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Day 4 Preview: Hype Meets Reality | May | 2013 Articles

Day 4 Preview: Hype Meets Reality

Written by Brandon Lawrence on .

The second round of the French Open begins tomorrow and the remaining first round matches will be completed. Several young prospects are in action, and these early arounds are great to see them develop and maybe even take the next step. Here are four matches ti keep your eye on tomorrow. 

1. Gael Monfils vs. Ernestis Gulbis

This is the match to watch tomorrow. Monfils was involved in the match of the tournament against Tomas Berdych, and Gulbis is finally starting to show why he's been so hyped in the past. Gulbis has a big game and is finally using it well. Monfils, for his part, finally put away the detracting antics against Berdych and played a great match. He didn't try any stupid shots, he played his game and was rewarded for it. This should be a great match. 

2. Aga Radwanska vs. Mallory Burdette

Radwanska has been struggling as of late, and Burdette is a talented young American. Burdette is one of the few players to have gone to college, just finishing her time at Stanford in the fall. She's playing well, and this one should be intriguing.

3. Milos Raonic vs. Michael Llodra

Llodra is an incredibly experienced veteran, and Raonic is the upstart looking for that one huge run in a major. Llodra's game, which is predicated on volleying and craft, isn't terribly suited for clay, but he knows how to get the job done. Raonic has a huge serve and solid forehand, but his footwork has been really poor. He's apparently been working on it, and he'll need to create from the back of the court to win this match tomorrow. This one should be a great style of contrasts.

4. Serena Williams vs. Caroline Garcia

In 2011, Garcia, the young talented Frenchwoman, had Sharapova on the ropes. She couldn't pull it out, and hasn't made much noise. But I'm interested in this match to see if she has anything for Serena. It very well may end up a bloodbath, but I think Garcia will push Serena a bit. Not threaten her, but I think this will be worth watching.

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