French Open Schedule 2013: Day 2 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

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French Open Schedule 2013: Day 2 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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On Day 1 of the 2013 French Open, we saw some dominant performances, as well as some surprises.

On the men's side, Roger Federer and David Ferrer cruised to straight-set victories. On the women's side, Serena Williams crushed Anna Tatishvili, while Venus was shocked by Urszula Radwanska.

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 StreamESPN3.com

 

Schedule for Day 2

Date Time (ET) Round TV
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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

 

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