The 2014 French Open is one of the most exciting tournaments of the year, and Day 8 of the Grand Slam event was full of exciting results.
With players like No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych and No. 7 Andy Murray securing a victory and advancing to the next round, the French Open tournament on both the men’s and women’s side has lived up to expectations.
Here are the updated scores and players who shined brightest on Sunday.
|No. 18 Ernests Gulbis defeated No. 4 Roger Federer||6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated No. 10 John Isner||6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|No. 7 Andy Murray defeated No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber||3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10|
|No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard defeated No. 8 Angelique Kerber||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Ajla Tomljanovic||6-3, 6-3|
Top Players on Day 8
No. 6 Tomas Berdych Defeated No. 10 John Isner, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
With top names like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray still alive in the tournament, few fans are paying much attention to No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych.
After dominating No. 10 seed John Isner in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, there is now a buzz around Berdych and his performance thus far. Before beating Isner, Berdych also managed to beat No. 27 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.
Berdych told ATPWorldTour.com about his victory over a tough player like Isner:
There were quick breaks in each of the sets. That's something that really helped through all the match, especially against a guy like John. He likes to stay as close as possible, serving well. I think it's a good thing to avoid playing tie-breaks with him. So that was one of my plans in the beginning, and I'm really glad that it was working pretty good.
Isner was one of the strongest players on the court in the tournament, but Berdych used his speed and strength to outmaneuver the American player. He must continue to get better if he wants to beat the top seeds.
With a tough test in the next round—he plays the red-hot Ernests Gulbis, who beat Roger Federer—Berdych will be looking to ride the wave of momentum he created with his dominant run at Roland Garros thus far.
No. 7 Andy Murray Defeated No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10
After winning Wimbledon in 2013, No. 7 seed Andy Murray has become one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, but that also means expectations are much higher now.
In his third-round matchup with No. 28 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, Murray was pushed to his limit on Day 7 and was forced to conclude the match on Sunday. He finally walked away with the victory, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10, and built momentum moving forward.
Even English soccer legend Gary Lineker was impressed with Murray’s victory:
The problem now for Murray is that the continuation of his third-round match on Day 8 will force him to play once again on Day 9 against Fernando Verdasco. Murray’s day off was spent beating Kohlschreiber and there will be questions about fatigue.
While Murray’s consistency has been question mark at times, there is no doubting his endurance and stamina. Verdasco deserves credit for making it this far, but he will be no match for a focused and confident Murray.
Stats via RolandGarros.com.