SPORTS / DEPORTES: 2011 French Open Quaterfinals

2011 FRENCH OPEN: Paris, France

PARIS: After the third round of the women’s single’s division of the French Open, there are only a handful of familiar players, but there are a lot of new players that are advancing to the finals.

QUARTERFINALS: Women’s Single’s Division

(4) Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) — will play
(6) Li Na (China)

(5) Francesca Schiavone (Italy) — will play
(11) Marion Bartoli (France)

(7) Maria Sharapova (Russia) — will play
(15) Andrea Petkovic (Germany)

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QUARTERFINALS: Mens Singles Division
After ending the third round of the men’s singles division of the French Open there are what I call the “usuals,” those familiar players who have advanced to the finals in numerous tennis tournaments.

(1) Rafael Nadal (Spain) — will play
(5) Robin Soderling (Sweden)

(2) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) — will play
(3) Roger Federer (Switzerland)

(4) Andy Murray (Great Britain) –will play
Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina)

PARIS — Rafael Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 42-1, beating Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.

The five-time champion was not troubled on Court Philippe Chatrier, and the win kept him on course to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of six titles on the Parisian clay.

“I have improved since the tournament started,” said Nadal, who was pushed to five sets in the first round. “I’m able to play better and I’m going to continue on this path.”

Novak Djokovic also had a successful day, even though he wasn’t scheduled to play. The second-seeded Serb reached the semifinals of the tournament — where he will meet Roger Federer.

Fourth-seeded Andy Murray defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Nadal won four straight titles at the French Open before losing to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. He will face Soderling in the quarterfinals this year.

“For me it will be a tough match,” Nadal said minutes before Soderling completed his victory. “He’s played two finals here at Roland Garros, so he knows what this means. He’s got to play his best tennis.”

In an on-court interview after he eliminated Simon, Soderling was told that some people — including, as it happens, Nadal himself — are saying the five-time champion isn’t at his best.

That drew a comment of “I hope not,” and an accompanying chortle from Soderling.

“No, seriously, he’s a great player. I think everybody knows what he can do. He won here so many times,” continued the Swede, who lost to Federer in the 2009 French Open final. “Every match is different. It doesn’t matter how you got to the quarters, as long as you’re there.”

Federer won the 2009 Open to complete a career Grand Slam, but Nadal returned to win his fifth title in 2010.

Djokovic, who will not be credited with a victory because Fognini withdrew, is after his own records. If he wins his semifinal match, he would equal John McEnroe’s Open era record of 42-0 for the best start to a tennis season and clinch the No. 1 ranking. With three more victories, the second-seeded Serb will match the record of 46 straight wins set by Guillermo Vilas in 1977. The two-time Australian Open champion has never won the title at Roland Garros, but he beat Nadal in two clay-court finals leading up to the French Open.

“It’s better for him,” Nadal said of Djokovic’s advancement. “He is going to really rest ahead of his semifinal.”

Juan Ignacio Chela also reached the quarterfinals. The unseeded Argentine, the only non-European left in the men’s draw, beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

“I wouldn’t have believed it,” the 31-year-old Chela said, “if you had told me, seven years later, I would still be here.”
(via The Associated Press &

I hope you’re able to watch the quarterfinals of the French Open! The matches are fun and exciting to watch especially since the remaining players are all hungry for the win and will certainly give their best efforts in order to be the French Open champ! 🙂 — My prediction for the French Open finals are either Nadal vs. Federer or Nadal vs. Djokovic…