The first full day of French Open action is underway in Paris. For those waking up this Memorial Day Monday and flipping to ESPN2, here are some of the more interesting, notable matches of the day.
Matches to Watch
Men's 1st Round (Nadal's Region of Complete Destruction): Rafael Nadal  vs. Daniel Brands (Match 2, Court Philippe Chatrier)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Nadal No. 1 | Brands No. 57
Calling Nadal the overwhelming favorite seems like an understatement. In 100,000 Advanced Baseline simulations, Nadal won the tournament in more than two-thirds of them. The only real interest in this match is how many games Daniel Brands can steal. The 25-year old from Germany is pretty strong on clay, but it almost certainly won't matter on Monday.
Men's 1st Round (Federer Region): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  vs. Aljaz Bedene (Match 2, Court Suzanne Lenglen)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Tsonga No. 16 | Bedene No. 60
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will perhaps never have a better chance to make the final of his home slam. With Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the same side of the bracket, the most competitive match of the tournament could come when they face off in the semifinals. That means that somebody from the other half of the bracket could make the finals without beating one of the two of them. The problem: Tsonga isn't very good on clay. The No. 8 overall player according to AB, he is only No. 16 on clay, the third-best player in the Federer region. Bedene, like Brands, is certainly decent, but Tsonga should get a relatively easy chance to find his form.
Women's 1st Round (Williams Region): Caroline Wozniacki  vs. Laura Robson (Match 3, Court Suzanne Langlen)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Wozniacki No. 23 | Robson No. 50
Caroline Wozniacki hasn't reached even the quarterfinals of a slam in more than a year now, and she gets a tough first round test on Court Suzanne Langlen. Laura Robson hasn't found consistency on the clay yet, but in Rome a couple of weeks ago, she started hinting at her potential with a 6-3, 6-2 destruction of Venus Williams. Wozniacki is dealing with some coaching uncertainty at the moment, and she'll need to figure out how to put together a complete effort.
Women's 1st Round (Williams Region): Ekaterina Makarova  vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Match 3, Court 6)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Makarova No. 17 | Kuznetsova No. 15
Kuznetsova is maddening. The 2009 French Open champion, she has dealt with injury and extreme inconsistency through the years. She has shown enough recent potential that she actually ranks higher on clay than her seeded opponent; plus, she beat Makarova, 6-4, 6-4, in Miami a couple of months ago. But all the potential in the world didn't stop her from getting destroyed, 6-1, 6-1, by Simona Halep in Rome. Good luck figuring out what she'll bring to the table today.
Men's 1st Round (Djokovic Region): Ryan Harrison vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (Match 3, Court 10)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Harrison No. 124 | Kuznetsov No. 62
Ryan Harrison is still only 21 years old, but the Shreveport resident has yet to make any serious noise on the tour. His slam draws have been unlucky over the last couple of years, but his play hasn't necessarily been up to par, either. He has lost seven of eight ATP matches since the Australian Open, and while he did qualify for the French, he faces a pretty tough early test. Time to start breaking through, Ryan.
Men's 1st Round (Ferrer Region): Tomas Berdych  vs. Gael Monfils (Match 3, Court Philippe Chatrier)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Berdych No. 6 | Monfils No. 12
Styles make fights, and these two could put on a hell of a show on centre court. Berdych is one of the best -- perhaps the best -- pure power hitters on tour, and Monfils is an artistic scrambler. Monfils is basically Andy Murray with ADD, a steady defender with a couple of screws loose. My line about him has always been that watching him is like watching your younger brother. His game is so easy to root for, but his decision-making often makes you just start saying, "No, Gael, no, no no." The odds are good that Berdych cruises here -- he did win, 6-1, 6-1, last year in Madrid, though 2012 was not a good year for Monfils' physical condition -- but you'll want to watch, just in case.
Men's 1st Round (Nadal's Region of Complete Destruction): Jerzy Janowicz  vs. Albert Ramos (Match 4, Court 6)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Janowicz No. 28 | Ramos No. 22
Thanks to strong performances at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus a quarterfinal appearance at Rome, Janowicz's ATP ranking has exceeded his pure, tournament-to-tournament abilities at this point. He faces a rugged first round match against a player who actually grades out better than him on clay and beat him in three sets a few weeks ago in Barcelona. It's rare to say that a seeded player winning a first-round match would be an upset, but here we are. At the very least, this match is a tossup.
