Roddick Grinds, Monfils Folds at French Open
by Staff | May 27th, 2010
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Andy Roddick won out over the elements on Thursday at Roland Garros, including a slow, wet court and three rains delays to muddle past unheralded Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to move into the third round at the French Open.


Kavcic broke the vaunted Roddick serve seven times during the match, but the American turned his own share of breaks.

“It’s the slowest here,” Roddick said. “It’s the most challenging for me. I feel like every time I play out there it’s raining. Wet day on [court] Lenglen has been my Achilles heel. I’ve lost a lot of matches out there in conditions exactly like that. I was able to get through that one today. That was one that might have gotten away from me awhile ago. But I was just kind of staying the course.”

French Open officials postponed 37 matches, including Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, as a number of players will be faced with back-to-back matches for the remainder of week one.

Joining Roddick as the only other Top 10-seeded player through on Thursday was No. 4 Andy Murray, who handled Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2.

No. 13 Gael Monfils played tight in a resumption of his match with Italian Fabio Fognini, who when the pair picked up the match at 5-5 in the fifth eventually triumphed 9-7.

“The first set and the second set were very quick and easy for him, 6-2, 6-4,” Fognini told the media regarding his strategy. “Then after, I wanted to have a longer match — I wanted to have longer rallies. Yes, it was a good idea. At the end of the day it worked well.”

Other winners in rain-delayed resumptions were No. 17 John Isner defeating Marcos Chuidinelli 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 7-6(7), 6-4, and No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis topping Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.

“I think the last two years I suffered a bit with injuries, and, you know, with mind problems,” Baghdatis says of his rankings drop. “I can say helped me mature a bit, and, you know, have more experience. I think I’m tougher than what I was before. I’m ready for any problem. I’m ready to find any solution.”

Two matches were level on Thursday when called by darkness — No. 14 Ivan Ljubicic and Mardy Fish at a set all, and No. 24 Thomasz Bellucci and Spain’s Pablo Andujar at a set all.

Highlights of a loaded Friday at Roland Garros are (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Horacio Zeballos, (1) Roger Federer vs. Julian Reister, (4) Andy Murray vs. (25) Marcos Baghdatis, Kei Nishikori vs. (3) Novak Djokovic, (29) Albert Montanes vs. (5) Robin Soderling, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse vs. (9) David Ferrer, (17) John Isner vs. (15) Tomas Berdych, and (20) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Fabio Fognini.


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165 Comments for Roddick Grinds, Monfils Folds at French Open

Kimmi Says:

jane, I saw that de bekker 1st in the list on aces. on clay..wooot! his serve must be clicking. he will need it tomorrow. best of luck.


Kimmi Says:

These organizers don’t have respect for federer. Why did they schedule him in Lenglen. he got to the final 3 times and won it last year. It is not fair. :) :) :)


NELTA Says:

Rafa won’t mind playing 2 days in a row early in the tournament. The most annoying thing for him will be the 1st match after 2 days off. I’m sure he did his normal practice session before the match today and once it was called he probably wanted to get on the court for at least another hour to practice, maybe even play a set with someone. I wonder if he was able to do that.

It’s at 10AM which is very early for him. He could start off a little slow, but Zeballos doesn’t have any weapons to hurt him.


NELTA Says:

Sorry, 11AM start so not too early


Kimmi Says:

The only player in the bottom half who got lucky to finish the match today is roddick and his opponent next round. Everybody else will have to play 2 matches in two days. Its not just nadal. other top players Djoko, Murray are affected too.

Sometimes players get lucky with these rain delays. For some reason here i see only nadal fans complaining. Nadal is one of the fittest player (if not the fittest) on tour. These are early round..nadal will not even sweat. I am dead sure we wont see a tiebreaker set like federer in his next two rounds. He will be OK.


NELTA Says:

It’s happens every time Kimmi. It’s the draw, the scheduling, “disrespecting” comments blah blah blah.


jane Says:

Kimmi tomorrow is going to be packed with tennis; I think I need extra sleep tonight just so I can follow it all! That is, of course, if it doesn’t rain again.


skeezerweezer Says:

Thank you ladies for the validation. Swat I beeen sayin’….:).

I wish I could find it, but someone spent a day ( before his knee issues ) with Rafa’s daily regiment and it was unreal. Like he just practices tennis for a few hours and calls it a day, every day? Not! Heck, he was beach running, basketball,etc, essentially exercising pretty much the whole day! As they look back he worked out so much with tennis his knees took a toll.

