Found May 27, 2013 on In the Tramlines:
For me, the first Monday of the tournament is the actual start, not the awful and artificial Sunday. So while it's Day 2 officially, to me it's still Day 1. I'll stop complaining about it. One of my goals this tournament is to see how long I can ignore Nadal's run through the tournament. He's going to win, but I want to see how long I can go without mentioning him. It makes everything so much more interesting. With that beign said, click "Read More" to see what four matches we're recommending for Day 2 of the French Open. 1. Tomas Berdych vs. Gael Monfils Monfils has been battling injuries, and he's nowhere near close to the level that took him to the top 10. He's still Gael Monfils at the French Open, so he's always worth watching. Berdych is the favorite here and also to go really deep this tournament, but he's prone to struggling in these early rounds at Roland Garros. Remember Stephane Robert? Neither does he, but he did defeat Berdych here in the first round in 2011. Berdych should win, but it'll be very entertaining. Berdych in four, running away with the last two. 2. Madison Keys vs. Misaki Doi Keys is a young, strong American woman. She's been showing some great promise recently, and she's definitely worth a look. I think she has a higher upside than Stephens, but promise and results are two different things. Doi is a tough competitor, so it would be a good win for Keys. Keys in a close two sets 3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Laura Robson It's the most anticipated first round women's match. Robson is playing better, has more weapons, and is mentally stronger than Wozniacki. Wozniacki is Wozniacki, however, and has a way of making matches close, when she's favored and when she's not. Robson in three tight sets.  4. John Isner vs. Carlos Berlocq Much to my surprise, Querrey won today. Can Isner follow suit? If he bows out, we'll get the "American men suck on clay" stories out of the way early. If not, and the young Americans show some promise, then we'll drag it out for awhile. Either way, Berlocq isn't a pushover, and this should be a competitive match. Isner in four

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