Murray through after Verdasco stuns Zverev

Alex Zverev's seemingly inevitable rise to Grand Slam contention will have to wait, after he was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by Fernando Verdasco.

Left-handed Verdasco, playing his 14th Roland Garros and 56th consecutive major, had lost to Zverev in the first round on clay in Madrid earlier this year.

Zverev is considered as one of the outsiders for the French Open title this time out coming into Roland Garros having announced his arrival at the top of the game by beating Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open earlier this month. Roger Federer misses out injured, but Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka are all here. The Scot, who finished runner-up at the tournament previous year, won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 against the 73 ranked player.

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.

Murray hasn't been in great form in 2017 but flashed his considerable talent in a four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Perhaps the biggest one so far was "future No. 1" Alexander Zverev, fresh off his first Masters title, being ousted from the tournament.

Johanna Konta got off to a flying start and then faded away as she bowed out of the French Open in the first round - for the third year in a row.

"I think it is quite ridiculous that they allowed them to stop it. with the players who made that decision", Wilander told the media.

Australian Nick Kyrgios also shrugged off injury concerns and kept his emotions in check to outclass Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to book his spot in the second round.

Seeded winners in the women's first round: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 12 Madison Keys, No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 20 Barbora Strycova, No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 26 Daria Kasatkina, No. 28 Caroline Garcia.

For full results and statistics, as well as the updated bracket, visit the French Open's official website by clicking here. "Some of the shots are a lot easier to play when you're two sets to one and 5-0 up..."

World number one Murray and 2015 champion Wawrinka will meet in the semi-finals if both men get there and each began their 2017 campaign with a topsy-turvy victory. "But I served really well at important times of the match".

Konta has never won a main-draw match at Roland Garros. We'll see if I play something else maybe.But the world doesn't stop now.

"My backhand is getting better, but I wish I could have done things I was able to do a few years ago". The wrist injuries that have skewered the Argentine's career are well documented, but shoulder and back problems had threatened to hamper him on his Parisian comeback.

After becoming No. 1 previous year, Andy Murray has been struggling in 2017, but he'll try to right himself starting in the French Open's first round against Andrey Kuznetsov on Tuesday.

'I didn't feel the ball on my racquet very well.

  • Julie Sanders