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Nadal to face Bolelli after Dolgopolov pulls out of French Open

29 May, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • In Paris completed the first day of the Open championship of France

"It was good to start this year with a win".

When you're in possession of 23 Grand Slam titles, you demand respect no matter how much you've played in the a year ago.

The downpours also prevented two-time champion Maria Sharapova from starting her opener against Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands.

Djokovic, who underwent right elbow surgery earlier this year, is the No. 20 seed in Paris, his lowest Grand Slam seeding since the 2006 U.S. Open.

The 21-year-old, who arrived at Roland Garros on a hot streak of form after titles in Munich and Madrid before an Italian Open final loss to Rafael Nadal, stormed to victory in only an hour and 10 minutes.

Another former Paris victor, Stan Wawrinka, bowed out after a three-and-a-half hour marathon against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. "I have done that before in Grand Slams, and I lost early". Another such entrant drew a lot more fanfare: 190th-ranked Marco Trungelliti of Argentina, who drove 10 hours from Barcelona to Paris - sharing a rental auto with his 88-year-old grandmother, mother, and brother - on Sunday to accept a berth, then went out and defeated Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Clijsters said getting back into the old routine may have had a rejuvenating effect on Williams.

But when an eighth spot in the main draw opened up because of an injury withdrawal, Trungelliti raced back to France.

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"And I think if he's winning that match, there's no chance he's retiring".

This was only the third tour-level match of the year for Trungelliti and the 16th of his career.

Briton Johanna Konta's campaign ended in disappointment yet again, as the 22nd seed was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

Women's prominent names Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova also marched on, while former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka fell short at 7-5, 7-5 against Katerina Siniakova. Maria Sharapova (+1600) is a two-time victor and looked good in advancing to the Rome semifinals last week. The French tennis federation has talked about fixing this for years, and there are supposedly firm plans finally in place, but there still is no way to play when rain gets heavy at Roland Garros.

Royg had reached the fourth round at Roland Garros a year ago.

Azarenka, a semifinalist in Paris five years ago, is ranked 84th after giving birth to a son in December 2016. Thiem went on to reach the final in Madrid, but was beaten by Alexander Zverev, who may well prove Nadal's most serious rival for Roland Garros glory. She made 29 unforced errors in the first set.

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov pulled out of the French Open with injury on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), leaving Rafael Nadal to open his title defense against lucky loser Simone Bolelli. Winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome seem like effortless feats at this point in the 31-year-old's career.

Dutra Silva made a great start when a sloppy Djokovic slipped from 0-30 to gift his opponent the first break, only for the former world number one to soon dominate from the middle of the court and hit back in game four with a fine forehand his opponent could only return into the net.



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