Nadal Advances but Spanish Armada Takes a Hit at French Open; Roddick Gets Rolled
by Sean Randall | May 29th, 2010, 6:09 pm
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The men’s draw churned out some major surprises today. And it’s about time. First, the Clay King Rafael Nadal held court and ousted the pesky Lleyton Hewitt in three tough sets.

If it seems that Nadal and Hewitt meet every year at the French Open you’d be right. The two Grand Slam champs played again in Paris for the fourth time in the last five years and Nadal again won in straight sets, this time 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in some rather ugly looking weather conditions.

“I was a little bit worried,” the four-time champ Nadal said. “The weather conditions weren’t very good. I don’t know. The weather conditions can make for a difficult match. I saw the clouds gathering. When I walked on the court, I looked at the sky, and I kept looking at the sky because I really wanted to wrap up this match. I did not want to continue playing this particular match tomorrow.I really want to have tomorrow off to take a break, and also to work. In the first set I believe I played well, then I believe I had a bit of a dip. The second wasn’t so good, but the third one, until 6 3, I played well, really well. I had to play against the wind, I played the whole match really well. I was very comfortable with my forehand, my backhand, but there was the wind. Because of the wind, you know, Hewitt takes the ball really early, and so the ball came to my side fairly low. Sometimes I had trouble catching the ball because I was playing against the wind. But those were my main difficulties. In spite of all these difficulties, I felt fairly comfortable.”

Credit to Hewitt who on face value wouldn’t seem to give Nadal trouble but he often does. The Aussie is quite the scrapper and really matches up well with Rafa on the dirt.

Also in the men’s draw Mikhail Youzhny finished off Victor Troicki 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. Tomaz Bellucci was better and fresher in a win over former French Open semifinalist Ivan Ljubicic 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Novak Djokovic struggled but survived some tense moments to turn away Victor Hanescu 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. And Fernando Verdasco survived a five set dogfight with Philip Kohlschreiber 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 6-7, 6-4.

Now to the story of the day: The upsets.

First up was Andy Roddick who absolutely got blitzed by Teimuraz Gabashvili. Roddick was never in the match against the Russian qualifier who won in a breeze 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

I’ve been saying for a year that Roddick’s become a pusher. And today we saw what happens when Roddick cannot generate any pace on the ball and the other guy can. Many of Andy’s shots sat up right in the strike zone allowing a power slugger like Gabashvili to tee off. And he did. I just didn’t think Gabashvili would convert that many winners. And bad luck for Roddick who again found himself on the slower Suzanne Lenglen court on a very heavy, windy, damp day.

“The tricky thing is for him normally is having enough time to take those kind of swings at the ball,” Roddick said on Gabashvili. “Today he definitely had plenty of time to take swings at the ball, so, you know, it was tough for me to penetrate him. He was, you know, similar to, you know, Soderling last year. His swings are big enough to where he can create length even when it is heavy. My swings are a little bit more compact and more based on timing as opposed to kind of long, kind of fluid, kind of lengthy type thing. You do that over and over, I’m probably gonna come up short against that on conditions like these.”

But American hopes for the men weren’t completely dashed. In a surprise Robby Ginepri pulled out a rabbit and took down former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in five sets. Ginepri who’s been MIA from the pro circuit for a while now has put together quite an impressive run this week capping it off with a well earned 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 win over Ferrero.

“Yeah, I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this match,” Ginepri said. “I don’t do well with game plans, so I just kind of went out there and tried to apply my game, kind of feel the match as it went on. But it was a tough fight. You know, he’s such a great competitor out there. I knew he wasn’t going to give up after I was up two sets to love. You can never count someone out like that. But, you know, I hung in there and wasn’t too nervous when I served the game out at 5 3. Made a couple unforced errors and didn’t really play long points, and then fought hard to get the break and go on to the fourth round.”

Ferrero wasn’t the only member of the Spanish Armada to hit the exits. In the big shock of the day tournament contender David Ferrer was given a thorough whipping by one Jurgen Melzer. The Austrian somehow crushed Ferrer 6-4, 6-0, 7-6(1).

Mezler is a talented player, but he’s not that good on clay against someone like Ferrer. That scoreline is really a stunner.

On the women’s side, the highly anticipated Maria Sharapova-Justine Henin matchup was suspended at a set apiece. Meanwhile, Serena Williams won in three sets and Jelena Jankovic was also a winner. Sam Stosur now awaits the Henin-Sharapova victor.

Tomorrow the fourth round begins and it’s a fantastic lineup of men’s matches. Roger Federer and buddy Stan Wawrinka are in action. Tomas Berdych tangles with Andy Murray. Last year’s surprise Robin Soderling meets Marin Cilic and Mikhail Youzhny plays the last French man or woman standing, JW Tsonga.

As for my picks, I think Roger really gets pushed – maybe five sets – but prevails. I also like Berdych to end Murray’s hopes, Soderling over Cilic and in an upset i’ll pick Youhzny over Tsonga.


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332 Comments for Nadal Advances but Spanish Armada Takes a Hit at French Open; Roddick Gets Rolled

Kimmi Says:

hahah sean. berdych over muzza. Thanks to know that my muzza will wins. You just made my day. :)

bellucci to the 4th round of a GS..must be a first in his young career. Good for him.


steve Says:

I’ve always thought Melzer was an underrated player. He’s got a good forehand, moves fairly well.

He’ll never be a great player, but always very dangerous.


funches Says:

People in the survivor pool I’m in are picking Youzhny over Tsonga, too.

I don’t get it. It’s certainly possible, but Tsonga is more talented than Youzhny, is playing in his home country and has had a better clay court season in the big events than Youzhny.

Should be a good match, but Tsonga has to be the favorite.


NELTA Says:

Wawrinka played terrible in the 2nd set vs Roger in Madrid. I’m sure he was embarrassed and will be looking to make a statement tomorrow.


jane Says:

It’s probably because Tsonga was injured versus de Bakker, or the commentators said he was, and he did look to be limping between points. But during rallies, he was running and retrieving, probably going on adrenaline. So the outcome may depend on whether that was a serious injury or just a tweak that some physio and a day of rest will put right.

