Day 2 RG 2018 – Kvitova edges it, Stan is out & Rafa leads overnight.

The rain halted play on day 2. And this is how it looked after.

 

Rafa is two sets up against Simone Bolelli but the Italian does have a break lead in the third as they went off at 3-0. You would still expect the Spaniard to get this done in straights on the resumption. Bolelli is really leaving it all out there though.

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John Isner also leads Noah Rubin by two sets, held overnight too.

 

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez has outlasted Stan Wawrinka, who had problems with his knee again early on. Wawrinka losing from two sets to one up. It is obviously going to take time for Stan who says he feels “great” with his knee. Karen Khachanov next for GGL.

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Richard Gasquet thumped Andreas Seppi. Seppi described this as “one of the worst games of my life”. 6/0 6/2 6/2. Diego Schwartzman outclassed Calvin Hemery, as he started his journey to what would potentially be a last 8 matchup with Nadal. Adam Pavlasek next.

 

Djokovic bear Dutra Silva in straights. A Few hiccups here, but no real damage done.

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Borna Coric proved too fit and too good for Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets. Good win this for Coric, he could face Schwartzman  in the third. Another youngster Casper Ruud edged past Jordan Thompson in five. We will see where he is at in the next round when he plays Ramos-Vinolas. AR-M as he abbreviated hasn’t been in the best form of late.

 

Trungelliti beat Tomic, who had looked good in qualies. He will look forward to the grass now the Ozzy, if he knuckles down. Sounds like another sharp interview after this defeat. Trungelliti did actually do that ten hour drive from Barcelona. Incredible effort.

 

Other winners today included Dominic Thiem who will now play Stefanos Tsitsipas. Bautista Agut and Cameron Norrie both also won. Norrie won after Peter Gojowczyk retired at 1/6 0/2 down. Top stuff from Nozza! Love his confidence too. A prize against Lucas Pouille awaits.

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Petra Kvitova survived a huge scare against Veronica Cepede Royg. VCR reached the fourth round here last year and was just a game away from winning this in the decider. 7/5 to Petra in her opener.

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Daria Kasatkina got past Kaia Kanepi. This could have been nasty on paper. To get it done in two will be pleasing. Kanepi may have been carrying an injury though.

 

Caro Wozniacki beat Danielle Collins comfortably enough. The second set being a bit of a schooling. She said she is very relaxed now that she has one Slam to her name. Tougher tests will lie ahead though.

 

Vika Azarenka lost to Siniakova, but this was supposed to be high quality match. Not too discouraging despite the loss. I think she will do a lot better on the grass don’t you? I think the signs are still good.

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I was surprised to see Anastasia Sevastova lose in the first round to Mariana Duque-Marino. The Colombian won the juniors here years ago but I would have expected the Latvian to win. Opens up a bit more for Sloane in that section now, before probably either Kvitova/ Kontaveit in the last 16 for the American.

 

Other winners today included Karolina Pliskova, Carla Suarez Navarro (apparently very impressie in beating Konjuh) and Andrea Petkovic beat Mladenovic. A loss of points and ranking places now for Kristina. Heather Watson got a much needed win, beating up Oceane Dodin 6/3 6/0.

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Keys beat Sash Vickery and other players victorious were Naomi Osaka and Mihaela Buzarnescu.

 

Serena will play on Wednesday. Third on the Chatrier after Cilic and Rafa. Squeaky bum time for me then!

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Andy Del Potro

 

 

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