French Open 2017 Day 2 Highlights: Alexander Zverev-Fernando Verdasco one set all before play suspended; Nadal, Djokovic, Muguruza, Raonic, Wozniacki advance; Mladenovic stretched

French Open 2017 on Day 2 saw easy passage into the next round for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki. Sascha Zverev and Fernando Verdasco were level at one set all before bad light suspended play.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 30, 2017 12:29:12 am
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The second Grand Slam of the year at French Open saw little drama – unlike the first day. The biggies in Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Garbine Mugurza all won in straight sets. Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic went the distance in their respective first round encounters. Later on, Alexander Zverev and Fernando Verdasco were all even at one set all before a fading light stopped play with the match to resume on Day 3. (Men’s Singles Results | Women’s Singles Results)

French Open 2017 Scores and Updates: Day 2:

0023 hrs IST: And that’s that from the French Open on Day 2. No big surprises as we saw yesterday with Kerber’s exit. No problems for Nadal or Djokovic in their opening rounds. Same for Muguruza against a tricky Schiavone. Until tomorrow, goodbye!

0019 hrs IST: And Vesnina wastes little time to close things out. She wins 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

0013 hrs IST: Play underway on only one more court. Elina Vesnina vs Haddad Maia. Russian leads 6-2, 3-6, 5-4

0011 hrs IST: After six minutes of discussion, play has been suspended. Crowd whistles and jeers in displeasure. We will have a winner from this tomorrow!

0008 hrs IST: Meanwhile Fognini is through to the second round to face Seppi

0005 hrs IST: Zverev saves two break points and holds on to close out the second set 6-3. It is one set all. Discussions underway wether to continue or not. 8.35 PM in Paris and light is fading. Worth starting a third set at this stage? Probably not. But looks like we’re going to continue

2348 hrs IST: 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova loses in straight sets to Veronica Cepede. 1-6, 4-6 the scoreline on the outside courts

2344 hrs IST: David Ferrer survives a marathon. Wins 13-11 in the fifth and is through to the second round

2322 hrs IST: Zverev puts the onus on Verdsco to serve out the opening set. The Spaniard serves at 5-4. Little trouble as Zverev sends his backhand return long. Verdasco takes the opening set in 40 minutes. The German youngster had four break points and converted just the one

2306 hrs IST: Things get doubly worse early on for Zverev. He is broken for a second time after saving a break point. Verdasco up 4-1 in the opening set

2303 hrs IST: Alexander Zverev has been broken in the first set by Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard looking for revenge after being beaten in straight sets by the German in the first round of Madrid Masters.

2227 hrs IST: Kristina Mladenovic wins it in 2 hrs and 59 mins to beat Jennifer Brady 3-6, 6-3, 9-7. Kiki with injury issues going forward into the tournament. Squandered two opportunities to serve out the match but battles it out in the end to win it. Strong effort

2218 hrs IST: Mladenovic fails to serve out the match for a second time. Serving at 7-6 in the deciding set, she falters and it is on to 7-7

2140 hrs IST: Mladenovic being cheered on by the entire stadium. She has won 14 of last 20 points but looks jaded nevertheless. Four games in a row for him

2103 hrs IST: Karolina Pliskova with a dominant show in the second set. Beats Saisai Zheng of China 7-5, 6-2. Meanwhile, Mladenovic has forced a deciding third set against Broad after taking the second 6-3

2030 hrs IST: Karolina Pliskova, US Open finalist, wins the opening set 7-5 vs Saisai Zheng. Meanwhile on the other main court, Mladenovic’s injury woes seem to be affecting her performance. She’s down a set to Brady (3-6) and 1-1 in the second set

1944 hrs IST: A look around the courts: Simone Bolleli beats Nicolas Mahut in straight sets, Jennifer Brady leads Kristina Mladenovic 3-0 and the 13th seed has taken a medical timeout

1914 hrs IST: Paire saves match point with deep groundstrokes and then finishes it off with a forehand winner at the net. Deuce. Nadal with a good return of serve and Paire, on the stretch, sends forehand into the net. Another flurry of big forehands by the Frenchman and he has Nadal pegged back and unable to return the ball. Back to deuce. Two match points saved. Paire with a mishit on the forehand. Third time lucky for Nadal? Yes! Nadal smashes his way into the second round. Wins it 6-1, 6-4, 6-1

1913 hrs IST: Nadal holds serve and he’s a game away from booking his place in the second round of the French Open. Paire tries to play a cute tweener at the net but can’t send it over.

