Roland Garros Day Four Men's Wrap-up
Top French seed Gael Monfils was in action today against his countryman Guillaume Rufin. He looked pretty solid for the most part, although he had a bit of a loss of concentration in the second set. If he wants to hoist the trophy at Roland Garros, he’s going to have to keep such lapses in check. The final score: 6-3 1-6 6-1 6-3.
Roger Federer made rather quick work of his opponent, French qualifier Maxime Teixeira, allowing the Frenchman just 5 games. Stephane Robert, the Frenchman who had an incredible performance against Tomas Berdych, taking the sixth seed out in 5 sets, seemed to have lost the magic against Fabio Fognini. Robert only managed to win 3 games against the Italian – 6-2 6-1 6-0.
Novak Djokovic looked to be having some trouble with his footing early on in his match against Romanian Victor Hanescu, but he was able to raise his level at the right time and capitalize on his break point chances at 5-4 in the first set.
Hanescu was just coming off an impressive run to the finals of the Open de Nice Cote d'Azur on Sunday and is a dangerous opponent. He seemed to lose confidence after the first set however and Djokovic ran off five straight games rather easily.
After the set ended 6-1, Hanescu called for the trainer and received treatment on his left thigh. He looked to be back on track after that, staying on serve in the third, but at 3-2 he retired – apparently the leg injury was too much for the Romanian.
Other notable wins included Mikhail Youzhny who won the battle of the Mikhails, defeating Kukushkin in straight sets, David Ferrer won out over Julien Benneteau, Richard Gasquet defeated Marcel Granollers in four sets, Stan Wawrinka defeated Thomas Schoorel in straights, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Igor Andreev in straights, and Thomaz Bellucci won over Andreas Seppi in straights.
Juan Martin Del Potro looked impressive in his straight set victory over Blaz Kavcic and sets up a barn burner of a match against the red hot Novak Djokovic. That is certainly not to be missed.