Federer Coasts, Murray Folds Gasquet at French Open
by Staff | May 24th, 2010, 5:12 pm
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It was business as somewhat-usual among the top seeds as world No. 1 Roger Federer took to the court on Monday at Roland Garros to open up his title defense, merry-go-rounding Australian Peter Luczak 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.


“If it was anyone else, I’d be getting pretty angry,” Luczak said after being put on a claycourt treadmill by the Swiss. “He just had me on a string and just was toying with me at the end. I think he was enjoying it.”

Federer was grateful for a smooth start after suffering through a dodgy claycourt season leading up to the French.

“The beginning is always important, coming back as defending champion and trying to get off to a good start,” Federer said. “It was a good first set for me, without any hiccups on my own serve. After that things were a bit easier. He had to push it a bit more. I could relax and towards the end I played some great dropshots. So it was a perfect match to start the French Open.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners on the day were (3) Novak Djokovic defeating Evgeny Korolev in four sets, and (4) Andy Murray coming from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet 6-1 in the fifth.

Djokovic says he hopes the allergy problem that made him retire during the Serbian Open is behind him.

“The thing is that this year has been a struggle for me because it was the first time that I had such a strong reaction, so the season or the spring already started, and you couldn’t do too much with it, so it’s still a little bit active, but it’s much less than it was in last two months,” Djokovic said. “So I’m happy that the tough period is behind me, and now I can focus on the court on what I do and try to do it best. For next year I will prepare myself better health-wise.”

Gasquet served for the match in the third set, but in the end showed neither the heart or fitness after coming off a title run at Nice to stop the Brit.

“I think he got a bit nervous towards the end of third set,” Murray said. “I had to keep fighting, he was completely outplaying me, and once I won that third set his head went down and I kind of ran away with it.”

Other seeded winners Monday were (12) Fernando Gonzalez, (13) Gael Monfils, (14) Ivan Ljubicic, (15) Tomas Berdych, (17) John Isner, (19) Nicolas Almagro in five over Robin Haase, (20) Stan Wawrinka, (24) Thomasz Bellucci, (25) Marcos Baghdatis, and (31) Victor Hanescu.

On the upset tip, German unknown Julian Reister surprised (27) Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, and Serb Viktor Troicki likewise straight-setted (21) Tommy Robredo.

In all-unseeded action, Spain’s Marcel Granollers advanced when the fragile Paul-Henri Mathieu retired in the third set citing digestive problems, American Taylor Dent straight-setted Nicolas Lapentti, Kei Nishikori came from two sets down to defeat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo in five, Mardy Fish outlasted Michael Berrer in five, and American qualifier Michael Yani lost 12-10 in the fifth in a darkness-resumed match against Lukas Lacko.

Tuesday’s highlights at Roland Garros are (6) Andy Roddick vs. Jarkko Nieminen, (28) Lleyton Hewitt vs. France’s Jeremy Chardy, French unknown Gianni Mina attempting not to wet his pants against vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, (16) Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Pablo Cuevas in an all-grinder, and Robby Ginepri vs. (18) Sam Querrey in an all-American.


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166 Comments for Federer Coasts, Murray Folds Gasquet at French Open

jane Says:

Murray is very honest in his commentary there.


DMB Says:

It wasn’t the first time Gasquet gave away a 2 set lead either against Murray. Anyone remember wimbledon?


fadingis Says:

I don´t know if anyone noticed but roger ´s life just keeps getting easier with the f-lo upset his draw at the early stages at least is getting easier(which makes me happy), anyway DMB yes I remember how gasquet lost to murray and that could boast his confidence a lot for a good run at the french


Kimmi Says:

jane- i am watching again federer vs luczak match and they were two guys commenting (not that french man here), one of the guy who was commenting this match said he used to help djoko with his volleys during 2008 when djoko won the AO..who could that be, do you know?


Kimmi Says:

Todd Woodbridge ?


Kimmi Says:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A68833489

jane – bookmark it. You can follow everyday.


NELTA Says:

The American men are doing ok so far.

Interesting commment from Dent who won his 1st career singles match at Roland Garros.

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he 29-year-old Dent, playing the tournament for only the third time, is a former top-25 player who hits a heavy slice backhand and charges the net at every opportunity. He found the conditions to his liking as he beat Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

“It’s almost like a hard court out there,” he said. “If it’s fast, it’s ideal for the Americans, more so than any other type of players out here.”

SOURCE:
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/other_sports/tennis/view/20100524us_men_taylor_dent_mardy_fish_john_isner_reach_frenchs_2nd_round/srvc=home&position=recent


Ben Pronin Says:

Very interesting, Nelta.


Andrew Miller Says:

Wow. Murray, I had him OUT in the 1st round! Way to go Murray. Good luck in the quarter!


