He may be carrying a little more around the middle than in his Roland Garros pomp, but the star appeal of Andre Agassi was undeniable at the French Open as his new charge Novak Djokovic romped to a second-round win.
It was not a good day for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ivo Karlovic, however, who were both eliminated from the tournament on Wednesday. "I played five matches".
The first-round match started Tuesday, but was suspended because of darkness with Olivo leading 5-4 in the fourth set.
"But I really fought".
Despite being outclassed, Haase was able to see the amusing side: "At the beginning I was way better", the Dutchman said. I think my serve worked better than two days ago. "So I am very happy winning in straight sets, which is always great news".
Tsonga managed to save three match points, but the 91st-ranked Olivo converted the next one with a forehand cross-court victor to win 6-4 and advance to the second round. Williams found a seat in the shade at Court Philippe Chatrier during her older sister Venus' match against Nara. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor to prevail 6-4.
The 31-year-old is bidding to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event, having lifted the trophy from 2005-2008 and 2010-2014.
"I was expecting this kind of match because I played her recently, and I saw her a little bit in the few tournaments before", said Muguruza. There are victories. There are disappointments.
Tsonga was keen to keep things in perspective, saying: "I'm not a novice".
"If it's not today, it will be another day". I was thinking on the first point, all I wanted was to win the first point.
The two-time Wimbledon champion, who was seeded 15th, lost to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) at the French Open. It's the paradox of tennis. The 12-time Grand Slam champion was broken early into the set by Sousa and appeared to tweak his back during one rough landing, although he quickly recovered his poise to win in three.
"So I tried not to think about it too much, and it went well". And he was playing home.
"I figured he was going to take on a powerful name but I do not know what relationship they're going to have".
It would be fair to say that most of Nadal's rivals over the years have grown used to the Spaniard bouncing back from injury as strong as he had been before.
Wilander said that, intellectually, players know what they need to do to beat, for example Nadal, on the clay courts on which he has dominated for so long. "I sort of let him really into it, and you could see that he started believing after a while, and that's always a unsafe state".
Tsonga lost against Renzo Olivio, pretty easily with 3-1, and the person from which the home crowd expected a much better result, especially after winning the tournament in Lyon, finished his adventure in Paris this year pretty.