• Del Potro, Cilic kick off Roland Garros campaigns

    5/27/12 5:51 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Del Potro, Cilic kick off Roland Garros campaigns Juan Martin Del Potro will take the court on Sunday at the French Open against Albert Montanes. Marin Cilic is also in action, facing Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.

    (9) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Albert Montanes

    Del Potro and Montanes will be squaring off for the third time in their careers when they clash in the French Open first round on Sunday. Both matches were won in straight sets on clay by Del Potro, including a 6-2, 6-2 decision earlier this season in Estoril.

    Montanes is a disappointing 7-11 for the year and he is down at No. 65 in the world. The 31-year-old Spaniard fell in the Madrid opening round and lost his first qualifying match in Rome. Del Potro is 33-8 in 2012 and he already has two titles to his credit (Marseille and Estoril). The Argentine looked sluggish in Rome, but he should bounce back with a straight-set victory.

    (Q) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava vs. (21) Marin Cilic

    Cilic is a mere 8-9 for his 2012 campaign heading into round one of the French Open on Sunday. The 6'6'' Croat, however, is armed with a clean bill of health and is heating up. He finished runner-up in Munich and reached the third round in Madrid. Cilic lost his opener in Rome but had to go up against clay-court master Nicolas Almagro.

    Up first for the world No. 24 in Paris is Munoz-De La Nava, a 30-year-old Spaniard ranked 130th. Munoz-De La Nava qualified earlier this week via wins over Julio Silva, Jamie Baker, and Laurynas Grigelis. He is 2-1 at the ATP level this season (3-1 lifetime) and has never appeared in the main draw in a Grand Slam. Cilic in straight sets is the obvious choice.

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quality stuff, montanes vs delpo

vamosrafa , 5/27/12 1:03 PM

Yes Cilic into R2. Let's see whether Cilic/Delpo will meet in R3.

luckystar , 5/27/12 2:13 PM

Delpo drops a set! That wasn't in the script..............

rafaisthebest , 5/27/12 2:31 PM

Montanes wins the set from a break down and from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker

RickyDimon , 5/27/12 2:32 PM

Doesn't look good for Delpo, that knee is giving him clay strikes at RG!!

rafaisthebest , 5/27/12 2:34 PM

whether Delpo goes on to win or not, Ricky's straight set forecast goes for a burton.

ed251137 , 5/27/12 2:34 PM

Not looking at all good for Delboy.

deuce , 5/27/12 2:46 PM

I think Delpo should stop...........clear he is hampered. Why prolong the agony and stress on his knee?

rafaisthebest , 5/27/12 2:58 PM

wow, lots of Christmas presents from Montanes and Delboy easily takes the set.
Anybody in UK watching ITV 4? Is it Fabrice Santoro commentating?

deuce , 5/27/12 3:20 PM

Del Porto's injury is an injury he has brought over from Madrid. He hurt himself there :(

isabeau77 , 5/27/12 3:21 PM

Rafaisthebest are u serious?

this is a Grand Slam. You stop at smaller tournaments so that you don't have to stop here.

RickyDimon , 5/27/12 3:27 PM

isabeau, he had physio on after the second set. I thought u were only allowed that with a fresh injury?

deuce , 5/27/12 3:30 PM

u are allowed a physio whenever you want

RickyDimon , 5/27/12 3:45 PM

physio aint allowed for cramping issues,right?

vamosrafa , 5/27/12 4:37 PM

isabeau77, 5/27/12 3:21 PM

I know, hence my comment that blue clay strikes again.

RickyDimon, 5/27/12 3:27 PM

Thanks to Montanes' brain cramps, Delpo's through. My worry is that it wont get any easier for Delpo, not just for the tournament but for the season. Granted it's a GS but there's Wimby and the Olympics coming up in rapid succession, not to mention the tournament he is most likely to do well, the USOpen. Why endanger his chances there fighting not just an opponent but his body as well?

I hope his knee is not too bad afterall but I can't think of a worse thing to so than continue, make the knee injury worse at this time of the season.

rafaisthebest , 5/27/12 5:28 PM

I think all the players with a champion's mentality think only of giving of their best in the present moment, winning the point they are playing. They know there is no guarantee they will be fit or in form when the next slam comes along.
So if whoever they are consulting tells them they are fit to play, they play despite pain or whatever or till they find they just cannot play. Every athlete carries some injury or the other. 100% fit is a myth for an active player.
We saw how Rafa claimed to be perfectly healthy and then cramped horribly at USO press conference. These guys endure a great deal without even thinking it is a big deal.
So if a player like Rafa withdraws from a slam because of injury, you know it is because it is serious and not because he is saving himself for another slam.
Withdrawal from other tournaments, yes. From slam, no. Slam is what they train for all year (elite players).
And no champion like Rafa, Nole or Fed or AndyM (or Delpo) will tank a match in a slam.

holdserve , 5/27/12 6:15 PM

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