• French Open, Day Two

What They Said: Robson feeling the pressure

ESPN staff
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Laura Robson admitted she felt the pressure of added focus after Andy Murray's withdrawal from the French Open © AP
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When it was suggested that Andy Murray's withdrawal from the French Open had shifted more attention on Laura Robson, the British No. 1 joked: "Really? I hadn't noticed!

"It's been interesting. There's definitely been a fair few more people at the practices the last couple of days, but I've just tried to get on with it really."

But it was disappointment for the 19-year-old against former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round as she bowed out in straight sets.

"I think Caroline played really well and I thought she played smart," Robson said after the 6-3 6-2 defeat. "She definitely knew what she wanted to do on the court, and generally I just wasn't able to get into the match. My shots just weren't firing as well as they usually are, so it's disappointing."

And, with a wry smile, she added: "Now you guys can watch Heather [Watson] and Bally [Elena Baltacha]."

Wozniacki, meanwhile, felt her extra experience got her through.

"You know, she's only 19. She's so young," the Dane said. "I know I'm only 22, but still, you know, it's still three years older. I think it means a lot. Obviously playing on the big courts before and playing a lot of tough matches here has definitely helped today."

It was slightly harder work for Rafael Nadal, though. The seven-time French Open champion dropped his first set against Daniel Brands before sneaking through 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3.

"Sometimes, when you feel you are hitting not a bad shot and every time comes back a bomb and a winner from the beginning, sometimes that's frustrating," the Spaniard said afterwards.

Nadal was close to a two-set deficit before breaking Brands' serve for the first time.

"At two sets to love [down], I don't say that I wouldn't have a chance because I always hope that there is a chance and I will keep fighting," Nadal added. "But you have to play under a lot of pressure the rest of the match - so I found the solution at the right time.

"At 5-4 [in the tie-break] I think I played two break points - one winner with my forehand down the line, and then a fantastic return winner down the line with my backhand. In the right moment I hit two fantastic shots and that probably was the match."

And when asked what she knows of Mallory Burdette, her American second-round opponent, Agnieszka Radwnaska replied with a smile: "To be honest, not much. Nothing at all, actually. I might Google her."

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