The Tennis Podcast

French Open Day 2 – Lucky Loser Trungelliti Captures Hearts; British Bullishness; Nadal Frustrated; Serena Ready To Return

May 28, 2018

Despite some late drama, the Sunday start at Roland Garros had felt a little flat. Fortunately, that all changed on day two and there was plenty for David (at a wildlife centre) and Catherine (at the tennis) to talk about.

While a number of big names may have taken to the court, it was the World No.190 Marco Trungelliti who stole the headlines. The lucky loser’s 9-hour road trip from Barcelona, which caught the imagination of everyone at Roland Garros, got the Hollywood finale it deserved as he defeated Bernard Tomic to reach the second round. Catherine and David delight in the sheer romance of the story.

It was also a successful day from a British perspective as Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson won convincingly. Both players are talking with real confidence. How might they fare in the next round?

Elsewhere, there were wins for Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic. Who impressed most?

But there was no such luck for Wawrinka. His ranking will drop alarmingly after a first round loss to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. But is there a crumb of comfort to be found in the way Stan is speaking optimistically about his health?

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal was delayed by the rain and an inspired performance from Simone Bolelli. How much of a role did the heavy conditions play in that match?

Looking ahead to Tuesday, Serena Williams will play her much-anticipated first Grand Slam match for 16 months. What can we expect from her return?

There will be daily editions of The Tennis Podcast throughout the French Open, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport).

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