Federer Wins, Nadal Lines-up Hewitt at French Open
by Staff | May 28th, 2010, 4:58 pm
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It was catch-up day at the French Open following rain on Thursday, with 14 second-round men’s matches and eight third-round matches completed on Friday at Roland Garros.


There was only one seeded upset on the day out of 21 matches involving seeds, with the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. ousting No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

World No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal failed to give up a set between them in their respective matches, with the Swiss defeating German Julian Reister 6-4, 6-0, 6-4, and the Spaniard rolling past tough claycourter Horacio Zeballos 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal wasn’t overexcited with his game but said he would take the result.

“Is a little bit of improvement,” Nadal said of his overall game. “That’s always important to play a little bit better every day, no? So I did. Today I happy for the victory. Never easy. He’s a good player. He’s a young player and he’s coming well. So it’s a good win for me, and I’m happy for that. But I hope to keep improving.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were (3) Novak Djokovic subduing Kei Nishikori in straights, (4) Andy Murray over (25) Marcos Baghdatis in four sets, (5) Robin Soderling defeating (29) Al Montanes in four, (7) Fernando Verdasco beating Florent Serra in four, (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topping Thiemo De Bakker in four, (9) David Ferrer over Xavier Malisse who retired with a hamstring injury, and (10) Marin Cilic who outlasted Leo Mayer in five sets.

Other seeded winners were (14) Ivan Ljubicic who beat Mardy Fish 10-8 in the fifth, (15) Tomas Berdych who beat (17) John Isner allowing only five games, (16) Juan Carlos Ferrero, (19) Nicolas Almagro, (20) Stan Wawrinka who ended Fabio Fognini’s run in straights, (22) Jurgen Melzer, (24) Thomasz Bellucci who edged Pablo Andujar in five, (28) Lleyton Hewitt who outlasted Denis Isotomin in five, (30) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and (31) Victor Hanescu.

“I got nothing to lose out there,” Hewitt says of facing Nadal next. “It’s a matter of going out there and playing my game, and hopefully I can hit the ball well…He cleaned me up last few times. He’s obviously very dominant, especially on this surface. I’m gonna have to go out there and execute what I want to do, and do it bloody well.”

American Robby Ginepri was the lone unseeded winner on Friday, making good on his earlier upset of Sam Querrey by defeating Italian Potito Starace in four sets.

Saturday’s action for the men includes the highlights (3) Novak Djokovic vs. (31) Victor Hanescu, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. (28) Lleyton Hewitt, (6) Andy Roddick vs. Teimuraz Gabashvili, (7) Fernando Verdasco vs. (30) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (22) Jurgen Melzer vs. (9) David Ferrer, (16) Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Robby Ginepri, and (14) Ivan Ljubicic vs. (24) Thomaz Bellucci.


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327 Comments for Federer Wins, Nadal Lines-up Hewitt at French Open

Fot Says:

I had never been a Hewitt fan but he has grown on me (a little) or maybe I’m partial to the ‘older guys’ on tour. So I hope he can do something against Nadal (although I seriously don’t think he will). Here is hoping he won’t get bagled at least!

And what in the world has happened to Gonzo? He never should have parted fromm the coach that took him to the AO Final!


MJ Says:

Gonzo has bad tendinitis in both knees, I think Darren said today…really bad in the last five weeks…Makes me sad!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Another “cakewalk” for Rafa coming up. How do you say Bagel? Bicycle? Bread stick? No dis respect for Hewitt, a real fighter, but doesn’t have the firepower anymore to deal with Rafa, especially on Clay. Rafa has no excuse not to have a straight set win. Yawn…


Andrew Miller Says:

Draw “great” for Federer after what looked like a “nightmare” draw, given slew of upsets in that quarter. Can we have a shout out for Andy Murray, who is showing some courage out there in dispatching Marcos Baghdatis?


jane Says:

MJ, yes that’s sad new re: Gonza.

Skeeze, I agree that Hewitt probably would be lucky to win a set, especially since his last match went the distance, but I don’t think Zeballos today was that much of a cakewalk 2nd round match. He’s currently ranked 44th and he won the ATP “Newcomer of the Year” award last year.


jane Says:

Andrew – I will give a “shout out” to Murray, who I still think has one of the toughest draws. Also a big shout out to Kirilenko for the upset. You must be pleased. : )


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

I totally agree, AND…

I am sorry. Rafa’s quote got me again. Someone “enlighten” me.

So maybe he( Rafa )would have been more happy with his game if it was 6-0,6-0,6-0? Cause he still needs improvement after a 6-2,6-2,6-3 win over a “tough” Clay courter? I don’t think Horacio would say that about Rafa nor appreciate it. After that thumpin, his (Rafa) game is doing fine thank you very much. Go figure…just sayin…again….Rafa?

How about this;

“Horacio is great, I am happy with my game”, and go tell Unc Toni in private that you should have beat the kid worse than you did and your game needs more improvement? No?


jane Says:

Rafa wants to “improve a little bit” every match; that’s his M.O. It almost seems like he doesn’t really analyze his opponent’s play but more his own; he’s uber focused on his own game. That could be why, in the throes of a match, he rarely lets what the other guy is doing bother him. He just puts his head down and gets on with the next point. Then again, what do I know!? Im not in Rafa’s head. LOL.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Jane

..”he’s uber focused on his own game.”

I liked that! LOL TX :)


Kimmi Says:

happy for the fed ofcourse :)

Murray…yahoo! even happier. If I forget about the third set, it was an excellent perfomance. next berdych…tough one but you can do it Muzza

Hot sauce was exceptional too (take away third set) living up to his ranking so far.

Trying to catch up with some exciting matches. I have a long recording of about 8 hrs. I will pick and choose which matches to watch.


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi,

Murray is actually workin is way into this tourney, don’t you think? Like his showing so far, didn’t think he was up for it based on how he HAD been playing. Also thought your “Hotsauce” would burn out by now but he is doing well also :)


jane Says:

Agreed Skeezer: I think Murray’s draw, while tough, is actually working well for him, getting him prepped for later rounds.


Kimmi Says:

Skeezer, Yes, Murray is doing well and he had tricky opponents too. I bet the kolhschreiber who daft him in montecarlo wont get the same murray if they had to play again. Hope he keeps it up..when his serving is good (like this) it mean he is playing well. the berdy will be tough though, so I am hoping for the best.

Hotsauce played a lot of tennis recently..Nice was unnecessary if you asked me. But he was asked about his decision to play Nice after his succesful clay season..he said he played because he wanted too. He is feeling great and we will see what happens. Well, so far what happens is excellent 1st and second round and looking strong.
next kolhschreiber will be tough, so fingers crossed for hotsauce.


skeezerweezer Says:

Well it’s nice to take a moment that everyones favs are still in it, no? I was afraid Murry and Nole would be a no show, which they aren’t and we even got Roddick in the 3rd round! Excellant. It all makes for good tennis and I hope they all hold form and meet up so we can see some exciting stuff :)

Shaaaaammmoon!


Kimmi Says:

Some great matches today jane. Did not watch most of them..I got the fed first two sets though..happy for that :)

was following the score and I read some of your comments about that petrova vs rezai..I bet that turned out to the match of day?..i was shouting for rezai. there was a time the score board showed she won and then they changed to duece..hahahah! so many match points went down the drain for both…I am glad rezai was fighting and hoping she wins tomorrow.


jane Says:

Kimmi, yes, the Rezai vs. Petrova match was dramatic to say the least, and actually there was some strong hitting and serving overall. Rezai just never gives up. She was down a break or two even in the first set, 2-5, then she leveled it and won in a tiebreak. The second was more Petrova, and then Petrova broke early in the third and looked set to win, but Rezai would break her, then get broken, and so on. Petrova must’ve been in the position of serving for the match at least 3 times, whereas Rezai wasn’t but just wouldn’t let go. Petrova helped by choking at times too. Crazy.

Tennis wise, I found the matches between Murray and Baggy and Tsonga and de Bakker the most enthralling and full of power and variety.


Kimmi Says:

thanks for that jane. i have the matches recorded. i will definetly watch Murray vs baggy and some of de bakker vs Tsonga. i have started already…a very long recording.

sad for de bakker though but it will always be tough to play tsonga in paris. Still, de bakker is here to stay now. He will move up the ranking I am sure. great perfomance to third round of GS..I am sure it must be first time to do this well. Congrats to him.


