Djokovic Advances In Rainy Roland Garros, Wawrinka Ousted; Nadal To Finish Tues.
by Staff | May 28th, 2018, 5:21 pm

Novak Djokovic wasn’t at his best but for the former French Open champion got through Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic was broken three times and was just +1 in the winners/errors ratio.

“I’m starting to play better,” said Djokovic after his 60th French Open win. “I feel like, in the past couple of weeks, [I’ve] not been thinking about the elbow [and] playing pain-free, which is the most important thing at the moment… I played enough to win. I think I had some really good moments in the match and some not that great… But it was good for the first match. It was a good test.”

Meanwhile, on Lenglen, Stan Wawrinka shook off a first set knee issue and found his form, but fell in the final set to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Wawrinka, who’s ranked down to No. 30 this week, will fall outside of the Top 250 after his 1,200 finalist points from last year drop off.

Next for Djokovic is a Spaniard but not former finalist David Ferrer. Instead, No. 155 Jaume Munar came from two sets down to stun Ferrer 3-6, 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 7-5 in 4 hours, 15 minutes.

“It’s the most important victory of my career,” said the 21-year-old Munar. “Regardless of how the match went, I came back two-sets-to-love down to a role model in David Ferrer, doing it at Roland Garros, on clay and in a match like this. It has been a dream come true. This victory is a confirmation that I have taken a step forward.”

The man who eliminated Djokovic a year ago, Dominic Thiem, rolled into the second round basting past Ilya Ivashka.

Borna Coric was a good 4-set winner over Philipp Kohlschreiber. Sam Querrey cruised past Frances Tiafoe. Richard Gasquet also pounded Andreas Seppi dropping just five games and youngsters Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced.

Qualifier Earnests Gulbis got through as well.

In the story of the day, lucky loser Marco Trungelitti beat Bernard Tomic in four sets. Trungelitti was home with his family in Barcelona 24 hours earlier, but when he heard the news Nick Kyrgios withdrew, he and his loved ones piled into a car and made the 10 hour or so drive to Paris. He showed up in time for sign-in and despite little sleep and practice, he won the 11am encounter with the Australian.

It’s the third straight year Trungelitti has made the French Open second round.

“It’s beautiful,” he said. “We needed a grandma, for sure, always,” he joked. “But then — no, beautiful. Just to have half an hour to pack the luggage, the baggage, and then we left.”

“The trip was okay. We didn’t really have to stop,” Trungelliti added.

“I wish I could sleep for a day and a half.”

Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal will look to finish off a feisty Simone Bolelli who is up a break in the third before the rains called play just before 8pm. Juan Martin del Potro will test his groin against Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut.

Marin Cilic opens play seeking a sweep of the four Slam finals. Denis Shapovalov is also in action.

Court Philippe-Chatrier Play starts at 11am
Marin CILIC (CRO) [3] vs James DUCKWORTH (AUS)
Not before 12pm
Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1] vs Simone BOLELLI (ITA)
To be completed: Nadal leads 6-4 6-3 0-3
Kristyna PLISKOVA (CZE) vs Serena WILLIAMS (USA)
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) [17]
Simona HALEP (ROU) [1] vs Alison RISKE (USA)

Court Suzanne-Lenglen
Play starts at 11am
Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [28] vs Richel HOGENKAMP (NED)
Yingying DUAN (CHN) vs Caroline GARCIA (FRA) [7]
Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [5]

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26 Comments for Djokovic Advances In Rainy Roland Garros, Wawrinka Ousted; Nadal To Finish Tues.

Chris Ford Says:

Good effort by Stan, went down like a champ. Sad to see one of tennis’s great overachievers, David Ferrer, 36, won’t be around in later rounds, but as always he played with heart and came up just short in a 5-setter..

skeezer Says:


gonzalowski Says:

^ 👏👏👏 hope they beat Cavaliers. Not much rest until next match, but it will be at home.

skeezer anxious about RG/another possible Rafa’s GS??

