Dimitrov moves into round two in Paris, Dolgopolov out

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Grigor Dimitrov advanced after Falla’s retirement, whilst unseeded players Jack Sock and Dmitry Tursunov reached second round of French Open in straight sets.

20-year-old youngster Sock, ranked 118th, brushed aside Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in round one. The American qualifier’s victory was never really in doubt – he excelled in the first set in which he obtained a double break cushion before serving it out with a hold to love. Even an early second set break did not upset his rhythm as he responded with a six straight games run, wrapping up the set with a love hold again. The set number three was the most competitive, yet Sock prevailed in the end to enter second round of French Open for the first time. He won with 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 and is to play German veteran Haas next.

Similarly, World no. 60 Tursunov eliminated twenty-second seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine without dropping a set. The Russian broke the seeded player two times in the opener, yet the latter pegged both times to force a tie-break and even generate a set ball at 6-5. Tursunov turned the thirteenth game around though and took advantage of his second set point opportunity. The unseeded Russian was the better opponent in the following set as well and ultimately served i out after restoring his one break lead in the ninth game. In the third set the Ukrainian wasted five chances to peg one back, yet he was denied by his stubborn challenger once again – the latter efficiently tucked away the match point number one to book his second round spot with a 7-6 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (7) victory. He is now meeting Romanian Hanescu.

Bulgarian prospect Dimitrov, seed number twenty-six, progressed into second round after only forty-eight minutes of tennis on Court 17 as his Colombian adversary Alejandro Falla forfeited the match after the first game of the second set due to an elbow injury. The first set belonged to Dimitrov who will square off against 19-year-old domestic player Pouille in round two. Dimitrov – Falla 6-4, 1-0 ret.

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