French Open 2013 Day 5: Rain, Big Upset, Copycat Federer Through
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There hasn't been a lot of play completed so far in day five of the 2013 French Open. Players have been on and off the court several times due to the on and off rain in Paris.
Two of the matches that have completed bring big stories with them, however. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands knocked off 2011 ladies champion Li Na in three sets, coming back from losing the first set.
After dropping the first four games of the match, Sands really found her game, benefiting from some fearless returning and spotty play from the Chinese woman.
The win by Sands adds to the strong American play seen thus far throughout the tournament. She joins Serena Williams, Sam Querrey, Varvara Lepchenko and Sloan Stephens in the third round, and there are several other U.S. players still competing in the second round.
Another player already advancing during today's rain-filled play was 22-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. He is nicknamed "Baby Fed" as much of his game resembles that of Swiss superstar Roger Federer.
The irony of Dimitrov's win is that he is likely to now play Novak Djokovic in the next round. Beating Djokovic (who he defeated earlier this season in Madrid) would most likely not do his idol Federer any favors.
It is well-known how much of a stranglehold Rafael Nadal has on Federer on a clay court, especially at the French Open (5-0 career). Djokovic, who is in Nadal's section, is really the only player that has shown the ability to stay with and defeat Nadal on this surface.
Therefore, if Dimitrov can score a third-round upset over Djokovic, it would really open up the top half of the draw for Nadal to sail through to the championship match, likely to play Federer.
No matter what happens, it would be interesting to see what the up-and-coming Dimitrov can do against the world's No. 1 on the Grand Slam stage. The tennis world is expecting big things from the Federer clone in his career.
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