Kimmi Says:

i have always wondered, what are the deficiencies on murrays first serve, why when he is not on, he hits very low % first serves? I just got the answer from the commentator. i am watching murray vs baggy at the moment and the commentator said murray’s 1st serve has a good pace but lacks “margin”. He does not use legs like federer or roddick.

i thought this is very interesting from the commentator. that’s probably the reason why when he is not “on” it goes to the net a lot.


eric Says:

Lacking margin on serve (or on any other groundie) simply means that Murray plays his usual hardcourt game on clay, serving flat and hard first serve, missing it a lot and surrendering his weak second serve to either a direct winner off the return or to a decisive initiative in the point.

Serve on clay needs to have higher net clearance and much more spin and placement. If you insist on serving flat, it may be great on a great serving day (see Soderling, Gulbis), but can go horribly wrong when your serve is even slightly off.


Kimmi Says:

eric – you are talking about a serve on “clay” and i am talking about a first serve.. period. the fact that murray is hitting flat and does not use legs his serve goes horribly wrong a lot of times, even on hard courts. I guess soda and gulbis have the same problem but i have never notice them having too much problems on the serve as murray.

i know that good clay courters use a lot of spin. murray groundies are not too flat, his FH has a lot of spin though lacks penetration. his BH is mostly flat but the use of slice works very well for him.


Andrew Miller Says:

Hello all! Yes – Jane, Kimmi, skeezerweezer, quite impressed by the Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Roddick/Verdasco showings, so far so good! I love Baghdatis AND the better player won – Murray is a beast out there. He really has a lot of “fightback” – like Rezai but without the mean streak in the press room! He’s now dispatched two of the most talented players in tennis in Gasquet and Baghdatis. I look forward to watching some tennis this weekend.

Quite pleased with the Flavia P./M. Kirilenko results! They are doing great! I like their games a lot. Still think Rezai has a shot at the finals (if she wins this round!!!)

I also think Sharapova can get a set off Henin.


Andrew Miller Says:

Huge win by Kirilenko!


andrea Says:

lots of great men’s matches coming up. too bad i’m on the road all weekend.

surprising to still see the two andy’s knocking about – they both barely made it out the first round!


margot Says:

Morning all! Expect you sleepy heads in the Americas are still in bed! As skeezer said, all the regular posters’ favourites are still in, so I’ll get my halfpenny’s worth in quick!
kimmi the fouth set of Murray match is ace, they’re both playing well and tennis is excellent. Also in that match is one of Andy’s specials -a bendy backhand round the edge of the net post. Genius guys, just genius. Thank god he’s getting a day’s rest.
jane, kimmi: isn’t Andy SMILING a lot more on court these days, he used to be quite dour and people accused him of being “sulky, surly” etc but seems happier these days.
Fingers crossed for Djko, Andy R and Verdasco, cos kimmi likes him and I do hope Hewitt doesn’t get massacred! See youse all later.


jane Says:

Morning margot – well good night for me actually. Yes, I noticed that today in the Baggy match that Murray, while still talking to himself and his coaches, was able to smile about good shots, misses and whatever. Very nice to see. I think he is looking strong here and he’s got a good shot at the semis this year – a couple more big hitters to get through first though.

I don’t think I can get up at 4:00 am for another of Nole’s matches, but maybe I can catch the end of it. Didn’t realize Hanescu is ranked in the top 30s, though I remember he troubled Fed this year at IW or Miami. Anyhow, hope Djoko gets it done and lives to compete in week 2.


Naderer Says:

Kimmi, if i may ask, do you really enjoy watching tennis given th@ you know the winner of the match and the score…?


kit Says:

watching federer’s match is like having a double treat… you are happy because he wins, and you are entertained with his beautiful play. really good time to watch tennis.


guy Says:

this berdych murray match is very hard to pick. initially i thought berdych might cruise to the quarters, but now murray actually looks threatening, at least when he’s not getting bagelled midmatch.

at this point i wouldn’t be surprised if murray made the semis, in which case he could even upset fed to make the final. sounds crazy.

still i hope berdych makes his first QF. his girlfriend btw is the most underachieving player on the WTA. she has the height, speed and massive forehand, and just plays too reckless. even looking like the exorcist demon isn’t helping that much.


wolfgang Says:

hey Kit
I agree with your assesment of watching Fed, I just hope he goes all the way this year…even if he doesn’t win another french open it would be nice for him to beat Nadal once in the Final..

Some great matches today…really hope Murray does well..I agree with Guy Berdych match hard to call…since he plays so inconsistent


Colin Says:

Murray is something of a tennis geek, always well informed on other players, and he has a theory as to why Berdych tends to lose in the 4th round at majors. Andy says Berdych always seems to be ranked between 13 and 20, and so gets a lot of tough draws in the 4th round. I hope Murray can prove himself to be a tough draw on Sunday! And of course we all hope the weather will be kind.
To go off at a tangent, does anyone agree that when watching on a screen, the ball is easier to see on red clay than on some other surfaces? I’m watching this FO online, mostly on the BBC website. Unexpectedly, the picture seems to me a little better (more contrasty)on ATDHE.


wolfgang Says:

HEY!!!anyone watching the Roddick match…he lost the first set already…poor Roddick looks really tired…I hope he and the other Andy continue to do well…Murray needs to win here and boost his confidence


Kimo Says:

Colin, I agree. The ball is easiest to see in RG and hardest to see at Wimbledon, the only green surface left.


wolfgang Says:

No comment on the A. Roddick match….Anyone know anything about this Gabashvilli guy? Roddick is really going far this year at RG.. its now 2-2 in the 2nd set…


wolfgang Says:

Serena almost got bageled in the second set after cruising to a 6-1 first set win…doesn’t look good for her


Kimo Says:

Gabashvili is giving Roddick a lesson in clay court tennis. Roddick can’t touch him right now.


Kimmi Says:

naderer, I can watch recorded matches,after knowing the winner but not all matches. i agree not too exciting..Normally will be matches of my faves (if they win ofcourse). or some great matches on the day.

serena had to call the doc in the second set, but she see to be back to herself again.

roddick in big trouble again today..he is down 2 set to love at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

roddick down a break in the third..oh no..oh no! who is gabashvilli, is he a clay courter?


Kimo Says:

Yes Kimmi. He’s mainly a clay courter, but he’s just a below average journeyman occasionally cracking the top 100. He’s currently 114. He played Rafa on Lenglen last year in the 2nd round losing 1,4 and 2.

He just has more clay court know-how than Roddick. Roddick is making all kind of wrong decisions on court today.


Kimmi Says:

kimo..the guys has hit 53 winners at the moment to roddick 16..that is a BIG difference.


Kimo Says:

If you’re watching the match you can see why. Andy is just slicing high and through the middle and Gabashvili just tattooes them. There’s no venom on Andy’s topspin shots either.


Kimmi Says:

roddick fighting..just saved another break point?


Kimmi Says:

i am watching on the stream now. my tv is showing serena..roddick is broken again. i am afraid things are looking worse for roddick.

winners 58 to 17 unbelivable


wolfgang Says:

poor andy he is finished…he looks so tired


wolfgang Says:

Hey Roddick finally won a game but he looks finished…But at least Serena is coming back


Kimmi Says:

serena won her match..a little bit of a wooble in the second but back to business in the third.


Kimmi Says:

roddick out. i am fascinated by the amount of winners this guy hit…too many.


Kimo Says:

Rezai breaks. Seems like we picked up where we left off.


Kimo Says:

oops. I mean Petrova breaks.


Kimmi Says:

rezai vs petrova,,rezai is broken straight away. petrova to serve for the match


Kimo Says:

And now Rezai breaks. Ridiculous.


Kimmi Says:

rezai breaks back..hehehe

can rezai just hold here please


Kimmi Says:

0-40 already..unbelivable


Kimmi Says:

petrova breaks


Kimo Says:

Petrova breaks. Now she’ll serve for the match for the fifth time. Will someone get down there and teach these girls how to hold serve!!!


Kimmi Says:

3 match points petrova


Kimo Says:

Petrova wins. FINALLY!!!


Kimmi Says:

petrova wins..rezai could not hold serve ..too bad.


Kimmi Says:

presentation for Sebastien Grosjean. he is retiring. age 32. we saw some great tennis from him at wimbledon, i think he reached a semi there. good luck to him.


Kimmi Says:

the commentator said it is heavy conditions today. did it rain earlier? it definetly looks a little dark..I guess thats why roddick was struggling.

Djoko on the court with hanescu..here we go!


Kimmi Says:

routing for the djoker, i would like to see him in the semi with nadal..djoko vs nadal matches are always exciting..adje!


