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Nick's Picks - French Open - 1st Round

Check out Nick Bollettieri's picks for the first round of the French Open:

Men's Picks

Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)

Simon has a great all-around game. His groundstrokes are fantastic, he moves well and he has a solid serve. He is confident and healthy and that means he is going to be a difficult out - especially in front of his home fans in France.

Harrison needs a big win. He has all the tools - big serve, great 2nd serve, outstanding groundstrokes, superb movement and smart. He needs to control his emotions and more important cease the opportunity when it is in front of him. If he has a chance to break Simon he has to do it. He cannot waste any chance.

Nick's Pick - This is going to be a battle between two tough guys. Simon has to get a small edge because of his experience, but I definitely wouldn't count Ryan out. I can see this going 4 or 5 sets and really either way.

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs. Sam Querrey (USA)

Tipsarevic is seeded 8th and for good reason. He is extremely confident, has great groundstrokes and is on a roll. He is also an entertainer out on the court at times and the crown loves to root him on. A very difficult combo for Querrey.

Sam has been struggling. His game is built around his serve, and when he is having issues there his whole game suffers He has excellent groundies and moves well for a big guy, but things are not click right now for him. Frankly, if he stays back at the baseline it will be close to impossible for him to win. He needs to put pressure on Tipsarevic and go for his shots whenever he has the chance. Like Harrison against Simon, Querrey cannot waste any opportunities.

Nick's Pick - While I would love for the American to win, I don't see it happening here. Going with Tipsy.

Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

I've loved watching Roddick grow into the player he became. He's fought so hard to get there and he's worked his butt off to stay towards the top of the game. It hurts me to see him lose, because I know how hard he's had to work to get to this point. I say he just throw caution to the wind and go for it at Roland Garros. He's got nothing to lose. Hit his big serves, crush the forehands and really keep the pressure on his opponents. That would be great to watch!

On the other hand, Mahut is going to work for every point. He will go all day and then some against Roddick and that doesn't bode well for the American. He is savvy and smart on the court and with the French fans behind him he could certainly pull off the upset.

Nick's Pick - This will be no cake-walk for Roddick. He has to go for his shots and keep the pressure turned up otherwise Mahut could outlast him. I look for Roddick to win, but he needs to do it in 3 (or a quick 4) sets.

Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Filippo Volandri (ITA)

I couldn't be happier to see Tommy qualify for the French Open. Nobody has had more injuries and fought back from the brink like Tommy. If he would've stayed healthy there is no doubt that he could've won a Grand Slam in his career. His groundstrokes are pure, he moves beautifully and he really plays hard every single point. The fans love him and that should help him in this match.

Volandri is solid and is not going to roll over to Tommy. I look for Haas to try and assert dominance from the beginning against the Italian. Show him you are here to stay and make him beat you!

Nick's Pick - Definitely am rooting for Tommy and I think he wins this match in 4 sets.

Women's Picks

Aggie Radwanska (POL) vs. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

This should be a good match for Radwanska. Jovanovski's serve is attackable, she could be in better shape, she's young and she cannot hit offensive enough shots to hurt Radwanska. On the other hand, Radwanska loves to play behind the basaseline, she can beat any of the top women because she doesn't miss and she has exceptional movement, anticipation and strategy. At times her serve is tentative, but I don't see that being her downfall here. She shouldn't look ahead to a potential match against Venus in the second round.

Nick's Pick - Radwanska is just to steady for Jovanovski and will move on the second round.

Sabine Lisicki (GER) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

Sabine should travel with a sports doctor - she is always seeming to get hurt! When she is healthy though, her fire power can knock you down for the count! She stands right on the baseline, takes the ball early from both sides (including her two-handed backhand). Does she hit with spin? Are you kidding me!! She hits the ball flatter than a pancake! Her serve is off the wall, especially with the hard fast Babalot ball and, by the way, several of the players on the ATP tour can't even serve like her. Her movement is pretty darn good, but that is when she has no injuries.The question for Sabine is going to be can she stay healthy and will double faults affect her game at all?

Mattek-Sands is a veteran American who has not played in the main draw of a WTA event since the first round of Indian Wells due to a hip injury and she also missed time last year because of a shoulder injury. She is an outstanding doubles player, has a consistent serve (good kick serve) which allows her to serve and volley when playing doubles. Her groundstrokes are also solid, but they can't hurt Sabine either. You also know that when she gets on the court she is going to be like Agassi and dress up!

Nick's Pick - I am picking Lisicki, but Sands is a fox and will try to break down Lisicki's focus, especially on the serve.

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)

Wozniacki was the #1 player in the world and she earned that even though she didn't win a Grand Slam. Her style of plays is very simple: run down every single ball and make her opponent miss, but she lacks the fire power to win on the big stage.

Daniilidou is a tall girl with a one-handed backhand and can hit a beautiful low-biting slice. She can serve big, but she's inconsistent, fitness is an issue at times and she prefers to control play and win quick points.

Nick's Pick - Wozniacki will run her side-to-side, over and over again and the hit behind her. Long points will take a toll on Eleni and Wozniacki will win in straight sets.

Serena Williams (USA) vs. Virginie Razzano (FRA)

I know Serena like the palm of my hand. When she is healthy, she is one of the best of all time. Her style of play is simple: Right Back Atcha!

Razzano is truly a veteran and she will keep the ball in play and also use a low-biting slice. She hits a ton of kick serves and will mix up her game to do whatever it takes to win.

Nick's Pick - All of us will be watching to make sure Serena's movement and serve are notimpairedby a lower back injury. If she is fine, she will move through in straight sets.

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