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2010 French Open: Michael Yani, One of Many Unknowns Highlighted on Day One

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01:  Michael Yani of the United States serves to Sam Querrey of the United States during day two of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Sam BlumCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

The time was 9:20 P.M. All of the matches had finished except one.

Out on the final court, Lukas Lacko and Michael Yani (pictured) were still battling.

The score was 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 8-8 when the match was finally called. The match was probably the best of day one at the French Open, and it will be finished tomorrow at approximately 7:30 A.M. EST or 1:30 P.M. in Paris.

The opening day slate was anything but appetizing. No Federer, no Nadal.

The lowest seed was No. 5 Robin Soderling, who took his French opponent out without even a second thought.

However, as is usually the case in the early part of the tournament, it was the the small named people that took the spotlight.

German Daniel Brands danced for nearly four hours and for all five sets with Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga before allowing his serve to be broken in a game which he had led 40-15.

That was one of the five matches that went the five set distance.

Fabio Fognini was able to take Nicolas Massu out in the fifth. Fognini took the first set easily before allowing Massu to make a match of it. 

Marco Chudinelli beat Somdev Devvarman in five. Every set was by a score of 6-3.

Somdev is a fun player to watch as he often frustrates his opponents by hitting everything back. However, Marco was able to fight his way to the second round.

Marco is in his first year back after being sidelined by an injury for most of his career. 

Edouard Roger Vasselin came back from two sets down to take out the South African giant, Kevin Anderson. 

Thiemo De Bakker won his first french open match with a four set victory over Olivier Patience. Tobias Kamke, Albert Montanes, Alejandro Falla, Mikhail Youzhny, Jullien Benneteau, Guillermo Garcia Lopez, and Juan Ignacio Chela were all able to advance in straight sets. 

The popular Frenchman who made it to the third round last year was able to beat Lucasz Kubot in four tough sets to stay alive.

Americans went 0-1-1 on the men's side. Ryan Sweetning tried to make a third set push, but lost in the tiebreak to Juan Ignacio Chela. Michael Yani will finish his match tomorrow.  

The red hot Ernests Gulbis retired in the third set, after coming in ranked 23. 

Tomorrow features many more matches. Some highlighted matches to note for tomorrow will be...

Roger Federer vs. Peter Luczak

Gael Monfils vs. Florian Mayer

Evgeny Korolev vs. Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray vs. Richard Gasquet = MATCH OF THE DAY

Taylor Dent vs. Nicolas Lapentti

Jesse Witten vs. Marcos Baghdatis

Michael Yani vs. Lukas Lacko ***

*** = Score is currently 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 8-8

Match play starts 5:00 A.M. EST. 

 

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