Day 10 at Roland Garros is complete.
Exactly one half of both the men's and women's semifinals draw is complete with four more matches set to play tomorrow. Day 10 was a day of comebacks for many, with some more dramatic than others.
The top players in action were Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Marion Bartoli and Francesca Schiavone. Each one of these players marched through their Day 10 affairs, with some having to battle back from serious deficits. In the end, however, all the higher seeds prevailed on Tuesday.
In fact, five of the six remaining players in the men's draw are the top-five seeds in the tournament. The oddball is Juan Ignacio Chela, who is actually unseeded in Paris.
Without any further ado, here's the top-two winners and losers from Tuesday at the French Open.
Federer had five breaks in the match, compared to three for Monfils. In the tiebreaker of the third and deciding set, Monfils was shaky to start and unable to recover.
Federer had a much cleaner stat sheet than his counterpart, finishing with one fewer winner than unforced errors. Monfils had 29 more unforced errors than winners, including 11 double faults.
In the French Open, Federer remains the only male to not have dropped a set. Even the mighty Novak Djokovic faltered in the second set of his match against Juan Martin del Potro. Rafael Nadal dropped two sets in the opening round, before winning 11 straight.
Federer moves on to play none other than Djokovic, who has beaten Federer three consecutive times.
Marion Bartoli continues to improve upon her best ever performance on the clay of Roland Garros.
With a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Bartoli moved into her second career Grand Slam semifinal. Her previous best performance at the French Open was a fourth-round loss in 2007. Bartoli has also been dismissed in the first round five times in Paris.
This year, Bartoli seems to be moving better than she ever has, and her shots are clean and decisive. Bartoli has controlled the better part of each of her matches with her crisp two-handed groundstrokes. Against Kuznetsova, Bartoli won a greater percentage of points when she missed her first serve, showing how well she's been striking the ball.
If she keeps the pressure on against Italian Francesca Schiavone, Bartoli could very well be in her second career final also.
Both losers in today's edition saw big leads vanish right in front of their eyes.
The first victim is Serbian Viktor Troicki.
In a match that began on Monday, Troicki started by winning a pair of sets 6-4 against Andy Murray, but he surrendered the next two sets. The final set of the match was set to be played on Tuesday, as darkness was the only thing getting in the way of Murray's momentum.
Troicki came out firing again on Tuesday, building a 5-2 lead in the fifth set. Troicki also led 30-0 while serving at 5-3, but was unable to keep his erratic forehand from costing him the game and match. Murray played some inspired—and very vocal—tennis to complete the comeback.
However, losing five straight games to a player whose confidence has been shook all season qualifies as a meltdown. Troicki would play good tennis on one point, only to follow it up with an early error on the very next.
The Serbian was looking to enter his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal but fell two points short of his goal.
Murray moves on to play unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela, who he has handled easily in the last six meetings between the two, after losing the first matchup in 2006.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova held a 6-1, 3-1 lead over defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals but was unable to seal the deal.
Once Schiavone cut down on the errors that had cost her in the first set, Pavlyuchenkova struggled to hit winners. Schiavone committed 15 of her 39 unforced errors in the first set, which lasted a mere 27 minutes.
In the final 127 minutes, Schiavone only knocked 24 balls out of play, drastically improving her movement and anticipation. Schiavone is looking to become the first player to repeat at Roland Garros since recent retiree, Justin Henin.
Pavlyuchenkova was the more powerful player, which she showed in the first set, but her level of play took a serious dip before she could put away the Italian.
The Russian will have to wait until Wimbledon for her next chance at Grand Slam stardom, but rarely will a draw open up like it did at the French Open. The tournament's top three seeds were all bounced before the quarterfinals, leaving no clear-cut favorite in the bracket.
As mentioned before, Schiavone will face Bartoli in the next round, who she has beaten on four of five occasions.