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French Open: Nadal, Konta, Djokovic win

London, May 27 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/27/2019 12:06:51 PM IST

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic sailed into the second round of the French Open on Monday. While in women singles, British number one Johanna Konta earned her first victory in the French Open main draw with a straight-set win over Germany’s Antonia Lottner.

Nadal beat beat German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets while Djokovic registered 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz.
According to BBC, the second seed, chasing a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title, beat the world number 180, 6-2 6-1 6-3.
After saving four break points in the first game, 17-time Grand Slam winner Nadal dominated throughout.
The 32-year-old won his first title since August at the Italian Open earlier in May.
Nadal will face German qualifier Yannick Maden in the second round.
Despite dominating clay-court tournaments in the build-up to the French Open in previous years, the win in Rome was Nadal’s only 2019 final on the red dirt. But, after a slow start in the opening game, the Spaniard looked increasingly comfortable on his favourite surface as he claimed the first set.
Hanfmann won just one point in the first three games of the second, but recovered to hold his next service game.
Nadal soon got another break to go 5-1 up, though, and quickly wrapped up the second set. The German 27-year-old showed impressive composure as he saved two break points at 1-1 in the final set, but Nadal was successful on his third attempt.
The two-time Wimbledon champion increased the pressure at 5-3 to break Hanfmann’s serve again and close out the match.
Novak Djokovic sailed into the second round of the French Open as he defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Monday.
World number one Djokovic was seen at his best and displayed his trademark attacking play in the first round match that lasted for an hour and 36 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
As a result of this win, the Serbian recorded his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam win and this is his 64th win at Roland Garros. Djokovic looked impressive throughout the match and he barely lost a point on serve and he had to play against only two break points.
The 32-year-old fired 23 aces and 13 unforced errors and he controlled the pace of the match with deep and accurate groundstrokes, leaving Hurkacz far behind.
Konta, seeded 26th, won 6-4 6-4 against the world number 147.
A scrappy first set with seven breaks of serve ended up going in Konta’s favour.
Both players settled down in the second, Konta earning the only break in what proved to be the match-winning game.
Konta took her first match point when Lottner could not return a thumping backhand, setting up a second-round match against American wildcard Lauren Davis.
The former Wimbledon semi-finalist is the first Briton through at Roland Garros, with men’s number one Kyle Edmund meeting France’s Jeremy Chardy later on Monday.
Compatriots Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans play their opening matches on Tuesday.
Wozniacki knocked out in first round 
Former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the French Open first round to Russian world number 68 Veronika Kudermetova.
The Danish 13th seed lost 0-6 6-3 6-3 on Philippe Chatrier despite winning the opening seven games in a row. Wozniacki won 62% of the total points in the opening set but crumbled in the second and was broken three times.
She fell 3-0 down in the decider as she lost a first-round match in Paris for only the third time since 2007.
Wozniacki’s exit comes after Czech sixth seed and Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova withdrew on Monday with an arm injury, while Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 defeat to world number 81 Anastasia Potapova on Sunday.

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