All the talk in the early rounds tends to focus on notable upsets, and we’ve had our fair share in Paris already with both Australian Open champions and No. 1 seed Serena Williams all losing in the first four days.
But Thursday was not a good day for those who like such chaos. Seeded men’s players went 10-1 on Day 5, with nine of the wins coming in straight sets. The women were 11-2, with nine straight-set wins. All three of the losers were on the lower end of the seeding, in the 20s.
That means there’s a lot of highly ranked players performing well, and it’s easy to make a case for many of those who won easily Thursday.
The two young Americans have both spent time being annointed the next big thing in US tennis, but so far that has not materialized.
Well, Sock and Young both find themselves in the third round in Paris after both won in straight sets Thursday. The 21-year-old Sock beat fellow American Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. The 24-year-old Young had a very solid win over No. 26 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3. And now, both have only unseeded opponents standing between them and the Round of 16.
It may still be too early to know whether there’s any hope for these two to end the long drought for Americans at majors, but it’s a good sign to see them performing well at Roland Garros, that long-time house of horrors for US players.
No. 10 seed John Isner is also still alive in the tournament, giving the US three men in the third round of the singles draw.
Shot of the day
In case you missed it, check out Gael Monfils’ crazy shot attempt against Jan-Lennard Struff:
Photo of the day
This close-up, showing the infamous backhand of Richard Gasquet, gives you an idea just how much the ball pancakes when struck by these rackets:
Outfit of the day
Jelena Jankovic. If you stare at it long enough, it will hypnotize you: