On Day 1 of the 2013 French Open, we saw some dominant performances, as well as some surprises.
There is more compelling action on Day 2, as some top seeds attempt to dispose of hungry challengers.
Let's take a look at some of the top matchups of the day.
*For the complete list of Monday's matches, visit RolandGarros.com.
Where: Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France
When: Monday, May 27
Watch: NBC, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Schedule for Day 2
|Monday, May 26||5 a.m.-10 a.m.||First Round||ESPN2|
|Monday, May 26||10 a.m.-7 p.m.||First Round||Tennis|
|Monday, May 26||12 p.m.-3 p.m.||First Round||NBC|
Predictions for Monday's Top Matches
Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Daniel Brands
Daniel Brands has never faced Rafael Nadal in his career.
That's bad news going up against the seven-time champion at Roland Garros.
Nadal, the favorite to win this year's tournament, is 36-2 with six singles titles on the year. Since getting upset by Horacio Zeballos in his first tournament of the year, he's only lost once.
To Novak Djokovic, no less.
Brands, the No. 60 player in the world, is 13-10 this season. That includes a recent loss to world No. 95 Jan Hajek. On the other hand, Brands did defeat world No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals of the BMW Open.
Overall, you can't have too much hope for Brands. While he's played better than previous years in 2013, he's outclassed by Nadal.
Prediction: Nadal wins 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
Li Na (6) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues has a 4-1 career record against Li Na, and her only loss in the matchup was when she retired due to injury in the 2012 Australian Open.
Garrigues has also won all four of their clay-court matchups.
Tennis Facts tweeted:
Li Na has lost all four clay meetings with Garrigues. Garrigues bageled Serena Williams this year.— Tennis Facts (@TennisFacts) May 24, 2013
But Garrigues' form hasn't been impressive lately, going 9-11 so far this season. Meanwhile, Na has gone 21-6 this season with one singles title (Shenzhen Open). Did I mention Na won the 2011 French Open, beating four top-10 seeds along the way?
I expect Na to finally win on clay against Garrigues.
Prediction: Na wins 6-3, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (5) vs. Gael Monfils
Not only does Tomas Berdych outclass Gael Monfils, Monfils has yet to have any success against the Czech. Berdych is 3-0 lifetime against Monfils, including a clay-court victory in Madrid in 2012.
Berdych is 29-10 this season. He also recently captured just his second career victory in 15 matches against Novak Djokovic at the Rome Masters.
Berdych has a higher winning percentage on clay than on hard courts for his career (117-65). He made it to the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2010 before falling to Robin Soderling.
Monfils is 11-10 this season. He's had some impressive wins over Fabio Fognini and Jurgen Melzer recently, but he also lost to Alberto Montanes in Nice.
In the end, the veteran consistency of Berdych will trump Monfils' sporadic play this year.
Prediction: Berdych wins 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2