Zverev Gets Schooled; Nadal On Wed. at French Open
by Staff | May 31st, 2017, 12:41 am

Thirty is the new 20 in men’s tennis.
So it was apropos that 33-year-old Fernando Verdasco brought the hot sauce on Tuesday at the French Open, defeating Masters Rome champion and No. 9-seeded Roland Garros dark horse Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“It’s my 14th year,” a jubilant Verdasco told the crowd afterwards. “It’s a pleasure for me to be playing here still. I’ve been practicing very hard, and a little bit of that work came through.”

Also upset-minded was South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, who shocked No. 27 Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Top 10-seeded winners through on the day were No. 1 Andy Murray working past Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 Stan Wawrinka straight-setting Slovak Jozef Kovalik 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-3; and No. 8 Kei Nishikori coming from a set down to beat Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Murray took a while to settle-in during a four-set win over the Russian Kuznetsov.

“It was better towards the end,” Murray said. “Some of the shots are a lot easier to play when you’re two sets to one and 5-0 up…I was just trying to get through the match. I certainly wasn’t finding it funny.”

Stan says he’s happy after the first round.

“I’m happy with the match today, in general,” Wawrinka said. “I think it was never an easy transition after winning [in Geneva] on Saturday. I think I’m playing well. I’ve got some matches, some wins, and then you find your confidence, you start to play better.”

Nishikori was also happy after stopping an early run from the perpetually-injured Aussie Kokkinakis.

“It wasn’t perfect match, but, still, I think for the first match, it was a good start to the tournament,” Nishikori said after winning in four. “Today was a tough match. I think he played well.”

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 13 Tomas Berdych beating German Jan-Lennard Struff in four, No. 15 Gael Monfils beating German Dustin Brown in straights, No. 18 Nick Kyrgios showboating past Philipp Kohlschreiber in straights, No. 21 John Isner beating Aussie Jordan Thompson in four, and No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro topping Guido Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

For the oft-injured Del Potro it was his first win at Roland Garros in five years.

“It’s never easy when you have to play a friend, a guy like Guido,” said Del Potro, who will next meet claycourt veteran Nicolas Almagro. “[Roland Garros] is an amazing tournament for Argentinian people, and I love to be playing this tournament again after five years.”

Almagro said, “Del Potro will try to dictate play with his forehand. I’ll try to counter him. I will try and play to his backhand. I will be very aggressive. This is my style of tennis, to be aggressive.”

Kyrgios afterwards spoke about his new coach, former French pro Sebastien Grosjean.

“He’s the type of guy that cares about my well-being first rather than just tennis results,” said Kyrgios. “He knows I need my space at times and he knows how to deal with me. Obviously it’s hard for me when we’re on the practice court having someone in my ear. He doesn’t say a lot, just positive things. I tend to be very negative with a lot of chats to myself and it’s not really positive chat. I get pretty internal at times, and he tells me to focus on things. I guess that’s what I struggle with. So to have him keep reminding me what to do is helping.”

Roland Garros on Wednesday features (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Robin Haase, (11) Grigor Dimitrov vs. Tommy Robredo, and (25) Steve Johnson vs. Borna Coric.

Philippe-Chatrier Court
11:00 AM
Venus Williams (USA) [10] vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN)
To Finish: Tsonga vs. Olivo
GarbiΓ±e Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs.Anett Kontaveit (EST)
Robin Haase (NED) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4]
Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6] vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [13]
Ons Jabeur (TUN) vs. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6]

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28 Comments for Zverev Gets Schooled; Nadal On Wed. at French Open

Daniel Says:

Djoko’s return are great and his FH is on fire, crosscourt making the damage.

If he keeps getting better he is in for the title.

Daniel Says:

Dimi won in straights, Looks like will be him or Raonic against Nadal in QF.

Djoko heading for another commanding win, 4-3 serve.

J-Kath Says:

Gosh Nole is mercurial – never seen him like this. As for his tennis, he is certainly able to produce an appropriate level to win comfortably without over-stretching himself.

chrisford1 Says:

Novak had his head up his ass to Murray-esque funk depths. So it will not be an overnight thing to pull it out completely. But from Roma and now this, Djokovic’s ears have emerged.

I believe we are in the final year of JW Tsonga. Unless he has some red hot streak and wins something big like Roger’s Cup again.

Giles Says:

Just can’t believe faker is still indulging in the grotesque boob throwing ceremony; this time round it’s even worse in that he is involving the ball boys in this charade. Somebody should speak to him!

Willow Says:

Rafa and Novak mirror scorelines, Rafa not facing a BP i believe ? ….

Willow Says:

Giles lol on the boob throwing no offence Novak fans, even Greg Rusedski said he thought it was rather OTT ….

J-Kath Says:

The one noticeable difference in Nole’s celebratory moves to-day which involved the ball-boys was that Nole reduced the “boob” jutting/touching and only once touched his heart.(Agassi suggestion?) The ball boys used forward and backward arm movements….altogether much less uncomfortable to view.

