Nadal delayed by rain as Djokovic eases through

29 May, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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There is increasingly, however, a feeling that Halep's time to win a Slam is at hand, and were she to finally lift her maiden title, it would surely be a popular outcome, particularly after the manner of her defeats in the final in Paris previous year and earlier this season in Melbourne.

A two-time French Open champion, Sharapova has plenty of pedigree in Paris and will fancy her chances of making a deep run, particularly if she gets past sixth seed Karolina Pliskova, who she could meet in the third round.

Spain's Rafael Nadal holds his 10th French Open title, after defeating Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka.

Earlier in the day and under brighter skies, 2016 victor Novak Djokovic began his campaign with a straight-sets success over Rogerio Dutra Silva, but Stan Wawrinka - triumphant in 2015 - was eliminated following a five-set thriller with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

So, the 182nd-ranked Safwat made his Grand Slam debut on Court Philippe Chatrier against No. 4-seeded Grigor Dimitrov.

The world No 1 and a two-time finalist, unsurprisingly there is plenty of focus on Halep in the build-up to the French Open. Another such entrant drew a lot more fanfare: 190th-ranked Marco Trungelliti of Argentina, who drove 10 hours from Barcelona to Paris - sharing a rental vehicle with his 88-year-old grandmother, mother, and brother - on Sunday to accept a berth, then went out and defeated Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Any such conversation about who could be an eventual successor tends to begin with Alexander Zverev, a 21-year-old German. At the age of 27 conta in the main draw of the Open championship of France have not won a single match, but reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

"I fell in love all over again with the sport and I enjoyed taking those few hours off from home to go and work out and play tennis, because I needed it, for various reasons, not just because I wanted to get back into shape". He's played 11 matches in 2018, going 4-7. He is now 4-3 in Grand Slam action.

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Former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka has bowed out of the French Open in the first round, beaten 7-5, 7-5 by Katerina Siniakova.

Azarenka, a semifinalist in Paris five years ago, is ranked 84th after giving birth to a son in December 2016.

She hit 38 unforced errors on the remote Court 18.

The 21st-seeded Kyrgios pulled out with an injured right elbow on Sunday.

Heavy rain brought an early end to play on the second day of Roland Garros on Monday, forcing defending champion Rafael Nadal and two-time victor Maria Sharapova to return on Tuesday. Fresh from Masters 1000 victories in Rome and Monte Carlo and a win in Barcelona, he is the unquestioned favourite to claim the title on June 10th. But for all of Nadal's dominance this season, he is not without rivals gunning for his crown. Rafael Nadal has enjoyed an excellent clay-court season thus far.

Novak Djokovic made the second round of the French Open after beating Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.



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