Heather Watson d. Mathilde Johansson 6-4 7-5
Heather was broken right at the start of the match going 0-1 down however the Brit continued to fight as she does to come back from 2-4 down and then took a 5-4 lead in the first set with only 4 winners compared to 15 Johannsson. Heather went onto break serve to take the set 6-4 despite making less winners then her opponent the unforced errors count when in Heather’s favour with only 4 compared to Johannsson’s 16!
After four games in a row for Heather that run was broken after she was broken at the beginning of the set with Johannsson taking a 1-0 lead. Another break of serve followed for 1-1 and then Heather was broken again going 1-2 down. As you guessed another break followed and then another with Johannsson 3-2 up. After 5 breaks the first hold went to Johannsson for 4-2 after some good work. After a few breaks things continued on serve with Heather 4-5 down and Johannsson serving for the set. Heather saw 0-30 and deuce followed by a break point and then broke back for 5-5! Heather had no problem holding and extended her lead to 6-5. 15-40 and Heather saw match points and another error from Johannsson gave Watson the victory!
Andy Murray d. Facundo Arguello 6-3 6-3 6-1
Murray started the match against his Argentine opponent on Court Philippe Chatrier and held for 1-0 including a lovely drop shot despite some pressure from Arguello getting to deuce and seeing a break point. Murray backed up his hold with a break to take a 2-0 lead. 2-0 became 3-0 and then 3-2 as Murray was broken and the match was back on serve. Murray not at his best in the early exchanges but managed to take the lead for a 5-3 advantage and serving for the set and did it with no problem at all.
The second set started with both players holding serve and despite some more pressure from Murray his opponent from Argentina held for 2-1. Murray managed to hold to love for 2-2. Murray as we know defends so well and then saw break points and extended his lead to 3-2 breaking serve. A couple of drop shots later and Murray held for 4-2 and then 5-3. Murray didn’t have to worry about serving out the set as he broke to love for 6-3.
Murray got off to a brilliant start in the third set taking a quick 3-0 lead against Arguello and looked unstoppable now! Murray extended his lead to 4-1 and just two games away from the match! Another break of serve followed and Murray one game away from the match at 5-1! Murray served it out with no problem at all winning 6-3 6-3 6-1.
Kyle Edmund d. Stephane Robert 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-2!
Kyle Edmund got his match underway against the Frenchman Stephane Robert and comfortably held for 1-0. Robert held and saw a few break points and despite Kyle saving a couple the Frenchman broke for 2-1. Edmund saw a break point of his own but another hold from the experienced Robert extended his lead to 3-1. Another break of serve followed and Robert went 4-1 up. After 5 games in a row for Robert Kyle managed to hold for 2-5 and Robert served out the set for 6-2.
Kyle started the second set and got off to a much needed hold of serve for a 1-0 lead. Kyle managed to keep his good start to the second set going taking a 2-1 lead on serve. Kyle saw break point and an error from Robert gave Kyle a 3-1 lead and then another excellent hold from the Brit for 4-1 but was broken back and back on serve at 4-3. Robert held for 4-4 despite pressure from Edmund who did see a break point. Despite 3 games in a row for Robert, Kyle didn’t let that bother him and took a 5-4 lead. Kyle didn’t have to serve it out as he broke serve to take the second set 6-4.
Kyle began the third set like he did the other two and held really well this time to love. The Brit then broke and held with another couple of good games for a 3-0 lead in the third set. Kyle came under some big pressure but held for 4-1. Robert broke back for 3-4 and back on serve in the set! Kyle continued to cause issues for the Frenchman on serve and an error from Stephane gave Kyle a 5-3 lead! Kyle saw two set points and took a two set to one lead!
For the first time in the match Stephane started a set and got off to a good start taking the lead early on. His good start continued as Kyle was broken after a few errors for 2-0. Robert just dropped one point in his next service game and took a 3-0 lead. Another break of serve looked like following but Kyle got himself out of a tricky situation at 15-40 to hold for 1-3. Some excellent tennis from Kyle especially off the forehand saw him break back for 2-3 and back on serve! Robert again broke back for 4-2 and as you guessed it another break followed for 4-3 and held for 4-4 before Robert took a 5-4 lead on serve! Just as Kyle was serving to take it to a tie-break he was broken and Robert won the fourth set 7-5!
