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Rafa exits Paris on a wave of emotion

After falling to a first-ever opening round defeat, legend Nadal bids the French Open crowd a tearful 'au revoir'

Updated: 2024-05-29 09:21
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Nadal stretches for a forehand return to Zverev during their first-round match on Monday. AFP

Pole position

Women's world No 1 Swiatek raced to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against French qualifier Leolia Jeanjean after just 61 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The Pole will next face fellow four-time major champion Naomi Osaka on Wednesday.

"I'm really happy to be back. I feel like I'm playing really good tennis, so I am hoping to be here as long as possible," said Swiatek.

The 22-year-old Pole is aiming to become the first woman to win three straight Roland Garros titles since Justine Henin in 2007, and only the second ever after Serena Williams to win the Madrid, Rome and French Opens in the same year.

Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner started his title tilt with a confident 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Wimbledon quarterfinalist Christopher Eubanks.

The Italian second seed, who withdrew from the Madrid Open and missed the Rome Open with a hip injury, set up a second-round meeting with French veteran Richard Gasquet.

Daniil Medvedev had lost in the first round on five of his previous seven Roland Garros appearances, but made no mistake this time, seeing off Dominik Koepfer in four sets.


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