– Top seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki storm into quarterfinal. Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and Vera Zvonareva also advanced in straight sets.
2 surprises in the women’s draw: Dominika Cibulkova defeats 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kaia Kanepi beats last year’s semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer.

Day 8 complete results

US player of the day: Bob Bryan
Bob Bryan advanced to quarterfinals with his brother Mike in doubles, and qualified for the mixed doubles semifinals (with Liezel Huber).

Stat of the day: 25
Six of the eight women in the US Open quarterfinals are age 25 or older, with Venus Williams and Francesca Schiavone both 30.

Pic of the day: Robin Soderling
Big hitter Robin Soderling downed Albert Montanes in 4 sets and set up a clash with Roger Federer.

Matches to follow on day 9:
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]
Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[6] vs. Venus Williams(USA)[3]

2010 US Open: day 1 recap

– Tough first round for French Open runner-up Sam Stosur who needs three sets to beat Elena Vesnina. No problem for Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone and Elena Dementieva.

Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick cruise through second round in straight sets.
Robin Soderling survives five set scare: the 5th seed overcame 215th ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer after an intense battle 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4. 17th seed Gael Monfils struggles and needs 5 sets to beat 30-year-old Floridian Robert Kendrick.

Upset of the day: Ivan Dodig defeats Fernando Gonzalez 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 retired
Knee injury forced Gonzalez out in the first round of the US Open. It was only his second match since the French Open.

US player of the day: Andy Roddick
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick turned 28 and advanced to the second round where he’ll meet Janko Tipsarevic.

Pic of the day: Dinara Safina
Last year, she was the number one seed and lost to Petra Kvitova in the third round. This year, ranked n°50, she was ousted by Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-4. Sad exit for Dinara, 10 years after his brother’s fantastic US Open victory.

What a strange Roland Garros this year, with very few intense battles, insipid semifinals but a flamboyant first time winner.

The Good:

– Francesca Schiavone:

Francesca Schiavone

– Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

– Robin Soderling: Ex-bad boy Robin Soderling finished runner-up for the second year in a row. He once again impressed the tennis world with his amazing win over defending champion Roger Federer. But unfortunately for him, he didn’t really get into the final against Rafa: “I didn’t play as good as I did last year. I didn’t serve so well. I wasn’t hitting the ball as clean. You know, I had some chances in the beginning, but I didn’t take them. And then he won the first and then played really well in the second, so then, you know, that’s about… “

– Jurgen Melzer: The big surprise in the men’s draw. More famous for his girlfriends (Myskina, Cibulkova…) than for his game, Melzer reached the semifinals of a major for the first time of his career after his surprising wins over David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic.

The Bad:

– French players: What a disaster! The best frenchman was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who was forced to retire in the 4th round against Mikhail Youzhny. Monfils was beaten by Fognini, Gasquet by Murray. There was not a single in the second week. A disaster.

– Svetlana Kuznetsova: Just 3 words: waste of talent.

– Dinara Safina: The worst performance of this French Open is without a doubt the loss of former number one Dinara Safina to Kimiko Date. Safina lead by one set and 2 breaks, and then 4-1 in the third set, but she self imploded and offered the match to the japanese veteran. It was Date’s first Grand Slam victory since the 1996 US Open.

The King:

Rafael Nadal

L'Equipe - Rafael Nadal

A really emotional victory for Rafa who dominated Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-4. Nadal captured his fifth Roland Garros crown, his 7th Grand Slam title.

He remains undefeated on clay this year, and he also reclaimed the number one ranking, denying his biggest rival Roger Federer the all time record for weeks at No. 1

Rafa’s Grand Slam titles:
You can click on the column to sort by year, championship, surface…

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
2005 French Open Clay Mariano Puerta 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006 French Open (2) Clay Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4)
2007 French Open (3) Clay Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008 French Open (4) Clay Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2008 Wimbledon Grass Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7
2009 Australian Open Hard Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2
2010 French Open Clay Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal will meet tomorrow for a rematch of last year’s fourth round. It will be the second straight French Open final for the Swede who was defeated by Roger Federer in 2009. As for Rafa, he’ll try to capture his fifth Roland Garros crown.

Soderling’s path to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Laurent Recouderc 6–0, 6–2, 6-3
R2 Taylor Dent 6–0, 6–1, 6–1
R3 Albert Montanes 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
R4 Marin Cilic 6–4, 6-4, 6–2
QF Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
SF Tomas Berdych 6–3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Nadal’s path to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Gianni Mina 6–2, 6–2, 6-2
R2 Horacio Zeballos 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
R3 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
R4 Thomaz Bellucci 6–2, 7-5, 6–4
QF Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 7-6(3), 6-4
SF Jurgen Melzer 6–2, 6-3, 7-6(6)