2014 French Open

French Open 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for Roland Garros Bracket

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2014

After a wild start to the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros, tennis fans have already turned their attention to Day 2 and the exciting matchups that will come to fruition. 

With men’s top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in action on Monday, the excitement for the second Grand Slam of the year is through the roof.

Here is the full TV schedule for Monday, May 26 and the top matches from the Day 2 schedule for the men’s and women’s tournaments at Roland Garros

 

Day 2 Schedule and Viewing Information
Date Time (ET) Round Watch
May 265 a.m. to 10 a.m. 1st ESPN2
May 2612 p.m. to 3 p.m. 1st NBC
May 2610 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1st Tennis Channel
Source: SI.com

*Check Roland Garros.com for full men's and women's brackets.

 

2014 French Open - Day 2 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1Player 2CourtPredicted Winner
Novak Djokovicvs.Joao Sousa Court Philippe ChatrierDjokovic
Stan Wawrinkavs.Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Court Philippe ChatrierWawrinka
Gilles Simon vs.Ante PavicCourt Suzanne LenglenSimon
Rafael Nadalvs.Robby GinepriCourt Suzanne LenglenNadal
Martin Klizanvs.Kei NishikoriCourt 1Nishikori
Facundo Bagnisvs.Julien BenneteauCourt 1Bagnis
Women's Side
Player 1Player 2CourtPredicted Winner
Maria Sharapova vs.Ksenia PervakCourt Philippe ChatrierSharapova
Alize Cornetvs.Ashleigh BartyCourt Philippe ChatrierCornet
Dominika Cibulkovavs.Virginie RazzanoCourt Suzanne LenglenCibulkova
Petra Kvitovavs.Zarina DiyasCourt Suzanne Lenglen Kvitova
Jelena Jankovicvs.Sharon FichmanCourt 1Jankovic
Sloane Stephensvs.Shuai PengCourt 1Stephens
Source: RolandGarros.com

*For the full schedule, check out RolandGarros.com.

 

Top Matchups On Day 2

No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Robby Ginepri

The 2014 French Open is only a day old and there is already controversy. This time, the talk surrounds No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal’s first matchup taking place on Court Suzanne Lenglen instead of Court Philippe Chatrier.

Instead of the No. 1 seed playing his opening match on the main court of Roland Garros, it will be No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic who has been bestowed that honor. As Nick Nemeroff of Tennis View Magazine expressed on Twitter, many fans and experts think this was the wrong decision:

While many disagree with the move, tennis insider Tom Perrotta talks about how this is a smart scheduling decision by the officials at Roland Garros:

As for Nadal’s opponent, Robby Ginepri is an American player who is ranked No. 280 overall. Ginepri has never advanced past the fourth round at the French Open—he achieved the feat in 2008 and 2010—and will going head-to-head with one of the greatest players to ever step foot on the clay surface of Roland Garros.

Nadal is an eight-time French Open champion and is the defending tournament winner. With momentum coming into the tournament, no notable injuries and confidence on the familiar courts, Nadal should dominate Ginepri.

Predicted Score: Nadal Wins, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. Joao Sousa

While the controversy surrounding No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic getting the top billing on Court Chatrier over Nadal may be the focus of fans and the media, Djokovic will be locked on first-round opponent Joao Sousa.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament Djokovic has never won, and he has only reached the final once in his career (he lost to Nadal in 2012).

When asked about what his lack of success at Roland Garros, Djokovic told ESPN UK about how he perceives the event:

Knowing that I have gotten closer and closer each year to the title gives me enough reason to be confident for the start of this year. It's a Grand Slam. It's a two-week long event, best-of-five [sets], and there is a feeling that almost all of the players who are participating in the event have an extra motivation to perform well.

There is no doubt that Djokovic should dominate Joao Sousa in the first round, but the 25-year-old Portuguese player is a rising star that is currently ranked No. 42 overall in the world standings.

The tough test for Djokovic in the first round will be a blessing. With the need to get focused early in the tournament, he will be able to build momentum early by beating Sousa and carry it into the remainder of the tournament.

Predicted Score: Djokovic Wins 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

 

*Stats via RolandGarros.com.

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