French Open 2017 : Day 1 Highlights

French Open 2017 was kicked off on 28 May 2017 and here are the Highlights of Day 1

  • [6] Dominic Thiem defeats Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-0, 6-2

The top seed Dominic Thiem considered to be a favourite to do wonders at the Grand Slam, defeated Bernard Tomic in 81 minutes. Tomic played some quality tennis only in the first set, which eventually went into Thiem’s bag. The second set merely lasted for 18 minutes, where Thiem bageled Tomic, and third set came in as a grace.

  • Benjamin Bonzi advances over Daniil Medvedev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 3-1

The French player, Bonzi, would have easily won the fourth set, while playing the nextGen Russian star, Medvedev, while the latter had to retire from the match, trailing 2-1 sets. Daniil had a poor serve percentage in the third set, which continued in the fourth set as well, due to which, the qualifier, Bonzi, could have earned a double breadstick in his first match against Medvedev

  • [19] Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeats Marius Copil 6-7(9), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

The Monte Carlo finalist, Vinolas, had a tough opening set against the Romanian, Copil. After the first set, Copil’s poor serve didn’t allow him to take more than 7 games in total in the following 3 sets. While Vinolas lost his serve only once in the entire match (excluding the tie-break in the first set), which made it easy for him to take the three consecutive sets, with his opponent’s poor serve.

  • [11] Grigor Dimitrov defeats Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

A straight set victory for the Bulgarian, came in handy, as he won the match in 111 minutes. Robert, though challenged Dimitrov’s service at times, but failed to convert break points, eventually breaking the world number 13’s serve. Grigor, with his fluent forehands, and quality drop shots, won the opening match of the Grand Slam.

  • [25] Dominic Thiem defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-4

The giant, Ivo Karlovic, had an intense opening match, as his opponent left no stone unturned to break his serve, following which, the two players stretched the first set to a tie-break; while Tsitsipas lost the second service game in the second, Karlovic took the second set also, 7-5. In the third, Karlovic dominated, and sealed the match in his favour.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeats [26] Gilles Muller 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2

The first seeded player to be knocked out in Roland Garros, Gilles Muller lost to the Spaniard, world number 153. While the first set tie-break lasted for 88 minutes, the second lasted for 51 minutes, won by Lopez and Muller respectively. In the third and the fourth set, the man from Luxembourg failed to convert break points, lost his service games too. Hence, he lost the two sets, 6-2 each.

  • [16] Lucas Pouille defeats Julien Benneateau 7-6(8), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

A wild card player, Benneateau, is always a threat, be it only a seeded player, or a grand slam champion like Roger Federer. The French clash, saw the battle of 5 sets on the first day of the Grand Slam, as Pouille defeated Julien in a scintillating 5-set match. The match lasted for 3 hours and 25 minutes, while the first set, the tie-break one, took alone an hour to be completed. The world number 98, with his vigorous forehand, tried to break Lucas’s serve, which he did possibly did thrice in the entire match. Almost, every game on Pouille’s serve was taken to a deuce, or a break point.

  • Thomaz Bellucci defeats Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

The Brazilian star, Bellucci, defeated the nextGen star in 4 sets, in the R128, to set up a clash against Lucas Pouille in the next round. While the match could’ve been won in straight sets by Bellucci, he lost his serve at 4-5 in the first set, which led to Lajovic leading, 1-0.  The two served well, tried to break each other at times, and played a few long volleys and points, extending a game duration to more than 150 seconds at times. The final set, saw Bellucci blazing in his game, while Lajovic gave back equally. They played 7 deuces in the 2nd game, again 3 in the 9th game. Finally, Bellucci sealed the match with a triple break on his serve.

