It was a first day at Roland Garros which included only one seeded casualty in Garcia-Lopez who lost to Johnson. For once it was not Gulbis who lost. Roger had a good start to his French Open campaign as well by defeating Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Falla was playing at a high level all the way through, but Roger was playing well himself so a guy like Falla, who lacks any serious weapons didn’t stand much of a chance. Roger’s breakpoint ratio was sub-standard, but he won his first round in straight sets against a player who played well, so it doesn’t matter.
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It was the kind of start he would have looked for if he wants to make a deep run here. He now plays Granollers, who had a straight set victory himself. Karlovic also lost his first match, so Roger’s smooth draw is working out even better. He should easily be able to reach the fourth round without dropping a set. That should leave him with plenty in the tank to make semis at least. As for tomorrow, the highest seed in action will be Murray, who will play against some unknown Argentine.
For me, the only match of much interest will be Thiem against Bedene.
- A Kid Runs onto Centre Court for a Selfie with Federer
The main headline today was probably the kid of who ran on the court for a selfie with Roger to which the security was slow to respond. Roger said afterward that he wasn’t happy about the incident and that he was speaking for all the players. There was also some British idiot cyclist called Chris Froome who tweeted afterward: ‘Harden up @rogerfederer‘ with a photo included of him being harassed by fans at the Tour de France.
Stakhovksy replied with a tweet of his own: ‘It’s nice when a doping star compares himself with the pure sport star and offer him to “toughen up “‘ . I can’t post the actual tweets because Stakhovsky deleted his tweet, and Froome blocked me along with all the other people who said something about it or even mentioned Stakhovsky(which is what I did). Can you believe that about a guy who won the Tour de France?! I never even mentioned him in a tweet, and yet I got blocked.
Always had a hard time saying no to a selfie
So he was sitting at his computer looking for anyone who tweeted something to Stakhovsky and blocked them. Is this guy for real or what? It seems cycling is in worse shape than I thought. I guess if you are that desperate about Stakhovsky’s tweet then you indeed have something to hide. I don’t follow cycling myself, but it seems it is still rampant with doping even after the Armstrong scandal. But who knows. The point is he was out of line with his tweet as tennis is very different from cycling.
Monica Seles was stabbed in Germany for instance so these things should not be happening, and it’s not doing the reputation of the French Open any good. It’s not the first time either. A guy ran on the court during the 2009 final too and put something on Roger, and then there was the incident of some fool running on the court during the 2013 final as well. I have seen too many disturbed and obsessed fans on forums for that to be safe. You never know when another Monica Seles incident can happen.
- Match Stats
The is in your court.