Day 6 marked the start of Round 3 at the 2014 French Open. The players who advanced now stand just four wins away from a Grand Slam title. Given the wild nature of the second major of the season so far, it's hard to count anybody out at this point, especially in the women's draw.
Another big name on that side of the tournament was knocked out Friday. Serena Williams and Li Na, the top two seeds when play began, were both eliminated early on. Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 3 seed, joined them courtesy of Ajla Tomljanovic.
Let's take a closer look at that match and a couple of the other notable results from the sixth day of action at Roland Garros. For a complete list of scores from across all the events on Day 6, visit the tournament's official site.
Novak Djokovic d. Marin Cilic (6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4)
After a sluggish start, Djokovic was able to find a comfort zone, and he cruised through the first two sets. Cilic wasn't playing poorly, it was just a matter of not being able to hit enough winners to overcome the consistency of the six-time major champion.
The high-upside Croatian continued to thump forehands into the third set, and it finally started paying off. He played particularly well in the tiebreak, when those power shots were forcing Djokovic well behind the baseline in an attempt to just stay in points.
Djokovic rebounded well to close out the match in the fourth after dropping his first set of the tournament. That said, he didn't play as well over those final two sets as he will need to if he wants to make it all the way to the final to likely face Rafael Nadal.
The No. 2 seed beat Nadal at the Rome Masters a couple of weeks ago. It led to plenty of discussion about whether it's finally his time to capture a French title to complete the career Grand Slam. While it's possible, so far, it looks like the Spaniard is still the player to beat.
Ajla Tomljanovic d. Agnieszka Radwanska (6-4, 6-4)
Day 5 came and went without any major upsets. The return to normalcy didn't last long, however. Tomljanovic added to her list of impressive wins to open the French Open by knocking out the third seed. She had previously beaten 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone and No. 32 seed Elena Vesnina.
The 21-year-old rising star from Croatia hit 19 winners over two sets and came up huge in key situations, converting three of four break chances. Radwanska couldn't match that success and was sent packing, creating a unique distinction for this year's French Open, as noted by ESPN Tennis:
Tomljanovic faces another tough challenge in the form of Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round. Yet given the way she's played so far, there's no reason to believe she can't win another round or two and make it to the business end of the event.
On a wider scale, the women's draw opens up even further with Radwanska out. Simona Halep, who's never gone beyond a major quarterfinal, is now the top seed left. She, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic are the top contenders, but the title is truly up for grabs.
Roger Federer d. Dmitry Tursunov (7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4)
With all the talk about Djokovic and Nadal, there hasn't been nearly as much attention on Federer, which is probably just fine with him. He will also be happy to have passed his first major test of the tournament, although it did take four sets to get by Tursunov.
In reality, the match could have been a lot more lopsided if Federer was more efficient with his break chances. He created 21 break points but converted on just four. Tursunov had only two and couldn't connect on either. It's an area the Swiss sensation will need to improve on in the rounds ahead.
Up next will be a clash with Ernests Gulbis, who may finally be coming into his own. He's never lacked talent, but he hasn't made it beyond the third round in a major since 2008. Federer has taken notice, as illustrated in comments passed along by Roland Garros:
Gulbis' rise aside, Federer has a favorable draw until the semifinals. Whether he's capable of beating Djokovic and Nadal in back-to-back matches to win the title is very much up for debate. If one of the top two seeds gets upset, however, another major title would be very much in reach.
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