Kimmi Says:

ferrer down a break to melzer


Kimmi Says:

djoko breaks, second game


Kimmi Says:

bartoli stop playing on a set point..thinking the ball long on the baseline. it turned out to be in. ouch!


Kimmi Says:

hanescu cannot get passed djokovic defence..djoko cruising a.t.m


Kimmi Says:

ferrer a problem with melzer..melzer took the first set


NELTA Says:

Kimmi Says:
the commentator said it is heavy conditions today. did it rain earlier? it definetly looks a little dark..I guess thats why roddick was struggling.

Djoko on the court with hanescu..here we go!
—————————————————
Definitely heavy conditions. Roddick only had 4 aces in 3 sets of play. The 11am match will tend to have heavier conditions even on a warm, sunny day because the sun and heat haven’t peaked yet. The moisture in the clay hasn’t had a chance to bake off.

One clue to look at is the player’s shadow on court. When you don’t see one or it is poorly defined then conditions will be a little heavier.

Another thing you can look at if you have high definition TV(you can’t see it on an internet stream) is the reaction of the ball when it hits the clay on a 1st serve. When the court is hard and dry you can see a small POOF when the ball strikes the clay on a hard 1st serve. If there is a lot of moisture in the clay you won’t see any dust kick up.


Kimmi Says:

its started raining out there, umbrellas are up but not enough to stop play :(


Kimmi Says:

thanks NELTA, that explain., early matches are no good for players who do not like slow conditions. but it also looks like it was drizzling earlier, umbrellas were up but not anymore…so it must be a cloudy day too. Double whammy!


margot Says:

Gr8 start by Djko! jane, get up!


margot Says:

Oh and sorry about Andy R. but don’t suppose he’s too upset, bring on the grass for him!


Kimmi Says:

ferrer in BIG trouble. 2 sets down. bageled in the second. What is going on ? melzer can be dangerous but still…

can he come back?


Kimmi Says:

shahar peer, i like her. she won against bartoli :)


Kimmi Says:

not good day for americans, bryan brothers are out. defeated by brazilian pair!


Kimmi Says:

djoko gifting the break right back..2 double fautls and 2 errors..ouch!


Daniel Says:

4 break in second set, 2-2. What’s wrong wth Djoko and Hanescu?


i am it Says:

Hi Margot and Kimmi! Are you guys awake, J., Duro, Sar, Ben and all?
Thanks I am awake for this match, in a shabby motel room.
Djoko is striking ball clean and some heavy hitting, playing corner to corner and some nice volleys but his serve is betrying him here and there (1 in 1st set but already 4 in the 2nd), twice at wrong times. He is showing some emotions in frustration, banging racket, etc., which I take to be good sign that he wants to win. With 2 double faults in the same game (2nd game 2nd set) Djoko gave back break but in the next he broke again to take 2-1 lead. Two more double faults to face 3 break points down, and Djoko gets broken 2nd time in a row. Now Hanescu suddenly takes lead, with 2 games in a row. Djoko should win but it is ugly to watch those double faults.
Catch you tomorrow if I wake up?


Kimmi Says:

Its windy at the moment and conditons are heavy. players not enjoying it. Djoko gave a second set “gift” to hanescu. 6 double faults and hanescu started swinging. needs to regroup in the third.

ferre fighting. tie breaker in the third set. lose tiebreaker go home ferrer. too close for comfort.

hotsauce struggling holding serve


Kimmi Says:

melzer 5 match points. thats it. ferrer out in straight set. did not see that one coming!


jane Says:

I peaked at the scores. Wow! Roddick out, Ferrer out. It’s upset city! And Djoko’s lost the second set. Verdasco is down a break Sheesh: I may go back to bed and wake up to see if order is restored.

Please send positive vibes to Nole guys!!


margot Says:

Oh dear, jane better stay in bed! To rephrase Clinton “It’s the serve stupid.”
kimo: the only matches I like watching replays of are the ones Andy wins, cos then I just sit back and relax, rather than chewing my nails!


jane Says:

margot, I saw – 8 double faults. Ugh. Hanescu is no slouch either.

Was somewhat surprised to see Roddick out, but not totally since he was unprepared and probably wants to get to grass.

But me, my cats, most pundits, fans and their dogs all pretty much had Ferrer penciled into the semis. Shocker!

sar will be happy Petrova beat Rezai. It’s a good win for Petrova as she often has mental meltdowns.


Kimmi Says:

jane – you are up..pls stay up. we need company. upset city alright today. djoko playing better so far but hanescu has upped the ante.

verdasco cant hold serve..oh boy!


Kimmi Says:

djoko breaks..good direction.


jane Says:

If he wins the third set I may stay up Kimmi : /At least he is up a break but with his serve these days, that doesn’t mean a lot. Someone should tweet him about all the upsets for motivation, lol.

Am sending positive vibes to Verdasco too. Kohls likes to get these upsets but then he almost invariably goes out the next round.


Gannu Says:

Upsets galore at RG

Roddick, Ferrer, Rezai,Bartoli, Wickmayer, Kelyabanova all higher seeds gone..

and verdasco has lost the first set… Djoko struggling!!!


Kimmi Says:

djoko bag the second. much better. need to finish it here.

verdasco..oh dear. down 2 breaks.


jane Says:

Ferrero, Almagro and Bellucci ticking along – But Ljub finished at 10-8 in the 5th set yesterday so I don’t think he has much chance against Bellucci.

Looks like Verdasco won’t win this first set.


margot Says:

jane: it’s OK, you can stay up! Djko looking very, very good now. Hunescu looking very, very average.
My oh my, all these seeds tumbling and how on earth did Meltzer beat Ferrer? Like you jane, my godfish, if I had one, would’ve had money on Ferrer for the semis.


Kimmi Says:

jane good vibes are needed. vanescu breaks early in the 4th

verdasco, what is happening now! obviously needs to play better..


Kimmi Says:

break back point djoko


Kimmi Says:

breaks right back


jane Says:

All I can say is – NOW HOLD. Sheesh. (That goes for you too Hotsauce).


Kimmi Says:

hotsauce is not winning this match i am afraid..he struggles to hold all his service games..that wont cut it.


jane Says:

Dolgo tried to get a break but Nico was having none of it; he’ll be through in straights. Bellucci also looking comfortable. Ginepri levels the first with JCF!

Kimmi, Verdasco seems to be doing a bit better in this second set. Keep hoping.

Please Djoko serve and hold and finish this match; even if you get beat next round at least you’ll have gone one further than last year!


St4r5 Says:

If Rafa doesn’t win this tournament he can go and hang his racket forever because he has the easiest draw. Almost all the best players are on Federer’s side… Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Sorderling, etc.. etc..


Kimmi Says:

verdasco pumped up..yeah great to see.

Djoko very close to the finish line…big serves from hanescu to keep things going..


Kimmi Says:

verdasco breaks..great. now hold and serve for the set

Djoko to serve it out..great points to break by djoko.


jane Says:

Hotsauce and Djoko both break! Good job : )

Kimmi, maybe Hotsauce just came out, um, cold. : ?


jane Says:

St4r5, Djoko is on Rafa’s side.

Ginepri is really taking to JCF right now, may win the first set.


jane Says:

Bravo Nole!!! : )


Kimmi Says:

yeah Djoko..congrats. jane, why would he get beaten in the next round? his draw is opening up..ferrer is out. Roddick out.

You mean ferrero? needs to win ginepri first. Ginepri has a set point to take first set. And took it.

Djoko all the way to the semi, c’moon


Kimo Says:

We’ve never had a Djoko-Fed semi at Roland Garros. I hope to see how they’ll match up on clay.


margot Says:

jane, sar ollyk, duro, breathe easy! Apart from doing an Andy in the middle of that match, I thought Djko looked very impressive.
Do hope Hewitt gets a set off Rafa, I like him very much, such a fighter. Any of you guys seen “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”? Hewitt reminds me of the knight in that, legs and arms hacked off but still shouting “Come on you cowards I can beat you”!


Kimmi Says:

verdasco breaks early in the 3rd set..vamos!


jane Says:

Kimmi, Hotsauce is back on track!

And if Djoko can make the semis I will be in 7th heaven. I’m a little skeptical because of the service hiccups. Hanescu played a good match, but each round will be tougher. Ginepri is riding momentum, “feeling it” as they say (see Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” for elaboration), and of course JCF is great on clay. So while things are opening up, I’m not taking anything for granted. Wait, see, and hope for the best.


jane Says:

Kimo Djoko is on Rafa’s side.


jane Says:

margot, re: Hewitt and Knight from holy grail – Totally, and lol!


margot Says:

jane: lol, knew you’d have seen it!


