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TTT – French Open Update, Day 1

A rather ho-hum day, except for #19 seed Marin Cilic falling in straight sets to Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo, a 33 yr old journeyman currently ranked 100, career high of 50 almost 5 years ago. Ramirez-Hidalgo loves the dirt, but there’s no excuse for such a poor performance from the 2010 Aussie semi-finalist. Cilic has not made it past the 4th round of a slam since his performance Down Under 16 months ago, and has now hit a new low, losing 1st round to a challenger level player (Ramirez-Hidalgo was 3-11 in ATP events this year) who hadn’t won a match at any Grand Slam event since the 2006 French – made 4th round, the only other time he’s ever won a slam match.

There were two other smaller upsets – the ever-underacheiving Ernests Gulbis losing to Blaz Kavcic, winning only 7 games in 3 sets, and 255th ranked French youngster Guillaume Rufin crushing countryman Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. I have not seen Rufin play yet but I did watch Mannarino lose to Devvarman on an outer court at Indian Wells this year and was not impressed. Mannarino looked like an average athlete with marginal speed and a poor attitude. Rufin turns 21 on May 26th, and will likely get another Frenchman next – the always entertaining, amazingly athletic but erratic, Gael Monfils, the #9 seed here.


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