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The day Gasquet lost his bananas

PARIS -- And here we thought the first week of the Australian Open, the year's first major, would be hard to follow.

There was Marcos Baghdatis at his racket-slamming best, controversy in a John Isner match, a freakish injury to Rafael Nadal and an inspiring performance by local boys Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic.

But the first week of the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam, has been just as good. So it's time to look back at the best and worst of Week 1 at Roland Garros:

Best match: John Isner versus Paul-Henri Mathieu

When you're watching an Isner match at a Grand Slam, you'd better settle in. Bring a picnic basket, if you will. Take a nap somewhere in the middle of the fifth set to stay fresh. You know OT is on its way.

Two years after his 70-68 fifth-set triumph over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, Isner was this time on the wrong end of a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 loss to Paul-Henri Mathieu here in Paris. At 5 hours, 41 minutes, it was the second-longest match in French Open history.

Isner has now gone past 6-6 in the fifth set of every Slam, which must be some kind of Open era record.

He plays so many long matches because, well, he rarely gets broken -- and he rarely breaks.

Isner struck 41 aces against Mathieu and bravely saved 20 of 24 break points. Yet he only manufactured four break points of his own.

"I served well," Isner said. "Just didn't do anything else that well."

Mathieu deserved the moment. Let's call it redemption. He was recently out for a year and a half with a knee injury, and he was the villain for France in the Davis Cup final 10 years ago.

Biggest meltdown: Serena Williams

Which was more surprising: Serena Williams blowing a 5-1 lead in a second-set tiebreaker against Virginie Razzano, or the 13-time Grand Slam champion crying in her chair between the second and third sets?

You'd have expected Williams to come out swinging in the third set instead of dwelling on the tiebreaker.

When Razzano began to cramp in the final game, Williams couldn't take advantage of her vulnerability, and out went Williams' unblemished first-round record in Slams (now 46-1).

That long winning streak and two dirt titles all for that?

"Nineteen times out of 20, Serena will win the 'breaker, and this is the time she didn't," said David Witt, Venus Williams' hitting partner. "I honestly have no clue how [Razzano] pulled that [last] game out."

Even if Serena, 30, is hot heading into another Slam, can she ever be given the label of heavy favorite again?

Like Mathieu, Razzano was a sentimental favorite. Her fiancé died days before last year's French Open.

Best comeback: Victoria Azarenka

With Azarenka down a set and 4-0 to Alberta Brianti in the first round, doubts surely had to creep into her head.

"Sometimes I thought, 'Yeah, maybe I still fight, I still have a chance,'" Azarenka said. "Sometimes it was like, 'You know what? Forget it. I don't want to do it.'"

She chose to fight -- a smart decision.

With Williams no longer around, Azarenka's second-week prospects are much better.

Best comeback, Part 2: Brian Baker

Well, this one isn't match-specific.

What Brian Baker did in the past two weeks was remarkable: He won three rounds of qualifying in Nice, France, before finally losing in the final.

Then in Paris, he wasn't just simply content to pick up a nice fat check in the first round. Baker overcame Xavier Malisse -- and his Belgian fan club -- in the first round and extended Gilles Simon to five sets in the second.

A healthy Baker (cross your fingers) is a lock to crack the top 50 in the near future.

Most punishing rally: Richard Gasquet versus Grigor Dimitrov

One player lost his lunch. The other collapsed to the court.

Can you get a more punishing rally than that?

Like Mikhail Youzhny hitting himself in the head with his racket in Miami in 2008, this 38-shot exchange between Gasquet and Dimitrov in the second round in Paris is bound to go viral.

When it ended, Gasquet leaned over and vomited. Dimitrov, though, was in more trouble, prone on the ground with cramps and needing assistance to get to his feet.

"The banana is still on Suzanne Lenglen [court]," Gasquet said. "I was really feeling bad. But he was even in a worse situation than I was."

The rally changed the complexion of the match. Gasquet was given new life in the set second and then won the next two to advance.

Best quote: Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade, a 1977 Wimbledon champion who just happens to be British, wasn't impressed with Andy Murray's antics in the second round.

Back spasms left the Scot in severe pain, and early in the first set, he was barely able to serve against Jarkko Nieminen.

Nieminen, who was up a set and break, folded amid all the histrionics. Murray recovered and won in four sets.

"I have tremendous sympathy that his back is bad, but I've more sympathy for the other guy as, honestly, you cannot play against someone who is being such a drama queen," Wade said on Eurosport.

Murray's reply?

"That's quite disappointing," Murray said. "I know how I felt, and how bad it was."

Murray won in straight sets Saturday.

Best lucky loser: David Goffin

How old, really, is David Goffin? His passport says 21, but the Belgian looks more like 12.

He sure ain't playing like a junior.

Goffin, who earned a place in the main draw when Gael Monfils withdrew, toppled veterans Radek Stepanek and Arnaud Clement in the first two rounds.

In the third, the walls of the press room did little to shield the volume coming from the Belgian fans who watched Goffin down Lukasz Kubot on Court 7. He became the first men's lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at the French in 34 years.

Goffin tangles with his idol, Roger Federer, on Sunday.

"When I was young I had a lot of pictures of him in my bedroom," Goffin said.