Karthick Says:

is there any other links for watching the matches live apart from atdhe.net?


pro rafa Says:

St4r5 Says:

If Rafa doesn’t win this tournament he can go and hang his racket forever because he has the easiest draw. Almost all the best players are on Federer’s side… Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Sorderling, etc.. etc..

well i must say that djoko is in nadal’s quarter n murray is gonna be cakewalk for fedrer…on the other hand djoko match will be tough for nadal…. n he also has verdasco in his path…. remember that 5 hour marathon in AO 2009


Kimo Says:

Djoko is on Rafa’s side? Damn, that happens everytime :D

What I like about a Rafa-Hewitt matchup is that they are both very consistent from the baseline. We will have some really long rallies in this one.


Kimo Says:

pro rafa said:

“n he also has verdasco in his path…. remember that 5 hour marathon in AO 2009″

Remember the one hour slaughter in Monte-Carlo this year?


Kimmi Says:

hewitt breaks..can he hold, that the big question


Kimo Says:

Hewitt has to prevent Rafa from bullying him with the forehand.


Kimmi Says:

verdasco gave the break right back..


Karthick Says:

Thanks a lot Jane.. you rock…


Kimmi Says:

the errors on a sitter FH does not help hewitt


jane Says:

Awwww thanks Karthick. You made my day. : )

Interesting times – it looks cold there today. Never thought Hew would come out and break. Still very early goings though.


Duro Says:

Guantanamera, nanina Guantanamera, Guantanameraaaa, nanina Guantanameraaaa… My hit of the day.

Come on Nole, ole ole ole!

Semis in the air…


Skeezerweezer Says:

“St4r5 Says:
If Rafa doesn’t win this tournament he can go and hang his racket forever because he has the easiest draw. ”

Swat I have been sayin, except Nole is on Rafa’s side. Roddick and Ferrer are out, not that they were going to cause Rafa any problems anyways. The top half looks a lot more fun. Hope Nole gets through to see Rafa so maybe we can see a little tennis on that side, otherwise, what a “cakewalk” for Rafa from the get go……


Skeezerweezer Says:

@kimo

“Ditto” :)


Kimmi Says:

Duro..love that song.

Hewitt ALMOST hold serve..ALMOST!


Duro Says:

Kimmimmissimo lovissimmo!


Kimo Says:

Lleyton is letting Rafa bully him with the forehand. This match is over.


Skeezerweezer Says:

And Nadal breaks…………………..yawn


Kimmi Says:

Duro, isn’t djoko draw opening up or what..this is the time to send rafa back Mallorca. adje!

lovissimmo back to you too :)


jane Says:

What I want to know is who watched the Ferrer vs. Melzer match? I wish I could’ve seen that to see what exactly Melzer did to knock out David in three straight including a bagel set. Seriously. What the?


Kimo Says:

I didn’t see the Ferrer match, but that’s David: good at regular tournies, sucks at slams.


Kimmi Says:

jane, very true about melzer. he beat hotsauce in madrid too. He can be very aggressive at time. But a bagel to ferre, really…cant believe it!

Verdasco turning around this match…vamos!


Duro Says:

Kimmi, too bold to predict so, but who knows… :-)

Hi, Jane. Melzer is a type of a player similar to Nieminen. Very agile, good reflexes… When on fire very tough. Ferrer has a GS problem, plus he missed to peak properly, same as Nole last year. Even if David won I predicted semis for Novak anyway.


Kimo Says:

Can we just fast forward to Sharapova-Henin?


NELTA Says:

Hewitt avoids the breadstick in set 1.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Duro. me making “bold” predictions, I thought you are the master of it :) ha!

Anyways, I am on Nole this tourney..we need rafa/nole..adje!


Duro Says:

Kimo, never underestimate former number 1!

Just kidding… :-)

But still, Davydenko lost 6:0 to ultimate competitor, but won anyway.


Daniel Says:

This conditions are the best chance for Hewitt, and he is missing some silly balls, that’s why he is so frustrated.


Kimo Says:

Duro, are you even watching the match? It looks painful for Hewitt.

So in order to pass the time let me start a discussion. How well do you think will Rafa play in the grass court season?


Kimmi Says:

ferrero making a come back..hotsauce slacking up in this set..c’mon get going.


jane Says:

Hewitt is not playing badly, some nice tennis. But Rafa is Rafa. : )

J.C. experiencing resurrection? I mean, JCF.

Kimmi, Hotsauce needs more gooooood vibrations. Send them out. And make sure you stick around for Henin vs. Sharpie.


Daniel Says:

Jane, I saw last two sets, Melzer’s backhand was amazing, he puts his shoulder in front of the ball and rotate his torso beautfully, to generate power without making much effort, he played solid all match. A lot of winners from that wing, and Ferrer was making silly mistakes, it was not his day.


jane Says:

Hello Duro! Thanks for the input on Melzer. I know he’s troubled Murray in the past, pushed him to five sets at the slams. I checked and Nole is 2-0 over him – but that was when his serve was clicking. So anyhow, fingers crossed. Will be cleaning the house during all Nole matches here on out, with one eye on the TV. It’s worked in the past, so why not. LOL.


goat galz Says:

Von Dear, Hiding?
Too bad your prediction of journeyman Roddick beating joker didn’t come to fruition. He even lost to a qualifier. tsk tsk. Stomach ache again? It looks like Gabashvili took out a great big old can of Whoop Azz.


Daniel Says:

I think he will pull out of Queens if he wins RG, or if he plays he won’t be full force on it. He must save some energy from Wimby.


Kimmi Says:

2 breaks down hotsauce, I am sending the good vibrations but…

If this goes to fifth which looks like it will hotsauce is toast.

Henin vs sharpie we have the date. Gooo henin!


jane Says:

Thanks too to you Daniel; I wish I would’ve seen it. Melzer is the surprise of the day for me. But if Ferrer was having an “off” day that also explains the lopsided scoreline. I could see Ferrer going out in 5 sets, but in a straight set win with bagels I just couldn’t wrap my head around. Oh well, kudos to Melzer. Only I don’t want him to beat Djoko if Djoko gets that far. : /


Duro Says:

Kimmi, yes, but we’re talking about no serve Nole, not the regular No1-le. We shall see about it. Always best when playing Rafa, so who knows… Rafa’s looping suits Novak’s game. If only his serve was the old one… Anyway, I’m satisfied with semis if he gets there, no matter what. Some additional points would do him well after-all.

kimo, how about talking about Rafa slipping on the line and twisting his knee two games from now?

We’ll talk Wimbledon when the times come, and we should pay some respect to the former number one. Of course I’m not watching the match. How else could I chat with you? When I watch the match no disruption!


jane Says:

I agree with Daniel. Rafa is going to pace himself for the slams for the rest of the season; he knows that he can rack up the points at Wimbledon so he’ll be going for it. If he plays this more aggressive style he may be even more dangerous on grass than the past? There are players who could upset him though, if they get on a roll. Still, all points at Wimbledon and Queens are gravy.


Kimo Says:

Daniel Says:

“I think he will pull out of Queens if he wins RG, or if he plays he won’t be full force on it. He must save some energy from Wimby.”

No way. He will definitely play Queens, RG or no RG. He hasn’t played a match on grass in two years. He’s probably forgotten how to play on it. He need all the practice he can get. Rafa was never a natural on grass. It took him years of preparation to finally pull it off, and during those years he was pushed several times (Youzhny, Soderling). I think he’ll make the quarters at Queens, properly the same the Wimbledon unless he gets a cushy draw.


Kimo Says:

Duro said:

“kimo, how about talking about Rafa slipping on the line and twisting his knee two games from now? ”

I know anything can happen but still, we’re just chatting. What if tomorrow is the day of reckoning? What if a giant meteor strikes Paris right now? Let’s just chat, dude.

“Of course I’m not watching the match. How else could I chat with you? When I watch the match no disruption!”

That explains everything.


jane Says:

Rafa will wear down Hewitt, considering he’s had the hip issues and all, not to mention just grinding out a 5 setter. Still, Hew is showing some old warrior here and there.


Kimo Says:

jane, you’re talking as if as soon as Rafa steps on a grass court magoc will start to happen. I guarantee you. Magic will NOT happen. Remember what Rafa was like after a two month layoff last year? He could barely remember how to serve. His confidence was in the gutter. He barely remembered how to construct points. He looked like the Rafa of 2006.

