The top seeds are back in action on day five at Roland Garros as the second-round hots up with some intriguing matches.
Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both made light work of their opponents in their opening matches, with Williams easing past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-0, while Djokovic dispatched of Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
Both will expect tougher times of it on Thursday – but will be confident of their progression – with Djokovic up against Belgian Steve Darcis, while Williams faces Brazilian Teliana Pereira. However, Andy Murray will be quick to tell you that there are no easy matches…
Any day that Rafael Nadal, the ‘King of Clay’, is in action is a big one, and the Spaniard comes up against Facundo Bagnis on Court Philippe Chatrier. Nadal was ruthless against Sam Groth in the first round, with the big-serving Australian unable to make any kind of headway against Nadal – the darling of Paris had an answer for everything.
Matches not to miss:
Eugenie Bouchard vs Timea Bacsinszky
First up on Court Philippe Chatrier is a clash between Eugenie Bouchard and eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky. Bouchard’s rise to the status of the new poster girl of tennis in 2014 to a player unable to win a match in 2015 has been well documented; ranked number five in the world in October 2014, Bouchard was in freefall last year, and ended 2015 ranked 48th.
The Canadian is slowly getting her career back on track and it’s testing encounters against the likes of Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros last year, which will be an indication for her to see just how far she has come on the road back to the top.
Bouchard dropped just four games in her opening round match against Laura Siegemund, as did Bacsinszky against Silvia Soler-Espinosa. If Bouchard can raise her game at the right time we could be in for a cracker.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Marcos Baghdatis
Big-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes up against Marcos Baghdatis in Tuesday’s second-round meeting.
The world number seven’s quest to go one better than his two semi-final appearances begun with victory over German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener and he now moves onto Cypriot Baghdatis on Thursday.
“I don’t want to give him any opportunities. I don’t even want him to believe that there’s a door that’s slightly open,” Tsonga said ahead of the tie.
It will be an enticing battle for tennis lovers with Tsonga wanting to impress the home crowd while Baghdatis is regarded as a fan favourite. Baghdatis recorded his 300th match win when he overcame Gilles Muller on Tuesday 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.
The two have met on seven occasions previously, with Tsonga winning six times. It also doesn’t bode well for Baghdatis who’s often struggled to get past the second-round of the competition, only advancing twice since 2005.
From Court Philippe Chatrier
Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN) vs Timea BACSINSZKY (SUI)
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Facundo BAGNIS (ARG)
Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP) vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
Timea BABOS (HUN) vs Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA)
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From Court Suzanne Lenglen;
Malek JAZIRI (TUN) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Steve DARCIS (BEL)
Serena WILLIAMS (USA) vs Teliana PEREIRA (BRA)
Venus WILLIAMS (USA) vs Louisa CHIRICO (USA)