Djokovic Victorious At French Open; Ruud, Rune, Fritz Winners On Wet Tuesday

by Staff | May 28th, 2024, 5:33 pm

Novak Djokovic was the last match of the first round on Chatrier and the Serb didn’t disappoint knocking out Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4.

It wasn’t vintage Djokovic but it didn’t need to be against the 142nd-ranked Herbert who is better known for his doubles prowess. Djokovic did slog through the second after getting broken early.

He’s now won his last eight matches at Roland Garros as he seeks a fourth French Open title and a record-breaking 25th Grand Slam. He also has to reach the final to keep his No. 1 ranking.

Djokovic’s foe in the final last year, Casper Ruud, got through Brazil’s Felipe Meligeni Alves 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Ruud has won 13 of his last 15 at the French Open.

“I was honestly very happy,” Ruud said. “I think it was a good start. I think Felipe is a dangerous player, and obviously I didn’t know him so well. So not easy to know what’s going to come out of his racquet. I think he was firing pretty good serves and forehands.

“Overall, I think it was a pretty high quality match and happy to be through in straight sets. That’s just what I was kind of hoping and looking for.”

Two-time quarterfinalist Holger Rune routed Dan Evans 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“Yeah, it was a good start, I think. Very solid match from start to finish. Yeah, we had a good preparation, I would say. We had obviously time after Rome to really prepare with my game and physically and mentally, as well. I think we used the time right. So now is just to perform and put everything together.

And, yeah, we are working always on my game. I think my game is good. My physicality felt great today, so it’s a thing we have really been working on to be able to stay out there and not feel fatigued and feel explosive even after hours of playing, and I definitely felt that today.

And mentally just to stay composed. You know, there is always challenges in the matches. You know, today was a call here and there. I thought I stayed composed. Been working on that, as well. I just focus on doing everything to give me a chance to win.”

Also, Taylor Fritz toppled Federico Coria from a set down 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, the 26th-seeded Tallon Griekspoor got by Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. David Goffin overcame France 6-foot-8 giant Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard in five sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.

In his Slam debut, 31st-seeded Mariano Navone sent off former Top 10er Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 and No. 11 Alex De Minaur had no issues with highly-touted American Alex Michelsen 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.

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10 Comments for Djokovic Victorious At French Open; Ruud, Rune, Fritz Winners On Wet Tuesday

Wog Boy Says:

“….. and a record-breaking 25th Grand Slam…”

English is not my first language, but I would say “…. record improving..” would be more correct since record is his anyway, like vast majority of records, no?

zed Says:

WB, you are correct, record improving would be better wording.

Having said that, I am taking things one match at a time. One down, six to go.

The remaining matches will get tougher as Novak progresses and I honestly am not as confident as I would have been in his younger years.

I was more confident in the Aus Open but it wasn’t to be. In fact, I am more confident about Wimbeldon than I am about Roland Garros.

If Novak can get to the final (and he’d likely have to get through players like Casper and Daniil) I guess he will meet young Carlos and that will be very, very hard for a 37 year old.

Whatever happens this year, the records are already taken and the records will probably stand for a very long time, maybe forever. Anything Novak achieves going forward is just cream on top.

His greatest rivals have been beaten unequivocally, his victory over Federer and Nadal is total. If 2024 is a lesser year than 2023 or 2022 or any year before that then no big deal, he’s already achieved all there is to achieve.

Wog Boy Says:

Hi Zed, actually I don’t expect him to win, not just FO, but anything more. The way he is travelling around suggests that he lost a drive and is doing victory lap.

The race was over last year, it’s obvious who is the winner and who is the runner up. It is up to new young guys to chase his records now.

I really think he is not going to stay around for long, I personally don’t care about Olympics but would like for his sake get that last win, but odds are not good.

Van Persie Says:

I agree with WB. Looking at Nole in the last months, he looks so relaxed, as he would enjoy a Sabbatical.
I was a bit sad when I saw Rafa-Zverev match, the race is officially over, I will miss it. I am sure, Nole will miss that too. His main rivals are leaving the tour one by one and he is also not getting younger. He did enough, nothing left for him to prove anymore, and I also think he does not have any high expectations from the Olympics either, otherwise he would take everything more seriously until then.

Am curious, if he will call it a day at the end of this year or will he plan a retirement tour for 2025?

zed Says:

VP, gut instinct only, I think Novak will get to the end of this year and ask himself why keep going?

What is there left to achieve beyond this year?

He’s not even at the halfway point in life so he has 4 or 5 beautiful decades ahead watching his kids grow and become young adults, eventually bringing grandkids into his life. When he starts the next phase of life I think he will be happy he did so.

Wog Boy Says:

Zed, as long as Nole doesn’t make Serbian soap opera out of his retirement, we had Swiss soap opera for over two years, followed by Spanish one that goes over two years, we don’t need Serbian one, but he was always different, he’ll do it his way….

zed Says:


Yes he will do it his way, 100% true.

I don’t think there will be a soap opera for his retirement.

Novak has a pretty decent singing voice (a man of many talents) so I think at his last match he will simply take the microphone and he will sing these words.

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all, and I stood tall
And did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me
I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

Yes, it was my way

Wog Boy Says:

Good old Frank, I loved everything about him, actin, singing even his underworld connections….”From Here to Eternity”, loved that movie, they don’t make them like that anymore .

chrisford1 Says:

If Djokovic leaves, little Serbia has other athletes worth attention. Obviously starting with a certain basketball player.

There is also a 6 foot lefty, young Olga Danilovic, who played with Novak in United Cup in Perth this year. May do doubles and singles at the Olympics. A lot of women players are attractive, then you have the Kournikovas and Ana Ivanovic types where one big win is worth millions in fame and sponsor contracts.. Olga is “that type”.

Early promise, some setbacks developing, now in very, very good form on clay at age 23.

Also a Novak superfan: “I was watching Novak Djokovic on TV, I don’t remember if it was during Roland Garros or Wimbledon but it was during the beginning of summertime. I felt that could be a nice sport so I tried it.

“He was my idol and will be my idol forever. I love him for his game, his attitude, his life, his achievements, everything. I think everyone should have the passion he always shows. I can’t say anything else apart from that he’s the best.”

Wog Boy Says:

Olga inherited her father’s sport’s genetics, Predrag Sasha Danilovic was one of the best ever European shooting guards, played in NBA too.
Olga’s body is more suited for basketball than tennis, check her up, she is not bad in basketball either:

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