Now after two years of no grass play at all, you’re telling me he’ll just rack up the points at Wimbledon? No way.


Duro Says:

kimo, just kidding, man! Relax.


jane Says:

Kimo, “He’s probably forgotten how to play on it.” This is merely wishful thinking here. Don’t underestimate Rafa; his progress on grass was phenomenal! He got to the finals in 06, and won 1 set; he got to the finals in 07, and won 2 sets; he got to the finals in 08 and won the match. I am sure he “remembers” how to play on grass. I am not saying he’ll win, but he is 2nd or 3rd favorite.


jane Says:

Kimo “Now after two years of no grass play at all, you’re telling me he’ll just rack up the points at Wimbledon? ”

Yep. I am telling you that. BUT. this is if Rafa wins Roland Garros, as his confidence will be sky high; he’ll have essentially conquered the field through the entire clay season. I’d expect him to get to the quarters or so at Queens and the semis at Wimbledon. I could be wrong, but that’s just how I see it. Roddick and Murray could be dangerous for Rafa, or maybe Gulbis if he is “on” but who else?


Kimmi Says:

did hewitt just broke back..good for u mate!


sar Says:

Good morning everyone. I was watching Nole’s last two sets and was glad he won. I am surprised about Roddick and the Bryans. The Bryans will get their win over Woodies but it will take a few more tries. I want Genepri and Kohls to go to five sets and want JJ to advance. I wish she would win this and thank the crowd in French! I am hoping for someone who has never won this, specifically someone who has never won a GS.


Duro Says:

But if we are serious, then I think Rafa will play just fine in the grass court season, but not as fine as on the clay courts, so nothing new. Murray will win the Wimby, beating Novak in the finals. Rafa will lost to Novak, and Fed to Murray. Rafa number one two months from now, but not at the end of the year. Fed third. How about that? We’re just chatting.


Kimmi Says:

rafa will tell us he did not play well at all today but he is improving every day..hewitt broke him twice and about to hold..ALMOST!


Skeezerweezer Says:

No bagel for Rafa? Something is amiss…Rafa breaks again…surprise….surprise just another..”cakewalk”. Maybe he’ll finally have to run if Nole gets through. Hope Hewitt gets some revenge at Wimby


Duro Says:

Hey Sar!!! Happy to see you! Good day for us. Some good results happened.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s footwork is really remarakble. It’s not even that hard to hit his forehand like he does ( OK, it is), the problem is position himself to always has a solid ground. He is very quick running away his backhand. To me this is the most important aspect of his whole game to work.


Kimo Says:

jane, How about Gasquet, Youzhny, Berdych, Soderling (although it seems like he’s almost always on Fed’s side) to name a few.


Kimo Says:

Daniel said:

“To me this is the most important aspect of his whole game to work.”

Absolutely, which is why he’s not as good on other surface, he simply doesn’t have the time to position himself for the forehand that well. In case you haven’t noticed. Rafa hits a lot more off forehands on clay than on hard courts or grass. He has the extra time to run around the backhand and bully his opponent with the forehand.


Von Says:

goat galz:

I’m so sorry you’re so unobservant. Haven’t you noticed that I very rarely post, so why don’t you just go and shear some more goats to finish off that wig you so desperately need for your bald spots.

The only reason you hate Roddick is because he has chosen to sleep in Decker’s bed, and I mean double-decker’s bed rather than yours. And, that my sore loser, battered by the pangs olf ujrequited love, speaks volumes with respect to your blind fury. Hell hath no fury like a woman scolrned and/or spurned.!

Know waht, you’re such a band-wagoner, just like quite a few of them here. You’ve jumped on the joker’s wagon even though you don’t like him, as a matter of fact, you don’t like any player. And, a few are now on the joker’s and other bandwagons due to being a part of the club, — a year ago there was some strong dislike for the joker from the ones rooting for him nowadays. In fact some have jumped on so many bandwagon, roddick’s, Nadal’s, murray’s, Gulbis, that’s it now difficult keeping up with the hill of Mexican jumping beans.

Why don’t you go take a hike and try to get that wig in place, then maybe Roddick might take a second glance at you, but I’d hazard a guess and say, he dosn’t like the smell of goats = yol’re a loser. phewwwwwww


OllyK Says:

Jane, duro, sar…pheeew! Ajde, Noleee, we want semis, you can do it!!


Daniel Says:

I think a Murray x Nole final would be interesting in RG. If Fed or Nadal (hard to think) are not in the final, could be these two, going 5 sets for a change.


sar Says:

JJ Bondarenko match after Verdasco.


margot Says:

jane, kimmi: just read on beeb site that Andy says clay is his favourite surface!!! That was a big surprise.
Only half peeking at Hewitt v. Rafa cos I do not want Hew to be slaughtered in front of my eyes.


Kimmi Says:

HOTSAUCE came back from 2 breaks down to even the set. 5-4* now..*kohl serving.

C’mon, win it in 4


jane Says:

Kimo, I don’t think any of those guys can beat Rafa on grass over 5 sets, except Soda. It’s not game – but all of them are mentally not strong enough. Come on, this is nothing new; you know that. Soda used to be a hot head, but he’s settled down into a cool Swede, so yeah, he could beat Rafa in 5 on grass if all is clicking for him.


Daniel Says:

Agree Kimo, that’s why a heaven intervention must happen for him to win US Open. Too many power hitters and serves to keep him of balance.


Kimmi Says:

Hewitt ALMOST holding to go 4-3..c’mon mate


jane Says:

Good for Hotsauce Kimmi! And J.C. is resurrecting. Looks like that match is going 5 sets.


Daniel Says:

Congrats to Hewitt, the first player in RG to take 4 games out of Nadal in one set, hey!!!


Kimmi Says:

I am glad hewit is playing rafa better this year. Go hewitt


Daniel Says:

Wow!!!! He won the point rolling on the court.


Kimmi Says:

the crowd chanting “philip philip”..verdasco will not get the love from french crowd for sure

C’mooon, win it in 4


Duro Says:

Hey Ollyyyy! Expected you to step by… Still long way to go for Nole. If we could buy a serve somewhere for him, I wouldn’t fear no one!

Margot, your fave grew up in Spain tennis-wise, so…


NELTA Says:

One thing to note about heavy conditions is that you will feel it more if you use a light racket. Conversely, you won’t feel it as much if you use a heavier racket. To demonstrate this in the extreme pretend that you are hitting a baseball with a wooden bat then switch to using a whiffle ball bat and you will see how the baseball provides a counter force to the light whiffle ball bat.

Nadal used a light weight racket which helps him generate that incredible racket head acceleration. The stock weight(not sure if he customizes) of his Babolat racket is only 300g.

Federer’s Wilson racket has a stock weight of 339 grams and he customizes it to make it even heavier so it is at least 13% heavier than Nadal’s racket.

Therefore Nadal is going to notice more of a difference in his ball striking under heavier conditions.


jane Says:

margot “Andy says clay is his favourite surface!!! That was a big surprise.” – i think the ATP site says the same thing. I have heard that before. It’s something people forget, but Murray trained in Spain when he was younger, so no doubt he has an affinity for it. But as I always say, he can play on any surface.

OllyK – woot!

Daniel – a Murray vs. Nole final, if it came to pass, would make me a very happy tennis fan. Fed and Rafa are fun to watch, but we’ve seen that A LOT of them in the slams. I’m all for something new.
: )

Very admirable of Hewitt to hang tough like this. Let’s not forget that he got Rafa to a tiebreak here in 07; last year he was suffering the hip woes, pre-operation wasn’t it?

Kohls broke back in the fourth set Kimmi. Sigh


margot Says:

Hi Duro, Djko looked v. impressive I thought, really hope he goes through to meet Rafa. Firworks!
Yeah, suppose about Andy but to me clay looks his least comfortable surface. Does not move as well on it as others so he doesn’t get to the ball at right time.


margot Says:

Yikes! Fireworks I mean!


Daniel Says:

40-15 and he gets broken. That must be disapointing.


Kimmi Says:

oh no! verdasco hurt himself really bad on the toe. he can’t play..maybe he will retire :((


OllyK Says:

Duro: “If we could buy a serve somewhere for him, I wouldn’t fear no one!”

LOL!;) If you find it, we’ll share the expences. :D

Btw, is this the first time this year Nole got some points? Is that a good sign or what?


NELTA Says:

Nadal hasn’t looked unbeatable in these last 2 rounds, but let’s see how he looks when we get a hot sunny day.


