French Open Daily: Day 2
French qualifier Stephane Robert rallied from two sets down Monday to upset sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)
What's Happening Tuesday
Tennis Channel's live first-round coverage runs from 5 a.m. ET until noon. ESPN2 will continue with live and same-day action from 12 until 6:30 p.m. ET. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)
Key matches to watch on Tuesday include:
• No. 7 Maria Sharapova vs. Mirjana Lucic (Court Philippe Chatrier, second match): By virtue of last week's Rome triumph, Masha enters the French Open as a trendy pick to run the table and complete the career Grand Slam. The 29-year-old Lucic shouldn't pose too much of a threat, but Sharapova's famously unreliable first serve has left the door open for lesser players than her.
• No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. John Isner (Court Philippe Chatrier, third match): Nadal opens his quest for a record-tying sixth French Open title against Isner, the 6-foot-9 ace machine whose best weapon is hopelessly compromised by the terre battue of Paris.
• Anastasiya Yakimova vs. No. 2 Kim Clijsters (Court Suzanne Lenglen, fourth match): The numbers don't favor an upset here. Clijsters is 29-2 lifetime in first-round matches at Grand Slams, including a run of 27 in a row and the past 19 in straight sets. Since returning to the tour in 2009, she's won 6-0 in the first set of every Grand Slam she's entered (including four double-bagel victories).
The complete order of play for Day 3 can be found here.
What Happened Monday
More sunny, windy weather (a high of 79 degrees), but just one high-profile upset after two days.
• Sixth-seeded Berdych blows two-set lead. Tomas Berdych led 6-3, 6-3 against French journeyman Stephane Robert, but lost in five sets to the 140th-ranked journeyman. The 25-year-old Czech faces a rankings drop after last year's run to the semis.
• Brutal loss for New Jersey's McHale. Up-and-coming American prospect Christina McHale came within two points of victory over Italy's Sara Errani. But the 19-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., coughed up a 5-0 third-set lead and lost, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 9-7. "I think I just panicked," McHale said.
• Djokovic, Federer and Wozniacki win. Easily.
• Milos Raonic eliminated. The fast-rising, big-serving Canadian (seeded 26th) lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to 95th-ranked Michael Berrer in the final match of the day.
• Other seeds march on. Mardy Fish, the top-seeded American at No. 10, reached the second round for the first time at Roland Garros with a four-set victory over Brazil's Ricardo Mello. Other seeded winners on the men's side included No. 9 Gael Monfils, No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 13 Richard Gasquet, No. 15 Viktor Troicki, No. 23 Thomaz Bellucci, No. 25 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 27 Marcos Baghdatis, No. 28 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 29 Janko Tipsarevic; women's winners included No. 3 Vera Zvonareva, No. 5 Francesca Schiavone, No. 9 Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Marion Bartoli, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 16 Kaia Kanepi, No. 25 Maria Kirilenko, No. 28 Daniela Hantuchova, No. 29 Peng Shuai, No. 30 Roberta Vinci.
Anna Kournikova is officially a Loser ... American teen Coco Vandeweghe went medieval on her racket after the chair umpire called her for a double hit during her loss to Maria Kirilenko ... 10th-seeded Mardy Fish discusses his first-round victory over Ricardo Mello ... Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki shows off her new Stella McCartney threads.
Photo of the Day
Coco Vandeweghe of the United States balances the ball on her fingers during Monday's match with Maria Kirilenko. (from SI.com's Best Shots from Day 2 at the French Open).
9 ... Consecutive errors made by Christina McHale during her come-from-ahead loss to Sara Errani.
17 ... Years since a British woman last won a main-draw singles match at the French Open, a streak 19-year-old Heather Watson ended with Monday's victory over Stephanie Foretz Gacon.
40 ... Consecutive victories by Novak Djokovic, dating back to December. He is 38-0 in 2011.
Annoyed by peripheral distractions on Court 1, Michael Llodra lost his cool with a chair umpire during Monday's first-round loss, saying: "On n'est pas au souk ici, on ne vend pas des tapis sur un marché" (Translation: "We're not here at the souq [an Arab commercial district]. We're don't sell rugs at the market.")
They Said It
"I felt really happy to be there. That court is perfect. It goes all around you. It's like when you go home and your mum does everything for you and you feel comfortable. I felt like this, but with a lot of adrenaline."
--Defending French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on her return to Court Philippe Chatrier