Roger Federer leads the 32-match schedule for opening day Sunday at the French Open. The 17-time Slam champ begins his quest for a second Roland Garros title against Colombian Alejandro Falla. Federer’s beaten Falla seven times including twice before in Paris. The lefty did give Roger a run for his money at Wimbledon in 2010 when he choked away 2-set lead.
Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka is also in action, looking to avoid a second straight first round upset. Wawrinka, who’s reached the semifinals at his last two events in Rome and Geneva, takes on Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan (no relation to Wawrinka’s estranged wife Ilham).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in last on Chatrier Court against Swedish-Brazilian qualifier Christian Lindell.
On Lenglen, Kei Nishikori begins against French 33-year-old Paul-Henri Mathieu who might be in his final French Open.
The women will feature former champion Ana Ivanovic and 2014 finalist Simona Halep. Caroline Garcia will on Chatrier against Donna Vekic in a match-up of rising stars.
Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Maria Sharapova are expected to play on Monday.
SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI)
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Christian Lindell (SWE)
Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Louisa Chirico (USA) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Marsel Ilhan (TUR)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
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