French Open 2011 Results: Novak Djokovic a Winner for Keeping Hot Streak Alive
Day 8 at Roland Garros is complete.
As the tournament wages on, there are fewer matches to be played on a day-to-day basis. The tournament starts with 128 athletes in each singles draw and has been whittled down to under 16 players.
The women's side has experienced the most upsets, with the top three seeds having been knocked out. In men's singles, the top five seeds are still in action. Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 seed, was taken out in the first round, and that looks like it'll be the biggest upset of the tournament, with only four unseeded players remaining on the men's side.
With only seven matches completed on Sunday, here are the top two winners and losers on the first day of the second week.
Winner No. 1: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic continues to shock and awe.
By bouncing back to get the job done against Juan Martin del Potro, he set up a Round of 16 matchup with Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman has been playing well on clay this year, even pulling an upset of Roger Federer in Rome.
Gasquet has never beaten Djokovic on clay, but if he's aggressive with his groundstrokes, he can give anyone in the world trouble. Unfortunately for Gasquet, Djokovic was as sharp as ever on Sunday. The Serbian served 70 percent and only committed 15 unforced errors.
Gasquet was taking chances, but not from the best spots on the court. Unforced errors resulted, and Gasquet's confidence dipped.
Djokovic proved that he still has energy after 43 straight wins and that his game is at its peak.
Winner No. 2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
In Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's match with Vera Zvonareva, the more aggressive player won.
Pavlyuchenkova hit 45 winners, 19 of which came in the first set. Pavlyuchenkova, the lower-seeded Russian, won the first set in a tiebreaker. The triumph came in handy, as Zvonareva took it to her in the second set, winning 6-2.
In the deciding set, Pavlyuchenkova served at 68 percent and converted on three of seven break point chances.
Zvonareva is the elder of the two at 26 years old and had won the only match the two had played against each other. This time, however, Pavlyuchenkova took matters into her own hands. With the win under her belt, she goes on to play defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals.
Loser No. 1: Albert Montanes
Albert Montanes' best run at Roland Garros came to a close on Sunday.
Montanes was lethal in his Round of 32 thrashing of Mikhail Youzhny. He won two sets 6-1, and he even bageled Youzhny in the tiebreaker of the second set. Youzhny was the only seeded player that Montanes faced in the first four matches.
However, it was Fabio Fognini that took out the Spanish veteran. Fognini was able to overcome 103 unforced errors and a two-sets-to-one deficit. After taking the fourth set, Fognini hit 25 winners in the final set, winning 11-9.
Montanes beat Fognini on clay twice this season and three times overall. He had only lost to Fognini once—and that was back in 2008.
Montanes had probably his best chance at a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and he let it slip away from him.
Loser No. 2: Daniela Hantuchova
Daniela Hantuchova was coming off a huge upset of No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Not only did Hantuchova pull off the win, she dominated the top-ranked female player in the world. Her precision was at its finest, and there wasn't a line that Hantuchova didn't cover in fuzz.
However, no one was handing her the trophy yet, and she wasn't able to come up with the goods in her next outing. Hantuchova had a letdown in her very next match, committing 51 unforced errors and surrendering a set lead.
Svetlana Kuznetsova took her out of the tournament by allowing Hantuchova to over-hit. The last two sets were well in Kuznetsova's favor, as she won 63 of 103 total points.
After upsetting Wozniacki, some analysts put Hantuchova in the list of women that could win the tournament.
As she's done throughout her entire career, Hantuchova failed to string enough wins together.