Once Kyle Edmund returned from a toilet break he was harshly greeted to boo’s from the French crowd but started brightly getting to 0-30 and 15-40 seeing break points and breaking for a 1-0 lead to the obvious delight of the French crowd ;). Some great tennis by Kyle again and the Brit consolidated the break for 2-0! Another sensational bit of tennis from the Brit saw him work two more break points and took it with an incredible break of serve! 3-0 became 4-0 and Kyle Edmund well on his way to the second round in Paris! 2 games in a row and Robert got one of the breaks back for 2-4 but still behind in the set. The double break was quickly restored with some excellent forehand shots from Edmund for 5-2 and serving for the match! Kyle did seem to have some cramp serving out the match but he did it to win in 5 sets and will play Nick Kyrgios in R2!
Kyle’s forehand and backhand was exceptional but what impressed me was the start of the 5th set when he came back from a toilet break and was booed by the French crowd and the start he made was simply incredible!
Denisa Allertova d. Johanna Konta 7-6 (19-17) 4-6 6-2
The first 6 games of Johanna Konta’s match went on serve level at 3-3 with little to separate her and Allertova. 0 break points on offer so far in the match level at 4-4. 4-4 became 5-5 and suddenly 6-6 with nothing to separate the players but I a tie-break would have to! Johanna took a 5-2 lead in the tie-breaker two points away from the first set. 5-2 became 5-4 and then 6-4 with Konta having set points but one disappeared and so did the other for 6-6. Allertova took a 9-8 lead which then became 9-9. Konta took a mini-break for 13-12 but couldn’t convert and then it went on to 14-14! Konta took a 15-14 lead and would serve it out again! However a great forehand winner from Allertova took it to 15-15 & then 16-16! A forehand error from her opponent gave Konta a 17-16 lead and an eighth set point but couldn’t convert! Sadly for Konta, Allertova won the tie-break eventually 19-17!
The second set started the same as the first, both comfortable on serve and level at 2-2 in the early exchanges. Konta on serve extended her lead to 3-2. Konta then saw some break points at 15-40 and broke for a 4-2 lead, the first break of the match! Konta couldn’t consolidate her break and at 4-3 the set was back on serve! After a couple of breaks Konta then found herself 5-4 and 0-30 up and two points from the set! 0-30 became 0-40 and Konta saw 3 set points however the Czech got to deuce but Konta broke to take the set 6-4 thanks to a double fault from Allertova!
Konta got the set underway holding from 0-30 in the deciding set. Allertova saw a break point and took it to extend her lead to 2-1! Konta saw break points but Allertova took a 3-1 lead! Allertova broke again for a 5-2 lead and would serve for the match! Konta caused problems getting to deuce but sadly couldn’t get the break through and Allertova won 7-6 4-6 6-2.
Dominic Thiem d. Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-3
At his first Grand Slam as a British player it didn’t get off to a good start for Bedene with the Brit going 1-5 down in the first found his way back to 3-5 and had a break point opportunity for 4-5 to get back on serve but couldn’t convert and Dominic Thiem who won his first ATP title last week took the set 6-3.
The second set didn’t get off to a good start either with Bedene going 0-4 down but again fought back this time for 3-4 but couldn’t find a way to break the Austrian who took a 5-4 lead and served out the second set 6-4 to take a two sets to love lead.
The third set starting better for Bedene with him comfortably holding serve before breaking for a 3-1 lead in the set but couldn’t consolidate the break and the set was back on serve at 3-2. After failing to secure the break the set went onto a tie-break and at 6-4 Bedene saved 2 match points and took the third set 7-6!
Both players started off well in the fourth set and at 2-1 to Thiem on serve Bedene took a medical time out due to a blister problem on his finger. Sadly after the break Bedene was broken and Thiem went on to win the match 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-3 against the Brit.