Sunday, June 1, 2008

Round of 16: Day 8, trimming the fat

The field is narrowing by the minute. It is 6:30 Pm, Sunday. Only two matches have yet to be finished today. After Chardy v. Almagro and Nadal v. Verdasco are finished, 1/2 of the quarterfinalists will be determined.

In case you haven't heard of Ernests Gulbis, he's good. You might want to get this quick read before you watch him go for the Joker's jugular in the quarters.

Speaking of jugular's, the joker had no problem spilling Paul-Henri Mathieu's blood in front of his home crowd. Still, a nice run, by the 18th seeded frenchman. But fear not francophiles, there are still 3 french players remaining (Benneteau, Monfils, and Chardy). Perhaps one will break through in Napoleonic fashion. Personally I've got my eyes set on Monfils - his match with Ljubicic could be a classic.

Moving to the ladies, Jelena aka houdini Jankovic has booked a spot in the quarters. She needed more coddling from trainers (this time it's her right arm), but eventually she dragged her unwilling body to the finish line ahead of fiesty Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-6(3).

In the bottom half of her bracket, super cutie aka sqeaky shoes Ivanovic served two toasted bagels to Petra Cetkovska. Hopes and dreams, dissolving in the sunburnt clay.

Later today, Rafa aka the matador will try to disect his countrymate, 22 seed Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco looked good in his last match against drago aka Youzhny, but most likely he will get his lungs handed to him by the King of Clay. There's no shame in that, just ask anybody who has ever stood across the net from Rafa in Roland Garros - you take your beating and you move on. It's not your place to ask why or how.