The second day of the 2014 French Open featured some intriguing matches, and now the winners will advance to the second round at Roland Garros.
The big three are all at this year's French Open, but everyone in the field will be looking to somehow take down Rafael Nadal. It won't be easy, however, as the 27-year-old has won the Grand Slam event eight of the past nine years, and he's looking for his fifth straight title at Roland Garros.
Let's take a look at the complete results from Monday's action, followed by a recap of a couple of the most notable matches from Day 2.
|M. Klizan||(9) K. Nishikori||7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-2|
|K. De Schepper||A. Montanes (Retired)||3-1|
|T. Kamke||M. Mecir||7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1)|
|B. Paire||A. Falla||6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4)|
|M. Granollers||I. Dodig (Retired)||2-2|
|J. Vesely||L. Rosol||6-2, 7-6 (8), 7-5|
|R. Haase||N. Davydenko||7-5, 6-4, 6-2|
|(25) M. Cilic||P. Andujar||6-0, 6-3, 7-6 (8)|
|M. Kukushkin||N. Mahut||6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4|
|(2) N. Djokovic||J. Sousa||6-1, 6-2, 6-4|
|(29) G. Simon||A. Pavic||6-1, 6-1, 6-3|
|J. Melzer||D. Goffin||6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4|
|T. Gabashvili||(30) V. Pospisil||6-4, 6-2, 6-3|
|(17) T. Robredo||J. Ward||4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4|
|(1) R. Nadal||R. Ginepri||6-0, 6-3, 6-0|
|A. Gonzalez||M. Russell||6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1|
|(27) R. Bautista Aqut||P. Lorezni||6-3, 7-5, 6-2|
|(26) F. Lopez||D. Dzumhur||6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-3|
|G. Garcia-Lopez||(3) S. Wawrinka||6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0|
|F. Bagnis||J. Benneteau||6-1, 6-2, 1-5, 3-5, 18-16|
|D. Thiem||Ph. Mathieu||6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2|
|(18) E. Gulbis||L. Kubot||4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-1|
|L. Mayer||J. Duckworth||5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (2)|
|T. Bellucci||B. Becker||6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2|
|(14) F. Fognini||A. Beck||6-4, 6-4, 6-1|
|D. Young||D. Sela||6-1, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0|
|A. Mannarino||Yh. Lu||6-2, 6-1, 6-1|
Martin Klizan Takes Down Kei Nishikori
After being the first Japanese man in 75 years to make it to the fourth round at the French Open in 2013, Kei Nishikori was unable to make it out of the first round this year, falling to Martin Klizan in straight sets.
Although Nishikori was able to drag out the first set, it was clear that his recent hip injury was getting to him. The talented 24-year-old couldn't keep up, losing in straight sets while winning just three games in the final two sets.
For as talented as Nishikori is, Erik Gudris from USA Today points out that Nishikori's inability to stay healthy could keep him from reaching his full potential.
Despite all of his immense talent, if Nishikori's body can't sustain it, hard to predict what he can achieve in next few years. We'll see.— Erik Gudris (@ATNtennis) May 26, 2014
“It’s tough for me, but I guess this is my tennis life, you know,” Nishikori told Naila-Jean Meyers from The New York Times. “I have to take care of my body and injury will come again, for sure. So I have to mentally, you know, be ready.”
Nishikori is 27-5 in 2014 already with two titles, but he'll need to get healthy in a hurry if he wants to be ready for Wimbledon next month.
Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Joao Sousa
Despite being one of the greatest tennis players in the world and winning six career Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic has never won the French Open. While he still has a long way to go this year, Djokovic got off to a strong start in this year's tournament, cruising past Joao Sousa.
Djokovic had no problem in the first set, winning 6-1 and blowing past Sousa with five aces. However, during the match, there was a bit of a rain delay, suspending a number of matches at Roland Garros. The 27-year-old seemed pretty comfortable during the delay, however, as he hung out with the ball boy and even had a drink with him.
After Djokovic won the second set 6-2, Sousa had a more competitive final set but still came up short, losing 6-4. Djokovic was on top of his game throughout, recording nine aces along with 40 winners. According to Live Tennis, Djokovic felt that he didn't play perfect, but he was still content with his performance.
#Djokovic through over Sousa 61 62 64 and faces Jeremy Chardy next "hiccups during the match but happy with how I played"— Live Tennis (@livetennis) May 26, 2014
In the second round, Djokovic will take on Jeremy Chardy, who he has beaten in their eight previous matches against each other, so unless something wild happens, we'll be seeing the Serbian superstar in the third round.