John Millman was our best chance to see an Australian claim victory on day two at the French Open.
Unfortunately Millman wasn’t able to take to the court in his round one match against Gianluca Mager from Italy due to a back injury.
Mager wasn’t aware of the late change of opponent when Peter Gojowczyk took the court as a Lucky Loser.
Millman was looking to claim his first win at Roland Garros after five first round losses dating back to 2016.
The other Australians that played put in a good effort only to fall short.
Storm Sanders playing in her first Roland Garros title after qualifying without dropping a set, raced to a 4-1 lead against world no. 15 Elise Mertens from Belgium.
Mertens would steady and win eight straight games to take control although Sanders did have her chances late in the opening set.
At 4-3 Sanders had a break point at 30-40.
The third game of the second set went for 7 minutes 24 seconds and was key for Mertens as she extended her lead. Sanders had several game points but was unable to hold on.
Sanders did show some resistance as she broke back in the next game however she was then broken to love and Mertens cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Christopher O’Connell got off to a slow start against USA’s Tommy Paul. He dropped serve in the opening game and again in the third game to find himself 4-0 down after the American held serve for the second time.
Paul would close out the set and then he got a crucial break in the fifth game of the second set to set himself up for a two sets to love lead.
O’Connell looked to be going out in straight sets after he was again broken in the fifth game of the third set, but this time he broke back immediately.
The Australian broke in the tenth game to claim his first set at Roland Garros.
In the fourth set O’Connell broke in the second game to lead 2-0, only to be broken in the next game. As in the previous set O’Connell got a break in the tenth game to claim the set and take the match into a fifth set.
Neither player would drop serve until in the 17th game when Paul broke to lead 9-8 and give him the opportunity to serve out the match.
O’Connell will perhaps look back at a point in that game where he decided to leave a ball that he had a play on and it landed in.
In the 18th game Paul had two match points that the Australian saved before O’Connell earned a break back point. He was not able to convert.
Paul closed out the match to take the match after three hours and 33 minutes.
The last Australian in action on day two was Jordan Thompson. He faced Spain’s Jaume Munar.
Thompson took the opening set in a tie-breaker before Munar took control in the second set. The fourth game was a marathon 15 minute and 19 seconds but Thompson was not able to hold.
Munar broke in the opening game of the third set before Thompson hit back immediately.
Munar would break again in the first game to lead 3-2 and then hold for 4-2.
Thompson held and then broke to get back on serve at 4-4. Both players would hold their next few games to see the set need a tie-breaker.
The Australian was ahead 4-2 in the breaker and 5-4 before the Spaniard closed it out 7-5 to take a two sets to one lead.
Both players held serve in the fourth set until the 10th game when Thompson was down 0-40 before saving one match point. That was all he could do.
Munar taking the match 6-7(6), 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-4.