Friday, 31 May 2013


Defending champion Rafa Nadal stuttered for the second time so far at the French Open before moving through to the third round with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Martin Klizan.

The result meaning the spaniard is going to play two matches on consecutive days due to Thursday’s rain delays. The world number 4 was clearly unhappy and he went all out on the organisers of the event

'I think everybody knows in this room that the schedule of yesterday was wrong. That's the real thing.

'The director of the tournament, supervisors, they take a bad position two days ago, because when you make the schedule at 7pm, you know what weather predictions you have for the next days.

'I cannot play third after a men's and a girl's match when my possible opponent plays second after girls. That's not fair. And today I was playing almost three hours on court, and my opponent was watching the TV in the locker room.

'So if you told me that's fair, I say that's not fair. The only thing that I can do is be positive, smile, and try to win my match and try to be ready for tomorrow.

'But that's not the right thing. This is not right. And I hope they accept the mistake.'

The Real Madrid fan probably buoyed by the outcry of Gulbis added 'The excuse they told me was because Rosol have to play doubles. I am sorry, but that's a joke. You have one more week to play doubles if you want to play doubles.

'Why do you want to protect the player who has to play doubles? So I'm going to write myself in the doubles draw then and I have the priority to play? That's not the right excuse to make a schedule like this.'

In another match, Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since 1996 when he outslugged 14th seed Milos Raonic on Friday.

The 27-year-old, Africa's only men's singles main draw entrant, won 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-3 in a match he dominated with his serve to equal the feat of Wayne Ferreira.

The 6-foot-8 (2.03-metre) Anderson also equalled his best ever grand slam showing having also reached the last 16 at the Australian Open earlier this year.

"Wayne is a great player to aspire to and to try and reach some of his achievements," Anderson told reporters.

"He was a great player and I've still obviously got a long way to go to...but being in the fourth round is great. A lot of people think clay is not a good surface but I enjoy playing on it."

After disposing of Canada's big-serving powerhouse Raonic, Anderson's next challenge will be Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, a player he shares a 1-1 record with.

It will be a different type of contest to the one against the giant Raonic and Anderson is hoping for warmer, drier weather in time for Sunday's fourth round.

"I think it might help," said the South African after delivering 16 aces. "The serve might bounce up a little bit more and it may be easier to control points and get the ball up a little bit.

"I think that would be a bit more to my advantage."

Men's results

Round 3:

2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 30-Julien Benneteau (France) 6-3 6-4 7-5

4-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-1 7-5 6-4

6-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat 25-Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-1 6-2 7-5

Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat 10-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 7-6(12) 6-4 7-5

11-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat 20-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 7-6(1) 6-0 6-4

23-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat 14-Milos Raonic (Canada) 7-5 7-6(4) 6-3

15-Gilles Simon (France) beat 18-Sam Querrey (U.S.) 2-6 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2

32-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Gael Monfils (France) 2-6 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(3) 6-2

Round 2:

3-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3

7-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 6-3 6-3 6-0

8-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 7-6(3) 6-1 3-6 5-7 8-6

9-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 6-2 7-6(2) 6-4

12-Tommy Haas (Germany) beat Jack Sock (U.S.) 7-6(3) 6-2 7-5

19-John Isner (U.S.) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 5-7 6-7(7) 6-3 6-1 8-6

21-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3

29-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 6-3 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4

Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 6-4 7-5 6-2

Women's results

Round 3

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 26-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-0 6-2

4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 6-3 6-4

5-Sara Errani (Italy) beat 32-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-0 6-4

8-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat 29-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4

14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Virginie Razzano (France) 6-3 6-2

15-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) 6-1 2-6 6-2

20-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-4 7-5

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 6-4 7-6(2)

Round 2:

2-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-2 6-4

12-Maria Kirilenko (Russia) beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 6-3 6-1

13-Marion Bartoli (France) beat Mariana Duque (Colombia) 7-6(5) 7-5

Francesca Schiavone (Italy) beat 21-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-1 4-6 6-3

Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) beat Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 7-6(6) 3-6 8-6


  1. Gulbis wants to turn Nadal in2 a beast

  2. Kevin Anderson! I tink hes gonna make headlines this year.. I predict him 2 challenge the status quo