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Alcaraz wins, Murray exits in French Open; Djokovic hopeful

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Alcaraz wins, Murray exits in French Open; Djokovic hopeful

Carlos Alcaraz won and Andy Murray exited at the French Open, while Novak Djokovic remains hopeful despite losing at the Geneva Open.

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ALCARAZ WINS, MURRAY EXITS AT RONALD GARROS OPENERS

Alcaraz won his opening French Open match after he pulled off a 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 victory over JJ Wolf on Sunday.

The Spanish World No.2 won for the first time since coming back from a right forearm injury that sidelined him for nearly a month.

“I’m almost at 100% of my abilities. After the match, I didn’t feel anything,” Alcaraz said.

In other men’s singles matches, Hubert Hurkacz defeated Shintary Mochizuki, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, while No.17 Ugo Humbert lost, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, to Lorenzo Sonego.

Rain delayed play for more than an hour on all 18 claycourts except for two with retractable roofs.

ANDY MURRAY EXITS EARLY AFTER LOSING TO WAWRINKA

Murray exited the French Open after his opening round match after absorbing a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Stan Wawrinka Sunday night.

Wawrinka broke Murray’s serve in the opening game by converting a third break point as the Swiss veteran won despite having a 9-13 disadvantage in their head-to-head matchup.

“Disappointed, it was always going to be tough, a tough match. I wish I could’ve done a bit better,” Murray said.

“Stan has played brilliant tennis on that court and I was expecting him to play very well tonight and he gave me a few opportunities,” he added.

“It was emotional for sure; we’re getting closer to the end. We played so many times in the last 20 years,” Wawrinka said of playing against Murray.

DJOKOVIC HOPEFUL IN FRENCH OPEN DESPITE GENEVA OPEN SEMIS LOSS

Djokovic, meanwhile, has “low expectations and high hopes” of his stint at Roland Garros this year despite falling short at the Geneva Open over the weekend.

The world No.1, who reached the Geneva Open semifinals on his 37th birthday on Wednesday, crashed out of the semifinals with a 6-4,0-6, 6-1 loss against Czech world No.44 Tomas Machac.

Djokovic was hoping to snatch a warmup tournament title before plunging into the French Open on Tuesday.

“You know, anything but a title for me is not satisfactory, you know. So it’s always been like that,” Djokovic said on his French Open expectations this year.

“So that’s why my hopes and goals are always the same, but I have to lower my expectations,” he added.

Djokovic will open his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Tuesday, with the hope of contending for his 25th Grand Slam title.

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