French Open review: Cameron Norrie wins; Marco Trungelliti makes headlines

Last Updated May 28 2018, 18:13Tennis
Marco Trungelliti
Marco Trungelliti

A review of Monday’s action in the men’s French Open draw, where lucky loser Marco Trungelliti caused a massive shock.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic made their entrances at Roland Garros on Monday but both found themselves upstaged by a lucky loser and his 88-year-old grandmother.

Argentinian Marco Trungelliti, beaten in French Open qualifying last week, was back home in Barcelona on Sunday when, after a spate of withdrawals, he got the call to replace injured Nick Kyrgios.

The 28-year-old had his family - mother Suzanna, brother Andre and grandmother Daphne - staying with him, and within five minutes Trungelliti had packed them all into his car to embark on a 10-hour, 1,000-kilometre drive in order to be in Paris in time to sign in.

It was worth the trip as well, as Trungelliti, ranked 190 in the world, went on to beat former top-20 star Bernard Tomic to net a cool £69,000 - almost treble what he had earned over the rest of the year.

He explained: "We were at home with my family, actually, my brother and my grandma and my mum came a week ago. Supposedly they were going to come here but then I lost, so I left.

"Then my coach told me, ask if you are going to get in or whatever. So I ask, and then somebody told me that it was the first alternate.

"So actually, my grandma was in the shower and I told her, OK, we go to Paris!

"There are many flights cancelled, and then there is no train now in France so the best option was just to take the car."

Trungelliti, who arrived in Paris just before midnight, was on court for an 11am start after just a quick warm-up and ran out a 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 winner - not that Daphne was keeping score.

"She has no idea what tennis is, really," he added. "She has no idea how to count it. And actually, she told me that she didn't know that it was the end of the match until everybody was clapping."

Cameron Norrie's meteoric rise continued at the French Open as he raced into the second round on his Roland Garros debut.

The 22-year-old British number three did not even bother watching the tournament this time last year, but he now faces the prospect of taking on French 15th seed Lucas Pouille on one of the Paris showcourts on Wednesday.

Norrie, who only played his first professional match on clay in February, was leading 6-1 2-0 when first-round opponent Peter Gojowczyk retired injured.

Nadal, looking for an 11th title on the famous clay, was two sets to the good but a break down in the third to Italian Simone Bolelli, himself a lucky loser, when the rain brought the players off.

Djokovic, the champion in 2016, eased through after a straight-sets win over Rogerio Dutra Silva.

The Serbian, coming back from an injury absence which has seen him dip out of the world's top 20 for the first time since he was a teenager, dropped his serve in the opening game of the match.

But it proved a false alarm as the 12-time grand slam winner brushed aside his Brazilian opponent 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Another former Paris winner, Stan Wawrinka, bowed out after a three-and-a-half-hour marathon against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The Swiss star, beset by knee problems for two years and seeded a lowly 23rd, needed lengthy treatment during the first set and appeared unlikely to be able to play on.

But not only did Wawrinka continue, he went on to take a 2-1 lead only to lose a five-setter 2-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

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