French Open First Round Recap

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Here are some of the first round men’s results from this year’s Roland Garros:

Nicholas Mahut def. Andy Roddick[26] 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 - Roddick has not played too much tennis recently, yet he was hoping that the French Open would be the place to get back on his feet. Unfortunately for the American, he couldn’t find his rhythm and struggled with his movement on the red dirt throughout the whole match. Despite capturing a set, there were hardly any signs of the good old Roddick when being on top form. Are his formidable years behind him? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see how he performs at one of his favourite grand slams, Wimbledon. See you in London, Andy.

Michael Berrer def. Jurgen Melzer[30] 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 - In 2010, Melzer experienced a great run at Roland Garros, going all the way to the semifinals. Since then Jurgen has not been able to repeat that performance at any of the slams. The Austrian had the match all wrapped up before giving away a two set lead and after Berrer managed to claim the next three sets, he sailed to a surprising victory.

Gilles Simon [11] def. Ryan Harrison 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 - Ryan started off well and was able to maintain his performance till most of the second set, despite losing it in the end. Simon was ultimately the more experienced player, but Harrison should not be too disappointed in himself, matches like this one will teach him the experience he needs.

Viktor Troicki[28] def. Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 - Troicki had to battle hard against the Brazilian, but it paid off for him as he came back from 2-1 down to capture the last two sets and book his place in the second round. The Serbian’s body language was a bit negative in some moments of the match, thus giving Bellucci a confidence boost. Fortunately for Troicki, he regained confidence when he needed it most and sailed to a victory.

Brian Baker def. Xavier Malisse 6-3, 7-6(1), 7-6(5) – There aren’t many American tennis fans who wouldn’t be moved by the story of Brian Baker. This story shows you to never give up and pursue your dreams, regardless of age or ranking. It also gives fans hope that maybe their favorite player struggling with bad injuries will be able to make a come back. Baker seems to be on a roll after reaching the Nice Open final last week, where he lost to Nicolas Almagro. Good luck Brian!

Janko Tipsarevic[8] def. Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3 -  Querrey started the match with some brilliance, hitting winners from every corner and dominating the first set. But Tipsarevic, who reached the semis in Madrid this year, regained his focus and after taking the next three sets, he booked a place in the second round.

Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Alexander Dolgopolov[16] 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 – This match proved to be a tough battle between the two Ukrainians.  The end result might be a suprise for many tennis fans, but Stakhovsky does hold claim to some big wins from the past. Although Dolgopolov is being considered as a great talent, he needs to mature a bit more and gain some extra experience on the tennis court. Next up for Stakhovsky will be the veteran Tommy Haas of Germany.

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