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)

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Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Na Li roll into fourth round with straight sets wins. Maria Sharapova had to fight 3 close sets to win over Julia Goerges.
Venus was forced to retire from her her third round encounter against Andrea Petkovic after just six minutes.
The only semi surprise today was Kuznetsova‘s win over Henin.

All the favorites who were playing today (Federer, Djokovic, Berdych, Roddick, Verdasco) are also through to the fourth round in the men’s draw.

Stat of the day: 57
Today four-time champion Roger Federer overtook Stefan Edberg, as the player who has won the most Australian Open matches (57).
Well, Stefan still holds the record for the number of matches won by playing SERVE AND VOLLEY. Remember what it is Federer?

Match of the day: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Justine Henin
For me Kuznetsova has always been some kind of a female Marat Safin: an extremely talented underachiever. She was 2-16 before her third round match against Henin, but this time she dominated with her powerful groundstrokes and overcame her nerves to knock the 7-time Grand Slam champion out of the tournament in a 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory.

Matches to follow on day 6:
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Petra Kvitova(CZE)[25]
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Bernard Tomic(AUS)
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[22] vs. Shahar Peer(ISR)[10]
John Isner(USA)[20] vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[15]

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2008: Julie Coin defeats Ana Ivanovic
After surviving a scare in the first round against Vera Dushevina, number one seed Ana Ivanovic crashed in second round. She lost to french qualifier Julie Coin, ranked 188 and making her Grand Slam debut.
Ivanovic, who had been bothered by a thumb injury, cited fatigue and lack of preparation to explain the so-called “biggest upset in US Open history”.
Julie Coin’s magical run ended against former number one Amelie Mauresmo in the third round.
Until Coin’s win, the top seed at the US Open had not lost earlier than the third round when Billie Jean King was ousted in the 1973 tournament.

2005: Ekaterina Bychkova defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova
Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to number 97 Elena Bychkova in the first round, becoming the first female defending champion to lose in the first round.

I tried my best, it wasn’t my day. What do I do? Kill myself? No I don’t. Just take positive things out of this and maybe I’ll try to learn

Following the US Open, Kuznetsova played just 4 matches during the remainding of the year, winning 2 of them.
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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

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3 years after her last match in Paris (her win against Ivanovic in the 2007 final), Justine Henin will try to conquer a 5th French Open title. A quick look back at Justine’s previous performances at Roland Garros:

Henin at Roland Garros 2010

1999: 2R Lindsay Davenport d Henin 6-3 2-6 7-5
First participation for Henin, who lost to number 2 seed Lindsay Davenport.

2000: DNP

2001: SF Kim Clijsters d Justine Henin 2-6 7-5 6-3
19 yrs old Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin established themselves as Grand Slam contender by reaching 2001 Roland Garros semifinals. Henin leading 2-1 in their head-to-head won the first set easily, but Clijsters prevailed 2-6 7-5 6-3.
In the final, Clijsters was four times within two points of winning her first GS title but lost to Jennifer Capriati 12–10 in the third set.

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