French Open: No American Men in Round of 16

French Open: No American Men in Round of 16

Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey combined to win 55 games in the Round of 32 – and still there is no American in the French Open Round of 16. The slow pace of clay has frustrated many Americans over the years, but both showed incredible patience before falling 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 and 8-10 for Isner and 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 and 2-6 for Querrey for a combined 55-57 loss. The table below shows the eight match-ups and the percent of games each has won so far.

Men’s Player 1 Cou Seed %GW Men’s Player 2 Cou Seed %GW
Kevin Anderson RSA 23 59% David Ferrer ESP 4 66%
Tommy Robredo ESP 32 54% Nicolas Almagro ESP 11 66%
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA 6 70% Viktor Troicki SRB U 57%
Gilles Simon FRA 15 50% Roger Federer SUI 2 61%
Novak Djokovic SRB 1 72% Philipp Kohlschreiber GER 16 73%
Tommy Haas GER 12 52% Mikhail Youzhny RUS 29 62%
Rafael Nadal ESP 3 58% Kei Nishikori JPN 13 62%
Stanislas Wawrinka SUI 9 60% Richard Gasquet FRA 7 62%

The fourth game of the day in the men’s French Open could the most exciting, as 2-seed Roger Federer takes the court after winning in straight sets but being challenged in each. 

Novak Djokovic will not play again Sunday after cruising to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 sweep to claim 72 percent of his games in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 domination. Surprisingly, the only other men’s player in the Round of 16 with a better winning percentage will be his opponent in this round is German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who also lost seven games but came in at 73 percent with a 6-0, 7-6, 6-1 win.

Still, as the 16-seed, Kohlschreiber is considered a long-shot against the world’s best player.