French Open: Andy Roddick Survives, Safina Crashes

The second day on the clay courts of Roland Garros produced the biggest upset of the French Open, so far, and a major scare for the top American male bet. Andy Roddick, the top American hope to end the U.S.’s title drought in Paris, was made to work extra hard in his first-round match before surviving Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2 4-6 4-6 7-6 6-3.

However, Dinara Safina, seeded ninth and a finalist the last two years, was booted out by a 39-year-old player who decided to return to the game in 2008 after a 12-month hiatus. The former world No.1 Safina lost to Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm, 6-3 4-6 5-7, in what is the biggest upset to rock the first round. The loss extended Safina’s losing streak on clay court to four this year.

Meanwhile, 18th seed American Sam Querrey was reduced to a spectator after losing to compatriot Robby Ginepri, 6-4 6-7 4-6 2-6. Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt cruised past Jeremy Chardy, 7-5 6-0 6-4, while another former top-ranked player, Justine Henin, returned to Roland Garros with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova.

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal, whose unbeaten French Open run ended last year, also made a successful debut by dominating Gianni Mina, 6-2 6-2 6-2.