French Open 2017: Day 2 - what you missed - Rafa, Djokovic through

Solenn Plantier
Juin 10, 2017

History beckons for Nadal in Paris as he looks to become the first player to win a single grand slam on 10 occasions, and his quest was never going to be halted by Paire.

The Spaniard, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros a year ago, swept aside 2010 champion Schiavone 6-2, 6-4. "He's an uncomfortable opponent that already had some good victories this year", said Nadal.

"I pulled my back yesterday and specialists were saying I needed 48 hours, I was nearly sure I could not take it to court today", said Mladenovic, who burst into tears after a two-hour-59-minute tussle. "It's more about the mindset, because I feel the game I have has got me to where I am for a reason". Striving for an eighth Italian Open title, he suffered his only clay setback in 18 matches to that point, against the rising Dominic Thiem.

"For me, it's important to serve a little bit better than what I did today", Nadal told reporters at a post-match press conference.

Muguruza's victory was an emphatic one and the manner in which she overcame a former champion was impressive however her performance certainly was not flawless.

Mischa Zverev was beaten by world number 187 Stefano Napolitano, while his brother Alexander saw bad light bring an early end to his match with Fernando Verdasco - much to the ire of the fans on Court Philippe Chatrier - with the pair tied at one set all. The fourth-seeded Spanish called the 36-year-old Schiavone a legend in an on-court interview after the game. "She has been on the Tour for such a long time".

During training, many football clubs and teams have gotten in on the act by playing football-tennis (or soccer-tennis) with very mixed results. "I think I could have done better".

Defending champion Djokovic breezed through his opener against Marcel Granollers of Spain with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Women's 1st rd: Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kristina Kucova (Svk) 7-5 6-1, Zhang Shuai (Chn) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 7-5 6-4, Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Jaimee Fourlis (Aus) 6-4 3-6 6-2, Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Zheng Saisai (Chn) 7-5 6-2. - 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone (who lost to Muguruza), describing her relationship with tennis.

- Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro beat compatriot Guido Pella 6-2 6-1 6-4 to book a second round spot.

Seventh seed Marin Cilic of Croatia also dropped just nine games in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

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