Goffin retires from match at French Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:11
He wiped away tears during his post-match interview with Jon Wertheim, who asked how he was holding up emotionally. "Trust me, I wanted to win just as bad as he did today, " Johnson said. "The other days, I was able to kind of get to the locker room and kind of compose myself a little bit. That's the only thing I can do".
Johnson, however, has shown significant improvement on clay this year, reaching the quarter-finals in Geneva last week after lifting the title in Houston.
Johnson's dad, Steve Sr, passed away suddenly in his sleep on May 11 at the age of 58 - something that the 27-year-old is still, understandably, coming to terms with.
Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
The 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left meekly, eliminated 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 by 91st-ranked Renzo Olivo of Argentina after only one game Wednesday in a match suspended a night earlier because of darkness. For the third game running, the server was broke as Johnson failed to draw level, gifting the momentum back to Thiem who consolidated for 5-2.
"I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match".
Rafael Nadal will then continue his bid for a 10th French Open title against Nikolz Basilashvili, and the second-seeded Djokovic follows against Diego Schwartzman.
Johnson faced the young, fiercely talented 6th-seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the game's most intimate and obviously gladiatorial venue, under stormy skies the color of a darkening bruise. Garbine Muguruza (4), Spain, def. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.
"He meant a lot to me, but you don't necessarily realize what he was able to do and who he was able to touch beyond his family's life".
Mattek-Sands, a doubles champion at Roland Garros two years ago, received treatment at the end of the first set. I mean, he had two really tough matches, so I think maybe he was a little bit exhausted in the beginning, so the first set was pretty fast.
Williams found a seat in the shade at Court Philippe Chatrier during her older sister Venus' second-round match against Kurumi Nara on Wednesday.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has lost the opening set of his third-round match against Diego Schwartzman at the French Open.
The locals will also keep a close eye on 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic, a Frenchwoman who dealt with back pain and deficits before winning in the first round.