What a start to this year’s French Open!

Defending Champions Rafael Nadal cruised his 60th win at the French Open on Monday, shrugging off the controversy as the Spaniard was forced to play in Court No2 rather than the Centre court. The world number one cruised to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 win over US wildcard Robby Ginepri, the world 279 and former top 30 player who has not won a match on tour all year.

Earlier Agneska Radwanska became the first player to reach the second round at the French Open, winning 6-3, 6-0 against Zhang Shuai. “So many breaks in a row,” said Radwanska, who blamed her struggles on the wet court on an overcast day at Roland Garros. ”I don’t know if there is really any explanation why there was eight breaks in a row, but I guess it happens sometimes.”

Serena Williams beat Alize Lim 6-2- 6-1 while Roger Federer eased past Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Federer was quoted as saying, “I don’t know who’s talking all the time, but Rafa is the favourite, and then Novak, and then the rest, you know. It’s very clear. But it doesn’t matter who is the favourite or not. We will see in a few weeks. Really doesn’t matter one bit.”

Tomas Berdych, the big Czech has just beaten Peter Polansky 6-3 6-4 6-4 to progress to the second round, joining Roger Federer, Milos Raonic and Mikhail Youzhny.

However the shock of teh day came when Australian Open champions and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka was ousted by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez by 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0


Venus Williams – seeded 29 in Paris saw off the threat of Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic more easily than many anticipated. The 2002 finalist wins 6-4 6-1.

French Open Day 1 Notable Results: Women
Winner Loser Score
Serena Williams (1) Alize Lim 6–2, 6–1
Agnieszka Radwanska (3) Zhang Shuai 6–3, 5–0
Venus Williams (29) Belinda Bencic 6–4, 6–1
Carla Suárez Navarro (14) Yuliya Beygelzimer 7-5, 7-5
Daniela Hantuchova (31) Jovana Jaksic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Monica Niculescu Kaia Kanepi (25) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Angelique Kerber (8) Katarzyna Piter 6-3, 6-1

Men’s draw:

Roger Federer (4) Lukas Lacko 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Milos Raonic (8) Nick Kyrgios 6–3, 7–6 (1), 6–3
Tomas Berdych (6) Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
John Isner (10) Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13) Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz (22) Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4
Dmitry Tursunov (31) Potito Starace 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov (20) Albert Ramos 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1

Stats courtesy: Bleacher Report

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