Agree he is one of the fittest ( if the the GOAT of fitness, ha ) on tour. No excuses for any player. Your in the GS, just do it. Play and give it your best.

Like Baggy said;

“…have more experience. I think I’m tougher than what I was before. I’m ready for any problem. I’m ready to find any solution.””

Cheerin for you Baggy!

Out


Kimmi Says:

Yes, action packed day but fortunately or unfortunately I go to work :( i was lucky to get monday and tuesday off. Are you off tomorrow? I will try to watch Rafa and novak..early birds.

I recall, You did not see Novak 1st round match, this one will be very early too..better set the alarm :) I don’t think you will get this match on TV, maybe delayed because it goes at the same time with rafa. Anyways good luck to all players.

de bakker..center court, french crowd and Tsonga. can he handle all that?


jane Says:

Yes, I am off but it will be super early so I am not sure I can catch it. I might have to set the alarm because who knows what will happen. I just hope that it doesn’t rain so that this schedule can get back on track. Too bad you can’t watch Kimmi but hope you can follow scores anyhow.

It’ll be tough for de Bakker, but I just hope he gives a solid performance against Tsonga, like at Barcelona.

Murray has a tough draw: first Gasquet, then Chela, now Baggy, and next could be Isner or Berdych and if he gets through all those, probably Tsonga. Sheesh!!


Kimmi Says:

Murray draw, I agree jane. now that you say it its really tough. The toughest in the tournament for top players so far I think.

-Gasquet on great form
-chela playing well on clay this season..kind of finding his form again.
-baggy starts to click again.
-berdych hits as hard as you can get

really tough. Hopefully the draw is toughening him up for all those tough matches to come.

what i like is he served much better today..better than first round and most of his matches on clay this season.

RG stats shows

1st set – 59%
2nd set – 60%
3rd set – 53%
4th set – 54%

Even though his average is 57%, it is still very good for murray, he rarely serves above 60%

he was like 34% in the first set in his first round, ended up with 47% overall.


jane Says:

Kimmi, true about Murray’s serving; thanks for the stats. He was also dictating points, being more aggressive from the baseline and running Chela today, which was nice to see from Andy.


skeezerweezer Says:

What is the funnest matchup you’re most looking for tomorrow? ( or today for the UK ladies :) )

How about Albert Montanes vs Soda Pop?


jane Says:

Hi Skeeze, I think Soda is going beat Montanes in straights for some reason – overpower him. But I don’t know, so many good matches to watch. Of course, I’ll be worrying about Nole vs. Nishikori – what can I say? : /

That said, maybe Tsonga vs. De Bakker, Isner vs. Berdych and Murray vs. Baggy could be the most competitive.


Kimmi Says:

Today, most players did not like the conditions. Too slow. No penetration. But if it speeds up soda pop can overpower montanes. I feel it too..go Soda.

the rest of matches I agree with jane.

federer vs reister..just wondering how this kid will play fed. he has done very good so far, without losing a set defeating F-lo and O.rochus. Kid must play good tennis


skeezerweezer Says:

Hi Jane,

How is Nole doin ( haven’t got a match of his yet at FO )? If he has got his serve worked out, IMO the rest of his game is solid, and can take on anyone……

Re: His serve. didn’t it all start with people givin him a hard time for bouncin the ball like 20 times before he served? He should have stayed with that, no?

I say, if the rules allow it, and it makes him serve like a madman, then go back to it. After all, Rafa takes umpteenth minutes to scrape the line with his foot, use the towel, make “an adjustment” and so on…. lol!


jane Says:

Hey Skeeze, I don’t know what caused or brought on the serving woes, kind of stopped forgot about all the bouncing, lol. He was having a few shoulder issues at the end of last year, and at that point I think he and his coaches thought maybe they should alter the motion, and that probably made things more complicated/confusing. Now I think he’s trying to go back to the old one. As for how Nole is doing, I guess he’s better though I missed his first match – still a little allergic/sniffling, but I guess he played well other than a second set drop. I don’t know if these slower/heavier conditions might make it tougher for him, i.e., more grinding or what.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I don’t know Reister; is he a youngster or what?


