French Open 2013 - Day Two In the day of French pride and stunning surprises, Richard Gasquet and Jerzy Janowicz found their way into the second round of the 2013 French Open.
Richard could have been challenged today, playing against former World No.31 Sergiy Stakhovsky. That wasn't the case though. The French stepped on court full of confidence, dominating the rallies and pleasing himself and his home crowd with a clean and powerful performance.
There was not a moment where Gasquet was really challenged. The World No.9, who reached the 4th round last year in Paris, won in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 31 minutes. As Stanislas Wawrinka's physical conditions are still a big question mark at this year's Roland Garros, Richard has a clear chance to reach the quarter-finals in Paris for the first time in his career.
Next step in order to reach this career milestone for the French will be to beat Polish qualifier and World No.133 Michal Przysiezny. 7th seed Gasquet will be the clear favorite to take a spot into the third round. But Wawrinka's physical conditions will not be the only thing that Richard will have to worry about.
On his same side of the draw there's a player that could come up with unexpected upsets if in a good day. This player is Jerzy Janowicz, who reached the second round today after beating Spain's clay court expert Albert Ramos in straight sets, winning 7-6(3) 7-5 6-3.
Gasquet and Janowicz have already played on clay this year. It was less than two weeks ago in Rome, at the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. In their third round match at the Roman ATP Master 1000 the two opponents didn't give anything away, fighting till the last point in what is considered to be one of the best matches of the Italian tournament this year.
Finally it was the Polish who came up with the victory, 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 Gasquet vs Janowicz in the fourth round could be an option, a very interesting match to watch for the French crowd and tennis fans.
But there's still two matches to go and win, and Stanislas could not really agree to this match-up.