Bad loser Lokoli snubs handshake at French Open
- Author: Arturo Norris May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 10:00
The injury-plagued Argentine, who sat out this year's Australian Open over fitness concerns, blitzed Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the second round.
He entered this French Open short of matches, pulling out of Estoril after the death of his grandfather and not playing at the Italian Open due to a hip complaint.
All seemed well once he made it out to Court 6 on Tuesday, though.
A minor upset occurred on Philippe Chatrier court when the ever unsafe Fernando Verdasco defeated the much hyped Alexander Zverev 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the completion of a match suspended by darkness Monday.
STAT OF THE DAY: Frenchman Gael Monfils won the 400th match of his career when he beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-4 7-5 6-0 in the first round.
But the Swiss did enough to win the rallies that mattered, extricating himself from a deep hole in the second set tiebreak, taking the last five points after trailing 6-3. Oh, and if you're interested in the actual tennis watch the player below.
Having had less time than he might have wished to adjust between Geneva, where he took the title on Saturday, and Paris, he took the longer view in upbeat comments after the match. "This is what really bothered me". But the 20-year-old German grew more frustrated as the match went on and broke his racket during the fourth set.
Spain's Fernando Verdasco finished off his upset of ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match that was suspended of darkness on Monday. "That's how it's going to get away", he said. Though clay is not del Potro's preferred surface, he reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2009, falling to eventual-champion Roger Federer, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The 18th seed fired down 20 aces and 40 winners to register a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over the experienced Kohlschreiber in a thrilling opening-round clash that lasted nearly two hours. "I hope to go deep (into the tournament) this year".
Svitolina hit a cross-court forehand victor on match point to win the first match Tuesday on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
"Winning the third set gave me a lot of confidence ... and I think it was hard for him on the other side, to start again and have to win two more sets", Verdasco said afterward.
Murray, the runner-up in Paris a year ago, overcame some trouble in the second set, broken in 3 of 4 service games during one stretch.
Kyrgios has long had problems with his right hip and said the latest injury was similar to the one that forced him to retire during his third round match at the U.S. Open previous year.