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French Open 2011: Novak Djokovich, Roger Federer In Action On Day Two

Day one saw most of the top seeds advanced as suspected at Roland Garros, but day two is pulling out the big guns with both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in action. The number two-seeded Djokovich is taking on Thiemo De Bakker for his opening round matchup, and he's, obviously, the heavy favorite. The strong-service Dutchman is off to a bad start this tennis season, with only three tour-level wins, while Djokovic is riding one of the most impressive streaks we've seen in professional tennis. On the clay, Djokovic will be even more of a favorite over De Bakker, don't even think about betting on the upset here.

Federer also figured to have an easy time in the opening round, but his opponent, Feliciano Lopez, is not the be underestimated. The last time the two met was at the Matua Madrid Open, when Lopez took the first set and had match point for the tiebreaker in the second set, but gave up three consecutive points and Federer battled back to win sets two and three. It's obviously something that Federer cannot overlook, but he remains ever-confident.

Gael Monfils of France, the world number nine as of this tournament, is also in action on day two, against Bjorn Phau. Monfils is the hometown hero for the French Open, and after recovering from an illness in Madrid, he's looking to do some damage at Roland Garros. Phau doesn't figure to have much of a chance, and that makes sense, he's the 145th-ranked player in the world.

Juan Martin Del Portro and the American Mardy Fish are also in action. Fish is the tenth ranked player in the world and is taking on Ricardo Mello of Brazil. Del Potro is ever-searching for his true return to form, and he'll be taking on Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Play begins at 2:00 a.m. pacific and 11:00 a.m. local time at Roland Garros. Djokovic is the second match on Court Philippe Chatrier, and Federer's match will be following that. Monfils is set to go up third on Court Suzanne Lenglen, while Del Potro will be kicking off court one. Finally, Fish will be second to play on court seven.