Top seeds continue to fall in what has become a crazy French Open.
Both Serena Williams and Li Na fell in the first two rounds in the women's bracket while Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was knocked out immediately on the men's side. In many of these cases, you just have to give credit where it is due for the underdogs who performed well.
Of course, there are also top seeds who continue to take care of business with impressive efforts at Roland Garros. Here is a look at the some of the best performances from Day 6:
|No. 4 Roger Federer||No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov||7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-4|
|No. 2 Novak Djokovic||No. 25 Marin Cilic||6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4|
|No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||No. 22 Jerzy Janowicz||6-4, 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 18 Ernests Gulbis||Radek Stepanek||6-3, 6-2, 7-5|
|No. 10 John Isner||No. 17 Tommy Robredo||7-6(13), 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych||No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut||6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4|
|Ajla Tomljanovic||No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 7 Maria Sharapova||Paula Ormaechea||6-0, 6-0|
|No. 19 Samantha Stosur||No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro||Taylor Townsend||6-2, 6-2|
Complete results are available at RolandGarros.com.
Ajla Tomljanovic def. No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 6-4
Although Agnieszka Radwanska was the highest seed remaining in the women's draw coming into the day, she now becomes the latest upset victim in Paris.
Tomljanovic was aggressive on her serve, which topped out at 185 kph. Although she got only 57 percent of her first serves in play and ended with six double faults, she was also able to win 79 percent of her first serves.
This created a unique scenario in the tournament, via ESPN Tennis:
No. 3 Radwanska falls to Tomljanovic. First time in Open era top three women's seeds have been ousted before Round of 16 at a Grand Slam.— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) May 30, 2014
Tomljanovic was actually motivated by the early results in the tournament. According to WTATennis.com, the Croatian star explained, "After seeing, you know, the two first seeds go out, you kind of feel like I can do this, too. I grew up with these girls that are beating them. I went out there and I really thought I could win. I think that showed and it is why I got over the line."
It obviously helped because she was confident throughout the match and she was able to do enough to move onto the next round. She will now face No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line.
No. 7 Maria Sharapova def. Paula Ormaechea, 6-0, 6-0
Despite Radwanska's disappointment, not every top player has been struggling at Roland Garros. Maria Sharapova has been outstanding in her first three matches, winning all without dropping a single set.
The third-round performance was simply incredible as she was able to defeat Paula Ormaechea without losing a game. BBC Tennis joked about the dominance of the match:
What's French for double bagel? Sharapova through 6-0 6-0. She'll play Stosur in the next round.— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) May 30, 2014
Sharapova was not overly spectacular but did everything right to ensure the win. She had 23 winners to only 10 unforced errors, which was amazing compared with her opponent's one winner. The Russian also saved all three of her break points to make sure she kept the double bagel intact.
With all the other big names falling early, Shaparova has become one of the favorites to bring home another French Open title. At least this is what she believes, via Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times:
"There's no reason why I shouldn't be the favorite of this tournament." -Maria Sharapova. #RG14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 30, 2014
Her next match will be against Samantha Stosur, but this would be her only seeded opponent before the semifinals. If Sharapova can continue to play to her ability, there is no reason she cannot win this Grand Slam.
No. 10 John Isner def. No. 17 Tommy Robredo, 7-6(13), 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5
Throughout his career, John Isner has been known as a great server who sometimes struggles defensively. That narrative is exactly what happened against talented veteran Tommy Robredo on Friday.
Isner was all over the place in the match, winning sets despite making tons of mistakes. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated compared the two players through two sets:
Isner 46 errors and two sets. Robredo 7 errors and zero sets.— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) May 30, 2014
By the end of the match, the American had 74 unforced errors compared with just 11 for Robredo. However, the difference in the match was his ability to win points when needed. He faced 13 break points and saved every single one of them, preventing his opponent from getting any advantage.
He was also able to come through in the first two tiebreaks. Josh Meiseles of ATPWorldTour.com notes that this is an area where Isner has become quite comfortable:
John Isner's 8 tiebreak sets played are the most through the third round of a Grand Slam. Record for an entire GS? 11 - Ivanisevic (Wim '98)— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) May 30, 2014
Still, he was finally able to earn his first break toward the end of the fourth set, which was enough to earn the win and move into the round of 16, where he will face No. 6 Tomas Berdych.
This is the furthest an American has gone in Roland Garros in a few years, but Jack Sock and Donald Young will both look to join him in the coming days.
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