French Open Results, Scores and Brackets: Monday's Winners and Losers
Day 2 of the French Open is complete.
Unlike most majors, the French Open doesn't necessarily award the more talented player. The clay surface gives gritty defensive players a fighting chance to pull a big upset in any given round. Clay causes the ball to slow down and pop up, making more shots hittable.
Many European players grow up playing on the surface, giving them the "home-court advantage" over a player that may beat them on a traditional hard court. There were no mind-boggling upsets on Day 2, but some matches didn't result as many expected.
Here's a list of the top three winners and losers from Day 2, in no certain order.
Winner No. 1: Mardy Fish
American men are notorious for being sub-par on clay.
Mardy Fish is the only American male to advance in the French Open, as two other Americans bowed out in the first round. Fish won in four sets over Brazilian Ricardo Mello, with his only dropped set coming in a second-set tiebreaker.
Fish blasted 12 aces to only three for Mello. Fish also had 47 winners, while only committing 36 errors.
Fish is currently the highest ranked American in the world at No. 10, and will play the winner of Robin Haase and Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the next round.
Winner No. 2: Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli lost her first set at Roland Garros 6-1 to Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, who is No. 106 in the world.
Bartoli is ranked No. 11, 95 spots above Tatishvili. Bartoli kept her composure, and dropped only three games in the next two sets. Bartoli made 15 errors in the first set, and then only 16 in the final two sets.
Bartoli is 8-10 in her career at the French Open, meaning her confidence on clay has never been very high. This comeback win was huge for the native Frenchwoman.
She will face Olga Govortsova in the second round.
Winner No. 3: Anastasia Rodionova
Anastasia Rodionova of Australia had only won 13 Grand Slam matches in her career coming into her match with No. 26 Nadia Petrova.
Petrova has made nine Grand Slam quarterfinals, and has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world. After Petrova took the first set in tough tiebreaker, many would expect Petrova to finish the job. She made it to the quarterfinals just last year.
However, Rodionova converted on three of five break point chances in the next two sets to end Petrova's 2011 French Open. Rodionova served at above 60 percent in both the second or third set, after hitting only 58 percent of her first-serve chances in the first set.
Rodionova is actually the favorite in her second round match against Edina Gallovits-Hall from Romania, who is No. 131 in the world.
Loser No. 1: Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych went out and won two routine sets in his first-round match against Frenchman Stephane Robert. Robert only won six games, and Berdych only committed two errors in the first two sets.
Berdych, the No. 6 seed this year, made his first step toward bettering his ranking at Roldan Garros last year. He made a deep run to the semifinals, beating Andy Murray and Mikhail Youzhny along the way. He even held a two-sets-to-one lead over Robin Soderling in the semifinals, before dropping the final two sets.
Berdych won't have a chance to make a run this year, after losing three straight sets to Robert, the hometown favorite. Berdych committed 31 unforced errors in the last three sets.
The loss will cause Berdych's ranking to plummet, as he'll lose 710 points for the difference in result between years.
Loser No. 2: Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic started the year 7-2 on clay.
Some believed that his powerful game wouldn't translate well to the surface, but Raonic seemed determined to quiet the doubters. However, Raonic lost his last three matches on clay coming into the tournament, two of which came at the hands of Fernando Verdasco.
Michael Berrer capitalized on the low morale of Raonic and dismissed the Canadian in four sets. Berrer was the more conservative player off the ground, and he converted on four of five break point chances to dismiss Raonic.
Raonic is still having a career year, and the upcoming grass court season will definitely suit his style of play better.
Loser No. 3: Christina McHale
Christina McHale picked up some impressive clay-court wins in Charleston earlier this season. She knocked off Alisa Kleybanova and Daniela Hantuchova in consecutive rounds before being ousted by Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals.
McHale looked like she was going to have some more success on clay when she was ahead 5-0 in the third set of her first round match with Italian Sara Errani. However, McHale admits that she lost her cool in the deciding set on Monday to reporters after the match.
"I started rushing when she won a couple of games and I felt like it was slipping away and I couldn't stop it," McHale said.
She was able to hold her serve twice more, but ultimately lost 9-7 to end her tournament. McHale also said that she has never lost a set after leading 5-0—not even in juniors.
The first round will continue at 11 a.m. in Paris, France on Tuesday.
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