The above picture would be the story of the day except for a guy named Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland. He got a straight set win over his countryman Roger Federer. It looked at times that Stan's nerve would not hold and that he'd find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Instead he held his focus and his wits and got the biggest win of his career to date.
Stan has been building toward this point for some time. We saw glimpses of his competitive spirit at Indian Wells but this battle took place on the red clay of the Monte Carlo Country Club/ Intermittent rain added to the atmosphere.
Meanwhile Italian Fabio Fognini went up 5-0 on
Andy Murray before crashing to earth and losing the first set in a TB before the rains washed out the rest of the day's play.
While the rain ruled in France I wonder if Venus Williams was looking for some kind of reprieve. Venus had trouble with her serve the entire match but young Sabine Lisicki of Germany was not going to let her off the hook and played with no fear as she took Venus out in straight sets. Lisicki has now beaten both Lindsay Davenport and Venus.