Zverev Rolls In French Opener, Kyrgios Withdraws; Nadal, Djokovic Mon.
by Staff | May 27th, 2018, 5:42 pm

Alexander Zverev kicked off his 2018 French Open in frightening fashion destroying Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in just 69 minutes.

After a stunning loss to Fernando Verdasco last year, today was a far better opener for the 21-year-old German who is among the favorites behind Rafael Nadal to win.

“I have won two tournaments, made the finals in Rome,’ Zverev said. “Again, losing to Rafa in a close match. I feel good, and today was a good start to the tournament, and I’m happy the way it’s going.”

Zverev will enjoy two days off before returning on Wednesday against either Dusan Lajovic or Jiri Vesely.

Grigor Dimitrov opened play on Chatrier but not against Viktor Troicki. The Serb withdrew just before the 11am encounter allowing “lucky loser” Mohamed Safwat to make his Grand Slam debut. After a nervy opener, the first Egyptian man to play the French since 1996, settled down but came up short in the end 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(1).

“I just found out about 30 to 35 minutes before I had to go out,” said Dimitrov. “It’s not easy when those kinds of things happen, you just need to be ready. You have played many matches in the past. You prepare yourself every day for different obstacles, whether it’s weather, strings, balls, opponents. You just have to be ready.”

Dimitrov has never made it past the third round at Paris.

“I grew on up on clay. I think first time I hit on hard court was 11 or 12 years old. Until then it was all clay for me,” the Bulgarian said. “I never shied away from that surface. I always liked it. I always thought I could do better and I want to do better. So one day I know that I’m going to just improve. I think I’m improving with each year. I’m finding a better way of playing, and moving on the surface. Surely, we’re going to get there.”

Troicki wasn’t the only withdrawal on the day. Nick Kygios pulled out with a continued bad elbow. The Australian was due to face countryman Bernard Tomic in a tantalizing test. He’ll be replaced by an 8th “lucky loser” still to be determined.

The French had a good day with favorites Gael Monfils and Lucas Pouille both advancing with relative ease. Monfils, though did have an ankle issue early in his match against French teen Elliot Benchetrit before winning in four sets.

Of the 16 men’s matches, five went the distance. In fading light, David Goffin beat a surly Robin Haase from two sets down.

Fernando Verdasco won yet another 5-setter – his 24th of his career – and earned his 100th career Grand Slam victory with a 4-hour, 20-minute thriller over Yoshito Nishioka.

Jared Donaldson had a good win over Chilean Nicolas Jarry and qualifier Guido Andreozzi upended Taylor Fritz in five. Radu Albot’s win over Gregoire Barrere was the other 5-setter.

On a very big Monday, former champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all hit the courts.
Nadal and Djokovic will both play on Chatrier and will be heavily favored. Nadal meets “lucky loser” Simone Bolelli while Djokovic takes on qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.

Wawrinka as won 18 of his last 20 in Paris but is just 1-2 this year on the clay. He’ll face Spanish vet Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who beat him at the French in 2014.

Dominic Thiem, John Isner and Richard Gasquet are also scheduled on the second of three days of first round play.

Court Philippe-Chatrier
Play starts at 11am
Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [8] v Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR)
Rogerio DUTRA SILVA (BRA) v Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [20]
Danielle COLLINS (USA) v Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [2]
Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1] v Simone BOLELLI (ITA)

Court Suzanne-Lenglen
Play starts at 11am
Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP) v Stan WAWRINKA (SUI) [23]
Andrea PETKOVIC (GER) v Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA)[29]
Andreas SEPPI (ITA) v Richard GASQUET (FRA)[27]

Court 1
Play starts at 11am
Dominic THIEM (AUT)[7] v Ilya IVASHKA (BLR)
Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) v Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [6]

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58 Comments for Zverev Rolls In French Opener, Kyrgios Withdraws; Nadal, Djokovic Mon.

The Arrogant Goat Says:

This place is dead when Federer is not playing. Roger is still the only player that matters.

Czarlazar Says:

What did you expect people to comment about today? Zverev’s win over Berankis? Or Dimitrov’s defeat of Safwat? Slow news day, mate.

RJ Says:

I am ok with being quite… it was so noisy in 2015,2016 with joker fans..

skeezer Says:

Very weak draw on the weakest surface. What do you expect?
Nothing exciting ‘round here till it’s time to mow the Lawn and start chowing down the Strawberries/Cream and Champagne.

AndyMira Says:

Ouch!…Skeezer’s at his most jealous mood!…I don’t know what is wrong with that man!Even no one bait him,he still unleashed his hatred towards Rafa & fans…Feel very sorry for him…

Margot Says:

AM: Skeeze is just a teeze!

Tennis fan Says:

weakest surface……ooo that’s why Roger has just 1 title here. Grow up Skeezer! Roger is not playing doesn’t mean the game stops. Relax and wait for SW19. In the mean time learn to respect other players

j-kath Says:

Rafa’s match vs Dolgo has been cancelled. Anyone know who Rafa will play and approx. what time?

