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Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4”

After registering the final point, Johnson collapsed to the clay and broke down in tears (juxtaposed by Coric acting like a 5-year-old on the other end of the court).

Johnson had beaten Yuichi Sugita over five sets in his opening match, a gripping encounter that started on Sunday and had to be finished on Monday. Johnson overcame a point penalty for ball abuse - the decision seemed harsh - and edged past Croatia's Borna Coric 6-2 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 7-6 (8-6). Just the pain and you, you know, just trying to get through it.

ESPN's Nico Pereira previews Day 6 of the French Open as the big names are set to feature Philippe-Chatrier Court at Roland-Garros.

It has certainly been an easier road for Thiem so far, with the Austrian winning both his matches in straight sets whilst Johnson has been forced to extra sets both time.

Johnson, whose father died aged 58 less than three weeks ago, claimed an emotional win in four sets over Croatian Borna Coric on Wednesday.

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"I know it's going to be emotional for quite some time".

'It's what makes tennis fun, great fans great people it's a great place to play so I just was glad to get through and now I'll try and focus on the next one'. "I know he is from upstairs". But the Croat came back, led with a break in the fourth before Johnson took it in a tiebreaker to win. I was able to just get it back to the tennis.

The last point summed up the paradox in emotions.

"He meant a lot to me, but you don't necessarily realize what he was able to do and who he was able to touch beyond his family's life".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Portugal's Joao Sousa during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Paris.



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