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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 25, 2016
PARIS---Novak Djokovic would like to see
tennis players at the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics get ranking points from the ATP
and WTA tours, the way they have at past
"To be quite frank, I don t see a reason
why not," the No 1-ranked Djokovic said
yesterday after winning his first-round match
at the French Open.
"You know, we have the best players in
the world participating in, arguably, the fifth
Grand Slam. It s of that importance for all
of us---even more, because it (only) happens
every four years."
Djokovic owns 11 Grand Slam titles and
earned a bronze medal for Serbia in singles
at the 2008 Beijing Games. He finished
fourth at the 2012 London Games.
International Tennis Federation spokesman
Nick Imison said the governing body, which
oversees the sport s participation in the
Summer Games, "believes that players are
honored to play the Olympics, and that for
the majority of players, ranking points are
not a consideration for their participation."
Djokovic called the topic "a subject for
discussion," adding: "I would definitely
encourage people to rethink...getting points
PARIS---Novak Djokovic treated the
Roland Garros crowd with some great
tennis shots yesterday. His charm
offensive continued after the match.
Interviewed on court by former
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli,
the top-ranked Serb pleased the fans
on Court Philippe Chatrier with a few
words in French.
Djokovic is craving a career Grand
Slam at the French Open after losing
in the final three times over the past
four years. A fans favourite in Paris,
he has dramatically improved his level
of French in recent years.
"These two weeks might be the most
important in the whole season (for me),"
Djokovic said after defeating 95th-
ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4,
Djokovic was in complete control,
broke his opponent seven times, and
closed the match with a drop shot. He
joined his main rivals Rafael Nadal and
Andy Murray in the second round.
Seeded No 2 in Paris for the first
time, Murray rallied to win from two
sets down for the ninth time, and beat
Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 3-6,
3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.
While Murray needed two days to
progress, nine-time champion Nadal
had a much easier time, easing past
Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
In the women s draw, Australian
Open champion Angelique Kerber lost
in the first round. Hampered by a left
shoulder injury, the third-seeded Kerber
was upset by 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens
of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French
Open champion, was also eliminated,
losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-
4. Stepanek, the oldest man in the field
at 37, hit 57 winners in his suspenseful
encounter on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Murray was leading 4-2 in the fourth
set when play was suspended on Mon-
day because of darkness. He was twice
two points from losing while serving
and trailing 5-4 in the fifth. But he held
there, then broke Stepanek, and served
out after wasting his first match point
with a double-fault.
"It s unbelievable what he is doing,"
Murray said. "At 37 years old, coming
out and fighting like that. I don t expect
to be doing that myself at that age."
Murray, who will be 37 in eight years,
progressed with Aljaz Bedene and Kyle
Edmund to ensure three British men
in the second round at Roland Garros
for the first time since 1975. Also
advancing were seventh-seeded Tomas
Berdych, No 13 Dominic Thiem, No 15
John Isner and No 20 Bernard Tomic.
Kerber received treatment on her
shoulder during a changeover while
trailing 3-0 in the deciding set. The
left-handed Kerber briefly left the court
and returned to win her service game
but could not break again and lost.
She arrived in Paris following early
losses in Madrid and Rome. Last week,
she pulled out of the Nuremberg tour-
nament because of her shoulder injury.
"It s getting worse and worse, but I
hope it s not too bad," Kerber said.
She s the fifth Australian Open
women s champion to lose in the first
round at Roland Garros, after Chris
O Neil (1978), Barbara Jordan (1979),
Lindsey Davenport (2000), and Li Na
cruise in Paris
Djokovic would like
to see rankings
points awarded in Rio
Italy's Fabio Fognini returns the ball to Spain's
Marcel Granollers during their first round match of
the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland
Garros stadium, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Tomas Berdych (7), Czech Republic, def
Vasek Pospisil, Canada, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Bernard Tomic (20), Australia, def Brian
Baker, United States, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Borna Coric, Croatia, def Taylor Fritz,
United States, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
Victor Estrella Burgos, Dominican
Republic, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 7-
5, 6-4, 6-3.
Aljaz Bedene, Britain, def Gerald Melzer,
Austria, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, def. Florian Mayer,
Germany, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Andy Murray (2), Britain, def. Radek
Stepanek, Czech Republic, 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-
Lucas Pouille (29), France, def. Julien
Benneteau, France, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
John Isner (15), United States, def. John
Millman, Australia, 6-7 (4) 7-6 (12), 7-6
Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, def. Sam Groth,
Australia, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
Dominic Thiem (13), Austria, def Inigo
Cervantes, Spain, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.
Quentin Halys, France, def Chung Hyeon,
South Korea, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Feliciano Lopez (21), Spain, def Thomas
Fabbiano, Italy, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Steve Darcis, Belgium, def Marsel Ilhan,
Turkey, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, def Kenny de
Schepper, France, 6-0, 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, def Angelique
Kerber, Germany (3), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Kristina Mladenovic (26), France, def
Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 6-2, 6-4.
Alize Cornet, France, def Kirsten Flipkens,
Belgium, 6-1, 6-0.
Tatjana Maria, Germany, def Jelena
Jankovic (23), Serbia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Timea Babos, Hungary, def Samantha
Crawford, USA, 6-4, 6-0.
Carla Suarez Navarro (12), Spain, def
Katerina Siniakova, Czech Rep, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Dominika Cibulkova (22), Slovakia, def
Zheng Saisai, China, 6-3, 6-1.
Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, def Laura
Siegemund, Germany, 6-2, 6-2.
Wang Qiang, China, def Tessah
Andrianjafitrimo, France, 6-0, 6-0.
Ana Konjuh, Croatia, def Arina Rodionova,
Australia, 6-2, 6-3.
Ekaterina Makarova (27), Russia, def
Varvara Lepchenko, USA, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Sam Stosur (21), Australia, def Misaki Doi,
Japan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Zhang Shuai, China, def Galina Voskoboeva,
Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-2.
Timea Bacsinszky (8), Switzerland, def
Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 6-3, 6-1.
Louisa Chirico, USA, def Lauren Davis, USA,
6-2, 2-6, 8-6.
Camila Giorgi, Italy, def Alize Lim, France, 6-
Daria Kasatkina (29), Russia, def Anna-
Lena Friedsam, Germany, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
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