French Open 2011: What to Watch for on Wednesday at the French Open

Dimitri KayCorrespondent IMay 24, 2011

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the men's singles first round match between Thiemo De Bakker of Netherlands and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Court Philippe Chatrier

Second Round – Novak Djokovic[2] vs. Victor Hanescu

With Djokovic’s confidence as high as the Eiffel Tower, it is unlikely Hanescu will be able to stop the Djoker Djuggernaut.

Although Hanescu’s best showing at the Grand Slam level was here in Paris (quarterfinals), it was way back in 2005. With Djokovic’s shot placement consistently hitting the corners of the court and with his deep returns and quick feet, Hanescu will be lucky to get more than three games per set.

Furthermore, at 30 years old, the Romanian is not exactly the most consistent player on tour, so expect Novak to easily run through this match.


Second Round – Francesca Schiavone[5] vs. Vesna Dolonts

The last match of the day on Court Philippe Chatrier will be between the defending champion and a qualifier who, up until last year, never got into the main draw.

Two things could happen to Dolonts; either she gets too nervous playing the 2010 French Open champion on this famous court and chokes her way out of the tournament, or she takes it all in, has a go and makes this contest a little interesting.

Whatever the case, Schiavone will have too much variety and experience for her much younger opponent. And with the way the Italian breezed through her first-round match, it seems like her confidence is sky high. 


Court Suzanne Lenglen

Second Round – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [17] vs. Igor Andreev

This could be a tough matchup for the 17th seed. Clay is Andreev’s preferred surface and of the Russian’s nine career finals, seven have been on clay.

He possesses a heavy forehand, which he can hit with a heavy topspin, and  he is a very attack-minded player. Although he has struggled with injuries in the past couple of years and has only won nine matches this year, his level of play in the first round showed some signs of his good old self.

Nevertheless, it would be a surprise if the Russian could win the French crowd supporting Tsonga. The 17th seed will crush any short ball that comes his way and will also venture to the net on occasion, sending the packed stadium into rapture.

It would also bode well if Tsonga could get through this match unscathed, since his opponent could be Wawrinka in the next round. 


Court 1

Second Round – Richard Gasquet[13] vs. Marc Granollers

Gasquet, the second Frenchman to play on Court 1 today, will have to be very careful of his 6'3" opponent, since the Spaniard could cause trouble.

The 13th seed was not in his attacking mood in his first-round match, often ending up in unwanted tussles with Stepanek. However, Granollers can be much more menacing from the baseline, since he has a strong serve and is very good at the net.

The Spaniard may not be the most recognizable opponent, but the Frenchman must attack so he can also get the French crowd going, something which he rarely did in his first round.