Kimmi Says:

Andrew, i was thinking about you when he was 2 sets down..I was “oh no..andrew is right again”. sure it was not a jinx :-)


skeezerweezer Says:

“French unknown Gianni Mina attempting not to wet his pants against vs. (2) Rafael Nadal”

LMAO :)


skeezerweezer Says:

NELTA & Ben,

So who do ya think its gonna help, Rafa or Fed? :)

Also, I remember though last year or the year before Roland Garros ( depending on the weather conditions ) from day to day can play faster or slower, no?


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah I was gonna remark on Dent earlier to but busy workin :(.

Dent, with MAJOR back surgery ( Fusion ), a last breed of serve and volley, won at the FO? WTF? Good for him, but agreed the courts had to be playing fast…….

“A bad day playing Tennis is better than a good day at work , and try askin the Golfers that one!”


jane Says:

NELTA – Thanks for posting that; it does look like the court is playing fast. Someone once posted here that the surface was changed last year before the FO. It’d be interesting to read something “official” on that though.

Kimmi – yes, that must have been Todd Woodbridge then; he worked with Djoko either in 07 or 08 on his volleying. And thanks for the points spy site too.


Kimmi Says:

Sorry jane, at the end of the match they said he was “Mark Woodforde”..not Todd.


jane Says:

Oh, maybe Woodforde helped Nole? Anyhow I know it was one of the “Woodies” : )


Andrew Miller Says:

Kimmi – I am very rarely right! I’ll say one thing though – Federer’s quarter is looking “better and better.”

Tipsy and FLopez are out (two players I thought would make for uncomfortable matches); his buddy Wawrinka might just take out Monfils (?) if he plays well, and among Soderling, Cilic, Bennetau and Montanes, only one can make it to a Federer match-up!

I recognize the danger in saying this is a “sure thing” (and thinking that way is disastrous for Federer)

but surely he must be feeling pretty darn good at the moment.

(Allez Murray!)


NELTA Says:

Well Skeez it’s tough to say. The 2 times that Fed beat Nadal on clay were totally different conditions.

In Hamburg there was a softer surface. It’s typically cooler and the moisture in the clay doesn’t burn off as much which makes things slow. Nadal ran down a lot of balls, but most of his shots were within Fed’s hitting zone. I don’t recall Fed having to loop back a lot of above-the-shoulder backhands. Even then there were a few swing games that could have changed the outcome of the match. Fed was down double break point early in the 2nd set after getting spanked in the 1st.

Madrid has thinner air and a harder clay court. The 09 match was played earlier than this year and the sun dried out the court so it was very fast. Fed was able to dictate with his forehand before Nadal could get control of the point. This year Nadal made Fed hit quite a few high backhands and prevented him from getting on the offensive in many points. As usual Fed had a lot of chances to break serve and fell apart in the tiebreak.

So if they both make it to the final what would be better? If it’s cool and damp then it will be harder for Fed to hit winners under slow conditions, but Nadal’s forehand won’t kick up as high to Fed’s backhand. If the court dries out in the hot sun then it will be hard and fast allowing Fed’s shots more penetration, but at the same time Nadal’s forehand will kick up higher to Fed’s backhand.


Kimmi Says:

Andrew – federer early round draw sure opened up. But these hot lower ranked players who take out seeds can be dangerous..they rarely do miracles and give somebody like fed the run for his money but it can happens. So the fed should not relax here, one match at a time..go fed!


Ben Pronin Says:

When it’s Federer vs Nadal, it’s not about surface, it’s about Fed being Nadal’s baby-back.


NELTA Says:

That’s why I didn’t give an answer Ben. I don’t think it will matter if they happen to meet again in the final. Fed will have to play the clay court match of his life and hope Nadal just plays average to good..and even then Fed will have to come up with the goods on the big points. No dumping slice backhand returns off Nadal’s 2nd serve into the middle of the net. If Nadal gets in the zone then fugetaboutit.


mandrake Says:

nadal can play the clay court match of his life when federer does it too..then u ll see a pretty damn close match..a couple of points here and there will decide ..


skeezerweezer Says:

Thanks NELTA/Ben. IMHO Fed will typically do better on a faster court, and Nadal on one that is slower and gets that bite to elevate his topspin…that is why I am surprised that Rafa’s hitting style hasn’t done better on the slower H/C surfaces that put more sand in the top texture to get slow it down….however it also wreaks havoc on the joints…but that is just me… So… NOW, after all this time I agree it may have nothing to do with the surface anymore….Fed has to get the Rafa Alien out of his chest or there will be more losses to come….mental :). But Fed has proved me wrong before, way wrong, so…..? Game on.

PS: Bold prediction: Rafa WILL win his first match :)


Ben Pronin Says:

Nelta makes the point that it’s not so much the speed of the surface, but the bounce. The indoor hard court season and the US Open are particularly tough for Nadal because his shots don’t kick up so much. They still have more topspin than other players but there’s nothing overly drastic about him so someone who plays consistently (because Nadal will always be consistent) will have a good chance against him.

