At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it

Juan Martin del Potro made a triumphant return to Paris after a five-year absence.

In a dominant display, the 29th seed fired down 13 aces and faced not a single break point in under two hours on court, celebrating his victory by pointing to the sky and sharing a joke with his compatriot. He hit his trademark one-handed backhand long on numerous instances or netted them while trying to keep the points short against Kovalik who was making his French Open debut. World number one Novak Djokovic has never triumphed in Paris.

Meanwhile, Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori routed France's Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) to race into the French Open third round on Wednesday. "[From] time-to-time, I wish I could have played faster and had been able to do things I had done a few years ago".

"I have adopted a sort of wait-and-see attitude".

On the women's side, fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina hit a crosscourt forehand victor on match point to win the first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen and seal her spot in the second round of the French Open.

Successive clay-court setbacks-a straight-sets loss to eventual-champion Rafael Nadal in Madrid followed by an upset loss to Nicolas Kicker in Lyon last week-gave Kyrgios little confidence heading into his first career encounter with the crafty German veteran, who has won five of his seven career titles on clay.

After a series of wrist operations kept him off tour for months at a time, del Potro has shown that he is once again capable of using his big forehand to great effect. "And I think with many games for both of us with chances to win one or the other", the Spaniard said.

"I'm just saying that, you know, there are ways of doing things". "This is what really bothered me". Considering the setting, the result is not all that surprising: Konta has now lost all three matches she's played at the French Open in her career.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 file photo Slovakia's Martin Klizan serves to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. The Ukrainian has won three other tournaments this year.

John Isner will join him in the next round, after his 6-3 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2) win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

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