Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov acknowledged the conditions weren't perfect during his French Open second round clash but he was happy to clinch a straight-set win 6-4 7-6 (5) 6-1 over Slovakia's Andrej Martin.
"I think the conditions were a little bit different from the first match," Dimitrov said, per the ATP website. "I felt like I had to like just kind of get over the hurdle of the weather... Also he's a player that I have never played against, so I just wanted to kind of feel out the atmosphere, move my body around and go for some of the shots, which was not easy.
It started raining at some point and was very windy. There were so many variables today, I just wanted to control them the best way I could. I was very pleased that I finished in straight sets."
Dimitrov says he is on good terms with Maria Sharapova
Dimitrov and former world No.
1 Sharapova broke up several years ago but the Bulgarian claims the two still have a good relationship. "We kept a good friendship. She is in a good place. I wish I could tell you more," Dimitrov said, when asked about his relationship with Sharapova, per Jose Morgado.
Meanwhile, world No. 101 Roberto Carballes Baena couldn't hide his happiness after stunning world No. 11 Denis Shapovalov in the second round. Shapovalov twice failed to serve out for the match in the fifth set as Carballes Baena won 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-3 3-6 8-6.
"It is a dream for me to win a match like this,” Carballes Baena said, per the ATP website. “I tried to be very solid and focused on my game. Shapovalov served very well, but I played a very good match. It was the first time I beat a Top 10 player, reached the third round of a Grand Slam, and the first time I won a fifth set”.
Shapovalov injured his hamstring a little bit but wasn't too much concerned. "Hopefully it's nothing too serious. We're playing in freezing conditions. It's bound to happen that players are going to get hurt.
It's a bit frustrating but there's really nothing we can do," Shapovalov said per Ravi Ubha. "Scheduling is absolutely awful. After a 5-hour match, I have to play doubles now. It's just like, it's just complete trash scheduling."