Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ROLAND GARROS: Berdych blows away two-set lead against French qualifier

Not that he needs it, but the seeds in Novak Djokovic's quarter of the draw are dropping like flies. Well like two flies anyways.

First Marin Cilic [19] lost yesterday to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and today, last year's semifinalist and this year's sixth seed, Tomas Berdych, bizarrely lost to French qualifier Stephane Robert after leading the home favorite 2 sets to love.

I was hoping Berdych's inconsistency days were behind him but clearly they are not. That was a really bad loss for the Czech (great for Stephane of course, kudos to the Frenchman) and if he continues this pattern it'll only get ugly for him at Wimbledon where he has final points to defend.

Other seeds who left the draw include Michael Llodra [22], who denied making racist remarks to the Moroccan umpire who was officiating his match following controversy over an exchange that occurred between the Frenchman and umpire Mohammed El Jennati.

Canadian rising star, Milos Raonic [26], also bid adieu to Paris losing in four sets to Michael Berrer. Looks like practicing with Rafa didn't do Raonic any good.

Rafael Nadal [1], Gilles Simon [18], Andy Murray [4], Robin Soderling [5], Jurgen Melzer [8], Fernando Verdasco [16], Alexandr Dolgopolov [21] and Nicolas Almagro [11] are amongst the seeds playing tomorrow.

Let's see which seeds will stumble...

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