The French Open 2016 Day 8 saw most players enter the quarter finals.
The black and white stripes syndrome is still very prevalent among the competitors, while some struggle against the partisan crowd.
Here are the highlights of the day.
Viktor Troicki vs Stan Wawrinka
World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka enters the quarter finals with a win against Serbian Troicki. The Serbian opened with soft serves that had the Swiss playing with ease. Troicki is no match for Wawrinka’s lethal backhand though. A leg pain had the Serbian do a quick consult with a trainer before going back to the game, Roland Garros notes.
Wawrinka shows no mercy for the Serbian, releasing cross-court backhand shots that see the Serbian out of the game.
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Andy Murray vs John Isner
John Isner had the opportunity of barring Britain’s No 1 from the quarter finals of the French Open but failed. Isner put up a good fight and pushed for a tie-break in the beginning but Murray found his ground on the clay courts and swung away to victory. John Isner’s match against Murray produced a score of 6-7(9) 4-6 3-6.
Kei Nishikori vs Richard Gasquet
As Richard Gasquet becomes the only Frenchman to win the Roland-Garros leg for France, the French crowd does everything to support him.
As rain poured down, the games had to be suspended for at least 45 minutes, cutting Nishikori and Gasquet’s match. When the game resumed, Nishikori seemed to have lost his concentration and committed unforced errors, losing the game to Frenchman Gasquet.
With Richard Gasquet’s win, the Frenchman sails into his first quarter finals at the Roland-Garros after 13 appearances, The Guardian reports.
The zebra colony is still out grazing in the red clay courts. With their black and white striped uniforms, these players are definitely out to be noticed.
Here is a compilation of the shots that mattered on French Open 2016 Day 8.
For Day 9, Novak Djokovic and the Williams sisters will be back on the clay court.