Gilles Simon def. Brian Baker 6-4, 6-1, 6-7(4), 1-6, 6-0 – Baker had a great comeback after being two sets down, but it wasn’t enough against the well experiences Frenchman Simon, who got the Paris crowd on their feet after the last point of the match. The Brian Baker saga will go on though, he has won himself lots of fans all around the world. Simon’s next opponent in the third round will be the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.
Paul Henri Mathieu def. John Isner 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 - Isner went the distance yet again, and despite it wasn’t quite the 70-68 5th set result, both players will go down in history with the most games played in a single match at the French Open since the tiebreak has been introduced in 1973. As the match went on and reached the 4:30 mark, Isner began to show first signs of tiredness, whereas Mathieu looked like he could go on for hours. To the delight of the French crowd, shouting “Allez” throughout the match, Mathieu managed to convert his 7th matchpoint and set up a third round encounter against the winner of the match between Granollers and Jaziri. Isner will enter Wimbledon hoping that he won’t have to face a Frenchman, whose last name starts with the letter M, because the all time Wimby record could be in danger.
Fabio Fognini def. Viktor Troicki 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6 - Troicki struggled in the first round and it was no different for him in round two. The 28th seed Serbian was facing yet another guy whose best surface is clay, and knew he couldn’t afford any lapses in concentration to come through this one. Unfortunately, he just did not have enough when it came down to the wire and Fognini sailed to a five set victory. While the Italian showed he is able to go toe to toe with a seeded player, he will have to step up his game even more when he meets the number 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in round 3.
Santiago Giraldo def. Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 - Not much talk surrounded Tomic upon entering Roland Garros, but many tennis pundits favoured him to get past the second round. Unfortunately for the Australian, he struggled to find answers to Girlaldo’s game and the Colombian sailed to a three set win. Tomic is still young so he’ll only learn from the early round losses. He certainly prefers faster surfaces, but if he wants to mix with the very best, he will have to top up his clay court game as well. Fans will be eager to watch what he comes up with at this year’s Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinals last year.
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