Thursday 22 March 2018 / 07:28 AM

French Open Round 2

The French Open started on Sunday with a bang and some great matches have ensued since then. However, the heavens opened on Thursday and consequently not a lot of tennis was played – a situation that has left the tournament organisers pulling their hair out as they try to frantically put together a schedule that accommodates for all the extra matches. Despite the rain delays some great tennis has been played, so keep reading if you want to catch up on what’s happening at Roland Garros.

Day four


In the men’s, Federer swept into the 3rd round with an accomplished performance against Somdev Devvarman, with the Swiss beating the Indian 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Viktor Troicki was involved in one of the best games of the day, eventually beating the Spaniard Gimeno-Traver in 5 sets, with 2 of the sets decided by a tiebreak. Elsewhere among the seeds there were wins for Bennetau, Querrey, Simon, Cilic, Chardy, Tsonga, Ferrer, Anderson, Raonic, Almagro, Seppi and Robredo; while Tomas Berdych’s conqueror Gael Monfils marched into the 3rd round with a 4 set victory over Ernests Gulbis.

Over in the women’s, Serena continued her march to the final with a routine win over Garcia and Radwanska followed her with a comfortable victory over Mallory Burdette. The big talking point on day four was the elimination of 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki who fell in straight sets to the Serb Jovanovski. Another seed, Pavlyuchenkova also bowed out after losing to Cetkovska. All the other seeds – including Lepchenko, Kerber, Ivanovic and Lisicki – progressed.

Day five


Day five would not have been a great day to hit up Roland Garros, as the rain took over and severely limited the amount of time on the courts. Nevertheless, there was still enough time for Djokovic to join Federer in the 3rd round; his inch perfect performance being more than enough to propel him to a 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 victory against the Argentine Guido Pella. 26th seed Dimitrov followed suit with an emphatic straight sets victory over Pouille of France. Kohlschreiber, Fognini Paire and Nishikori all progressed to the 3rd round too.

There were a few more games played in the women’s side of the competition, but nevertheless there was still not much tennis played as the rain continued to beat down at Roland Garros. Top seeds Li, Azarenka, Kvitova and Stosur all won, while Maria Sharapova will have to wait until tomorrow with her game being suspended following the final rain shower of the day.

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