Round one is complete for the 2011 French Open, and there wasn't ... too many upsets. There were some scares though, like the top-seeded Rafael Nadal being taken to five sets by John Isner, to name the most significant. Round two is now underway and we have plenty of big names hoping to advance further.
Andy Murray is one of them, he's the fourth seed in this tournament and he himself is coming off struggles in round one against qualifier Eric Prodon. They weren't significant struggles though, as Murray still walked out with straight set wins, but the match shouldn't have looked as close as it did. The 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 score in favor of Murray is not indicative of how flat he came out looking, which could be a product of the clay, always a problem for Murray.
His second-round opponent, the Italian Simone Bolelli, is looking to put the pressure on early. Bolelli isn't a no-name, but he's someone who is extremely inconsistent, currently ranked 126 in the rankings, down from his high of being in the top forty just two years ago. They've met just once, a match that Murray won, but it was a very hotly-contested affair in Madrid in 2009. Murray is the favorite to win, by a wide margin, but he's not about to overlook Bolelli by any stretch of the imagination, especially after round one struggles.
Fifth-seeded Robin Soderling will also be in action, he'll be up against Albert Ramos on Court Suzanne Lenglen, first of the day. The American Mardy Fish is going to be in action against Robin Haase on court two, second up. Fish is the tenth seed and may be America's best hope to win this year's French Open, or really any major this year depending on the status of Andy Roddick.
Sam Querrey, the Bay Area-born 24 seed has a very tough second round opponent in Ivan Ljubicic. Querrey broke his wis trend of having never won a match at the French Open in round one when he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber. He's representing Bay Area tennis, and while he has only a very, very outside chance of winning the French Open this year, more wins can only help him in his rocky start to 2011. The best thing he can do is win and get confident going forward, and a win over somebody like Ljubicic (former world number three) is definitely a good supplement for a weary confidence.