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Nadal faces Hewitt test

The French Open has entered the second week and now we will start to see some really exciting encounters with Lleyton Hewitt meeting Rafael Nadal and a rejuvenated Marcos Baghdatis facing Igor Andreev in the fourth round.

In the first week, its hard to see what constitutes a shock and what doesn't unless its either Nadal or Roger Federer going out because some top players like Andy Roddick don't just play well on clay. That said I think Amelie Mauresmo losing to Lucie Safarova was a shock especially for it was a home grand slam for Mauresmo.

The Hewitt/Nadal match should be an exciting one and a match that can easily go into five sets especially if Hewitt plays well. In the third round Nadal played very well to beat compatriot Albert Montanes and I think Hewitt should avoid the slow start he had against Gaston Gaudio or else he will be out before he knows it.

In the women side of the draw, I thought Maria Sharapova was quite fortunate to pass Patty Schnyder and she will need to play much better than that in the quarter finals against compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.

The quarter-final match that I am looking forward to however, is the match between defending champion Justine Henin and Serena Williams. I think the winner of the women's title could come from that match now that crowd favourite Amelie Mauresmo is out.

Looking ahead Federer may meet Guillermo Canas if he beats Tommy Robredo and Canas beats Nikolay Davydenko. Canas beat Federer twice earlier this year and this time its also on clay and that could be a very tricky match for him. I just thought Federer didn't play that well against Mikhail Youzhny, or maybe he was preserving the best play for later rounds.

Whatever happens the final week of the French Open should be very interesting.

I am all for, who else but Roger-the-Federer!

hello wes,
thanks for your wishes in my blog.

nice to know you visit regularly to RwB.
loved your posts. you seem to be a great football and tennis buff!
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bellur rk


Thanks Bellur for the comment, yes I just enjoy a bit of sport.

Nadal played Hewitt off the court in the first two sets and by the time Hewitt got his game going in the third, it was too late to salvage the situation. I think played well this time especially in the first two sets.
Its interesting to see that the third set nearly took the same time as first two sets combined but Hewitt simply couldn't pull out a Gaudio here.

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