Boy was this a tough one. Round 3 is over folks and quite a few dramatic things happened. Day 2 of the round was delayed by rain and some of the non-singles matches didn’t get completed or even start.
No More Nadal
This was the hardest one to come to terms with since I’m a big fan. Nadal withdrew before the round started because of a wrist injury he’d been dealing with for a while. Good for the long term I’ll say, but I don’t know how many more chances he’ll have at winning this tournament since he isn’t the young 19 year old that won in 2005.
We Three Kings
The top three men’s seeds, #1 Djokovic, #2 Murray, and #3 and defending champion Wawrinka, all move on to the 4th round. Djokovic and Murray are both still searching for their first title at Roland Garros.
The Fallen French
Sadly for the home country of this tournament, only one player is left. 9th seed Richard Gasquet has been one of the country’s better players over the past decade but hasn’t made it past the fourth round in his four previous times he’s gotten there. Sadly he plays 5th seed Kei Nishikori next and I’m giving this one to the man from Japan.
More Williams Winners
Yes I know I focus on them too much but they were two of the players who sparked my interest in the game. Both sisters had their matches interrupted by rain. Serena ended up winning 6-4 7-6 after a hard-fought tiebreak. The elder Williams, Venus, had a tougher go at it, winning 7-6 1-6 6-0. I’ve come to expect these rollercoaster matches from her more, but her opponent in Alize Cornet has historically been very tough for Serena but Venus herself is now 6-0 lifetime in that series. Referring back to my previous listing, both Cornet and Serena’s opponent Kristina Mladenovic are french.
Shelby Shelves Seeds
American Shelby Rogers has pulled off her third upset of the tournament, and maybe the biggest one. She beat 10th seed Petra Kvitova in three sets and “bageled” her in two of them. Her fourth round appearance is now the best she’s done at any grand slam.
Kissing Kyrgios Goodbye
With Tomic already out, it’s great to be rid of fellow Australian dumbass dickbag Nick Kyrgios, who was beaten easily in three sets by the aforementioned Gasquet.
Hopefully no more rain or time delays in the coming rounds. As always best of luck to the players here on out.