Tennis lover Says:

Ferrer will oust overachiever Novak Demonobitch

Daniel Says:

Nothing like another day. Bolelli come down to life and already got broken. He made 7 UE in 10 points played.

FedExpress Says:

What a choke by Bolelli.

And Nadal’s countless luck continues.

Daniel Says:

This third set just shows how an herculean effort it will take to win a set over Nadal.

Bolelli had 6-3 and what Nadal does in his next 2 serves, an ace and a FH DTL. Than a FH winner on Bolellus set point on serve. Bolelli through everything and if he enter the match today after he could have steal this set. High quality. Nadal maybe can be tested again in semis versus Cilic or DelPo (if he reaches there).

Giles Says:

FE. I see the broken record is still playing.

skeezer Says:

Me too, should be a fun series.
Re; Rafa….who’s that? ;)

skeezer Says:

Giles. Your Turntable needs a new stylus.

Daniel Says:

After a slow start DelPo taking charge double break about to serve for third set. Hope he closes in 4 and an easy set. He needs to save energy for later rounds. He has to take advantage of his easy draw. He has a safe way till QF with only Ramos Vinolas and maybe Berdych on his way.

Daniel Says:

Berdych 2 sets down, looks like another ealry exit for him. He is in the same boat with Ferrer, Karlovic and a few others, twilight.

King Billy Says:

So, finally, the chink in Nadal’s armor seems to be here. What should have been a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 warmup became a 3 hours match with Bolelli (of all tennis players!) breaking again and again and having set points.

It would be wise to bet on the kid Zverev, all his lame Grand Slam attempts so far mean he’s due to a coming of age.

RZ Says:

@Daniel – fingers crossed that Chardy can keep it up. I have him winning the match in my bracket. I think several others do too.

j-kath Says:

King Billy

Bolelli was brave and played at a level few would say he’d played before. He provided a fantastic game versus Rafa – but what you may have missed is the qualities within Rafa that are outstanding and are fuelled by outrageous talent and determination. For the record, my favourite is someone other than Rafa but what tennis fan can ignore the brilliance that we have all witnessed over the last couple of days.

skeezer Says:

^brillance? Doing what against what?

AndyMira Says:

Hmmh…Skeezer bodo bengong tok leh nok ajar!

j-kath Says:

Skeezer sounds a bit jealous….?

AndyMira Says:

JK!…Love u!love u!Love u!!…Whooooo!!!

j-kath Says:

Well A-M – Bolleli played out of his skin – if he’d been against anyone but Rafa, he would have won ….it was a totally absorbing match and this was an occasion when Roger’s fans should at least be acknowledging Rafa’s genius.

I meant to ask where Okie and Willow were hiding but I note on another thread they are both back….hope they saw the match.

AndyMira Says:

Hey back JK!…Thank u,thank u for being a wonderful human being!…And thank u also for your unbiased & fair judgement about Rafa!…We Rafans really really appreciate that JK!…

Bout Okie & Willow…Yeah!…They’re back…so glad they did…coz there’s not many Rafans here anymore…It can be a lonely place…And really glad Gonza is here too….

Willow Says:

I Agree Bolleli played really well , and against anyone else he wouldve won, however Rafa aint called they KOC for nothing ….

Regarding Rogers fans acknowledging Rafas genius hell is likely to freeze over first, but they would be quick to acknowledge his short comings like a shot ….

Willow Says:

I Didnt actually see the third set as i was working but ill take your word for it J-Kath lol ….

j-kath Says:

Okey doke Gals – It’s a match I’ll never forget.
Am off now – seeyah later.

gonzalowski Says:

hmm I dond’t think winning the 130 of the world with trouble is anything to be very glad about! I suppose if Bolelli was that good is because Rafa did’nt play his A level

Willow Says:

Gonzo all three sets were tight affairs, but if he had been in a match pushed over 5 sets then that wouldve been a different story, anyway no matter he won in three, but i doubt he would get much credit from some people either way ….

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