• French Open, Day Six

Sharapova not fussed by shock results in Paris

ESPN staff
June 1, 2012

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Maria Sharapova has seen rivals Serena Williams and Agneiszka Radwanska crash out, but she insists it is dangerous to worry about other results.

"It's tough to be in the first round of a tournament and think, this person lost, someone that you could face in the quarter-final of a tournament. I think that's just a really wrong way to look at things. If you're thinking like that, then you're at a big disadvantage, because, no matter who you play, if you get to the quarter-finals you have to play at a high level. You can't worry about if it's Serena or somebody else across the net. You have to beat them. So if somebody beat her to get to that point, then they're playing great and you have to go and try and beat them."

Roger Federer was relieved to book his place in the last 16 after battling past Nicolas Mahut 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5.

"I struggled a little bit, but overall obviously I'm happy I came through," Federer told the BBC.

He added: "I knew he could play very well from the baseline if he had time," Federer said. "I think for bigger guys it's about if you're able to move them around enough and they have to defend time and time again. This is maybe where you can expose some of their weaknesses. But if they're obviously on the attack and they can keep the points short, as he showed especially in the first few shots of each point, it makes him tough to play."

Svetlana Kuznetsova believes she is in title-winning form after she thrashed the third-seeded Radwanska 6-1 6-2: "I have not played so well in a long time so I'm really happy about it. I've practised the right things and I'm very confident with my game. I'm trying to play more forehands, trying to dictate and playing with more speed. This is the game I was playing when I won the US Open and I won the French Open."

Novak Djokovic, fourth on Court Suzanne Lenglen, was glad to prevail in his match against Nicolas Devilder before the light faded.

"The last 15 minutes was very hard. But it was very important for me to finish the match today. I wouldn't like to come back tomorrow and play a few games."

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was another to simply feel relief at concluding her match against Aleksandra Wozniak on Friday.

"It was a long day. Before I played at 11am and today I almost played at 11pm," she said. "It's quite a change of schedule for me. But you have to adapt to it. I was not actually sure if I was going to play tonight. I'm really glad that I managed to play and win today. That's even better."

Radwanska, meanwhile, has been in impressive form this season but was well beaten by Kuznetsova: "She was just playing too good today. She's a very great player on clay. She was playing very aggressive on both sides. She just had an answer for everything that I was trying to do."

Tomas Berdych knew he was in for a tough test against Kevin Anderson after playing him in Madrid last month (he eventually won 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4): "When I played him in the first round in Madrid, he was the toughest player I faced until the semifinals. So I was expecting a tough one today. He is a player who is coming up and playing really well."

Ana Ivanovic admitted her serve needed some improvement after she was beaten 1-6 7-5 6-3 by Sara Errani. "I was really pleased the way I started. I was really aggressive and I created a lot of opportunities for myself. Then I felt in the second and third sets she started raising her level a lot and putting a lot more on the ball. Also on my serve, I felt I had a great rhythm on it, but I just wasn't making enough. My serve percentage was so poor. I think that was something that determined a little bit the tone for the last two sets."

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