2010 French Open Daily

Your P.M. once-over of all things Roland Garros

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Agnieszka Radwanska coasted to victory Monday in Paris.
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What's Happening Tuesday

The Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs through noon. ESPN2 picks it up from 12-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday's slate may lack traditional marquee matchups, but the prohibitive favorites for both sides -- Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin -- make their much-anticipated French Open debuts in the daytime.

Other matches of interest include No. 6 Andy Roddick vs. Jarkko Nieminen, No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Igor Kunitsyn, No. 9 Dinara Safina vs. Kimiko Date Krumm, No. 12 Maria Sharapova vs. Ksenia Pervak. There's also the all-American affair between Robby Ginepri and No. 18 Sam Querrey.

The compete order of play for Day 3 can be found here.

 

What Happened Monday

With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, more than 36,000 fans attended a second day at Roland Garros that saw the completion of 57 first-round matches.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer opened his French Open title defense with a comfortable victory over Australia's Peter Luczak. The 28-year-old Swiss made just 11 unforced errors in the 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 masterclass. (HIGHLIGHTS)

• Fourth-seeded Andy Murray rallied back from two sets and a break point down to salvage a five-set victory over Richard Gasquet, the native Frenchman who appeared spent after winning the Nice title on Saturday.

• It's been a rough patch for American men at the French Open over the past decade, but three Yanks bagged first-round wins: No. 17 John Isner, Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish, over Andrey Golubev, Nicolas Lapentti and Michael Berrer, respectively.

• Former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic won, but up-and-coming American teen Melanie Oudin went down in straights.

• The women's top seeds took care of business as No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 4 Ana Ivanovic, No. 5 Elena Dementieva, No. 7 Sam Stosur, No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 11 Li Na each advanced in straight sets.

Match of the Day: Tip of the hat to Mardy Fish, who twice rallied from a set down to defeat Germany's Michael Berrer in a match that ended near 10 p.m. local time.

 

Paris Clicks

Rafael Nadal's compelling blog for the Times Online is back ... The New York Times offers up an interesting item on this year's French Open poster ... Elva Ramirez of the Wall Street Journal backlashes the backlash over Venus Williams' slinky outfit ... Speaking of Vee, does anyone make an impression more effectively? She's been a Top 5 staple in today's Google Trends throughout the day ... U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, out of action since the Australian Open, posted this photo of himself online after undergoing wrist surgery.

 

Photo of the Day

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Japan's Kei Nishikori prepares to serve the ball to Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during their first-round match Monday.
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Go Figure

71 ... Total number of games in Lukas Lacko's 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory over American qualifier Michael Yani, matching the French Open record since tiebreakers were introduced in 1973. Lacko and Yani completed the match Monday after play was suspended Sunday for darkness.

42-0... Serena Williams' first-round record in Grand Slams after her first-round victory Monday over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele.

149 ... Speed in miles per hour of a Taylor Dent serve during Monday's first-round win over Nicolas Lapentti, believed to be a French Open record.

$4,000 ... Fine issued to Victoria Azarenka by tournament officials for skipping the mandatory news conference after Sunday's 6-1, 6-2 loss to Gisela Dulko.

 

Must-See Video

Roger Federer, who made a surprise cameo in the Nike's World Cup ad that's taken the Internet by storm, played along for one of the shoe company's viral vignettes.

 

They Said It

"You know, I'm struggling to understand English. So with Murray being Scottish, it was impossible for me to understand."
--Richard Gasquet, on the culture clash encountered during Monday's first-round defeat at the hands of Andy Murray


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