Fourth Round and Quarter Finals

Jun 1, 2011

The action and drama at Roland Garros has yet to abate, and it will only get better, With the weekend being full of the typical tears and tantrums of the advancing rounds, today will be the culmination of many player’s best efforts. Today is the first quarter final day, and the mood is excitable.

The events leading up to this point in the tournament have been just as exciting. Andy Murray had to battle his way into the quarters after a laborious game against Viktor Troicki, who played probably the best tennis of his life but was unfortunately undone by a halt due to poor light, and then nerves at the prospect of advancing as he started the match on the next day. Andy Murray was at times desperately poor as he struggled with an ankle injury. But experience and grit pulled him through against a player whose experience in these late-stage rounds is considerably less. Congratulations are definitely deserved for Troicki though, a valiant effort at very nearly putting off the British number one. Andy Murray now faces Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the semi-finals.

Despite the Brit’s frothing at the mouth at this quarter-final match up none is more exciting than the semi final which was decided yesterday. Roger Federer defeated Gael Monfils in straight sets, and then Novak Djokovic beat Fabio Fognini after the Italian retired due to a thigh injury. Yes that’s right, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be squaring up o each other in the semi-finals tomorrow. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water and my head feel dizzy.  Who will come out on top? I’m not sure any speculation is needed. We just need to sit back and watch some fantastic tennis.

Also in the quarter finals today is Rafael Nadal, after being Ivan Ljubicic, whose serve is well known to blast even the best players off the court. He is facing up to Robin Soderling, who as we all know has caused many a stir here before at Roland Garros. Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are also up on court today, with Sharapova taking on Andrea Pentkovic and Azarenka facing Li Na.

So a busy day, and I will be back to talk much more about the results later on. In some more general tennis news and as an interesting point of debate, Daniel Koellerer has been banned for life from professional tennis and has been fined $100,000 for match fixing. The period in which he was suspected of fixing mach results was between late 2009 and mid 2010, and the International Tennis Federation have found him guilty of these charges. This isn’t the first time that Koellerer has been in trouble, after being fined and given a six month ban for bad behaviour last year. Latest reports suggest that he is considering appealing the ban.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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