Mandrake, yes, both of them playing their best would result in a great, close match, but those deciding points will be won by Nadal.


tennismonger Says:

Here’s another bold prediction, pals & gals –

Roddick will go deep. Here’s why -

#1) Assuming he’s been practicing, he’s extremely fit, very fresh, a has more than a touch of confidence from his hard court season.

#2) Granted, he’s hardly match tough – hasn’t played a single clay court match this year, but that means no expectations. No expectations means no pressure. Only his most die-hard fans recall that he made it to the second week last year. A relaxed Roddick is a formidable Roddick.

#3) He’s married to Brooklyn Decker. See last sentence of #2

Of course, I realize that if he goes out to the Shark tomorrow, I’m an idiot, but if I’m right, I’m a genius!


jane Says:

tennismonger, I wouldn’t be surprised; Roddick’s been playing some great tennis for over a year now. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has his sights set on conquering the grass… : )


jane Says:

The wrap on this thread is wonky for me – way toooooooooo long.


Andrew Miller Says:

Isn’t Soderling the only real threat to Fed in his quarter? I don’t consider Monfils a threat or Stan W – he’ll do anything to HELP Fed!


skeezerweezer Says:

@tennismonger/Jane

“…..Roddick’s been playing some great tennis ..”

Why? The answer is behind Tennismongers #3! Go Roddick! :).

Ok, ok…my bad..but you can’t tell me them two haven’t been haven some fun :)


sar Says:

They have Nadal on Lenglen tomorrow against Mina instead of on Chartrier. Wonder why?


tennismonger Says:

Yes Jane, exactly -
So any wins he grinds out @ Roland Garros are gravy in terms of match prep for the grass court season.
I’m thinking he’ll be swinging pretty freely & w/luck he might get a hot hand.

As far as other matches mentioned above go -

1) Wouldn’t be surprised to see Ferrero get knocked out.
2)It’s pretty cool that Sam or Robbie are guaranteed for round 2
3) Will Nadal lose any games tomorrow? Any points?
4) What about Verdasco? does he play tomorrow? I’m picking him as the 1st big upset – he’s gotta be toast by now, played way too much…


Andrew Miller Says:

Ferrero could definitely get knocked out. But Ferrer is another story, that guy is tough. He had Fed on the ropes.


skeezerweezer Says:

Wonky?


Von Says:

Andrew: You asked for a round of applause for Roddick at Wimby, here it is, clap, clap.
_________________

Huh: I posted just to please you. Here’s hoping Roddick will do just fine tomorrow.

_________________
Tennismonger: I made a bold, gut prediction, to my friends who are ex tennnis.x posters, that Roddick will go deep at the FO.

I’d like to see Andy square off against the Joker and give him a sound walloping. Why? Just so that those Joker fans who placed asterisks (and the Joker himself did that also) against Roddick’s last 3 wins vs. the Joker, would be forever cemented in their minds that Roddick “is the daddy” and his wins were legit. Of course, I’d probably end up loolking like a fool, but that’s my wish, and for good reason.


funches Says:

How could anyone think FLo could give Fed trouble on clay?

The dude had lost six times in the first round in his nine appearances at RG. I actually had him losing to Reister (or whatever his name Is) in the first round of the Tennis Channel contest.


Andrew Miller Says:

Flopez loves playing Fed, that’s why he could get a set. But it’s no matter no, it aint happenning.


Von Says:

Re: Lopez, I think some time last year he had a double digit record for losing in the first round of every match he played over a six month period. The guy’s in a cycle that’s mostly down than up. I suppose he’s got baby diapers on his mind at the present time considering his significant other is expecting their first child shortly.


jay Says:

french unknown trying not to wet his pants vs king of clay!


Naderer Says:

I bet u th@ the gentleman th@ will be playing agains Nadal will win no more than 3 points in the whole match :)

And this will be Nadals stamp of authority @ centre/center court


Caesar Says:

What is with nadal on lenglen? anyone got the dirt? how does he rate on the popularity scale as a past french open champ? i mean they absolutely adore Roger in London and new york.

what is going on with nadal and the french? is it just the organizers? the crowd too? or is it not a big deal…..

for a 4time champ, nadal seems a little unwelcome in paris! ouch!


madmax Says:

I didnt know that Murray had a knee injury? I heard this morning that his kneecap is split in two parts and he has been dealing with this since he was 16 years old.

Why has he never mentioned this before? It doesn’t seem to have bothered him thus far, and was wondering why he is mentioning this now?

Margot? Andy is your fave, did you know about this?


OllyK Says:

maxi, I’ve just read your post on another thread… I’ll say it instead of you: “YOU TOLD ME SO”! :)))))
Novak looked good at press conference…He gave realistic, honest answers about what he is expecting from RG this year… Ajdeee, Noole!

margot, jane and other Murray fans – CONGRATS!!! His mental toughness made it!!!


Ezorra Says:

“I bet u th@ the gentleman th@ will be playing agains Nadal will win no more than 3 points in the whole match :)”

Of course it’ll be more than that ;). Remember Dolgo, nobody has ever heard his name prior Madrid but he gave Nadal a very hard time, remember?


