Grigor Dimitrov won his opening match at the French Open

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov

A review of Sunday’s action in the men’s French Open draw, where Grigor Dimitrov won his opening match.

Grigor Dimitrov found himself facing an unexpected opponent but still got his French Open bid off to a solid start with a straight-sets win.

The fourth seed opened proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier as he began his latest attempt to win a maiden grand slam.

After Viktor Troicki's late withdrawal through injury, lucky loser Mohamed Safwat was only informed he was Dimitrov's new opponent an hour before the match was due to commence.

The world number 182 from Egypt looked out of his depth in the first set but eventually found his feet, although he could not stop Bulgarian Dimitrov running out a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7/1) winner.

"I finished warming up at 9.30. Then at 10 they told me, 'do you know the news?" said Safwat.

"I never saw the inside of that court before. It's different to the courts outside."

Second seed Alexander Zverev wasted little time joining Dimitrov in round two. The highly-fancied German, 21, breezed past Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-1 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour.

Former semi-finalist Gael Monfils shrugged off a typically sluggish first set to triumph against fellow Frenchman Elliot Benchetrit 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-1.

Another home hope, 15th seed Lucas Pouille, beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-2 6-3 6-4.

Japan's Kei Nishori, seeded 19th, was also a straight-sets winner over Maxime Janvier of France.

Eighth seed David Goffin survived a major scare after finding himself two sets down to Dutchman Robin Haase.

However, the Belgian dropped just five more games as he turned the match around to win 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-0.

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