Daniel Says:

Hewitt should use dome drop shots just to change a ittle. He is becamiung to predictabe for Nadal at times. Now let’s see if he will show some effort in the third or Nadal will have his first 6-1, 6-0 set.


Kimmi Says:

kohl take the 4th set..we go to fifth

Kohl on the momentum


Von Says:

Daniel:

“Hewitt should use dome drop shots just to change a ittle.”

What’s a *dome* drop shot? Just kidding, LOL. I know you mean *some*. Your typing is becoming as bad as mine — I’m hopeless, but mine is due to vanity = long nails.


jane Says:

Well, Verdasco is into a fifth Kimmi; he seems to be playing on and I like him to come through unless he has to retire. Didn’t see the injury; what is wrong with his toe?


Duro Says:

Olly, ca you believe it! First points this year and he was number two ten days ago. He should feel lucky that he didn’t pay more for his results. Now it’s time to gain some. FO and Wimby then. Slams matter, right? Look at last year. Quite the opposite.


Von Says:

C’mon Kohls, put away the Habanero!


Daniel Says:

Another time with game point surrender the game. Fed did this 3 of the 4 breaks in the Madrid final. In orther to beat Nadal you have to a teast win yout game points.


NELTA Says:

I’ll tell you one thing, Hewitt returns Nadal’s serve better than Federer does.


NELTA Says:

Ump just gave Nadal a time violation warning.


Kimo Says:

Rafa playing really bad right now.


Duro Says:

Kimo? Wtf? You said something else. Should I watch it?


jane Says:

NELTA, True. Hewitt is returning Nadal’s serve well today.


Kimmi Says:

jane – he was serving while 5-5 in the 4th and hurt his toe..he seem to be OK here though but who knows..anything can happen in this set!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Time warning fo Rafa? About friggin’ time!


jane Says:

Kimmi, yep, 5th sets are almost always a crapshoot. It’s tough to know who’ll get the momentum. Looks like Ginepri will beat JCF unless Juan Carlos can break back.

The commentators I am listening to said Hewitt’s left hip is starting to bother him.


Kimo Says:

Oh no. It’s raining.


Kimmi Says:

RAIN..that make the courts even heavier..


Duro Says:

People, never underestimate former number ones… You never know when they gonna wake up and act as ones.


OllyK Says:

Duro, yes, it looks like our boy was hanging around a lot with Fed…so, now, only slams matter to him, too! :)


Kimmi Says:

hotsauce 15 DF so far..well well, its a 5 sets match :)


jane Says:

I wonder if Henin and Sharpie will even get to play their full match? It’s 7:00 pm already.

Hotsauce, breaks Kimmi – now he just needs to hold. Ginepri is through.


Kimmi Says:

verdasco breakes..c’mon HOLD!!

This hewitt game is back and forth..rafa has like 4 break points ? hewitt adv, now..he is fighting.

back to duece…


Kimo Says:

Ginepri beats JCF.


Kimmi Says:

Ginepri..good for him. Wow what a tournament he is having hey!


Daniel Says:

Hewitt deserve this last game. It is a very high quality match so far.


Kimo Says:

Rafa is definitely playing bad, like 2009 RG bad.


NELTA Says:

Kimmi Says:
hotsauce 15 DF so far..well well, its a 5 sets match :)
———————————————-
He’s got a bad case of Djokovitis today


Daniel Says:

Von,

My keyboard is temperamental, plus the “L” is stucking.
And I am lazzy with my laptop on my belly watching the matches, more of these will come.:)


Kimo Says:

The tournament organizers really suck at scheduling this year. Tomorrow, the last two matches on Chatrier and Lenglen are mens matches. They’re just looking for trouble.


Kimmi Says:

match point verdasco, c’moon


Daniel Says:

This match is a long match so far for 2 and a half sets, 2:15 hs. Imagine if it go to a fifth, record breaker.


Kimmi Says:

WOOOOT!! what a tough match to come thru. Digging deep he did. Congrats.


jane Says:

Kimmi, yes, what a tournament for Ginepri; he has had some moments here and there, but since 06 almost he has struggled. He has a good serve, powerful baseline strokes, and now some confidence.

Verdasco is through. : )

Hewitt is giving an impressive effort. Really being aggressive. But I agree with Kimo that Rafa is not playing great today, too many errors and short balls.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s form is decreasing as the tourney goes by, for his standards of course. Maybe by the time semis come, Djoko will have a chance.


jane Says:

Come on NELTA, Djoko only had 8 doubles over 4 sets. : P

Fan getting kicked out, lol. Nutball.


jane Says:

Daniel, please don’t pencil Djoko into the semis yet; who knows what’ll happen. As Duro said, this is “no serve” Nole.

LOL on your laptop on your belly pose; I am in the same pose. We’re armchair fans for now.

Kimmi, they showed Rezai in the crowd watching; I’ll be she wants to stick around for Henin and Sharapova?


Kimmi Says:

daniel, I think its the conditions..heavy. His topspin does not work so much. So hewitt can match him a little. Come sunny day..rafa topspin will push his opponents back and will most often go for the kill early.


Daniel Says:

Well Nadal’s forehand in the paralel is working fine, severel winners.


Kimmi Says:

I saw rezai jane, with her hair down she looks stunning. Too bad she lost today :(


Daniel Says:

Jane, I am in my bed, get the picture? :)


margot Says:

Forecast not good 4 tomorrow. When is schedule of play published. Do not want Andy to have to play back to back again.


Kimmi Says:

Rafa wins :)


Kimo Says:

Finally!!!

Rafa’s matches take way too much time. Roger almost never goes over two hours in a three set match.


jane Says:

Congrats to Rafa; nice effort from Hewitt too. He used the right strategy.

Kimmi, totally non-tennis related (well mainly) I think Rezai coloured her hair, put in golden highlights, as it looked darker at Madrid. Doesn’t she know about playoff beards? You don’t change things when you’re winning. : )


Kimmi Says:

stosur under the radar, wins her matches easily. no one is talking about her..Go sam.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is playing great but not 08′ form. I think the conditions will be key for anybody to beat him: if it’s sunny, RG n. 5 for him, if the weather keeps like this, maybe Djoko, or Fed/Soda/Murray will have a chance. I think only this 4 has a true chance on this tourney.
Even if Murray doens’t play that well yet on clay, he is 2-1 against Nadal in Slams, and Fed and Soda already beaten NAdal in Slams. The only one missing, and a win on clay is Djoko.


jane Says:

Daniel, LOL. I get the picture; couch for me.

margot, oh no. They usually don’t put up the schedule until a little while after the last match is done. I’ll be some of these matches don’t get finished unless the ladies, like JJ/Bonda and Henin/Shara are through in straights.


Kimmi Says:

lol jane, she will learn that for sure. She did good with her dress though, same one for a long time. never seen her with another dress :)

same as Wozniacki…i am tired of her dress..she wore the same in the USO last year and everywhere else.

They are showing bits of roddick vs gabashville


jane Says:

Yes, Gaba (gaba hey) is looking strong; easy winners and a lot of power.


Von Says:

Daniel, Way to go — that’s the life, sitting on the bed, watching tennis, and typing about *dome* shots. Good for you!! LOL.

BTW, at least you can solve your problem with the sticking keys, I’d have to cut off my nails, and that’s a no, no.


Kimmi Says:

margot – andy M is already scheduled to play last in lenglen. Hope he gets to play and finish the match with this rain..fingers crossed.

maria vs henin

jane..we have a date


margot Says:

jane: just seen it, it’s up on beeb, Andy is on last! Of course they’d put Fed up b4 him, you couldn’t keep the maestro waiting could yer, but still….


Duro Says:

Rafael Nadal is a virus in the tennis world. No antibiotic helps… He destroys every organism. R1N1. The ultimate competitor…


jane Says:

Care to make any predictions? I think Kimo is watching too. It’s looking cold, a little dark. Sharapova’s warm up sweater in that dark maroon colour is gorgeous. She looks nice in that colour.


Duro Says:

Jane, getting carried away again, with romantics and everything…? You always do when feeling fine. Pleased about something? :-)


jane Says:

margot, bummer that Andy M is last; I wonder if Lenglen might help him against Berdych? I heard courts 1 and 2 play faster than Lenglen and Chatrier. So the slower conditions might negate some of Berdych’s power or no?


Kimmi Says:

Henin with a good start..allez


Kimo Says:

Will Henin ever try and not be boring with her outfit?!


jane Says:

Duro “R1N1. The ultimate competitor…” LOL!

