2011 French Open: Tomas Berdych Knocked out Early

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIMay 23, 2011

ROME, ITALY - MAY 13:  Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic shows his dejection during his quarter final match against Richard Gasquet of France during day six of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 13, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The first couple days of the 2011 French Open started out pretty much the way you would expect it. That all changed this morning as last year's semifinalist and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych went down in a major upset.

Berdych made a strong summer run in the majors in 2010, making the semifinals of Roland Garros and the finals of Wimbledon, knocking off Roger Federer along the way. However, he has not done much since that time and is now at rock bottom after a first-round loss at this grand slam tournament.

The young player was expected to be a top force for years to come, but one must now wonder if he can even stay in the top 10, as this loss will severely hurt his ranking.

Berdych looked to be in control of the match, winning the first two sets rather easily at three and three. But his little known opponent Stephane Robert, a Frenchman undoubtedly spurred on by the crowd, won the next two sets 6-2.

The two then battled in a long, tough fifth set, eventually won by Robert, 9-7. As easy as it would have been for Robert to throw in the towel after being outplayed for two sets, he showed a lot of grit in coming back and beating one of the most talented tennis players in the world.