Roland Garros: Stanislas Wawrinka Survives Scare; Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic Cruise; Marin Cilic Upset

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 | 0


Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka survived an early scare at the Roland Garros as he prevailed in a five-set thriller against Czech giant-killer Lukas Rosol in the first round on Monday. The Swiss faced tough resistance for over three hours before pulling off an intense 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4 triumph.

This was not the first time when the 59th-ranked Rosol made life difficult for Wawrinka, as the duo had squared-off against each other in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open last week, where the latter survived a tough three-setter, and went on to clinch the title in front of home crowd.

Moving on to, the third-seeded Wawrinka is scheduled to take on Japan’s Taro Daniel, who also emerged victorious after a five-set win over Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 3-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 3-0 (ret.).

Nishikori, Raonic Record Routine Wins; Cilic Shocked

Elsewhere, Japan’s No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori – whose match up with Italian Simone Bolelli had been halted midway due to rain on Sunday – put up a dominating show to record a 6-1 7-5 6-3 win to set up a second-round clash with American Andrey Kuznetsov.

Milos Raonic, the No. 8 seed, also got his campaign off to a winning start after ousting former top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets. The Canadian powerhouse hit 41 winners and broke his opponent on four occasions en route a 6-3 6-2 7-6 conquest here.

However, 10th seed Marin Cilic faced a shocking first round exit at the hands of Aregentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti, losing 6-7 6-3 4-6 2-6 to the World No. 166.



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