Nadal eases through as Williams overcomes early hiccup at French Open


Fourteenth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini and 19th-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime both lost in the first round of the French Open.

Yet nothing was quite as dramatic as Lorenzo Giustino's epic triumph over Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

Fernando Verdasco has said he could sue Roland Garros for the "personal and professional damage" he has suffered after being withdrawn from the tournament.

"The biggest difference was just confidence", she said. But I don't know any athlete that ever plays physically when they're feeling flawless. His victory came after the three-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the second round after early struggles against her fellow American Kristie Ahn. "That's just something I think as athletes we have to play with".

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.

"Even if the conditions are not the ideal ones, I will fight for my goals every single moment". "That's what I did since I arrived here".

But in a troubled river, more than one wants to make a profit at the most atypical Roland Garros in recent years.

"I am really happy about my first round. I just started playing like that, and I love the clay and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding", she added.

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Mladenovic was 5-1 up and with a set point against Laura Siegemund when the German scooped a victor despite the ball appearing to bounce twice. Possibly, this course does succeed due to his renewed confidence and the particular conditions, although for this he must beat his debut to an uncomfortable rival like the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

"I don't know if I'm going to play again this year or not because I don't have any enthusiasm to play any more".

Womens First Round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4; No. 4 Sofia Kenin beat Liudmila Samsonova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Julia Goerges beat No. 19 Alison Riske 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1; Clara Tauson beat No. 21 Jennifer Brady 6-4, 3-6, 9-7.

US Open victor Dominic Thiem, the runner-up to Nadal in Paris the past two years, defeated former Slam champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

"And then the next day, after I have been left out of the draw, they change the rules and now you can do a second test".

Top seed Novak Djokovic commences his quest for a second French Open title on Tuesday when he takes on Swede Mikael Ymer in the third match of the day on Chatrier.

Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, seeded second, began her first-round match against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in cold conditions under the retractable roof on Court Philippe-Chatrier.