Paul-Henri Mathieu after a big upset
The second round of the 2012 French Open has wrapped up and left us all begging for more.
However, the second round was far more dramatic and intriguing in terms of upsets and the score lines in general.
Richard Gasquet of France was down a set and a break to Grigor Dimitrov, who served for a two-sets-to-love lead, but the Bulgarian lost three straight games to lose three sets in a row in an abrupt downfall. The final score saw the Frenchman winning 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
Nonetheless, the upcoming Bulgarian talent executed well and came clutch in 15-30 holes and break points—all up until it was time to serve for the second set. It will take time for him to become a true threat, but he is certainly getting there.
Tommy Haas, at the age of 34, has managed to move into the third round (winning 2, 3 and 2 over Sergiy Stakhovsky) to give his daughter some magic moments (this article was written after Haas' first round victory but is also applicable to his Roland Garros run so far).
Santiago Giraldo took out Bernard Tomic in a comfortable and one-sided affair. It seems the young Aussie sensation still hasn't been able to find a rhythm on this surface yet—and with his frequently slower balls compared to the competition, he may never.
Giraldo will now take on Andy Murray, who miraculously came through to defeat Jarkko Nieminen in four sets. Many spectators, including myself, turned off their television sets when the Scot trailed a set and a break and seemed to be so injured that sooner or later he would throw in the towel. He had visits from the trainer that did not do much at first for his back spasm, but he somehow prevailed while hitting 70 mph serves (oh, and the Fin choked).
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga had dropped a set to Cedrik-Marcel Stebe a day prior, but came back in fine form to deny his opponent any chance of getting into the match at all.
Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, had no trouble whatsoever and was humble, as per usual, in his post-match press conference interview, though there was no reason to be at all. He absolutely destroyed Denis Istomin (who has given him a hard time in the past) 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.
Fabio Fognini, the feisty Italian, has continued to be impressive on the red clay at the French Open, upsetting Viktor Troicki 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.
Speaking of extended five-setters, the "Marathon Man", John Isner, defended that nickname, but was unsuccessful in his match against Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Big John got incredibly tired and essentially gifted the Frenchman the break in the end, though it did take a while. And just how long was that final set? 148 minutes.
The home crowd favorite won 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16. It's about time the French got their revenge on Isner for his extended five-set ways.
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