Arnaud Clément vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin:
A pretty boring match between the two French players. Clément wins 6-3.

Arnaud Clément

Edouard Roger-Vasselin

Michael Llodra vs Mardy Fish:
Next, a really entertaining set between hard courts specialists Michael Llodra and Mardy Fish, with spectacular serve and volley play by Llodra.

Mardy Fish and Michael Llodra

Michael Llodra
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Third and final day of the first round today.

Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal cruise into second round.
– Andy Roddick survives five set scare: the 6th seed came within two points of defeat against Jarko Nieminen, but he
prevailed after a intense battle 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. It was Roddick’s first match on clay this season.

– Upset of the day: Kimiko Date Krumm defeats Dinara Safina 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
What an embarrassing defeat for two time finalist Dinara Safina who lost to 39 years old Kimiko Date Krumm.
Safina lead by one set and 2 breaks, and then 4-1 in the third set, but she self imploded and offered the match to the japanese veteran. It was Date’s first Grand Slam victory since the 1996 US Open.
Other seeds upsets: Sam Querrey (18), Juan Monaco(26)

– Frenchman of the day: Gianni Mina
The young Frenchman offered some resistance to Rafael Nadal but was overpowered 2-6, 2-6, 2-6.

Gianni Mina

– Stat of the day: 7
After 7 first round exits Frenchman Nicolas Mahut finally won a match at Roland Garros. He defeated Mischa Zverev in 3 straight sets.

– Quote of the day: Rafael Nadal

“I think I played bad, but I won anyway, without problems, so that’s always important and positive thing. But I can do a lot better next round.”

Meet Gianni Mina

Runner up at last year’s French Open juniors, Gianni Mina could be mistaken for Gael Monfils’ younger brother.

Gianni Mina:

Gianni Mina

Gael Monfils:

Gael Monfils

But their looks are not the only thing that they have in common: they have similar playing style and were both very successful in juniors.
In 2004, Monfils finished the year as the world’s number 1 junior, winning three of four junior Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon). Mina reached the finals in Roland Garros, and the semifinals at the US Open in 2009, and won the 18 years old category of the Orange Bowl.

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I’m just back from 4 days in Paris and I just wanted to share a few pictures of yesterday’s Children’s Day at Roland Garros (previously known as “Benny Berthet Day”).
Children’s Day at Roland Garros is a charity event, devoted to fund raising for charitable organisations. The idea is simple: on the eve of the tounament’s opening day, stars of tennis are invited to take part in one set exhibition matches. So, for just 19 euros, you can watch some of the top players in action and help a good cause!

A few pics from yesterday:

Showman Gael Monfils:

Gael Monfils

A Monfils clone?

Gianni Mina

A 1991 Andre Agassi clone?

Bob Sinclar

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