Conditions may affect the Murray vs. Berdych match, but Murray should come through. I was wondering if maybe the heavier conditions might help Cilic over Soda? These two have never played!

Fed should beat Stan in straights or maybe 4 sets. Didn’t Fed just walk all over him at Madrid?


Sean Randall Says:

I will just say that in the slower conditions the guy who can hit the ball harder (Berdych) sometimes has the advantage.

If Murray gets too defensive Berdych has enough power to hit through the court, and that’s what I think will happen.

It’s similar to the Roddick-Gabashvili match.


funches Says:

The Berdych match will reveal a lot about Murray. When he’s on, no one can hit through him on hard courts except for Federer. Clay’s a different animal, but Berdych is a flat-ball hitter, unlike Soderling, who has more topspin on his huge groundies.

I could see the match going either way, but mentally Murray is much better than Berdych. The only way Berdych wins is in a straight-set drubbing or a four-set drubbing when he loses his concentration for a set. If the sets are close, he’ll find a way to lose and Murray will find a way to win.


NELTA Says:

Berdych has an easy power to his shots so he won’t have a problem hitting through these conditions. Andy may have trouble penetrating with his forehand as he doesn’t generate pace naturally on that shot.

I’m not sure there will be a difference for Cilic and Soderling. They are both big guys that can power through these conditions with relatively flat shots. Soda beat Rafa in this type of weather. If it’s windy like today that can cause problems on the serve if you have a high ball toss which they both do so that evens out.


Kimmi Says:

Berdych and murray H2H is 1-1. They played last in 2006 when they were both young boys. Murray has improved a lot and so is berdych (but murray more).

maybe you are right sean but murray has played very well in this tournament so far..I think his 1st 3 rounds have toughen him up

I know Berdy demolished isner too, was impressive perfomance but isner not the best mover.

Anyways, I am hoping for a murray win so go murray!


Sean Randall Says:

All true points. Mentally the edge is to Murray. Speed/footwork goes to Murray. And I hate picking Tomas. But…

The conditions I think favor him. Murray’s going leave balls “hanging” in the middle of the court and Tomas should be able to pick a few of them off.

And remember what court they are on and when they are playing. Suzanne Lenglen – the slowest of the courts – and in evening when it will likely be the heaviest.

Soderling-Cilic is a fairly even matchup. I give the edge to Robin based on experience. I also like Robin on the clay moreso than Marin.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova has come back very well in that 2nd set. she matched henin shot for shot. If she continues like this it will be tough to pick the winner tomorrow. henin is not the same henin of 2 years ago..still rusty.

what we know is both players will not give up so looking forward to tomorrow.


funches Says:

I didn’t know about Tsonga’s “injury,” but that explains the thought process of the Survivor pool pickers.

It just seemed bizarre that none of the 24 people left were picking Tsonga, and several were tabbing Youzhny. Now I understand.


jane Says:

Sean, re: Cilic on clay, did you know he won Roland Garros as a junior? Maybe he can trouble Soderling. I wouldn’t have said that before I read about his past success here.

I tried to post the link to Tsonga’s presser from yesterday but it didn’t come through. Anyhow, it sounds like the injury isn’t too serious, so he should be in good shape versus Youz.


fadingis Says:

I noticed rafa a bit grumpy, showing emotions , not normal I think that may give fed a chance


mandrake Says:

i really wanna know if this site is a rafa nadal fan site..because noone is interested in the predictions of its writers…tell us your prediction in the commentaries but please don’t spoil the article with it…fed 5 sets tomorrow ..wishful thinking ..its really annoying although we like most of the articles it is absolutly unnecessary being so biased…always coming up with ridiculous excuses if your favorite player doesn’t win 6:0 6:0 6:0..show some respect for other players..it is not that simple otherwise your favorite player would win every grandslam he enters ..don’t take it personally please just explain if it is official that this site has clearly its favorite player..


blah Says:

cilic should be a good challenge for sod… i think sod has shown he’s not a one hit wonder but if he shows good form i can see him pushing the top four guys to 5…


fadingis Says:

hi mandrake, I ´ve been reading this blog for a while know (not posting much myself) but well there´s a lot of interesting posters and writers with different opinions and favourite prediction and Sean usually misses his predictions so I would n ´t get worried with that


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa, has to use 20, 20! “I’s” in his interview. Further evidence it’s not all about the other players….but hey at least he mentioned Hewitt by name…..once.

Sean like your picks,,,, notice you left rafa out…why is that? Cuase he is not playing tomorrow? lol


Fot Says:

I read mandrake’s post 5 times and I still don’t understand what he/she is talking about? *confused*


jane Says:

To be fair, they all use “I” a lot in interviews/pressers. I looked at a couple of others just to be sure, and indeed they all say a lot of “I think,” “I guess” etc. I liked how Rafa wouldn’t really address the H2H or the Fed-rivalry thing except in a very honest way.

There have been some crazy questions in these pressers: yesterday they were asking Djoko about his laundry, they asked Fed about shooting commercials and choosing balls and today they asked Rafa if Spain is his favorite in World Cup – ah, duh!


mandrake Says:

well let me explain it to you FOT… i want to read impartial articles..opinions should be allowed only in the commentary section.freedom of opinion etc;-).so my question is: is this a rafa nadal fan site or serious sports journalism ?


mandrake Says:

in defense of the authors…i wouldn’t be pissed if they prefered fed over rafa thats for sure.so i guess it is the usual fed or rafa, stones or beatles, madrid or barca etc. ambivalence


andrea Says:

mandrake,

consistently, the tennis writer who remains remarkably objective in both writing articles and responding is jon wertheim. he writes on the SI site for tennis. i’m constantly amazed at how he remains so damn level headed, especially when he is answering some rather passionate posters.


skeezerweezer Says:

Mandrake,

I too am having difficulty understanding your post. I agree with the parts I do understand. However this being a pro rafa or pro fed site I don’t get if that is what you mean. It is neither.

Let’s get this clear, these articles will have opinions in them, they are writers, not reporters. Reporters report the factual news, only.

