Roland Garros Quarterfinals Preview – The Men

Written By: achangeofends - May• 30•11

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Robin Soderling (5)

Robin Soderling remains the only person ever to have beaten Rafa at Roland Garros. He’s beaten the defending champion two years running en route to the final. That being said, dethroning Rafa is a tall task and Robin hasn’t played his best tennis leading up to the French. While it appears Rafa may be lacking some confidence after a couple of tough losses to Djokovic this clay season, he’s still playing great tennis, whether he believes it or not. Soderling will have to come out blazing if he wants to win this. It’s possible that he can get Nadal a bit off kilter if he can grab an early lead and run with it. But to be perfectly honest, this match lies with Rafa. Roland Garros is his kingdom and if he plays his best tennis, he will win.

Winner: Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray (4) or Viktor Troicki (15) vs. Juan Ignacio Chela

This is the only quarterfinal that wasn’t quite set at the end of Monday. Last year, I watched Andy Murray crash out in the Round of 16 and I feared it was going to happen all over again when he was down two sets to love against Viktor Troicki. However, Troicki is notorious for choking against top players, even when he has the lead. This match was in his hands, but he let Murray dig his way back into the match. They will play a fifth set on Tuesday for the last spot in the quarterfinals. The winner will face surprise quarterfinalist Juan Ignacio Chela. The Argentinian is ranked 34 in the world, but he thrives on the red dirt. Chela’s best result at Roland Garros was the quarterfinals in 2004, so he’s already equaled his career best. Andy Murray should be able to close out his match against Troicki and go on to win against Chela.

Winner: Andy Murray *

Gael Monfils (9) vs. Roger Federer (3)

The 4th Round match between Gael Monfils and David Ferrer was an absolute thriller. Gael is always a showman, but he can’t always back up his theatrics with big wins. Ferrer has had an amazing clay season this year so Gael’s victory, at home in France, is a big one. He will face an even tougher challenge in the quarterfinals when he takes on Roger Federer, who has yet to drop a set in Paris this year. These two played a great semifinal match in 2008 and played again in the 2009 quarterfinals. Federer won both meetings. Monfils is one of the most athletic guys on tour so if anyone can come back from the grueling five set match against Ferrer, it’s him. No one’s been saying much about Federer’s chances in Paris, but he’s been quietly and efficiently working his way through the draw. I can’t see him having much trouble with Monfils this time around.

Winner: Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic (2) vs. (Fabio Fognini)

What can I say? Novak is the luckiest guy in the world. I’m starting to think the other players are actually too afraid to face him after the amount of retirements he’s received lately. Anyway, Fognini is a jerk and withdrew from his quarterfinal, sending Djokovic straight to the semis. The fact that Fognini is a jerk and his withdrawal are totally separate issues by the way. Fabio was entrenched in a tight fifth set with Albert Montanes when he called for the trainer midgame. There’s been a lot of debate over whether he should have won that match or not. It’s just sad that Montanes didn’t get the chance to move on and actually play this match.

Winner: Novak Djokovic

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  1. Acer 9502wlmi Battery says:

    Djokovic-Fognini should have been the other QF tomorrow; but Fabio isn’t fit enough to challenge ‘The Streaker’; as if he needed any help

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