Murray Rises, Safin Flops at French Open
by Staff | May 27th, 2009, 11:30 pm
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Andy Murray continued his love-hate relationship with clay on Wednesday at the French Open, coming back from 1-5 down in the third to defeat Italian Potito “You Say Potatoe” Starace 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to advance.


“Momentum makes a huge difference. I made him work hard at the end of the third set,” said Murray, who brought claycourt coach Alex Corretja onto his team to get a better feel for the crushed red brick. “I didn’t make as many mistakes, and just focused on every point. I wasn’t worrying whether it was set point or not for him…Today I started well and let my opponent back into the match, but found a way to win.”

The No. 3-seeded Brit will next meet Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who beat No. 28 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in four sets.

French wildcard Josselin Ouanna ousted former No. 1 Marat Safin 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8 in the biggest upset of the day.

Other winners were No. 12 seed Fernando Gonzalez, and No. 7 Gilles Simon cruising past American Robert Kendrick to set up a meeting with No. 30 seed Victor Hanescu, who beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.

Croat Marin Cilic moved into the third round and will next face No. 18 seed Radek Stepanek, who beat French lucky loser Mathieu Montcourt in four sets. Belgian Christophe “The Roach” Rochus completed a rain-delayed 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro, while Santoro’s French compatriot Arnaud Clement was more successful, upsetting No. 21 seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.


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90 Comments for Murray Rises, Safin Flops at French Open

zola Says:

Wow! Murray!
I watched the match half asleep! but woke up in the second set when Starace played some great tennis . The third set was even better and then Andy came back from 1-5 and won that set AND the next one. I was disappointed for Starace. He played some great tennis. But Andy’s comeback was very impressive.

Starace is a good player. I had seen his matches against Rafa and he seems to rise to the occasion and play well against top players. Towards the tail end of the third set he started moving a bit slower and Andy started reading his dropshots and everything fell apart. But great match!

I was so fascinated by the high quality of the tennis channel website that thought I could watch all the matches on my laptop! but what do I know? They cut Rafa’s match after the first two games! so not 100% satsified, but still, the quality of streaming and the archive of matches is fantastic.

I thought Safin-Ouanna was match of the day. Again, too bad that the match had to have a loser. Safin was not ready to give up but neither did the French wild card. I also loved seeing Monfils in the crowd. He is just too cute! and has the best facial expressions and was never spotted on the same seat!

Ah, I forgot Sharapove-Petrova! First of all, the outfits were great. Sharapove was her old self, (plus two straps on the shoulder.) But the outfit, the shriek, the face and the will…all were there! Good news for WTA!


NachoF Says:

Why do you need to watch the matches on the internet??… here in Venezuela, during grand slam times, directv creates like 5 new channels dedicated to the matches so you can pretty much watch any match you want.


NachoF Says:

Ironically, people from Venezuela dont have access to tennis-channel.tv


jane Says:

I think it’s unfair to say Safin “flops” – I mean come on! The guy played 5 sets, over four hours, great tennis!! and lost 10-8 in the fifth. And he’s 29 and retiring. Sheesh. I was sad to see him go. But a flop? I think NOT.

Here are some dictionary definitions of “flop” –
1. to be completely unsuccessful.
2. to fail totally.

Now can you really say that about Safin’s thrilling match today?


zola Says:

NachoF,
well, here in the states the FO is shared between tennis channel and ESPN! You have to switch from one to the other at a certain time.
I don’t have tennis channel. just ESPN. I have to wait till the matches are aired on ESPN and I will miss half of the matches.

direct tv has a similar service here. I think you can watch several courts. but my provider is another cable company.
The tennis channel website has like six courts and also has an archive of matches with great quality.

My friend in Canada said she couldn’t watch it there. So I think it might be just for the US. Outside US I think the eurosport player does the same job

http://player.eurosport.com

——-
btw,
thanks for the explanation of the difference between Vamonos and Vamos. Never heard Vamonos before.


