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TTT – French Open, Day 5 Recap

The story of the day was the strong performance by qualifiers as 6 of them played today – 5 of them won, and 4 of them beat seeded players. Six qualifiers in total have made the 3rd round. The most impressive of those wins was Lukas Rosol taking down the #8 seed Jurgen Melzer, a semifinalist last year, 6-4 in the 5th. Rosol, 25 yrs old, is a tall, skinny Czech (6′ 5″, 178 lbs) who is currently at his career high ranking – #111. The other qualifiers into round 3 are Lukaz Kubot, Antonio Veic, Leonardo Mayer, Alejandro Falla, and Steve Darcis, who got in yesterday with his win over Philip Petzchner. Veic beat the 28th seed Davydenko in 5 sets, Falla beat the 20 seed Florian Mayer, and L. Mayer defeated Baghdatis, seeded 27th. Kubot’s win was over the unseeded Carlos Berlocq, ranked 69th. Congrats to the qualies!! We are guaranteed to have at least 1 of them in the Round of 16, as Kubot plays Falla Saturday – I’ll take the Polak Kubot to take down the Columbian there.

Another interesting development today was Nadal’s struggles against fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who was up 5-1 in the 3rd set before losing in a tiebreaker. Nadal has not been sharp in either of his matches yet, and could run into bigger problems when he gets to the QFs (Soderling possibly) and semis (Murray or maybe Dolgopolov).

In the American battles today, Sam Querry was unable to take a set off the accomplished veteran Ivan Ljubicic, while Mardy Fish had no troubles at all with Robin Haase afetr the 1st set. Fish took the first in a tiebreak 7-1, then cruised in the next two sets 6-2, 6-1 in extremely windy conditions. He next plays Frenchman Gilles Simon, the 18 seed here. Simon took out another Frenchman today, Jeremy Chardy. Meanwhile, Ljubicic’s win over Querry nets him a 3rd round matchup with Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, the 16 seed who has lost in the 4th round here the last four years.

Tomorrow’s big match, beside the obvious Djoker/Del Potro and Fed/Tipsy matchups, pits Stanislas Wawrinka (seeded 14th) against popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded 17th. The oddsmakers have Tsonga as the favorite, and he might be more talented than the Swiss #2, but Wawrinka has made the QFs in each of the last two slams, as well as the 4th round here a year ago. Tsonga also made the 4th round here a year ago, and the QFs of Wimbledon last year, but has not really followed through in his career after being a surprise finalist at the 2008 Aussie. I’ll take Wawrinka to upset the local favorite in 5 sets.

P.S. Normally I skip the women, but there was a huge upset developing today involving 17 yr old French wildcard Caroline Garcia, who was up 6-3, 4-1 over Maria Sharapova, when she suddenly hit a wall and lost the next 11 games to lose the match 6-3, 4-6, 0-6. It was sad to see for the poor young girl, but she looks like a tough kid with nice talent who’ll back. Hopefully I’ll bounce I’m right.

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2 Responses to “TTT – French Open, Day 5 Recap”

  1. Hi,
    Really enjoyed your blog, the run of the qualifiers is phenomenal – the best since 1991 I think. I agree that Kubot could well beat Falla, he has had a really good run this year. I felt so much for Garcia, a future top 5 player for sure.
    I enjoy to reading more of your entries.

    • Yes…to have 6 of the final 32 guys be qualies is pretty amazing. Glad you enjoy the site…how about Woz & Stosur going down today…? Wild stuff…


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