Fernando Verdasco - After winning his first title since 2010 in Casablanca, Verdasco took just a couple of wins at his home events in Barcelona and Madrid. His loss to qualifier Andrey Golubev in the first round means the Spaniard will go into the French Open with just two wins from his last five matches.
Santiago Giraldo - After impressive runs at the Spanish clay court events in recent weeks, Giraldo's exploits finally appeared to catch up with him as he retired from his match with Marin Cilic at a set and a break down. Still, some time to rest should see the Colombian go into Roland Garros with real belief that he can make an impact.
Tommy Haas - German veteran Haas came racing out of the blocks to lead 6-1, 2-0 against Andreas Seppi in his opening match. The Italian rallied to force a decider, but the 15th seed avoided back to back first round losses and goes through to face the man who defeated him at the Madrid Masters last week, Igor Sijsling, who overcame a slow start to defeat Marco Cecchinato later this afternoon.
Dmitry Tursunov - Tursunov entered this event having won just one match in his last 5 tournaments, the nadir of his recent run coming when he got whitewashed by wildcard entrant Rui Machado at the Portugal Open. A win over Madrid semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut, in which the Russian took a 6-0 set of his own, will be a welcome boost ahead of the French Open, and one he will look to build on when he faces Tomas Berdych in the second round.
Vasek Pospisil - The Canadian excited many fans with his run to the semi finals of his home Masters event in Montreal last year, and looked to be around for good when he backed it up with semi final runs in Basel and Chennai. However, after today's defeat to Kevin Anderson, Pospisil still hasn't won a match since reaching the 4th round of the Australian Open in January, and will be looking to build some momentum in Nice next week to take to Roland Garros.
Ernests Gulbis - Gulbis could have been forgiven for feeling apprehensive - not that he would - about the Rome Masters when he was drawn to face a rampant Kei Nishikori in the first round, but the withdrawal of the Japanese no. 1 left the Latvian facing lucky loser Alejandro Falla in his opener. After losing the first set 6-1, Falla became the second Colombian to retire today and handed Gulbis an easy route to the second round, where he'll take on qualifier Stephane Robert.