Monday, June 1, 2009

Day 9: Fed Escapes; Monfils Elates

Roger Federer snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat against Tommy Haas today, rallying from two sets down to secure a spot in the quarter finals with a 6-7(4), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 triumph.

Federer has emerged as the most likely to benefit from the wide open Nadal-less draw.

But it looked as if he was going to be the next to crash and burn until he turned things around late in the match against the veteran Haas.

Alarmingly, Federer has yet to play his best tennis, and as he prepares to face surging Frenchman Gael Monfils, questions remain about his ability to capitalize on Rafa's early exit from the draw.

Still, the Swiss maestro remains upbeat about his chances. "It was a great battle for me, and I'm thrilled to be through and given another chance here."

Thrilled indeed, but is he ready to face a Monfils that is riding high on emotion and, as the last French man in the draw, will surely have the crowd in his corner?

Monfils ends the American Hope

Gael Monfils ran roughshod over Andy Roddick today, winning easily in straight sets and bringing the French faithful to a frenzied state as the sun went down over Court Suzanne Lenglen.

A beleaguered Roddick was initially frustrated by the remarkable play of Monfils, who was scattering winners all over the court. As the match progressed Roddick let the waning daylight make matters even worse, as his pleas for a suspension were ignored by tournament officials.

The temperamental American basically fell apart for the first half of the third set, letting his frustration with the situation mount, and letting the bombastic Monfils and his throngs of Parisian supporters get under his skin.

By the time Roddick found his calm, it was too late for him to get back in the match.

Monfils clinched this one-sided affair in the waning daylight, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, and he will get a full day's rest in front of his upcoming battle with Roger Federer.

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