Roland Garros 2014: Day 1 Predictions

I am not a huge fan of the Sunday start for the French Open, but it gives the tournament 15 days with a surface that can absorb moisture to get through all of the draws.  Maybe the US Open should add a Sunday start to the Monday finish.

My Predicted Winners are in BOLD

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [4] – The Swiss maestro ought to win this match.  


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [13] vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) – Tsonga is a good bet to advance here.


Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – Do not be surprised to see Kyrgios pull an upset.  I think the Sunday start helps the youngster, but Raonic has had a solid clay court lead up to the French Open so I think he is the smart pick.


Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. John Isner (USA) [10] – Isner could lose any of his matches here, but he is also a tricky opponent for anyone in the draw. I think the big man serves his way into the second round.


Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] vs. Peter Polansky (CAN) – Canadian tennis has been on an upward trend as of late.  Berdych should win, but he has not played all that well as of late. 


Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – Chardy is my pick to win a match that could go either way.


Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [15] vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – Youzhny pushed Rafa in Rome.  That is enough for me to pick him to win vs. Busta.


Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) – I could see Querrey and Isner winning giving the US a nice start to the event.  Until Querrey starts to link a few good results together, I will not be picking him though.

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Michal Przysiezny (POL) – The ageless Fin FTW.


David Goffin (BEL) vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) – This is one of my favorite first round matches.  Goffin is an undersized fighter who can play a bit like Davydenko.  Melzer is a veteran who knows every trick in the book.  I will take Melzer in 5.


Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) [31] vs. Potito Starace (ITA) – This is a 50-50 match.  

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [20] vs. Albert Ramos (ESP) – Dolgopolov has not played that well on the European clay court swing of the tour.  Ramos will pull a minor upset.


Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Facundo Arguello (ARG) – Stepanek seems to never quite go away.


Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [22] – Jerzy has been in free fall in 2014.  His health has not been perfect and clay is not his ideal surface. All of this adds up to a minot upset.


Somdev Devvarman (IND) vs. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) – Flip a coin


Gastao Elias (POR) vs. Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (ARG) – Flip another coin

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