French Open 2017: Big upsets do far
Defying all odds of struggling and not performing at this year’s French Open, world number on Andy Murray beat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 in the first round on Tuesday, but day three at Roland Garros still served up plenty of other upsets.
Murray who came into the tournament in bad form, mainly due to his illness, saw out a win over his 73rd ranked opponent, mostly due to regulation. This could be a perfect tonic to settle Murray’s nerves ahead of tougher tests to come.
In the women’s arena, Britain’s Johanna Konta fell at the first hurdle for the third year in a row after suffering a shock 1-6 7-6(2) 6-4 defeat by unseeded Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei.
Another game saw Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco ousted highly-rated German youngster Alexander Zverev – seeded ninth in Paris after winning the Italian Open – in another shock result when their match resumed on Tuesday after being suspended the day before.
Women’s Simona Halep moved smoothly into the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Slovak Jana Cepelova.
Also, third-seeded Stan Wawrinka did enough to win the rallies that mattered and ultimately emerged victorious in his match against Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik, in under two hours.