Huh Says:

Hi Mrs.Von:

Thanks for coming back on my request. :P
You are missed here, visit more if possible.

By the way, it doesn’t matter what the Nole fans thought or wished or detested, Rod beat Nole fair and square in those 3 matches so far as I know. If those Rod wins are alleged to be ‘not legit’ by some Nole fans, then they must also admit that their guy’s also got some similar illegit wins over Fed and Rafa! Yes? No?

And hopefully Roddick would go to the 2nd round without much difficulty.Wishin for him to remain calm and focussed throughout his 1st round match.

GO RODDICK!!!

ALLEZ!!!


Naderer Says:

Ezorra….i also remember wh@ happened in Monte Carlo…Nadal demolished everyone…including a fresh F.Verdasco….im putting R100 (im from South Africa)….no more than 3 points for Nadals opponent


NELTA Says:

Neimenen is positioning himself on the baseline when trying to return one of the biggest serves on tour. I can see maybe trying that on Roddick’s 2nd serve so the kick doesn’t get too high, but he needs to back up on the 1st serve.


NELTA Says:

Neimenen is hammering Roddick’s 2nd serve


Kimmi Says:

verdasco, way to go

henin, allez aleez


Kimmi Says:

nieminen turn around the match in the second..third set here we go


Kimmi Says:

madmax – murray knee issues are not new. i have heard about this first in 08 at the US Open. It was bothering him then.

As he has said it comes and go. unfortunetly it is sore at the moment..but he knows how to deal with it and can play thru it..no worries.


Kimmi Says:

roddick in trouble in this third set. this match is becoming a little complicated for him.


Kimmi Says:

querrey is 2 sets to 1 down against ginepri, trouble for him also


Kimmi Says:

upset…querrey is gone


Dan Martin Says:

Bad match up for Sam Q. Ginepri took his serve apart on a hard court last year and took the ball early and rushed him into errors. On clay, Sam needed to maybe push him back with some heavy shots, but not easy to do if his serve gets neutralized.


Kimmi Says:

roddick down 2 set, needs to grind it out to 5 if he is to win this


Dan Martin Says:

Roddick keeps it alive


Kimo Says:

Safina is playing someone who’s in her forties and limping….and she’s losing.


Gannu Says:

Unbelievable a 39 yrd old Kimmiko Date is leading 6-5 in the third set against Safina.. speaks volumes abt women’s tennis.. where is Steffi my favorite?? come back i am sure u can win a wimbledon or two ;-)


Kimo Says:

Safina loses. Her ranking will take a huge dive with this loss.


Gannu Says:

and she won..Shame on women’s tennis…


Daniel Says:

Safina loses to a 39 year old playing with one leg. The last 2 points was just horrible, Safina couldn’t hit a second shot on her service, pathetic.


Kimmi Says:

safina…oh nooo! 4 consecutive errors to be broken and lose the match.

roddick turning around this match..up a break in the 5th


Kimo Says:

When was the last time a finalist in the previous year was ousted in the first round in the same slam?


Kimmi Says:

hewitt was the winner lost first round at wimbledon the following year. ok, still didn’t answer you question..


Kimo Says:

Looks like Rafa didn’t know which color to pick. So he wore all of them :P


Kimo Says:

Thank Kimmi. I guess Hewitt’s is a bigger loss :)


Kimmi Says:

nieminen really pushing roddick in this 5th set but roddick hangs on


Kimo Says:

This Mina guy won the orange bowl. Future no.1 in the making? We’ll see, but he’ll definitely get creamed today.


Kimo Says:

2 match points Roddick.


Kimo Says:

Niemenen DF’s on match point 2. Congrats Roddick fans :)


jane Says:

Tough one for Roddick, but he’s through.


Kimmi Says:

df by nieminen to loss. roddick fights back..why not!


Kimmi Says:

s/b to lose


Polo Says:

Glad to see Roddick win. It was scary but the 5-set match was probably good for him to get him more attuned to clay considering he has not played on this surface until today.


Polo Says:

I see that Safina lost to a 39 year old player.


jane Says:

Sad about Sam’s loss though.


Kimmi Says:

who said above this guy will win 3 points the whole match..i have to agree..


Polo Says:

Querrrey’s losing to a fellow American ranked much lower who is not even good on clay was totally unexpected. Sad. He must be really tired from playing too much before the French.


Kimmi Says:

so..how does the famous WATCH look ?


jane Says:

madmax – I’ve been following Murray since about 06/07, and I recall knowing about his split patella for a long time now. I guess he was born with it. So it will never go away. It comes and goes in terms of how much it bothers him/flares up; perhaps the sliding on clay might be bad for it? I guess he tweaked it the week before the F.O. so it has been a little sore. Hope he can play on!


Kimo Says:

He has already won 5 points against Rafa :P


Kimo Says:

The watch looks ordinary, but I haven’t seen a close up of it so what the hell do I know?


