PARIS, FRANCE-SEPTEMBER 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves throughout his Male’s Singles initially … [+] round match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland throughout the first day of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 27, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
) Getty Images The first-round face-off between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka was quickly called a “Popcorn Match” when the draw came out.The 2 men have integrated to win 6 Grand Slam singles titles and last played in Paris in the semifinals in 2017.
However the match didn’t measure up to the hype.Not even close.No.16 Wawrinka ruined
the former world No. 1, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in cold conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier to advance to the second round. Murray changed just 38 percent of his first serves and was broken 6 times.After the match, Murray, now ranked No. 111 on the planet, stated his serving concerns had definitely nothing to do with his surgically-replaced hip.
” I have not served like that … that’s absolutely nothing to do with my hip,” he stated. “Mis-timing returns and serving at 38 percent, that’s got definitely nothing to do with that. That’s something I require to take a look at with my group. There’s been matches I have really served well because I came back, that’s not a physical issue.”
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Murray appeared positive about his year and his future despite his worst loss at a substantial since the 2006 Australian Open (Juan Ignacio Chela).
PARIS, FRANCE-SEPTEMBER 27: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland plays a forehand throughout his Man’s Songs … [+] initial match versus Andy Murray of Great Britain during the first day of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 27, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
He is 3-3 in 2020, including wins over Frances Tiafoe and supreme U.S. Open finalist Sascha Zverev at the Western & Southern Open in New York City. He lost in the 2nd round of the Open to young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets.
” Zverev was a number of points from winning the U.S. Open and I ‘d won versus him the weeks prior to,” Murray stated. “I’ll keep going. Let’s see what the next number of months hold. I reckon I will not play a match like that in between now and completion of the year.”
At his peak, Murray was called part of the “Huge 4” in addition to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He won 3 significant titles and 2 Olympic gold medals in that period, and wound up being the really first British guy considered that Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon in 2013. He won the title once again in 2016. Murray has accumulated more than $61 million in profession earnings.
” He’s never ever gon na a win a significant again in tunes,” two-time French Open champ Jim Courier stated on Tennis Channel during the match. “He knows that. That’s not what this has to do with. It has to do with closure, isn’t it?”
It’s unclear how much longer Murray will compete– he has actually currently “retired” once— however he stated he feels fantastic physically.
” From a physical viewpoint, I would not anticipate to be the like I was,” he specified. “However in regards to ball striking and my strokes and things, I do not see why – there’s no reason that I should not have the ability to do that from a technical perspective.”
Murray’s loss was the most recent in a difficult day for British players. Dan Evans was up to Kei Nishikori and No. 9 Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to 16-year-old American Coco Gauff.Coronavirus constraints suggest just 1,000 people are allowed daily at the tournament in western Paris.But simply 150 existed to see 11th-seeded David Goffin begin his match versus Next Gen ATP Finals promote Jannik Sinner at merely after 11 a.m. under the new Chatrier roofing.
PARIS, FRANCE-SEPTEMBER 27: Jannik Sinner of Italy strikes a forehand against David Goffin of Belgium … [+] in the first round of the men’s singles on Day 1 at Roland Garros on September 27, 2020 in Paris, France.( Picture by TPN/Getty Images) Getty Images Goffin, a previous quarterfinalist here, was the first seeded gamer to be knocked out when he lost 7-5, 6-0, 6-3. His countrywoman Elise Mertens-seeded 16th -fared much better in beating Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-3
. No. 25 Alex De
Minaur also went out in straight sets, losing 7-6( 9 ), 6-4, 6-0 to 2018 semifinalist Marco Cecchinato.No. 21 John Isner went through 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 against Elliot Benchetrit and the big-serving American next satisfies qualifier Sebastian Korda, whose papa, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open and was the runner-up here in 1992. The 20-year-old Korda beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. No. 27 Taylor Fritz relinquished a two-set lead nevertheless the American held business to win 7-5, 7-6 (2 ), 1-6, 2-6, 6-3 versus Tomas Machac. (The AP contributed).