Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Roland Garros Day 11: Chela

Curtain Call

Player: Juan Ignacio Chela
Age: 30
Nation: Argentina
Current Ranking: 34
Notable Conquest: Kevin Anderson (32nd seed, South Africa)
Today's Result: lost to Andy Murray (4th, UK) in straight sets

Photo via BBC SPORT

Chela has to be pretty tired of running into Murray in Paris. This is the third consecutive year in which the UK #1 has knocked him out of Roland Garros. At least this time, Chela made it to the quarterfinals first. Chela, much-maligned for a drug suspension and for once spitting on Lleyton Hewitt (he can't possibly be the first or last player who wanted to), is one of the tour's old warriors at this point. This result matches his career-best for a Slam.

My Tennis Fantasy

Murray's victory, his first semifinal appearance at Roland Garros, assures me of maximum fantasy points for the tournament. I picked all four semifinalists and one more quarterfinalist: Soderling. I am most pleased.

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