Von Says:

HUH, he did it!!!

This match was exactly what Roddick needed to get match grooved and shake out the rust, considering he’s not played for 7+ weeks.


Kimmi Says:

yap, definetly more than 5 point!


jane Says:

Not the easiest hold for Rafa!

Kimmi – kudos to Hotsauce. : ) Also, I see Ferrer is cruising so far. Looks like Schwank the tank loses – retired to Kavcic. That should help out Roddick next round, but I’ve never heard of Kavcic.


Polo Says:

Nadal wears a Richard Mille watch. They make extremely limited editions.


skeezerweezer Says:

Mina, 18, ranked 653, already sweating in the 3rd game, holds to have one game against the great Rafffffaaaaa Nadal. Amazing! Never thought that would happen!

Congrats to AR!


Kimmi Says:

is monaco winning, he was in trouble earlier..yap, he is out to “Grega Zemlja”..whoever this guy is..


Kimmi Says:

mina is no slouch!


Naderer Says:

K guys I take my words back….this Mina guy is actually good. Goodluck to him. I wonder if he can keep up physically and mentally coz we know th@ nadal will soon change gears


Daniel Says:

Wow, second service game that Nadal will face multiple break points, interesting!


Daniel Says:

U$ 520 k. They only make 50 of those!


jane Says:

Gianni Mina is only 18 and that exuberance of youth is showing. But Nadal will wear him down I think. Anyone notice how far back Rafa is playing? What’s with that? Looks a little windy there.


Daniel Says:

The watch is incredibly light, only 20g.


Kimmi Says:

he can’t break though…rafa is the toughest player to give away break points. he normally never gives them away, you have to earn them..


Polo Says:

I cannot force myself to get excited over this Nadal-Mina match.


jane Says:

Kimmi – Monaco and Schwank out? That opens up Roddick’s draw nicely to the fourth round. Can’t recall whom he could run in there. Might be Ferrer, which would be a much tougher match, but not impossible if this clay is playing quickly.

Ferrero is now cruising. Something tells me Nole may get stopped by him. He’s good on the clay, lots of variety. Ah well, will wait and see.


margot Says:

Hey girls, you watching Gianni Mina, here’s another bandwagon we must leap on! He’s really taking it to Nadal! What a gr8 young talent and those muscles…..oof!


skeezerweezer Says:

Polo, me neither….


jane Says:

Morning margot – yes, nice muscles. Have always enjoyed those sleeveless shirts on some. : ) He’s just a little young, making too many errors, and already looking a little worn. But I will have to follow him. Anyone know what he did in the Juniors??


Polo Says:

I don’t care what my image is, if somebody gives me a $520K watch, I will never take it off my wrist.


Kimmi Says:

jane – true about opening up roddick draw.

djoko played ok yesteday apart from that 2nd set. hope he contunues to play well..i want to see djoko vs rafa in the semi.


margot Says:

Hi jane: afternoon. He was a junior finalist at RG and has won one futures, I think. He moves so well and has no fear, brilliant.


Daniel Says:

Third game in a row that Nadal face break point, whta’s going on?!


Kimmi Says:

he get a breakpoints in every rafa game so far but not converting..you need to get one little man


jane Says:

Thanks margot – so he has some chops then! That’s where the fire comes from, often those with success in the juniors bring up that desire to continue winning. You can just see how much he wants to win. Good competitor. Very mobile, as you say, and lots of power. He needs to reign it in a little though – his UEs are out-matching his winners a.t.m.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is still kind of rusty, some unsual mistakes that he won’t be making in next days.
He will have to serve for the set, let’s see if this time he will face break points again.


jane Says:

Nice for Mina to avoid both a bagel and breadstick in the first set.
Daniel – good point – that smash was a bad miss! Followed by one
into the net.


Kimmi Says:

can he take this one?


Daniel Says:

Again, 30-0 to 30-40, and what about that smash?


Daniel Says:

That’s the big difference, even at 80% Nadal win 6-2.


Naderer Says:

True. I seriously don’t understand why Rafa is being pushed off the court by this kid…he’s going to cover a lot of estate


margot Says:

Daniel: it’s experience v. raw talent and Rafa just plays those break points magnificently. Brit commentators keep likening him to Monfils (hmm) but from what I can see here’s a lot more talent. Also, point is being made that it’s awfully hard to adapt to playing in this vast stadium with thousands of spectators when you’re used to a gym hall and a man and his dog! Mina keeps looking around and taking his eye off the ball. Bless.


Kimmi Says:

naderer, give the kid some credit. he is playing well.


Daniel Says:

You are right margot, a lot of factors for a young kid to deal with, as if facing Nadal is not a problem itself.:)


Naderer Says:

True Kimmi, the kid is playing well….


margot Says:

Aw shucks, he’s beginning to fade. Shame. Gr8 while it lasted but am sure he’ll be back.
Yep Daniel, Rafa is a very intimidating figure..


funches Says:

As Dan Martin said earlier in this thread, Ginepri was a bad matchup for Querrey.

