HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-French Open day twoReuters | Paris | Updated: 29-09-2020 03:19 IST | Created: 29-09-2020 03:16 IST
Highlights of the second day at the French Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Monday (all times GMT): 2135 MEDVEDEV FALLS AT FIRST HURDLE AGAIN
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev suffered an opening round defeat for a fourth consecutive year at Roland Garros as he went down against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4 7-6(3) 2-6 6-1. The 24-year-old Russian, who finished the match with 51 unforced errors, took a one point penalty for smashing his racket at the end of the second set tiebreak.
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French Open order of play on Monday 2055 FERNANDEZ DAZZLES ON DEBUT
Germany's Angelique Kerber, who has won the other three Grand Slams, was once again well below par in Paris as she committed 30 unforced errors in a 6-3 6-3 defeat by Slovenia's Kaja Juvan, her fourth first-round exit in the last five years. 1740 GIUSTINO OUTLASTS MOUTET IN SIX-HOUR THRILLER
Italian qualifier Lorenzo Giustino recovered from an opening set bagel to edge home favourite Corentin Moutet 0-6 7-6(7) 7-6(3) 2-6 18-16 in a match lasting over six hours on Court 14. The fifth set alone lasted three hours and had a total of 11 break points shared between the two players.
The match was the second-longest encounter at Roland Garros, falling 28 minutes short of the 2004 first round epic when Fabrice Santoro beat French compatriot Arnaud Clement in six hours 33 minutes. 1735 NADAL EASES PAST GERASIMOV
Defending champion Rafa Nadal beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6-4 6-4 6-2 to move into the second round. Nadal, who now has a 94-2 record at Roland Garros, is looking to win a record-extending 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer's tally of 20 Grand Slams.
1730 MUGURUZA THROUGH AFTER THREE-HOUR BATTLE Former champion Garbine Muguruza was pushed the distance by Tamara Zidansek before coming out on top in their first round encounter with a 7-5 4-6 8-6 victory on court Simonne Mathieu.
Muguruza had fewer winners and more unforced errors but her extra break proved decisive after three gruelling hours. 1505 SERENA STORMS PAST AHN
Three-times Roland Garros champion Serena Williams cruised into the second round with a 7-6(2) 6-0 victory over fellow American Kristie Ahn. Sixth seed Williams will next face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in a rematch of their U.S. Open quarter-final, which the American won over three sets earlier this month.
1500 SVITOLINA EASES INTO ROUND TWO Strasbourg champion Elina Svitolina, chasing her maiden Grand Slam title, extended her brilliant run on clay with a 7-6(2) 6-4 victory over Russian Varvara Gracheva.
1450 FOGNINI MAKES FIRST-ROUND EXIT Fabio Fognini was knocked out by Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round, with the Kazakh winning 7-5 3-6 7-6(1) 6-0 on Court Simonne Mathieu.
Fognini, ranked 14 in the world, has won only once in four tournaments now since the season restarted last month and the Italian 14th seed was far from his best, making 48 unforced errors. 1350 ERROR-PRONE AUGER ALIASSIME OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS
Canadian youngster Felix Auger Aliassime was knocked out 7-5 6-3 6-3 by Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka. Nishioka fired 30 winners past the 19th seed, who made 58 unforced errors and was broken six times.
1305 BERTENS FIGHTS BACK TO BEAT ZAVATSKA Fifth-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens came back from a set down to overcome Ukraine's Katarina Zavatska 2-6 6-2 6-0.
Bertens will next face 2012 finalist Sara Errani, who had to come through qualifying before claiming a 6-2 6-1 opening-round win over Puerto Rican Monica Puig. 1300 DOMINANT THIEM PASSES CILIC TEST
U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, twice French Open runner-up, recovered from a slow start to beat former world number three Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 6-3 in just over two hours. 1230 PIRONKOVA GLIDES PAST PETKOVIC
Bulgarian wildcard Tsvetana Pironkova, who reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals in her first tour-level appearance since 2017, breezed into the second round in Paris with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Germany's Andrea Petkovic. 1045 KVITOVA SAILS INTO SECOND ROUND
Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova advanced to the second round with a 6-3 7-5 victory over local favourite Oceane Dodin, firing eight aces and 30 winners while winning 86% of her first serve points. 0908 PLAY UNDERWAY AT ROLAND GARROS
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova began her first-round match against unseeded Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin under the retractable roof at Court Philippe-Chatrier. Serena Williams, gunning for her 24th Grand Slam title, faces compatriot Kristie Ahn.
Defending champion Rafa Nadal begins his campaign against Egor Gerasimov. The event will welcome 1,000 fans daily amid the COVID-19 pandemic.