Roger Federer’s outfit was dull, but his play was scintillating on Day 1.
Today marks the first in the series of brief daily recaps that will keep you updated on several of the key storylines at Roland Garros. Roland Garros Rewind will be followed by Roland Garros Fast Forward each day, a preview of the next day’s notable matches.
Match of the day: Defending fourth-round points in Paris, Andreas Seppi brought little momentum here after staggering through a miserable clay season. His opening match against unheralded Argentine Leonardo Mayer showed plenty of the reasons for his 2013 woes, but the Italian finished strong to win in five after several momentum shifts.
Comeback of the day: Gilles Simon never had rallied to win a match after losing the first two sets, so things looked grim after he won just four games in two sets against Lleyton Hewitt. On the other hand, he had not lost in the first round of a major since this tournament five years ago. That statistic endured a...