Top Seeds Cruise Through The First Round

May 25, 2009

Looking through the results from the matches played by the top seeds yesterday, it is difficult to find a match where they lost a set such was the ease with which the majority of them managed their first round victories.

Nadal Overcomes Early Nerves

Rafael Nadal was taken to a first set tie breaker in his match up against Brazilian qualifier Marcos Daniel. He was also down 1-3 in the second set but Nadal was always in control of the match and did what he needed to in his straight sets victory.

The win was his 29th without loss at Roland Garros and saw him become the holder of the longest winning streak on the red clay at Paris.

Federer Dismisses His First Round Opponent With Ease

Roger Federer’s nerves lasted all of two games as he dropped his first service game to go down 0-2. He broke back immediately and the horse bolted on his opponent Alberto Martin who lost in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2 in a dominant disply by Federer.

Andy Roddick Wins…For The First Time At Roland Garros Since 2005

This was a surprising stat for me – I know that over the past few years Roddick has been below his form from earlier in the decade, but I never figured he’d struggle to get through the first round at the French so often.

He missed last year’s tournament through injury, lost the first round in ’07, and was down two sets to love in his opening round in ’06 when he had to withdraw.

This would have been a huge relief for a man who seems to be in his best form for a couple of years. The real concern for Roddick is his abysmal record against top players on clay. He currently has an 0-9 record against top 10 players on the red stuff and needs to break this streak if he wants to go deep into the tournament this year.

Maria Sharapova Struggles Early

With a right shoulder bandaged as a precautionary measure, Maria Sharapove continued her comeback from injury with a slow start to her first round match yesterday.

Dropping the first set against 64th ranked Anastasiya Yakimova was enough to spur the Russian into action, and she dropped just 3 games in the next two sets against an opponent who was struggling with injuries of her own.

The task ahead of Sharapova in her next round will be a tough one – she is matched up against compatriot Nadia Petrova, the 6th seed this year. Petrova wasted no time in walking all over her first round opponent, winning 6-1 6-2 against Lauren Embree.

Amelie Mauresomo The First Big Name To Go

Amelie Mauresmo continued her run of poor results at her home major with a straight set first round loss to Anna-Lena Groenefeld. Mauresmo has never moved past the quarter finals at Roland Garros, and may never get the chance as her career reaches its latter stages.

Written by: Crooksy

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