NachoF Says:

zola,
player.eurosport is not available in my country either… thank god I have directv… everytime I watch a match on justin.tv its SLOW…

about Vamonos, you can add ‘nos’ at the end of pretty much any verb and it means something like ‘to us’
enseñanos=teach us
escribenos=write us
mandanos=send us

see? :)


jane Says:

Wow- Fed’s in a battle.


zola Says:

Yes, I just came here to see if anybody else was watching.
I think Fed is getting back into the match. But I haven’t seen the first two sets. Don’t know if Acasuso can continue play like that.
Seems Fed has had many ( at least 40 ) Unforced errors.
break points to Roger. He is coming back.


zola Says:

The commentator says Acasuso twisted an ankle. 3 BP to Roger.


zola Says:

NachoF,

Vamonos!

Thanks a lot. Maybe I should start learning Spanish!


TejuZ Says:

Unless fed changes his game plan it will be hard to come back in this match. He is being out-played by Acasuso. Fed’s not offensive enough and hez not putting away the short balls from his forehand wing the way Acasuso is doing.


Daniel Says:

From the get go this match seems a tough one. Acasuso is playing great and he is hitting the bal really hard, doesn’t even look like clay. Both had very quality shots, but Fed collapsed during a while in the beggining of the third when he was 30-0 in the first game and missed two inside out forehands.


jane Says:

The other thing is that Fed’s not winning as many second serve points as Acasuso, which is unusual for Fed. His first serve percentage has been great, and even though he’s hit a lot of errors, he’s hit a lot of winners. I think Fed can come back but Acasuso will have to drop off a bit, which it looks like he may (?) be doing.


zola Says:

Fed got a break back, winning 3 games in a row. he has a chance to get this set.


zola Says:

Acasuso is unable to serve it out!


TejuZ Says:

Wow… that was steep ask… and Fed seems to have come back in the 3rd set. Acasuso making a few unforeced errors and steeping his foot off the pedal


TejuZ Says:

Tough tough match… fed had to raise his level there.


Sean Randall Says:

Fed saved by the Acasuso ankle/knee injury?


TejuZ Says:

Acasuso seems to be breaking down in the tie-break.. down 1-5 .. 4 uferrors in a row


zola Says:

not so tough anymore. I think Acasuso just gave up!
He went away against Verdasco in the DC final too. Fed is playing more agressive and seems to have the third set.


TejuZ Says:

well.. it wasnt ankle or knee sean… it was the toe.. but when after that incident Acasuso came back from 0-40 to win that game


zola Says:

Sean,
Acasuso turned his ankle during the third set. but I did not see a timeout or icing or anything. So perhaps it is not that serious. But maybe it made him doubt himself. Also fed started to play more aggressive and with less errors.


zola Says:

tejuz,
toe makes more sense. An ankle injury would be really tough.


Daniel Says:

Acasuso complain with his coach about his backhand that was off and than Fed put all the bals there and he missed 3 shots. He ask for it!

Now I can’t believe he will sustain the same level, his mind must be caotic now.

Sean,
He could have called the trainer if he thought his ankle was hurting him, which he didn’t, the trainer even appear in the video in one of those exits.


NachoF Says:

now Federer is overusing the dropshot….and this coming from the guy that used to say dropshots were for players scared of trading ground strokes from the baseline.


MMT Says:

Jane said: “I think it’s unfair to say Safin “flops” – I mean come on!”

Agreed.

That was the match of the tournament so far – the pace off the ground was fantastic. I really thought Safin would win that one, but the French kid hung tough.

Ouanna really doesn’t look like he should be competitive – his stroke production is about the ugliest I’ve seen on tour (especially the backhand – he hits it in the same style as F. Gonzalez…only uglier), and his serve is relatively weak given his size, but he moves well and he hits with guts on the forehand side. Apparently he’s won a couple of challenger events on clay, and I can see why.

A couple of brain-farts (letting balls go that hit the line, for example) nearly costs him dearly and it would have been chalked up to “inexperience”, but as it were, Safin just couldn’t close the door in the 5th – Ouanna really improved his level in the 5th.

It’s interesting, the same thing happened to Safin in Australia last year – a real slamfest with Baghdatis in the 2nd round, he comes back from 2 sets to 0 down to tie it, but loses the 5th. Also, they kept saying he’d only come from 2 sets down once in his career and that was last year against Berdych in the Davis Cup last year. Tangentially, that’s 3 times in the last year Berdych has lost after leading 2 sets to love (DC to Safin in 08, AO to Federer in 09 and FO to Bolelli also in 09.)


zola Says:

NachoF
**now Federer is overusing the dropshot….and this coming from the guy that used to say dropshots were for players scared of trading ground strokes from the baseline.***

I guess it is different when it works for you! same story with the Hawkeye.

