The French Open Grand Slam, which is the second Grand Slam of the year, began on Sunday in Paris. Marking the return of Roger Federer to Roland Garros after a four-year absence with a straight sets win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday, admits that he felt on edge Elsewhere, Angelique Kerber’s hopes of completing their career Grand Slam suffered a quick kill.
Roger Federer, who is a 20-time major winner, had not played the tournament since 2015 as when he reached the quarter-finals. It was however as if the 37-year-old had never been away as he swept to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory in 1 hour 41 minutes on a packed as rebuilt by Court Philippe Chatrier as It was his 60th successive first-round win at a Grand Slam.
And the Italian Marco Cecchinato, who is said to make waves last year in Paris with a shocking victory over Novak Djokovic was helping him reach the semi-finals as the world number 72, was also knocked out in the first round. Twelve months on, the sixteenth seed blew a two-set lead to lose 2-6, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 against the world No 253 French wildcard Nicolas Mahut.
Obviously, Due to the lost ranking points, Cecchinato is said to slip from 19th in the world to the outside the top 35 at the end of the tournament, probably after even losing his seeding for Wimbledon.
The Second seed Karolina Pliskova who closed play on Chatrier with a 6-2, 6-3 won over Madison Brengle of the United States while the ninth seed Elina Svitolina also saw off 38-year-old Venus Williams 6-3, 6-3.
Garbine Muguruza who won the first ever French Open match which was to be played on the picturesque Court Simonne Mathieu by beating Taylor Townsend in three sets also the 2016 champion was very much impressed by what she saw.
Garbine Muguruza also said that It is in a very different place where You don’t feel like you are around the court. It is more like in a garden and also it is a different feeling The new Court Simonne Mathieu, which has a 5,000-capacity semi-sunken arena also enclosed by greenhouses, was first officially unveiled on Sunday as this forms part of the 350 million euro upgrade of the entire site.