Whereas writers present the facts found and give there professional take on the matter. Hope that makes sense. IMO this site has the most up to date news, quick to post articles, and plenty of them. Here you can count on activity and lots of it. Just my take….

If someone is looking for a really good pro rafa site, they should go to TT.


skeezerweezer Says:

@jane,

But 20? :) I know, I know…much ado about nuttin,

:)


Ezorra Says:

Ha ha! mandrake, This is NOT Rafa Nadal fan site! LOL…


margot Says:

Morning everyone, a gr8 day’s tennis in store. Obviously Fed, but am hoping for Cilic and Tsonga, though won’t mind if Youzny gets it, really like him too, and of course the ONE and ONLY Andy Murray!! Rah! Rah!
jane: not quite so complacent today, especially after sean, but hey, Andy has got better each round, so you gotta believe.
Just love Scharapova how gutsy she is and her game seems more varied these days. Pity she shrieks so but then nobody’s perfect…not even me…


Kimmi Says:

morning all..

not great matches to start the day. kirilenko is having problems with schiavoni spin and dementieva match is sooo boring. she is winning though..i guess that all what matters.


Kimmi Says:

i wonder what happened to maria sanchez who won in rome..did she play here? i don’t remember seing her name…


Kimmi Says:

sharapova got to a very good start. she is on a roll..she is going to get the second break here


Kimmi Says:

henin saved a 0-40 game


Kimmi Says:

henin breaks back..back on serve


Kimmi Says:

sharpie breaks back..back and forth at the moment


madmax Says:

morning everyone.

A great day for women’s matches and men’s matches too!

Henin had better look out as Sharapova is on fire right now!

I wish she wouldnt scream so much though. Is it really necessary? I think it must put the opponent off?

This is the first time roger and stan have met in a grand slam, so roger needs to make sure he is aggressive from the start as stan has nothing to lose, i think roger will know that he has to play some great tennis.

I just read their recent interview, so much respect from both players, federer calling stan’s game “supreme”. But Federer needs to make sure he does not have any lapses at this stage of the game – stan has nothing to lose, so will pretty much go for broke, I think.

C’moon Roger! Get that serve clicking and that focus “in the zone!”.


madmax Says:

lovely line ball from justin to get the break. Great tennis from both women.


Kimmi Says:

henin c’mon 3 match points


Kimmi Says:

df…c;moon. sharpie will not give up

hi maxi


madmax Says:

Hello Kimmi, lovely to see you here. How are you?


Kimmi Says:

henin wins..great match it was.

jane – the match lived up to the expection. Enjoyed it, especially now henin won. Allez!!


madmax Says:

I’m so pleased Justin Henin got in, she is through to the fourth round now! versus sam stouza.

I think Sharapova has done brilliantly, after the shoulder injury though. She was brilliant. some really fantastic shots.


Kimmi Says:

hi maxi i am good thanks, nice to see you too. go roger


Ezorra Says:

Like Sharapova so much. Her determination reminds me of Rafael Nadal while Justin’s style of play remind me of Roger Federer.


Kimmi Says:

schiavoni has great variety. she is playing very well with kirilenko..and she won in fine style


Kimmi Says:

the sky looks terrible out there. rain rain go away…


Kimmi Says:

venus is playing soooo well this tournament, she exude confidence on her movement and shots


IloveTennis Says:

I think Stan might have an advantage in this cold blustery condition because he has more fire power but I think Roger will still win. Can’t wait to watch.


madmax Says:

am watching Pen -v- Woz right now Kimmi, and it is so close. 5:6 to Woz in the first set. These women are playing like their life depends on it right now! It’s brilliant!


madmax Says:

tiebreaker! Pennetta v Wozniacki

tense.


Kimmi Says:

i see few breaks of serve on that match maxi. i am on venus vz petrova..petrova up a break. serving very well on big points too.


madmax Says:

kimmi,we dont have the venus match here. Eurosports is rubbish at interactive, they dont have it! So we have to watch what we are given. But heard that venus is down a break and serving to stay in the set.

Wozniacki just taken the first set on the tiebreaker.


Kimmi Says:

petrova took first set..can venus come back?


Kimmi Says:

we don’t have interactive here too, so we have to watch venus. normally they show center court..unless there is a big name or interesting match on other courts.


margot Says:

Hi kimmi, hi madmax! It’s a gale force wind predicted at RG, v. windy at the mo., am wondering how that will effect match play, especially our Andy, might favour a big flat hitter like Birdie?


Kimmi Says:

its funny to see players getting angry at their couches when they made errors. Petrova is a master of it.

she made a df and taking it all out to her coach lol


Kimmi Says:

yap, its very windy out their margot. about muzza match i don’t know if berdy can play well on wind..i know nadal can


Kimmi Says:

venus in trouble here..she is broken in this second set. she has to break back or it will be over. petrova has been serving well.


madmax Says:

Margot, really great to see you.

i think that Andy Murray has had the hardest draw out of all our top five players – in fact he has been incredible to come back 2 sets to love down from Gasquet, first round. I think Andy is on a roll, i think he will beat berdyche but it will be down to his tenacity and will Margot. He has been tested each round, and I think he will come through.

Federer also is going to have to play some great tennis to get past stan, who has nothing to lose and will put his professional head on. I still expect Federer to come through though.

At least it isn’t raining, sun, sun, we need the sun! C’moon!


madmax Says:

kimmi, what’s happening with venus?


madmax Says:

venus serving to stay in the match, just heard.


Kimmi Says:

petrova serve is great


Kimmi Says:

yes maxi and starts with df..petrova 0-30 two points away


Maya Says:

Tennis fans in the US don’t want to watch tennis on tape! Venus is on live and they are showing Wozniacki so that NBC can show it in a few hours on tape! Aaargh!


Kimmi Says:

match point petrova


madmax Says:

match point on slam tracker?


madmax Says:

just seen Petrova win kimmi. Wow.


Kimmi Says:

maya – maybe tennis fans in the US does not need to watch this match. venus was outplayey big time by petrova today.

federer to follow


madmax Says:

I cant believe they are showing the ladies Pen v woz instead of Fed!