Seems fed has this match under control. I think Acasuso just gave up. That mental toughness really sets these guys apart.


Sean Randall Says:

Since that “slip”, Acasuso’s hardly done anything!


NachoF Says:

really….. really overusing the dropshot.


Dan Martin Says:

Jose A is a good player especially on a slower court. A good test if Fed can serve it out and advance.


TejuZ Says:

well… Acasuso went down.. but Fed certainly raised his level of play after trailing 1-5 down in the 3rd


Daniel Says:

Well, this wasn’t a five setter but it definitelly is one of those survivals from Fed in Slams (Tipsy, Andreev, Berdych and now Acasuso).


jane Says:

Yes, once Acasuso lost those breaks he was up in the third set, he unraveled mentally. The slip may’ve contributed, but he had Fed on the ropes in the third and he let him back in. And once he let him back in, you know Fed’s going to take the reins and finish the thing. So it was a good match.


TejuZ Says:

btw.. fed made only 5 more unforced error since he was 1-5 down in the 3rd and Acasuso made around 20. fed had atleast 20 more winners durin that period. So obv he upped his level.


jane Says:

MMT – thanks for concurring about the Safin match; I believe the commentators I was listening too agreed with your assessment of the groundstrokes, maybe it was Gilbert who said this was the hardest he’d seen the ball hit in the entire event thus far. So to call it a “flop” is grossly misrepresentative in my opinion.


TejuZ Says:

yeah it was a great match.. especially the 1st two sets.


zola Says:

Same thing happened with Starace and Murray. That’s what sets the top guys apart. They believe they can come back and win and they usually do.


Dan Martin Says:

Zola I agree 100%. These top guys are all mentally so tough and confident. Nadal may be the most mentally tough I have ever seen, but Murray and Fed have shown it takes more than a good day to beat a great player in their 2nd round matches.


Shan Says:

Safin flopped. He lost but he wasn’t expected to lose nor be stretched anywhere near as far as he did. He even said it himself in the post match interview. All semantics aside, it was another disappointing Safin match to watch when you know his level has the potentiall to be much higher.


I like tennis bullies Says:

is federer the luckiest bastard ever? no doubt he would have lost if chucho had not turned his ankle.


Skorocel Says:

„You Say Potatoe?“ LOL!


Skorocel Says:

zola: „Outside US I think the eurosport player does the same job“

Yeah, but they also want to pay you for that :-( Personally, I wouldn’t mind, since I can watch Eurosport on TV, but since they’re often switching from court to court, and more importantly, since there’s still that last week of Giro d’Italia going on (which, for some stupid reason, ALWAYS collides with the first week of FO, year after year), one has to at times check for some decent streaming as well… Btw, does the Tennis Channel want you to pay for those online matches as well?


Skorocel Says:

Daniel: „but Fed collapsed during a while in the beggining of the third when he was 30-0 in the first game and missed two inside out forehands.“

Boy, those two shots made me really mad! The truth is, what the guy produced in that 3rd set (and more or less in the first 2 sets as well) was really abysmal… And, he was VERY lucky to win the 1st one! Could’ve been easily trailing 2 sets to love… Really, if he’s thinking he can get away with such lapses against Djoker in the semis (not to mention Nadal in the final, should these matches materialize, of course), then it’s auf wiedersehen for him… Anyway, one has to feel for Acasuso… He was playing brilliant tennis for a great part of the match, but somehow wasn’t able to win that all-important 3rd set (kudos to Fed for turning that one around, btw!)… Anyway, I don’t think the ankle injury which he suffered in that 3rd set was that relevant to the outcome… After all, he didn’t call for any trainer, and wasn’t showing any signs of anxiety during the rest of the match… It appeared to me as if he was a bit tired in that last set, making some UEs here and there, whereas Fed really upped his level of play, commiting only a handful of UEs from then on (as Tejuz already pointed out)…


Voicemale1 Says:

It was a narrow escape for Federer, true. Let’s remember one thing about his run to the French Open Final last year. In 2008, Federer won his first six matches while facing no one ranked inside the Top 25, and yet he was stretched to a 4th Set in three of those matches. We saw the same pattern continue here with Acasuso. It’s not a great sign for him to start racking up tight 4 Set matches heading into their third or fourth hour during the first week. That cumulative effect exacts a price in your legs much sooner on clay than other surfaces.


zola Says:

Skorocel,
No, the tennis channel streaming is free! and great quality. Sometimes they cut some matches when ESPN starts the broadcast. Yesterday I lost Rafa’s match. But today Fed’s match was on all the time.

