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Lleyton Hewitt came back from two sets down to beat 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio and reach the third round at the French Open.
Hewitt, the 14th seed from Australia, won 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6- 4, 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier. The victory in 3 1/2 hours marked the fourth career comeback from two sets down for Hewitt, who has reached the finals at the other three Grand Slam events but never on the slow clay courts at Roland Garros.

By this victory, Hewitt is showing that his form is getting better and better. But it is not just that, he is again mentally fit to play the big matches and also to come back in the match like we saw against Gaudio. This is mostly thanks to Andre Agassi with whom he trained since February. It were matches like this one that moved Hewitt at the number one spot in the world in the beginning of the 2000s.

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The Russian player Marat Safin is not sure whether he wants to continue playing professional tennis. The two-time Grand Slam champion said that he is 27 years old and that he can’t seem to improve his game. He also said that he could not live with the fact that he is a struggling player.

All this came after Safin lost in the second round of The French Open to the Serb Janko Tipsarevic, ranked 80.

(source: canada.com)

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Djokovic warns Murray

World number six Novak Djokovic believes Andy Murray will learn from the wrist injury that threatens to rule him out of Wimbledon.

Djokovic indicated that Murray is not taking care of his body enough, but Murray is part of a group of young players that can challenge the supremacy of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the future.

To the previously mentioned group he added Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych.

(source: BBC)

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Roger Federer wants a roof over his head at the French Open, and his wish might come true by 2011. Heavy rain at Roland Garros allowed only 14 matches to be completed over the first two days, forcing 82 matches to be crammed into Tuesday’s schedule. The top-ranked Federer thinks a court with a retractable roof would have prevented that backlog.
Three-time French Open champion Justine Henin, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic and 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero were among players annoyed by the rain delays.

(source: sportsillustrated)

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Eight American men at the French Open were beaten in what will go down not
only as one of the darkest days in U.S. tennis history but the worst day for
U.S. men’s tennis in the Grand Slams during the Open Era, which dates to 1968.

On Tuesday we had Roddick defeated by Andreev, and suprisingly James Blake
defeated by the Croat big server Ivo Karlovic.

Also out: Ginepri, Querrey, Spadea, Bob Kendrick, Michael Russell, Justin Gimelstob and Amer Delic.

To read more click HERE.

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Ljubicic defeated Arnaud Clement 6:1 7:5 7:6 in the first round, advancing to the
Roland Garros second round for the fourth time.

Last year Ljubicic reaches his first Grand Slam semifinal here in France where he
lost to the eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

Ljubicic failed to win back-to-back matches in the four clay court tournaments
he contested this season. He advanced to the third round, after a first round bye,
at both AMS Monte Carlo (loss to Richard Gasquet 6:3 6:7 7:5) and AMS Hamburg
(loss David Ferrer 6:3 6:3), and to the second round at Portschach last week
loss to Luis Horna 7:6 6:4).

Before moving to clay, Ljubicic was having a good 2007 season. Ljubicic won
his seventh career title in the first week of the season on hard court at Doha,
defeating Andy Murray in the final. He also reached finals on hard court at
Rotterdam (loss to Mikhail Youzhny) and on carpet at Zagreb
(loss to Marcos Baghdatis), as well as reaching the semifinals at AMS Miami,
on hard court, losing to Guillermo Canas.

Wawrinka came back from two-sets-to-love down to defeat
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 0:6 5:7 6:2 7:5 6:4 in the first round.
It was his first win at Roland Garros for two years.

This is Wawrinka’s third appearance at Roland Garros. He made his
Grand Slam debut here as a qualifier in 2005 and reached the third
round with wins over Nicolas Massu and James Blake, before losing to
Mariano Puerta. Wawrinka lost in the first round here last year to eventual
semifinalist David Nalbandian.

2007 Roland Garros is just the seventh tournament of the year for Wawrinka.
He tore a tendon in his right knee during practice for Switzerland’s Davis Cup
match against Spain in February, and had to have surgery the following day,
subsequently missing almost three months of the season.

Until his victory in the first round here, Wawrinka had won just two matches
all season, both at the Australian Open, where he defeated Kevin Kim and
Paul Capdeville. He had previously lost in the first round at Doha and Auckland,
and since making his comeback from his knee injury at AMS Rome, has had
three further first round losses: at AMS Rome, AMS Hamburg, and Portschach.

Based on the above mentioned, I would give Ljubicic a slight advantage to
pass to the third round.

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The forecast says that it will not rain in Paris until Friday,
so maybe we will watch full matches for the next three days.

For more info on weather visit CNN.

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