Day 6 at RG16: Murray, Radwanska and Nadal
Today I’ve got tickets for court Lenglen. In the first match of the day, 2014 Roland Garros finalist Simona Halep rallied from one set down to beat Naomi Osaka 4-6 6-2 6-3.
The view from my seat, row 25:
In Roland Garros’ newspaper today, the extraordinary story of Marcel Bernard, who took the singles title here in 1946. He was at first only committed in the mixed doubles and mens doubles competitions, but took part to the singles tournament due to the withdrawal of his his mixed doubles partner. He defeated Jaroslav Drobny in the final in five sets. It was the first Roland Garros tournament after a 6-year hiatus due to World War II.
The Roland Garros mixed doubles trophy is now known as the “Coupe Marcel Bernard”. The stadium in which the Open du Nord is played is named after him.
Marcel Bernard (left) and Jaroslav Drobny:
Andy Murray defeats Ivo Karlovic 6-1 6-4 7-6
Will we see the grumpy player who struggled to beat Stepanek and Bourgue in the previous rounds or the champion who defeated Nadal in Madrid and Djokovic in Rome? From the first points on, it was obvious it would be the latter. Murray looked sharp and focused, and Karlovic was in danger on each of his service games. Murray dispatched Karlovic in three sets, his 7th win in seven meetings with the Croat. You can find the complete recap of the match here.
Let’s talk a bit about tennis fashion: Ivo Karlovic is part of an increasing group of players sponsored by Japanese company Mizuno. Other players include Roberto Bautista-Agut, Marcos Baghdatis and Yulia Putintseva. If you used to watch tennis in the early 90’s you surely remember Ivan Lendl’s Mizuno outfit:
But back to Andy Murray. He will face John Isner in the fourth round. He leads their head-to-head 5-0.
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Barbora Strycova 6-2 6-7 6-2
Knowing that Radwanska had won all their 4 previous meetings without even losing a set, I had not high expectations before this match, but it was the most entertaining match I did attend this year at Roland Garros. This match had it all: drop shots, volleys, and some insane rallies like the one they both fell and kept playing. Kudos to both players!
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Radwanska has lots of variety in her game but she has the same bad habit as Andy Murray: she overuses drop shots. And unlike the Scot, she clearly lacks power. She’ll face Tsvetana Pironkova in the fourth round.
The last match of the day on court Lenglen was Simon-Troicki. Watching Simon play is a nightmare for me, so I gave up and left the court. In the walkways, I heard someone say “a player has withdrawn, but I don’t know who”. I checked my phone and saw Rafa has pulled out of Roland Garros with a wrist injury. Get well soon Rafa and see you next year! Check out my pictures of Rafa’s training session last Friday.