Thiem Dream; Nadal, Djokovic On Court Monday at French Open
by Staff | May 28th, 2017, 8:29 pm

Only one Top 10-seeded player in action kicked off play in a subdued fashion on Sunday at Roland Garros, where No. 6 Dominic Thiem looked every bit the title contender in a comprehensive 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Australian Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic.
“He’s not a player you want in the first round,” Tomic said. “The draw was bad. He killed me. I had no chance. It’s not easy when you’re not seeded. Game-wise on clay he’s at a different level to me. After Rafa, he’s the best on clay this year.”

Thiem said the heat was the worst of any of his opening-round matches at Roland Garros.

“I was a bit nervous before the match,” Thiem said. “This tournament is the biggest highlight of the year of the year for me, the Slam on clay. I was a little bit tight. Of course if I play my aggressive game style, I guess it’s tough to be in the rally with me. I never played in such hot conditions in Paris, so I’m happy that I won in three sets.”

Seeded winners outside the Top 10 Sunday were No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov rolling past Frenchman Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; No. 16 Lucas Pouille winning the all-French battle against Julien Benneteau in five sets 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 19 Albert Ramos, No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and No. 23 “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic advancing.

“Now I hope to go as far as possible, I want to win a Grand Slam,” Pouille said. “I know it’s not easy but I will see where I can get to.”

Dimitrov will next face veteran Spanish grinder Tommy Robredo.

“The last time I won a match here was a couple of years ago so I am pretty pleased to come out here in front of you guys and play on centre court,” Dimitrov said afterwards. “It’s a beautiful Sunday. I know what it is to play at home and be a favorite. It was a good test. I have known Stephane for good few years, we are friends, we have practiced together.”

The only upset-minded player on the day was Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who ground down No. 26-seeded Gilles Muller 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2.

Monday highlights at Roland Garros include (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Spaniard Marcel Granollers, (9) Alexander Zverev vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Benoit Paire, (10) David Goffin vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu, (7) Marin Cilic vs. Ernests Gulbis, and (28) Fabio Fognini vs. Frances Tiafoe.

Philippe-Chatrier Court
11:00 AM
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [13]
Alexander Zverev (GER) [9] vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [11] vs. Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)
Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4]
Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [2]
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [24] vs. Arthur De Greef (BEL)

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17 Comments for Thiem Dream; Nadal, Djokovic On Court Monday at French Open

Daniel Says:

Good for Thiem to have a strong opening round. He needs as many three setters as he can to endure the two weeks and try again against Novak in QF.

Also glad Dimitrov won, he should build some confidence.

Loaded day tomorrow!

Margot Says:

Simon out and Sock not looking too good at mo.
Muguruza came through a tricky opener with some great play.

gonzalowski Says:

Rafa very serious at 1st set. Paire don’t want in anyway background exchange, but is failing, a lot of UEs

skeezer Says:

#1 Seed out the 1rst Rd in the Womens side. This FO is already setting new records.

Daniel Says:

Top contenders delivering. Nadal and Djoko with comanding wins.

Saw a bit of them before coming to work this morning and Nadal was misiang a bit the part I watched early second set. He broke to 1-0 but was broken 2 straight times and Paire went 3-1. Bit Paire couldn’t hold and it was just a bad path for Nadal. Conditions looked murky also.

Djoko was hitting deep but not taking too many risks the few games I saw also. Too many breaks in that match (he was broken 4 times but broke Granolles 8). Hope he can improve his serve going forward.

Truth Says:

Lol Marko looked all puzzled and mad… Becker was like “it’s ok, Pepe, I mean Marko!”

Margot Says:

Skeeze: I’m not too confident about the other No 1 either. Practise has looked scratchy, to say the least.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Glad to see some of our hopefuls, Dmitrov, Thiem, Ramos-Vinola, Carena-Bustos, with convincing wins. We’ll have lots of hot hands in the 2nd and 3rd round.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, David Ferrer ranked 30, and struggling in 5 sets on clay vs Donald Young.

Have to imagine this will be his last Slam as a seed. What a run of consistency he’s had, its incredible just to see him out of top 6, let alone here.

Fognini taking it to Tiafoe- I had high hopes for Tiafoe. But Fognini maybe presents more of a chance for a good run and a challenge to Stan.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

A lot of folks have downplayed Stan’s chances because of his weak performances on clay, but he and Tsonga just won the last two titles, with some decent competition.

I don’t think it takes much for Stan to take off at a Slam, and I think Tsonga could go far as well.

Willow Says:

Stans a funny player, can play crap in lead ups, then bang makes a GS final and wins, he made 3 finals and won all 3, thats why i would think he stands a good chance if he gets there against any player, he certainly doesnt fear and relishes playing the elite players ….

Anto Says:

Ferrer’s match is still going on. its 11-11 in the decider

RZ Says:

Tomic uses not being seeded at a slam as an excuse for having a tough first round match, but with a little more effort he could have been ranked high enough to earn a seed. He could learn something from Thiem and the effort he puts in.

RZ Says:

@TV and Willow – Stan has a good draw. I expect to see him in the final.

chrisford1 Says:

Tennis Vagabond – All kinds of admiration for David Ferrer. Told he was unlikely to make Top 200 by coaches, he slogged along, became a pro, began making a very good living at it. Very well liked on Tour. Carried Spain in Davis Cup when Rafa was out. Unlike just about all other players, Ferrer got better as he aged. His highest ranking, # 3, happened at age 31. Sure, he has a sparse record against the Big 54 like 98% of the other pros do. Sure, you could call his game pushing the ball around. But he is a pro’s pro and a tremendous overachiever. His five setter against Donald Young – was classic Ferrer – he grinded, grinded, grinded until Young had nothing left.

Markus Says:

I really like chrisford1’s tribute to David Ferrer. It is very good and fitting of this exemplary athlete. I believe I would not be wrong to say that David is one of the most respected and admired tennis players by lovers of the game, both players and fans.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Certainly one of the most consistent. With a couple memorable exceptions, it has been an iron-clad rule of the tour: Ferrer will beat everyone he is ranked above, and lose to everyone he is ranked below. 11 Slam QFs+5 Slam SFs+ONE final (in the 2013 French).

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