Rainy Roland Garros Rolls On... Day 1 Results and Recap
How would I define the first day of the 2020 Roland Garros tournament: cold, VERY cold (yes it's two words but you get the point). But today was the first day of the newly moved French Open
which was played in freezing cold weather. I guess that is a warm welcome to Paris (I'll stop).
I am very excited to watch grand slam tennis again. It came back way too quickly after we wrapped up the chaos that was the US Open. But we shall see if the Roland Garros officials have learned from New York and will hopefully make it safer and fun for the players. Yet I find that hard to believe if they are going to allow fans to attend the event.
Now we are on the subject, I don't care if you let any amount of fans into the event, you are ultimately exposing pedestrians who are not getting tested into an event where players are risking their own lives to make a living from the sport! Let's move on, shall we?
Looking at the men's singles results, we had four matches that needed a fifth set to decide their fate. Nishikori, Fritz, Rodionov, and Londero. The one we must point out is Londero winning against fellow Argentinian Delbonis 14-12 in the fifth set! In just under 5 hours of work, Londero reaches the second round of the French Open for the second time in his career. Last year was the farthest he had ever reached in a major when he made the 4th round of this tournament.
Two other matches I want to touch on are Sinner versus Goffin and Wawrinka versus Murray. Coming into this match, I thought Sinner defeating Goffin would not be considered an "upset". On paper, an unseeded player defeating Goffin who is the 11 seed, yes, that is an upset but I saw Sinner winning this match. Sinner is one of the top young talents that are rising in the rankings and very quickly for that matter. So him beating someone like Goffin on clay, was an easy pick for an "upset alert".
Now, I was very upset with the Wawrinka versus Murray in the first round. I thought we would avoid this altogether and let Murray get a bit farther in a grand slam this year. So when I saw him face off against a former French Open champion, I was very upset to see two of my favorite players face off in the first round. The fact that the match was not that much of an exciting one either, was very annoying to see.
On the woman's side, birthday girl Simona Halep wins her opening match against Sorribes Tormo 6-4 6-0. With what looked like a tougher match in the first set, Halep absolutely took over and took the match in straight sets, winning almost double the number of points the Spaniard won in the second set (30-17).
Coco Gauff takes out 9 seed, Jo Konta 6-3 6-3. Gauff, the youngest player EVER to win the Junior Roland Garros singles title, is comfortable on clay. But consistency seemed to be the bigger part of this match than just her 117 mph serve. Gauff had 14 winners and 26 unforced errors. While Konta may have had 22 winners, she almost doubled the number of unforced errors she had with 41.
Sinner d. (11) Goffin 7-5 6-0 6-3
(16) Wawrinka d. (W) Andy Murray 5-1 6-3 6-2
(Q) Rodionov d. Chardy 3-6 4-6 7-6 6-5 10-8
(23) Paire d. Kwon 7-5 6-4 6-4
Nishikori d. (32) Evans 1-6 6-1 7-6 1-6 6-4
(21) Isner d. (W) Benchetrit 6-4 6-1 6-3
Gombos d. (24) Coric 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4
(Q) Korda d. Seppi 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-3
(Q) Cecchinato d. (25) De Minaur 7-6 6-4 6-0
Travaglia d. Andujar 6-3 6-4 6-4
Ablot d. Thompson 6-2 6-4 6-1
(27) Fritz d. (Q) Machac 7-5 7-6 1-6 2-6 6-3
Coria d. (L) Jung 7-5 7-6 7-6
(Q) Bonzi d. Ruusuvouri 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-4
Koepfer d. (W) Hoang 6-2 3-6 6-1 6-1
(12) Schwartzman d. Kecmanovic 6-0 6-1 6-3
(6) Zverev d. Novak 7-5 6-2 6-4
(1) Halep d. Sorribes Tormo 6-4 6-0
Garcia d. (17) Kontaveit 6-4 3-6 6-4
(10) Azarenka d. Kovinic 6-1 6-2
Gauff d. (9) Konta 6-3 6-3
(16) Mertens d. Gasparyan 6-2 6-3
Schmiedlova d. Venus Williams 6-4 6-4
(20) Sakkari d. Tomjlanovic 6-0 7-5
(32) Strycoza d. (Q) Lepchenko 7-5 6-2
Kapeni d. Bouzkova 4-6 6-4 6-2