No More Djoker in The Deck

Cindy HopcusCorrespondent IMay 30, 2009

PARIS - MAY 30:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts as he heads towards defeat during his Men's Singles Third Round match against Philip Kohlschreiber of Germany on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The stunned expression on the face of the crowd at the bullring was truly met with similar looks on those of us watching on TV. 

Novak has lost.  Phillip Kohlschreiber played his best offense and defense today and it was enough to take the match in 3 sets.

Djokovic seemed unable to find his rhythm during most of the match.  His legs did not show the usual agility that we've all come to admire in his game.

Phillip had arrived at Round Three with extra confidence.  Perhaps it was that feeling of elevated confidence that gave him the ability to defeat one of the best clay court players currently on the ATP tour.

Today was also a day of frustration for Serena Williams.  During a crucial break-point in the fifth game of the first set, her volley hit the forearm of Spanish player Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.  The chair umpire did not see the incident clearly and after Serena apologizes to Maria for hitting her, the umpire awarded the break point to the Spanish player.

Only when the TV showed a playback in SLOW MOTION, did we see what Serena saw. The umpire did not correct the call and the emotions of the missed call seem to cost Serena the first set.

Tennis is a game of trust and honesty.  I don't know if Maria realized that the ball had struck her arm before it hit her racket, but lets hope that she had an opportunity to see a replay and speak with Serena.  

Serena went on to channel that frustration to win the match and continue on toward her quest for the title.

Federer played another four setters today.  This time Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu came with renewed energy from the French crowd.  Mathieu took the first set and the crowds went wild.  

Even with the electric energy supplied by the tennis fans on Court Phillip Chatrier, Roger prevailed with some "Feder-esk" magic of his own.

Roger looked to be flying through the third set in his usual form, when Paul-Henri found his game renewed with the desire to win.  The fourth set ended with high drama as the Frenchman blocked Rogers’s first set point.  

As anyone who has watched Roger Federer play, then you know that his serve is one of his biggest weapons and that is exactly which tool he used to win the match. He served well and followed it up with a great cross-court hit drawing the error from his opponent.

It was a great day seven at Roland Garros. The weather was magnificent, the crowd was lively and the anticipation of tomorrow’s play is on the minds of those lucky Sunday ticket holders.