Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych secured their spot in the last 8 with straight sets wins over Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco. It was a bad day for the Spaniards as another countryman, Tommy Robredo, lost to Roger Federer in 4 sets.
The surprise came from Stanislas Wawrinka who defeated Andy Roddick. It seems the US player will remain forever in the “one Slam winner” category .

Upset of the day: Andrea Petkovic defeats Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is just a pale copy of the dominant player she once was. She was dismantled 2-6 3-6 by 30th seed Andrea Petkovic. She joins former No.1s Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic as players who have been sent out of the tournament in the first week.

Match of the day: Francesca Schiavone defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova
Today’s marathon features Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era… 4 hours 44 minutes. The 30-game third set alone lasted exactly three hours.

Quote of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova

“At some stage I was like, what’s the score? Who’s serving? I was like, what’s going on anyway here?
“I had no clue sometimes. It was so hard to count. I was like, who is up? She? Me?”

Stat of the day: 27
With his win over Tommy Robredo, Roger Federer equalled Jimmy Connors‘ record of consecutive major quarter-final appearances.

Matches to follow on day 8:
4] Robin Soderling (SWE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[11] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v [5] Andy Murray (GBR)
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [15] Marin Cilic (CRO)
Ekaterina Makaraova (RUS) v [3] Kim Clijsters (BEL)
[25] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v [22] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v [2] Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v [7] David Ferrer (ESP)

Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils advanced to the third round in 4 sets.
The task was much more difficult for Roger Federer who needed 5 sets to defeat former top 10 player Gilles Simon. The world No.2 next faces Belgian Xavier Malisse in the third round.
It was also a tough day for Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone, who battle 3 sets to win over -respectively- Sandra Zahlavova and Rebecca Marino.
Venus apparently suffered a muscle injury near her groin but with the Williams, you never know…

Day 3 results

Seeds upsets: Marion Bartoli (15), Kaia Kanepi (20), Yanina Wickmayer (21), Mardy Fish (16), Albert Montanes (25), Juan Monaco (26)

Stat of the day: 9
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is through to the third round of the Australian Open for the 9th consecutive year. He will face Robin Haase.

Match of the day: Fernando Verdasco defeats Janko Tipsarevic
Verdasco came back from two sets to love, saved 4 match points and finally prevailed 2-6 4-6 6-4 7-6 (0) 6-0.

Matches to follow on day 4:
Don’t miss tomorrow the match between Juan Martin Del Potro and Marcos Baghdatis: it should be highly spectacular and entertaining!
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[13] vs. Alicia Molik(AUS)
Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)[21]
Bernard Tomic(AUS) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[31]
John Isner(USA)[20] vs. Radek Stepanek(CZE)[9]

2-time Australian Open champion Stefan Edberg turns 45 today, so happy birthday Stefan!

Site: O2 London
Dates: Sunday, November 21 – Sunday, November 28
Surface: Hard
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Singles:

Group A: Rafael Nadal (1), Novak Djokovic (3), Tomas Berdych (6), David Ferrer (7)
Group B: Roger Federer (2), Robin Soderling (4), Andy Murray (5), Andy Roddick (8)

Doubles:

Group A: Bob and Mike Bryan, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.
Group B: Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi, and Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

You can watch the tournament online on tennistv.com.

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In this Tennis Buzz #3, a look at Soderling and Rafter‘s wins in Bercy and Sydney.

It’s a well deserved victory for Soderling, who defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title.

“I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title. When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Following his win, he reached a career high number 4 ranking.

Robin Soderling

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Robin Soderling won his first Masters 1000 title by beating Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (1) in the Paris Bercy Masters.
Soderling became the first Swede to win a Masters since Thomas Enqvist at Cincinnati in 2000.

Some photos and videos of his quarterfinal win over Andy Roddick.

Robin Soderling

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