Three-time semifinalist Jelena Jankovic was sent packing by Sesil Karatantcheva. Jankovic's first round loss is her earliest exit at Roland Garros since 2005. Eugenie Bouchard's slump continued as she failed to defend last year's semifinal appearance and was beaten by Kristina Mladenovic with a routine score of 6-4, 6-4. Bouchard, the highest seed to fall so far, finishes the European clay court swing with just one win and could drop out of the top ten after the tournament concludes. On the men's side, Grigor Dimitrov got a straight-sets shellacking from American Jack Sock.
One of tennis' most notable on-court warriors, David Ferrer, reached a career milestone yesterday when he defeated Lukas Lacko to move into the second round. That victory was Ferrer's 300th win on clay and moves him on to the second round (or better) at Roland Garros for the 13th year in a row. Ferrer currently sits in 12th on the all-time clay court wins list, though he can move into a tie for 11th with just one more win.
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 23-in-a-row with his straight sets win over Jarkko Nieminen. Despite trailing in the second set, Djokovic bounced back to complete a drama-free win. There's no doubt he's laser-focused on completing his career Grand Slam and it showed in this one. Rafael Nadal also extended a streak of his own. With his first round win, Nadal recorded his 36th
The Handshake, Again
We've had some handshake drama (real or manufactured) over the years, but the always-combustible Jerzy Janowicz and his opponent Maxime Hamou gave us another awkward moment to add to the list. Janowicz, upset that Hamou had failed to apologize for hitting a return at him, went in for an extra firm handshake. Janowicz later said he told the Frenchman "You're supposed to say sorry." Hamou replied in his own presser that he didn't do it deliberately, didn't think it was disrespectful and that as they were leaving the court "I think he was trying to put up a show." In any case, Janowicz probably didn't win himself any French fans. See it for yourself:
Janowicz and Hamou handshake! pic.twitter.com/Q9D11ZBV9S
— Joe (@ProdigyRep) May 26, 2015
What to Watch on Day 4
If you can, keep an eye on Court 2 for the matchup between Garbine Muguruza and Camila Giorgi. Both players can be a little streaky, but if they bring their A-games, you'll see some great shot-making and plenty of hard, flat shots.
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