I thought eurosport was free. It is interesting that they charge. But again if it is good quality, it is worth it.


Skorocel Says:

Btw, now that he’s been pushed virtually on a brink of defeat, I really wonder what will all the doubters say about Fed’s draw now… A cakewalk? :-)


zola Says:

Voicemale1
I think at the end of the day, it is important to reach the final.

I didn’t see the first two sets. but during the third, the commentator said Fed had 40 UE. That’s a lot! I think he cleaned up his game a bit, started playing more aggressive and Acasuso just didn’t believe he could win against Fed.


Kimo Says:

Skorocel:

I just had that exact same thought. Can’t wait to see what they have to say about Fed’s draw now.

I thought the court was painfully slow, expecially during the first set. I think Fed will be pleased with the fatc that he kept his compsure when he was facing crucial points (Saving Three set point in the first set, two of them by aces).


Kimo Says:

One more thing, the fact that Fed made 40 UEs is irrelevant, he always makes more UE’s on clay. The important thing is that he racked more winners and was able to win the tough points.


zola Says:

Kimo,
UE are relevant if they are more than the winners.


zola Says:

btw,
with today Acasuso reminded me of “Ben Affleck” (with a decent haircut of course!)
http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/image-library/port/376/b/ben-affleck-awi.jpg


Skorocel Says:

Kimo: “I think Fed will be pleased with the fatc that he kept his compsure when he was facing crucial points (Saving Three set point in the first set, two of them by aces).”

That’s the positive, of course, but if we had to be fair, one of those aces was a very close one, and also, in one of the other 2 setpoints which Acasuso had (if I remember it correctly, he had as many as 4), he only narrowly missed a winning FH… So all in all, it was 50:50 between bravery and luck for Fed…


zola Says:

oops, delete the “with”!


fed is afraid Says:

did roger cry yet??


jane Says:

As I mentioned on the other thread: “there do seems to be more “clay” threats on Nadal’s side in these next few rounds, but for 2nd round match ups Nadal’s seems easier than Fed’s.”

That turned out to be true; Fed’s second round match up played out tougher than Nadal’s.

As for Fed’s draw going forward Roddick could really find his form on clay this year and Monfils may continue to play well. But of course Monfils and Roddick will cancel each other out, so Fed will face only one of them. All we can do is wait and see.


Skorocel Says:

From the ATP website: “Federer, who has reached the semi-finals or better at the past 19 Grand Slam championships, captured his 58th tour-level title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Nadal) two weeks ago.”

Funny how they’ve become accustomed to see Fed losing against Nadal here :-)


zola Says:

Skorocel;
*** So all in all, it was 50:50 between bravery and luck for Fed…***

or 100% for “luck favors the brave!”

I knew Fed will pull this off because there is no way he wants to go out in the second round of RG. Acasuso was not brave enough. He wasted his own luck, twice being broken while serving for the third set. and I read that he could have won the first set too.
I think it could have been a different story if it was someone like Djoko, Murray or even Roddick.


Skorocel Says:

or 100% for “luck favors the brave!”

Hmmm, could be it ;-)


Voicemale1 Says:

Zola:

Yes, getting to the Final is what does matter. But you miss my point entirely. Federer got to last years Final on shaky ground as it was – he was being pushed to a 4th Set by guys who years ago would never have been able to do such a thing. Higher ranked players will only make life more difficult for him here this time around. Many of Federer’s errors were again coming off his slower movement to cover his forehand side. I’m not convinced the French Open is THE target this year for Federer. Getting his Wimbledon Title back is. He’ll go there prepared to DIE on Centre Court to win it. If he loses there again, well, who knows what seeds that will leave behind for him.

And Acasuso didn’t lose his belief – he lost his footing, literally. He rolled the ankle during the match, and played more gingerly after that.


jane Says:

Tsonga vs. Monaco match is already fun stuff. These two are coming into the net, firing winners – esp. Tsonga, who’s flashy and brilliant at times, as usual. Definitely feeding off the crowd here. Juan Monaco is such a fighter too, so enjoyable to watch.

