Ti­tle hope­fuls fail to live up to hype

New Straits Times - - Sport -

“But life goes on, it’s not a tragedy. In Rome I played fan­tas­tic, I won the tour­na­ment. Here I played bad, I lost first round. That’s the way it goes.”

In a match con­tro­ver­sially sus­pended on Mon­day at one set each, Zverev was de­feated in a fog of mis­takes and de­spon­dency.

The bean­pole Ger­man com­mit­ted 50 un­forced er­rors and drew jeers from the Philippe Cha­trier court crowd when he took out his frus­tra­tion by ham­mer­ing his rac­quet into the clay.

Left-handed Ver­dasco, play­ing his 14th Roland Gar­ros and 56th seed Jo­hanna 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Jo­hanna is the sec­ond top 10 woman to lose in the first three days af­ter World No 1 An­gelique Ker­ber was also dumped out in the first round.

“I tried very hard and gave my­self a big chance. Ev­ery time I tried to run as fast as I can and get the ball back,” said Su Wei, who won for the just the sec­ond time in seven trips to Roland Gar­ros.

Jo­hanna has yet to win one match in the main draw in three at­tempts.

Mean­while, World No 1 Andy Murray over­came a sec­ond-set blip to de­feat Rus­sia’s An­drey Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Top seed Murray fin­ished run­ner-up to No­vak Djokovic at Roland Gar­ros a year ago and will play Martin Kl­izan of Slo­vakia for a place in the last 32.

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