If things go well for Wawrinka, he will face his compatriot Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the classy tournament. After another, Federer retrieved his black French Open towel, covered his face to muffle the sound, and yelled at himself again.
Sharapova’s dominance over Stosur includes a 4-0 record on clay courts, having beaten her in the fourth round on the way to her second French Open title last year.
It was back in the days when Federer had long hair tied in a ponytail with the 19-year-old still two years away from winning the first of his 17 majors.
Diatchenko, the world number 91, is bidding to make the third round for the first time. Federer, who improved to 3-0 against Granollers over his career, focused on the positives after the match.
Federer served out the set after a further break and his masterclass on the red dirt only offered up two points for Granollers in his four service games.
A change of tactic from Granollers in the second set saw him utilise an effective drop shot with encouraging results. When he does not feel as if he’s playing up to his standards, he’s gonna let that all out.
The second-ranked Sharapova is 14-2 against Stosur.
“The players understand that not every request can be granted”.
The Spaniard remained a threat however and his performance continued to please the Parisian patrons.
When Granollers sailed a backhand, Federer bellowed “come on!” breaking for 4-2.
Wasting little time against an opponent he’s mastered in the past, Federer stepped into the court, struck with aggression and broke for a 2-1 lead. Everything about his game borders on the unconventional. “[It will be an] interesting match-up clearly, and [a] different approach to the match I played today”.
The Russian started the defence of her title in style, cruising to a 6-2 6-4 win over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.
Nishikori, a surprise first round casualty to Martin Klizan in Paris last year, looked in fine fettle as he continues his excellent form on clay this season.
Federer took the opening set 6-2.
Nishikori was broken twice, at 5-2 in the second and third sets, but neither proved too damaging as he moved through to a third round clash with Germany’s Benjamin Becker, who beat Spanish No32 seed Fernando Verdasco in a five-set cliffhanger.
39 match winners for Nishikori and 43 unforced errors for Bellucci confirmed his dominance.