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Roland Garros II - Men's Singles
GRAND SLAM - Tuesday (Day Three) - Paris, France - Clay (Red)
- Youngster Matt Bre was on the receiving end of a first round pounding as he fell in straight sets to 29th seed Tiago Matias. The World No. 78 started poorly by being broken in his first two service games, and was always playing catchup from there as the World No. 36 kept at him with an aggressive returning game. Bre's style is certainly more suited to the hard courts, and he continued to struggle against a player who is born to play clay court tennis. The match got closer, but Matias was too good as he won 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
- No luck either for teenage qualifier Marcuss Deane as he was brought back down to earth with a crushing loss to Atthaphol Sae-ul. Many Western pundits talked up Deane's chances against Sae-ul who has not had much success on the clay. But the World No. 55 was clinical against a nervous Deane who struggled to consistently serve his way out of trouble against the Thai No. 1 who looked convincing in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win.
- 24th seed Heath Davis, meanwhile, made light work of Czech straggler Vaclav Zeman in a dominant straight sets win. It is a sign of how far Davis has come in a season as he brutalised Zeman with some great hitting and regular approaches to the net. Whether his style will match up against some of the better players remains to be seen, but Zeman was almost powerless to stop the West CWLander; Davis through to a second round meeting with Sae-ul 6-3, 6-0, 6-4.
- There was a winning start for the eighth seed Jefferson Drake, but it wasn't all one way traffic as he was given a couple of scares by his Austrian opponent Heinz Hainisch. In an error-ridden first set, the Nice champion was forced to come from a break down on two occasions before reeling Hainisch in with a magnificent inside out forehand to clinch the first set 7-5. After the early struggles, Drake quickly adapted to the conditions to cruise past Hainisch with his typical bravado in a 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 win.
- He will meet West CWLand qualifier David Briggs who prevailed in a bizarre affair against World No. 143 Mikel Fosdike. Fosdike, ranked No. 143 in the world, looked in well-placed to pick up a victory after claiming the second and third sets 6-1, 6-1, but Briggs turned the tide to take the fourth to love to begin a dramatic turnaround. Neither player was particularly impressive their performance, but Briggs showed great poise to secure a massive victory 6-3, 1-6, 1-6, 6-0, 6-3.
- The last of the CWLanders in action was Jarkko Maxum who picked up a good victory over the only Swiss player in the draw Pascaul Schmidt. The World No. 40 had it easy early against Schmidt as he claimed the first set 6-2 with an early double break, but was immediately thwarted in the second as Schmidt took the ascendancy early before taking out the set 6-3. The third set was the crucial one, and despot having two opportunities to serve out the set Maxum was taken to a tiebreaker. With the scores locked at 5-5, Schmidt sent a forehand about a foot long giving Maxum the chance to take the set. He took it by drawing an unforced error from Schmidt which essentially sealed the deal for him; Maxum cruising through the fourth to advance 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. He meets 31st seeded local Pierre L'Estrange next after his 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win over Slovakian qualifier Mario Timko.
- Elsewhere, defending champion Daniel Paez Blanco got his campaign off to a winning start with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-3 win over brave Russian Oleg Puder. In the big upset, Season I quarterfinalist Oneil Stewart of Jamaica was beaten in four sets by Nilikar Midid of Croatia.
6-Olesen def. Henrikkson, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5
Harmel def. Heug, 2-6, 6-7(7), 6-0, 6-2, 8-6
James def. WC-H.Thompson, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
29-Matias def. Bre, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
19-Pascaul def. Fok, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
Durand def. Q-Berianidze, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0
Ortiz def. Morkel, 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-1
Midid def. 15-Stewart, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
10-Daneu def. Doh, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0
Juraev def. Q-Marzec, 7-6(8), 1-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Sae-ul def. Q-Deane, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
24-Davis def. Zeman, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
8-Drake def. Hainisch, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
Q-Briggs def. WC-Fosdike, 6-3, 1-6, 1-6, 6-0, 6-3
Farkkila def. Maurer, 1-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 8-6
25-K. Vollan def. W. Jones, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
31-L'Estrange def. Q-Timko, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
Maxum def. Schmidt, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
Reiter def. De Kinsele, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
2-Blanco def. LL-Puder, 6-0, 6-4, 6-3
- Seeded players out: Oneil Stewart.