Fot Says:

Kimmi – I agree. I have never heard of the person Roger’s playing, but this guy has beaten 2 pretty good players so far without losin g a set so Roger has to really be careful. Look at Roddick losing a set today against his opponent; Roger has trouble when he plays someone he hasn’t played before so I’m a little nervous, but I have confident in Roger.


NELTA Says:

Soda is playing well. Montanes will be a good test for him. If he wins in straights then that will be impressive.

I thought Wawrinka and Monfils was going to be another good matchup, but Fognini spoiled that one. I think Wawrinka wins this one easily.

Fed’s 1st 3 rounds are pretty easy compared to Murray, but I think Roddick has the easiest draw of anyone in the 1st 3 rounds. Even so Roddick might go down to Gabeshvilli. Murray’s next few rounds aren’t easy, but if I were Murray I would rather face a Baggy or Berdych who aren’t quite as comfortable on the dirt(just like Murray) as Wawrinka or Soda who are lurking in Fed’s quarter.


jane Says:

Nope, Reister is 24 years old, ranked 165th. Probably Fed will destroy him, lol. But he does say his favorite surface is clay, best shot the forehand. He has never won a title.


Fot Says:

Jane, that’s 5 things I just learned about Reister that I didn’t know! lol! At least Roger said that’s what he has a coach for – to scout the other player, so hopefully he knows this as well and not hit 99% of the balls to this guy’s forehand! lol!


Kimmi Says:

Fot, me too nervous. When this kid won against F.Lo i thought Lopez must have had a bad day or something but when he defeated O.rochus 6-2 6-2 7-6 then I “gulp”. These are just too easy results for somebody ranked 156.

Lets have confidence in the fed..Go roger!


Kimmi Says:

Ooops 165. thanks jane.


Kimmi Says:

NELTA, roddick needs to pray for the sun to come out on saturday..i don’t know what gaveshbill has done but because of the slow conditions, roddick was broken 7 times today, that was just too much even though he broke 10 times back..in the first round which was fast condition he was broken only twice. So no secret these slow conditions are tough for him.

so, rain rain go away!


sar Says:

From Polish press:

Robert Radwanski counted all errors of his daughter. Discretely, silently – hardly anyone heard it. Unfortunately Aga outbursted and started the polemic. She began: “Shut up, go home with all your mathematics, get out!” afterwards it got worse: “You’re still counting? Fuck off! Do you understand? Fuck off!”


skeezerweezer Says:

NELTA,

Agree with Rod-Man. Sunny and dry…ba boom!


funches Says:

I disagree completely about Murray’s draw, which is why I picked him to the semis in The Tennis Channel contest.

Yes, he’s playing good players, but none of them are mentally strong or have ever had a good run at Roland Garros. Not one of them. Ever. And although he came close to losing to Gasquet, winning that match gave him a lot more confidence than beating some mediocre player.

Murray could play Soderling 10 times on clay and he’d win zero of them. Gonzo overpowered him last year. He avoided any player who’s best surface is clay, like Ferrer, all the way to the semis. He could not have asked for any more than that.

Baghdatis might beat him. Berdych really could bother him if he’s on. But he is so much stronger mentally than those guys.


Colin Says:

There is a tendency to speak of Murray as someone who simply never has a high first serve percentage, but actually it’s not so. Unless I’m suffering from False Memory Syndrome, at the start of last year he had, for a while, about the best percentage on the Tour. That was the source of the silly rumour that he’d claimed he’d soon be Number One. He really said he could get to No 1 if he kept serving like that, “but I probably won’t”. Sadly, he was dead right, and the first serve deserted him. It must be a mental thing, and hopefully he’ll sort it out. When the first serve goes in, it’s a very good one, not the world’s fastest, but scoring plenty of aces.


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer! stay the course, round at a time, as always. Love the interview where he was pressed from the journalists who just want to talk about the potential final, but fed was having none of it! saying he is only concentrating on the match he has to play “NOW!”.

So, cheering him on as usual!
C’moon Federer! Am sure sverin luthi has been doing some scouting on this guy.


Kimmi Says:

rafa, djoko, ferrer, almagro, serena travelling very well at the moment. easy first sets.

dolgo giving gonzalez a problem at the moment. gonzalez lost first set.

hewitt in trouble against istomin


Kimmi Says:

hewitt better in the second

ferrer nadal and really cruising


Kimmi Says:

what is the “and” doing at my 6.26am post?


