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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ease through as Roland Garros continues without Osaka

Claycourt grasp Rafael Nadal and world primary Novak Djokovic cantered into the second spherical of the French Open the place the shockwaves of Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal have been nonetheless felt.

Japan’s Osaka left the claycourt Grand Slam on Monday after refusing to attend the obligatory post-match press conferences and revealing she had been affected by bouts of despair for 3 years.

Whereas Nadal and Djokovic had no hassle towards their respective opponents Alexei Popyrin and Tennys Sandgren, Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev was knocked out in 5 units by unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff.

Within the girls’s draw, former runner-up Venus Williams made one other first-round exit whereas fellow American Sloane Stephens got here by means of in three units towards Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.

For the primary time since tennis turned skilled in 1968, solely three French males made it to the second spherical.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in motion throughout his first spherical match towards Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

DJOKOVIC EASES PAST SANDGREN

World primary Novak Djokovic barely broke sweat as he eased previous American Tennys Sandgren 6-2 6-Four 6-2 within the first spherical within the first males’s match to be scheduled in an evening session at Roland Garros.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who’s on a semi-final collision course with 13-time French Open winner Rafal Nadal, subsequent faces Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

STEPHENS BOUNCES BACK TO DEFEAT SUAREZ NAVARRO

Sloane Stephens saved a match level at 5-Four within the second set and beat Carla Suarez Navarro 3-6 7-6(4) 6-Four in 2 hours, 24 minutes. The 28-year-old American will tackle Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova within the subsequent spherical.

Suarez Navarro returned to tennis 5 weeks after asserting she had recovered from most cancers. The 32-year-old was identified with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September final 12 months.

PLISKOVA PROGRESSES ALONG WITH GAUFF

Ninth seed Karolina Pliskova defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4. Coco Gauff, who’s seeded 24th this 12 months, additionally superior in straight units, beating Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic 7-6(11) 6-Four in simply over two hours.

VANQUISHED VENUS FIRES PARTING SHOT AT PRESS

Venus Williams pulled no punches when requested how she dealt with the stress of getting to take care of the media:

“How I take care of it was that I do know each single particular person asking me a query can’t play in addition to I can and by no means will, so it doesn’t matter what you say or what you write, you’ll by no means gentle a candle to me,” she stated. “That’s how I take care of it.”

NADAL OPENS ACCOUNT WITH WIN OVER POPYRIN

Third seed Rafa Nadal kicked off his title defence with a complete 6-Three 6-2 7-6(3) victory over Australian Alexei Popyrin. The Spaniard despatched down seven aces, hit 28 winners and made simply 23 unforced errors as he claimed his 101st French Open win.

VENUS VANQUISHED IN OPENING ROUND AGAIN

Former champion Venus Williams exited within the first spherical for the fourth 12 months working after being overwhelmed 6-Three 6-1 by Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.

MLADENOVIC DOWNS SCHMIEDLOVA

France’s Kristina Mladenovic served up a bagel en path to beating Slovakian qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-Four 6-Zero on Court docket Simonne Mathieu.

Mladenovic despatched down 26 winners, however should enhance on her 35 unforced errors if she is to equal her earlier greatest results of reaching the quarter-finals of her dwelling Grand Slam 4 years in the past.

SEVENTH SEED RUBLEV SUNK BY STRUFF

Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev was upset 6-Three 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 6-Four by unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff within the opening spherical. Rublev made 47 unforced errors within the Three hour, 46 minute marathon, whereas Struff despatched down 63 winners, together with 25 aces.

MONFILS BEATS RAMOS-VINOLAS

Native favorite Gael Monfils got here again from a set all the way down to beat Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6 7-6(6) 6-Four 6-4. The Frenchman, who’s seeded 14th this 12 months, despatched down 12 aces and 60 winners, but additionally made a whopping 75 unforced errors.

KVITOVA WITHDRAWS AFTER ANKLE INJURY

Two-times Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova withdrew from Roland Garros, after struggling a freak damage whereas performing her post-match media duties on Sunday.

“It’s extremely dangerous luck,” Kvitova stated on Twitter. “Throughout my post-match press necessities I fell and harm my ankle.”

BARTY GRINDS OUT WIN OVER PERA

World primary Ash Barty was pushed to 3 units by unseeded American Bernarda Pera, earlier than prevailing 6-Four 3-6 6-2. Pera hit 36 winners, but additionally made 49 unforced errors.

“I simply maintain preventing. I attempted to remain within the match so long as potential since you by no means know,” Barty stated.

DE MINAUR ADVANCES WITH STRAIGHT SETS WIN

Alex de Minaur, the 21st seed, beat Italy’s Stefano Travaglia 6-2 6-Four 7-6(4). The Australian will subsequent tackle one other Italian in Marco Cecchinato, who beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.

SVITOLINA SURVIVES BABEL TEST

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina discovered herself trailing 5-2 within the second set however recovered to beat French teenager Oceane Babel 6-2 7-5. Subsequent up for Svitolina is a second spherical conflict with American Ann Li, who trounced Margarita Gasparyan 6-Zero 6-1.

SAKKARI TOO GOOD FOR QUALIFIER ZAVATSKA

Greece’s Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, defeated Ukrainian qualifier Katarina Zavatska 6-Four 6-1 to succeed in the second spherical. Jennifer Brady additionally superior beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-Three 6-Three whereas Ons Jabeur overcame Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-2.

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