Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Roland Garros Showdown..

Roland Garros is definitely gearing up for one helluva showdown this year in the men's singles. I did cover up on the prospects when it was starting and to be honest, I must acknowledge that the draws lined up couldn't have been much better!
5 of the top 10 seeds (which don't include Guillermo Canas and Carlos Moya) into the quarters. Further, the final spot is taken by Igor Andreev, the 125th Ranked Russian who literally scuffled Baghdatis in 4 sets.
Well, y'day was some of the best tennis I saw in quite some time now. The 3rd set between Rafael Nadal and Lyetton Hewitt was a jaffa, and though I'd really want Nadal to stay and fight off the Big Fed, but would have loved Hewitt pulling that set off from Nadal. Heck, the Hewitt forehand at 5-4 in tiebreak ruined it all! Powerful baseline tennis, and the weakness in Nadal's backhand was being exploited, until he really started to take almost everything on his forehand - and I believe, I need not iterate on his forehand capabilities..
Djokovic looks extremely impressive, and this young Serbian has definitely been pretty clinical in his approach. However, the one player with all the flair is Carlos Moya. He got nailed by Federer in the recently concluded Hamburg Open, but I've really not seen Moya so balanced and strong in the recent past. He looks to be a revelation, watch out for the giant Spaniard.

Canas playing Davydenko also has all the ingredients of a classic. Davydenko is perhaps one of the toughest triers in the game and Canas' re-emergence since the past couple of seasons will definitely be tested, even on his favorite surface.
Whatever said and done, Robredo might just pull off the biggest upset yet, whether it really happens or not is something, time will only tell. For now though, lets head on to The Chatrier..

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