Kimmi Says:

dolgo beats gonzo..easily. wow!


jane Says:

7 doubles for Nole. Ugh. He’s winning, but it’s getting to be more of a struggle. Nishikori came back from 2 sets down in his last match so Nole better step up/be careful! And convert b.p. chances!
5 for 13 – not good. : (

Very surprised about Dolgo beating Gonza – in straights!

Good job from Rafa. No bagels or breadsticks but a solid win nonetheless. Same with Ferrer, who didn’t have to play a full 3rd set.


Polo Says:

…what is the “and” doing at…

A happy trigger finger, Kimmi.


Kimmi Says:

“A happy trigger finger, Kimmi.” yap polo..I think that must be. lol

reister saved 3 break points to start..mmmm his groundies are powerful from what i see.

jane, you are up early..good


Kimo Says:

Hi everyone :)


jane Says:

It’s killing me Kimmi – might have to go back to bed for a while. I wish Nole would just step on it, hold break hold. You know? Sigh. Nishikori really going for the break here.


Kimmi Says:

hi kimo…why federer not convering these break points? 7 now


Kimo Says:

Roger has become terrible at converting break points. Not just against Rafa :(


jane Says:

Looks like Hewitt’s going to have to win in 5 if he is to come through.


jane Says:

Holy, didn’t even realize Roger’s on now too. He’s got another chance.


Kimmi Says:

jane, federer is struggling to convert too…not good so far.

Djoko is almost home..I agree needs to tighten the screw

Another break point federer..here here..oh Nooooo!


jane Says:

Oh well, look on the bright side Fed fans; he’s already had 7 break point chances and it’s only the 4th game.


Kimo Says:

I know, jane, but still. What if he fails as breaking Reister this set, it ends up going to the tiebreaker or worse he gets broken, and then he shanks a couple of backhands like he sometimes does and bam!!! He’s down a set. I have been watching tennis for years now. I’ve seen such scenarios play out plenty of times.


Kimmi Says:

djoko breaking ti finish off here?


jane Says:

YES! Now hold Nole, hold!


Kimmi Says:

yes djoko breaks to serve for the match


Kimo Says:

Roger is not having a good returning day at all.


Polo Says:

Looks like Djokovic will get this done in 3 sets. Good for him. I want all the top seeds to advance to the second week. That will make all the matches very interesting.


jane Says:

Kimo, I hear ya. Nole hasn’t exactly been serving up a storm these days. I l know it’s nerve-wracking. Fed will win!! I am sure of it.


Kimmi Says:

djoko is home..you can relax jane

now for this federer..c’mooon


jane Says:

Woot Nole – good work! Huge hold to make it 4 all, and then the break to serve it out.

Melzer won, Hew in a 5th set.

Might have to sleep for a bit. It’s 4:55 am here. Zzzzzzzz. Good luck to Fed!


Kimo Says:

Of course he’ll win jane. That’s not why I worry. My problem is that for Roger every match should be considered as practice for the Rafa final. That should be his mission. If he plays like this against Rafa he has no chance.

Do you know that in the 2007 final Fed had 19 break points against Rafa only converting on one of them in the 2nd set? That break won him the SET!!!

Fed should be a stone cold killer on break points.


NELTA Says:

Fed is 0-7 on break points.


Polo Says:

I just saw Djokovic’s video impersonation of Shakira with Troicki as Nadal. It reminded me that Djokovic is really a fun-loving guy. I wish he would show that again when he plays. He used to when he first burst into the tennis scene.


Kimmi Says:

great play from the fed..another 3 break points c’mooooon


Kimo Says:

Fed breaks :)


Kimmi Says:

breeeeaks at last. now to serve for the set


Kimmi Says:

good idea but bad volley…c’moon


Kimmi Says:

yes. first set in the bag. now hope he can relax and play those dropshots..have not seen one yet.


Kimo Says:

WOW. Another break early in the 2nd :)))


Kimo Says:

Reister is folding. Roger is now winning without even breaking sweat :)


Polo Says:

Then they switched to women’s tennis with their ear-piercing shrieks and bottomless players. Darn! Well, that gives me time to do other things.


Kimmi Says:

Wow..I went away for 10 minutes and the fed is now with 2 breaks…This is now easy. Keep going man!


Daniel Says:

Bagel?!


Kimo Says:

Roger is playing grrrrrreat :)


Kimo Says:

Matches such as these show the stark contrast between Fed and Rafa. Rafa can sure serve bagels on clay, but he sweats and grinds and huffs and puffs to get them. Fed is not even trying.


