Of the 128 players who were competing in the main draw last week, only 8 remain and are battling it out for the French Open crown. After a first week full of injuries and drama, let’s take a look at what’s in store for us in week 2 at Roland-Garros which will feature 7 of the top 8 players in the world.
Following a tough warm up season on clay, World No. 1 Andy Murray is leaving up to his seeding in Paris so far. The Brit lost a set in his first two rounds, but raised his level to get past Juan Martin del Potro and young Karen Khachanov in straight sets in rounds three and four.
Murray will face Kei Nishikori for a place in the semifinals. Nishikori did not have it easy in his third round clash against up and coming Korean Hyeong Chung, who pushed the match to a fifth set. Nishikori then ousted Fernando Verdasco to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.
The second quarter-final match will oppose Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic. Both players have not dropped a set thus far. Aiming for a second title in Paris, Wawrinka beat French favourite, Gaël Monfils, 7-5, 7-6(7), 6-2 in the fourth round while Cilic took advantage of Kevin Anderson’s withdrawal to reach the final eight.
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Rafael Nadal was certainly the most dominant player in week one. Almost perfect on clay this season, the lefty demolished everyone on his path, leaving at the most 8 games to his opponents. In the last two rounds, he pulverised Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 and Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal’s next victim could be his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, who eliminated Canadian Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov on his way to the quarter-finals.
With tennis legend Andre Agassi in his corner, defending champion Novak Djokovic is making waves again in Paris. Despite a third round scare against Diego Schwartzman (5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1), Djokovic has remained solid to consolidate a spot in the quarter-finals.
A big test now awaits the Serb : 2016 French Open semifinalist Dominic Thiem. The Austrian had a great season on clay, including a victory over Nadal in Rome, and he has yet to drop a set in his four matches.
Quarter-final action gets underway on Tuesday live on TSN.
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