No big drama this time. Just an efficient performance from Roger. This is more or less the scoreline that I expected, given that Roland Garros is slower conditions than Madrid. The fact that it is best out of five sets also means less pressure in case you lose a set. The first set was always gonna be important and Roger got the break despite another bad performance on the break point conversions. The second set was a similar story, and in the third Lopez forced the tie-break. This time, Roger played a solid tie-break, unlike Madrid where he lost two tie-breaks. Overall there were some very nice shots from Roger and then some backhand shanks as well. The important thing was that he took care of his own service games which was probably the key to the match. Some Fedfans was nervous about this match, and in the end you’d have to say he did a good job.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Roger these days, but hopefully he could show more belief than he did in Monte Carlo and Rome. He needs to show a bit more belief like he did in Madrid. I’m hoping the fact that this is a grand slam will result in him doing just that. But the break point conversion rate does concern me. It is once again the mental fortitude, which is a side of Roger that has been very exposed in the latter part of his career.
For me he has to make semi’s here to show me that he hasn’t lost it completely in the mental department. Losing to Djokovic would be no shame, as Djokovic is simply playing better than everyone right now. But if Roger loses to someone like Ferrer I’m gonna be very disappointed. Roger next plays against a guy called Teixeira, who I have never seen.
Another straight set win is expected. Elsewhere Djokovic looked impressive as expected against De Bakker, delivering the baked goods once again in the form of a breadstick. The first upset of the first round was Berdych who lost to Robert in five sets. This makes Djokovic’s draw slightly easier. Del Potro beat Karlovic as well and is still on course for an interesting third round meeting with Djokovic. Today I don’t see an awful lost of interesting matches going on. I’ll be watching Nadal against Isner to see if Nadal shows any signs of vulnerability yet. Anything less than a convincing straight set victory would be surprising.