Tuesday, May 31, 2011

French Open Men's Quarterfinalists

(1) RAFAEL NADAL - Spain

The 24 year old Spaniard made it to the quarterfinals by defeating John Isner, Pablo Andujar, Antonio Veic and Ivan Ljubicic. In the first four rounds of the tournament, Nadal has dropped only 2 sets, both to Isner by scores of 7-6. Currently ranked #1 in the world, Nadal has won 5 of the past 6 French Opens losing only in 2009 to Robin Soderling in the 4th Round. Ironically, it will be Soderling who Nadal faces in the Quarterfinals.

(2) NOVAK DJOKOVIC - Serbia & Montenegro

The 24 yera old Serbian is in the midst of an historic run winning 41 consecutive matches to start the year. Djokovic defeated Thiemo de Bakker, Victor Hanescu, Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet to reach the quarterfinals, and actually will be advancing to the semifinals because his scheduled quarterfinal opponent Fabio Fognini was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Djokovic has never won the French Open making it to the semifinals three times (2007, 2008 and now 2011).

(3) ROGER FEDERER - Switzerland

The 29 year old Federer has won 16 Grand Slam titles, but the French Open only once in 2009. Currently ranked third in the world, Federer defeated Feliciano Lopez, Maxime Teixeira, Janko Tipsarevic and Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals. Federer lost in the quarterfinals of last year's French Open to Robin Soderling, but will take on Frenchman Gael Monfils this time around. *Update* In today's lone men's quarterfinal match, Federer defeated Monfils in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 sending him on to the semifinals for the first time since winning the event in 2009.

(4) ANDY MURRAY - Great Britain

24 year old Scottish professional tennis player ranked 4th in the world, Murray has never won a Grand Slam losing in all 3 finals he's played in (2010 Australian, 2011 Australian, 2008 U.S.). The quarterfinals is the farthest he's ever made it at the French Open, also getting there in 2009. Murray reached the quarters by beating Eric Prodon, Simone Bolelli, Michael Berrer and Viktor Troicki. Murray will next take on Juan Ignacio Chela.


26 year old Swede who has reached the French Open finals twice, but never won a Grand Slam. Soderling reached the French Open finals in both 2009 and 2010, but lost first to Roger Federer and then to Rafael Nadal. Soderling did defeat Nadal in the 2009 4th Round and the two will face off yet again in this year's quarters. Soderling has defeated Ryan Harrison, Albert Ramos, Leonardo Mayer and Gilles Simon so far in the tournament.

(9) GAEL MONFILS - France

France's last hope to win the Open, the 24 year old Monfils has only made it past the French Open quarterfinals once, back in 2008 when he made it to the semifinals. No Frenchman has won the Open since 1983 when Yannick Noah defeated Mats Wilander in straight sets. That streak will continue another year following Monfils' straight set defeat at the ends of Roger Federer today. Monfils defeated Bjorn Phau, Guillaume Rufin, Steve Darcis and David Ferrer to reach the quarterfinals.


Currently ranked 34th in the world, Chela defeated Tim Smyczek, Kevin Anderson, Lukas Rosol and Alejandro Falla to reach the quarterfinals. At the age of 31, this is only the third Grand Slam quarterfinal that Chela will have played in. He also reached the French Open quarters in 2004 and the U.S. Open quarters in 2007.


24 year old Italian currently ranked 49th in the world, Fognini was in the midst of his best Grand Slam run ever when he was forced to pull out with a leg injury. Fognini became the first Italian to reach the French Open quarterfinals since 1995. He defeated Denis Istomin, Stephane Robert, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Albert Montanes to reach the quarters.

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