This is a legitimate shocker – the guy everyone was pegging to be Nadal’s main rival at Roland Garros was knocked out in the third round today by German James-McAvoy-look-alike, Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Even more shocking: it was in straight sets. Also shocking: Novak Djokovic didn’t retire or make excuses.
Here’s Novak still trying to get over his disbelief after the match:
“I mean, it’s a Grand Slam. Look, you know, I’m one of the favorites to get far in the tournament. This cannot happen. Of course, it’s all my fault, and I accept the responsibility.”
He denied feeling any physical problems, saying, “I think it was just me and my head today.”
Here’s Novak Dejected-ovic putting on a brave face:
Yep, Novak totally pulled a Venus. Hard to say if there was too much or too little between the ears. Can you retire for brain cramps?
Novak’s section of the draw is now wide open – with del Potro and Tsonga the big contenders. The two giants meet next in the Round of 16, with the winner to face either Kohlschreiber or Robredo. A very interesting state of affairs, indeed.
The Round of 16 is set (how time flies!), with a few major dark horses in the mix:
Nadal vs. Soderling, Davydenko vs. Verdasco, Murray vs. Cilic, Gonzalez vs. Hanescu, del Potro vs. Tsonga, Robredo vs. Kohlschreiber, Roddick vs. Monfils, Haas vs. Federer.
Besides Nadal in the final, almost everything else is a toss-up. Murray vs. Cilic, Roddick vs. “knees” Monfeelz and delPo vs. Tsonga are especially intriguing. Tommy Haas is in good form – I hope these tight four set matches that Roger’s playing are just his way of practicing for the Big One.
P.S. Thanks to everyone who particpated in our first ever live chat “Tennis Party” It was lots of fun and we look forward to hanging again soon!