Kimmi Says:

fed is not on court yet maxi..so we can watch the girls while we wait


Andrew Miller Says:

Huge hold by Penneta.

Wozniaki/Penneta a great match. Wish Penneta (my pick to the quarters) would hold serve!!! Their games are so solid, Penneta to me a smaller version of Jankovic, whereas the Woz to me is Clijsters with a different name (no offense intended). I LIKE BOTH THEIR GAMES. Wish they served a little better to hold their games.

HUGE PROPS TO GINEPRI! I would never in a million years have picked him as the only U.S. ATP player to make the 4th round. I bashed him in the comments as being way behind Isner/Querrey (based on results) and in the “Fish-Blake-Dent” category of “big wins once in a blue moon.” Just goes to show: I know nothing. All credit to Ginepri.

On Fed/Wawrinka: Fed in three. Simply a superior player and Wawrinka at slams against his best friend is simply a doormat (to me).


Andrew Miller Says:

Chanting from folks in French Open’s audience is annoying to me.


Andrew Miller Says:

(Kind of like a French J Block, that is more irritating)


Andrew Miller Says:

I LOVE the fighting spirit of Woz and Pennetta.


Kimmi Says:

andrew – i have to disagree. Clijsters is a much more offensive player that wozniacki..no comparison.

wozniacki and jj are better compared imo


Kimmi Says:

panetta needs to win this set..she has been very close to take first set but making errors in big points..now 2 set points gone


madmax Says:

Andrew Miller, your comment:

On Fed/Wawrinka: Fed in three. Simply a superior player and Wawrinka at slams against his best friend is simply a doormat (to me).

This is the FIRST time they have met in a slam. Stan is no doormat. He is a great player.

You could say the same about rafa: -v- Ferrer/verdasco/amalgro/ferrero, but they all have their own weaknesses/strengths.


madmax Says:

great game from the girls! Has Woz get the mental strength to hold it?


Andrew Miller Says:

Kimmi, no doubt you are right. I thought I saw a hint of Clijsters in the Woz when Woz was hitting the ball a little earlier this set. Woz hits hard but she’s started to take a little pace off in the latter stage of this set.

Woz is also hitting “short”, which Clijsters would not do. You’re right about the comparisons!


Kimmi Says:

federer on court now..stan with few aces to hold


madmax Says:

excellent set for pennetta to win – now let’s move to the fed match please eurosports! Otherwise, it’s slamtracker for me!


Andrew Miller Says:

madmax, could happen that Wawrinka is in it! I think the defending champ will take it nonetheless and in 3 sets.


Kimmi Says:

federer breaks first


margot Says:

Oops, I’m having probs here, my posts keep getting lost. Anyone else?
ezorra: I’m having a bet on Scharapova for Wimbledon. Seems to me clay is here least favourite surface and from that performance she’s coming into some form. Worth a fiver anyway!
madmax: thanx for the vote of confidence. I’m sure Fed wont break sweat this afternoon.
Venus not herself today.


Andrew Miller Says:

yeah Flavia!!!


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!


madmax Says:

Margot! Hello, fellow brit!

Yes, I lost a post too – So may be it is just that we are typing too quick or are too excited about tennis, that tennis.x cannot cope!!!!

Yes, Andy will no doubt have been listening to his IPOD, do you know he listens to ROCKY, eye of the tiger?!

Margot, I cannot believe we are NOT being shown the fed match but are back to the ladies!

What the…

So, am listening to the IBM Slamtracker radio!

Speak later.


Daniel Says:

Fed save break points to hold, so far good.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer doesnt seem to like playing on the 1st Sunday. Maybe he wonders if they couldnt play him Monday or something, he just looks upset.


rose Says:

Fed is wining this match easily ..he totally owns waw..fed is on his head.. i see no one stopping fed until the final..he has a great chance to win this one..after been denied this slam sometimes wining it on back to back years will be just great..he has the intimidating factor so every time he steps a foot on the court he already has an advantage over the opposite player..fed wins this one on straights. no doubt.


Daniel Says:

Wow,

Fed pretend to hit a drop and unleash a squash forehand.


Andrew Miller Says:

Fed looks like he will wear out Stan. Fed, as usual, looks like he has not sweat at all and that he is fresh as can be. Long day for Stan.


Kimmi Says:

ahaa federer, what a shot to hold save. genius!


margot Says:

madmax: sorry 4 u! We have Freesat and Fed’s on the red button!


Andrew Miller Says:

Kimmi is totally right about Wozniaki, she really is NO CLIJSTERS. Her game is less developed and far less solid. I think she has a base to improve on – meaning she has a lot of potential. But, quite a few bad habits too.


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka made some bad choices, he is playing to much into Fed’s forehand and Fed wins first set easy.
The match of the day should be Murray x Berdych.


Daniel Says:

Wozniaki only knows how to hit crosscourt, she almost necer changes direction.


Andrew Miller Says:

Stan Wawrinka at this point must be frustrated. Hope to see some fight from him. While I do think it’s going to be a quick match, that has no bearing on what will actually HAPPEN in the match! Wawrinka might start playing a better match.


Kimmi Says:

0-30 fededer shanks first two points..c’moon hold

and another shank…oh dear


madmax Says:

you’re making me jealous Margot!

I have a couple of jokers as commentators – dont know who they are – but they are seriously annoying – one said to the other (whilst fed and stan are playing, no less). “What is a volley?”, the other clown says “It’s a jewish mother shouting to her son, wally to come and have dinner?” – what? I’M NOT INTERESTED! I want to listen to the match, since I cant watch it!!!!!

They are awful, I think one of them is called Gray cavel? never heard of him!

Anyhow, Andrew, I think Fed is just focused, dont you think? It’s the only way against Stan, despite what you think, he can be a dangerous player – oh my god, these two clowns have just switched to the woz match!

Will be patient…


Kimmi Says:

wawa breaks serve..mmmm!


