Novak Djokovic made fast work of veteran Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands. The 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 triumph was Djokovic’s 38th straight win in 2011. The Serb won 83 percent of his first serves and made only 10 unforced errors. If the second seeded Djokovic reaches the finals at Roland Garros, he will become the top ranked ATP player, replacing Rafa Nadal.

Novak Djokovic Moves on to 2nd Round at French Open 2011

Third seeded Roger Federer won in straight sets against a very game Feliciano Lopez of Spain. With his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win, the Swiss would love to get a shot at Djokovic but Roger has plenty of work to do before the semis. Federer moved comfortably on the red clay and overcame Lopez’s determined effort.

There have already been two upsets in the men’s bracket. On Sunday, highly rated Marin Cilic (19) of Croatia was upset by lightly regarded Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Cilic has struggled to find his game but on Sunday he did not have answers for the 30th seeded Spaniard’s persistence.

In a stunning upset, the home fans were charged by the performance of France’s Stephane Robert. The Frenchman’s comeback win against sixth seeded Tomaz Berdych came after dropping the first two sets 3-6, 3-6. With his back to the wall, Robert came out swinging and won a confidence building third set 6-2. He followed that success with another 6-2 fourth set before standing tall in the fifth 9-7 set. The sixth seeded Berdych was expected to go deep into the draw, but his 2011 French Open has ended and Robert’s is off to a fast start.

Among other notable matches, Juan Martin Del Potro, who might be Djokovic’s third round opponent ousted Ivo Karlovic in four sets, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in a challenging opening round match. Karlovic racked up 22 aces compared to 11 by Juan Martin. Ivo won 80 percent of his first serves and Del Potro won 82 percent of his first serves in the three hour 13 minute slugfest. The good news is that Del Potro looks recovered and fit for a run.

There is a lot of action today in Paris. The weather has been comfortable and the courts seem a bit faster. On Day 3, all eyes will be on Rafa Nadal’s opening match against John Isner.

With the defeats of Cilic and Berdych, second seed Djokovic should have clear sailing if he can get past Juan Martin Del Potro in round three.

Zvonareva, Stosur and Schiavone Move On

Last year’s champion Francesco Schiavone showed no signs of resting on her laurels. The competitive Italian made it clear to Melanie Oudin of the US that the 2012 French Open is hers until someone takes it away. Schiavone dominated Oudin throughout the one-hour match winning 6-2, 6-0.

Third seed Vera Zvonareva looked smooth in toppling Lourd Dominquez Lino 6-3, 6-3. Zvonareva, who has had a disappointing year, looked in top form against the Spaniard. She will next face tough German Sabine Lisicki who downed Akgul Amanmuradova 6-0, 6-4.

Jelena Jankovic in action during her first round match at French Open 2011

The most impressive player of the day was crafted Jalena Jankovic. The 10th seed overwhelmed an experienced Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-1. Jankovic looked fit and will be a tough out. The Serb will next play Russia’s Vera Dushevina, who overcame Jelena Dokic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Marie Jose Martinez Sanchez upset 19th seeded Shahar Peer 7-6 (4), 6-1. Sanchez will next play Canada’s Rebecca Maring who ousted Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Maring will be joined n the second round by Canadian Alexandra Wozniak who overpowered Junri Namigata 6-1, 6-1.

Former French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her excellent play at Roland Garros with a convincing win over Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-2, 6-3. Svetlana has been pointing towards Roland Garros and she will not go away easily.

Last year’s runner-up, Samantha Stosur, had her big serve working and her forehand on cruise control against overmatched Iveta Benesova. The 8th seed won 6-2, 6-3 and will face Simona Halep in the second round,


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