Sunday, May 22, 2011

Roland Garros Day 1: Gensse

Curtain Call

Player: Augustin Gensse
Age: 27
Nation: France
Current Ranking: 178
Today's Result: lost to Stanislas Wawrinka (14th seed, Switzerland) in four sets

Photo via ITF Tennis

Gensse went through qualifying to reach the first Slam main draw of his career. He made Wawrinka work for it, too, by taking the first set. He's got a nice forehand but Wawrinka's backhand is better, not to mention his superior talent and experience overall.

My Tennis Fantasy

Once again, I'm going with the world's top 5 for the Slam: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Soderling. All five have made it at least as far as the semis here before. For the record, Djokovic is my pick to win. It's hard to pick against Rafa on clay, even with the Djoker's current hot streak. But with each passing week, it's looking more and more like a Djokovic year.

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