Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 31st 2014 Contents A58
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 31, 2014
PARIS---In what seemed like a flash, and in what
surely felt like a flash of pain for his opponent,
Roger Federer went from vulnerable to command-
It was that quick.
Federer lost a second-set tiebreaker Friday to
Dmitry Tursunov, and that surely did not bode well
for the 17-time Grand Slam champion. Then Tursunov
felt a split second of discomfort in his left hip.
And that was it.
Federer was back on track at the French Open, on
his way to a 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory and into
the second week of a major tournament yet again.
"Everything that was out of his control, like moving
defense, that s when it got difficult," said Federer,
who advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros
for the 10th straight year. "Clearly, on the clay, it s
difficult to hit three great shots in a row. So I tried
to extend the rallies, but serve nice and stay aggressive
throughout. And I think that was a bit too much for
his hip, or whatever it was."
It was something of an escape for Federer, who
lost a set for the first time at this year s tournament.
Then again, Novak Djokovic also lost a set yesterday
before advancing with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win
over 25th-seeded Marin Cilic.
With eight-time champion Rafael Nadal and 2013
finalist David Ferrer perfect through their opening
two matches, the pressure is on the others to keep
their level high.
"It wasn t easy because once you start being passive,
you lose kind of the confidence to step in," Djokovic
said of his win. "That s what happened maybe in
the end of the third and a little bit of the
Of course, that s nothing compared to
the women s tournament, where third-seed-
ed Agnieszka Radwanska followed defending
champion Serena Williams and Li Na out
of the tournament.
That leaves Simona Halep, who plays
today, as the highest-seeded player in the
draw at No 4. It also leaves 2012 French
Open champion Maria Sharapova as the
favorite after her 6-0, 6-0 rout yesterday.
The woman who beat Williams, Garbine
Muguruza of Spain, also advanced to the
Federer and Djokovic, though, were
expected to win, and they did. Tursunov,
with an 0-4 record against Federer heading
into the match, wasn t, and he didn t.
"Overall, the first two sets ... I felt that
it was a fairly even battle out there," said
Tursunov, who was broken only once in the
first two sets. "It s hard for me to predict,
but definitely playing on one leg is not going
to make things easier. Tough luck for me,
but hopefully I ll get him somewhere else."
It s still not completely clear what hap-
pened to the 31st-seeded Tursunov, but it
most certainly led to a bit of a meltdown
a few minutes later.
"It was right after the changeover of the
second set," he said. "We sat down and then
got up and then he was serving, and then
right after the first serve was kind of like,
Something is not right. "
Federer broke Tursunov in that opening
game, and led 2-1 at the first changeover.
Tursunov called for a trainer, and started
to lose his cool. He screamed at the chair
umpire, yelling "start using your brain,"
while angrily mixing his personal purple
drink. A medical trainer came out and chat-
ted with the Russian while he continued
fiddling with the plastic bottle and a funnel.
French Open Seeds Fared
Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def Marin Cilic (25), Croatia, 6-
3, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4.
Roger Federer (4), Switzerland, def Dmitry Tursunov (31),
Russia, 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych (5), Czech Republic, def Roberto Bautista
Agut (27), Spain, 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
Milos Raonic (8), Canada, def Gilles Simon (29), France, 4-
6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
John Isner (10), United States, def Tommy Robredo (17),
Spain, 7-6 (13), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13), France, def Jerzy Janowicz (22),
Poland, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Ernests Gulbis (18), Latvia, def Radek Stepanek, Czech
Republic, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
Agnieszka Radwanska (3), Poland, lost to Ajla
Tomljanovic, Croatia, 6-4, 6-4.
Maria Sharapova (7), Russia, def Paula Ormaechea,
Argentina, 6-0, 6-0.
Angelique Kerber (8), Germany, def Daniela Hantuchova
(31), Slovakia, 7-5, 6-3.
Dominika Cibulkova (9), Slovakia, lost to Sam Stosur (19),
Australia, 6-4, 6-4.
Carla Suarez Navarro (14), Spain, def Taylor Townsend,
United States, 6-2, 6-2.
Eugenie Bouchard (18), Canada, def Johanna Larsson,
Sweden, 7-5, 6-4
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning the
third round match of the French Open tennis
tournament against Russia's Dmitry Tursunov at the
Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, yesterday.
Federer won in four sets 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. AP PHOTO
In a flash, Federer takes control at French Open
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