Roland Garros Day Five Men's Wrap-up
Today in Paris the weather was very cool and windy, making play very difficult for the players. Mardy Fish made it through despite the weather in straight sets against his opponent Robin Haase of the Netherlands. I expected Robin to put up more resistance than he did, but Mardy played well and took control after winning the first set 7-6. He easily won the next two sets 6-2, 6-1.
Sam Querrey’s good fortunes ended in the second round, losing to the wily veteran Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets, 7-6 6-4 6-4. That leaves Mardy Fish as the lone American in the draw. Does Mardy have the belief that he can make it far in this tournament? That remains to be seen…
Rafa Nadal was in action against his countryman Pablo Andujar and looked a bit like he did in his first round match against John Isner – like he was having trouble finding his game. Luckily for Nadal, Andujar let him off the hook on a number of occasions in the first two sets. In the third, Andujar went up an early break and Rafa seemed to struggle more, having difficulty keeping the ball deep in the court. That allowed Andujar the opportunity to dictate points and break again, going up 5-1. At that point, Nadal came back on track and played well on clutch points to get the two breaks back. They went to a tiebreak and Nadal was able to close it out 7-4.
Robin Soderling looked solid in his second round match against Spaniard Albert Ramos. He showed no signs of the rust that’s been plaguing him in his last few tournaments and closed out Ramos in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 6-4.Continued on the next page