Roland Garros Saturday Diary
by ATP Staff|
Ginepri Enjoying Career Resurgence: Robby Ginepri is the last American man standing at Roland Garros after posting the biggest clay-court win of his career Saturday by defeating 2003 champion, Juan Carlos Ferrero. The 27-year-old Ginepri, who had won only one tour-level match this season coming into Roland Garros, overcame the Spanish No. 16 seed 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5 in three hours, 16 minutes to reach the fourth round.
In a remarkable turn of events for Ginepri, the World No. 98 arrived in Paris 12 days ago expecting to play qualifying for the Grand Slam championship - only to learn he had earned direct entry into the main draw - and now finds himself in the fourth round of a major for the first time in two years. To do so, he had to overcome an opponent who has won 11 tour-level clay-court titles, equalling the American’s previous match wins total on this surface.
“I really wasn't sure what to expect going into this match,” said Ginepri. “I don't do well with game plans, so I just kind of went out there and tried to apply my game, kind of feel the match as it went on. But it was a tough fight. He's such a great competitor out there. I knew he wasn't going to give up after I was up two sets to love. You can never count someone out like that. But I hung in there. I just competed well throughout the whole match. I never got down on myself, and always gave myself another opportunity to see another point.”
Ginepri, who improved to a 6-7 career mark in five-set matches, is the first American to beat a Spaniard in five sets at Roland Garros since Pete Sampras defeated Sergi Bruguera in the second round in 1996. He is also the first American outside the Top 10 to beat a former Roland Garros champion in Paris since No. 41 Vincent Spadea defeated 2002 champion Albert Costa in the 2005 first round.
He will look to continue his run when he faces World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.
Clay Remains Murray's Favourite Surface: Fourth seed Andy Murray, who will play No. 15 seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round on Sunday, admits his “natural” game may be better suited to grass and hard courts but clay remains his favourite surface. "I always loved to play on clay when I was younger,” said the World No. 4.
“I've said many times it's my favourite surface to play on, even though my results haven't been as good. It just takes me a bit more time to get used to the surface again. It just is more of a challenge for me because I don't play many tournaments on the surface and hardly played on a clay court until I was 15.”
Uncle Toni Places Borg Ahead Of His Nephew: Writing in his online blog for The Times, four-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal responded to his Uncle Toni voting for Bjorn Borg as the best clay-court player ever in a survey conducted by L’Equipe.
“I don't know, really. I am sure he feels bad voting for me, it looks strange to vote for your nephew, I suppose. You should ask Toni actually.”
Djokovic, Troicki In Karaoke Gem: Novak Djokovic, with musical accompaniment from fellow Serb Viktor Troicki, gave his karaoke version of Shakira’s “Gypsy” video, in which Rafael Nadal originally starred with the Colombian singer/songwriter.
Quote Of The Day: World No. 114 Teimuraz Gabashvili ousted sixth seed Andy Roddick to record the biggest win of his career on Saturday, and afterwards gave the assembled media an insight into his personality.
Q. For those of us who don't know you, congratulations, first of all. What is the cause of this crazy reputation?
GABASHVILI: Thank you. I'm really aggressive. I was born in Georgia, so I have southern blood mixed with northern. They say it's very aggressive blood. Sometimes I go out of my mind even during the match, start screaming, always up and down. This is my biggest problem. That's why I know I can play very good tennis, but it was bothering me. So maybe I was winning 3-1, and then it depends. I miss one crazy shot, Oh, ****. Then I lose it. That's why they call me crazy because of this.