Daniel Says:

Fed’s usual dip in form…


madmax Says:

c’moon fed, i dont want a rollercoaster match! I want a straights sets win!

c’moon!


madmax Says:

Federer! you are a claycourter remember! Dont be typical! Why do you do this?

C’moon!


Kimmi Says:

woz won..easy that final set too..mmmh panetta all that fight for nothing.


madmax Says:

I think he is so relaxed (federer), I hear the conditions are quite difficult, but am not going to get worried, so federer just has to be aware. God, what am I saying?!!!!

Fed needs to break! C’moon!


madmax Says:

I do love stan’s one handed back hand. It’s beautiful to watch.

Fed is all over the place right now.


Kimmi Says:

fed shanking a lot of the top spin backhand..needs to concentrate, this set is running away from him


Kimmi Says:

madmax stan BH is good to watch on power side. but federer BH though not same power as wawa, its got more variety.


Andrew Miller Says:

madmax, you are right – Wawrinka playing better!


Daniel Says:

Fed kept hitting those drop shots just to validate that he can hit those even when he misses some, plus he was playing against the wind which is aways the riugth time to hit drop shots.


Kimmi Says:

wawa serving much better this set


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka serving way better this set.


madmax Says:

It’s so windy!


Daniel Says:

Wow Kimmi, what am I thinking now?!


jane Says:

Looks windy and cool. Kimmi I am not surprised Henin won today, but margot, I think taking a bet on Sharapova for the grass is not a bad idea at all. I’d sure like to see someone different win there this year.

Hope this weather is alright for Murray’s match, but it does seem to favour flat hard serves/shots rather than spin or slice.

To me, Stan Wawa gets too passive, preferring to stand back at the baseline trying to pick off winners instead of making things happen. But he can have patches of excellent serving. Still say he’ll be lucky to get one set today.

Anyhow, am off to find streaming of Soda and Cilic; these two have never played and it’s the match I am very curious about today – should be exciting.


Daniel Says:

Once Fed could return the ball, with a lot of venom, he could break back.


madmax Says:

Break Roger!!!!!!!

Go Roger!

Now c’moon and hold!!!!

Hold.
Hold

It’s so windy! Silly shot from stan there.

C’moon Roger!


Kimmi Says:

yay! federer breaks from nowhere..disapointing game from wawrinka


madmax Says:

Beautiful shot fed. Wow.


rose Says:

What a disappointing game for wawa..missing forehands is a no no when you play the fed


madmax Says:

This is better federer fans! It’s the kick serve which is lovely! Still got to improve on this first serve though.


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!

Let’s go!


jane Says:

Soda and Cilic have already exchanged breaks but are back on serve. Both are into each other’s service games, big hitting of course.


Kimmi Says:

first point to wawa


madmax Says:

kimmi,

hate tiebreakers.

c’moon Federer!


madmax Says:

nerves! Oh my god! C’moon Federer.

These tiebreakers are not what we want!


Kimmi Says:

soo close maxi, nerves..now fed leading for the first time..c’mon crank it up


Kimmi Says:

damping return of serve to the net..reminds me when he plays nadal there


jane Says:

Soda is broken by Cilic while trying to serve out the set. There is not much between these two, equal in winners, but a few more errors from Soda – also Soda’s serve much more consistent so far.


madmax Says:

Kimmi!

That’s was close!

My heart!


Kimmi Says:

bad luck for wawa..but great for the fed..life is good :)


Kimo Says:

That set was tight!!! Wawrinka smashing his in front of Roger? I thought they were friends.


madmax Says:

Yes Kimmi!

Crank it up Fed!

Crank it!


Kimmi Says:

jane – thanks for the commentary on Cilic v soda..sounds like a craker..both players playing well.


Andrew Miller Says:

Sad for Flavia P. so much fight, I was hoping she’d beat the Woz.

Stan not the man of the moment.


jane Says:

Now Soda breaks, for the first set – way more breaks in this match than I’d've expected.

This “badaabadadada (single voice) OLE (crowd)” chant is driving me round the bend already.


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed wins the TB to go two up. Don’t like the way in rallies he is giving Wawa a lot of short balls.
On the other side ,Smashing the racket shows how much he wants to win, kinda cool to see that although these two are close buddies Wawa wants to win….badly. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Oh and HI everyone! :)


Kimmi Says:

Hi skeez..


Daniel Says:

I totally forget that Fed won his 700 match last round.


Kimmi Says:

safin in the house..big cheer!


Daniel Says:

Marat Safin is in the house!


madmax Says:

Hello Skeeze!

You see, because of the eurosports here, they cut the “bad behaviour”. Only on the return, did Frew say stan “mangled his graphite racquet in 3 places – and I thought stan was so calm!

Marat Safin is in the crowd! He looks so handsome!

Fed had better stay focused in this set, cos there is no doubt that Wawrinka is hunghry for tennis balls!


skeezerweezer Says:

Safin is there to watch the Fed! Cooool :)


Daniel Says:

Kimmi, again, in the same exact time!:)


madmax Says:

I can’t spell right now!

C’mon Federer!

When Federer is really aggressive, he is so beautiful to watch. I love it!


Kimmi Says:

i heard about that daniel – 700 is many. break for the fed. More aggressive with the forehand in this set. must be relaxed.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I thought Soda/Cilic would be more about big serves, but it hasn’t been just that. Some decent exchanges but too many errors from both ends. They’d both have to play a lot better than this to beat Fed.

Ahhhh – they just showed Safin on my TV. Swoon.

Andrew, lol – no Stan is not the man a.t.m. At least he got to a tiebreak. The match is going how I thought it would, straight sets. I can’t believe Sean said 5 sets.

There is maybe something to this countryman theory: Stan rarely beats Fed; many of the armada rarely beat Rafa; Troicki/Tipsy rarely beat Djoko. It’s probably somewhat mental for the lower ranked patriots, but Fed, Rafa and Djoko are also just the better, more consistent players, as well.


Kimmi Says:

DANIEL, we must be thinking alike..great to see. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

That is much better playing from Fed, hope he keeps it up. Was hitting his groundies short in that second set….


