(May 30, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray moved into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday with a win over Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
The Scot, who reached the final of Paris for the first time in 2016 said: “last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played.”
“And last year during Bercy that’s when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I’ve got very good memories from Paris last year, and I’ll try and have another good one year this year.”
No. 3 seed Simona Halep is playing with an ankle injury, but it did not stop her from stopping Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-3. The Romanian has a chance to reach No. 1 in the world, should she win the tournament.
Johanna Konta, the seventh seed, won 13 of the first 15 points of her match against No. 109 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan but bowed out in three sets 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Konta has still never won a main draw match in Paris.
A major upset on the men’s side saw No. 10 Alexander Zverev lose to veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match carried over from Monday night.
“He played very well. I played absolute sh*t,” Zverev said to media.
Third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka won 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3 over Jozef Kovalik.
Also moving into the next round were No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 18 seed Nick Kyrgios, 21st seed John Isner and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. For del Potro it was his first match in five years at the French Open.
France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had his match suspended due to darkness. The 12th seed was trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4 Renzo Olivo.
French wildcard Maxime Hamou had his Roland Garros credential revoked for grabbing a reporter and kissing her on the neck during a live Tv interview. Hamou lost in the first round of the tournament.