Monday, May 30, 2011

Roland Garros: Bring On Mr. Federer!

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Kudos to World No. 9 Gael Monfils on a spectacular (6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 8-6) 5-set victory over World No. 7 David Ferrer in their 4th round match at the French Open.

The Frenchman and crowd favorite will now face World No. 3 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals for the right to play the unbeaten and almost-unstoppable World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Monfils, who was born in Paris, has always fared well in his home-country Grand Slam, reaching the quarterfinals in 3 out of the last 4 years and was a semifinalist in 2008.

As for Federer, by reaching the French quarters, he set an all-time record of reaching, at least, the quarterfinals in 28 consecutive Grand Slam events. The old record was 27 in a row held by the great Jimmy Connors. To put it in perspective, 28 consecutive quarterfinals appearances is the equivalent of 7 years worth of Grand Slams. Overall, he has made the quarterfinals in 30 of the last 34 Grand Slams, winning a record 16 of them since 2003. Simply incredible!

On the women's side--

World No. 3 Vera Zvonareva is OUT! Zvonareva lost her 4th round match to No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 and as a result there will be no change in the Top 3 rankings regardless of who wins the tournament. The OUSTED Caroline Wozniacki will remain No. 1, the OUSTED Kim Clijsters will remain No. 2 and the OUSTED Zvonareva will remain No. 3.

Oh and that Rafa guy--

He as cruised into the quarterfinals where he will face the only man to ever beat him at Roland Garros, World No. 5 and two-time runner-up Robin Soderling. As of today, Nadal is 42-1 at the French and Soderling is the man responsible for his only blemish, beating an injured Rafa in the 4th round in 2009. A loss that Rafa has never forgotten. That's for sure.

As for Monfils--

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