1905 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic is easily through to the second round. Beats Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in comfotable fashion. Even while hitting this sensational shot

1835 hrs IST: Paire was up two breaks and he later had break points. But, Nadal is the master of clay. He survives everything. It’s like he gets the energy from clay. Somehow, he manages to overturn everything. After trailing in the second set, he wins it 6-4. One set away from win now

1817 hrs IST: Ernests Gulbis and Marin Cilic are up against each other on Court 2. Cilic holds the head-to-head record 2-1

1811 hrs IST: A second break for Paire in the second set. He leads Nadal 3-1 after losing the first set

1810 hrs IST: One set closer to second round! Djokovic wins the second set 6-4 against Granollers. Not the smoothest today but Djokovic has not had a great year so far

1801 hrs IST: Granollers is making Djokovic work hard in the second set. He holds in serve after deuce to make it 5-4. All the talks about Djokovic’s change in game after Agassi join don’t really seem to take off

1755 hrs IST: We missed it but Nick Kyrgios’ girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic is playing Kiki Bertens and after winning the first set, she lost the second. Trails Bertens 5-1 in the decider

1749 hrs IST: Nadal in complete control against Paire! He wins the first set 6-1 in just 24 minutes. No chances given

1737 hrs IST: Exciting match up between Germany’s Zverev and Napolitano of Italy. The German has won the first set 6-2

1725 hrs IST: Rafael Nadal takes the court. He is facing Benoit Paire. The nine-time champion will be serving first

1713 hrs IST: First set goes to Novak Djokovic. He sees off a late comeback from Granollers to seal the first set 6-3

1655 hrs IST: Caroline Wozniacki survives a scare and she does seal the match in style. She beats 17-year-old Jaimee Fourlis 6-4 3-6 6-2 to advance to second round

1645 hrs IST: Aljaz Bedene beats Ryan Harrison in four sets to reach the second round of the French Open.

1630 hrs IST: On Philippe-Chatrier court, defending champion Novak Djokovic is facing Marcel Granollers of Spain

1620 hrs IST: 17-year-old Fourlis has forced a decider against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki after winning the set 6-3

1614 hrs IST: Garbine Muguruza starts her title defence with a hard-fought win over Francesca Schiavone. She win the match 6-2 6-4

1555 hrs IST: Yulia Putintseva seals the match against Georges 6-3, 6-0. Last year, she made it to the quarters and almost beat Serena Williams.

1540 hrs IST: Wozniacki has made to the quarter in Paris only once in nine visits. She won the first set but wait… Fourlis is unleashing an attacking and has a 3-1 lead in the second set

1525 hrs IST: Set number one goes to Caroline Wozniacki. She takes it 6-4 over Fourlis to go one up

1519 hrs IST: And that is set number one for Muguruza! She claims it 6-2. She gets there with 12 straight points

1514 hrs IST: Milos Raonic seals the first set against Darcis and is level 2-2 in the second set

1502 hrs IST: Schiavone with some exception game to save the break points and then win the deuce. It’s 3-2 now in the first game

1457 hrs IST: Remember Evgeny Donskoy? Roger Federer has only lost one game this season and that is to Donskoy. The Russian is off to a good start against Viktor Troicki  and leads 3-0

1455 hrs IST: Coming back after an injury and looking to reach the second round for the sixth time, Milos Raonic is up 4-2 against Steve Darcis of Belgium

1450 hrs IST: What a start for Muguruza. She is up double break. Top stuff from the defending champion

1435 hrs IST: At the Suzanne-Lenglen court, Caroline Wozniacki is playing against Jaimee Fourlis of Australia.

1430 hrs IST: First match of the day on PC all set to begin. Muguruz is taking on Francesca Schiavone of Italy

1415 hrs IST: While the players who have won everything in the last decade, take a centre stage again and it appeared that tennis is stalling, a couple of players gave hope of an new generation. And one such on Monday promises much: Alexander Zverev vs Fernando Verdasco

1400 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the second day’s action from Paris. The French Open will see it’s favourite Rafael Nadal in action and also the defending champion Novak Djokovic, who will look to improve his form with Andre Agassi in his corner.

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