Ginepri had a very good Roland Garros two years ago. He lost two very close matches to good players at Dusseldorf last week. He’d be a top 30 player if he were not such a headcase, blowing close matches his entire career because he did not believe in himself. His positive history against Querrey gave him confidence today.


Naderer Says:

The watch on Nadal’s wrist is in my opinion unnecessary (it doesnt even look good). Perhaps during interviews and when trophies are handed bt otherwise……..it also just looks cheap :(


Naderer Says:

If Mina didn’t have to play breakpoints, i think he would have won the game and the score is by no means an indicator of wh@ has happened so far in the match


jane Says:

Rafa is hitting deeper, coming in, playing much better now.

I agree with margot; I think Mina is different than Monfils in that he’s more aggressive. Monfils has a tendency to play defense. But both are supremely athletic. Although I’ve only just seen him play, Mina seems more determined/serious than La Monf. Time will tell.

And again he avoids a bagel or a breadstick. Good for him.


Daniel Says:

Now you are forcing Naderer: “it also just looks cheap”. I am a fan of sportwatch so I like it a lot, maybe you like more traditional ones.


Daniel Says:

What surprise me the most is that Mina is trying differnet things on court, his using his arsenal. This match will be very good for his future trainning, because he is leading with heavy balls that nobody hit in the juniors circuit. Plus a lot of points that use to be winners or easy points for him return, and very wicked.


jane Says:

The watch is indeed unnecessary but whatever:
they do what they can for endorsements.
Personally I don’t mind the look of it.


margot Says:

madmax@4.11: this is a split patella, a birth injury and actually I’m really worried because, as you say, he NEVER talks about it and suddenly he is. I think it must be worse than usual at the mo. Which is worrying for RG but even more so for what’s coming up.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is really an animal, awesome point by both!


goat galz Says:

Oh Von, quit dreaming that your journeyman Roddick is going to do any damage at RG. Mr. Lunchpail faked a stomach virus in Madrid. He has a cream puff quarter and that’s as far as he’s going to get. Be careful what you wish for, the joker might take out a can of whoop-azz spray. LMAO


Karthick Says:

Can any one tell me how is rafa looking in RG this time with his costumes? Is it looking good? I generally have a feeling that rafa’s dressing sense is not that great.


Kimmi Says:

I personally like it. beautiful mixture of colours..white shots matches well with the top (thanks for white shots) and I am not a nadal fan b.t.w.

mina calls for a trainer and rafa does not look amused.


its all abt da game Says:

this gianni mina is an interesting future prospect..
along with ryan harrison and filip krajinovic..
and certainly much better than one bernard tomic..


jane Says:

Karthick, Rafa is dressed quite simply: plain white shorts
paired with a light blue t-shirt with neon yellow and
seafoam green angular colour blocking.
To me he looks fine, much better than the patterned shorts.

Any reports on what was wrong with Mina?


Karthick Says:

Thanks kimi and Jane… Hope i will like it to…


Naderer Says:

i dont particularly like the way he’s been dressd in the past tourneys…However he looked good in Miami ’10 , RG ’09 and AUS ’09. yeah he looked so good I can still remember it


Kimmi Says:

zeballos fought out his match, he was 2 sets to 1 down and down a break in 5th..great comeback

rafa..2,2 and 2


jane Says:

Good job Rafa! Also nice to be introduced to Mina. : )


sar Says:

Hi all,
I haven’t been able to catch much tennis due to work. I was pretty surprised that Troicki took out Robredo yesterday. Was also surprised that Niemenen took Roddick to five sets. I didn’t see the match but what was Jarkko doing that was troubling to Roddick?
Hoping that Nole will advance tomorrow!


jane Says:

This Hewitt vs. Chardy match could be good,
if they both play to their potential.


jane Says:

Hi sar : ) – didn’t catch all the Roddick match (too early),
but Jarkko is a lefty so that may’ve contributed.
Would love to hear what others thought
who watched the whole match: Kimmi did you?


Kimmi Says:

margot – the gorgeous monsieur chardy is on court :)


sar Says:

Kimmi, I think Chardy along with Haas are very handsome.


Kimmi Says:

yeah I did. first set nieminen made too many errors i thought..it was all roddick..then he regrouped in the second but Roddick first serve was low % wise.
Nieminen took adv of the second serves, return big..he had a lot of clean winners off it. That continued in the third. Roddick served better in the 4th set..it was even in this set..but roddick got very aggressive in the tie breaker.

5th set..nieminen seem to have lost the fire..maybe dissapointed that he lost that tiebreaker..and roddick kept pressing though nieminen tried to break back..he had a break point and a 0-30 game off roddick serve but with no avail.