Kimo Says:

jane said:

“This “badaabadadada (single voice) OLE (crowd)” chant is driving me round the bend already.

I know!!! What does that even mean?!


Daniel Says:

Fed turning to in the zone Fed.


skeezerweezer Says:

Fedster moving well :)


madmax Says:

Jane,

I know about this.Bababababababababaaaaaaah – I want to scream when that happens! But do you remember last year, it was the eerrrrrrrr! errrrrrrr! (going from low to high), I dont know which is worse!

Stan is playing some aggressive tennis, fed must stay on his guard, but a great shot from fed, inside out forehand is just beautiful to see.

game at a time. Fed is looking good, finding his rhythm at last.

Kimmi, I have just found out I have tickets to wimbledon. Centre court. I cannot believe it. First time EVER!


madmax Says:

I wish these commentators would not jump the gun! They do this a lot! there are still 2 games to go and federer has still got to work hard for them!

C’moon Federer!


Kimmi Says:

I like that chant from crowd..its very french like..

They have another one that one person goes “OEEEEEE”

Federer raising the level..and stan giving up. 3 break points for fed

jane – better soda and cilic raise the level when they play the fed..fed in on song right now


jane Says:

Well, I am glad I not the only one being driven crazy by that chanting. I mean once in a while okay, but between every service game? Sheesh!

Some great shots in Soda v. Cilic. It’s close so far, but if I had to guess I’d say Soda will win.

Oh no – chanting again! The players must be cringing under their towels. LOL.


Kimo Says:

That was the best dropper I’ve ever seen.


Kimmi Says:

wimbledon tickets maxi..wow..please cheer for the fed..federer all the way :)

And Muzza of course


Kimmi Says:

stan refusing a bread stick


skeezerweezer Says:

Wawa is packin it in, Fed will have time today to help with the twins and a glass of Vino :)


madmax Says:

okay, c’moon fed. Let’s wrap it up! In straights please!

Great shot from warwinka!

We need 3 aces now!


madmax Says:

c’moon Federer! Ace down the line please!


madmax Says:

Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Fed takes the match!

Love that man!
He’s been tested by stan first and second set. Am pleased.

Great as ever.

Fabulous play.


Kimo Says:

Through to the quarters without dropping a set. That’s the way, aha aha, I like it.


Kimmi Says:

standing O – Great match, stan gave a good show in the second, few points separate them in that set.

now to Cilic and soda


Andrew Miller Says:

Jane, I was also surprised by Sean’s prediction (5 sets?). I feel like it’s the movie “Wimbledon” when they talk about the “existential problem” of facing a “good friend” during a match. Federer basically said: “yep, Stan’s going down.”


jane Says:

Madmax, how nice for you; hope you enjoy Wimbledon. Will you be in the Center court?

Crowd now doing the wave and screaming while doing it. Kimmi you should check out Cilic vs. Soda; they are now starting to heat up. Big serving now. Both already nearing 20 winners at 4 all second set.


Kimmi Says:

last year this time he was almost losing to haas – i guess a better draw this year ?


Andrew Miller Says:

I don’t think Woz is winning the tournament. No way (I don’t think she should either in my opinion!)


skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats to Fed. Well done! Stan was no slouch and it was good tennis. He had some great feel for the ball today, and serving well. Fed should be feelin good after this going into Soda/Cilic match.


Kimmi Says:

jane – the tv has switched to cilic v soda


madmax Says:

Yes,

Jane, I WON TICKETS. Can’t believe it. Didnt think I had a chance in hell. But you never know do you? So now, I have to choose between 3 friends to take and not sure what to do? Any suggestions? YES. It is CENTRE COURT! Cannot believe it!

Eurosports should switch now to Soda and cilic.

See you in a bit.


Daniel Says:

One more round to secure 286 weeks as number 1 and tie Pete’s record on Monday 7th. Then at least final to surpass it and take this monkey of his back.
Finally enter Wimbledon with just 2 more record to tie/break: 7+ Wimbledon titles and 6 Year End N.1.
Fed himself said the goal always is to win Wimbledon and stay n. 1.


madmax Says:

I wonder if Federer will be watching this match?

Cilic has come back from 2 sets down before.


jane Says:

Oops I didn”t see your post madmax; just Kimmi’s. So you will be on center court, cool. We’ll expect a full report. : )


Kimo Says:

Soda is definitely proving that last year was no fluke.


madmax Says:

Great shot from Soderling! wow! set point.


jane Says:

Madmax re: which friend to take to Wimbledon – you have a couple of options. You could really work it, and make them suck up to you for a few weeks before you decide whom to take (a la Paris Hilton’s BFF) or you could flip a coin (like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, only not 96 times). : ) Congrats on the tickets!


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax,

I am your friend :-)


Kimmi Says:

oh no cilic..df at set point


madmax Says:

well played cilic!

Jane, centre court at the start of the tournament, and its the mens as well, so yes, of course, anything, but you’ll get a great seat yourself with your amazing HD,gold,blue ray,gi- normous TV! right?!!

DF for cilic. Noooooooooooo.

Cilic gonna have to play the tennis of his life now.


Kimmi Says:

You won tickets..how did you play madmax?


madmax Says:

Skeeze,

do you really wanna come? Could you get a flight from USA to UK?

If so, I’ll put you down as my 4th friend and then I’ll get Jane to choose!

C’moon!


skeezerweezer Says:

I was just kidding you but now I am thinkin…mmmm I could pick up some more Marmite while I’m there! Let me check it out :)


madmax Says:

I had to write an article about anything, and I chose to write about Roger Federer – Kimmi – which I did – and which I had completely switched off from as I didnt think I had a cat in hell’s chance, (as I entered last October), then I heard yesterday that I won! Tickets on the way!

Unbelievable, because NOTHING like that has ever happened to me before! I’m not a lucky person, I never really enter into competitions, but I did this time – so it just goes to show!


madmax Says:

Skeeze, I will send you marmite FOR LIFE. So dont worry! It’s just the best isn’t it?

Margot, do you like marmite being a brit? one of those love/hate spreads. But I couldnt live without marmite.


jane Says:

Soda reminds me just a bit of the lead singer from Radiohead. I don’t know why.

