French Open 2012 Results: How Top Superstars Performed Today

Alan Rubenstein@@uarubyAnalyst IIIJune 2, 2012

French Open 2012 Results: How Top Superstars Performed Today

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    Some of the biggest stars in tennis were on court for Day 6 of the 2012 French Open. Six former Grand Slam champions and two runners-up highlighted the docket on the red clay for second and third rounds.

    All but former French champion Ana Ivanovic advanced. Big names doing well are important for tennis. They drive the ratings and bring in the casual fan. 

    Read on to find out how they fared.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Defeated Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

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    Why He Won

    Tsonga was, for the most part, more dominant on his serve and he broke Fognini three more times than he was broken. The three more breaks proved to be the difference. Tsonga had seven aces and only one double-fault to zero and three for Fognini. He also won 72 percent of the points on his first serve to just 52 percent for Fognini. Tsonga played more aggressive with 42 winners to Fognini’s 29.

    What’s Next

    Tsonga will face 18th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset the No. 11 seed Gilles Simon in five sets. Wawrinka came back from being down two sets to one to advance. If he wins that, a meeting with Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals likely awaits. 

Roger Federer Defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

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    Why He Won

    His ability to hit big shots. Federer struggled in losing the second set, but he was able to recover and hit the big shots when he needed to. He won a higher percentage of points than Mahut on his first serve (82 percent to 63), second serve (66 to 48) and while receiving (42 to 25). He also hit 54 winners to just 25 for Mahut.

    What’s Next

    The Fed Express will face Belgian qualifier David Goffin in the fourth round. He has yet to face a seeded player. Goffin is the first lucky loser (a player who did not make it through qualifying, but was inserted into the draw because of a withdrawal, in this case Gael Monfils) to make it to the fourth round of the French Open.

    This is the furthest a lucky loser has advanced in any Grand Slam since Dick Norman made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1995. 

    Federer has made it to the fourth round without having to face a seeded player. Assuming he wins, Federer will face the winner of the fourth-round match between Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych.

Novak Djokovic Defeated Nicolas Devilder 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

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    Why He Won

    Djokovic’s ability to hit big shots and maintain consistency on his serve were the difference. He hit 34 winners to Devilder’s 10 and won 67 percent of the points on his second serve to 28 percent for Devilder. 

    What’s Next

    Djokovic will play Italian Andreas Seppi, who upset the 14th-seeded Fernando Verdasco in five sets. A quarterfinal meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga likely awaits. 

Juan Martin del Potro Defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 7-6, 6-1

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    Why He Won

    Del Potro controlled almost every aspect of the match. He was more consistent on his serve and while receiving and committed 13 less unforced errors.

    What’s Next

    Tomas Berdych. This should be one of the best matches of this year’s French Open. Both have advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros before. DelPo in 2009 and Berdych in 2010. The survivor has a likely meeting with Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.  

Svetlana Kuznetsova Defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2

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    Quietly one of the biggest upsets of this year’s French Open. Kuznetsova, the 2009 French champion ousted the third-seeded Radwanska decisively. Radwanska has never advanced past the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam. 

    Why She Won

    Kuznetsova had higher percentages on her serve and in the return game and hit 27 winners to just 11 for Radwanska.

    What’s Next

    Kuznetsova has a realistic chance to advance to the semifinals. She has two very winnable matches in the fourth round and the quarterfinals. She will face the 21st-seeded Italian Sara Errani in the fourth round and would face the winner of 10th-seeded German Angelique Kerber and Flavia Pennetta in the quarters. 

Sara Errani Defeated Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

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    Why She Won

    Errani was better on her first serves, limited her unforced errors and played better at the net. The Italian converted 81 percent of her first serves, while Ivanovic was only able to get 52 percent of her first serves in. She had only 18 unforced errors to 40 for Ivanovic and she won 81 percent of her approaches to the net to just 46 percent for Ivanovic.

    What’s Next

    Errani will face Kuznetsova in the fourth round.

Maria Sharapova Defeated Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1

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    They had to wait an extra day to play after they waited for the 18-16 result in the fifth marathon match between John Isner and Paul-Henri Mathieu on Thursday. 

    Why She Won

    Sharapova’s power game was too much for Morita. She was overwhelmed. Sharapova hit 22 winners to just one for Morita. Sharapova doubled up her points, 56 to 28.

    What’s Next

    Sharapova will be third on court on Chatrier on Saturday against Shuai Peng, the 28th-seeded player from China in the third round. 

Samantha Stosur Defeated Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-3

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    In past years, this would have been a matchup more fitting for a later-round match. Petrova has twice reached the semifinals at Roland Garros, but not since 2005. Stosur was a semifinalist in 2009 and a finalist in 2010. 

    Why She Won

    Stosur made the bigger shots when she had to. She had a 20-10 edge in winners and was 4-of-5 on break points to just 1-of-5 for Petrova. 

    What’s Next: Stosur will face American teenager Sloane Stephens with a quarterfinal berth at stake. The winner will likely face the No. 1 seed, Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals.