• Federer avoids Nadal, in French Open quarter with Tsonga

    5/25/13 7:31 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer avoids Nadal, in French Open quarter with Tsonga Roger Federer could not have asked for a better draw at the 2013 French Open. He headlines a fourth quarter of the bracket that also includes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dusseldorf champion Juan Monaco.

    Roger Federer did not have to wait until his first match on Sunday for his French Open to get off to a phenomenal start. The 2009 champion not only saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal land in the same half of the draw during Friday's ceremony, but he was also dealt a favorable quarter of the bracket.

    Federer's nearest seed is Julien Benneteau, who is 1-4 on clay this season and has won only a single match since February. Potential seeded opponents for Federer in the fourth round are Gilles Simon and Sam Querrey. Neither man is playing particularly well at the moment, although Simon--who got clobbered by Federer 6-2, 6-1 in Rome--has defeated the former world No. 1 twice in the past.

    The other Top 8 seed in this section is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who advanced to the Roland Garros quarterfinals last year before having multiple match points in a five-set loss to Djokovic. Tsonga is looking to bounce back from an opening loss in Rome to Jerzy Janowicz. If seeds hold to form, the Frenchman would face Marin Cilic in the round of 16. Cilic, however, is a mere 2-4 since reaching the quarterfinals in Miami. A more likely future opponent for Tsonga is No. 17 seed Juan Monaco, who captured the Dusseldorf title on Sunday.

    Federer's draw became slightly more difficult on Friday evening when the qualifiers were place in the field of 128. Up first for the No. 2 seed is Pablo Carreno-Busta, who has been on a remarkable rise in 2013. The 21-year-old Spaniard won 39 matches in a row at the Futures level and also made a run to the Oeiras semifinals before losing to Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets.

    Other first-round matches to watch in this quarter are Simon vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Viktor Troicki vs. James Blake, and Dusseldorf runner-up Jarkko Nieminen vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu.

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Conspirator, know yourself out! , lol

Shireling , 5/25/13 9:59 PM

sorry, meant to say 'knock' yourself out...
.. the funny thing would be that he reaches the final - I mean, Tsonga isn't particularly able on Clay - and neither Novak or Rafa are there to greet him... now, that would be the easiest earned GS final in many years.

Shireling , 5/25/13 10:02 PM

Thank you Mr Garros. May I call you Roland?

BTW, ever notice how Fedbot20, JamesFedererFan and twenty all seem to appear at the same time? He is not a Nole fan but a sad little fedbot fanboy.


Conspirator , 5/25/13 10:24 PM

Shrieling, I could try but why not read it straight from the horse's mouth? en/


Conspirator , 5/25/13 10:36 PM

hilarious photo , lol!

Shireling , 5/25/13 10:41 PM

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