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TTT – French Open Update, Day 7

Sorry to report this, but today was really a rather boring day. Just look at these scores: Nadal took out the qualifier Veic 1, 3, & 0. Mardy Fish, the last American in either singles draw, lost to Simon 3, 4, & 2. Djokovic quickly ended any thoughts of upset drama in the conclusion of his match started yesterday against Del Potro, winning the 3rd & 4th sets today 6-3, 6-2. Murray & Soderling buried their opponents – 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 for Murray over Berrer, and 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 for Soderling over qualifier L. Mayer.

There was one mildly surprising upset, as Verdasco lost in straight sets to Ljubicic, the rejuvenated 32 yr old Croatian who has not lost a set in 3 matches so far. His next opponent is Nadal, so that streak is likely to come to an abrupt end Monday. Dolgopolov and Troicki battled for 4 sets, the Serbian winning the 1st, 3rd and 4th to cruise into his first ever Grand Slam 4th round, where he’ll meet up with Andy Murray. As for Dolgop, he exits for the 2nd straight year in round 3, last year losing to Almagro here. So not only was I wrong in picking Dolgop to win that match, but I also missed the battle of the qualies pick, where my pick Kubot lost to Falla, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Falla’s amazing run here (1st 4th round slam appearance, only once made 3rd round in his career – 2010 Aussie) is likely to end when he takes on Juan Ignacio Chela next, as the accomplished Argentine veteran took out yet another qualifier, Lukas Rosol in 4 sets. 

Chela’s draw has been pillow soft here – he drew American wildcard Tim Smyczek in round 1, #169 in the world, while next up was one of the weakest seeds in the draw, #32 seed Kevin Anderson who’d never won a match here before this year, and has only 3 career Grand Slam match wins. Chela then got a qualie in both rounds 3 and 4…as it’s likely onto the QFs for him, which would match his best ever performance here back in 2004. At 31, Chela is having a nice revival in his career, having boosted his ranking to 34, up from 54 one year ago. His career high is 15, also in 2004.

Tomorrow brings some interesting 4th round encounters, including a major, enormous contrast in games – David Ferrer (rock steady, grinding pitbull, does what it takes to get a win), vs. Gael Monfils (flashy, full of flair, freakish athletic ability, but often forgets to engage his brain…style over substance). The oddsmakers have installed Ferrer as a very big favorite, much more so than I would have thought. You can get 3-1 odds on Monfils…quite tempting. Home crowd, a little momentum early…a former semifinalist and quarterfinalist here before…hmmm. In the other 3 matches, Djokovic plays a resurgent Gasquet, Fed renews his one-sided rivalry with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka (Fed’s won 8 of 9 matches vs. Stan), and finally, in a rather surprising 4th round encounter, the young, flashy Italian Fabio Fognini will battle against veteran Spanish dirtballer Albert Montanes.


3 Responses to “TTT – French Open Update, Day 7”

  1. Hey! Think today was boring cause it lacked the upsets of the previous day, would be cool if you could check out my blog … http://www.schroeds.wordpress.com

    Quite a bit about french open.

  2. Boring b/c there was very little drama, lots of blow outs. Checked out your blog, good stuff, plenty of French coverage indeed…I see it’s brand new, and you have plans to cover many other topics, silmilar to SPDBRNR…very nice. Good luck with it, and keep writing.

  3. Thanks, very new, which is why I really appreciate feedback. Enjoy the rest of Roland Garros, hopefully tomorrow is more exciting 🙂

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