The second round of this year's French Open was, unfortunately, quite a boring one. There were few major matchups to look forward to and nothing incredibly exciting came up. The (presumably) most exciting match of the round was an extended five-setter between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Marsel Ilhan. However, unless you were in France on Wednesday you did not get to see that match. TennisChannel and ESPN have not set up all the courts that will be used for singles matches with cameras. And while tournaments rarely have every match televised, you would expect that a Grand Slam could afford to.
Can anyone imagine what would have been if Court 18 at Wimbledon did not have cameras last year? (For those who don't remember, Court 18 was where the epic Isner-Mahut match was played.) There are exciting five-setters all throughout Grand Slams in the early rounds, and not just when the best or most popular players play. We want to be able to see all of the exciting matches, which means at least giving us cameras on the side courts even without commentary. The only courts with cameras here this year are Chatrier, Lenglen, and Courts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7. There have been plenty of good matches on Courts 4 and 5 and the side courts, but no one has been able to see them without a ticket.
Who Looked Good:
Fabio Fognini looked absolutely dominant in taking out Round 1 hero Stephane Robert. Robert went five sets on Sunday, but he did not seem tired. Robert still ran down balls and put a lot of shots in play. He just looked beaten as Fognini hit him off the court using both power and angles. Fognini still does not have proper footwork or form on his forehand, but he gets to balls and hits them hard and accurately, so who can complain? He will face a tired Guillermo Garcia-Lopez tomorrow and looks to have a very good chance at making his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.
David Ferrer still looked just as dominant in Round 2 as in Round 1, only losing 9 games against the talented Julien Benneteau. Two other players that absolutely dominated decent competition were Janko Tipsarevic and Thomaz Bellucci. We will discuss those two more a little later as each of their third round matches should be very good ones.
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