Andy Roddick was ousted in the first round of the French Open on Sunday by 88th-ranked Nicolas Mahut who took Roddick in four-sets (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2).
Mahut ousted the 26th-seeded Roddick with 13 aces to Roddick’s 8 while breaking the American tennis star seven times, including in the last game of the match.
Roddick has not had much luck at Roland Garros where he has lost in the first round during half of 10 trips to the tournament.
Mahut has lost in the first round in Paris during his last nine appearances. Nicolas’ claim to fame was losing the longest tennis match in history to John Isner, a fifth set 70-68 finish at Wimbledon.
In the meantime the tournament started out slow with top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set to begin play on Monday and Tuesday.
Also suiting up on Sunday was Juan Martin del Potro who beat Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 despite suffering from an injured left knee. The 2009 U.S. Open champion used tape around his knee early in the match to avoid a forfeit. In 2009 Del Potro reached the semifinals at Roland Garros but lost to Roger Federer in five sets, five months later he took down Federer in the U.S. Open Final.
If you’re confused by the French Open starting time it is the only Grand Slam event to start on a Sunday, while the other three events start on Mondays.
Are you surprised by Any Roddick’s first round loss or did it appear par for the course based on his French Open record?