Santoro faces player who ousted Roddick

Updated: May 27, 2004, 9:06 PM ET
By Howie Schwab | Special to ESPN.com

There's a reason it's called the French Open.

Following Andy Roddick's loss, no American men are left as the third round gets under way. Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Olivier Mutis are still alive, though, and it will be interesting to see what each guy has left when they square off.

Mutis could suffer a letdown after shocking Roddick on Wednesday. Santoro has to be exhausted after back-to-back five-set wins, playing almost 10 hours of tennis. At age 31, is there anything left in his tank?

One amazing statistic about Santoro: In his five-set win over Irakli Labadze of Georgia, Santoro committed just nine unforced errors.

Mutt vs. Jeff
Guillermo Coria is one of the favorites to win the French Open. His half of the draw cleared up a bit when Roddick was upset in the second round.

Coria's third round match will look more like a battle of Mutt and Jeff. The 5-foot-9 Argentine meets 6-foot-5 Croatian Mario Ancic. Coria is one of four men in the bottom half of the draw who hasn't lost a set in his first two matches. (Juan Ignacio Chela, Nicolas Escude, Julien Jeanpierre are the others.) Ancic upset 30th-seed Mariano Zabaleta in his second-round match.

Coria should move on.

  • Who would have thought the only match featuring seeded players in the bottom half of the bracket in round three would feature 11th-seed Nicholas Massu against 17th-seed Tommy Robredo? This should be a pretty competitive battle.

    Massu lost just four games in a second-round win. He is trying to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Robredo upset No. 1 seed Lleyton Hewitt in the third round at Roland Garros last year, moving all the way to the quarterfinals before falling.

  • A couple of other veterans trying to move on: No. 9 seed Tim Henman of Britain and Alex Corretja of Spain. Henman, an easy straight-set winner in the second round, meets Spaniard Galo Blanco. Henman beat Blanco in straight sets in the first round of the 2002 French Open. The Spaniard made it to the third round at Roland Garros last year, losing to Flavio Seretta. The French Open is the only Grand Slam event where Henman hasn't advanced to the fourth round at least once.

    Corretja, who is trying to make the round of 16 at the French Open for the eighth time, meets 22nd-seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina. Chela has never advanced to the round of 16 in Paris.

    Countrywoman vs. countrywoman

  • The women's side has a number of competitive matches, led by 10th-seed Vera Zvonareva against 18th-seed Maria Sharapova in a battle of up-and-coming Russians.

    Zvonareva advanced to the quarterfinals in Paris last year, but she'll be hard-pressed against a red-hot Sharapova, who has lost just five games and a total of 58 points in her first two matches.

  • Fifth-seed Lindsay Davenport takes on compatriot Marissa Irvin.

    Ranked 104th in the world, Irvin is trying to make her first appearance in a Grand Slam round of 16. Back in 2000, when Davenport won the Australian Open, Irvin won the most games off of her in that event. Both players have won their first two matches in Paris in straight sets.

    Another American hoping to move on is Meghann Shaughnessy. She takes on 21st-seed Magdalena Maleeva, who made the round of 16 in Paris last year before losing to runner-up Kim Clijsters. Maleeva had a struggle to get past Marta Marrero in the second round, while Shaughnessy upset 15th-seed Sylvia Farina Elia 9-7 in the third set.

    Ones to watch

  • Another interesting match pits ninth-seed Elena Dementieva against 19th-seed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi. Dementieva will have her hands full as her opponent doesn't make many mistakes (four double faults and 28 unforced errors over her first two matches).

  • Finally, flying under the radar is 21-year old Russian Nadia Petrova. She has dropped a total of six games in her first two matches and she made the semifinals in Paris last year. She should take care of German Marlene Weingartner, who already has posted her best performance at Roland Garros by getting this far.

    Howie Schwab is a coordinating producer for ESPN.

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