French Open, Day 8: Federer survives as Serena continues to make it look easy

Shane Bacon
Busted Racquet

Without a doubt one of the best matches of this French Open happened on Sunday at Roland Garros, when Roger Federer held off Frenchman Gilles Simon in five sets.

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The problem was, it might not have been better than Tommy Robredo versus Nicolas Almagro. Robredo became the first man in 86 years to win three Grand Slam matches after dropping the first two sets in each of them, taking out Almagro 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The turnaround was incredible, as was Federer's, and that stat seems like one we won't see in a very long time.

Serena Williams won Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3, making it four straight matches where Serena has dropped four game or less.

This around the post shot by Roger Federer early in his fourth round match was one of the better shots of the tournament thus far, and got a loud cheer from the Roland Garros crowd.

It might be called the boys' division, but Harry Bourchier dresses like an adult. The Australian looked sharp in his greens even if his game didn't, losing his first round match to Jorge Brian Panta.

It was a great three set win for Sara Errani, but that shirt needs to get bounced from her wardrobe.

Monday in Paris will give us Rafael Nadal, Tommy Haas and the much-anticipated match between American Sloane Stephens and defending champion Maria Sharapova. The two played earlier this year on clay in Rome, with Sharapova cruising 6-2, 6-1.

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