4 Says:

And Rafa winning la decima next year…


mat4 Says:

I am too often right too early.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
So you are saying it is rigged, no?


mat4 Says:

No, that’s not what I said. I was quite precise: “I am not surprised…”, “I won’t be surprised…”.


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, ok ;)


Dave Says:

I agree Wog Boy. Look what happened to Federer when he realized Nadal was out in 2009. Isn’t than when he had to come back from 2 sets down to win in 5? Federer always seemed to have that happen after Nadal would go out in a major. The 2 guys that can beat Djokovic on that side are Goffin and Thiem. They always seem to push him a lot. I don’t see Tsonga or Berdych being a problem. Maybe Cuevas if he gets that far could bother Nole a bit.


Wog Boy Says:

I just saw Rafa’s conference, he was devastated, sad look really.


Margot Says:

Andy had only 4 UEs in the match and 23 winners. Wow!
Wheeeeeee, way to !


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Dave, I don’t understand why suddenly everybody is giving Nole title just because Rafa is out and yet they were saying Nole was favorite to beat Rafa anyway. Nole and easy draws are not going well together, I don’t like them.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

It was just an intuition. Novak hasn’t yet won the FO, nor Andy Wimbledon (although he’s the favourite for me).


Dave Says:

Andy is a great tennis player, but can never be the favorite at any major, when he hasn’t won a major in 3 years. I agree Wog Boy. Nole could have many mental lapses on the way to the final and make it much harder than it needs to be and be gassed by the finals again. One match at a time. Having said that, if he gets to the final, the only one I could see beating him is Wawrinka and no one else.


mat4 Says:

@RZ

I finished last the last time I played that game… So, it’s already a rivalry!

BTW, is your name of A. origin?


Dave Says:

Wawrinka down a break already.


RZ Says:

@mat4 if by A. you mean Armenian, then yes.


mat4 Says:

@RZ:

I tried to avoid to write it here in full letters. I apologize, I should have posted that question in the “racquet bracket challenge whatever”, to keep intact your privacy.

I have a lot of sympathies for the brave and tragic Armenian people.


RZ Says:

No worries Mat4. But it is the reason why I go by my initials here and on a lot of sites as I have a unique name. Thank you for your sympathies – it’s not a pleasant history that we have and is often overlooked.


Daniel Says:

Isnner forced a fifth set. Wawa and Chardy close first set so far.


J-Kath Says:

Mat 4

I’m assuming you mean Andy won’t win Wimbledon this year (as he has won it once).

Dave: No way Goffin will beat Nole unless Nole forgets to get out of bed for the match.


Dave Says:

On this side of the draw the only one I guess that would be left is Thiem, who has to get to the semi-finals first. I just don’t see Tsonga being an issue this year. Gulbis has the fire power, but he would also have to get there.


Daniel Says:

Isner up a break in fifth set, another easy match for Murray coming, he needs it.

Thiem seema the save bet for semis. Can’t see Goffin reaccing there and Tsonga is always up and down. Maybe the crowd get him going.


mat4 Says:

@J-Kath:

If you refer to my post above, I thought he would win it this year. It’s just speculation, of course, but dark moments sometimes produce the right questions and sometimes, also, the right answers.

From a different angle, I don’t see why Andy couldn’t win this Wimbledon. He has already won there two big trophies, he plays in front of his public, and he has improved his serve.


J-Kath Says:

OK Mat 4. I’ll buy that. Of course I will insist on a guarantee.


J-Kath Says:

Presume you all heard that Milos Raonic’s new coach is John MacInroe. Milos really serious about getting a GS and achieving No.1 status, very serious me thinks.


mat4 Says:

J-Kath:

You’re joking, right? JMac coaching? Raonic?

I thought Raonic was a clever boy.


J-Kath Says:

Mat 4

I’ve got mixed views re. Miles. Don’t think he’s championship material but is smart enuf to try to reach his pinnacle i.e. regular within top10?. Whether John Mac. is right coach, who knows?

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