French Open 2017 : Day 2 Highlights

French Open 2017 on Day 2 saw easy passage into the next round for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki. Sascha Zverev and Fernando Verdasco were level at one set all before bad light suspended play.

  • [5] Milos Raonic defeats Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

The Canadian top seed, defeated Steve Darcis, with great ease. Following the pleasant clay season, he has had, he continued his serve dominance over the Belgian, and won in straight sets

  • Diego Schwartzman defeats (LL) Andrey Rublev 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(3), 9-7

As it was much expected from Rublev, he lost, but lot with grace. The nextGen player gave Schwartzman a run for his money. After getting bageled in the first, the Argentine successfully took the next two sets. He could have sealed the match in 4 sets, had he not lost the tie-break in the fourth, which he lost as he got broken. Leaving no stone unturned, both the players broke each other twice in the decider, while this lasted till 3-3, after which, the games were levelled up to 7-7. Rublev lost the final game of the match, giving an advantage to the 24-year-old Argentine.

  • Jiri Vesely defeats (14) Jack Sock 7-5, 7-5, 6-3

A very shocking defeat for the top seed from US, as he was defeated in straight sets by the Czech, Jiri Vesely. His poor hold on his serve, made him give away the first 2 sets, while he struggled again in the third, with his serve, hampering his game more that time.

  • [25] Steve Johnson defeats Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-7(3), 6-3

The seeded players hardly had an easy day today. Steve Johnson, defeated Sugita, in 5 sets, where he lost the third and the fourth in a tie-break, which shows, that he had a chance to win in straights sets, or 4 sets too, but Sugita proved to be strong and overpowering in the tie-breaks.

  • [2] Novak Djokovic defeats Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

The defending champion had a very comfortable victory over the Spaniard, Marcel Granollers. It was his first match since he hired Andre Agassi as a coach. Both, Agassi, and the former coach of Djokovic, Boris Becker, saw him play from the stands.

  • Rogerio Dutra Silva defeats Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

Another 5-set match of the opening round, the Brazilian fought off the tie-breaks well, in the second and the fourth set, while he conquered Youzhny’s serve easily in the decider. The match lasted for 4 hours and 17 minutes.

  • [10] David Goffin defeats (Q) Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Probably, the cleanest win of the day went to the Belgian number 1, David Goffin, as he defeated the French qualifier, in straight sets, letting him win only 6 games in the entire match. Next up for him in R64 is, again a qualifier, Sergiy Stakhovsky, who defeated Lu in the R128.

  • [4] Rafael Nadal defeats Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1

Nadal began his quest for the La Decima at the Roland Garros today, and defeated the Frenchman, Benoit Paire, in straight sets. The hardest he could fight was breaking the 9-time champion’s serve, twice in the second set. But as he lost his own serve thrice, his opportunity was foregone.

  • Borna Coric defeats (WC) Mathias Borgue 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2

The nextGen star, Borna Coric, fought his first French Open match well, as he won in straights sets against the French wild card player, who hardly fought back after the first set.

  • [7] Marin Cilic defeats (PR) Ernest Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Gulbis, on the court, happened after a long time. The Croat defeated the Latvian in straight sets, to level the head-to-head at 2-2.

  • [30] David Ferrer defeats Donald Young 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11

One of the longest final set was played today, as Ferrer defeated Young in a thrilling five set match, as he won every alternative set to register the win. The match went on for 4 hours and 30 minutes, while the decider lasted for 100 minutes. After 4-4 in the final, both the players held their service games, and after a long game of 5 deuces, Ferrer broke Young’s serve, and won the set, and the match.

  • Victor Estrella Burgos defeats (Q) Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-7(9), 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2

The opening round saw the best of every player come out on the court, be it a seeded player, or an unseeded one, or a qualifier, or a wild card. Burgos defeated Gabashvili, the qualifier, in 5 sets, in which 2 sets were played in tie-breaks, won by either of them. The match lasted for 4 hours and 24 minutes, while the tie-break sets took an hour an over to get completed. The world number 90 defeated the world number 148 by breaking his serve, thrice in the decider.

  • [28] Fabio Fognini defeats Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-0

The newly crowned daddy, Fabio Fognini, had a positive clay season, especially at his home soil, Rome. He fought off the America, Tiafoe in a 5-set match on the day 2. After losing the fourth set as a breadstick, he gave it back to his opponent, as he bageled him in the decider; being the hottest revenge served.

  • [9] Alexander Zverev vs Fernando Verdasco, 4-6, 6-3 {INTERRUPTED}

The last ATP match of the day got interrupted, while the German and the Spanish were about to start the third set, the previous two being splitted amongst them.

  • Ons Jabeur defeats Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4

Ons became the second Arab woman after Selima Sfar (in 2008), to win a match in the WTA main draw. She was discussed by the journalist, about possessing the lucky loser entry to the draw, and winning the first match in straight sets.

  • [4] Garbine Muguruza defeats Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4

The defending champion, versus the 2010 champion, the match was worth witnessing. Muguruza easily defeated the Italian. It was the last match of Roland Garros for Schiavone, the 2010 winner and 2011 finalist. She will be remembered for her special matches against Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion.

  • [11] Caroline Wozniacki defeats Jaimee Fourlis 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

After having a poor beginning to the season of the red dirt, Caroline Wozniacki won the opening match at Roland Garros, in 3 sets, while she lost the second set to Fourlis. She is expected to be back to the form she had during the US Open, in the last 2 years, to stay well in the competition.

  • Elise Mertens defeats [24] Daria Gavrilova 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4

The seeded player, Daria Gavrilova, got knocked out, in straight sets, as Mertens defeated her. She put up a fight in the first, and hence stretched the set to a tie-break, which she lost. Planning the game well, she won the second set as a breadstick, but failed to keep up the same pace in the decider.

  • [29] Ana Konjuh defeats Danka Kovinic 7-5, 7-6(4)

Konjuh, though won in straight sets, didn’t have an easy victory coming her way. The match could’ve gone the either way in both the sets, had she not been planning well in the breaks, on changing her game accordingly.

  • [13] Kristina Mladenovic defeats Jennifer Brady 3-6, 6-3, 9-7

The hot topic of the day, Kiki’s match, witnessed a marathon final set, and her argument with the umpire too. She survived the titanic tussle. She was down at 0-3 in the first, and lost the next 6 consecutive games. Finally, she planned and focussed more, and won the gigantic decider.

  • [16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeats Patricia Tig 6-1, 1-0 {RETIRED}

Anastasia was winning well when Patricia reported an injury, due to which she had to retire from the match.

  • [14] Elena Vesnina defeats Beatriz Haddad Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

And the last match of the day, was finished off by the Rio doubles gold medallist, Elena Vesnina, as she defeated Beatriz in 3 sets, even after the Zverev-Verdasco match got suspended. Vesnina, who had a poor clay season in singles, can come up with surprises at Roland Garros, like her doubles partner, Ekaterina Makarova did yesterday, as she became the first woman to knock out world number 1 in the opening match of Roland Garros, i.e. Angelique Kerber, that too in straight sets. The doubles specialists seem to be interested equally in both the disciplines, like the woman did in the 70s and the 80s.

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