Fourth-seeded Bulgarian player, Grigor Dimitrov, made the second round of the French Open tennis tournament. He defeated Egypt’s “Lucky Loser” Mohamed Safwat in straight sets.
Dimitrov won 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 in a one-sided match. Dimitrov has never qualified for the quarterfinals in Paris. He had to face the experienced Viktor Troicki in the first round, although a few minutes before landing on the court, Viktor decided to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury. This provided a chance to world number 182 player Safwat to make a grand slam debut.
Safwat became the first player from Egypt to remain in the draw of a major Tennis Tournament after Tamer El-Sawy, who had taken part in the US Open 1996.
Dimitrov said that “I was warming up and my coach said that look and we saw on board that I had to play against any other opponent.”
He said that “I did not expect it.”
To make a place in the last-32, Dimitrov has to play against America’s Jared Donaldson.
Elina Svitolina, the fourth seed from Ukraine, also succeeded in making the second round in the women’s singles. She defeated Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović 7-5, 6-3 in straight sets and showed her the way out from Roland Garros.
Svitolina, who won the second consecutive Italian Open titles last week, will clash with Slovakia’s V. Kuzmova in the next round.
Estonia’s 25th seeded Anett Kontaveit had to struggle to beat American Madison Brengle 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in three sets.