All players have already played 2 matches in the tournament and caught the rhythm for upcoming decisive battles. The days at Roland Garros pass quickly and players who fails to show their best tennis are eliminated. Seeded players began to meet and new portion of interesting matches are provided in the Friday program on the courts in Paris.
(2) Andy Murray – (27) Ivo Karlovic
Unexpectedly difficult start to this year’s Roland Garros for the second seed and one of the main favorites for the title Andy Murray. Having seemingly easy opponents Murray had to play five sets and come from 0-2 sets down in the first match and 1-2 in the second.
As soon as we saw the draw it seemed that the path of Andy Murray to the first close seed player to him in the scheme will be clear and gentle. But as many times in tennis, now things were much different than expectations. First opponent for Andy was 37-years old Radek Stepanek. On Monday he get the first two sets against him 6/3 6/3 but lost the fourth with bagel. They started the fourth set in Monday night, but the match was suspended because of darkness. On Tuesday still nothing was clear but Murray took advantage of break lead and closed the set 6-3. In the final part Murray found the strength to break through and close this very strenuous match with 7/5. Second round for Murray was so similar. Against M.Bourgue he had to catch up from 1-2 down. In the last two sets the large class of The British was shown and he closed the match with a final score of 6/2 2/6 4/6 6/2 6/3. Did the first two battles foreshadow something big that Murray can achieve or he will be broken soon?
Andy made great clay season this year. He achieved semi-finals in Monte Carlo, final in Madrid and won the title in Rome. In the Eternal city he beat his main and hardest opponent Novak Djokovic in two sets. Finalist from the first Grand Slam of the year and last year semifinalist in Paris, behind Andy stands many questions and ambiguities.
Big man and big server Ivo Karlovic is next opponent for Murray. The Croatian has had bad season so far. His first win for 2016 come in Istanbul in the end of April. With 2 wins and 9 losses 37-years old Karlovic has 10 appearances at Roland Garros. His best result in French capital comes in 2014 when he reached 3rd round. Now he is on that stage again, but is it later to make one bigger step?
Against hesitant Murray Karlovic don’t look so despairing although in their rivalry the Britain leads with 6-0 in official matches. Only one of their matches doesn’t pass through tiebreaks and they haven’t played on clay so far.
(9) Richard Gasquet – (17) Nick Kyrgios
The most intriguing match that awaits us tomorrow is undoubtedly that between Kyrgios and Gasquet.
Both of them won their first two matches in 3 sets and now they are in this 3rd round blockbuster. After missing the first Grand Slam tournament due to injury in his return the Frenchman won the title in Montpellier. Since this result he hasn’t achieved anything big. On clay this year, Gasquet has a positive balance of 6 wins (one of them for Davis Cup) and 3 losses. In his 12 participations in Roland Garros the Frenchman reached 4th round 4 times. Last year he lost in that round, beaten by future finalist Novak Djokovic.
Tomorrow Gasquet will face one of the most discussed young players Nick Kyrgios. After winning his first title this year right here in Paris, in Marseille, Nick gained more confidence. After the tournament triumph he achieved even better results and he is constant in his performances. On clay this year Nick has 7 wins and 3 losses and looks in so good form for the second Grand Slam tournament. Kyrgios played only 3 times in Roland Garros and his best result come last season when he was beaten by Murray in the 3rd round.
So far they have met 6 times and the Frenchman leads 4-2 in direct battles. However, their last match was won by the Aussie with expressive result 6/0 6/4 on his way to the title in Marseille. The audience will be on the Gasquet side, but whether this will annoyed Nick?
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska – (30) Barbora Strycova
Only with thought that she can become No. 1 in the world, Radwanska will undoubtedly give everything to go deep in the tournament. If she reaches final rounds in the tournament and with possible failure of Serena Williams, the Polish can overtake the Аmerican from the top after years of domination. Most constant tennis player for last calendar year in the tour is precisely the Polish and second place is the least she deserves. Although she doesn’t make the best clay season, Radwanska has a title won in Shenzhen at the beginning of the year. Except this she reached the semifinals of all big tournaments. On clay in 2016 Aga has 2 wins in 2 tournaments. Agnieszka is a former quarterfinalist in Paris from 2013 when she lost against former finalist Sara Errani. Last year she lost in 1st round so now the moment is perfect to gain new points and get close to Serena.
On the way to chase the dream, behind Aga, stands 30th seed Barbora Strycova. One of the hardest players has passed 1st round in Paris only one time in her career. That became in her first appearance in distant 2004. After that she always lost in 1st round or in qualifications. But everything is different now, Strycova reached 3rd round for the first time and looks in good form to make a tough battle against Radwanska. This year so far is so good for the Czech. She played final in Dubai, after reaching 4th round in Melbourne. Her results on clay are 6 wins and 3 losses. In Madrid she made a huge win after beating Australian open and Stuttgart champion Angelique Kerber in two sets.
Radwanska and Strycova have met 4 times and Aga won all the matches in straight sets. This will be their first meeting on clay, so everything can happen.
(4) Garbine Muguruza – Yanina Wickmayer
When we are in round 3 and pay attention to the match between one of the favorites and unseeded player we definitely can expect a serious fight.
After not performing satisfactorily in the tournaments in the start of the season, Garbine woke up for the season on clay. She reached the semifinal in Rome but lost from seriously big hitter Madison Keys. Quarterfinalist from the last 2 years at Roland Garros Muguruza is seeded as no.4 in Grand Slam event for the first time in her career and looks forward for another good result near the Eiffel tower.
Yanina Wickmayer is а player who is always unpredictable. The Belgium who is a former US Open semifinalist didn’t make her best year so far, but in her first two matches she played really good and looks like she can be serious test for Garbine. In the 2nd round she beat 27th seed Ekaterina Makarova in 3 sets.
Muguruza and Wickmayer met only one time – 2014 in Hobart. In this match the Belgium retired in the first set due to injury. Now they are in 3rd round, ready to make new clash.
Another matches to watch in the man scheme is between Kei Nishikori and Fernando Verdasco, Jeremy Chardy and defending champion Stan Wawrinka. In the schedule we can see promising meetings in women’s tournament like this between former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, finalist from 2010 Samantha Stosur against last year finalist Lucie Safarova.
Another busy day in Paris, who will be the winners, we get to know soon.
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