Goffin scare for the Joker
Novak Djokovic showed glimpses of frailty along with his usual ruthless streak when he moved into the second round of the French Open with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Belgium's David Goffin on Tuesday.sports Updated: May 29, 2013 02:04 IST
Novak Djokovic showed glimpses of frailty along with his usual ruthless streak when he moved into the second round of the French Open with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Belgium's David Goffin on Tuesday.
There was a battling quality about Goffin, who managed to break the Serb's serve in the second set and had a break point in the third before succumbing to the six-time Grand Slam winner.
Earlier, highly-rated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov reached the French Open second round while Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm bowed out Tuesday as torrential rain caused havoc at Roland Garros.
Dimitrov, dubbed ‘Baby Feder-er’ because of his similar style to the 17-time Grand Slam winner, went through to the last 64 when Colombian opponent Alejandro Falla retired with the Bulgarian 26th seed 6-4, 1-0 to the good.
The 22-year-old Dimitrov, the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova, could face world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round.
Dimitrov was just one of three winners in early action on Tuesday after heavy rain caused a three-hour delay to the start of the programme. Barely 90 minutes of play was possible before the rain returned.
World No 83 Date-Krumm, who played her first Roland Garros in 1989 — three years before Dimitrov was born — probably wished it had kept on raining. The 42-year-old Japanese lost 6-0, 6-2 to Australian ninth seed Samantha Stosur, the 2010 runner-up and former US Open winner. Date-Krumm became the third oldest player to compete in women's singles in the tournament — Martina Navratilova holding the record at 47 and 232 days from her 2004 showing.
Fully 57 players in this year's women's singles draw were not even born when Date-Krumm made her Roland Garros debut.
"Stosur is so strong and she's a specialist on clay," said Date-Krumm. "Today she didn't make mistakes.”
Troubled Australian star Bernard Tomic suffered another setback in his faltering career on Tuesday when he quit his first round match with an injury.
The 20-year-old came into the second Grand Slam of the season against a background of controversy after his father, and coa-ch, John was accused of assaulting his son's training partner in Madrid. On Tuesday, he dropped the first two sets against Roman-ia's Victor Hanescu before quitt-ing in the third set to hand a 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 2-1 win to his opponent.
Tomic had needed a medical timeout after just 10 minutes on Court Six for a leg injury even though he had just broken for a 2-1 lead. But Hanescu, who made the quarters in 2005, levelled for 4-4 and then broke for the set.
First Published: May 29, 2013 00:45 IST