Passing shots: Fueled by home crowd, Monfils takes flight in Paris
But 26 years after Noah's victory, another excitable French hero is making his mark at the hometown tournament.
Monfils, who nearly pulled out of the tournament with a swollen left knee, hoped to complete the match Monday to ensure a full day of recovery time before the quarterfinals. Roddick, on the other hand, lobbied the umpire for a postponement as early as the second set, complaining about the limited visibility.
"I knew we had something like one-and-a-half hours or one hour and 45 minutes," Monfils told reporters. "A bit of a stress on me, but I'm happy I made it."
Monfils wowed the crowd with his impossible court coverage, chasing down return after booming return from Roddick -- sure winners on any other surface -- and limiting his American opponent to just 58 percent of the points on his first serve.
Next up for the 11th-seeded upstart is a rematch with
"I hope they're going to support me. I'm French. We're in France," Monfils said. "[The crowd] is something that gives me loads of energy and wings. I have wings."
Two days after stunning
Soderling showed no signs of a letdown after derailing Nadal's quest to win a record fifth consecutive French Open title. Nadal still shares the record with
And if you think Borg is relieved about the record's safety ... you're right.
Borg sent Soderling a text message after his victory Sunday, thanking his countryman for the historic assist.
"He said, 'Congratulations, and thank you for not letting Nadal break my record,' " Soderling told reporters after Tuesday's surprisingly easy 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Davydenko.
"It was very big for me to receive an SMS from him. He's maybe the best player of all-time," said Soderling, who will meet 12th-seeded
Playing in her first major tournament after missing nine months with shoulder surgery, Sharapova made it to the last eight at an event where her successes have been few and far between.
The three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 player advanced to the quarterfinals with four taxing, three-set victories. Sharapova didn't directly blame Tuesday's loss on her workload but admitted she might have performed better if she'd been more efficient in closing out those previous matches.
"This is a very good starting point for me," said Sharapova, who entered the tournament ranked 102nd. "I always say you're only as good as your last tournament. Reflecting back on everything that I've been through in the last year, I think I can sit here and say I'm pretty proud of what I've achieved, not only in this tournament, but in that whole time."
Roger Federer called Soderling's upset of Nadal a "phenomenal achievement" -- but not as otherworldly as many pundits might have you believe.
"It just shows that we're all human. We all lose at some stage," Federer said Monday after rallying for a five-set victory against
Federer said the media "hype it up a bit too much" by suggesting a player is unbeatable on a given surface. Nadal was 31-0 at the French Open before Sunday's loss.
"Tennis is not like this," Federer said. "You come out and you always have guys going after you, like Tommy Haas today, like Soderling yesterday. I think it only gives them extra motivation knowing that you're the guy to beat. They have nothing to lose, because if they lose, it's a normal result. If they win, it's an incredible achievement."