Roland Garros II - Men's Singles
GRAND SLAM - Wednesday (Day Five) - Paris, France - Clay (Red)
- 24th seed Heath Davis will head into a do-or-die third round clash with tenth seed Radivoj Daneu this Friday after booking a spot in the final 32 with a straight sets win over Thailand's Atthaphol Sae-ul. Sae-ul was non-existent outside of the second set as the West CWLander tore him apart in a far cry for the Thai player's first round win. Davis dropped just four games - all in the second set - as he overpowered Sae-ul on the unseeded Asian player's least favourite surface; charging through to the third round 6-0, 6-4, 6-0. He meets Season I quarter finalist Daneu who cruised past Anvar Juraev of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(3).
- In section 7, eighth seed Jefferson Drake continued his clean start to the fortnight with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over West CWLand qualifier David Briggs. The Nice champion was met by a resilient display from Briggs in the second and third sets, but it was clear that he had way too much power for his opponent as he convincingly advanced to the third round. It was a tough baptism for Briggs, but he didn't disgrace himself with a few highlights he can show the grand kids. Drake now meets Finland's Lari Färkkilä who yet again prevailed in five set from one set to two down to oust 25th seed Kim Vollan 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 6-0.
- The other third round match in that section will pit fourteenth seed Jojo Mustard against unseeded Easterner Spas Delev in another Grand Slam third round match. Mustard was far too good for the Ukraine's Viktor Vuriak as he survived a tight start to win in straight sets. Vuriak's swinging left arm style caused Mustard some trouble early doors, but the fourteenth seed quickly recovered to take the first set in a tiebreaker 7-3. From there, Vuriak struggled with Mustard's consistency and accuracy as he continued to find the lines with the forehand down the line. It was enough for him to earn a 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-3 victory and a third round place on Friday.
- His opponent, Delev, will be far more tired after a marathon five-set victory over Petr Brožík. Down two-sets to one and fresh off a third set flogging, Brožík looked down and out at a break down before he surged back to send the match to a fifth set. The fifth lasted nearly two hours and was ridden with errors and missed opportunities as Delev wasted four match points at 6-5, 7-6 and 9-8. With both players broken numerous times, it left Sven Oxenstierna tweeting things like "lol is this the wta tour?" before Delev finally got the breakthrough by holding serve to complete a gutsy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 win.
- While Nilikar Midid gave up a two-sets to love lead to lose to Johan Ortiz, the choke of the day came on Court Phillipe Chatrier as 31st seed Pierre L'Estrange did battle with East CWLand's Jarkko Maxum. After taking the first two sets, the World No. 40 Maxum had a 5-3 lead and a match point to set up a third round clash with Daniel Páez Blanco. While L'Estrange saved that to the delight of the French crowd, no one could have expected what was building as the 31st seed claimed the third set 7-5 in a tiebreaker. After a sluggish start, the enigmatic L'Estrange started to pick up the pace and began drawing Maxum into making bad errors off both wings to cough up two fourth set service breaks. That leveled the match at a set apiece, but Maxum wasn't done yet as he claimed a break of serve early in the second against the run of play as L'Estrange found the tape and the ball bobbled out wide. Despite the scare, he broke back to love immediately and from there the result was never in doubt - the World No. 38 bringing up three match points and converting his first to secure a gutsy 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 win. Needless to say, the French crowd lost their **** while Maxum could be heard over the television monitor telling those "screamy French ****s" to "go and lose another war." His second round prize money might be a little lighter once the FFT have their say.
- Seeded players out: Kim Vollan.