French Open 2011 Draw: 10 Most Intriguing First-Round Matchups

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French Open 2011 Draw: 10 Most Intriguing First-Round Matchups
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Incredibly, the 2011 French Open is finally about to begin. In fact, it already has (in the qualifying). Nearly a year has elapsed since Nadal won his fifth title, and nearly two (!) since Roger Federer completed a historic Career Grand Slam.

For the players to get to history, however, they need to get to the final—and no one does that without winning six matches. The first, however, will always prove the most difficult and dangerous.

Even for players of the calibre of a Federer, Nadal, or Williams, the first round will always be a nervy moment. Its that awkward transition from peaceful training mode to full-on war mode, and often against someone they are expected almost certainly to trounce.

The round pf 128, however, offers the most matches, and surely in there are a few highlight, marquee matchups. These are ten of the best to look out for in the men's and women's draws.

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