Sunday, June 1, 2008

RG Day 7 Tidbits

An intense day of tennis featuring four 5-setters in the men's singles action, seeing 2 top-ten seeds sent packing.

* Ferrer Outlasts Hewitt - Former world number one, Lleyton Hewitt, showed signs of his famous pumped up attitude against fifth-seeded David Ferrer, and almost pulled off an upset however he fell short against the Spaniard in an epic five-set match that ended 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. It's good to see Hewitt battling again on court without any signs of his hip injury. Ferrer next faces 21-seed, Radek Stepanek.

* Ljubicic stuns Davydenko - Roland Garros lost its fourth-seed on Saturday as former top-ten player, Ivan Ljubicic, rallied back from 2 sets down to shock Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to book a place in the fourth round. I really didn't see that one coming, but am definitely loving the surprises.

* Gonzalez Upsets Wawrinka - Recent entrant to the world's top ten, Stanislas Wawrinka, suffered a five-set defeat to 24th-seeded, Fernando Gonzalez. The 9th-seed Swiss, who has had an incredible run on clay this season, captured the first 2 sets before strong-hitting Gonzalez struck back to notch a 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win and book himself a fourth round meeting with American, Robby Ginepri.

* Federer Outclasses Ancic - A close to flawless Federer finished off Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a fourth round clash with France's Julien Benneteau. Ancic, who is crawling back up the rankings after suffering from glandular fever and other injuries, was outplayed by the world number one in every aspect. Given Federer's performance on Saturday, I think Rafa should be more than worried about keeping that cup for a fourth straight year.

* 12-seeded Robredo Makes an Exit - Stepanek made little work of his match against 12-seeded Spaniard, Tommy Robredo, as he came through in straight sets, 3, 2 and 1.

Day 8 Matches to Watch:

Novak Djokovic [3] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu [18]

Rafael Nadal [2] vs. Fernando Verdasco [22] (An all-Spanish clash that bodes nothing but beautiful long rallies and incredible baseline showdowns)

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