Kimmi Says:

OK..Reister has lost belief. bagel in the second set.

hewitt fights thru..nadal awaits!


Kimo Says:

Sharpie good play has gone unnoticed this French Open. I haven’t seen her play but from her results it looks like her serve is on.

Go Sharapova!


Kimo Says:

Fed is killing Reister from the baseline. He’s hardly winning any exchanges since the match began.


Kimmi Says:

OK people, enjoy the matches. See you later. Good luck federer (does he need it?), Murray and de bakker!


Ezorra Says:

Kimo, Federer did that (serves bagel) against Julien Reister whereas Nadal did that against Fernando Verdasco. HUGE difference!


Kimo Says:

EzorraI’m not saying it’s equally difficult. Still, has Rafa’s style of play ever struck you as effortless? I doubt it. From the first round all the way up to the final, Rafa’s play always looks effort-full.


jane Says:

Looking like a routine win for Fed. Have the commentators said anything about Reister? I think this may be the first Grand Slam where he’s ever made it through quallies? I know he mainly plays Futures/Challengers, as I checked the ATP site yesterday.

Speaking of Verdasco, he’s through the first set easily.


Kimo Says:

Did you see that point!!! Man, there are no limits to what Roger can do!!!


Kimo Says:

Roger wins. That was almost too easy.


sam Says:

Ezorra Says:
Kimo, Federer did that (serves bagel) against Julien Reister whereas Nadal did that against Fernando Verdasco. HUGE difference!

Yes HUGE difference …….. but Federer double bagled Del Potro in AO 09 .

Was Nadal able to do that ?


Polo Says:

If it concerns another player outside of those two, does it really matter who they bageled and when?


Kimo Says:

sam, he also bageled Roddick in AO 2007, double bageled Hewitt in the final of the US Open 2004 :)

Oh and he bageled Rafa in Hamburg 2007 and Wimbldon 2006 :)


Kimo Says:

Did you know Baghdatis is 2-0 against Murray? Their last match was in 2007 though, in Cincy. It ended 6-1 6-2.


jane Says:

Come on Murray! I like Baggy but hoping for Murray.

Bagel chatter aside, Fed lost 8 games vs Reister and Rafa lost 7 vs Zeballos (who is a lefty – didn’t know) today. Both pretty dominant wins.


Kimo Says:

I think Murray will make it to the semis.


Cbeast Says:

Well lets no speak to soon….
Lets see how Murray does against Baghdatis.


jane Says:

Lots of errors from Baghdatis early on. What is happening to Verdasco?! He all but imploded in the 3rd set and had to eat a bagel!


Cbeast Says:

Are my eyes deceiving me. Is Verdasco losing the third set 5-0 !


NELTA Says:

I think Nadal will bake his 1st bread stick of the tournament against Hewitt tomorrow.


Kimo Says:

NELTA, Hewitt just survived a 5-setter. I highly doubt he’ll be much of a threat against Rafa. Besides, even if Hewitt is miraculously fully fit tomorrow, He just doesn’t have the firepower to hurt Rafa.


OllyK Says:

Nole won in straight sets, yaaay! :) I just got home, so I didn’t see the match :( , how was he playing?


Kimo Says:

If only Baghdatis loses about 7-8 Kilos will he have a real shot at reaching slam quarters again and re-entering the top 10.


jane Says:

Murray winning easily so far. Ginepri won – nice for him.


jane Says:

OllyK, he was playing good. Not his best, still serving woes, too many double faults, but he was playing strong defense, deep baseline shots.
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I love the way Murray constructs points; he’s always thinking. Sometimes that hurts him but not today. He is looking uber focused and good thus far.


Steve Says:

Tsonga playing de Bakker, good player de Bakker, his dropshots are federer-like


Kimo Says:

jane, Murray’s thinking hurts him more on faster surfaces. That’s why I think he underestimates how good he is on clay. He has what it takes to do well on clay, even if he doesn’t feel comfortable on it. If only he had more power on his strokes he would have been a contender.


