Today was what was supposed to be the final day of third round action but the rain came, causing over half of the matches to be rescheduled to tomorrow. My feature match heading into the day was Magda Linette v Elina Svitolina but that was one of the matches postponed till tomorrow. I won’t be writing a match preview today because of that and this review won’t be as long as normal due to the decreased number of matches.
I started my day watching the home favourite Alize Cornet demolish Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1. Radwanska is one of my favourite players so I was disappointed with the result but you have to give a lot of credit to Cornet for the scoreline. Even though Cornet was slightly erratic on serve she was still very solid in all other areas of her game but it just didn’t come together for Radwanska at all out there today. Cornet was on from the beginning as she raced out to a 4-1 lead with the double break in the first set. Radwanska did manage to capture that one game before dropping the 6-2 set but for the most part the Pole was wasting her opportunities and wasn’t able to take advantage of the gifts Cornet was giving her. Radwasnka’s serving only got worse in the second set as she didn’t hold serve once throughout the match and she only got the one game in a second set demolition. This will be a match Radwanska would much rather forget but it also gives a massive opportunity for Cornet to make her first ever singles grand slam quarterfinal as she plays Caroline Garcia on Monday.
I then switched my attention to the second match on Philippe Chatrier Court which saw Andy Murray eventually roll through into the fourth round with a 7-6(10-8), 7-5, 6-0 over Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro fell away after the first two sets but Murray looked quite solid overall despite a wobble early on. In the first set Del Potro came out to take a killing but Murray looked like he hadn’t fully woken up as the Argentinian took the early break and the early lead. Del Potro had set points as he attempted to serve it out at 4-5 but Murray managed to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was the highlight of the match as both men held set points and there were some epic points but Murray eventually prevailed in the set that almost lasted an hour and a half. Murray started the strongly in the second set as he went up an early break but then Del Potro broke back and almost took the set at 4-5 up. Murray then won the last eight games of the match as Del Potro looked weary and like he thought there was nothing he could do. Murray on the other hand looked rejuvenated and he looked like he had his groove back, which has got a lot of people talking about a potential Nadal v Murray final now.
The final match I watched today saw Stan Wawrinka experience troubles early on against Fabio Fognini before eventually taking the match 7-6(7-2), 6-0, 6-2 in the third match on Suzanne Lenglen Court. Wawrinka started slowly but once he got into the match Fognini fell away and he took advantage as he raced through it. Wawrinka was very slow out of the blocks as Fognini broke early and served for the set firstly at 4-6 and then again at 5-6. The Italian did have three set point opportunities but the Swiss number two fought his way through to a tiebreaker, which he powered through. The second set was almost a walkover as Wawrinka was very consistent with pinpoint accuracy on his groundstrokes and Fognini seemed be elsewhere. Fognini wasn’t attacking and was playing a passive game, which defininetly isn’t the Italian’s style. The third set didn’t go much better for Fognini as he did not raise his game at all but Wawrinka played two loose games, which were rare gifts from Stan. Wawrinka has been flying under the radar so far this French Open but with this win people are starting to take notice and count him in as a title contender.
The other match I planned to watch, Elina Svitolina v Magda Linette, was called off due to rain so I won’t be doing a review of a fourth match today.