Twilight of the Roland Garros gods? Venus and Serena out, Federer no longer supreme
Five things we learned from day four at Roland Garros.
- That neither of the Williams sisters will be taking home the pot this year. Time was, if someone carved up Venus in a semi, Serena would be there in the final to exact vengeance and restore family honour. But at Roland Garros 2012 Serena and Venus are out before the end of the first week.
The Federer supremacy is coming to an end. The Swiss third seed inexplicably squandered two match points in his second-round match against Adrian Ungur from Romania. Once upon a time the former world number one would treat us to exhibition matches in the early rounds.
- We've had a good start to the 2012 tournament. Three days of uninterrupted play in blazing sunshine. The heavens opened for the first time at 8pm on Wednesday evening, by then most of the singles matches were over.
- We miss Marat Safin. The Russian was prodigiously talented, charismatic and best of all mercurial. You were always a backhand down the line from sumptuous tennis or smashed racquets.
- The French tennis federation would have a more plausible case for expanding the stadium if they could get centre court ticket holders to turn up and sit in their seats.