Roddick break to win the match by DF from nieminen..ouch!

that is my take on the match


jane Says:

Chardy is lovely to watch, ahem, but he needs more fight in him.
He all but handed set 1 to Hewitt with a very poor serving game
for the break.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova down a break a.t.m


margot Says:

alas, alas kimmi, not on the beeb. It’s Sharapova for us!


jane Says:

Thanks for that summation Kimmi. Well, Roddick’s draw has
opened right up now, so that should allow him to get more
settled on the clay.


Kimmi Says:

margot – better that you are not watching chardy..hewit is allover him a.t.m

love Sharapova outfit, she looks good on most of her outfits anyways.

Is it only me, or is her hair looks darker than normal?


jane Says:

Chardy is staring a bagel in the face a.t.m.
He needs to step up!


margot Says:

Oh no! Is another Frenchman biting the dust?


jane Says:

Chardy is abysmal today. Just flat as a board!
I’ve switched to Sharpie. Much, er, louder,
but I can stare at her lovely attire, and good
lord she fights like the dickens. I so admire that
about Sharpie; whatever her faults may be, she is a
barracuda competitor. This is the only slam title she
doesn’t own too – won’t get it this year. But it’d be
nice if some day she could win it and complete the
career slam.


Kimmi Says:

i also switched to sharpy too..chardy hewitt match is depressing.

happy you like sharapova outfit jane, I thought it is nice too. yes, she is the fighter..if only she could stop screeming :)


jane Says:

Depressing is a good way to describe it Kimmi.
It’s not like Mina vs. Nadal, which even though
you knew the outcome, Mina kept fighting and was
full of energy. Chardy is, like, I dunno; all the energy
is sucked out of the stadium. Maybe he’ll come around
but it doesn’t feel like it. At least he’s holding serve
a little in the 3rd set.


Kimmi Says:

chardy fights back..breakpoint


Kimmi Says:

just when it started raining..good for hewitt to get out now.

Too bad for chardy but hewitt was a better player today


Fot Says:

I went back and read all the comments. You guys were on it today! I had so much fun reading your comments. A few of my ‘favorites’ are below:

(Kimo Says:
Safina is playing someone who’s in her forties and limping….and she’s losing.)

This was funny – but sad in a way. Here we have a former #1 player losing to someone old enough to be a grandmother! How far has Safina dropped!

(Kimo Says:
Looks like Rafa didn’t know which color to pick. So he wore all of them :P)

Kimo – you were on it with the comments today! lol! But I see rather see Nadal in what he has on now than last year at the French, or any time this year up until now. I’m glad he tabled those stripped pants and at least I can ‘look’ at him without cringing in what he has on today. I think both he and Serena are wearing the same color pattern?

(Polo Says:
I cannot force myself to get excited over this Nadal-Mina match.)

Yes, I was with you. But unlike some, I’m glad to see Mini-Monfils get some games! When the match first started and he promptly lost the first game, I thought – oh no….he’ll get shut out the entire match! But he won some games. Nadal didn’t really look that impressive to me, but then again, he didn’t have to. I had never even seen a picture of his opponent so I was surprised that he was a mini-version of Monfils. The French has a lot of black athletes in tennis now. I looked up this guys bio and they had no picture; no hometown listed; no mention of if he was right or left-handed…nothing! But if he continues to improve, he has a chance to be competitive on the main circuit. It still looked like Nadal was playing a rookie out there.

Von – your Roddick came through in 5 sets. I don’t know much about his next opponent but he should get through that match as well. I was not really surprised to see Sam go out. He has played a million tournaments leading up to the French so he over-played, I think. Whereas I think Roddick has ‘underplayed’, but let’s see if he can still move along in the tournament without playing much on clay this year.


Huh Says:

I’m so glad and so relieved that Roddick won!!! :D

The match was so tense! I was really worried by the end of 3rd set, not worried about any other thing, but rather about whether Roddick’s gonna give whatever he can against Nieminen or not. What was important for me was that Roddick hanged in till the last even when he could have lost the match in the 4th set! Tiebreak it was, always tense when TBs happen and your favourite guy is playing. As it has been talked about so often here, if you cannot blow away your opponent, at least hang in there, don’t go away, don’t back down, keep fighting and keep hanging in there! Roddick did just that today! He didn’t raise alarm and was willing to fight till the bitter end. Nieminen too was playing some frightening tennis, but Roddick didn’t freak out! :P

Seems like he did not want to lose at any cost, and that’s a great thing! I thank Stefanki for being so supportive and encouraging Roddick always! Roddick had the talent, but now he’s also showing the will, real will.. not to lose, but to compete. That’s a welcome attitude. Roddick is fianlly realising that matches can’t always be finished off quickly by him if his rival is in zone for a particular part of the match, you just need to hang in, and he just hanged in when Nieminen was firing on all cylinders, I admittedly became scared but Roddick refused to buckle down or go on a mental walkout in the crunch time during the 4th set. And that’s the positive to take from this match. Roddick seems determined not to give up easily, his today’s win proves that. And I’m overjoyed to see Rod overcoming such a scary opponent in the first round. Seems like Roddick believed that he was not there to make a 1st round exit in the FO, good for him! :D

Hoping for Roddick to continue to hang in firmly during this FO against his opponents. If he keeps coming back at formidable players on his least suited surface with this zeal and spirit, he’d definitely achieve his reward. May he go deep in this FO! Wishing Roddick all the luck in the world. Congratulations Man Andy Roddick!

