Rafael Nadal Sails into Quarterfinals


(June 2, 2014) World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will face Spanish countryman David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Nadal had an easy 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 win over Dusan Lajovic. The last time Nadal and Ferrer played each other, Ferrer upset Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

“I think that I am playing a little bit better than when I was playing against him in Monte-Carlo, but I think he’s playing great, too,” said Nadal to press. “He played three weeks in a row at a very high level. In Madrid he played great, in Rome he played great, and he’s playing great here.

“He’s coming to the match with confidence and with confidence that he beat me the last time. It will be a tough one.  I know how to play against him and to have chances to win I need to play very well. That’s what I’m going to try. If not, it will be impossible.”

Ferrer said, “Rafael (Nadal) is always the favorite.”

“Tactically, I will have to be perfect,” Ferrer said to have a chance. “I hope that I will instill some doubts in Rafa’s mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be a better player.”

Nadal’s win on Monday gave him his 696th victory of his career and it also gave Nadal his 32nd straight match at Roland Garros, breaking his own record.
The other quarterfinals will feature No. 7 Andy Murray against Gael Monfils. Ernests Gulbis versus Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic faces Milos Raonic.


French Open Women’s Quarterfinals Set

(June 2, 2014) The quarterfinals of the French Open were set on Monday, with Simona Halep, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic completing the final 8.

The highest seed left in the tournament, No.4 Simona Halep outclassed No. 15 Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 6-3. Halep will play No.27 seed and 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat No.23 seed Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4.

2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani defeated Jelena Jankovic7-6(5), 6-2.

Errani will meet No. 28 Andrea Petkovic in the final 8. Petkovic beat Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.


Maria Sharapova Rallies Past Sam Stosur at French Open


(June 1, 2014) Maria Sharapova rebounded from losing the first set to move into the French Open quarterfinals on Saturday 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 over Sam Stosur. Sharpaova won the last nine games to close out the match.

After losing the first set, Sharapova who trailed 4-3 in the second won 22 of 25 points to take command of the match over the 19th seed.

“It was so difficult in the beginning, Samantha was playing so well, but I got energy from the crowd,” Sharapova said about her comeback.

“I’m so happy to be back in the quarter-finals, it’s such a special tournament for me. “It’s a big step but when you get there it will get more difficult. Hopefully I will raise my level.”

No. 7 Sharapova is looking for her second Roland Garro title. She won back in 2012 and last year was a losing finalist to Serena Williams.

With Serena Williams ousted from the tournament in the second round, Sharapova will face the woman who beat her in the quarterfinals, Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Garbine Muguruza defeated French woman Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-2.



Women’s Results – Sunday, June 1, 2014
Singles – Fourth Round
(7) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (19) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 64 60
(18) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (8) Angelique Kerber (GER) 61 62
(14) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 63
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (WC) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 62

More to follow…


Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic Reach Roland Garros Quarterfinals

88 Raonic

(June 1, 2014) For the first time in history, there will be two Canadians in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam after Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic had dominating fourth round wins on Sunday at Roland Garros.

Raonic became the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers. The 23-year-old Canadian broke serve on four occasions and saved both break points that he faced. He hit 54 winners compared to just 14 from his opponent. Raonic advances to his first major quarterfinal in his fourth attempt. He will face world No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Tuesday. Djokovic dominated Jor-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday.

“I think I played the important moments well,” said Raonic of his win on Saunday. “There were a few moments where I’d be up quite handily on my serve, and I’d sort of drift away for a little bit, but when it came down to the wire I was playing those moments well.”

“I’m very eager and I’m looking forward to that,” Raonic said of facing Djokovic. “Especially after two weeks ago, to be putting myself in that situation to get to play him again.”



Bouchard dominated Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes over world No. 9. It is her third Top 10 victory of the year and ninth win a row. She hit 30 winners with 11 unforced errors.

“I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there,” Bouchard said in press. “I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle. I think that mindset kind of helped me.”

Bouchard will try to reach her second major semifinal when she plays No. 14, Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. Suarez Navarro beat Bouchard in the third round of Wimbledon last summer. Bouchard is the first Canadian since Helen Kelesi in 1989 to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.


Novak Djokovic Dominates Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Paris



(June 1, 2014) No. 2 Novak Djokovic thoroughly dominated 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in only 90 minutes on Sunday at the French Open to reach the quarterfinals for his 20th straight major tournament in a row.

Djokovic broke Tsonga seven times as Tsonga hit 38 unforced errors.

“I didn’t go through happy moments today,” Tsonga told press. “It was not fun for me. It was tough. I didn’t have time to go for my shots. I didn’t get off to a good start. Then against this type of player, things started to deteriorate. He played better and better.”

Djokovic raised his record over Tsonga to 12-5 overall, winning the last 10 encounters.

The Serb will face No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarterfinals. The Canadian beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.


Roger Federer Falls to Ernests Gulbis at French Open


(June 1, 2014) Eighteenth seed Ernest Gulbis rallied from a set and a break down to defeat fourth seed Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Roger Federer had a chance to break the tie for the record of making Grand Slam quarterfinals her currently shares with Jimmy Connors at 41.

This is the 17-time major champion’s earliest exit from Roland Garros since 2004, when he was ousted in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten.

