Instant Replay: Best highlights as reigning French Open champions fall
Welcome to Instant Replay, a recap of the best highlights, GIFs and photos as we move into the business end of this week's tournaments.
Rafael Nadal lost 6–4, 7–6 (6) to Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open. That's the bad news for Nadal. The good news is he played a top-notch match to beat Nicolas Almagro in the second round, avenging the loss to his compatriot here last year. The Forehand was a disaster against Fognini—Nadal described it as "vulgar"—but it was en fuego against Almagro:
Here's a sweet shot of 17-year-old Andrey Rublev, who stunned Fernando Verdasco in Barcelona:
Maria Sharapova lost 2–6, 7–5, 6–1 to Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. In the battle between "Claypova" and "Cow on Ice," the latter won this round:
At least she could laugh about it:
How about this hot shot from Teymuraz Gabashvili against Kei Nishikori? Nishikori couldn't have built that point any better but you can't defend against that zinger:
Perfect lob from Caroline Garcia to beat Ana Ivanovic for the third time this season:
Just for fun, here's a video of Sharapova parallel parking a Porsche.
And speaking of Porsches (the Stuttgart winner gets one) Andrea Petkovic picked Angelique Kerber to win the tournament before it started:
Shot of the week? Fabio Fognini guesses right and burns Nadal with a forehand winner. Flavia Pennetta approves:
Gael Monfils is into the quarterfinals and doing his thing at the Bucharest Open.