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Gonzalez loses to Dolgopolov at French Open

 Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr returns the ball to Chile's Fernando Gonzalez during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at t...
 Chile's Fernando Gonzalez returns the ball to Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at t...

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Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr returns the ball to Chile's Fernando Gonzalez during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at t...

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Chile's Fernando Gonzalez returns the ball to Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at t...

Fernando Gonzalez is considering skipping Wimbledon to rest his injured knees after being eliminated by unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov Jr. of Ukraine in the second round of the French Open.
Gonzalez lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 Friday and said he may need to take a break from tennis to fully recover from a knee injury that forced him to skip the Rome Masters in April and withdraw from the Madrid Masters this month.
"The tour is very competitive and maybe it's a good time to have a 100 percent recovery," Gonzalez said. "I will see because if I'm not feeling like where I need to be to play these kind of matches."
The 12th-seeded Chilean reached the semifinals at Roland Garros last year and was the runner-up at the 2007 Australian Open but struggled against Dolgopolov, who earned his first career victory over a player ranked in the top 20.
"I didn't feel really well physically," Gonzalez said. "And when you're not 100 percent fit, it's tough mentally to be there. You start to think too much. That's not good for your game."
The 21-year-old Dolgopolov has jumped to No. 56 in the rankings from 338th a year ago, and said his confidence on clay grew after playing Rafael Nadal in Madrid this month. He lost that match 6-4, 6-3, but said he was pleased with being able to put up a fight.
"It was a really good match for me," the Ukrainian said. "I saw that my game is pretty good. I got him to run a bit and he got pretty nervous. So I was pretty confident after that match. Now I know I can play all the good players, I can compete with them."
He will next face the 19th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain.


Updated : 2021-03-09 16:27 GMT+08:00