Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili swatted sixth seed Andy Roddick aside 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open on Saturday as the American let his temper get the better of him.
Roddick angrily threw his rackets towards his entourage after being broken in game seven of the opening set and never gained a foothold in the match as Gabashvili booked his place in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.
The signs were ominous for the former US Open champion, never past the fourth round here, when he cracked a racket as he flung it to the ground at 0-40, 3-3 in the opening set of the match. Gabashvili looked the likely winner in the lengthier exchanges with single breaks enough for him to surge into a two set-lead over Roddick.
Djokovic survives Hanescu scare
World number three Novak Djokovic survived a second-set lapse before beating Romania’s Victor Hanescu 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2 and book his place in the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday. The Serbian pumped his fists and smashed his racket onto the ground as he struggled to break Hanescu’s resilience on Centre Court.
Ferrer sinks to Melzer
Ninth seed David Ferrer fell to a surprise 6-4 6-0 7-6 defeat by Austria’s Jurgen Melzer in the third round. The Spaniard never got to grips with the Austrian’s pace from the back of the court and was two sets down in barely an hour.
Paes, Bopanna advance
Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna scored contrasting wins with their respective partners but Mahesh Bhupathi made a shock exit along with Max Mirnyi from the men’s doubles event on Saturday.
Defending champions Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic booked a pre-quarterfinal berth with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Swiss Yves Allegro and Andreas Beck of Germany. However, Bhupathi and Mirnyi had disappointment in store as they lost 4-6, 6-7 (4) to Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and Pere Riba in the second round.
Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi scored an easy 6-2 6-3 win over Italian Fabio Fognini and American Michael Russell.