Today’s Trivia Question: John Isner and Steve Johnson are the only two American men through to the second round here, the fewest since 2011, when there were also two. Name them.
1. The second round kicks off today. The bottom half of the men’s draw, highlighted by Djokovic and Nadal, and the top half of the women’s draw, which includes Venus, play the second round today.
2. Djokovic has dominated his opponent today in the past. He’s 3-0 in matches, 8-0 in sets and 48-16 in games against Sousa going into their second round match. He was 3-0, 8-0 and 48-10 against Granollers going into their first round match and cruised through that one in straight sets.
3. Nadal is tough to beat in best-of-five-set matches on clay. The Spaniard plays Haase today in what will be his 99th career best-of-five-set match on clay. He’s a ridiculous 96-2 in his first 98.
4. This is Venus’ milestone 20th French Open. She’s tied for the record for most French Opens played in the Open Era - Santoro on the men’s side also played 20 French Opens in his career.
5. Venus is a full foot taller than her opponent. Venus is 6’1”, the tallest listed height in the Top 100 along with four other players, and Nara is 5’1”, which is the shortest listed height in the Top 100.
6. Kvitova’s comeback continues. The former World No.2 played - and won - her first round match on Sunday, which was her first match since being attacked in her home in the off-season. Today she plays Mattek-Sands, who’s beaten Top 20 players at majors four times before - including twice here.
7. One of the last two American men standing is in action. Only two American men are through to the second round here, the worst showing since there were two in 2011. One of them, Johnson, will try to reach the third round today - he faces Coric, who’s 9-5 on clay this year (Johnson is 7-1).
8. CiCi’s going for a big upset. Bellis plays Bertens, a semifinalist here last year and the World No.18 - but she has two career Top 20 wins, including one at a major (Cibulkova at the 2014 US Open).
9. Nadal lost an actual match here eight years ago. Nadal has an unbelievable 73-2 career record at the French Open and one of those two losses came on this day eight years ago - Soderling pulled off a 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4 7-6(2) fourth round stunner against the Spaniard here on May 31, 2009.
10. The second round will wrap up tomorrow. The top half of the men’s draw - including World No.1 Andy Murray - and the bottom half of the women’s draw play their second round matches Thursday.
Yesterday’s Trivia Answer: Only one time in the Open Era has the men’s No.1 seed lost first round at the French Open - that was Edberg, who lost to Bruguera in the first round here in 1990.
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