Day 1 of the French Open 2012 started off with an exciting buzz
with Del Potro and Tsonga going through to the second round
while Andy Roddick and Jurgen Melzer were unlucky and
suffered first round exits.
Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, lost to 88th-ranked
Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, exiting in the opening
round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since
2007. The 26th-seeded Roddick is 7-10 this season, 0-4
on clay. "I move just horrendously out here. My first step
is just so bad on this stuff," Roddick said. "I feel like I'm
always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something.
So my footwork on this stuff now is just really bad."
None of the top three men played on Day 1. Top-ranked
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be on court Monday,
while Rafael Nadal is slated to begin his attempt for a
record-breaking seventh French Open title on Tuesday.