All-time greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has no issues whatever in the first matches at the French Open.
Nadal shrugged off any foot issues by pounding Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. It was Nadal’s 106th career win at the French Open, the most in the history of any Slam.
“It is a good start, of course,” said Nadal. “I played good for a while, then things that I could do better and I need to do better. But it is a positive start, and that’s given me a chance to have one more day of practice tomorrow and then another chance after tomorrow.
Djokovic opened the night session with a dominant 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win over Yoshihito Nishioka. Djokovic, who turned 35 yesterday, had a tough opening game but rolled after.
“Have to be pleased with the start,” Djokovic said. “Beginning of the match, until I really got used to and adapted to his game, it was difficult to go through him. He’s very quick, one of the quickest players on the tour.
“The conditions quite slow. The ball was not bouncing, and it was just difficult to penetrate him. So the first set was very close, but I managed to find the right serves at the right time. That helped. Then I cruised through the second and third really when I started going through the ball a bit more.”
Including Rome, Djokovic has won his last his 13 sets.
“I have been feeling very well on clay in the last three, four weeks, of course,” Djokovic said. “Excited to bring out intensity on the court and compete with the guys. I’m happy to be back. Roland Garros is one of the biggest tournaments in the world, and the memories from last year still are fresh in my head, in my mind. It was nice to be back on the centre court.”
Brits Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans advanced. Americans had a mixed day with Taylor Fritz winning in five but Reilly Opelka lost in straights to Filip Krajinovic.
Nikolaz Basilashvili came from two sets down to deny Maxime Cressy.
Former champion Stan Wawrinka fell to French wildcard Corentin Moutet in four sets 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3.
“Obviously it’s a great disappointment to lose in a Grand Slam, but it’s the reality of my life now,” said Wawrinka “I knew before the match that I needed to work a lot physically, to work my tennis. It’s not I’m playing badly or I’m not good, but I’m not yet feeling good for matches like that.
“This is the mirror of where I am now. You have to go through times like this with bad matches, with bad first rounds in a Grand Slam, because I need to play a few matches to renew the feelings you look for in a match.”
Tomorrow, Stefanos Tsitsipas is featured in the evening against the flashy Italian Lorenzo Musetter. while during the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simona begin their final French Opens.
Tsonga will take on Casper Ruud while Simon faces Pablo Carreno Busta.
“Lorenzo is a very good player on this surface,” said Tsitsipas. “I have played him before. I think he’s someone that can bring out on the court some good potential and has been, has shown in the past that he’s capable of playing good tennis.
“I’m obviously very happy to be playing these courts again. I know this first-round match is going to really bring the best out of me, at least I will try. It’s going to be the battle of two one-handed backhand players, and I think a pretty interesting match for most spectators to watch on this first round.”
TUESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER – Début à 12h00
1 SD 1 Alizé CORNET (FRA) contre Misaki DOI (JPN)
2 SM 1 Casper RUUD (NOR) contre Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
3 SD 1 Paula BADOSA (ESP) contre Fiona FERRO (FRA)
Pas avant 20h45
4 SM 1 Lorenzo MUSETTI (ITA) contre Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE)
Court Suzanne LENGLEN – Début à 11h00
1 SM 1 Facundo BAGNIS (ARG) contre Daniil MEDVEDEV (—)
Pas avant 13h00 (fin de partie )
2 SM 1 Lloyd HARRIS (RSA) contre Richard GASQUET (FRA)
3 SD 1 Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) contre Caroline GARCIA (FRA)
4 SM 1 Hugo GASTON (FRA) contre Alex DE MINAUR (AUS)
5 SD 1 Chloé PAQUET (FRA) contre Aryna SABALENKA (—)
Court Simonne MATHIEU – Début à 11h00
1 SD 1 Tessah ANDRIANJAFITRIMO (FRA) contre Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE)
Pas avant 12h30 (fin de partie )
2 SM 1 Benoit PAIRE (FRA) contre Ilya IVASHKA (—)
3 SM 1 Frances TIAFOE (USA) contre Benjamin BONZI (FRA)
4 SD 1 Simona HALEP (ROU) contre Nastasja SCHUNK (GER)
5 SM 1 Pablo CARRENO BUSTA (ESP) contre Gilles SIMON (FRA)
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