Saturday, 28 May 2011

Third is the One with the Hairy Chest



The excitement continued on the red dirt for an action packed round three:

Federer carried on his impressive form demolishing opponent Janko Tipsarevic 64 61 63 in just 90 minutes.
Rafael Nadal silenced a few of his critics (including himself) with a much more convincing win over qualifier Antonio Veic, overpowering him to take the match in three fairly easy sets – 61 63 60.

Andy Murray suffered a major injury scare when he rolled his ankle whilst running for a sweetly struck drop-shot by opponent Michael Berrer. The Scot fell to the floor in agony before he received a medical timeout for a spray, tape and pain pills. The scare wasn’t much of a setback for Murray however as he upped his aggressive game to take the next two sets convincingly and win the match 62 63 62. However doubts have been raised about his fitness for the rest of the tournament. "I don't know if I will be 100 percent fit. I don't know if I will be playing the next match. Maybe I will be," he told the press conference. He will be undergoing a scan on the ankle to find out.

Djokovic kept his streak alive despite early threats from del Potro. With their match being scheduled last on Philippe Chatrier, it was looking like it would stretch to a two-day encounter. However not before the players were moved to Suzanne Lenglen first which caused a bit of a riot from the chatrier ticket holders as a herd of them proceeded to Lenglen, feeling like they should be let in to watch. The dramatic atmosphere continued throughout the rest of the match with del Potro taking a set off Djokovic for the first time. The match was all one way traffic when it resumed however, as Djokovic steamrolled ahead to take the next two sets, winning 63 36 63 62.

Proceedings on the women’s side were far more dramatic however with the top seed Caroline Wozniacki being booted out emphatically by the no. 28th seed Daniela Huntachova 61 63; while last year’s finalist Samantha Stosur fell to world no. 51 Gisela Dulko 46 61 36. The women’s draw leaves Maria Sharapova who is in good form poised for a victory at Roland Garros to give her her fourth Grand Slam trophy.

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Yay Rafa! Much much much better. He even threw us hungry fans a nice bagel.

Not yay Andy – I hope he’s ok. He doesn’t know whether he’ll be playing – that’s NOT good. That would totally suck.

In other news, I’m really bummed out that Philippe Chatrier doesn’t have a roof now – the Delpo/Nole match looked so promising :’(. Alas.

WTA-wise, I didn’t get to watch the match, but I (along with the rest of the tennis world) wish oh wish there was consistency with the ladies. It’s like PMS. Where are the newest Steffis, Hingiss (bar the potty mouth) etc? Come back Serena!

 Ps. I’m seriously starting to get scared of Roger : |.

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