Things looked bleak for nearly the whole day Tuesday. Paris was cool and rainy for much of the morning and early afternoon, which delayed play by nearly 6 hours. Players were brought onto the court once, only to be sent back to the locker room shortly there after. In the late afternoon, with skies still very gloomy, they were able to resume play for good. Many matches had to be postponed until tomorrow however, including number 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic.
Boy Band Goffin tests the Djoker- The young Belgian David Goffin was back on the center court at the French Open for the second year in a row. A year after making a run to the round of 16 and taking a set off of Roger Federer, Goffin played world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round Tuesday. He seems to play his best tennis in Paris, playing behind a supportive and energetic crowd. Goffin pushed Djokovic the entire match, matching him from the back of the court. His timing was fantastic, and me made Novak play some of his best tennis to beat him. He showed especially impressive touch, playing some great drop shots. He reads the game very well, coming to the net at the right times. The question is, can he produce this tennis outside of Paris against lesser ranked players? He has a 6-13 record this year.
Djokovic ended up winning 7-6(5) 6-4 7-5, and the match was just as close as that scoreline makes it look. Goffin had chances, but Nole stepped up and played the big points well, a trademark of top players. He will definitely breath a sigh of relief after that match, as he gets Guido Pella in the second round. Pella beat Ivan Dodig 12-10 in the fifth today.
The Ageless Tommy Haas- 35 years young, and Tommy Haas keeps winning matches. He beat Ruffin 7-6(4) 6-1 6-3, cruising through the last couple sets. His one-handed backhand is a thing of beauty and has been a trademark on the tour for the last 14 or so years. His draw could allow him to make a deep run this year, and he will play the young American Jack Sock in the second round. Sock picked up his first ATP tour level win outside of the US Tuesday, beating the experienced Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets.
Match of the Day: Dodig and Pella’s scoreline looked the best, but the quality of tennis wasn’t great, each player appearing notably tight trying to close out sets. So, the match of the day will go to Stan Wawrinka and Thiemo De Bakker. The Swiss number 2 was given a stern test by De Bakker, who was serving huge. The quality of tennis was awesome, each player having more winners than unforced errors. Wawrinka pulled out the match by a score of 7-5 6-3 6-7(1) 7-5.
Point of the Day: Djokovic and Goffin played a number of good points, but one stood out. After a punished baseline rally, Goffin hit a forehand approach shot that Djokovic chased down, and sliced back high. Goffin though the ball might go out, but it hit the line. Goffin played the ball back, and then Nole hit a drop shot, which Goffin got to, and hit short cross court. Djokovic somehow got to that ball, and went back cross court to force the error.
Coming Up: Chris previews day number 4.