2014 Roland Garros Day 10 (Video)
Djokovic Tops Raonic; Gulbis Upsets Berdych, Reaches 1st Grand Slam semis
atpworldtour.com: June 3 2014 Paris, France - Novak Djokovic is two match wins away from reclaiming No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and becoming the eighth man in tennis history to complete the career Grand Slam. By reaching the semi-finals, Djokovic will return to No. 1 unless Rafael Nadal wins his ninth Roland Garros title.
Second seed and 2012 runner-up Djokovic defeated eighth seed Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4 on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals against No. 18 seed Ernests Gulbis. Djokovic has a 4-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Gulbis, who beat No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
The last eight players to defeat Roger Federer at a Grand Slam tournament lost in their next match. Gulbis broke the spell on Tuesday at Roland Garros. Two days after knocking out the World No. 4, the Latvian raced past World No. 6 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final. He extended his winning streak to nine matches and his season mark on French soil to 13-0.
The No. 18 seed broke Berdych's first service game in all three sets of the two-hour match. He capitalised on five of his eight break point chances, hit 31 winners and won 81 per cent of his first serve points to 69 per cent for Berdych.
Gulbis recorded back-to-back Top 10 victories at the same tournament for the second time. He first accomplished the feat in February, when he upset Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Marseille title. He collected his second trophy of the season just ahead of Roland Garros, triumphing in Nice to improve to a 6-0 mark in tour-level finals.
Sharapova Rallies Past Muzuruga, Sets Semis Clash with Bouchard
wtatennis.com: June 3 2014 Paris France - - Maria Sharapova produced a stirring fightback to defeat Garbiñe Muguruza a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 to take her place in the semifinals of the French Open. Having breezed through her first few matches, Sharapova was given an almighty scare against Samantha Stosur, before steadying the ship to keep her bid for a second title on track. Her reward for this spectacular turnaround was a meeting with Serena Williams' conqueror, Muguruza.
Against Muguruza, Sharapova once again teetered dangerously close to elimination. However, as she has so often in her career, the Russian summoned her best tennis when she needed it most. Serving at a set and 4-5 down, she suddenly began to find the lines, holding comfortably before breaking for just the second time in the match in the very next game.
The decider hinged on the third game, a gloriously tense 12-minute battle in which Sharapova repelled five break points. Once past this challenge, the Spaniard's resistance withered, Sharapova winning eight of the last 10 points to close out the victory.
In the semifinals, Sharapova will face Eugenie Bouchard, who required her own comeback to see off Carla Suárez-Navarro. Bouchard came back from the brink to defeat Suárez-Navarro, 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 to reach her second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.
Despite her tender years, Bouchard has already proved a number of times her big match temperament. In the fourth round, she exhibited this quality once more, putting on a clay court master-class to see off Angelique Kerber and set up a meeting with the gifted Suárez-Navarro.
After two see-saw sets, it looked like the final swing of the pendulum was going to take Suárez Navarro through to her maiden Grand Slam semifinal. But having built a 4-1 lead in the decider, Suárez Navarro tightened up, and she was punished for her more conservative approach when the Canadian pegged her back.
At 5-5, a terrific drive volley brought Bouchard the chance to move ahead, which she snapped up with another pin-point return. There was still time for more drama, as a couple of overrules from the umpire and a double fault held up the victory celebrations, before she finally made it across the finish line at the third time of asking when Suárez-Navarro netted a backhand.
French Open Men’s Singles Quarter-finals Tuesday Jun 3
2-Novak Djokovic beat 8-Milos Raonic 7-5 7-6(5) -64
18-Ernests Gulbis beat 6-Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 6-4
French Open Women’s Singles Quarter-finals Tuesday Jun 3
7-Maria Sharapova beat Garbine Muguruza Blanco 1-6 7-5 6-1
18-Eugenie Bouchard beat 14-Carla Suarez Navarro