French Open Day 1 Wrap Up
The first day of French Open is behind and here are the main takeaways from an interesting, if largely predictable, day in the French Capital.
Top seeds through
Zverev and Dimitrov, seeds 2 and 4 respectively got under way and quickly progressed through to the second round. Neither had much trouble, especially Zverev, who brushed off the challenge of Ricard Berankis in 1 hour and 9 minutes for the loss of just 4 games.
Nishikori, the 19th seed passed a tough test in round 1 to beat Frenchmen Maxime Janvier in 3 close sets.
The Goffin Revival
Goffin was staring defeat in the face when he went two sets down to Robin Haase, the clay court veteran. However, Goffin fought his way back into the match, to play some simply stunning tennis in the fifth set, including one game in which Goffin Fired down 4 consecutive aces. If he continues this form going forward, we may be looking at a player that could make a very deep run.
After a slow start in losing the first, Monfils showed his class to pull away from fellow Frenchmen Elliot Benchetrit. Monflis did not look his most comfortable however, it will be interesting to see if Monfils can maintain his health moving forward into the tournament
Lucas Pouille overcame a potentially problematic match to beat Daniil Medvedev comfortably in straight sets.
Match of the Day
This accolade surely goes to Verdasco vs Nishioka, who went through a 4-hour, 22-minute marathon match all the way out of court 18. It was Verdasco that took the victory, 7-5 in the 5th set.
We now look forward to tomorrow’s play, where the big names of Nadal, Djokovic and Wawrinka get their campaigns underway.