The 2014 French Open has been a wild showcase of the reasons tennis fans love the sport so much, and the results from Day 9 have set the stage for an exciting remainder of the Grand Slam tournament.
With men’s top seeds Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer advancing to the next round—and now scheduled to face each other in the quarterfinals—the excitement surrounding the tournament has continued to grow with each passing day.
Here are some of the top scores from Day 9 and the players who shined brightest.
|No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Dusan Lajovic||6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1|
|No. 5 David Ferrer defeated No. 19 Kevin Anderson||6-1, 6-2, 6-1|
|No. 10 Sara Errani defeated No. 6 Jelena Jankovic||7-6 (5), 6-2|
|No. 28 Andrea Petkovic defeated Kiki Bertens||1-6, 6-2, 7-5|
Top Players on Day 9
No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
Men’s No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal absolutely dominated on Monday in the fourth round by beating Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets. The utter confidence and talent should have every remaining player taking note.
Tennis insider Steph Trudel talked about just how well Nadal has performed at Roland Garros recently:
Rafael Nadal has now won a record 32 consecutive matches at Roland Garros (previous record was 31 by Nadal himself) #RG14— Steph Trudel (@TrudelSteph) June 2, 2014
Nadal has played well at the French Open, and he is drawing fans from all over the world, according to For The Win’s official Twitter account:
Not only did Nadal beat Lajovic and impress Prince in the fourth round, but he also managed to beat Robby Ginepri, Dominic Thiem and Leonardo Mayer through the first three rounds, respectively, without dropping a set.
With a quarterfinals matchup on the horizon with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, Nadal must keep focused on the task at hand and use the incredible momentum he has built through the first four rounds.
Ferrer is a strong player, but Nadal is the king of the clay at Roland Garros and will walk away with the hard-fought victory.
No. 5 David Ferrer defeated No. 19 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1
While Nadal has absolutely cruised to the quarterfinals, No. 5 seed David Ferrer has been forced to work hard through the last two matches. A meeting against No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson in the fourth round and No. 32 seed Andreas Seppi in the third have given the Spanish player serious momentum.
When Ferrer meets Nadal in the quarterfinals, it will be two of the hottest players in the world going head-to-head in a dream matchup.
Ferrer told ATPWorldTour.com about how he has started the tournament and the aspects of his game that are working well at Roland Garros:
I'm quite satisfied with the match. I would have liked to be more steady with my forehand and more consistent, but still, I'm happy. In the past five weeks I have started my matches in a more regular way, more consistent, I was more solid. I must say that as far as this is concerned, José (Altur - coach) has helped me a lot. We have worked a lot on this. That is how to kick off a match.
Anderson gave Ferrer a serious test in the fourth round, forcing the game into the fourth set 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1. While Ferrer was pushed by the No. 19 seed, he stepped up when needed and proved to be in top physical and mental shape.
With a quarterfinal matchup with Nadal looming, though, Ferrer better be ready for a war.
*Stats via RolandGarros.com.