Tennis fan Says:

Dolgo’s replacement is Simone bolleli. Match starts at 4.00 pm local

j-kath Says:

Tennis fan: Many thanks.

AndyMira Says:

M!…Yeah!…he’s a teaser…He wants to tease Giles..But,boy!What a dangerous teaser he is!..coz he inflicted an unnecessary pain to us innocent fans…I don’t think we deserve that…

skeezer Says:

Warriors vs Rockets game 7. Now that is a story you don’t want to miss.

Daniel Says:

Thiem also wins in straights and so dos Djoko. Hope at least the main players wins fast and saves the best for last, when they start colliding in bottom half.

fred stone Says:

When you cheer for a chronic cheater (abetted by officials), how much respect do you think you deserve?

Daniel Says:

And Stan out. I am afraid Wawa won’t be coming back with his age and injury. He is not a light guy either.

Madmax Says:


What is going on with Stan? Do you know?

It does seem to be a slow start – Rafa must be dreaming right now. Dreaming that this is just too good to be true. Nevertheless, early days for this tournament and nothing is set in stone, despite the reports and Sean’s jinx.

RZ Says:

Ferrer out

gonzalowski Says:

Rafa struggling!:
“Nadal does not manage to rest at the usual level, nor impose his speed of displacements. At the moment he is more responding than dominating on the court. The match is being played in low light, very humid atmosphere and threat of rain.”

Daniel Says:


I think Stan’s knee still bothers him. Haven’t watch any of his “return’ matches to see how he is bending, running, etc..

But to me something says his best days are over. Same with Ferrer, but that due to age and Berdych.

Not everbody is Fedal and can win Slams after 30. Majority of players fade after 31-32, for those who are still playing.

Karlovic, Stepanek, Santoro, Haas, Federer are the excpetion.

Daniel Says:

Weather forecast for next 2 weeks in Paris is mostly cloudy with chance of rain in almost all days varying from 20% to 80%. First week more rainny than second. Sunday june 10th partly cloud with 20% chance of rain but most sunny.

Guess we’ll have a few rain delays and breaks during the tourney. Hope nothing that forces players to play back to back days, but seems inveitable with next Thursday and Fridays with 80% chance of rain and a lot of third roudn mmatches to be played.

gonzalowski Says:

Daniel, bad news for Rafa, this forecast, aren’t they? because in a sunny RG is where he performs the best, I think.
Nevertheless I suppose it’s not good for his rivals’ playing, either; but everything that is damaging Rafa’s game is good and necessary for them .

Daniel Says:


But finals should have one of the sunniest days, so better for Nadal.

Strange the score against Bolleli. he lost in first 2 sets 7 games, which is highet than his whole average this clay season, and is behind 0-3 third set.

Myabe just one of those off days. Even for him, to maintain the mind level to crush everybody for more than 20 matches in 7 weeks is too much, specially as his is days from turning 32. I remember with Federer after 2012 this inconsistant days happened more often.

Even so, he still leads 2-0 and most likelly will close in three. Is just that we were expecting a 08′ like run, where he was losing a handfull of games per match.

skeezer Says:

Rafa has navigated through all kinds of weather issues at FO and won 10 times. Not an issue. Or should be an excuse. Non story.

gonzalowski Says:

not so bad this rain delay, I think Rafa’s next match is on thursday

j-kath Says:

Daniel: I don’t think Stan is finished – he’s 32/33 and yes, he is looking heavier – but if you are recovering from injury it is difficult to keep on practising…and the body doesn’t get toned. He did get thru a 5-setter – just didn’t win it.

Rafa’s match with Bolleli was terrific….anybody else but Rafa would have been whipped off the court.

The fairy-tale story is the Argentinian, his brother, his mother and his grandmother etc.- and then to win his match.

Daniel Says:

Yeah J-K, hope the delay helps the guy get some sleep.

Don’t know, something with Wawa just don’t click. He already was super inconsistent, even in his 3 years Slams period. Now, I believe he may have a good win here and there, but no more Slams and no more top 5 for him. Top 10 would be great already.

DelPo clawed his way back but he was much younger.

Daniel Says:

Indeed, watch some highlights and Bolleli’s FH was insane. But Nadal is Nadal, Bollleli was 3-1 and BP second set and even so Nadal won that set 6-3.

Margot Says:

Agree with Dan,
About Stan.

The Arrogant Goat Says:

Still dead around here. Never happens when Federer plays where even the haters come alive. That’s what being a GOAT is all about.

Margot Says:

^ So you think Daniel and I are “nothing.” Quite weird, even for a troll.

AndyMira Says:

Hehehehehehhohohohohohoho!!….SPOT ON M!!

j-kath Says:

Have heard of creepie people hanging around graveyards – venting at the dead? stealing their flowers?

gonzalowski Says:

4 breakps saved by Rafa on the Tie B.and…gets it! 88 mins this 3rd set.
Rafa nervous, speaking with his team between points.

gonzalowski Says:

4 set points I meant.
Rafa has said he has gone through tough moments in the match, and that’s good for him on the tournament

AndyMira Says:

Yeah Gonza!….Rafa was nervous like crazy!!…He got through by his sheer fighting spirit & determination alone…

j-kath Says:

I am p-ssed off at UK TV – I came back to see the Rafa match and I get every other match but. Congrats to Rafa – evidently that 3rd set was truly challenging.