  • Ekaterina Makarova defeats [1] Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2

The Rio doubles gold medallist, Ekaterina Makarova, became the first woman in the history of Roland Garros, to knock out the world number one in the first round itself. No tipsy-turvy game, Makarova literally dominated the game, while Kerber’s consistent poor form, continued to be on display, which was proved again, as she lost in straight sets. In the second set, she was easily broken, while the Russian was leading 3-0. The world number 1 broke her serve, while she reverted the same; the two ladies played at least 3 deuces in each following game. In the last game, Kerber saved 8 match points, from 40-0, to playing 5 deuces.

  • Monica Puig defeats [31] Roberta Vinci 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

The gold medallist from Rio, knocked another seeded player, namely, Roberta Vinci, in the R128. Vinci, who gave an edge-to-edge competition in the first two sets, swept aside the second to her name. In the decider, she seemed uninformed about Puig’s fluency, as she lost the service game twice, which was a golden opportunity for the Portuguese woman.

  • Cagla Buyukakacay defeats [22] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 6-3

The third seeded woman to be knocked out on day 1 was Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who lost in straight sets, winning only 6 games in the entire match. Buyukakacay seemed too strong to win over the Australian Open semi-finalist. The world number 155, took an hour and 12 minutes, to knock out the world number 25. Mirjana didn’t fight back at any special points, and hence didn’t create break points for herself. In the entire match of 18 games, only 5 deuces in total were played, while Mirjana won 2/5 of those.

  • [15] Petra Kvitova defeats Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2

The Czech lady, Petra Kvitova, had an emotional comeback to the tour, since the incident took place at her home in December last year, for which she took a break from tour and went under several surgeries. To every fan’s surprise and joy, she performed beautiful in the opening match of the grand slam. She seemed very active, happy, and positive, while playing and in the presser. She also said in the presser that she had thought that she would cry in the first comeback match, but she didn’t.

  • [8] Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Christina McHale 7-5, 6-4

The 2009 Roland Garros champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, showed some stance, and proved yet again, that she cannot be stopped, The Russian fought back the young McHale, to win in straight sets. With the strong backhands she plays, she played long games and volleys, in both the sets. The 3rd and 4th game of the first set, and the 7th and 8th game of the second set, were those, where the two players broke each other’s serve once, and won once, playing numerous deuces, and didn’t give up.

  • [10] Venus Williams defeats Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-6(3)

One of the Williams sisters, never fails to be in the picture at any tournament. Venus Williams defeated Qiang in straight sets, in 103 minutes. The Australian Open finalist, received a cut-throat competition from her Chinese opponent, as she stretched the second set to a tie-break, where she lost the points twice on her service, and Venus sealed the match, as she won 4 consecutive points.

  • [30] Timea Bacszinsky defeats Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 6-2

The powerful Swiss lady, Timea, defeated the young Spanish lady, Sara, the world number 84, in 80 minutes. While Timea led in the first set, 4-0, Sara broke back, and won a game, preventing Timea from winning a bagel. In the second set, Sara tried to break Bacszinsky’s serve for 4 times, while she succeeded only once. The second set lasted for 50 minutes, as the two played points for over 15 rally shots.

  • [6] Dominika Cibulkova defeats Lara Arruebarrena 6-2, 6-1

 The Slovakian pocket-rocket, Cibulkova is through to the second round as she easily won her opening match against Lara in an hour and 14 minutes. The first game of the match itself contained 8 deuces. Lara won the first and only game of the second set.

  • Madison Brengle defeats Julia Georges 1-6, 6-3, 13-11

Brengle, made such a comeback in the match. From losing the first set as a breadstick, to winning the decider in a marathon, she turned the game upside down, to win, against the German, world number 51, Julia Georges in a match that lasted for 2 hours and 47 minutes. The final set, alone lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes. After 7-7, in the final, the two didn’t break, and held their service games until Madison led, 12-11. In a very interesting final game, she won the match at a break.

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeats Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 6-2

The Lady Gaga of tennis, Bethanie Mattek Sands, won the opening match against the Russian, world number 80. While in the first set, Rodina played well, she was utterly dominated by the doubles specialist in the second set. Both the players were easily broken, and won most of the points, on the opponent’s serve.

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