2012 French Open Day Two: John Isner, American women shine

Day two at the 2012 French Open saw the top seeds cruise into the second round including highest seeded American John Isner, as a Grand Slam record was tied by Roger Federer.

John Isner won his first match at the 2012 French Open and every American woman was victorious raising their record to 10-0 in the first round of the draw. Yet, headlines were garnered by the number one and number three seeds on the men's side.

Yet to play is favorite Rafael Nadal who is seeking his seventh win at Rolande Garros, which would break Bjorn Borg's record. Read: Nadal ready to break long standing Borg record.

Roger Federer (3) advanced into the second round with a three-set victory over Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. In doing so he tied a record for most match wins at Grand Slam tournaments set by Jimmy Connors.

Federer won his 233rd tennis match at the Slams and holds 18 trophies among the four tournaments. He told media after the match that he very much appreciates how important a record he tied. "...because that was longevity," Federer said. "Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time and was around for 20 years."

Roger's winning percentage exceeds Connors who lost 49 matches against his 233 career wins. Federer tied the record with only 35 losses and at age 30 has no plans to stop notching victories at the Slams and elsewhere.

Novak Djokovic (1) needed a tie breaker in his first set against Italian Potito Starace, who seemed to lose steam after that. Djokovic won 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 and looked ready to work his way into the flow of the tournament.

Something very important is at stake for Novak, who holds the trophies for the last three Grand Slams played. He won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2011 and took the 2012 Aussie Open title in an epic five-set victory over Rafael Nadal. If he wins at the French, he will hold all four titles at one time, not done since Rod Laver won all four in one calendar year. That year was 1969.

When Serena Williams held all four women's trophies spread over two calendar years it was dubbed the "Serena Slam".

U.S. players continued to do well and advance into the second round including top-ranked American man John Isner who won over Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The U.S. women all got past their first round matches and sit at 10-0 going into the second round. They include Bethanie Mattek-Sands who took down 12th seeded Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3. Christina McHale won a three-set match 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. Lauren Davis won her match against 30th seed Mona Bartiel in impressive fashion 6-1, 6-1 and Sloane Stephens who got past Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 7-6.

Other results from the women's side of the draw on day two include:

#1 seed Victoria Azarenka who needed three sets to get past Alberta Brianti of Italy, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Li Na, the reigning women's champ beat Cirana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1, Jelena Jankovic got past Patricia Mayr-Achletner 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, Flavia Pennetta beat Sue-Wei Hsieh 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 and Dominika Cibulkova took down Kristina Mladenovic in two sets, 6-2, 6-1.

For all match scores, hit up the French Open website, here.

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Emmett Hume

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