Saturday, May 28, 2011

Which top seeds played best on the second day at Roland Garros?

Six of the top 12 seeds in the entire tournament were in action Monday at the French. Most won in easy fashion. One wasn't so lucky. Busted Racquet ranks the top seeds based on how they played Monday and what this win means for the rest of the tournament.

1. Caroline Wozniacki, No. 1 seed, d. Kimiko Date Krumm 6-0, 6-2 -- Nobody wants to be on the court long for their first-round match. Of this list, nobody was. But Wozniacki especially had to be delighted to finish her match quickly. She drew a tough opponent in Kimiko Date Krumm and was coming off two victorious three-setters in the final rounds of a tune-up event in Brussels this weekend. Caro could use the rest. The confidence boost won't hurt either.

2. Roger Federer, No. 3 seed, d. Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) -- Earlier this month, Lopez held a match point on Federer during a second-rounder in Madrid. Though Federer came back to win the marathon final-set tiebreak and kept alive his perfect record against the Spaniard, there had to be at least some worry on his part when he saw Lopez's name come up in the draw. There's no worry now.

3. Francesca Schiavone, No. 5 seed, d. Melanie Oudin, 6-2, 6-0 -- So much for the pressure of being a defending champion. Oudin hasn't played well in months but did upset Schiavone in Fed Cup play last November. Like with Federer, perhaps that prior struggle against an opponent helped motivate Schiavone on Monday.

4. Novak Djokovic, No. 2 seed, d. Thiemo de Bakker, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 -- Djokovic cruises. Did you expect anything different? Djokovic was on his game from the opening serve, blasting forehands with pinpoint accuracy and never losing his serve. He also had a first-serve percentage of 80. That sound you just heard was Uncle Toni Nadal cringing ever-so-slightly. (If you're wondering why a dominant Djokovic is No. 4, it's because there was never any expectation that the match's result would be any different than it turned out.)

5. Vera Zvonareva, No. 3 seed, d. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-3, 6-3 -- It was hardly a dominant performance from Vera as she was broken twice and struggled to get in her first serve. Considering her past struggles at Roland Garros, it'll do.

6. Tomas Berdych, No. 6 seed, l.� 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 9-7 -- Last year's surprise semifinalist was a surprise upset victim this time around. For as comfortable as Berdych looked while cruising to a two-set lead against 30-year-old French qualifier Stephane Robert, he looked equally uncomfortable while dropping the next two. By the time Berdych realized what was going on, a partisan French crowd had gathered and turned Court 2 into a frenzy. Robert, ranked No. 140, had never won a match at his country's Grand Slam. This year was only the third time the journeyman had even played in the event.

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