Saturday, May 30, 2009

Day 7: Breaking Ground, Breaking Through

PARIS - MAY 28:  Tommy Haas of Germany celebrates match point during his Men's Singles Second Round match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2009 in Paris, France.
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts as he defeats Belgium's Christophe Rochus during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday May 30, 2009. Tsonga won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
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US player Andy Roddick celebrates after winning against French player Marc Gicquel  during their French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Roddick won 6/1,6/4,6/4.
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Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after winning her match against Elena Dementieva of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 30, 2009.
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France's Virginie Razzano celebrates after winning against Italy's Tathiana Garbin during their French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Razzo won 5/7,5/7.
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Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak jubilates after winning a point against  Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino  during a French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 25 to June 7, 2009. Wozniak won 6/2,3/6,6/3.
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Romania's Sorana Cirstea reacts after defeating France's Alize Cornet at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 28, 2009.
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Philipp Kolhlschreiber, Tommy Haas, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Roddick, Samantha Stosur, Virginie Razzano, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Sorana Cirstea all broke ground and broke through against the odds to reach the second week of Roland Garros. Haas the only player to have been this way before back in 2002.

France, with native daughter and sons Razzano, Tsonga, and Gael Monfils through to week two, and Germany, with veteran Haas and journeyman Kohlschreiber through, are most happy.

But the younger German caused the earthquake of the day. In straight routine sets, he sunk Novak Djokovic, the No. 3 seed and apparent No. 2 clay court player in the world, deep in the crushed brick fissures unleashed with his deadly one-hander. 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Not always the best closer against the tennis elite, he refused to falter.

One helluva victory.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 30, 2009.
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7 comments:

Mad Professah said...

I'm glad Djoke lost.

Looking forward to the Roddick-Federer quarter!!

Craig Hickman said...

I'm looking forward to Roddick-Monfils.

Tennis Vagabond said...

This is a classy post.
This is why I like your blog.

Craig Hickman said...

Thank you, Tennis Vagabond.

Graf_sampras said...

don't knock Kolschreiber's game....he has less achievement against top players...BUT HIS GAME ITSELF is one heck of game.

we saw that against andy roddick 2 years ago.

this is one real all-around player actually.

the best description i can make of him is:

the "unprepossessing but dangerous player".

but he needs to believe in himself more consistently.

GREAT SHOTS of those happyfaces!!!

i am particularly happy to see TOMMY HAAS have that moment of such joy after all these years of so much disappointed, discouraged setbacks...with all those sugeries and hard times...

the guy DESERVES a BREAK -- if ever there was a player !!!

oddman said...

Love all the photos of the winners - well done!

Anyone can lose to anyone... anyone can win... it's not written in stone (clay).

I'm particularly tickled that my dear Andy made it through to the second week. Great words by Larry Stefanki too.

Grab your bowl of popcorn, sit down and enjoy what's coming, everyone.

Tennisfan said...

I love Kohli and Tommy H; one handers, and Andy R. has always had my respect. While I am not going to cheer for anyone against Roger, but had they brought an upset, (BETTER NOT ROGI! Come on!), I would congratulate them wholeheartedly.