These two hitting big, fluid stokes!


Kimmi Says:

madmax – its a lovely story. Good on you.

soda pop is popping. cilic needs to tighten the screws here or he is out


jane Says:

Wow, Youz comes out and breaks Tsonga immediately.


jane Says:

And Tsonga breaks right back – nerves I guess.


Kimmi Says:

heheheh Soda..that was a great shot..now hold


jane Says:

Yes, Soda is simply too powerful for Cilic. Wow.

I noticed Youz is up another break, and this time he’s consolidated it. If it were to happen, it would be a huge result for him to get the upset and play a slam QF; when is the last time he has been in a slam quarters?


Kimo Says:

Tsonga seems to have a back injury.


Kimo Says:

Not back, abdomen.


jane Says:

Soderling is just killing the second serves today – and he is majorly pumped up too. Easy win for him really. He could maybe be tough for Fed if he can keep the errors down.

Youz on cruise.

Murray and T-Berd coming up!


jane Says:

Kimo, poor Tsonga – his back was injured in Madrid; his hip or quad was injured vs. de Bakker; and now his abdomen in this match? He is definitely an injury-prone player, which is a shame, given his great talent!


Kimmi Says:

tsonga is not moving well..thats a pity. I don’t think he can win this much..


Kimmi Says:

he ask for the physio..he just can’t play.


jane Says:

He retired.


Kimmi Says:

OMG, youzhny is soo lucky


jane Says:

Now I wish de Bakker would’ve won their match. : (


Kimmi Says:

Tsonga cannot hit the backhand..the pain. Retire now..thats it..tsonga retires.

disappointing for tsonga. get well soon


margot Says:

jane, kimmi: uhooo, here we gooooo. Conditions are awful so I guess whoever copes best will win. All that’s in my mind is that awful loss Andy had against Rafa on a similar windy day!! Not a good image. Also, if it’s a long match, doubt if it will end tonight, I believe rain is threatening.
Madmax told you it’d be eeeaasyyy for Fed. And congratulations on your Wimbly win, absolutely splendiferous! prefer veggiemite actually.
jane: thought Sod looked very impressive, impressive enough to give Fed a game. Where’s conty, I wonder.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, where is conty?

muzza gooooooooooooooooooooo!


madmax Says:

margot. Andy murray is going to do this in straights. mark my words. Murray is pumped and will need to be aggressive from the start.

You are his biggest fan here Margot, so good luck to you.

All these players, Luby, novak, berdy, live in Monte carlo! I would love to live there. I can dream.


jane Says:

Yes, where’s countess conty? I almost called Soda “Mr.Dimples” today and then thought “hey, wait a minute? Where’s the queen of nicknames?”

Come on Murray! I like Berdy but today is all about Andy!

margot, agreed on Soda.


Kimmi Says:

OMG..Murray great chance to get to the semi..Youzhny awaits in the qtrs. GO MUZZA!


Kimo Says:

Given how Suzanne Lenglen is the slowest court at Roland Garros (which is why Roddick loses playing on it so often), I don’t think Berdych wins today. Murray in 4.


jane Says:

Yes, I agree – this is an awesome chance for Murray to reach the semis. Maybe it’ll be a Murray vs. Nole final!? LOL.


Kimmi Says:

berdy wacking the ball..sure this will favor easy power..go Murray


Kimmi Says:

murray serve..I am getting MAAAAAAAAAD


margot Says:

Bummer, bummer I’ve just written a really long post and lost it again! But am here jane and kimmi and madmax with everything crossed and oxygen mask ready! Talk more later.


Kimmi Says:

2 big serves..yes..c’mon bad error there


madmax Says:

murray got to be aggressive from the start. berdy means business today.

murray will always use those drop shots to get out of trouble though.

berdych is cute.


jane Says:

The chanter seems to have left the building; It’s nice and quiet in this match. Come to think of it, they should move everyone over to Chatrier since it’s empty.


Kimmi Says:

muzza saved 2 break points..serve murray keep serving well


madmax Says:

margot dont worry.

murray will “crank it up” – love the expression kimmi! when he needs to. Early days. He just feeling the ball right now.

But he does need to finish this in straights so he can rest. no more 5 setters!


Kimmi Says:

jane – tha chanter..lol


madmax Says:

I wish Roland garros was sunny and had good weather, I hate it when it’s grey and miserable! Come out Sun!


madmax Says:

berdy playing well. Didnt realise he was 6ft 5″.

Murray is cheeky! Nice shot andy.

Berdy not a runner.


Kimmi Says:

nadal would love you maxi..he loves the sun..he says the sun at RG is happiness.


jane Says:

madmax, yes cute is the word for Berdych; I’ll bet he was the most sweet looking little boy. The blue, blue eyes, curls, smile.

Anyhow, Murray will win. Berdych’s game is high risk and it usually breaks down, definitely over 5 sets.

Murray, on the other hand, can go for a long time and mix it up. He’ll be fine. He may even be a challenge for Fed in the semis, assuming Fed beats Soda pop.

A strange feeling I have – Murray could win this slam this year. I don’t know why, but it’s a gut feeling; he is kind of flying under the radar, and doesn’t the slower surface actually suit his variety, allow him to set up shots more effectively, etc?? Am I crazy?

Oh yeah, I am. : /


madmax Says:

awwww kimmi!

andy toying with berdy.

margot, you see, he relies on those drop shots! (he been watching the mighty fed! :).


Kimmi Says:

drop shot, lob combo..go murray


madmax Says:

Jane!

Who knows? Andy certainly playing well, and is one of the fittest on tour, he has had the hardest draw this year – tough first setter and has not had an easy time with any of his matches, but he has come through. SO good luck to him.

Fed all the way Jane!

Ha! The commentator just saying that murray’s hair looking wild, and imagining him with a beard, out in the wilds! These commentators have nothing better to do than to play “let’s hypothesise!”


