Match report

Juan Carlos Ferrero ©
French Open
2nd round
5/30/12 1 2 3 Tot
es  Juan Carlos Ferrero 6 2 3 0
hr  Marin Cilic 7 6 6 3
Marin Cilic ©
Michael Llodra ©
French Open
2nd round
5/30/12 1 2 3 Tot
fr  Michael Llodra 2 3 3 0
cz  Tomas Berdych 6 6 6 3
Tomas Berdych ©
  • Cilic rolls over Ferrero, Berdych destroys Llodra

    5/30/12 4:15 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Marin Cilic cruises past Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets on Wednesday at Roland Garros. Cilic is joined in the third round by Tomas Berdych, who crushed Michael Llodra.

    (21) Marin Cilic d. Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3

    Cilic survived a tough first set then cruised the rest of the way to beat Ferrero in straight sets for the second time in as many tries. The 6'6'' Croat struck 34 winners against just 23 errors as he booked a spot in the third round of the French Open on Wednesday afternoon.

    Ferrero was competitive in the beginning and earned a mini-break back in the first-set tiebreaker at 3-5. However, the 32-year-old Spaniard gave away two consecutive service points with forehand errors to end the opener. With momentum in hand, Cilic dropped a mere seven service points over the entire next two sets. Roland Garros' No. 21 seed is now set for a blockbuster matchup with Juan Martin Del Potro.

    (7) Tomas Berdych d. Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

    Berdych lost to Llodra at this stage of the 2008 French Open and in the first round if the 2010 U.S. Open, but a new-and-improved Czech had no kinds of problems on Wednesday. He fired eight aces without double-faulting, lost only 18 points in 13 service games, and never faced a break point. The world No. 7 will go up against either Kevin Anderson or Horacio Zeballos in the third round.

    Llodra was coming off a solid win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, but he had nowhere near enough for Berdych. The 32-year-old Frenchman donated serve twice in the first, twice in the second, and once early in the third. He never came close to getting any of the breaks back and therefore saw his Roland Garros campaign end in routine straight sets.

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Yes, both Cilic and Berdych won their matches. Cilic vs Delpo next, hope Cilic can play better than the last time they played. Berdych vs Anderson, I think Berdych should win this one. Maybe Cilic vs Berdych in the fourth round?

luckystar , 5/30/12 9:06 PM

Oh, the battles of the giants. Can't believe at 6 ft 5ins, Berdych is the shortest among the four of Anderson, Delpo, Cilic and Berdych!

luckystar , 5/30/12 9:10 PM

Apart from Raonic and Karlovic, the giants are on this side of the draw. hopefully they tire themselves out before getting to the QF, in any case Fed will have his hands full...Berdych really has a `heavy' serve.

Bharata , 5/30/12 10:05 PM

Well Fed only has to meet one of them. Rafa has the potential of meeting Karlovic in R3, followed by Raonic in R4 and then Isner (from Murray's quarter) in the SF. Now one is gone(Karlovic), so there's still two of them lurking around.

luckystar , 5/31/12 5:29 AM

Interesting Big Bird is the shortest cos IMHO he's the best mover out of them. All giants should be forced to play qualifying matches against each other b4 events, then only allow the winner through.....I wish...

deuce , 5/31/12 8:13 AM

You'll need better movement than the giants to win RG. As soon as they start moving, the giants can be exposed more... But on a faster court, they can be unplayable during a match. Blasting big serves and follow it up with a forehand winner.

Berdych on the other hand shows great form and moves a lot better than Isner and Raonic. Del Potro is just a beast with his heavy shots from both wings. Should be interesting if they meet, but I think Berdych will pull through in 4 sets.

Bonker , 5/31/12 8:36 AM

Bonker, I agree. Delboy seems to have lost his oomph since his op.

deuce , 5/31/12 8:48 AM

Delpo has a knee injury, apparently sustained during Madrid, so I'm not sure he can get past Cilic in R3. Berdych had already beaten Anderson recently so I think he should know how to play against him. Both Berdych and Cilic can move well on any surface, something I can't say about Delpo, Raonic and Isner, especially on grass. I'm looking forward to a Cilic/Berdych R4, followed by a Berdych/Fed QF most likely.

luckystar , 5/31/12 8:59 AM

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