French Open: Stan Wawrinka beats Andy Murray; Alcaraz and Osaka win

PARIS (AP) — After Stan Wawrinka ended Andy Murray’s keep on the French Open but once more — and this time, it was maybe Murray’s final singles look at Roland Garros — the 2 long-time opponents, each of their late 30s, met on the web for a handshake, an embrace and a prolonged chat.

Wawrinka, whose trademark one-handed backhand helped him put collectively a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory within the first-round contest Sunday night time, then joined followers in applauding for Murray as he headed towards the locker room.

“It was emotional, for positive. We’re getting nearer to the top,” mentioned Wawrinka, who has gained 10 of their 23 conferences for the reason that first in 2005. “Now we have lots of respect for one another.”

Wawrinka, at 39, is simply the third man of a minimum of that age to win a match on the clay-court Grand Slam event since 1980. Murray simply turned 37, and this contest had the second-oldest mixed age for 2 males in Paris since 2000.

“Clearly disillusioned. … He gave me only a few alternatives,” mentioned Murray, who was damaged early in every set whereas going 0 for two on his break probabilities. “Bodily, tennis will not be simple for me these days.”

By the top, his motion was not what it often is, even after having hip alternative surgical procedure a number of years in the past. Murray lately returned after tearing ankle ligaments on the Miami Open in March and is 1-3 since coming again.

“My physique isn’t what it was 10 years in the past. I’m totally conscious of that,” he mentioned.

Theirs was by far essentially the most eagerly anticipated match of Day 1 on the clay-court Grand Slam event, that includes a pair of men who every personal a trio of main trophies.

It was not fairly on the extent of the Day 2 showcase — Rafael Nadal vs. Alexander Zverev — however it earned the high-profile spot within the night time session at Courtroom Philippe Chatrier and drew a crowd that loudly cheered after they stepped out underneath the lights.

Earlier than play started Sunday, event director Amélie Mauresmo mentioned she was pushing aside a deliberate farewell ceremony for Nadal, who most everybody figured could be competing on the French Open for the ultimate time however mentioned this weekend he didn’t need to shut the door on a return.

Equally, Mauresmo mentioned there wouldn’t be that kind of adieu to Murray, who has indicated he would possibly retire after this summer season. As it’s, he’s not executed in Paris, as a result of he and Dan Evans obtained a wild-card entry for doubles.

This was his fourth consecutive look on the French Open that included a match in opposition to Wawrinka, who’s 6-1 head-to-head on clay. Wawrinka gained their 2015 semifinal in Paris, Murray gained a five-set semifinal the following 12 months, and Wawrinka gained their first-round contest in 2020. Murray missed the occasion in 2021-23.

Each males drew gasps with hard-hit groundstrokes and each tossed in a little bit of guile, too, together with an early serve-and-volley from Wawrinka and a half-dozen drop photographs from Murray within the second set alone.

Wawrinka, who has dealt along with his personal collection of well being points through the years, goes on to fulfill No. 32 Cam Norrie or Pavel Kotov within the second spherical.

Different main titles champions who gained Sunday included Carlos Alcaraz, Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin and Jelena Ostapenko. However 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova misplaced 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Viktorija Golubic — making the Twenty fourth-seeded Krejcikova 0-3 in Paris since going 7-0 three years in the past to take the title.

Alcaraz arrived having missed time due to a forearm downside that made him afraid to hit his huge forehands at full energy, however that didn’t look like a difficulty throughout a 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 victory over J.J. Wolf, an American who misplaced in qualifying and acquired into the sphere when one other participant withdrew.

Certainly, Alcaraz pronounced his arm “totally recovered,” though nonetheless “feeling bizarre.”

From Wolf’s vantage level throughout the web?

“He hit his forehand very effectively. It felt heavy to me,” Wolf mentioned. “It had a lot on it.”

Osaka picked up her first victory at a Grand Slam event in additional than two years, steadying herself after losing a 4-0 lead within the third set to drag out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over Lucia Bronzetti of Italy.

Amanda Anisimova, an American who reached the 2019 semifinals at Roland Garros as a youngster, defeated Rebecca Šramková 7-6, 6-4. Anisimova had been 1-3 since coming back from a groin muscle damage that sidelined her since she reached the Australian Open’s fourth spherical in January.

“Not having one of the best begin to my Europe swing wasn’t nice. However I used to be going into it making an attempt to essentially study what I did incorrect in these tournaments and see what I can modify,” Anisimova mentioned. “I’m simply proud of the best way I performed and I fought.”


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