The defending champion, Stanislas Wawrinka, has survived a major scare in the first round on Monday at the Stade Roland Garros, as he was made to fight all the way by Lucas Rosol of the Czech Republic. Wawrinka, who had claimed his third title of the year in Geneva on Sunday, after a dismal run on all three Super Series events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, clawed his way back to register a 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.
The fifth seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan wasted little time to wrap up a 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 win over the Italian Simone Bolleli. Other seeded players to advance were the 22nd seeded Victor Troicki who took five sets to beat the challenge of the fading Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
Canada’s superstar Milos Raonic, seeded eighth, cut short the comeback bid of the Serb Janko Tipsarevic as he won 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(5). The stylish 30th seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy beat the Argentine Davis cup star Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 27th seeded Ivo Karlovic of the Czech Republic held off the left handed Albert Montanes 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
Other winners on Day 2 were the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the American Jack Sock who completed his rain interrupted match to defeat the Dutchman Robin Haase in five sets, while the German Dustin Brown outlasted the Israeli veteran Dudi Sela – also in five sets.
The 16th seeded Frenchman Giles Simon had a straight set win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, while the Serb Dusan Lajovic beat the American Denis Kudla. In an all Argentine battle Guido Pella beat Diego Schwartzman.
The Rotterdam winner Martin Klizan retired in the fifth set to Japan’s Taro Daniel, Fernando Verdasco upset the 33rd seeded Steve Johnson in straight sets. Adam Pavlasek beat the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena. In a match between two veterans Ivan Dodig of Croatia beat the Russian Mikhail Youzhny in five sets.
Andy Murray dropped the first two sets to the oldest player in the men’s draw, 37 year old Radek Stepanek. The Czech veteran took the first two sets 6-3,6-3, but Murray stormed back to claim the third set 6-0 and was up a break at 4-2 in the fourth when bad light stopped play for the day.
The following is a list of matches on Day 3 with my pick mentioned first :-
Novak Djokovic (1) v. Yen-Hsun Lu
Steve Darcis v. Marcel Illhan
Aijaz Bedene v. Gerald Melzer
Frederico Delbonis (31) v. Pablo Carreno Busta
Bernard Tomic (20) v. Brian Baker
Borna Coric v. Taylor Fritz
Paul-Henri Mathieu v. Santiago Giraldo
Roberto Bautista Agut (14) v. Dmitry Tursunov
David Ferrer (11) v. Evgeny Donskoy
Juan Monaco v. Denis Istomin
Victor Estrella Burgos v. Illya Marchenko
Feliciano Lopez v. Thomas Fabbiano
Malek Jaziri v. Florian Mayer
Tomas Berdych (7) v. Vasek Pospisil
Rafael Nadal (4) v. Sam Growth
Facundo Bagnis v. Kenny De Schepper
Nicolas Mahut v. Ricardas Berankis
Fabio Fognini (32) v. Marcel Granollers
Kevin Anderson (18) v. Stephane Robert
Alexander Zverev v. Pierre Hugues Herbert
Guillermo Garcia Lopez v. Thiemo De Bakker
Dominic Thiem (13) v. Inigo Cervantes
David Goffin (12) v. Gregoire Barrere
Carlos Berlocq v. Paolo Lorenzi
Jiri Vesley v. Rajeev Ram
Phillipe Kohlschreiber (24) v. Nicolas Almagro
Joao Sousa (26) v. Damir Dzumhur
Andreas Seppi v. Ernest Gulbis
Marcos Baghdatis v. Gilles Muller
Jo Wilfred Tsonga (6) v. Jan-Lennard Struff
– Rasesh Mehta [Rasesh Mehta is an analyst with the Tennis Galaxy. You can reach him at the email: email@example.com]