Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 8 at Roland Garros

On Sunday in Paris Roger Federer extended his quarterfinal streak at majors to 28.  He beat Stan Wawrinka who is a fellow Swiss countrymen and also his Olympic doubles partner that he won a gold with.  The score was 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.  Roger is actually surprising me at how easily he has been playing and I think because no one is counting on him to win he has a solid chance at going the distance.

Of course Novak Djokovic is in the way.  He won today as well defeating Richard Gasquet on Court Philippe Chatrier.  The score was 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 and Novak's overall streak is now at 43 which started in December 2010 with two Davis Cup victories..  His streak is now the third longest since the open era began and now 41-0 in 2011, he is only one win away from tying all time great John McEnroe's streak which he set back in '84.

"As soon as he hits a return, he grabs you by the throat," said France's Gasquet.  Gasquet is a former top-10 player and 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist .  "To beat him, you need to produce the perfect match and not make any mistakes."

"He plays fast. He hits the ball really early. His return is colossal," Gasquet said. "He's got no weakness."

Federer has to face either No.7 David Ferrer or No. 9 Gael Monfils in the next round.  Their match was suspended due to darkness with Monfils in the lead 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 0-2.  They will finish their fourth round match Monday on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Gael Monfils
Novak on the other hand has to face the unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.  Fabio beat Albert Montanes of Spain today 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.  The match lasted 4 hours and 22 minutes.

"I have to be honest. I didn't think I could win the match," Fognini said. "I couldn't move. I couldn't serve."


  1. i like to watch tennis competitively

  2. I have a Serbian friend and he's all for Djocovic ofc :p

  3. I'm a huge Federer fan so I'm obviously rooting for him, but Novak has been absolutely unreal this year, 41 wins in a row to start the year? Truly amazing.

    It's quite possible he's finally going to take the torch from Raffa/Fed.

  4. I like the afro guy, he seems fine.

  5. Sounds like its set up to be an interesting match.