Nadal, Djokovic win; unwell American Tiafoe falls

PARIS — Rafael Nadal started his bid for a report 12th French Open championship and Novak Djokovic bought began on his quest for a fourth consecutive main trophy with straightforward victories Monday.

Frances Tiafoe, at No. 32 the one American seeded within the males’s draw, misplaced 6-2, Four-6, 6-Three, Three-6, 6-Zero to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

Nadal made gentle work of qualifier Yannick Hanfmann on Monday, successful 6-2, 6-1, 6-Three to advance to the second spherical of the French Open.

The 11-time champion at Roland Garros saved 4 break factors in his first service sport on Court docket Philippe Chatrier however was by no means troubled once more by the 184th-ranked German, who was taking part in for the primary time within the French Open principal draw.

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Nadal’s feared forehand was not at its harmful greatest, accounting for extra unforced errors (11) than winners (9).

Djokovic additionally wanted below two hours to achieve the second spherical, operating his Grand Slam successful streak to 22 matches by getting previous 44th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-Four, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic is trying to turn out to be solely the second man in historical past to carry all 4 main titles on the identical time on two separate events. Rod Laver was the one participant to attain the feat when he received all 4 Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.

In the meantime, after throwing up twice on the courtroom, Tiafoe stated he was “very depleted” for the fifth set. He stated he did not suppose he had meals poisoning as a result of he felt wonderful earlier than the match.

“Throwing up throughout the match is not one thing that usually occurs to me … I threw up once more once I went to the locker room after the third set. The fifth-set outcome clearly got here to that as a result of (I) was clearly very depleted and had nothing actually in me. It was powerful to finish like that,” he stated.

Tiafoe was coming off his greatest Grand Slam displaying, a quarterfinal run on the Australian Open.

In one other occasion of an American shedding to a Serbian in 5 units, Denis Kudla was crushed 6-Zero, 6-7 (7), 5-7, 6-Three, 6-Four by Miomir Kecmanovic.

Additionally, 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev wasted a two-set lead in a Four-6, Four-6, 6-Three, 6-2, 7-5 loss to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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