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| FRENCH OPEN HAS GASQUET AND NADAL ON COLLISIONCOURSE!
Courtesy of Sportingbet USA – now SuperBook.com –
As results roll in from the third round at RolandGarros in the French Open, organizers can breathe a sigh of relief,as the top seeds in both the mens and womens side, advance toFridays third round.
The match of the day Friday will see two up andcoming 18-year olds clash, as 4th seed Rafael Nadal will face30th seed and hometown boy Richard Gasquet. Nadal is on a rollwith a 20-0 mark on the soft clay surface and the native of Spainis in the zone. He has won 5 tournaments in 2005, including anincredible three in a row, the Maters Series, Open Seat Godo andthe Italia Masters.
He had better not get caught looking ahead, ashometown boy Gasquet has a sweet backhand and won the Roland Garrosjunior title at the tender age of 16 and almost upset top seededRoger Federer at Monte Carlo last month.
Gasquet has risen from 94th at the start of theyear to 30th and if he can manage his emotions in the electriccharged atmosphere, he may get a shot at Roger Federer in thesemi finals.
Speaking of Federer who is now 43-2 after dispatchingof Nicolas Almagro of Spain, he could become the first reigningWimbledon champion since Bjorn Borg 24 years ago to win both theEnglish and French championships in the same year.
American Andy Roddick hopes to sail into the3rd round as anticipated with a 2nd round win over Jose Acasuso,but then the competition will pick up. He has never gotten pastthe 3rd round and does not come into this event brimming withconfidence.
If your looking for a sleeper try ArgentineanGuillermo Coria, who is seeded eighth and cruised into the 3edround when Novak Djokovic retired due to an injury. He is 14-4this year on clay and 14-5 at Roland Garros in his career, includingthe French Open junior title in 1999.
On the womens side Lindsay Davenport has struggledin the first two rounds and she may not make it past Friday. Herwins against Srebotnik and Peng were less then impressive andyou must question her lack of conditioning. Why she would notplay a tournament in 5 weeks leading up to the French Open hasmany analyst shaking their head.
Justin Henin-Hardene requested treatment on herailing back during changeover, but easily advanced to the 3rdround with a straight set victory over Virginia Ruano Pascaul6-1 6-4. Her 8 double faults give her 17 in her two matches andher 1st serve percentage of 45% will not get it done, from hereon in.
Since returning from a seven-month layoff inMarch, she is 22-1 and has won 19 consecutive matches, so it wouldnot be wise to ignore this talented player. At 19-0 on clay, therule of thumb is to keep betting, until she loses.
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