Federer Rocks In Roland Garros Return; Nadal, Djokovic Mon.
by Staff | May 26th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Roger Federer made a rockin’ return Sunday at Roland Garros, blowing past Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

In his first French Open match in four years, Federer dominated smacking 36 winners to just 15 unforced, and breaking the 24-year-old Sonego five times.

“Because there has been some pressure in the beginning, obviously some nerves, many people wanted to know how it was going to be for me, how I was going to be back.

“There has been a lot of attention lately with my return. When I started the match, I started it well, so it shows that the pressure is not acting on me,” Federer said.

“I was right away playing well on the centre court here in Roland Garros. The duration of the match wasn’t a problem. No problems with my body before or after the match. And then I have… two-and-a-half days… it’s ideal for me for the start of the tournament.”

Federer will now meet lucky loser on Oscar Otte but that will come after two days off. The Swiss said he requested a Sunday start to give him extra time.

Earlier, Stefanos Tsitsipas also rolled into the second round. In his first career Chatrier match, the Greek eased past Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(4).

“Very satisfied. I was playing really well the first two sets of the match. Better than I thought I would. Third set was tricky. I felt like he started pressing more, started going for his shots more, faster, stronger,” Tsitsipas said. “I stayed mentally strong and closed the tie-break at the end.”

Marin Cilic also enjoyed an easy day getting past Italian birthday boy Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.

“I would have wanted obviously to play few more matches in these tournaments. I had a couple of OK tournaments and a few losses,” Cilic said. “But in this week, I focused a lot just to have good intensity in the training, to have good focus. It’s important when you come to the Grand Slams that you are focused every single session, that you can keep going on like that.

“Happy with the level that I produced today in the first match.”

Next for Cilic is Grigor Dimitrov who held off Janko Tipsarevic o 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4.

“I lost the focus,” Dimitrov said. “But overall it was great to win that match. This is what I have waited for, to win matches like that. In the past months, all those matches have gone the other way around for me. And I just felt that this time, at the important moment, I really stepped up.”

Diego Schwartzman also advanced in five sets over Marton Fucsovics. Kei Nishikori blew out French wildcard Quentin Halys. David Goffin won in straights.

Thirty-seven-year-old Nicolas Mahut scored another big win upsetting 2018 semifinalist Marco Cecchinato from two sets down.

The tournament lost a couple players to injuries as Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew due to an adductor injury he suffered over the weekend in Geneva. And American Sam Querrey also pulled out.

On tap on a big Monday, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic make their debut. Nadal will meet former USC standout Yannick Hanfmann. Djokovic, seeking a second Career Slam and 4th straight slams, faces rising Pol Huburt Hurkacz.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dominic Thiem are also in action.

Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 11h00
Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [13] v Veronika KUDERMETOVA (RUS)
Yannick HANFMANN (GER) v Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] v Hubert HURKACZ (POL)
Serena WILLIAMS (USA)[10] v Vitalia DIATCHENKO (RUS)

Court Suzanne LENGLEN Début à 11h00
Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU) v Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [6]
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) v Peter GOJOWCZYK (GER)
Dominic THIEM (AUT)[4] v Tommy PAUL (USA)

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11 Comments for Federer Rocks In Roland Garros Return; Nadal, Djokovic Mon.

alena-ua Says:

“blowing past Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.”

Actually 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, also not bad.

skeezer Says:

Medvedev out. Nadal cruising, of course.

Kimberly Says:

Medvedev and Tiafoe bracket busters

rajesh Says:

Cechhinato and bashilashvili also

Dave Says:

So much for people saying that Djokovic has a difficult draw. Munar is out. Querrey pulled out and today he looked like he was in peak form. He played way better than any of the masters 1000’s matches on clay and this is the first round. Looks like he is more motivated than ever and doesn’t want to be tired in the final. 21 minutes quicker than Rafa today. Also, Thiem lost a set and could have lost in the 3rd as well.

Django Says:

Munar and Querrey were not threats.
Nole looked very focused today.

Dave Says:

No they were not threats. But people were talking about them causing longer matches and wearing Djokovic out for matches in the later rounds.

RZ Says:

Kimberly and Rajesh – I chose all 4 of those guys to win their first round matches. 😭😭😭

skeezer Says:

Zverev finally won a match. Amazing.

Daniel Says:

Damm, how is Zevrev 5 set match record? For his age, I think he set the record for most 5 set matches played, seems like he plays at least 2 per Slam.

Daniel Says:

Zverev 5 set record at 22 yld: 9-6 + today, 10-6.

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