OllyK Says:

Jane, thanks!! I didn’t expect perfect service percentage but he really needs to cut down those double faults asap…I was just wondering was he playing good or was Nishikori playing bad.. If he was good like you said – I’m happy. :)

Btw, that Gypsy parody is HILARIOUS! ;) Troicki wasn’t feeling comfortable, it’s obvious, but Nole is perfect in his craziness! :D They’ll win this year, for sure! :D


NELTA Says:

Kimo Says:
NELTA, Hewitt just survived a 5-setter. I highly doubt he’ll be much of a threat against Rafa. Besides, even if Hewitt is miraculously fully fit tomorrow, He just doesn’t have the firepower to hurt Rafa..
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Agreed Kimo. That’s why I said Nadal will be doing some baking tomorrow. If this was the USO or Wimby then Hewitt could perhaps push him in a couple sets, but here it’s going to be hard for him to just win a few games in each set.


jane Says:

OllyK, Nikishori wasn’t at his best either, for sure, but he was coming on in the third set, nearly got a break when Nole was trying to hold for 4 all, but Nole pulled it out and then broke.

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Steve – fully agree: think de Bakker’s game is de lovely.

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Kimo, I think Murray can win any of the slams; he’s an all surface player. He’s got loads of variety and talent. It’ll all come together soon.


Kimo Says:

jane, I know this might upset some Brits, but I think the slam he has the least chance of winning is Wimbledon. It just doesn’t suit his game at all. He had a very cushy draw last year and that’s why he made the semis.


jane Says:

Kimo, methinks you’re wrong. He won Queen’s last year, and got to the semis at Wimbledon. I think he can win there.


Steve Says:

In today’s tennis it actually helps to play like Murray, in the past he would have been better on other surfaces than grass, nowadays it’s good for his groundstrokes, his slices, his handy hands, playing on grass.


Polo Says:

I would say Murray’s best chances to win a slam will be US Open, then Australia, then Wimbledon and last, the French. He is good enough to win any of them. Most of the top players now are good on all surfaces, unlike during the time of Sampras, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker, etc. Nadal’s excellence on clay just skews it up a bit.


Cbeast Says:

Well either way I still think Murray doesn’t have a chance against Federer at Wimbledon. Whom he would most likely have to beat if he wants to win it.


Kimo Says:

Polo, well said.


Kimo Says:

Cbeast said:

“Well either way I still think Murray doesn’t have a chance against Federer at Wimbledon. Whom he would most likely have to beat if he wants to win it.”

Absolutely :)


Kimo Says:

Looks like the Murray-Baggy match will be a long one.


Polo Says:

Cbeast Says: “…I still think Murray doesn’t have a chance against Federer at Wimbledon.”

That used to be said about Nadal, too.


Steve Says:

Nadal is a different animal, he has the will to change his game, plus he gained most by the slower grass these days, murray doesn’t necessarily.


Kimo Says:

Polo, you can’t compare how any player does against Roger with how Rafa does against Roger. Rafa vs. Roger is an anomaly, a glitch, a supernatural phenomenon that can’t be duplicated.


Steve Says:

Nadal has gained the most from all the changes in tennis anyway, the technology, fitness-minded people in tennis, slower surfaces and heavier balls. Don’t want to discredit him, changes are inevitable but he fits well in today’s tennis.


jane Says:

Murray should beat Baggy in straights, based on what I have seen. He is so good at finding angles and moving the ball (and by proxy Baggy) around that I can’t see him losing a set. Maybe if Baggy takes off, but it’s not looking like it so far.

Tsonga and de Bakker in a tiebreak; good for de Bakker to have pushed it this far.

Verdasco’s through after a walk-about 3rd set bagel.


Polo Says:

I was just saying that people used to say after Nadal beat Federer at the French that he could not do it on grass. That is a fact.


Kimo Says:

You’re absolutely right, Steve. On the other hand, Roger still uses a one-handed backhand, still uses gut stings in his mains, and is more of a shot maker thank a grinder. IMO Fed’s style of play would have fit perfectly in the late 70s early 80s Borg era.


Steve Says:

It will be Fed-Wawrinka on sunday (though rain is predicted), awesome!


jane Says:

Soderling and Montanes on the court now. Cilic lost the second set to Mayer!


jane Says:

Polo, you’re right to point out the facts. Never say never people. Fed will not be playing at some point remember, and besides which, I wouldn’t rule out Murray beating Fed at Wimbledon either – call me crazy. : )

Steve, Wawrinka and Fognini are still playing yes? I am guessing Wawa will win, but only the first set is complete.

De Bakker wins the first set over Tsonga! Good for him.


