Title holder Roger Federer and a string of top seeds including Novak Djokovic grace the courts at Roland Garros on Monday. The highlight of the day features a face-off between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet, fresh from his weekend victory in Nice.
Huge crowds are expected for the second day of the French Open. Roger Federer, last year’s champion and current favourite to take the title this year, will confront Australian Peter Luczak (ranked 71st internationally) on the Philippe-Chartrier court at around 1pm (GMT+2). Also, world number 3, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, will meet Kazakhstan’s Evgeny Korolev (73rd).
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The most hotly anticipated match of the day is without doubt the face-off between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet. Just two days after his victory against another world top 10 player – Spain’s Fernando Verdasco – to take the title at the Nice Open, will the former French number 1 have the stamina to take down Murray, the world number 4?
Sticking with the “Frenchies”, Parisian Gael Monfils will confront world number 51 Florian Mayer of Germany in the last match of the day on centre court. Michael Llodra meets Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci (ranked 24), while Paul-Henri Mathieu takes on Spain’s Marcel Granollers (87). Arnaud Clement will also make his tournament debut.
In the ladies’ tournament, all eyes are on Serena Williams. The world number 1, pitted against Switzerland’s Stephanie Voegeler (76th seed), will follow Federer on centre court. At the end of the day Jelena Jankovic (4th seed) will meet Australian Alicia Molik (ranked 94) on the Suzanne-Lenglen court.
Among the other French players in the running on Monday are: Virginie Razzano, Pauline Parmentier, Julie Coin and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro.
Date created : 2010-05-24