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Rain suspends day 2 of French Open; Nadal match in progress

Rain suspends day 2 of French Open; Nadal match in progress

Another former Paris victor, Stan Wawrinka, bowed out after a three-and-a-half hour marathon against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Zverev lost in the first round in 2017 to Fernando Verdasco, but the German confidently avoided a repeat and enhanced his credentials as a threat to Nadal's hopes of an 11th title. Should he win, he will become the first singles player ever to win 11 times at one major tournament.

"There is no frustration (at rankings slip). So I think she will come back, and she will be good again".

Nadal had previously indicated he was happy to continue after winning the second set - seemingly in a bid to claim victory and ensure a rest day - but the enforced break may have come at an opportune moment as he took his leave under the shelter of an umbrella. The same Grand Slam tournament, the same opening round, the same opponent as last year, but at Roland Garros this year the American slumped 4-6, 5-7 to China's Wang Qiang.

Rafael Nadal was perhaps glad to see the Paris skies open on Monday as Simone Bolelli threatened a comeback in their French Open first-round meeting.

To the surprise of no one, Rafael Nadal is dominating the clay court season.

Novak Djokovic's form is not as good as it used to be, but his mastering of the French language gets better every year.

"When I am winning and other players are not playing for some reason, that's all".

"I won three Grand Slams in my career, and I know what it takes to do it, " said Wawrinka, who was seeded 23rd and is ranked only 30th, territory unfamiliar to him since April 2008. Returning to a place where he won the title in 2015 and made it back to the final a year ago, Wawrinka bowed out with a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 loss to 67th-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka closes his eyes during a press conference after losing to Spain's Guillermo Garcia Lopez in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Monday

In another ongoing match, ninth-seeded John Isner leads wild-card entry Noah Rubin 6-3, 7-6 (7) entering the third set of their all-U.S. encounter.

He returned to training in March and fell to successive first-round defeats at Indian Wells and the Miami Open. She was No. 1 when she left the tour to give birth, but is now ranked No. 451.

Maria Sharapova is a two-time French Open champion.

Both of the Ukrainian's matches on clay have resulted in first round defeats and there is little form to speak of ahead of this daunting opener against the world number one.

"It's very easy to say, 'Oh, you know, they are not seeded, it's awful, bad rules.' But there are a lot of things that are going into this rule and into the thought process".

Wozniacki held off the challenge of American Danielle Collins to ease through their match 7-6 (7/2) 6-1, while men's seventh seed Dominic Thiem, a semi-finalist in each of the last two years, brushed aside Ilya Ivashka in three sets.

The road trip was worth it for Marco Trungelliti, the "lucky loser" who drove for about 9 hours with his brother, mother and grandmother from Barcelona to Paris in order to get into the French Open - and then won his match.

Seven weeks of long build up on the clay surface finally leads up to the big Sunday (May 27) which will mark the kick off to French Open 2018 at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.



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