INTRODUCTION: It was a mixed day for the men's singles seeded players at the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Monday (30 May).
INTRODUCTION: It was a mixed day for the men's singles seeded players at the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Monday (30 May). Seventh seeded American, Harold Solomon, was defeated 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, by Jose Higueras of Spain. But number one seed, Rumania's Ilie Nastase, fared better, beating his old rival, Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: Nastase -- seen serving here from the far end -- was completely on form. He out-manoeuvred Kodes and forced the Czech into making mistakes.
Kodes was the winner of the French Open title in 1970 and triumphed over Nastase to retain it in 1971. But he produced several wild shots on Monday as the Rumanian coaxed him onto wrong positions.
A capacity crowd of 13,000 packed the court on a sweltering day to see the match. The 30-year-old Rumanian has become well known for his temperamental character, winning him both friends and enemies. But there was no sign of the "Nasty Nastase" as he produced a series of well-placed volleys.
Third set and Kodes serving to save the match. It was too late though and a Nastase smash left him no chance for the return. A win for the Rumanian 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
And a place in the quarter finals where he'll meet American number six seed, Brian Gottfried. The American knocked out Patrice Dominguez of France 6-4, 6-1, 7-5.