Day two saw the sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych bounced out in the opening round of the 2011 French Open, losing to the qualifier Stephane Robert. The scores were 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 9-7. Berdych was in place to win the fifth set, but he let a 5-4 match point slip away from him, and with the way sets three and four went, folks knew that the Czech was in trouble. Berdych won the first two sets comfortably, and his level of play did not diminish throughout. He held the edge in most statistical categories, but Robert was a man on fire, which Berdych noted after the match when he said he had no idea how somebody so good could not be ranked in the top 100.
There's plenty of other big names today, hoping to not suffer the same early defeat as Berdych. World number one Rafael Nadal will be taking on the always-dangerous John Isner. Isner is known for a strong serve, and also known as the winner of the longest match in tennis history, which took place at Wimbledon last year against Nicolas Mahut of France. The match took more than eleven hours ... and certainly both Nadal and Isner are hoping for nothing of the sort in the opening round of Roland Garros, win or lose.
Sam Querrey, representing the Bay Area, is looking for his first French Open win ever as he takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber. That match is scheduled to be second on court seven for the day, so be sure to check it out and see if Querrey does the Bay Area proud.
Andy Murray will be kicking off the day on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Eric Prodon. The fourth-ranked Murray is still searching for his first major victory, but many doubt it will come at this year's French Open. Prodon, though, doesn't figure to factor into the equation much and Murray should be able to handle him, by all accounts.
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