Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roland Garros Day 1 - All seeds intact except for record-breaking Karlovic

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"I wasn't expecting to play that well on the first match. I hit a lot of winners... I dictated most of the points and when the rallies went long, which he normally likes, I was coming up on top a lot. If I played that well in all my matches, I've got a good chance of winning comfortably." -- 3rd seed, Andy Murray, speaks of his straight sets win over Juan Ignacio Chela.

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7th seed, Gilles Simon, shakes the hand of America's Wayne Odesnik, after the Frenchman endured a tough 5-setter to make it to the second round. I don't think the French crowd would have forgiven him had he not pulled off that win. Another American awaits Simon in the next round; Robert Kendrick, who also came through in 5.

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Croatian giant, Ivo Karlovic, broke the open-era record for the number of aces in a single match as he served 55 aces against Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday. Sadly for the 26th seed, he couldn't serve his way past Hewitt who caused the first upset of the tournament by beating Karlovic in 5.

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Fernando Verdasco [8] secured a comfortable passage to the second round with a straight sets win over Florent Serra. Next up for the Spaniard is Philipp Petzschner who scraped through in 5.

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Lleyton Hewitt battled past Karlovic as he came back from 2 sets down to post a hard-fought 6-7(2), 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4. 6-3 win over the Croat. This is the 5th time in Hewitt's career where has managed to come back from a 2-set deficit. Hewitt next faces Andrey Golubev.

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Marat Safin [20] took care of French youngster, Alexandre Sidorenko, in straights, 4, 4, and 4, to book himself a second round meeting with another French wildcard, Josselin Ouanna.

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David Ferrer [14] and Ernests Gulbis both earned themselves second round spots on Sunday.

For complete Sunday results, check here.

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