Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 FRENCH OPEN: Day 2 (Vika, Nole, Raja Win)

Day 2 of the French Open concluded with both World #1 players, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, getting through their first-round matches. Azarenka's was the more complicated journey, since she was down a tiebreak set and 0-4 serving  a second serve on a  break point to go down 0-5 when she came up with a second serve ace to keep her in the game and match. Because she was so far down and out she actually relaxed and started playing better tennis against Alberta Brianti. Azarenka eventually won 6-7(6)  6-4 6-2.

Djokovic's path to the second round was not a cake-walk, as Italian Potito Starace played some inspired tennis to stay toe-to-toe with the World #1 through the first 90 minutes or so, but eventually succumbed 7-6(3) 6-3 6-1. Djokovic is attempting to win his 4th major title in a row.

World #3 Roger Federer continued his history-making career by winning his 233rd Grand Slam match, equaling Jimmy Connors total. But Federer has only lost 35 major matches (to Connors 49), giving the Swiss Great a winning percentage of 0.869 compared to Connors' 0.826.

Other players to watch winning on Day 2 of Roland Garros were John Isner, Jelena Jankovic, defending champion Li Na, Aggie Radwanska, Marion Bartoli and Gilles Simon. Feliciano Lopez became the first seed to lose when he retired from his match with an abdominal strain.

On Day 3, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will be in action.

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