Federer led 7-6(5), 5-3 40-15, two point to take a two-sets to none lead.

“Things got tough from then on for, like, a half-hour for me,” said the 32-year-old Federer.

“After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set. There are a lot of regrets here now. But I think Gulbis did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him, I think. It was a tough match and I’m disappointed I lost it.”

“A lot of regrets,” Federer said in his post –match news conference. “I just couldn’t kind of figure it out.”

“I think it was the biggest, probably, win of my career,” said Gulbis.

“For my confidence and just for me as a tennis player, a five-set win over Roger Federer, it’s really big,” he continued. “Hopefully it’s going to change me that I become more confident about myself, you know, on a tennis court.”

Gulbis said to the spectators on center court after the match: “I’m sorry I had to win. I know all of you like Roger.”

No. 4 Federer gets added to the list of upsets at the 2014 French Open which include: No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 2 Li Na, who lost in the first round and No. 1 Serena Williams who was beaten in the second and No. 3 Agnieszska Radwanska who was beaten in the third round.

Gulbis will face No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Gulbis reached the quarterfinals of Paris in 2008.

No. 7 Andy Murray and No. 24 Fernando Verdasco  both won matches halted by darkness to set up a fourth-round face-off.  Murray defeated Philipp  Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 while Verdasco defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated the last U. S. man in the draw, John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.


Rafael Nadal Extends Win Streak at French Open to 31


(May 31, 2014) Rafael Nadal has equaled his own record at the French Open. The world No. 1 now has a second 31-match winning streak at the clay court major event. Nadal is into the Roland Garros round of 16 with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 65 Leonardo Mayer.

His last win streak at Roland Garros was snapped in 2009 by Robin Soderling in the round of 16, his only loss in Paris. The Spaniard will try to extend his streak to 32 when he takes on Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the fourth round.

Lajovic beat Jack Sock of the United States 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

Nadal admitted that he has had a back problem. “Yes, I felt a little bit my back, so that’s why I slow down a little bit the serve,” he said in press. “I felt a little bit from the beginning. In the second match I was not serving that fast, too.”

“I had the problem in Australia. It’s real. That’s the real thing. But hopefully not. Hopefully not. But, you know, during my career I had few problems, so always can happen things. Hopefully will not be this case.”

Nadal leads the men’s tour with 37-6 match record. He is seeking his 9th French open title.

In other men’s matches, Gael Monfils had his hometown crowd behind him when he rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini to reach the round of 16 for fifth time.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez held off a comeback attempt by Donald Young to win 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

Two matches were suspended due to darkness – No. 7 Andy Murray and  Philipp Kohlschreiber was called at 7-all in the fifth set, while Fernando Verdasco was leading Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 2-2.


Ana Ivanovic Beaten in Third Round of Roland Garros

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

(May 31, 2014) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic’s dreams of a second Paris title were dashed on Satruday, when the 11th seed was beaten by 23rd seed Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-3. It was Ivanovic’s fifth straight loss to the Czech woman. Safarova is now 5-2 against the Serb.

Safarova will play 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova who had to battle past fifth seed Petra Kvitova 6-7 (3), 6-1, 9-7 in an over three-hour match.

Fifteenth seed Sloane Stephens advanced into the French Open’s fourth round for the third straight time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova.

Stephens will face off against No. 4 Simona Halep for a place in the quarterfinals. Neither woman has ever reached the final eight in Paris.

Due to the upsets on No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 2 Li Na and No. 3 Agnieszska Radwanska, Halep is the top women’s seed remaining at Roland Garros.

“That’s a surprise for everyone,” said Halep. “Is not easy to be the (top) seeded now, during the tournament. But I try just to keep — the pressure (away).”



Djokovic and Federer Gain Berth in French Open Round of 16


Djokovic and Federer shake hands

(May 30, 2014) Both No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer needed four sets to reach the round of 16 of the French Open on Friday.

Djokovic won 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 over Marin Cilic, while Federer, who missed four chances to win the second set, defeated Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4.

“I’m pleased I found a way and played it solid and tough toward the very end,” Federer said after the match”

Djokovic is looking to win the French Open for the first time to complete a career grand slam.

More to follow.


Ernests Gulbis: Women Tennis Players Need ‘To Think About Kids’


Ernests Gulbis by Maria Noble

(May 30, 2014) The never boring Latvian player Ernests Gulbis told the media on Friay that he hopes that he two younger sisters don’t become professional tennis players because women need to “think about kids.”

Gulbis, who moved into the round of 16 at the French Open on Friday and who will face Roger Federer next said in his post-match news conference: “a woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids.”

The 18th seeded Gulbis said that life on the tennis tour is difficult and more for women who what to have children. “That’s tough for a woman, I think,” Gulbis said.

Maria Sharapova was asked about Gulbis’ opinions to which she responded:
“I don’t think we can take everything serious when he speaks.I think he’s great entertainment and we love to listen to what he has to say. But, I mean, of course, you have different opinions.

“In a way, I think he was joking, but he’s playing the sport, so how bad can it be? If he felt so bad about it, and even if he’s a male, I don’t think he’d be playing it.”



Sharapova transcript