The Latest: Karlovic first seeded man to exit French Open

May 24, 2015, 6:42 AM
A boy who climbed down from the stands takes a selfie with Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the...
A boy who climbed down from the stands takes a selfie with Switzerland's Roger Federer in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Colombia's Alejandro Falla at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
(AP Photo/David Vincent)

PARIS (AP) — 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT)

Ivo Karlovic is the first seeded man to exit from the French Open. The big server, seeded 25th, hit 21 aces in losing 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis on Court 7.

Baghdatis, runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open, next plays Damir Dzumhir in the second round.


3:10 p.m. (1310 GMT)

Surely, this was pushing the selfie craze too far.

A kid ran down from the stands and across center court at Roland Garros to get a selfie with Roger Federer after the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s first-round victory against Alejandro Falla.

The boy, as casual as can be, put his hand across Federer’s left shoulder as the tennis great was walking off court with his kit bag, and tried to snap several shots of the two of them together with his mobile phone.

Clearly very uncomfortable, the 2009 champion gently rebuffed the boy, stepped back and glanced over questioningly at security guards for help. After a delay of several seconds, one of them grasped the boy around the waist and steered him away.

The kid then went back the way he came, strolling back across court to the seats.


2:43 p.m. (1243 GMT)

Roger Federer is beaming after his straightforward 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 first-round win against Alejandro Falla, a Colombian who entered the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying.

Facing a player who pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon five years ago, the 2009 Roland Garros champion was never threatened, extending his unbeaten run against the 111th-ranked Falla to 8-0, serving eight aces.

“I love coming here,” Federer said. “I wasn’t broken. I’m happy.”

In the third set, Falla called for a medical timeout, getting some deep massage on his right thigh.

Sticking out like a sore thumb in ultra-pink shorts (is that color even legal?), Federer paced around the court to stay limber during the break.

Falla lost the next two games and the match.


2:01 p.m. (1201 GMT)

Once bitten, twice shy. Third-seeded Simona Halep, the losing women’s French Open finalist last year, has good reason to be wary of her next opponent, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 70th-ranked Croatian beat Halep in straight sets in the U.S. Open third round last year.

“I have not good memories from that match,” Halep recalled after her first-round 7-5, 6-4 victory on Sunday at Roland Garros against Evgenia Rodina. “I just was blocked and I couldn’t hit the ball.”

Lucic-Baroni advanced to the second round by beating Lauren Davis, a 64th-ranked American, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


12:45 p.m. (1045 GMT)

Last year’s losing women’s finalist, Simona Halep, is safely through to the second round, closing out a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Russian Evegenia Rodina with an ace.

The third-seeded Romanian, dressed all in black, celebrated with a fist pump.

Roger Federer is up next on center court. The winner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles got a standing ovation as he stepped onto Court Philippe Chatrier, acknowledging the applause, shrieks and whistles with a quick wave of his right hand.

Federer is wearing an outfit Andre Agassi would approve of: day-glo pink shorts with purple stripes down the sides and a purple shirt.

His first-round opponent is Alejandro Falla. The Colombian, into the main draw as a lucky loser, pushed Federer to five sets in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010.


12:19 p.m. (1019 GMT)

The first match-winner this year is Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, in the men’s draw. He was up two sets against Mikhail Youzhny when the Russian retired at the start of the third. Youzhny was a quarterfinalist in 2010.

On the women’s side, the first winner is Teliana Pereira. The Brazilian qualifier chomped through Fiona Ferro, a 326th-ranked French wild card, in 65 minutes, winning 6-3, 6-2.


11:57 a.m. (0957 GMT)

Out on Court 2, Phillip Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, has torn through his first set against Japan’s Go Soeda, winning 6-1. Kohlschreiber (aged 31) and Soeda (30) are among 39 men aged 30 or over in the Roland Garros main draw. That is a Grand Slam record.

Another veteran, 32-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, is off to a bad start on Court 6, losing his first set 6-2 against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The most golden of oldies, 33-year-old Roger Federer, follows Simona Halep on center court. Last year’s losing women’s finalist is up against Evgenia Rodina, winning the first set 7-5.


10:52 a.m. (0852 GMT)

Here we go again. On a sunny Sunday morning, play is about to start at the French Open, as grounds crews finish watering the center court.

The weather forecasts are excellent, with temperatures expected to reach 22 degrees Celsius (72 F) in the afternoon.

Last year’s runner-up Simona Halep will open play on Center Court. The third-seeded Romanian player is taking on Russian Evgenia Rodina before Roger Federer starts his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title against lucky loser Alejandro Falla.

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