If Tsonga gets on a roll – then JMDP, Djoko, Fed, or whomever turns out to be in his way, better look out.

But it’s a matter of playing his best, breath-taking tennis consistently.


mem Says:

Skorocel, i said that federer has a cake walk and it still stands. just because acasuso mentally collapsed and gave federer the match doesn’t mean that federer has a tough draw. federer has one of the weakest draws in the history of roland garros. it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out! it goes to show that you either know very little about tennis or you are determined to remain blind or both. was there anybody who thought that acasuso would actually play that well going into the match. probably NOT! from what i read prior to the match, most people thought it would be a routine 3-set victory for federer! he needs to thank acasuso for choking!


jane Says:

Roddick is cruising, Monfils is winning too. Both are two sets up, as is Tsonga. But I think it’s beginning to sprinkle – not good for Djoko as he may get his match delayed. Oh well, we’ll see.


zola Says:

voicemale1
I am not sure about the ankle, because I am not an expert on injuries. But I thought if it was serious, he could have asked for a trainer to tape it or put some ice on it during the changeovers. He was serving for the third set “twice”. Sure it is a combination of factors, but Acasuso is not known for his mental toughness. Maybe the ankle gave him the excuse to give away the match.


zola Says:

Jane,
It will not be good if the matches are delayed and the slippery ground is dangerous. So far Rafa and Djoko have been scheduled to play the last match on Lenglen. I am waiting to see Fed ( and Murray’s ) next schedule.


zola Says:

did you see the dive by Monfils? On the baseline?
He is just so fun to watch, but not too kind to his body!


jane Says:

A shout out to Roddick for winning again. Monfils also.

Quite the match point between Monaco and Tsonga.

Tsonga used the net well in that match; he will likely beat Rochus and then it will be Del Potro vs. Tsonga in the quarters, assuming Del Po beats Andreev. Del Po has a 2-0 H2H with Tsonga, but if the crowd are as rowdy as they were today, which they’re likely to be, it’s hard not to see Tsonga in with a vry good chance. Then… who knows? He could definitely beat Djoko, as he has a winning H2H with him, and maybe even Fed, although Fed seems to have Tsonga’s number so far. I just think that once Tsonga gets rolling, especially if he has the crowd behind him, because he really feeds off the accolades, he could be tough to stop here. I wonder if he could get all the way to the finals – and wouldn’t that be a surprise. Guess we’ll find out.


zola Says:

Jane
they heard you. Both Roddick and Monfils won their matches.
Nice handshake at the net between Monaco and Tsonga. what a tie-break!
Yes, Tsonga is a very powerful player and who knows how far he can go if he plays like that.


zola Says:

Unbelievable!
ESPN decided to replay Venus-Safarova instead od Showing Djoko’s match!


jane Says:

You can watch Djoko @ atdhe zola. The lad he’s playing has a beautiful and dangerous one-handed backhand, he’s not afraid to come to net and his serve is quite wicked as well. Good player. I don’t know that this will be “straight forward” for Djoko but so far he’s playing cleanly with few UEs.


zola Says:

I see Djoko won the first set. I will try to find it on tennis channel. It is just strange that ESPN does not even show five minutes of Djoko’s match!

Poor Dokic. She won Dimentieva in the first set and then injured her back and now retired. How nice of Dimentieva to console Dokic when she is crying.
Dokic is one of my favorites. So sad to see her forced to quit.


jane Says:

Oh, she did quit; that’s too bad. I saw her crying as well and thought “that poor girl” because she was in the lead.


zola Says:

thanks for that link too Jane. I will bookmark it.


jane Says:

What the heck is going on with Djoko? He may go down 4-love in this second set if he doesn’t get it together…


FoT Says:

Well I’m glad Roger won (deep down inside I had no doubt that he would win – even when he was 1-5 down in the 2nd).

As far as ‘cake walk’ – you can’t take anyone for granted. Acasuso is ranked in the top 50 at 48th (I believe). Look at some of the other 2nd round match-ups and this one would be right up there with a tough match-up. So I’m glad Roger came through and now I just look forward to the next match. I have to take them one at a time!

