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Tomic dumped out of French Open

30 May 2017

"This year better. Here at Roland Garros, I have played the wrong player in the first round and I lost and now I'm looking for the lovely grass courts". I heard it was 5-4, and then I was just serving for the match.

"I have played the wrong player in the first round and I lost and now I'm looking for the handsome grass courts", he said with a smile.

In the third Thiem broke in the third game and Tomic had no answer for the young Austrian. "He killed me from the start".

"I tried something different but no chance today".

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The Austrian and the Spaniard have met three times so far in 2017, including the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters, where 23-year-old Thiem became the only player to beat Nadal on clay this season. He rallied past French wild-card Quentin Halys 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 54 minutes. "I'm pretty happy that I got through". Dimitrov, whose best performance in Paris was when he reached the third round in 2013, said: "It was a good test".

The eighth-seeded Kuznetsova, who won the tournament in 2009, triumphed 7-5, 6-4, sealing the result on the last of her three match points.

Karlovic, making his 12th main draw appearance at Roland Garros, is looking to make the second week for the first time.

Angelique Kerber is the first women's No. 1 seed to lose in the French Open's first round in the Open era.

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Cutting a troubled figure on court a world away from the feisty baseliner who last season battled her way to two grand slam titles, Kerber lacked the pace and power to trouble her fellow left-hander.

Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both begin their campaigns on Monday.

No female top-seeded player has ever lost in the opening round at Roland Garros in the Open era, which started in 1968. I think physically everyone would say this.

But Sunday's setback - albeit on a surface for which she has no great affection, having made an opening-round exit in Paris a year ago - threatens to leave her season in tatters.

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We will play the game and then we will see [what happens] as it is a unique match and anything can happen. He added: "Every player in the [Madrid] dressing room wants to make history".

Tomic dumped out of French Open