Sharapova – worst possible start. I don’t really care who wins, probably want Henin more because she can win the whole event. It’d be great to see Henin win Wimbledon most of all though, and get that career slam. Anyhow hope this match is somewhat competitive anyhow. JJ keeps breaking Bonda but can’t hold her own serve. Stosur is through.


Kimmi Says:

Some great drop shots from henin


margot Says:

jane: I’m strangely complacent about Berdych. I know I’m a fool and it’ll be tough but we’ve seen Andy play some of his best this year at RG so very hopeful. Also Andy has played in cold and wet as well as hot sun which is also good as he’s used to different conditions.


Duro Says:

We shall lose to a Rafael Nadal, Rafael Nadal, Rafael Nadal… (Yellow submarine). Yuppieeeeee! Semis in the air…


Kimo Says:

Well Maria at least try to win a few games!!!.


Kimmi Says:

“Will Henin ever try and not be boring with her outfit?!”

lol, at least she changes colours “sometimes”. I was just talking about outfits above.

Rezai and wozniacki are even guiltier.


Kimo Says:

Did Prince drop Sharpie? He racket isn’t stenciled.


Kimo Says:

I meant “Her”


Kimmi Says:

light rain again sheesh!


Kimo Says:

Kimmi, all she ever wore was pink top, white skirt or baby blue top, while skirt.

Ok, so she gets some credit for wearing a pink skirt but damn!!! At least change the design, draw something on the stupid top. Something!!! Anything!!!


Kimo Says:

OH and the fact that she keeps tugging at her top and the bra is showing is really off-putting.


jane Says:

margot, nice to hear you optimistic. I think Murray will beat Berdych too.

JJ breaks again. Break, break break break break – she and Bonda can’t hold a serve.

Sharapova looks so slow today versus Henin. Bagel coming?


Kimmi Says:

hahahahah kimo. I get what you are saying. Looks like henin is very conservative. her and addidas probably decided this will suit her the most.

Addidas are more adventures on ivanovic..well, they need to be I guess.


Kimo Says:

COME ON MARIAAAAAAAA


jane Says:

Kimo, lol, on Henin’s ‘same ole same ole’ outfit. It’s true; even most of the men seem to change their “look” occasionally. But whether Henin’s outfit looks the best or not, she is playing the best tennis right now.

Sharapova holds here, which probably makes her feel a little better.

Can JJ hold though?


Kimo Says:

Adidas is way less adventurous than Nike. Just look at their top men’s player: Murray. Andy has wore the same outfit this entire year. Roger? He wore baby blue in Janurary, Red in Indian Wells, Orange in Miami, white in the clay masters and blue at RG.
Same goes for Rafa.

Adidas tries some things with Verdasco, but nowhere near as drastic as Nike.

But even so, the Adidas people outdid themselves with Henin. Same outfit for what? 6, 7 years. Ludicrous.


Kimmi Says:

henin is half volleying a lot of these bombs returns from sharapova


Kimo Says:

Maria is too tight. Why is she rushing?


jane Says:

Sharapova just does not move well on clay at all. JJ broke again. Can she hold? LOL!!

Kimo, when Nole was with Adidas he changed the outfit a bit, colours each event were different it seemed. Maybe it is somewhat player driven?


Kimo Says:

Perfect point from Maria right their. Don’t go for broke on every shot. Make Justine play. Let her miss.


Kimmi Says:

maria is tight because she is playing henin. You can’t just hit the ball harder..needs some variety. right now is making too many errors


jane Says:

As soon as I wrote that she started sliding all over and moving well, ha ha.


NELTA Says:

Ha ha. Even Henin’s clothing adjustments are manly. She does that sleeve pulling thing that you see from guys like Roddick and Monaco. They don’t like the short sleeves hanging low on their arm. I haven’t seen any other women do that. Well, at least she doesn’t have Nadal’s bad habit.


Kimmi Says:

Djoko addidas outfits were much better than muzza I think


jane Says:

I love Sharapova’s outfit, especially with the dark sweater on top; the colours -maroon with dove gray – are gorgeous.

Will JJ hold, FINALLY, to win the first set?


Kimo Says:

jane said:

“Kimo, when Nole was with Adidas he changed the outfit a bit, colours each event were different it seemed. Maybe it is somewhat player driven?”

Very true, which is why I was surprised Adidas dropped him for Andy. You want a player showcases your wide range of products. Djoko seemed like the right guy. Charismatic, young, good looking. Substituting him for an introverted, not that good looking (this is a swipe at you, jane :P) seemed really strange to me.

And believe me, Nike and Adidas have more say as to what their players wear than you might think. Rafa wearing pink? Hell, Rafa wearing SLEEVES and PLAID shorts?


Kimo Says:

Well, Maria is starting to know how to play Justine. I hope the 2nd set is tighter.


jane Says:

NELTA ” I haven’t seen any other women do that. ” – That is because very few of the other women wear sleeves! : /

Wooo – JJ holds, finally, to win the first set. 8:20 and light rain, these matches will have to be over in straights to finish I’ll bet.


Kimmi Says:

lets hope the 2nd set will be more competitive


jane Says:

Kimo, touche!


Kimo Says:

Maria holds to love. That’s what I’m talking about.


Kimmi Says:

henin serve DF is a problem sometimes


NELTA Says:

Good point Jane. That actually reinforces my theory even more. Men wear sleeves and women go sleeveless except for Henin.

While we are discussing frivolous subjects ever notice how very few women wear wrist bands? My theory is they don’t want a tan line on their wrist. What drives me crazy is when I see Sharapova, Hantuchova or Ivanovic(they all do it) make the motion after a point like they are drying off their face with a wrist band, but they aren’t wearing one. A lot of good that does to dry off your face. It’s just rubbing skin on skin.


Duro Says:

Kimo, Adidas didn’t drop Novak for Andy! They got Andy for themselves thinking Novak will accept the money leftovers they had to offer him after they spent so much on bringing Andy. He refused and practically he dropped them accepting ST generous offer of 25 million instead. Novak just didn’t want to be payed less than Murray, that’s all. He was number 3 after-all, not Murray. I would rather say that they lost him, actually.


Kimo Says:

Wristbands are kinda masculine, I must admit. Although the tan line theory makes sense too.


Kimo Says:

Duro Said:

“Adidas didn’t drop Novak for Andy! They got Andy for themselves thinking Novak will accept the money leftovers they had to offer him after they spent so much on bringing Andy.”

In sponsor-speak, that is calling dropping someone, with style.


Kimo Says:

Sharapova plays great to get to break point then she plays like crap. She’s 0/8 for bps now!!!


funches Says:

Jane,

Regarding your post from several hours ago, the pundits who had Ferrer making the semis don’t know what they’re talking about, and I posted this at the start of the tournament. Ferrer is a certified choker at Roland Garros, doing it year after year after year, but because he’s not a grand slam champion caliber player no one ever notices.

Look at Ferrer’s grand slam history, then look at Djokovic’s grand slam history and try to come up with an argument why people should have picked Ferrer in that section. What it is is tennis nuts who pay too much attention to every single event on the regular tour and become blinded to anything that ever happened before this clay court season.


NELTA Says:

Amelie Mauresmo wore a wrist band


sar Says:

Will Djok beat Genepri?


jane Says:

funches, yep I remember your forecast re: Ferrer. He has made one grand slam semi before, but not at RG, and not to be this year. I was still surprised how easily he went down. Like I said, 5 sets I could see. But 3 and a bagel?

So, we know you have Murray through to the semi at the Tennis Channel contest. Care to share your other picks?

—————————————–

NELTA, tan-line theory makes sense.


Kimo Says:

Maria working Justine’s forehand. Finally!!


Kimmi Says:

what is this about murray not good looking enough kimo. Beuty is in the eyes of the beholder..haven’t youn heard that saying?

Duro, the contracts are for like 10 years so it does not matter if novak was ranked number 3 at the time. they saw potential on murray and decided to risk it with him.


Kimo Says:

Whoever accused Maria of being one-dimensional should see her work those dropshots :)


Kimo Says:

Kimmi, then someone should tell The Beholder what teeth should look like.


Kimo Says:

GO MARIAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

sharpie breaks


Kimo Says:

Maria’s groundies are a lot cleaner in this 2nd set.


Kimo Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSS


jane Says:

Yes, this one will end level at one set apiece. If this match was going straight through I think Sharpie would even have a chance at an “upset”, due to momentum, but since they’ll be coming back “cold” I would expect Henin to come back focused and finish it.

