• Anderson outlasts Machado, Bogomolov retires down MP

    5/28/12 9:42 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Anderson outlasts Machado, Bogomolov retires down MP Kevin Anderson and Arnaud Clement advance in five sets on Monday at Roland Garros. Anderson beats Rui Machado while Clement gets a match-point retirement from Alex Bogomolov.

    (31) Kevin Anderson d. Rui Machado 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 4-6, 6-1, 11-9

    Anderson trailed 5-2 in the fifth set and saved four match points on Sunday before finishing the job one day later after play resumed at 7-7. Machado held his first two service games comfortably for 8-7 and 9-8 leads, but Anderson held his serve and had no trouble staying in the match. The 6'7'' South African broke for 10-9 with some stellar baseline play then finished off his opponent to book a second-round spot alongside Horacio Zeballos.

    Machado is ranked a solid 80th in the world, but he fell to a horrendous 1-12 record at the ATP level for his 2012 campaign. The Portuguese underdog recorded three aces and six double-faults. Anderson wrapped up his effort with 26 aces and seven doubles while dropping serve four times.

    Zeballos beat Eric Prodon 6-7(10), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to await Anderson.

    (WC) Arnaud Clement d. Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 5-4, ret.

    Clement held match point at 5-4 in the final sent when Bogomolov retired to send the Frenchman through to the second round of the French Open. After losing the second and third sets, Clement found himself down match point at 5-6 in the fourth. The 34-year-old saved it with a perfect serve-and-volley play then dominate the ensuing tiebreaker seven points to two.

    Both players struggled physically in the decider; Clement with apparent cramping and Bogomolov with shoulder soreness. Bogomolov started to endure cramping of his own while serving to stay in the match at 4-5. The 46th-ranked Russian led 40-0 but promptly lost four points in a row. After being issued a time violation warning, Bogomolov decided he was unable to serve at ad-out and retired.

    Next up for Clement is David Goffin, who recovered form numerous deficits--including a break down in the fifth--to stun Radek Stepanek 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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Bogo must be a bozo. Who retires match point down? If he was in such bad cramping shape, just underhand it like Chang. I thought he must have broken an ankle or something to retire at 4-5 in the fifth. Cowardly way to finish.

chr18 , 5/28/12 11:04 PM

Bogomolov stated that he didn't want to serve, in order to prevent injury. Don't think he wanted the match to end this way after 4,5 hours.

Bonker , 5/29/12 8:55 AM

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