French Open Day 2 Wrap Up
All the key stories from a damp day two in the French capital
Former champion out
In my predictions, I thought Wawrinka would not make it past the second round. As it was, I was too optimistic, as Stan’s comeback after a long layoff has had another setback today, losing in 5 close sets to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. After being a runner up here 12 months ago, this loss will be a bitter pill to swallow. Wawrinka’s ranking will do little to soften the blow. He will now sit at number 256 in the world.
Nadal’s tough time
Nadal is involved in a tough match in round 1, playing against the Italian Simone Bolelli, who is playing excellent tennis to make it a competitive match with Rafa. Bolelli even had a point to be a double break up in set 2, but wasted it, and Rafa ran on with the set from there.
Difficult conditions for both players, with intermittent rain throughout the match, finally got too much for play to continue in the third set. This was not before Bolelli was able to break Nadal, and currently leads 3-0 in the third. This match will now be continued tomorrow, where Rafa will need to come out with a high level if he doesn’t want to lose his first set at Roland Garros since 2015.
Djokovic’s Strange Match
Sure, Djokovic made it through his first-round match relatively comfortably against Dutra Silva 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Sure, he won his match before the rain interrupted play.
However, is something wrong with Novak? In his own words Djokovic came out ‘flat’ for the match today, a strange statement for a man that has slowly improved his mental attitude over this clay court season. Over recent years, the best Djokovic is a hungry Djokovic; he looked anything but that today in the first round. He will have to improve that desire going forward into the tournament if he is to be considered a competitor. Djokovic is being closely analysed is every match he plays as he gets back into form. In this match at least, Djokovic raised more questions than answers.
Match of the Day
David Ferrer vs Jaume Munar
A Four and a quarter hour epic, Munar found himself 2 sets down, and yet clawed himself back to victory against one of the most voracious players on tour. This will be a disappointing loss for David Ferrer, who is a former finalist at this event. Still, if he had to choose to win one of the two epic matches he has played this clay court season, his Davis cup victory against Philipp Kohlschreiber and todays match, I think he would take the former. Never write the Veteran Spaniard off; he will be back.
Munar’s prize? A meeting with a certain Novak Djokovic in round two.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Disappointingly, play was called off due to rain on day two. We can only hope for a good day weather-wise tomorrow, to ensure minimum disruption to both players and fans.