Kimo Says:

Ok jane, you’re crazy :D


Steve Says:

Oh right, I thought he already played, didn’t see him in the scores


Steve Says:

Tsonga is injured, once again… :(


Polo Says:

Jane, you are crazy. And so am I. But we are right. The game of tennis is dynamic. If nothing changes, it will cease to be exciting.


Cbeast Says:

Polol

Yes Nadal Won against Federer at Wimbledon….

But how close was it?

It’s not just that Federer plays better than Murray on grass but he has also beaten Murray in straight sets in the only two Grand Slam finals Murray has ever been in. Taking that into account I just can’t see it happening with Federer playing well at Wimbledon. Federer would either need to have a major decline or retire. And don’t forget that if Federer where to retire tomorrow he would still have Nadal to contend with who was a finalist in 2006,2007 and won in 2008. Tim Henman said after the Australian Open that maybe Murray will never work it out against Federer.

Maybe that’s true maybe not…. Just saying.


Colin Says:

Murray currently getting 75% first serves in. I don’t believe it!


Polo Says:

I think we are all saying the same thing. We just use different angles and shadings. Nobody is wrong.


jane Says:

Well Polo, I am glad I have someone with whom to share my craziness.

Murray is going a bit off the boil here.

Ljub and Fish are at 8 all in the fifth. Berdych is already up a break on Isner and Fognini is up a break on Wawa in the second set.


Polo Says:

Jane, and when Murray wins Wimbledon, nobody will call you (us) crazy anymore. Although when that happens, I have a feeling you will actually become literally crazy.


jane Says:

Maybe Murray and Verdasco should get together and discuss their 3rd set walk abouts? Jeepers.

Soda won the first set over Montanes. Ljub won 10-8 in the fifth!

Steve, how is Tsonga injured? Did you see what happened? He was fine last match.


jane Says:

Polo – I would be happily mad, yes. We’ll see. It’d be great for him though.


Polo Says:

I tuned to another channel because I thought I was jinxing Ljub who I want to win. It worked!


Cbeast Says:

Wow Baggy just served Murray a fresh Bagel.
Murray better watch out here.

Jane I think it’s perfectly normal for a fan of Murray’s to believe he can win Wimbledon or any other Grand Slam. It would be more crazy as a fan of Murray to believe he couldn’t win (that would just be depressing):) .


jane Says:

Cbeast – precisely, have to keep my hopes alive for Murray and Nole, even though Rafa and Fed have been ruling the roost.


Polo Says:

Wow! Mayer lost the set due to a code violation.


NELTA Says:

Mayer through his racket to the ground then when it bounced up he kicked it and almost hit the lines person. She had to move out of the way. He’s lucky he didn’t hit her. I know if you strike a ball in anger after a point and it hits a lines person, ball person etc. you forfeit the match. I don’t know why that same rule wouldn’t apply to throwing your racket and hitting someone. McEnroe was upset at the call because it cost Mayer the set, but it was the right one. Do you think Mac is a little biased about code violations? Nah!


jane Says:

Berdych is cruising so far versus Isner; Berdych often rolls under the radar at the slams, and then as soon as he runs into a top 10 player, he loses. He and Murray are 1-1 H2H but have not played since 2006.

I thought Tsonga was injured? Anyone know what’s happening? He seems to have pulled ahead anyhow.


jane Says:

Great job Murray (other than the 3rd set)!!

I think it was the kicking of the racket that cost Mayer the violation. Nothing wrong with throwing down one’s racket in frustration and catching it, but kicking it and risking hurting someone else is too much. It seems like the right call, but perhaps why it seems drastic is that it was for the set.


NELTA Says:

Wow! Berdych is just destroying Isner.


Kimo Says:

Tsonga-De Bakker is a very entertaining match.

Tsonga just broke. He’ll serve for the third set.


margot Says:

jane, kimmi, colin et al: wheee, into the fourth round we go, on the way of course giving his fans the customary heart failure! Some walkabout that was, but played brilliantly in fourth.
jane your Djko’s through too, didn’t see it but score looks easy.
Tulip looking good too, all good.
Federer fans of course he beat who??
Disagree with the above (Cbeast?), Rafa is not in Andy’s head the way Fed appears to be.
OF COURSE Andy can win on any surface! Come on!


jane Says:

margot, “score looks easy” is often deceiving. : ) It’s looking like Tulip won’t win today, but he is awesome; love his game. My seat on the bus is indefinitely reserved.

