For Daniil Medvedev, Roland Garros has ended in a big disappointment.

The number four on the placement list surprisingly lost in the first round to the Hungarian Marton Fucsovic: 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 1-6.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal booked a simple victory.

Medvedev showed once again that gravel is not his favorite surface.

The first round was also the end station for the 24-year-old Russian in his three previous participations.

The losing finalist of the US Open last year seemed to be fighting back after two lost sets, but his level dropped again in the fourth set.

After more than three hours of play, Fucsovics, the number 63 in the world, secured the victory.

Nadal, who is chasing for his thirteenth title at Roland Garros, was not surprised by Egor Gerasimov: 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2.

The Spaniard dropped the US Open earlier this month and was able to fully focus on his favorite Grand Slam, where he won twelve of the past fifteen editions.

Although the 34-year-old Spaniard did not have a good dress up at the Masters tournament in Rome, where he was already eliminated in the quarter-finals, Gerasimov could not shake him.

Only in the third set was Nadal a break behind, but after that he did not give away a game.

Gaël Monfils, the number eight on the placement list, was already killed in the first round.

The Frenchman lost to Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan 4-6, 5-7, 6-3 and 3-6 for the handful of supporters who were admitted.

Dominic Thiem continues the line after winning the US Open.

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Thiem convincingly along Cilic

Dominic Thiem, just like Nadal, reached the second round without any problems.

The winner of the US Open was too strong for Marin Cilic in three sets: 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.

In both the first and the third set Thiem lost his first serve, but nevertheless never really got into trouble.

The Croatian number forty in the world made no fewer than 43 unnecessary mistakes.

Thiem reached the final in the last two editions of Roland Garros, in which Nadal proved too strong.

The 27-year-old Austrian won the first Grand Slam of his career earlier this month with the US Open.

Serena Williams is hunting in Paris on her 24th Grand Slam.

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Kerber immediately eliminated, Williams continued

In the women's tournament, the curtain fell for Angelique Kerber in the first round.

The former number one in the world, placed eighteenth at Roland Garros, lost 3-6 and 3-6 to Kaja Juvan from Slovenia after just over an hour of play.

Kerber, 32, has won the Australian Open (2016), Wimbledon (2018) and the US Open (2016), but Roland Garros is still missing from her honors list.

The quarterfinals (2012 and 2018) remain her best performance on the clay court in Paris for the time being.

Serena Williams did reach the second round.

The 39-year-old American settled 7-6 (2) and 6-0 with compatriot Kristie Ahn.

Williams chases a Grand Slam on her 24th overall in Paris.

With that she could match the record set by the Australian Margaret Court.

Last year's losing finalist was immediately eliminated.

The Czech Markéta Vondrousová was never involved against the Polish Iga Swiatek: 6-1 and 6-2.

Her final place last year therefore remains a rare highlight for Vondrousová.

In all of her other twelve Grand Slam competitions, she never got past the fourth round.

She was killed eleven times in the first or second round.

Vondrousová drips after her defeat.

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