Rafael Nadal's Second-Round Opponent Didn't Stand A Chance

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To Rafael Nadal's extraordinary list of achievements in Paris, the nine-times French Open champion might well add "Master of Understatement". Nadal's breakthrough was when he won the French Open in 2005 in his first appearance at Roland Garros at the age of 19.

For a man who has managed assorted injury problems over the years, to his knees in the early days, then last year to a wrist that took him off the tour in the middle of his Roland Garros campaign, it may also be an understandable question. Next up is Argentinian right-hander Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated Stefano Napolitano in straight sets. I gave my best.

Muguruza has endured a hard 2017 and again found herself in trouble after falling a set and a break behind against the Estonian.

Lucas Pouille eased past Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-2 on Courth Philippe Chatrier. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor to prevail 6-4. "So a lot of things that I achieved are because he was there since I was three-years-old, helping", Nadal said. On paper, Rafael Nadal is the overwhelming favourite to win an unprecedented 10th French Open title.

There were tears after Steve Johnson, whose father died earlier this month, came out on top in an eventful clash with a frustrated Borna Coric.

"I'm here to play a tennis tournament. So I tried not to think about it too much, and it went well", the fourth-seeded said.

Lucky loser Ons Jabeur of Tunisia stunned Slovak sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3 to become the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.

Mattek-Sands, who is back in the third round for the first time since 2013, will next face Samantha Stosur.


It was the biggest shock of the men's draw so far, and a disappointment to both Tsonga, 32, and the French public, as he had arrived in Paris on the back of his first clay-court title in Lyon.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga's hopes, however, vanished into thin air when he was sent packing with a 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-4 loss to Argentina's Renzo Olivo. "Well, it was an awkward twist, but it was nothing, nothing really major", he said.

"In the second say he thought about it, and started doing things differently".

Moya, who joined the Nadal coaching set-up this season, had a slightly different take on the hunt for title No. 10. "You have to focus on every point to beat a player like Tsonga".

Without Serena Williams, ladies battle is far more mysterious, and all the contestants have pretty much same amount of chances to win.

Playing against 42nd-ranked Lesia Tsurenko on the remote Court 16, Makarova lost 6-2, 6-2 after making 27 unforced errors and dropping her serve five times.

Already the signs were good on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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