As we know, the prestigious French Open is home to the world's most talented tennis players. On Monday, we received our first glimpse of many of those stars in action.
Due to such a strong field, it's important for each player to get off to a hot start. Gaining momentum is crucial for what figures to be a long and arduous road to the finals for each athlete involved.
Many of tennis' brightest stars opened the tournament in pristine form on Monday, growing their confidence in preparation to make deep tournament runs.
Let's take a look at their final scores and analyze a few of the day's premier matchups.
(1) Rafael Nadal def. Robby Ginepri; 6-0, 6-3, 6-0
Despite being relegated to the second show court on Monday, Rafael Nadal sure played like a champion.
Earning his 60th career victory in 61 matches at the French Open, Nadal easily upended American Robby Ginepri in three sets.
Nadal got off to a very fast start, taking the first set 6-0 in just 29 minutes, according to a tweet from Roland Garros:
After sustaining a brief surge by Ginepri in the second set at three games each, Nadal turned it on once more, finishing the match by winning nine straight games to secure a berth in Round 2.
During a press conference after his match, Nadal was asked about his thoughts of playing on the second show court. Douglas Robson of USA Today tweeted his response:
The field at Roland Garros should be rather nervous after seeing this brilliant performance by Nadal to open the tournament.
(7) Maria Sharapova def. Ksenia Pervak; 6-1, 6-2
Maria Sharapova made swift work of Ksenia Pervak on Monday, losing just three games en route to a two-set victory.
Pervak found her way on the scoreboard in the first set, winning one game due to a flurry of unforced errors from Sharapova. But the No. 7-ranked player would right the ship, winning 12 of the last 13 points to take the set.
Pervak battled in the second set, but proved to be no more than a sparring partner for Sharapova. The match ended with a Sharapova victory in just over one hour.
Here's a look at Sharapova's performance, courtesy of a tweet from ESPN Highlights:
It's tough to think about that match down the line where you have to compete in three more matches before that. Obviously many people look forward to matches where we play each other. But in many ways it doesn't matter if it's the fourth round, quarters, semis or final. There is only one champion at any tournament. So it's not really about when you face somebody. It's about who comes through. Right now it's not my concern.
Sharapova has the right mindset going forward. Taking one match at a time is crucial in a marathon of a tournament such as this. If she keeps up this kind of momentum into the quarterfinals, we could be in for an epic showdown.
(2) Novak Djokovic def. Joao Sousa; 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Novak Djokovic began in great form against Joao Sousa, winning the first two sets with ease.
The No. 2-ranked player faltered slightly in the third set, dropping a couple of serves, but was able to prevail in the end.
During the match, Djokovic had to deal with a rain delay but made the most of it by sharing a beverage with a lucky ball boy. Here's a look, courtesy of a Vine post from Zach Woosley:
After the match, Djokovic spoke with RolandGarros.com about his performance, the rain and his upcoming opponent:
Well, today I played for most of the match quite solid. End of the match was not so nice from my side. Dropped the serve twice.
But, you know, very heavy conditions. The court is not that great, in a great condition at this moment. But of course, considering the amount of the rain that we had in last four or five days, it is not easy for people to maintain the court in the right state. They are doing their best.
Considering my next opponent, playing French tennis player in France, we all know how challenging that is. He had a big win against Federer in Rome, so I'm sure he's very motivated to play his best. But I was looking forward to this tournament for a long time. I'm in a good form, and hopefully I can use that against Chardy.
Djokovic is looking to complete his career Grand Slam with a win at the French Open. He'll have plenty of difficult tests along the way, but his early form indicates a strong possibility to complete the feat.
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