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French Open 2013 Results: Most Impressive Performances of Day 9 at Roland Garros

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03:  Tommy Haas of Germany serves during his Men's Singles match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation on day nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The top players in the world were all impressive on Day 9 at the French Open. Of course, some did better jobs of turning heads than others.

There were few upsets on Monday, and the favorites who did win generally had easy times advancing. This made it tough to stand out, especially when facing far inferior competition. Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka did what they were supposed to do in easy round-four matchups.

On the other hand, these talented players were quite impressive against quality opponents to get themselves into the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Stanislas Wawrinka

If you have not noticed how well Stanislas Wawrinka has played over the past month-and-a-half, it is time to pay attention. 

The Swiss player withdrew from the most recent tournament in Rome, but before that he won at Oeiras and reached the finals of the Madrid Masters. This strong play has continued at Roland Garros as he enters the quarterfinals. 

After three solid performances in the earlier rounds, Wawrinka saved his best showing so far for Round 4. Not only did he have to battle the higher-ranked Richard Gasquet, but he had to overcome the French crowd cheering heavily against him.

Gasquet got the early lead by winning the first two sets, but Wawrinka stuck in the match and ended up winning three straight sets to earn the victory. 

The competitor showed great resolve in the match, which lasted over four hours, and he proved that he should never be counted out. He will be a big underdog in his next match against Rafael Nadal, but he has a chance to pull off the upset if he plays like he did on Monday.

Maria Sharapova

While Victoria Azarenka got to face the unseeded Francesca Schiavone, Maria Sharapova had a much tougher matchup against Sloane Stephens.

The American is one of the better young players on tour and showed the ability to beat top competition when she knocked off Serena Williams at the Australian Open.

Still, this increase in competition did not slow down Sharapova at all. For the fourth straight match, the Russian was able to win in straight sets. She made few mistakes and was very impressive moving around the court.

In the next round, Sharapova will match up against Jelena Jankovic, but she is looking for more than just a semifinal appearance. She expects to repeat as the French Open champion after winning her first title last year, regardless of how well Williams has performed as the No. 1 seed.

As long as she remains mentally strong against the top seeds, there is nothing that can hold her back. 

Tommy Haas

Although Mikhail Youzhny was one of the lowest-seeded players remaining in the tournament, the fact that Tommy Haas defeated him so easily was truly surprising.

Haas was excellent both with his serve and in returns and disposed of his opponent by a score of 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. It is not surprising that Youzhny was quite upset during the match:

The German certainly needed this after taking five sets and over four-and-a-half hours to beat John Isner in the last round.

While the 35-year-old player has been around the tour seemingly forever, this win put him in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time in his career. He is showing that he can still get it done despite his advanced age.

With Novak Djokovic looming in the next round, he will hope he can continue this level of play. Even if he does not, this is still one of the more impressive showings of his long career.

Day 9 Results (courtesy of RolandGarros.com)

Match Score
Men's Draw
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber
4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Rafael Nadal def. No. 13 Kei Nishikori
6-4, 6-1, 6-3
No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka def. No. 7 Richard Gasquet
6-7(5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6 
No. 12 Tommy Haas def. No. 29 Mikhail Youzhny
6-1, 6-1, 6-3
Women's Draw
No. 2 Maria Sharapova def. No. 17 Sloane Stephens
6-4, 6-3 
No. 3 Victoria Azarenka def. Francesca Schiavone
6-3, 6-0
No. 12 Maria Kirilenko def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
7-5, 6-4
No. 18 Jelena Jankovic def. Jamie Hampton
6-0, 6-2

Rob Goldberg is a member of Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.

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