Women's 1st Round (Sharapova Region): Sloane Stephens  vs. Karin Knapp (Match 5, Court 7)
Advanced Baseline Clay Rankings: Stephens No. 38 | Knapp No. 49
If you only really pay attention to tennis during the slams, you probably have the wrong impression of Sloane Stephens right about now. She capped a wonderful year of slam performances (fourth round at the French, third at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) with a semifinal breakthrough at the Australian Open, taking out Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Since then, however? Yikes. Second-round loss in Qatar, first round in Dubai, second in Indian Wells, fourth in Miami, second in Charleston, first in Madrid. She has rallied of late, making the third round (and getting whipped by Maria Sharapova) in Rome and the quarterfinals in Brussels, but her form has still left something to be desired. Still, another quality week or two in a slam, and those struggles will be mostly forgotten. She should beat Karin Knapp today, but the two are close enough on clay to make this almost a tossup.
Balance of Power
With each daily preview, we'll take a look at the top-ranked (according to AB clay rankings) remaining members of each region of the draw. The seeds don't really mesh too well with clay-court competence.
2. Novak Djokovic 
14. Tommy Haas 
17. Alexandr Dolgopolov 
25. Pablo Andujar
26. Philipp Kohlschreiber 
27. Janko Tipsarevic 
31. Fernando Verdasco
37. Grigor Dimitrov 
Djokovic hasn't looked great of late, but he is virtually the only elite clay-court player in his region. It will be interesting to see how 35-year old Haas handles best-of-five-sets matches.
Nadal Region of Complete Destruction
1. Rafael Nadal 
7. Stan Wawrinka 
10. Richard Gasquet 
15. Benoit Paire 
18. Kei Nishikori 
21. Fabio Fognini 
22. Albert Ramos
28. Jerzy Janowicz 
Nadal was done no favors with a loaded draw, but it won't matter.
3. David Ferrer  -- advanced to second round
6. Tomas Berdych 
8. Nicolas Almagro 
12. Gael Monfils
13. Tommy Robredo 
23. Ernests Gulbis
24. Kevin Anderson  -- advanced to second round
30. Albert Montanes
This is perhaps the most intriguing region of the men's tournament. Ferrer is fantastic on clay, but he only looked decent in his first-round win on Sunday. Meanwhile, Berdych's draw -- Monfils in the first round, potentially Gulbis in the second and Robredo in the third -- is just cruel.
4. Roger Federer  -- advanced to second round
11. Juan Monaco 
16. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 
20. Marin Cilic 
29. Jarkko Nieminen
33. Gilles Simon  -- advanced to second round
36. Jeremy Chardy  -- advanced to second round
43. Daniel Gimeno-Traver
If Djokovic's draw isn't the easiest, Federer's is. As iffy as Fed's form has been in 2013, his path to the finals here is pretty clear.
1. Serena Williams  -- advanced to second round
10. Angelique Kerber 
15. Svetlana Kuznetsova
17. Ekaterina Makarova 
21. Roberta Vinci 
23. Caroline Wozniacki 
27. Romina Oprandi
28. Varvara Lepchenko 
Good luck, Everybody Not Named Serena.
4. Sara Errani  -- advanced to second round
7. Agnieszka Radwanska  -- advanced to second round
9. Ana Ivanovic  -- advanced to second round
11. Simona Halep
12. Venus Williams  -- lost in first round to Urszula Radwanska
16. Carla Suarez Navarro 
22. Nadia Petrova  -- lost in first round to Monica Puig
25. Sabine Lisicki  -- advanced to second round
29. Julia Goerges 
31. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
The Radwanska Region got shaken up quite a bit on Sunday when both Williams and Petrova lost. The top four in the region are now pretty clear: fourth-round matches of Radwanska-Ivanovic and Errani-Halep could be fantastic.
3. Victoria Azarenka 
6. Na Li  -- advanced to second round
8. Kaia Kanepi
14. Maria Kirilenko 
24. Yaroslava Shvedova 
30. Flavia Pennetta
32. Alize Cornet 
33. Anabel Medina Garrigues -- lost in first round to Na Li
35. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Like Nadal and Ferrer on the men's side, Azarenka was done no favors here. And her clay form has not been amazing in 2013.
2. Maria Sharapova 
5. Sam Stosur 
13. Petra Kvitova 
18. Jelena Jankovic 
19. Dominika Cibulkova 
20. Lucie Safarova 
34. Jamie Hampton
37. Shuai Peng
It would be a bit of a disappointment if we don't get a Sharapova-Stosur bloodbath in the quarterfinals.