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Roland Garros II - Men's Singles
GRAND SLAM - Sunday (Day One) - Paris, France - Clay (Red)
- West CWLand's Sven Oxenstierna was the first player out on Court Philippe Chatrier in Season II, and for the first time since his finals defeat last season, as he opened his campaign with a straight sets victory over Paraguay's Aldo Marín. The World No. 4 expected a big win over the World No. 90, but, as is so often the case against these lower ranked players early in Grand Slams, Marín threw the kitchen sink at Oxenstierna and even edged a break in front in the second set. But it was clear to all in the stadium that he wasn't on the same level as the Ox whose rampant clay run continued with some confident baseline tennis in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win.
- He meets fellow Scandinavian-born opponent Kasper Buur after the World No. 57 survived an opening jolt against wildcard entrant Rick Langley to coast into the second round. Langley started in awesome fashion to hold a double break lead at 4-1 before his game dropped right off the face of the earth. Buur, a PTA tour title winner, was rocked into action and managed to claim an unbelievable eighteen of the next nineteen games to cripple the West CWLander's confidence. Langley essentially threw in the towel in the second set after being subjected to nine breaks of serve throughout the match; Buur into the second round 7-5, 6-0, 6-0.
- Following the Oxenstierna-Marín match was a battle between 28th seeded Aussie David Champion and French hope Jean-Christophe Genghini. Champion has never been a great mover on clay at the best of times, but drew Genghini into the match he wanted early as neither player broke service in the first set. Champion fired down eleven aces to take it in a tiebreaker 7-1, before being broken for the first time early in the second by Genghini. As the gloss wore off Champion's game, the Court Phillipe Chatrier crowd grew in voice as the World No. 77 eliminated the first seed from play 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
- Nearest to a big upset, though, was the unknown 172nd ranked qualifier Scott Whitehouse. The Brit at one stage led two sets to one and was at 5-5 against the sixteenth seed Miroslav Brdar and one of the biggest upsets of the year was looming. Brdar, though, caught a lucky break as Whitehouse missed an open court with a volley to hand him the fourth set and the Croat eased past the Brit in a fifth to win 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
WC-Ducard def. Highsmith, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Villaneuva def. Q-Bruce, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 (Match of the Day)
30-Joaquin def. Z.Boniek, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-1
Quezada def. Bertolotto, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(0)
11-Altman def. Isaev, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
Genghini def. 28-Champion, 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Day def. Brookes, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
Engel def. Zakov, 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3
4-Oxenstierna def. Marin, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Buur def. WC-Langley, 7-5, 6-0, 6-0
WC-Lebegue def Aguero, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4
27-Emelio def. Q-van der Cleer, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5
Donaldson def. Lazzeri, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3
16-Brdar def. Q-Whitehouse, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
12-Z.Varga def. Mandonna, 6-0, 6-4, 6-2
- Seeded players out: David Champion.