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'17 champ Muguruza into 3rd set at French Open

01 June 2017

Angelique Kerber became the first top seed to lose in the opening round at Roland Garros on Sunday as tearful Petra Kvitova swept to victory in her first match since surviving a knife attack which nearly ended her career.

A first round loss for his struggling fellow world number one Angelique Kerber yesterday, meanwhile, will have focused minds even more.

Kerber will be happy to leave Roland Garros behind, and hope to rediscover a game in which several cylinders are misfiring in time for Wimbledon, where she finished runner-up past year.

"Last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played", Murray said. Djokovic won his fourth consecutive major title - and completed a career Grand Slam in the process - a year ago at Roland Garros. "I do think that ideally we would have spent more time together (but). that's the situation that we were in, and it worked fine previous year".

- Spaniard Fernando Verdasco beat young German Alexander Zverev 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 to set up a second round encounter with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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"For me, when you're on a tennis court, you have to be respectful", said Lokoli.

The risky Makarova took full advantage of Kerber's lack of confidence on clay, wrapping up victory by a comfortable margin.

Given his build-up, with only four wins on clay all season, and the heavy cold that affected him last week, it was hard to know what to expect from Murray. Murray will have his way in this match and could easily make it a three setter if he plays with the energy that he played with in the final two sets of his opening match.

Venus Williams started her 20th French Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win over China's Wang Qiang.

Just when Kerber looked to be playing her best tennis, she hit consecutive unforced errors to gift back the advantage to Makarova, giving her the golden opportunity to serve out the match. "It was a decent start, considering obviously how I played in the build-up". However, there were more in store for everyone as Kerber converted her fifth break point in the marathon sixth game of the set, with Makarova throwing in an unexpected double fault to lose the break once more.

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Indeed, just being there under a cloud-filled sky at Roland Garros was a victory for Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand - the one she holds her racket with - after being stabbed by an intruder in the Czech Republic in late December.

Agassi's return may not be the best news for Murray if he can inspire Djokovic back to his extraordinary heights, but the Scot is delighted to see his former childhood hero around the game again.

Tsonga had never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam.

- Local favourite Gael Monfils, who is seeded 15th at Roland Garros this year, beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-4 7-5 6-0 in the first round. She next takes on 2012 runner-up Sara Errani.

There was no such ill-feeling on Court 14, however, where British no. 2 Kyle Edmund breezed through against Gastao Elias of Portugal, taking just 1hr 46min to complete a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

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Maybe the break between Melbourne and the French Open was too long - but they know better.