However, using the ball boys to help celebrate a victory over another player still makes me uneasy – for the other player.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Novak looked like a blissed-out cult-member. The boob-toss is just embarrassing for everyone, but that weird placid smile on Novak’s face is creepy. I expect to see him at an airport in a white robe, handing out flowers and boob tosses.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

That aside, I’m glad to see him recovering his form. Hate to see the top of the food chain just vacate the spot. Goes for Murray too, but I don’t believe he’s back yet.

CF1, great comment on Novak’s ears.

James Says:

So much for nextgen – Zverev loses in the first round.

Djokovic is really OTT with this attention seeking behavior. Better focus on his game – he has a lot of work to do to even qualify for the WTF this year.

This is Nadal’s 10th. I don’t see anyone taking it from him.

SnotNosedKid Says:


#nextgen = #nextgenofrunnerups

Daniel Says:

I think maybe Djoko was irritated because he wants to play better, the level he knows he can play at. And that is good sign.

Let’s see how he navigate throw his draw. He has an easy match, before Poulie most likely and than Thiem / Goffin. Than Nadal and that will probably the advance finals. Unless Wawa is on the other side and ready to play, than he can beat anybody on a merger final.

skeezer Says:

“The boob-toss is just embarrassing for everyone..”
Yep. πŸ‘Ž
“using the ball boys to help celebrate a victory over another player still makes me uneasy – for the other player.”
Yep. πŸ‘Ž

This tournament is going into an eventual dark hole of “who cares?”

Can hardly wait for strawberries & cream with a full glass of champagne with a delightful visual of the green grass of Wimbledon. The competition will be soooooo much better, enticing, exciting and enjoyable.

Margot Says:

WTH? Help! Help! Someone is nicking my “EEEKS!
Stop thief! …..;)

Okiegal Says:

@Margot…….I have been a copy cat on your “EEEKS”…..use it all time on FB…..it’s amazing how everyday life can be like EEEK! Love it Marg!!!! My vacation has taken me to Montana…..headed to Yellowstone……maybe I’ll c a bear!!

Margot Says:

Lol OKiegal if you see a bear that would be the loudest EEEEK! of all!

Willow Says:

WOW Andy v Delpo thats a popcorn match, i dont think Delpo can stay with Andy over 5 sets this early in his comeback, however if Andy is still ailing a bit then who knows, interesting hmm …

RZ Says:

@Okie – Yellowstone is beautiful (though a little stinky with all the sulfur springs and geysers). Enjoy your time there, and watch out for bison in addition to the bears.

Willow Says:

Okie hope your enjoying your break, miss your posts girl ….

Willow Says:

Now Kyrigios is having a melt down, although not unexpected in his case, KA likes to be a pain in the arse for the top players, havent looked yet, but i think my bracket has gone right down the pan now, with all these upsets ….

Margot Says:

Awful spoiled brat behaviour from NN. I’m a fan and I think it was embarrassingly awful right in front of those kids. Grojon sure has a lot of work to do.
Yeah, Ferrer out, Berd out, Joe W out, Nick out, Sascha out. Blimey.

Willow Says:

Great seeing Monflis playing so well, and really knuckling down, some good looking guys in his team too :-) ….

Truth Says:

Of course! Damn predictable.
Church Gloat continued.

Fed loves having mentally ill opponents give up for him, to help him luck out.
A deserted draw is a cakewalk draw.
Old age excuse suddenly disappeared, but when times get tough and Djoker comes roaring back, Fed whines and takes 4 months off to heal his old aching body.

Okiegal Says:

@Margot…. EEEK…….I saw a bear today…..a big brown one! I was so excited. Cars were stopped on the side of the road getting pix and a big truck backed up so he could get a picture and blocked my view. I was ticked off. It went into the timber…..I snapped a photo but too much foliage.

@RZ…..Saw a lot of buffalo but not that spectacular to me because we have a lot of them in Oklahoma. Saw Old Faithful do it’s thing…….and you are right the sulfur does stink. Even though there is stinky sulfur it is still one of the most spectacular places on earth. It should be on everyone’s bucket list!! I’m loving it!

@Willow…I am enjoying my vacation very much. The timing wasn’t too good…..I’M MISSING THE FRENCHIE!.. Mira keeps me informed with play by play analysis. Sounds like he’s playing good. I love the red dirt…..it reminds me of Oklahoma! If he doesn’t get 10, he will still reign as King of Clay! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ‚πŸ‚πŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘

J-Kath Says:


Montana! Wow! One winter Hubby and I spent a winter gold mining in that wonderful State – and stayed in the middle of a forest in a log cabin until the stream froze and so did we (almost)plus the bears got closer and closer. The only gold we got was sufficient for a necklace.

The inimitable Rafa is in full conquering mood as Mira has probably told you – maybe you’ll be back in time for the Final.

Margot Says:

@ Okiegal
Massive EEEEEKETY EEK indeedy. Am sure I heard you….;)

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