Day Five: News So Far

May 28, 2009

Day 5, and the sun is shining again at Rolland Garros. It looks a little cloudy but certainly better than the buckets of rain day 3 endured. It may already be day five but we’re only at round two, and the days are pretty packed.


As I write this, Roger Federer is working Acasuso hard on the clay. Acasuso of Argentina – who I have to admit looks alarmingly like Ben Afflek – appears to be wilting under the heat and pressure. Federer keeps the forehands simple but well placed, and Acasuso struggles to get behind them. The score currently stands at 2-1 to Federer. Federer is looking relaxed and graceful as ever out there, and although Acasuso is beginning to get some life back into him, it’s a sure bet that the world No. 2 will walk away with this one.


Already today, Venus Williams has advanced to the next round after beating Safarova. The match was suspended late yesterday and continued today, with Williams having to start the match a set down on the Czech. She rose to the occasion though, taking it 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-5.


Amongst the other winners of the day is Jelena Jankovic, who despite a bit of a rocky performance beat Magdalena Rybarikova this morning. Kuznetosva also booked herself a place in the third round after a quick and decisive dispatch of Galina Voskoboeva 6-0 6-2.


Up later today is Novak Djokovic playing Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, and Roddick will play Minar of the Czech Republic.


As for predictions, I’m still unsure as to which of the top players will be sifted out of the competition soon. Despite Murray’s determined plod through the tournament so far, I can’t imagine much more than a quarter-final spot for him.


I imagine Djokovic and Verdasco will go far, but I will leave it another day or two before I am brave enough to make some definite predictions!


For the women, I can see Kuznetsova and Jankovic doing well, maybe even those two for the final. Sharapova still looks to be carrying the scars of her injury and I think that will have a great affect on her game as she advances.


My latest feeling on the men’s game is that this may be a Nadal-Federer final. Watching Federer play today, there’s little doubt in my mind he can make it that far. And who would be a better competitor for the King of Clay in the final than the man he took the No. 1 spot from only months ago?




Written by: SophieG

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