Federer beats Wawrinka, sets up Soderling clash
Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer showed no mercy for best friend Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday when he handed his Olympic gold medal-winning teammate a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 French Open thumping.sports Updated: May 31, 2010 00:55 IST
Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer showed no mercy for best friend Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday when he handed his Olympic gold medal-winning teammate a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 French Open thumping.
World number one Federer nows faces Robin Soderling, the Swedish fifth seed who he defeated in the final last year.
Soderling sent four-time champion Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat last year on his way to a first Grand Slam final, but Federer will be buoyed by his perfect record of 12 wins in 12 matches against the big-hitting Swede.
Soderling reached the quarterfinals with a brutal 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 demolition of Croatian 10th seed Marin Cilic.
French hopes of a first men's champion since Yannick Noah in 1983 fizzled out when eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire from his last 16 clash with Russian 11th seed Mikhail Youzhny with a groin injury.
Henin shows Sharapova the door
Four-time champion Justine Henin displayed all her trademark grit to see off Maria Sharapova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and reach the French Open fourth round here on Sunday.
The Belgian 22nd seed hit back from 0-2 and 0-40 down in the last set against her fellow former world number one to claim victory and set up a last-eight meeting with Australian seventh seed Samantha Stosur. The match resumed on Sunday after play was suspended at one set all amid fading light on Saturday evening.
Paes-Dlouhy move on, Bopanna-Qureshi out
Defending champions Leander Paes and Lucas Dlouhy stormed into the quarterfinals of the doubles event after a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Travis RettenMayer.
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi's doubles campaign was cut short in the second round with a straight-set defeat against local pair of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. The unseeded Indo-Pak pair lost the men's doubles clash 5-7, 3-6 to the 15th seed.
First Published: May 31, 2010 00:46 IST