AndyMira Says:

JK!…Sorry to hear that!…It’s weird right why they didn’t make a LIVE telecast over Rafa’s match…Even in my country did that…But then Rafa is not Roger,where everybody loves him…

Yeah!3rd sets was crazyyyyy nerve racking!!…Glad my sofa still look like a sofa!Hehehe…

gonzalowski Says:

JK in Spain too they don’t make RG on tv.
AM the important thing is our Rafa is on the roll yes!!!

AndyMira Says:

Gonza…Oh Really?Even Rafa is a son of Spain?And a very important person there?Wow!…Why they wouldn’t want to make a live telecast Gonza?

Oh!I have an article for u Gonza!


Van Persie Says:

A bit of heebie jeebies for Rafans in the 3rd, hehe ;)

Saw a bit of Serena now…how the hell does she wear that outfit????

Giles Says:

VP. She’s got guts. Wish somebody would tell her to work on her dress sense. 👁👁

gonzalowski Says:

AM it’s clear it’s a matter of $$$$…. maybe if Rafa reach last stages some channel will broadcast.
Nice article, hope other players won’t feel inspired by Boletus :)

just read today about that missing malaysian plane they at last don’t find and stop searching… what strange!

Margot Says:

Kath: it’s because Kyle was playing. British TV will always prioritise British players. I have a sub to Eurosport player. It broadcasts all the slams.

Margot Says:

VP: Perhaps the black superhero outfit is to terrorise her opponents? Must be damn hot tho!

AndyMira Says:

Gonza!…Trust me!After Rafa showed his flaws in Rome against Sascha..and again yesterday against Bolelli..and don’t forget against Thiem in Madrid…every players[especially next gen] will go on court & play lights out & going for broke tennis against Rafa…But for me,the question remain whether they can sustain high level of tennis for 2,3 or 4 hrs[Bo5] against Rafa…I just know only peak Nole who can match Rafa’s mental toughness & stamina on clay…Anyone else…no..

Oh!Bout MH730…Urgh!!So far,we spent almost half billion RM on it!…And i don’t have any money left to give them!!…Urgh!!Yeah!Really strange given that we have all the tools in the world to track that plane…but not find it!

gonzalowski Says:

pffiu so you people are giving money for the searching, heck…a pitiful thing, this plane.

Mahut taking advantage over Delpo on 1st set

Van Persie Says:

Do not know Margot, might be that reason, but it is French Open, not Helloween.

AndyMira Says:

Hehehe…Of coz from tax payers money Gonza!…And i read & heard a lot of rumours too!…Don’t know what to believe anymore…

RZ Says:

VP, Giles, and Margot – this is pure speculation, but it looks like Serena’s outfit is compression-wear. She may be weearing it to assist with circulation (especially after her embolism issues resurfaced last year).

Margot Says:

RZ: I wouldn’t be surprised if you were right. Would explain why.
Calling J A L E P where are youooo? Tubs just left the room, on his way to the ice cream parlour as I write…;) Only trouble is, I think I let your conviction influence my bracket! Bah!
Oh, lucky, lucky loser…
JMDP not looking great but Mahut is a horrible first round.
Chardy taking it to Berd., another player going down the slippery slope.

Humble Rafa Says:

Today is Skeeze’s happiest day on the planet. Someone is wearing a cat suit.

jalep Says:

Oh no, *facepalm*

Sorry Margot…really did think Tubs could beat Zopp. (in 3) But didn’t guess the match would go five sets!! He can’t possibly go 5 sets 😧

And to think up a scenario in which Tubs would beat Shapo and make it to play Rafa… argh, maybe my worst pick this year.

Okiegal Says:

@RZ 1:02……I just now came to TX and reading about Serena’s outfit she wore today. Glad I read everyone’s comment before I put my 2cents in…. I think you are exactly right…. compression wear because of her health issues. I thought it would be extremely hot also….unless when it gets totally wet from sweating and then running and stirring up a breeze might actually be cooling….but I’m not gonna run around in one to find out!! Lol

Kimberly Says:

Worst outfit I’ve seen at a grand slam in a long time

Daniel Says:

They say it is NASA material and it is “breathable”.

Commentors in Brazil TV were nickname it Catwom outfit. Serene sure can wear it and she has the personality to do so, but I a not sure how I feel. To winer gym like for my taste.

Van Persie Says:


Thank tou for sharing this article. Serena should stop this nonsense. As woman, I do not feel represented by her ridiculous outfit.

And now, Serena does not look like Catwoman, she looks like Godzilla in that suit. Nothing womenly in her in that suit.

Prefer much more her sister.

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