French Open 2017 : Day 5 Highlights , Compassionate Del Potro steal the show

Andy Murray , Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina advances to the next round but Juan Martin Del Potro steal the show by showing his caring side towards his opponent.

Match of the day:

Feliciano Lopez defeated old veteran David Ferrer in an all-Spanish affair. The match lasted for 3 hours 56 minutes. Lopez won the gruelling encounter in five sets 7-5 3-6 7-5 4-6 6-4.

Upsets of the day:

Russian unseeded player, Karen Khachanov ousted Czech thirteenth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets. The Russian only needed one break per set to seal the deal.

Kevin Anderson on his comeback defeated the red-hot young sensation Nick Kyrgios in four sets to reach the last 32 at the Roland Garros this year. Anderson won 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2.

Stan overcomes big-hitting Ukrainian:

Third seeded Stanislas Wawrinka overcame the test of Alexander Dolgopolov in a match that saw blindfold hard-hitting. Dolgopolov did manage to break Wawrinka’s serve in the first and the third set but eventually lost the sets by squandering another break of serve in the sets. There were no break of serves in the second set. Wawrinka through in straight sets 6-4 7-6(5) 7-5.

Radwanska survives the scare :

Polish ninth seed Agnieska Radwanska came back from being one set to love down to finally defeat the qualifier Van Uytvanck from Belgium.Radwanska won 6-7 6-2 6-3.

Cilic and Isner through in straight sets:

Seventh seeded Croatian, Marin Cilic, brushed aside the unseeded Russian, Konstantin Kravchuk in straight sets. Cilic defeated Kravchuk 6-3 6-2 6-2.

American big server John Isner continues his dream form at clay this year as he registered an easy straight sets win over Italian world number 34, Pablo Lorenzi. Isner won 6-3 7-6(3) 7-6(2).

Del Potro survives injury scare:

Argentine tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro survived in an injury hit match against Nikolas Almagro. Argentine’s body language in the third set seemed like he wouldn’t be able to continue the match. Moments later, Almagro fell on the court and reportedly injured his knee and hence unable to continue the match. Del Potro won the ‘injury-affair’ as Almagro retired mid-match.

Scores were 6-3 3-6 1-1. Del Potro showed his caring side by comforting Nicolas Almagro after the Spaniard pulled out of their match through injury. Critics would also give full marks to the Argentine for such a sportsmanship.

Almagro doit déclarer forfait face à Del Potro

Contraint à l'abandon face à Juan Martin del Potro, Nicolas Almagro a pu compter sur la compassion de l'Argentin, lui-même grand habitué des blessures.People first, tennis players second. Tough day for Nicolas Almagro having to retire early in the third set of his second round match. Juan Martín del Potro displayed incredible sportsmanship and concern for Almagro

Posted by ROLAND-GARROS on Thursday, June 1, 2017


Nishikori powers into last 32:

Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori routed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-0 7-6(5) in just over two hours to race into the third round of the French Open.

Svitolina, Pliskova survive three-setters:

Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina came back after being one set down to defeat the Bulgarian unseeded Pironkova in three sets. Svitolina survived 3-6 6-3 6-2.World number 3 Karolina Pliskova also needed three sets to pass the Russian test. Pliskova defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets 6-2 4-6 6-3. The match lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Cornet, Monfils, Gasquet keep French hopes alive :

World no. 16 Gael Monfils eased past Thiago Monteiro, an unseeded Brazillian in straight sets. Monfils defeated Monteiro 6-1 6-4 6-1 in just 93 minutes.27-year-old French, Alize Cornet defeated 21st seeded Czech player, Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Cornet won 6-4 6-1. 24th seed Richard Gasquet thrashed Estrella Victor Burgos of Dominican Republic in straight sets 6-1 6-0 6-4

Halep, Garcia register easy wins:

Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep reached the French Open third round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria. Caroline Garcia defeated French wildcard Chloe Paquet in an all-French affair. Garcia won 7-5 6-4.

Verdasco through to the third round :

Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco defeated unseeded Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a five-set match which lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes. Verdasco won 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-3.


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