Dimitrov ends Egyptian's Open odyssey

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov has seen off lucky loser Mohamed Safwat on day one of the French Open

Mohamed Safwat is the first man from Egypt to play in a grand slam tennis tournament's main draw in 22 years - and he got very little notice that chance would come at the French Open.

Safwat, ranked 183 in the world, got into the field as a "lucky loser", someone who failed to make it out of the qualifying rounds but is given a berth when another player withdraws.

In this case, Serbia's Victor Troicki pulled out Sunday because of an injured lower back.

So the 182nd-ranked Safwat made his grand slam debut at age 27 on Court Philippe Chatrier against No.4-seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Not surprisingly, the Bulgarian won 6-1 6-4 7-6(1) to be the first player through in the men's draw.

Dimitrov said he only found out he'd be playing Safwat about 20 minutes beforehand.

Safwat was cheered off the court in a rousing ovation.

Another lucky loser from qualifying will now face Australias' Bernard Tomic on Monday after an ongoing elbow injury proved too much for compatriot Nick Kyrgios to overcome.

It's a persistent problem for the 23-year-old, who's played just two events since February.

In other matches, France's Gael Monfils defeated compatriot and wildcard Elliot Benchetriet in four sets 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-1.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Damir Dzumhur swept aside American Denis Kudla 6-4 6-2 6-2 but Jared Donaldson is through after surviving five sets with Chile's Nicolas Jarry, winning 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4.