If JJ can hold, like, once, she could finish her match right now.


Kimo Says:

They should stop the match. No way we can finish a set.


Kimo Says:

And they stop it. Well done, Sharpie :)


Gannu Says:

I Hope Sharapova Wins.. heard that its the first time in 5 years that henin has lost a set at RG…
I always loved Sharapova for her attitude.. Shows amazing fighting spirit and determination… really one russian who is not a head case!!!

Come on sharpie i will be chearing for u tomm..


Duro Says:

Kimo says: “In sponsor-speak, that is calling dropping someone, with style.” In sponsor-speak that is called miscalculation. To bring one and lost another. It’s a race. Andy was a kind of a new catch. They would do anything to bring him to their flock, considering Nike already had Fed and Rafa. But, they miscalculated “with style”. Maybe on certain guy’s pride. They lost him and regret it, big time.


Kimo Says:

Duro, the only way they could bring in Andy is by dropping Novak, but in order for all parties to save face they didn’t drop him outright. They simply didn’t have the money for both Andy and Novak. They wanted Andy, so they let Novak go.


jane Says:

JJ gets through, but not easily.

funches, I’d like to hear your opinion on whether or not you think Nole can/will make the semis?


Kimmi Says:

JJ wins. Thats it for today..thanks people. It was a great day full of beutiful tennis.


jane Says:

Kimmi, fingers crossed for better weather tommorrow.


Duro Says:

Kimmi, they thought they’d keep Novak, too! That’s the whole problem. He refused, not they.


Duro Says:

Kimo, it’s not completely the truth. You sound like they didn’t offer him any contract. The thing is, they offered him certain amount of money (maybe the same as in the last contract), but not as much as they did to Andy, so he refused and accepted ST for 25 million. Do you see the difference? It’s a huge one!


sar Says:

I really liked JJ and Bondarenko’s dresses. Hoping that JJ can take out Daniela, even though I like her, because JJ might have a better chance beating the top 10′s.

Regarding Adidas, I was surprised Andy dumped Fred Perry. I think Novak will be fine with Tacchini and he got tens of millions. It’s all about the benjamins.


sar Says:

See you all tomorrow


Duro Says:

Sar, of course Novak will beat Ginepri. Enjoy.


Andrew Miller Says:

What’s wrong with picking Ferrer? He’s had big results at slams too.


margot Says:

Bye folks, see youse tomorrow, fingers crossed.


Andrew Miller Says:

JJ seemed to play a smart match.


Caesar Says:

rafa would have lost today if the match was on another surface. poor hewitt, played rafa in 4 out of the last 5 french opens.

he is 4-1 against rafa outside clay. 0-5 on clay. another guy who has an inferior head to head against rafa due to rafa’s clay-skewed game.


Charlotte Says:

I agree with Andrew re David Ferrer. Officially, he’s had the most match wins on clay this season. Maybe that was the problem. He was the favourite to win that match. Upsets happen.


funches Says:

Jane,

I have the top four seeds making the semis. I was least confident about Murray and still am not sure whether he will beat Berdych tomorrow. I think we’ll find out pretty quickly. Either Berdych will blow him off the court or Murray will win.

I know this is the kiss of death, but I’d say Djokovic is a lock for the semis. He’s never lost a set to Ginepri and even beat him 0, 0 and 3 five years ago at Roland Garros. He wouldn’t lose to Melzer. Gabahsvili is playing out of his mind, racing through qualifying and the first three rounds without losing a set, but at some point he’ll wake up and remember he’s not ranked in the top 100. I could see Djokovic getting into trouble against him but not losing.

I made one mistake in the Tennis Channel contest, and I’m probably going to pay for it. I had Gulbis beating Soderling for God knows what reason, and that went against my better judgment. If I’d picked Soderling, I’d have a real chance to win it, something I’ve never come close to doing in 10 years of various racket brackets.


jane Says:

Darn Gulbis spoiled it for you eh funches? In the slams it’s probably better to pick safe. Hope you’re right about Djoko. If he can get a rhythm going on his serve, I am not worried because he is a strong returner. And keep the UEs down too.


Kimmi Says:

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, the balls were heavier, and therefore, the fact also that there was no sun, that the courts were slightly wet. This all made for heavy conditions. The balls were heavy, so these conditions were not favorable.
Because the spin that I like to give to the ball simply does not work in those conditions, and Hewitt plays really flat.
________

I think top players might have better chance with nadal on this conditions.


Kimmi Says:

s/b these


Caesar Says:

roger, rafa and take a breath, gabashvilli have not lost a set yet! did i miss anyone else?


Fot Says:

Congrats to the winners’ fans today. Lots of ‘interesting’ results. Sorry about Roddick. Ferrer was a surprise to me. And Robby? Who would have thought he would be the last American man standing?! lol! If you said so – you’re a liar! lol!

Can’t wait to see the matches tomorrow. I hate 2 of my favorites are playing each other (Stan and Roger). I like Stan…but I LOVE Roger! So 100% – go Roger!

Jane – I read “Under the Dome” and loved it! Finished that massive book in about 2 days!


Fot Says:

Caesar – I think Hewitt is very unlucky in that he does keep getting in Rafa’s draw on clay; and on the grass and hardcourt slams – seems like he keeps ending up facing Roger! He played really well considering he’s had 2 hip surgeries and a leg? Knee? surgery. He has come back pretty well being an ‘older statesman’ in the game.


Kimmi Says:

margot says: “jane, kimmi: just read on beeb site that Andy says clay is his favourite surface!!! That was a big surprise.”

i missed your comment up there margot. But this is surprising indeed since it is the surface he has truggled so far in his career. maybe this year he can prove us wrong…and do well heren (i mean match the results of his other surface..semi or final).

OK, One match at a time…tomorrow will be tough, i am hoping the heavy conditions continues and favour murray more. Go Muzza.


jane Says:

Fot I read “Under the Dome” last weekend; I know 1100 pages and I tore through it. King is such a great story-teller. Remember “Feeling it”? Big Jim and Junior? SHUDDER!


Kimmi Says:

Fot – federer said he has never played stan in a GS. 1st time it will be. I always remember monte carlo ’09 when stan beat roger but 5 sets is different animal.

In madrid this year Stan was no match to Roger, it was very easy match for roger.. Hope he keep that going. Go Roger!


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed has two tough rounds ahead. Wawa knows his game, is no slouch, and the next round will either be Cilic or Soderling. Sorry Murray fans, if Murray mkaes it through to Fed I am pickin Fed. If he gets past, all should be good for a run against Rafa…

And oh…Rafa? The “cakewalk” continues. Thomas who? and then Hot Sauce or Almagro? Pickin Almagro there to come through on that one. Sorry ladies, I know I picked against your favs, just pickin with my head and not my heart. :)

Rafa’s “cakewalk” draw will continue until Nole, a big IF Nole keeps improving and gets through…

:)


jane Says:

Skeeze, I think you’re right about Soda/Cilic being a possible challenge, but Fed just beat Wawrinka 3 and 1 at Madrid. Should be a straightforward win for Roger, maybe Wawa takes one set. But his countryman rarely beats him. 1 win only. Murray might have a better chance on clay versus Fed, you never know. ; )

Bellucci shouldn’t trouble Rafa too much, but he might get a set or take one to a tiebreak anyhow; he’s good on clay! He’s pushed Rafa to a tiebreak or a 7-5 setter at Roland Garros before I think. With Almagro, who knows? Sometimes he plays really well, but I have to think Verdasco is going to wear down if he gets past Nico – he was in a dogfight today with Kohls.


Fot Says:

For the Nadal fans, the draw is opening quite nice for him (not that he even needed it to! lol), but like I said earlier – you can only play who is on the other side of the net. No fault of Rafa by getting these qualifiers and low ranked players. Good for them for getting that far. I had never heard of that guy that Roger played either. But I’m sure that’s probably his biggest paycheck since playing tennis so he’s happy!

I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but I will be praying for a quick win for Roger. I like Stan, but I would like this to go 3 sets to Roger, if possible.


sar Says:

KimmiLee and Jane

Hawks won tonight. First whole hockey game I’ve ever seriously watched. Too much excitement for me. LOL


goat galz Says:

Oh Von, get a grip. The only one with a bald spot is your guy Roddick who also happens to be Fed’s ostrich. Decker won’t be with baldy for long, you’ll see. Twenty one year olds usually like men with hair. As for bandwagons dear, why don’t you join us on joker’s wheels. LMAO!!

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