ALLEZ RODDICK!

GO RODDICK!!!


Fot Says:

ESPN2 is replaying the Roddick match now.

Anyone know what the weather is suppose to be for play on Wednesday?


Huh Says:

I also hope (although selfishly) that Roddick’s draw opens up for him and he’s able to take advantage of it, should that happen!

CONGRATS MRS.VON!
See my good wishes helped Rod in this 1st match to weather the storm brought in by a dangerous looking Nieminen, I know you don’t mind that, do you? ;)
All the best to your Rod and I also want some of your good wishes for Fed, it’d surely help him, I believe. So come again soon, I’m waiting. :)

GO RODDICK!

GO FEDERER!


Huh Says:

MIGHTY CONGRATULATIONS TO DEAR HEWITT on his straight set win. :D :D

Congratulations to the Mighty Rafael Nadal and the weak Ezorra. ;)
Rafa looks frightening in this FO, he’s playing probably his best tennis ever in this year’s FO.
His opponents have every reason to be scared right now! :/
To me this is the best Nadal.

Also congrats to Juan Carlos Ferrero and Verdasco.

Moving onto ladies, congrats to dear Sharapova. :D
Congrats to Henin as well.
But feeling shocked and sad about Safina. :(


Huh Says:

And of course congrats to our sweet Jheng Zie. :) :D :P


andrea Says:

only saw some of the early bits of the nadal/mina match….had to shake my head to make sure it wasn’t monfils!

mina had some good strokes…i was impressed. didn’t seen fazed by the occasion at all.

good for hewitt. it would nice to see an inform hewitt against nadal if both get thru the next round.

it’s tough to go against nadal here but i’m just not feeling like it’s his year at the FO. don’t know why.


Fot Says:

Nadal said (in his interview today) that he didn’t really play that well today.

Q. Can you tell me what was your reaction, your feeling on court for the first match this year? You had lost last year. What was the feeling, in general?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played really bad. (laughter.) That was today.

I was practicing really well all the days, but I played very well three tournaments. But, you know, first day here is always a little bit more nervous than usual.

I think I played bad, but I won anyway, without problems, so that’s always important and positive thing. But I think I can do it much ‑‑ a lot of better, much better next round.
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-25/201005251274813253961.html


sam Says:

Fot

Its sunny in morning and cloudy in afternoon.No rain expected.

But Thursday its forcasted to rain in afternoon.


jane Says:

Yeah, on the one hand, Nadal’s performance today was good but not great. On the other hand, he had a very spirited and talented young opponent for the first round, and still beat him 2, 2, and 2. Moreover, he staved off break points as he always does, with aplomb. Sometimes he retreated too far behind the baseline and offered up a few too many short balls, but as the match wore on he was getting more aggressive. His effort to play aggressively may be the reason for more errors than usual. But it could also be rust, and getting used to the conditions.

I have nothing against Hewitt and was pleased for him, but seriously, Chardy didn’t offer much resistance today. So, it’s tough to judge Hewitt’s form based on that match.

I find these early rounds difficult to gage as players are sometimes playing opponents they’ve not met before or for a long time, and they are getting used to the conditions. Today it seemed like a “heavier” day than yesterday, with the rain coming and the windy occasionally picking up on court.


sar Says:

It looks like Murray is on court 1 tomorrow, odd.
Also, Novak plays Thursday. I just hope they can give him a heavy dose of allergy meds.


skeezerweezer Says:

Bottom line is Rafa beat his opponent 2, 2, and 2. In a 3 set match, that is a beatdown. And he said he didn’t play well? Rafa’s draw is a cruise overall on Clay. On, paper, there is no one who is gonna take a set off Rafa on his expected cakewalk to the finals. Who? Maybe…..Ferrer? lol. And if someone does? We should all be shocked… afer all, 3 straight Clay titles, 4 FO titles, the disputed “King of Clay*”.

If Fed gets to the final which I hope, then hopefully we’ll see some fireworks at the FO….

Meanwhile…..”previously on Lost…..”

Wait..it’s over….Dang!

*Borg


Colinbelmont93guard-missives@yahoo.co.uk Says:

According to what I’ve heard, Murray’s split kneecap is not an injury, but something he was born with. I’m surprised something as simple as that couldn’t have been fixed long ago. If a guy can have major surgery on his SPINE and play tennis again, you’d think fusing a split kneecap would be a triviality, wouldn’t you?
Having watched most of the match with Gasquet (whom I had seen little of)I know one thing: as a Murray fan, I hope the Frenchman doesn’t boost his physical strength! If he did, he surely would make the top five at least.

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