Roland Garros Day 3 Highlights: Zverev & Konta Out , Murray & Stan advances to next round

Day 3 Winners:

Seeded winners in the men’s first round:

No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 8 Kei Nishikori, No. 13 Tomas Berdych, No. 15 Gael Monfils, No. 18 Nick Kyrgios, No. 21 John Isner, No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro.

Day 3 LOSERS:

Seeded losers in the men’s first round: No. 9 Alexander Zverev, No. 27 Sam Querrey.

Seeded losers in the women’s first round: No. 7 Johanna Konta.

Hsieh Su-wei def Johanna Konta 1-6, 7-6, 6-4:

On day three of the French Open, Konta lost in three sets to Hsieh Su-wei, a 31-year-old doubles specialist from Taiwan who is 101 places below her in the rankings. Three times she has made the main draw here; three times she has left at the first time of asking.

“I know results-wise it doesn’t reflect it necessarily but the conversations I have with my coach and the way I feel, I’ve actually made a lot of improvements on this surface with every match I played,” Konta said.

“Most importantly, I play tennis for myself and for my own enjoyment,” she said. “I’m a very lucky person in the sense I get to do something I love on a daily basis.

Fernando Verdasco def Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2:

Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco stunned ninth seed Alexander Zverev in the 1st round of French Open 2017 on Tuesday, eliminating the Italian Open champion in 4 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 after the match was suspended overnight after a long debate between players and umpire on Monday.

Instead of pushing to play on on Monday evening, Zverev agreed to Verdasco’s request to call a halt shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time. The crowd’s frustration was understandable when the play was suspended as it wasn’t all that dark. The Officials and umpire have decided to stop the play on Monday.

After resuming the play with both players winning a set on Monday, Verdasco broke Zverev twice to clinch the third set before the German collapsed in the fourth. Zverev absolutely had no answers to Verdasco’s punishing ground strokes.

‘I played absolute sh*t,’ he said after the defeat.

Andy Murray def Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0:

Murray, the 2016 runner-up to Djokovic, shrugged off a second set wobble to defeat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

“He goes for his shots, he plays very aggressively and quite close to the baseline. He hits the ball pretty flat,” said Murray, who showed few effects of the fever he carried into the event.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs  Renzo Olivo 5-7, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 (Match Suspended):

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s first round match at the French Open had been suspended because of darkness with the 12th-seeded Frenchman seemingly on the brink of an early exit.

Tsonga was losing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4 to Roland Garros debutant Renzo Olivo when the match was interrupted.

Stan Wawrinka def Slovakia Jozef Kovalík 6–2, 7–6(8–6), 6–3:

Third seed and 2015 champion Wawrinka was an easy winner, defeating Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

Wawrinka saved two set points in the second set tiebreaker before going on to down the 152nd-ranked qualifier.

Gaël Monfils [15] def Dustin Brown 6–4, 7–5, 6–0:

Trick shots are becoming more and more of an occurrence on the tennis circuit but it’s not often that you’ll come across two in the same point. But that’s exactly what Dustin Brown and Gael Monfils treated fans to in their first-round match at the French Open. But it was Gael Monfils who comes out on top after defeating Brown in straight sets.

Matches on Main Courts
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women’s Singles 1st Round  Hsieh Su-wei  Johanna Konta [7] 1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Fernando Verdasco  Alexander Zverev [9] 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Andy Murray [1]  Andrey Kuznetsov 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–0
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [12] vs.  Renzo Olivo 5–7, 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–5 suspended
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women’s Singles 1st Round  Elina Svitolina [5]  Yaroslava Shvedova 6–4, 6–3
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Stan Wawrinka [3]  Jozef Kovalík [Q] 6–2, 7–6(8–6), 6–3
Women’s Singles 1st Round  Caroline Garcia [28]  Nao Hibino 6–2, 6–2
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Gaël Monfils [15]  Dustin Brown 6–4, 7–5, 6–0
Women’s Singles 1st Round  Simona Halep [3]  Jana Čepelová 6–2, 6–3
Matches on Court 1
Event Winner Loser Score
Women’s Singles 1st Round  Alizé Cornet  Tímea Babos 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Kei Nishikori [8]  Thanasi Kokkinakis [PR] 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Men’s Singles 1st Round  Tomáš Berdych [13]  Jan-Lennard Struff 6–1, 6–1, 4–6, 6–4

(Source: Wikipedia)

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