Roger Federer will now play Oscar Otte in the next round. Roger Federer is playing the French Open for the first time since 2015.Angelique Kerber’s hopes of winning the career slam ended with a loss in the first round. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Paris: Roger Federer marked his return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence with a straight sets win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday, admitting he “felt on edge”, as Angelique Kerber’s hopes of completing a career Grand Slam suffered a quick kill. Federer, a 20-time major winner, hadn’t played the tournament since 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals. However, on Sunday, it was as if the 37-year-old had never been away as he swept to a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory in one hour 41 minutes on a packed, rebuilt Court Philippe Chatrier.It was his 60th successive first-round win at a Grand Slam. “I felt on edge at the start, my heart was beating crazily,” said Federer, who hailed the new-look stadium which has been 90% rebuilt in readiness for the installation of a retractable roof for 2020. “I felt great playing on this court. It looks very attractive, so congratulations to everyone involved. Hopefully, I can play here again for my next match.” That match will be against German lucky loser Oscar Otte who won just his second match in eight years on the tour by seeing off Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-0.RELATED “I would be surprised if Roger knew my name,” said Otte, the world number 145. Federer broke serve five times and fired 36 winners past 24-year-old Sonego, the world number 73 who made the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters. German fifth seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber saw her hopes of a career Grand Slam ended by Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova.India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran crashed out in the first round of the French Open men’s singles after suffering straight sets defeat against Hugo Dellien of Bolivia. Prajnesh lost 1-6, 3-6, 1-6 against his opponent to draw curtains on his campaign in Paris. He was the lone Indian to feature in the men’s single main draw. Kerber slumped to a 6-4 6-2 defeat to 18-year-old Potapova who was making her French Open debut. “Kerber is actually one of my idols, and when I was young I was looking for her game,” said the 81st-ranked Russian who hit 28 winners past her German opponent. Kerber, 31, has now lost six times in the French Open first round. The German left-hander had come into Roland Garros carrying a right ankle injury which forced her to pull out of the Italian Open and retire from her second round tie in Madrid. “I didn’t have many expectations coming in,” said Kerber, who was broken six times in the match which brought the curtain up on the new look Chatrier arena. Potapova’s first win over a top 10 player gives her a second-round clash against 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who stunned Federer on his way to the Australian Open semi-finals and beat 11-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal in Madrid, also made the second round. The 20-year-old sixth seed brushed aside Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7/4). New court unveiled The new Court Simonne Mathieu, a 5,000-capacity semi-sunken arena enclosed by greenhouses, was officially unveiled on Sunday. It forms part of the 350 million euro upgrade of the entire site which will also see the demolition of the Court 1 ‘bullring’ after the 2018 tournament. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 champion, had the honour of opening proceedings against America’s Taylor Townsend and the 19th seed marked the occasion with a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win. “It’s cute,” said the Spaniard. “It’s not small, but it’s, you know, cosy.” Other winners on the first day included Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, a quarter-finalist in 2015, who eased past France’s Quentin Halys 6-2 6-3 6-4. However, Italian 16th seed Marco Cecchinato, the man who sent Novak Djokovic crashing out in the quarter-finals in 2018, fell at the first hurdle. Cecchinato lost to 37-year-old Frenchman Nicolas Mahut — who has slipped to 253 in the world — 2-6 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-2 6-4. Canada teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the tournament with a thigh injury, just a day after finishing runner-up to Benoit Paire in Lyon. The 18-year-old was seeded 25 and had been due to face Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the first round on his maiden appearance in the main draw in Paris. Auger-Aliassime’s spot in the first round draw has been taken by Spanish lucky loser Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Second seed Karolina Pliskova closed play on Chatrier with a 6-2 6-3 win over Madison Brengle of the United States. Later Sunday, Venus Williams, the 38-year-old American, faces Ukraine ninth seed Elina Svitolina on Simonne Mathieu. Williams, the runner-up to sister Serena in 2002, made her debut in Paris in 1997.
RAIPUR (CMC): Chris Gayle flopped again with the bat but grabbed two wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Carlos Brathwaite’s Delhi Daredevils by six wickets, to book their spot in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League here Saturday. Chasing 139 for victory at the International Cricket Stadium, Gayle was dismissed for just one, but captain Virat Kohli extended his incredible run of form with an unbeaten 54 to see RCB home with 11 balls to spare. They finished the preliminaries second on 16 points, just two behind table-toppers Gujarat Lions, with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders also finishing on 16 points to be third and fourth, respectively. Sent in, Delhi rattled up 138 for eight off their 20 overs with opener Quinton de Kock stroking a top score of 60 off 52 balls and fellow South African gathering an unbeaten 27 from 18 deliveries. Batting at number seven, Brathwaite scored just one before scooping a wide delivery from Gayle low to Australian Shane Watson at backward point at 98 for six in the 15th over. Gayle finished with two for 11 from two overs of his unpractised off-spin. In reply, RCB lost the 36-year-old Jamaican in the second over with the score on five when he inside-edged an innocuous delivery from medium Morris on to his stumps. For the West Indies star, it was his sixth single-digit score in eight innings. There were no such problems for his opener partner Kohli, however. He faced 45 balls and counted six fours as he sped to his sixth half-century of the season to move to a massive 919 runs from 14 innings. He has also scored three centuries. Seamer Brathwaite was economical, if not penetrative, finishing with one for 18 from 3.1 overs. At Eden Gardens in Kolkata, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine grabbed three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders also clinched a spot in the play-offs with a 22-run victory over Sunrisers. In pursuit of 172 for victory, Sunrisers were hurt by Narine’s spell of three for 26 from four overs to finish on 149 for eight. SIXTH SINGLE-DIGIT SCORE