French Open Day 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Candice HareContributor IIIMay 23, 2011

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the men's singles first round match between Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After a weak lineup on the first day of play, Day Two at Roland Garros gave us our first glimpses of some of the sport's biggest stars, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Francesca Schiavone.

While there weren't too many major upsets during the day, a few of the matches definitely caught our attention.

The Good: Roger Federer [3] def. Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3)

Love him or hate him, Roger Federer is one of the central characters in the men's game and tennis needs him to stick around as long as possible. The third-seeded Federer hasn't been on the radar all season, and if he were to make a deep run in Paris on his worst surface, it would certainly give him confidence going into Wimbledon.

This may have only been a first-round match, but it was an important one for the 2009 French Open champ. Lopez played a tough match against him just weeks ago in Madrid, so Federer easily dismantling the Spaniard on the big stage was definitely a good sign.

The Bad: Stephane Robert def. Tomas Berdych [6] 3-6. 3-6. 6-2, 6-2, 9-7

Tomas Berdych definitely won't have pleasant memories of this match. Up two sets to love, the sixth-seeded Czech looked to be cruising to victory when everything changed.

Sure, Berdych's level dropped beginning in the third set, but you have got to hand it to Robert; he played the match of his life, much to the delight of the French fans.

The fact of the matter is that the top players have the ability to raise their game when necessary, and this match is another example of why Berdych has yet to be able to hang with the big boys.

The Ugly: Sara Errani def. Christina McHale 6-7(4), 6-2, 9-7

Sure Berdych fell apart in his match, but American Christina McHale's collapse in her first round match against Sara Errani was on a whole other level.

In the deciding third set, McHale was up 5-0 on the Italian before completely falling apart and eventually losing the set 9-7.

Following her defeat, McHale told reporters that she "panicked" and that it was a feeling she had never experienced while playing prior to this match.

While McHale is young and things like this can happen to inexperienced players on a big stage, this is one of those losses that can stick with a player for a long time.

Other Notable Results:

Francesca Schiavone [5]  def. Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-0

Novak Djokovic [2]  def. Thiemo De Bakker 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

Vera Zvonareva [3]  def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3, 6-3

Gael Monfils [9] def. Bjorn Phau 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0

Juan Martin Del Potro [25] def. Ivo Karlovic 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Petra Kvitova [9] def. Greta Arn 6-2, 6-1