2014 Roland Garros Day 5 (Video)
Nadal, Murray, Gasquet into 3rd Round; Halep, Ivanovic Advance; Mladenovic Win
atpworldtour.com: May 29, 2014 Paris France - World No. 1 and eight-time champion Rafael Nadal swept past the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for a place in the Roland Garros third round. Nadal defeated 20-year-old Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday afternoon to improve to 61-1 lifetime at the clay-court Grand Slam championship, which he first won in 2005 (d. Puerta). Nadal will next play Leonardo Mayer, who was the runner-up at the Royal Guard Open Chile (l. to Fognini) in February. Mayer defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
World No. 8 Andy Murray powered into the third round at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Australia’s Marinko Matosevic on Thursday in Paris. The Dunblane native hit 31 winners overall and benefitted from 39 unforced errors from Matosevic. The 27-year-old Murray goes on to face German No. 28 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2. Murray lost his one previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Kohlschreiber, four years ago on clay at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
World No. 13 Richard Gasquet gave the French crowd reason to cheer as he overcame Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4. Gasquet converted four of his 10 break points and won 32 of his 48 net approaches to prevail in two hours and 42 minutes. He goes on to challenge No. 24 seed Fernando Verdasco, who fought back from two sets down for the fifth time in his career to beat Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. Verdasco leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Gasquet 7-6.
Last year’s runner-up, fifth seed David Ferrer, reached the Roland Garros third round for the 10th straight year with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 150-ranked qualifier Simone Bolelli, hitting 22 winners and committing just as many unforced errors. Ferrer will next play No. 32 seed Andreas Seppi, who recorded his 250th tour-level match wins on Tuesday. Seppi beat a winner of seven ATP World Tour clay-court titles, Juan Monaco, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 14 seed Fabio Fognini will face French hope Gael Monfils in what is set to be a dramatic third-round encounter. Fognini dismissed Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(2), while Monfils finished strongly to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1. Watch Monfils on video below.
Order is Restored in Women's Draw
wtatennis.com: May 29, 2014 Paris, France - After a shocking first few days, with Serena Williams and Li Na both among a slew of big names going out, the favorites held their ground at Roland Garros on Thursday, with Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani and Ana Ivanovic all moving into the third round.
The No.6-seeded Jankovic was the first of the group to advance, reeling off nine games in a row from 4-5 in the opening set to make it past Japanese No.1 Kurumi Nara in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. Kvitova and Errani followed in the afternoon, the No.5-seeded Kvitova rallying from 3-1 down in the second set to close Marina Erakovic out in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and the No.10-seeded Errani coming back from a break down in both sets for a 6-2, 6-4 win over talented German Dinah Pfizenmaier.
The last wave of matches saw Halep and Ivanovic take the court, with the No.4-seeded Halep beating British qualifier Heather Watson, 6-2, 6-4, and the No.11-seeded Ivanovic winning five games in a row from 5-all in the first set to take control against Elina Svitolina, eventually winning, 7-5, 6-2. With Li out now, any one of the aforementioned names - or even someone else - could come through the bottom half of the draw and eventually play for the title here. But nobody is looking too far.
Other winners included No.15 seed Sloane Stephens, No.22 seed Ekaterina Makarova, No.23 seed Lucie Safarova, No.26 seed Sorana Cirstea, No.27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and No.28 seed Andrea Petkovic. There were a few minor upsets, with Julia Glushko picking off No.21 seed Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens scoring a 5-7, 6-4, 3-0 retirement win over No.24 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when the Russian had to stop because of a low back injury.
French Open Men's Singles Second Round Thur Mar 29
24-Fernando Verdasco beat Pablo Cuevas 4-6 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 6-3
23-Gael Monfils beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4) 6-4 6-1
14-Fabio Fognini beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 7-6(2)
12-Richard Gasquet beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4
Jack Sock beat Steve Johnson 7-5 6-4 6-2
7-Andy Murray beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-1 6-3
28-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Denis Istomin 6-3 7-6(5) 6-2
32-Andreas Seppi beat Juan Monaco 6-2 6-4 6-4
Leonardo Mayer beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-0
Dusan Lajovic beat Juergen Zopp 6-2 6-4 6-4
1-Rafa Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-2 6-3
19-Kevin Anderson beat Axel Michon 6-2 6-3 6-2
Donald Young beat 26-Feliciano Lopez 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3
5-David Ferrer beat Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2
Ivo Karlovic beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-5 6-3 6-4
French Open Women's Singles Second Round Thur Mar 29
11-Ana Ivanovic beat Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2
4-Simona Halep beat Heather Watson 6-2 6-4
5-Petra Kvitova beat Marina Erakovic 6-4 6-4
26-Sorana Cirstea beat Teliana Pereira 6-2 7-5
10-Sara Errani beat Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-2 6-4
28-Andrea Petkovic beat Stefanie Voegele 6-2 4-6 6-2
Kristina Mladenovic beat Alison Riske 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3
22-Ekaterina Makarova beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-4 6-3
23-Lucie Safarova beat Casey Dellacqua 6-1 5-7 6-3
Paula Ormaechea beat Monica Niculescu 2-6 7-5 6-2
Pauline Parmentier beat Yaroslava Shvedova 1-6 6-3 6-3
Maria Teresa Torro beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 2-6 6-2
Kiki Bertens beat 24-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7 6-4 3-0 ret.
Julia Glushko beat 21-Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 3-6 6-4
27-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Camila Giorgi 7-6(5) 6-3
6-Jelena Jankovic beat Kurumi Nara 7-5 6-0
15-Sloane Stephens beat Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3
Silvia Soler Espinosa beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-4
French Open Men’s Doubles First Round Thurs May 29
7-T.Huey/D.Inglot beat S.Giraldo/A.Gonzalez 6-3 3-6 6-3
1-B.Bryan/M.Bryan beat M.Emmrich/C.Kas 6-2 6-1
3-D.Nestor/N.Zimonjic beat M.Ebden/D.Tursunov 6-2 3-6 6-3
12-M.Granollers/M.Lopez beat J.Brunstrom/F.Nielsen 7-5 6-2
15-J.Murray/J.Peers beat V.Pospisil/R.Ram 6-1 4-6 7-6(2)
G.Garcia-Lopez/P.Oswald beat J.Knowle/M.Mertinak 6-4 6-2
M.Pavic/A.Sa beat K.Skupski/M.Venus 6-2 6-3
Kristina Mladenovic continued her run securing a third round spot. Ranked No.103 and the defending Mixed Doubles champion (w. Nestor), the Frenchwoman who upset 2011 French Open Singles winner Li Na in the first round survived three grueling sets against American Alison Riske 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 in a match lasting two hours 41 minutes.