Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nine Argentines advance in Roland Garros

It was a good day for the Albicelestes in the first round of the men's draw at Roland Garros, as 9 players advanced to the second round while 4 were eliminated.


David NALBANDIAN, Gastón GAUDIO, Juan Ignacio CHELA, Martín VASSALLO ARGÜELLO, Carlos BERLOCQ, Guillermo CAÑAS, Juan MÓNACO, Mariano ZABALETA and Juan Pablo BRZEZICKI (who I must admit I didn't know before I wrote this article) are all through to the next round.

Agustín CALLERI (victim of compatriot Mariano ZABALETA), José ACASUSO, Sergio ROITMAN and Juan Martín DEL POTRO (who had to "dance with the ugliest lady" Rafael NADAL) are all out of the French Open.

Juan Pablo GUZMÁN and Diego HARTFIELD had their matches postponed due to lack of natural light when the former was 1-1 in sets against Spaniard Oscar HERNANDEZ and the latter was 0-2 down against American Robert GINEPRI.

The highlight of the second round for the Albiceleste Army will be the clash between 2004 Roland Garros champion, Gastón GAUDIO and former World number 1, Lleyton HEWITT.

We'll watch closely the activity of the Albiceleste Army in a tournament that already saw the early departures of Americans Andy RODDICK, James BLAKE and clay-specialist Chilean Fernando GONZALEZ.

1 comment:

Alwin said...

Seba,

The FRENCH open is like our best chance to witness an Argentine winning a slam naturally. I hope all the guys progress further but of course some of them will have to face the wrath of the 2 challengers (FEDERER and NADAL). Overcoming both of them would take some effort, but CANAS has proven it can be done if you put your head to it.

HEWITT vs GAUDIO seems very mouthwatering and sparks could fly, knowing the existing feelings among the players towards HEWITT, hope its all buried by now and does not take center stage other than the tennis.

I also wanted to ask you something about the Copa America SQUAD, Seba. Is it confirmed that this is the list that will be going to Venezuela? Is Juan SEBASTIAN VERON injured or he is out of the picture? I would love to see SEBA VERON grace the ALBICELESTE one final time and leave on a high.

Regards,
Alwin
Malaysia