An already wild 2014 French Open is only getting more and more unpredictable by the day, as Day 8 brought even more twists and turns.
Big names like Stanislas Wawrinka, Serena Williams and Li Na had to surprisingly pack their bags in the opening days. But as the tournament reaches the fourth round and beyond, the chances for upsets are becoming increasingly likely. That's already shown itself to be true, as a couple of big names tumbled on Sunday at Roland Garros.
Let's break down the complete list of results from Day 8 at the French Open.
|2014 French Open: Day 8 Men's Singles|
|No. 8 Milos Raonic def. Marcel Granollers||6-3, 6-3, 6-3|
|No. 18 Ernests Gulbis def. No. 4 Roger Federer||6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3|
|No. 24 Fernando Verdasco def. Richard Gasquet*||6-3, 6-2, 6-3|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. No. 10 John Isner||6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|No. 7 Andy Murray def. No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber*||3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10|
|No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6-1, 6-4, 6-1|
* Denotes a third-round match (all others are fourth-round matches)
For full results from every division, visit RolandGarros.com.
Biggest Day 8 Results
Ernests Gulbis Tops Roger Federer in 5 Sets
Roger Federer entered this year's French Open looking to regain momentum as he's nearing two years on his Grand Slam major drought, and he looked like he'd be able to do so. He had made at least the quarterfinals of every tournament he'd entered in 2014.
That changed just before the quarters at Roland Garros. Federer was ousted in the fourth round by No. 18 seed Ernests Gulbis in a five-set thriller.
It was an historically bad defeat for Federer, per Associated Press Sports:
Federer looked to be in trouble early, but he held out for a tiebreak win in the opening set. He was unable to carry that momentum onward, as Gulbis rallied to win set No. 2 via tiebreaker and dominated the third set, 6-2.
The Swiss star showed his championship grit, fighting back to win the fourth set and force a decisive set. But he just didn't have enough left after working as hard as he did to get back into the match, with Gulbis hitting winner after winner in spots Federer couldn't reach.
Federer's reputation as one of the best current tennis players has been hampered in recent years, but his ability to remain a constant in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds proved that although he's past his prime, he's still a force.
But that's now even more in question after his worst performance at Roland Garros in just about a decade.
Andy Murray Outlasts Kohlschreiber in Thriller
Federer's slip-up on Sunday was very nearly preceded by an upset that would have taken a share of the spotlight off of the Swiss star.
Only, this one could literally be seen a day in advance. Andy Murray's five-set thriller with Philipp Kohlschreiber was called short due to darkness on Saturday, so the two had to wait until Sunday to finish the fifth and final set—which happened to be tied at seven games apiece.
While he looked to be on the brink of elimination throughout Saturday's match, an invigorated Murray returned to the clay courts on Sunday and took the final set 12-10 to advance to the fourth round.
The British star summed up how he's feeling after the epic match heading into Round 4, per Matt Trollope of RolandGarros.com:
"Today is a very good win for me to beat a player like him on this surface. Hopefully I can keep improving, keep learning," Murray said. "There are certain things I can learn from today's match that if I do take on board the things that I didn't do so well at times and hopefully I can make some adjustments for the next match and play better."
Murray certainly hasn't looked at his best at Roland Garros so far, as he won his opener in four sets and was nearly knocked out by the No. 28-seeded player. But the determination he showed to get past a pesky opponent shouldn't go unnoticed as he moved into a fourth-round matchup with Fernando Verdasco that will decide who heads to the quarterfinals.
After all, the simple fact that Murray is still playing tennis should resonate with him as he has already seen Federer and Wawrinka pack their bags.
John Isner Falls to Tomas Berdych
The final American on the men's side was bounced from the French Open on Sunday rather convincingly.
John Isner couldn't keep up the momentum built from a third-round win, as sixth-seeed Tomas Berdych disposed of Isner quite easily in a straight-set victory, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Isner's 2014 run at the French Open was already the best of his career at Roland Garros, but was unable to keep it up.
Meanwhile, Berdych is looking to get to his second ever semifinal appearance at the French Open as he reached that feat in 2010. He's seeing his form improve—his straight-set win over Isner came after two consecutive four-set victories.
Up next for Berdych will be a tough test, but actually a step down in terms of seeding. After facing the 10th-seeded Isner, Berdych moves onto the quarterfinals, where he faces 18th-seeded Gulbis.
But that doesn't necessarily translate to more smooth sailing for Berdych. After all, Gulbis did just beat Federer.
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