Saturday, June 01, 2013

Day 6 Roland Garros Update

Hey Y'all. Galileo here.

After lots of rain on the fifth day, day six was bright and sunny. The seeds mostly seem to be holding together. The Bryan Brothers seem to be big favourites still in the doubles and it will be interesting to see how well they do in their worst slam. The favourites elsewhere are doing well, too.

Federer's match against Benny was a great match. It's clear that Benny likes to play Fed- perhaps there's just something about the g.o.a.t.. Djokovic is cruising, but Nadal has been troubled by Klizan and Brands, being taken to four each time. He has criticised the timetablers as he has had to play twice in a row. He argues that he and Djokovic should be scheduled at the same time so neither has the advantage for their big semi-final match.

The seeded doubles teams 6 and 16 survived but De-Veigy/Serra upset Nestor/Lindstedt the third seeds, which means that the third and fourth seeds have both crashed out.

Which big seeds fell in the mens singles? A couple of smaller ones and one quite big one.

MARQUEE MATCH: Robredo def. Monfils
...This one was always going to be fantastic. And it was. Monfils soon climbed to a 6-2, 7-6 lead and despite being taken to four he still served for it at 5-4 in that serve. However, Robredo broke him and saved match points on his way to winning the fourth set in a breaker. Monfils injured himself in the fifth set and Robredo came through that 6-2 to progress to an all-Spanish fourth round with Almagro which should be a fantastic match with plenty of fabulous backhands, too, no doubt.
ROSOL MOMENT: Viktor Troicki, SRB
...The Serbian number three pushed Cilic out in three straight sets. Cilic has been out of form recently and actually is one of the weaker members of the top twenty in any case, but this was still a huge upset. The second f the top ten seeds has gone out and others may soon follow.
ISNER-MAHUT WANNABES: Ryan Harrison/John Isner, USA
...Isner finally broke his five set curse by coming back from two sets to love down to beat Harrison 5-7,6-7,6-3 6-1,8-6. Isner does love his epic five-setters and this one was no exception. Harrison looks to be finally backing up the hype that has surrounded him mainly due to the fact he didn't get a horror draw at a slam for once. This was a great match with a lot of aces and service winners, too, which is surprising for a clay court.
BLINK AND YOU MISS IT: Gasquet/Przysiezny, FRA/POL
...It took Gasquet just an hour and a half to dismiss the Pole 3,3 and love. Gasquet showed off his gorgeous backhand and unique forehand. He hit 9 aces and 39 winners during the course of this match, The crowd seems to be working with Gasquet to create a harmony and it seems to be working. But he will need to call upon them more than ever in his next matches. He has Davy then probably Wawrinka, or at the least Janowicz, both of whom can beat the flashy Frenchman.
ELVIS AWARD: Tommy Robredo, ESP
...He came from two sets down to Monfils to win. He actually played a great match and pulled out top tennis when he had to call upon it. His match against Almagro is winnable and I could see him in the quarterfinals here. Either way, it looks likely we will have at least one Spaniard in the semifinal.
HOME GROWN HERO: Jeremy Chardy/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA
...It was a French Open kinda match between these two. The French crowd were so vocal and were cheering everything and despite Tsonga thrashing his compatriot 6-1, 6-2 and 7-5, it was still full of entertaining tennis if a bit one-sided.

I shall now quickly preview some of tommorrow's action...

...I think Nadal beats Fognini in three, likewise for Gasquet over Davydenko and Haas over Isner. I think Djokovic will win in four. Also, look for Wawrinka and Janowicz to go five and the winner -- whoever it is -- will fully deserve it.

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