Round 3 Recap:
As expected, the top half of the Roland Garros draw continued without much event, with the favorites moving on easily. The only things that could be considered even close to upsets were how easily Gilles Simon took out Mardy Fish and Ivan Ljubicic beat Fernando Verdasco. Still, neither of these results were the least bit surprising. There will be a bit of drama as Alejando Falla will face Juan Ignatio Chela on Monday. Falla will look to advance to the quarterfinal of a Slam as a qualifier, surpassing the mark that Milos Raonic set by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open this past year. The real issue in that half will be how Andy Murray's injured ankle holds up, which he twisted in his match against Michael Berrer. He still won without much trouble and we will hopefully get a good look as to if the ankle is bothering him at all when he next plays on Monday.
Novak Djokovic won the much-anticipated matchup of powers, beating Juan Martin del Potro in four sets. The match had to wait overnight as the five-setter between Wawrinka and Tsonga took much longer than expected. Djokovic did not have any real problems with Delpo, only dropping the second set-a set in which he played at a much lower level than we have become accustomed to seeing from Novak this year. With Nadal finally finding his form this round and Djokovic finally looking beatable, we may be in for a more exciting finish to the tournament than the first few rounds indicated.
Who Looked Good:
We haven't mentioned him enough because he played a very unexciting (by his standards, at least) first two rounds, but Roger Federer finally looked like we've been expecting him to in the third round. Roger dominated Janko Tipsarevic, a man who had been playing the best tennis of his life. Roger used the whole court well and played great at net. It was the kind of play we really have not seen from Roger since the World Tour Finals last year. If he keeps this level of play up, he may very well challenge for a second French Open crown and a chance to finally steal Pete Sampras's record for weeks as World #1. (Roger currently sits one week behind Sampras and cannot become World #1 until Wimbledon at the very earliest no matter what happens.) Unfortunately for tennis fans, Federer will face Stanislas Wawrkinka in Round 4 after Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets on Friday. Wawrinka never seems to try against Federer and usually comes in with the mentality and the gameplan like Federer will just wipe the court with him. Most of their matches become nothing more than glorified practice sessions with Federer winning easily (recall their match from the Australian Open).
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