Roland Garros Day Two Men's Wrap-up
Roger Federer looked pretty sharp against his dangerous opponent Feliciano Lopez of Spain. He didn't face a single break point and was able to take the first two sets 6-3 6-4. Lopez was able to hold serve in the third and took it to a tiebreak, but he seemed to fade away, even double faulting at 3-5. Federer then delivered an ace to take the match.
Czech Tomas Berdych was given all he could handle by Frenchman Stephane Robert. The two battled for five sets, with Berdych taking the first two 6-3 6-3 and then Robert taking the next two 6-2 6-2. They each showed incredible grit, neither of them wanting to give up the match as they battled through the fifth set. Robert was coming up with some incredible shots, taking the ball on the rise and robbing Berdych of time. At 7-7, he cranked out a blistering forehand winner to break and then held serve in convincing fashion to win his first five set match. Amazing.
Novak Djokovic looked impressive in his first round match against Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands. He was in total control and De Bakker had nothing in his arsenal to hurt the Serb. Djokovic powered through the match 6-2 6-1 6-3 in just 92 minutes.
The flashy Frenchman Gael Monfils was off to a slow start against German Bjorn Phau, losing the first set 4-6. Perhaps the unusual purple color of his tennis gear was distracting him. He righted the ship in the second set though and took it to his opponent 6-3. He took the hotly contested third set 7-5, and then ran away with the match 6-0 in the fourth.
Other notable wins today include Juan Martin Del Potro who withstood the missile serves of Ivo Karlovic in four sets. Oddly enough, only one of those sets featured a tiebreaker. The final score: 6-7 6-3 7-5 6-4. American Mardy Fish made it through Brazilian Ricardo Mello in four sets. He looked pretty comfortable throughout the match with the exception of the second set where it looked like he sustained an injury on his left ribcage. Apparently the injury wasn't that significant but it was enough of a distraction to keep the American from winning the second set tiebreaker. The final score: 6-2 6-7 6-2 6-4.