Dan Evans left the court after the first set to be make himself ill
The British No4 raced into an early lead against a 35-year-old listed No281 world despite claiming he could not breathe in the oppressive heat.
He left the court at the end of the first set to make himself ill and despite breaking soon after his return, Evans’ challenge slowly wilting in the Paris sunshine.
Despite going off court a second time to cool down and placing bags of ice on the back of his neck, courtside temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celcius took their toll on Evans and he finally succumbed with a final double fault to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 defeat after 2hr 27 min.
He subsequently explained that Daniil Medvedev retirement in the previous match on Court 2 had thrown his preparations out of sync.
“I hadn’t eaten that long before, so I was struggling with that for quite a while,” he said. “I didn’t feel good at all, but I think it’s in the spirit to sort of just carry on playing.
Dan Evans was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 by Tommy Robredo
“The first time I went off I threw up a little bit. It was just sitting in my stomach, so I thought it was the best thing to do.
“But it was hot and it was really tough. I think he just didn’t find his feet at the start and then it was clear he was way better than me on that surface and looked physically better as well, which was a bit worrying.”
By contrast, in the performance of the day, impressive 23-year-old Dominic Thiem barely broke sweat, the No6 seed taking just 80 minutes to see off another player tipped to have a bright future, Bernard Tomic.
Last year’s semi-finalist Thiem, the only man to beat Rafa Nadal on clay this year, won 13 of the last 15 games to complete a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 rout.
Dominic Thiem showed why he is one of the favourites for the French Open title with a first-round hammering of Bernard Tomic.
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The Austrian is the only player to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay this season and, along with German Alexander Zverev, is regarded as the most likely challenger to the old guard.
This was a good draw for Thiem because Tomic struggles on clay and, after he put early nerves to one side, the sixth seed raced through 6-4 6-0 6-2.
“It was very hot out there, so I’m happy that I won in three sets,” said Thiem, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros last season.
The Birmingham player is confident he is in good shape for the grass-court season, though, and hopes he will benefit from his clay travails.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of tennis. It’s a different story on the quicker surface. Obviously, the surface helps me a lot. I don’t worry about five sets on the hard or the grass. It was just today was definitely a lot different to what I imagined.“