Monday French Open Draws, Scores, Results, Highlights Recap from Roland Garros 2016

by: TennisMood May 24, 2016 456

Monday French Open Draws, Scores, Results, Highlights Recap from Roland Garros 2016
  • Roland Garros used to be the most predictable major in the past decade, but times are changing. Perhaps the absence of the symbolic Swiss legend Roger Federer for the first time since 1999 influenced a lot. Who knows?! The game of tennis is becoming more and more powerful with every year.For instance, the winner of the 2015 French Open Stan Wawrinka who replaced Nadal’s big topspin forehand. Both men’s and women’s fields are deep with plenty of surprises awaiting the champions.
  • For the second straight day, rain caused delays and scheduling snafus at the French Open. Once play got underway on Monday, though, it was an afternoon of desperate survival for the tournament’s top seeds. Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray both spent their day looking vulnerable. There also were a number of upsets and narrow misses on the women’s side.
  • Wawrinka, the defending champion at Roland Garros, needed all five sets in a 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback win over Lukas Rosol. The Swiss totaled 46 unforced errors and struggled throughout with his return game. Rosol, who made the third round last year in Paris, had nine aces against one double-fault. There were only six breaks overall in the entire match. “He was going for his shots all the time, not missing much,” Wawrinka told in his interview. It’s fair to wonder how much fatigue played a factor. Wawrinka was just days removed from winning the Geneva Open, which caused him to arrive in France later than his competitors.
  • ESPN Stats & Info provided context:

    Before this year’s Australian Open, Wawrinka spoke with reporters about his legacy and where he falls among the Big Four. “I want to continue to do well, win tournaments and go deep at the Slams…Where I’ll be in a few years, which ranking, what level? I really don’t know. I will always push myself to be at my top and we’ll see where it will be.”

    That’s Wawrinka: understated, underestimated, yet still dangerous and flying under the radar.

  • 2016 French Open: Monday Matchup Notable Results:

    (2) Andy Murray vs. Radek Stepanek Stepanek leads: 6-3, 6-3, 0-6, 2-4
    (3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Lukas Rosol Wawrinka wins: 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    (5) Kei Nishikori vs. Simone Bolelli Nishikori wins: 6-1, 7-5, 6-3
    (8) Milos Raonic vs. Janko Tipsarevic Raonic wins: 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(5)
    (9) Richard Gasquet vs. Thomaz Bellucci Gasquet wins: 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
    (10) Marin Cilic vs. Marco Trungelliti Trungelliti wins: 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
    (15) John Isner vs. John Millman Tied: 6-7 (4), 7-6 (12)
    (16) Gilles Simon vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva Simon wins: 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2

  • There was no such excuse for Murray, well-rested coming off a win in Rome and seemingly given a gimme in 37-year-old Radek Stepanek. The world No. 2 fell behind a set early amid some struggles with his serve. Stepanek converted both of his break-point opportunities in the 6-3 win, taking 16 of 34 receiving points overall.

    The trend continued in the second, with Stepanek converting two of three break tries and escaping with a 6-3 win despite a trio of double-faults. He had 12 winners to a frustrated Murray’s six.

    The Brit returned to dominant form in the third set, blanking Stepanek to get back in the match. His run of momentum continued in the fourth as he earned an early break, carrying a 4-2 lead in the set before darkness set in.

  • ESPN Stats & Info again provided interesting numbers:

    The last Top-2 seed to lose his 1st round match at the FrenchOpen was Pete Sampras in 2000.
    Andy Murray wins the 3rd set 6-0.
    Murray has 8 comebacks from down 2 sets to 0, 2nd-most among active players (Roger Federer – 9)

  • Marin Cilic

  • The 10th-seeded Marin Cilic has never gone past the fourth round in France. Though this is his first opening-round exit since 2011. Marco Trungelliti, the 26-year-old Argentinian, who came into Roland Garros ranked No. 166 in the world, had 35 winners and broke Cilic six times.
  • Among the other players everything went largely as planned. Kei Nishikori, fifth-seeded, resumed his straight-sets win over Simone Bolelli. Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic moved on in straight sets, as did Gilles Simon. American Jack Sock held on for a five-set comeback victory over Robin Haase in a match that began Sunday.
  • On the women’s side, you didn’t have to look hard to find a top seed in trouble. Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza dropped the first set 3-6 before taking consecutive 6-3 sets to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Muguruza committed 22 unforced errors in the first set and 53 overall but won on the back of 44 winners.
  • “Roland Garros is a special tournament in Spain, obviously because of Rafa and for the other Spanish players who have won it,” Muguruza said to reporters after the match. “Everybody dreams of winning Roland Garros. The Spanish School of Tennis is also on clay, so it’s the tournament everybody wants to win.”
  • Roberta Vinci, who went down in a 6-1, 6-3 flameout against Kateryna Bondarenko.
  • Sara Errani had lost 6-3, 6-2 to Tsvetana Pironkova. Errani won less than half of her first-serve points, while Pironkova earned her upset on the back of 28 winners and a dominant first serve.
  • Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and sixth-seeded Simona Halep both cruised in straight-sets victories.”Well, I think I’m getting better. Of course I was doing everything in those last couple of weeks to move better. I think that’s the key on clay,” Radwanska said.
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