Go Roger! Venus won; Serena won; they won their double’s match; Bolelli lost (didn’t like that result)…but overall – a good day for my favorites.

It seems like the FO are having a hard time finishing matches before the light goes down. Do you guys think they need to install lights on at least one court? Was that in Rome where they were able to play all night on the clay court because they had light? What do you guys think?


zola Says:

Jane,
Seems Djoko is finding his way back.

FoT
**It seems like the FO are having a hard time finishing matches before the light goes down.***

I think lights will be fine, but why not start earlier? say 10 am?


zola Says:

Ferrero has a hard time trying to stay in the match against Kohli.


FoT Says:

I’m missing all the action since I’m at work. (I did stay at home to watch Roger’s match – and was about 2 hours late for work – but who cares!… My priorities are in order. lol!


jane Says:

zola, I don’t know if this is the case: “Seems Djoko is finding his way back.”

But I’ll say one thing for sure: it won’t matter whose side of the draw Djoko is on if he continues to play like this; he’ll be knocked out before you know it. I am not impressed with his play in the second set. To give him credit, he did fight back from 1-4 down and win the set 6-4, so that;s good. Moreover, Stakhovsky has nothing to lose and he’s got game, so not to undermine his opponent. Nevertheless, Djoko hasn’t made the most of his chances thus far and I’d like to see him do so in the third set. It could be partially because he didn’t play much of a first round match – really just a set and a couple games, so he could need more match play to get grooved. But he’s living dangerously as he’ll have tougher opponents as he goes.

FoT – I can’t believe you were two hours late for work in order to watch Fed, and you got away with it!


jane Says:

Oh I see they’ve suspended play, so Djoko will have to finish tomorrow. He’ll have to do some thinking… Tough for him to get into a rhythm with the retirement and now a suspension.


FoT Says:

Jane… since I’m a ‘supervisor’…I just told my secretary that I would be late. PLUS… I’m retiring in 3 months so what are they going to do to me! lol!


zola Says:

FoT,
I said it before. tennis is the reason for the declining economy! I thought I was the evidence! now I will add you to the list too!

that’s too funny!

Jane,
To me what matters is that these guys always find a way to win, even when they are not playing their best. Personally I want Rafa to do just enough for each match and play his best in the later stages. Plus it is hard to get used to a new surface etc. If they improve match by match then it is good.

It is not good for Djoko to have to play on his day off. There is got to be a way to schedule better. And each delay makes others delay, because they do not start the delayed matches earlier.


fed is afraid Says:

has roger withdrawn yet?


NachoF Says:

Hey, I skipped school today to watch Fed!!


jane Says:

FoT – sounds like you’ve got the situation handled. How nice to be retiring soon. Imagine: you can watch tennis all the time!

zola – I know what you mean: digging out the wins, even when not at their best, is what matters. It’s just so tough to watch matches where they’re really struggling. And I agree about the scheduling; Venus, Davydenko, Djoko, Ferrero all have had this suspension situation.


arghhh Says:

The FO sucks and they need a roof.


sar Says:

–To give him credit, he did fight back from 1-4 down and win the set 6-4–

Jane if it makes you feel better, Murray and Fed had to come back from “near defeat.” I would say that if Djokovic wins one set tomorrow he will have had a better run than Murray or Fed who have lost a set each so far.


jane Says:

I know sar thanks — I did mention that Novak did put on a fight to get the second set, but since he only played a set and a half I was looking forward to some great tennis not some struggling. :-)

Hopefully that great tennis is to come! He will need it if Tsonga is waiting in the quarters and Fed in the semis.

But — one match at a time.


Naresh Says:

Wow Fed was lucky to have dodged a bullet in the name Acasuso, who was playing like a right handed Nadal for the first 2 sets, bludgeoning those inside out forehands to Fed’s backhand and totally dictating play. He was proficient at the net too, displaying some deft touch ! The conditions were certainly not good for Fed’s style of play, it was cold and wet and so was tough to hit through the ball with any pace. If the weather plays like this for rest of FO, I don’t think Fed has a chance against Djokovic. forget Nadal !


Kimo Says:

fed is afraid:

I don’t think tennis is your sport. I recommend the WWE for you. I think it suits you better.


sar Says:

Does anyone have Direct TV French open mix?
What channel is Suzanne Lenglen court on?

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