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By Akshay Kohli
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In Part 2 of the 2012 French Open: The Unforgettable Moments, we have a look at the great comebacks, the lows this tournament saw and also the match of the tournament.
With some really bedazzling performances also came some letdowns. We all know that not many Americans have managed getting hold on clay over the last decade. This is year it was no different as NO American male tennis player managed reaching Round 3 of the French Open! This was worse than last year as Mardy Fish managed reaching the third round in 2011. There were a lot of hopes from John Isner and Ryan Harrison but they both failed to impress. Also on the women's side, the big guns went out early as we saw only 3 of the Top 8 making it to the Quarters. All big notches were humbled or brushed aside in the early stages of the tournament. This year, some really popular names withdrew due to injuries, leaving the draw and the tournament a bit out of stardom.
Still, there were some really mouth watering clashes that took place in both the draws. With the players being down and out, it was their will power and fighting spirit that helped them overcome some serious hurdles. The first notable comeback came from the World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who was down a set and 0-4 in the second against Alberta Brianti of Italy before coming back from the ashes to progress into the second round. Also a couple noteworthy performances come from the Mens World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who won two back to back five set matches here. The best part of these matches being, the first one he won after being down 2 sets to 0 against Andreas Seppi. The second one was far more impressive, winning it after saving 4 match points against local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In another quarter-final clash, Roger Federer fought back from 2 sets to 0 down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the last 4.
The match of the tournament had to be the one between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The match had everything- intensity, some light moments, anxious moments, drama, the crowd getting into it, rain drops, almost everything a match should have. Though it was Djokovic who came out the victorious one, the crowd appreciated what Tsonga brought to the table. Also the match between Virginie Razzano and Serena Williams saw the crowd going insane! Both players were trying their level best to beat the other person, but it was the French who reigned supreme. Razzano and Williams, both were showing their emotions after almost every point, proving what it meant to both the players.
All in all the 2012 French Open was one really entertaining one! TennisEarth congratulates all the Champions and also thanks all its viewers, to have regularly followed the French Open!
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