Those who are hoping to see a rematch of the French Open semifinal between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer can breathe easy. After one round, both are still alive and neither have dropped a set.
OK, that's not exactly what you would call a surprise, but it's still noteworthy.
Federer hadn't been playing well since losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon to Jo Wilfried Tsonga. He wasn't exactly dominant in his opening round win at the US Open, but still won by a convincing 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 final.
If Federer can still do that when playing poorly, he's still capable of winning when his game reaches its peak.
As for Djokovic, the concern around him was his shoulder. He was dominant in his first round win, taking the first set 6-0 and jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second. At that point, his opponent Conor Niland retired from the match, giving Djokovic and his shoulder an extra set of rest.
There is still enough reason to doubt that either man will make a long run, but they both did more than enough in the opening round. That's all they need. Given their histories, would you want to bet against them making a longer run?
In all honesty, their wins were not shocking. It's hard to imagine anyone really thinking that either man was primed for a first round upset, even if they both had their question marks.
If they do advance to a semifinal showdown, it will be a fun match to watch. Federer's win over Djokovic in France was the only time this year that Djokovic has been defeated in a full match. His only other loss came against Andy Murray, when Djokovic retired due to a shoulder injury.
In addition to being a rematch from the French Open, a match between Federer and Djokovic would also match the last two US Open runner-ups, as well as the last two Australian Open champions.
In the Round of 64, Djokovic will now take on Carlos Berlocq, while Federer will lock horns with Dudi Sela. Sela defeated Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0, while Berlocq upended Pere Riba 7-5, 6-0, 6-1.