Today only 64 players remain in the 2nd round of the qualifying. One half of the men’s 2nd round matches will be played today, which means 16 of the 32 matches for today and the remaining 16 matches will be played tomorrow. All of the men’s matches will begin at 2pm local time in Paris whilst the women’s 1st round of qualifying begins at 9am.
The qualifying matches are best of 3 sets with the final set being an advantage set i.e. you must win by at least 2 games as opposed to a tie break at 6 games all. All of the main draw singles matches will be best of 5 set matches with the final set being an advantage set. To qualify you must win 3 matches in a row.
Of the 32 seeds in the qualifying 12 of them were defeated in the 1st round, leaving 20 seeds still in contention to advance to “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.
5 of the 8 French wild cards carried the blue, white and red flag into the 2nd round of the men’s qualifying singles event. Plus another 3 of the 6 French players who were direct acceptances won their 1st round match to make 8 of the initial 14 French players who will be in action today. They are Dasnieres De Veigy, Sidorenko and Ascione plus the players who have (WC) in front of their names in the draw below.
Pictured above is 2004 Roland Garros Men’s Singles Champion Gaston Gaudio after making contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 31 year old Argentine lost the 1st 2 sets in the 2004 final against the No.3 seed and heavy favourite Guillermo Coria. The 1.75m Gaudio came back to win the final set by 8 games to 6 and saved match points on the way.
Gaudio became the 1st man to win a Grand Slam singles final after losing the 1st set 6-0 and the 1st man in 70 years to win a Grand Slam final after being down match points. He achieved a career high ranking of No.5 in 2005 and played in the ATP World Tour Finals in 2004 and in 2005 where he made the semi finals. Gaudio plays today against No.5 seed Thiago Alves and will be looking to conjure up some of his magical shot making.
The draw for the 2nd round of the 2010 Roland Garros men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (WC) Nicolas Devilder versus Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy
- Adrian Menendez-Maceiras versus (29) Pablo Andujar
- (2) Frederico Gil versus Martin Klizan
- Yuri Schukin versus (17) Joao Souza
- (3) Rui Machado versus Alexandre Sidorenko
- (WC) Olivier Patience versus (27) Albert Ramos-Vinolas
- Jesse Witten versus John Millman
- Pavol Cervenak versus (20) Ilija Bozoljac
- (5) Thiago Alves versus Gaston Gaudio
- Antonio Veic versus (22) Mikhail Kukushkin
- (6) Somdev Devvarman versus Daniel King-Turner
- (WC) Adrian Mannarino versus (28) Ramon Delgado
- Ricardo Hocevar versus Dusan Lojda
- Diego Junqueira versus (31) Michael Yani
- Stefano Galvani versus Konstantin Kravchuk
- Ryan Harrison versus Sebastian Decoud
- (9) Teimuraz Gabashvili versus Thierry Ascione
- Ryler Deheart versus Flavio Cipolla
- (10) Jose Acasuso versus David Marrero
- Jorge Aguilar versus (25) Kevin Kim
- (WC) Benoit Paire versus Santiago Gonzalez
- (WC) Charles-Antoine Brezac versus Dieter Kindlmann
- (12) Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo versus Martin Fischer
- Ricardas Berankis versus Victor Crivoi
- Julian Reister versus Conor Niland
- Lukas Rosol versus Carlos Berlocq
- (14) Santiago Ventura versus Ruben Bemelmans
- Guillermo Alcaide versus (26) Grega Zemlja
- (15) Simone Bolelli versus Jan Minar
- Roberto Bautista-Agut versus (18) Marsel Ilhan
- Tobias Kamke versus Michael Lammer
- Alex Bogomolov Jnr versus (21) Harel Levy
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Roland Garros for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Roland Garros: French Open 2010 May 18 – June 6.
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