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A mid-match handshake and a seriously bad hair day

ESPN staff
June 1, 2012

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Men's round-up: Berdych survives marathon
Women's round-up: Sharapova sails, Radwanska crashes out

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What They Said

Baby-faced assasin
World No. 109 David Goffin has a dream meeting with Roger Federer after reaching the fourth round - despite losing in qualifying. Having seen off France's Arnaud Clement and Czech 23rd seed Radek Stepanek en route to the third round, Goffin was at it again, beating Lukasz Kubot in straight sets. The 21-year-old, who barely looks a day over 16, is the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round of a grand slam since compatriot Dick Norman at Wimbledon in 1995.

Slip-sliding to victory
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept home hopes alive with victory over Fabio Fognini to reach the fourth round, but it was not a wholly convincing performance from the Frenchman. While the man he beat, Fognini, looked perfectly at home on the clay, Tsonga attempted to slide and nearly ended up on his backside.

Mid-match handshake
Tsonga and Fognini shook hands at the net, but the match was not over - a deft volley from Tsonga left Fognini smiling in admiration, the Italian offering his hand in congratulations over the net. A nice moment, but the match was soon over as Tsonga wrapped up the match in straight sets.

Table tennis
There were some seriously bruising rallies from Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson as they battled it out for nearly four hours before Berdych eventually claimed a 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 victory. At times it was a bit like watching a professional table tennis match, where both players end up playing five metres behind the table - with both players camped some distance behind the base line there was barely enough room around the court to accommodate such monster rallies.

Value for money
He may have only played three matches in Paris this year, but Anderson has spent more time on court than most. With 14 sets played in three matches, the big-serving South African spent nearly 11 hours on court. To put that into context, Roger Federer needed just nine hours and 22 minutes to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros last year.

Russian revolt
Svetlana Kuznetsova rolled back the years to hammer third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in convincing fashion to reach the fourth round. The two-time grand slam champion, who won the French Open back in 2009, has beaten the Pole 10 times in 13 encounters. The last time she beat Radwanska at Roland Garros, she went on to win the title. An omen?

Bad hair day
Kuznetsova may have been playing some irresistible tennis, but her hairstyle was not quite so convincing. With her cropped hair razor-short at the back, the longer hair had been braided back. Hard to describe, but our best effort is that it was a mix between cornrows and devils horns, decorated with a five-year-old's hairclips.

Tweet while you eat
Maria Sharapova may be one of the world's most popular athletes on the planet and would quickly command millions of followers if she ever decided to take to Twitter, but it looks like the Russian has no interest in tweeting her fans. "I'm bored with myself on a daily basis and I think if I'm bored, like eating a bowl of pasta. I don't need to let the world know that I'm at this restaurant eating a bowl of pasta," she said.

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