Tsonga is moving very well for an injured guy.


jane Says:

Looks like Montanes will win this third set versus Soda. And Mayer is up a break on Cilic in the 4th.

Berdych destroyed Isner: 2, 2, and 1. I would not have thought it’d be that easy for him!


Kimo Says:

Guys, you have to watch the Tsonga match. The quality of tennis is incredible. Tsonga is giving it his all.


jane Says:

Kimo, don’t forget de Bakker; he is fantastic as well! He is only 21, was number 1 junior in 2006 and won Wimbledon as a junior. He is definitely one to watch over the next two years.


margot Says:

Wow! Beeb showing Tulip match. Come on! The view from the top of the bus is gr8!


jane Says:

Ah well, congrats to Tsonga! Hope to see more of de Bakker this year though. Enjoyable to watch.

Soda’s up a break in the 4th; thought he’d win in straights but Montanes is having a strong clay season.

Cilic embroiled in a 5 setter – he always gets in these in the slams. It’s a habit he should look the break if he can.


Kimo Says:

Tsoonga looks spent after that one. It’s the first time ever I don’t see him do his usual celebration after a match.


jane Says:

Soda is through too; looks like he and Fed are on a collision course in the quarters?

Cilic is struggling but he is up a break in the 5th, and Troicki is starting strong vs. Youz.

Canada’s Wozniak is up a set and a break over Dementieva – wow. Rezai goes down an early break to Petrova. Kirilenko is holding her own vs. Kuzy, so far.


tennisfansince76 Says:

NELTA Says:
I think Nadal will bake his 1st bread stick of the tournament against Hewitt tomorrow.

Hewitt always seems to end up playing Nadal in the early rounds at RG. I hoope he ends up in his paert of the draw at Wimby or USO. He might give Nadal some problems there.


Kimo Says:

Looks like Rezai is the real deal. I think she has a good chance of beating Venus should they meet again.


Kimo Says:

She just can’t seem to close it out at the moment.


Kimo Says:

Kuz is out. Kirilenko is through.


Kimo Says:

Petrova wants to stop. Rezai is starting to get nervous.


Kimo Says:

Petrova find another gear. Break Rezai and will now serve for the match.

Good thing the umpire didn’t hear her out when she wanted to stop.


Kimo Says:

I mean “finds” and “breaks”


jane Says:

Kimo I am blathering on on the other “ladies’” thread and you’re giving the play by play here. LOL.

I think Petrova will take the match. But Rezai is good; likely we’ll see more of her now that she’s had a break through on clay.


Kimo Says:

Rezai breaks back. This is turning into a choke fest.


Kimo Says:

Rezai gets broken again.


Kimo Says:

Petrova DF’s on match point.


jane Says:

Well, this match was HIGH on the drama scale.


Kimo Says:

Petrova chokes again. Locked 7-7 in the third. Play suspended.


jane Says:

Holy moly!! Rezai breaks back for 7 all! They have to call it now due to darkness no? CRAZY!


Kimo Says:

jane, high on the choke scale is more like it. Whenever one of them is ahead, she plays like crap. When she’s trailing, she shines. That’s women’s tennis in a nutshell.


jane Says:

Petrova did choke but Rezai never says die either; a LOT of other players would’ve folded by now.


jane Says:

But Kimo Rezai was never ahead! Only Petrova was. Rezai only leveled it. She was down a break 3 or 4 or 5 times in that set, but she kept coming back.


Kimo Says:

Well, let me rephrase: The player who played like she had nothing to lose played well. When Rezai gets broken, she plays well the game right after. But when she breaks back and is on level terms, she plays like crap again. Same goes for Petrova. She plays amazing tennis to break Rezai, then when she has to consolidate everything falls apart.


NELTA Says:

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NELTA Says:
Agreed Kimo. That’s why I said Nadal will be doing some baking tomorrow. If this was the USO or Wimby then Hewitt could perhaps push him in a couple sets, but here it’s going to be hard for him to just win a few games in each set.
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tennisfansince76 Says:
Hewitt always seems to end up playing Nadal in the early rounds at RG. I hoope he ends up in his paert of the draw at Wimby or USO. He might give Nadal some problems there.
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Exactly tennisfan. See my post from earlier in the day when I said almost the same thing.

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