Kimmi Says:

dropshots are good but very risky shot..murray damping one in the net

berdy can really kill the ball wow


Kimmi Says:

berdy smile at the incredible dropshot from murray..hehehe good to see he is having fun too


Kimmi Says:

berdy outfit is from NIKE, but so different from everybody else..looks like they make them especially for him. But they never advitise him like federer, nadal, delpo or monfils at that time he was with nike


jane Says:

madmax, lol on your commentators. I can’t believe they are talking about Murray’s hair. You’re probably right that Murray won’t win the FO, but a surprise would be kind of fun.


Kimmi Says:

madmax – i agree murray hair looks wild here..he was very good last year and beginning of this year. what is going on..he definetly needs a hair cut


jane Says:

Murray’s hair is a little like a barometer. If it’s humid, it’s more frizzy. He can just look in the mirror in the morning and see if it’s going to rain. Forget the weather channel. LOL. : )


madmax Says:

ladies, we are as bad as the commentators! talking hair! yes, jane berdy was a beautiful boy with golden curls, me thinks!

berdy gone wide. murray plays lovely at the net, his hair blowing in the wind!


jane Says:

Berdy gets a break, but Murray can take it back I think.


Kimmi Says:

oh nooo!


margot Says:

madmax: he’s not gonna do it in straights. Yikes, where are my pills?


jane Says:

Murray needs to get pumped up; don’t be flat Murray. Come on! Dig deep. Maybe he’s dreaming of sunnier skies and grass in the UK?

margot, deep breaths.


Polo Says:

Ladies, I much prefer your commentating over Carillo’s.

Earlier, I tuned in to NBC. That is the worst network to cover tennis. It was showing the Henin-Sharapova match which ended about three hours earlier. I am not a fan of women’s tennis. Carillo’s presence there makes it unbearable. That was 3 strikes. So I turned off the TV and now I am watching Murray-Berdych.


madmax Says:

margot, relaxxxxx.

okay, even if murray loses the first set – that’s nothing to him – but it is too early to say.

I just noticed he is strapped up on his left ankle. what’s that about? havent heard anything in the press about injury (bar split kneecap).

you have to remember that murray is a fighter.

Murray is gonna be fine.


madmax Says:

he’s just saved 2 set points!

Berdy is toast.


madmax Says:

good save murray.


Kimmi Says:

Berdy is murdering the ball at the moment..andy needs to serve well…c’mon andy

berdy to serve for the set here


jane Says:

Yes, big save from Mr. Murray, but he’ll have to break back to get the set. Berdych’s scorching first serves have been too much even for the wicked Murray return.


jane Says:

Nope, it won’t be in straights; commentators said “power hitting prevails over guile”. That’s true in that set.

The touch of neon yellow in Berd’s shoes to match his wristbands is quite cool, and it matches the tennis balls too.


margot Says:

Yikes, we’re in for a roller coaster!


sar Says:

Murray said his favorite surface is clay.


Kimmi Says:

Murray needs to increase aggression


blah Says:

6-4 6-4 6-2… i am going to do what i said i wouldn’t, which is picking fed to go out before semis, to a dangerous soderling.


madmax Says:

blah, why are you spoiling this – we’re not talkign about federer, we are in the zone for the murray and berdy match.

and federer isnt going to lose to soderling. it’s just wishful thinking on your part. booooo blah!
jane,

the chant is staring again!


madmax Says:

*talking*

*starting*.

roller coaster perhaps margot, but murray’s ankle – do you think that is hindering his movement?


jane Says:

Berdy is surprising me with his defense. He’s stayed in this game with it. Well, and Andy’s errors. Murray: “Pull up your socks young lad!!” Or are you longing for home and grass?

OH NO – THE Chanter is back from the beer gardens: “ba da dee dee dee ba da da da” / “OLE!”


Kimmi Says:

this is getting worse..murray is losing this match badly..he was 40-0 in that game and gets broken.

berdy is very comfortable a.t.m

Murray wake up!


madmax Says:

heard it Jane!

Am not getting worried about murray because he has been here before. He has the shots, he can do it, but he seems a little sluggish – just a touch.


madmax Says:

He mustn’t slouch his shoulders – bad body language, dont give your opponent a mental advantage! head up! chin up! c’moon!


jane Says:

blah, a bold predicition: Are you watching Murray vs. Berdych?


madmax Says:

Why isnt murray being aggressive?


madmax Says:

much better from murray. well done.


jane Says:

At least Murray held there. Maybe he can break back here.

The slower court and heavier conditions so far are favoring the power hitters: seems counter-intuitive, in a way, since those players usually do well on fast hard courts. However, in this case they have been able to line up their shots and blast away. And it doesn’t take a lot of aces either, just big winners.

If it stays like this, it may mean Rafa doesn’t win again. Who loves the sun? Rafa.

LOL – the crowd seem to even be tiring of the chanter. The last “OLE” was pretty weak.


Polo Says:

Whenever I see Coretja in Murray’s box, I always get the feeling that he will lose and he usually does. There is no rhyme or reason to it but I have a feeling that Murray will never win a major while Corretja is in his camp. I feel a very bad karma surrounding Corretje.


Kimmi Says:

berdy is hitting the ball with easy power..very dangerous player for anyone

C’mon muzza


jane Says:

Phew!


Kimmi Says:

breeeak! OK Hold murray..first break must give you confidence


Kimmi Says:

Muzza pumped up..go go gooo!


jane Says:

Rain delay – crowd booing. What a volatile bunch sheesh.


Polo Says:

Who are they booing? God?


Kimmi Says:

murray..second match now will be postponed for him just when he started to get the rhythm..oh well..I think this will comeback tomorrow.


jane Says:

Yep, bad scheduling for Murray; margot actually predicted this. Bummer for Andy. Then again, if the conditions are better tomorrow it might help him? Can hope anyhow.


madmax Says:

hopefully rain for only 20 minutes (so euro said).

The french crowd is really appalling.


jane Says:

Hoping it’s sunnier and drier tomorrow; enough of this gray, windy coldness. It’s springtime in Paris for goodness sake!


Kimmi Says:

the problem is jane, berdy was playing brilliant, serving well and finding his spots..murray had to weather the storm..he was doing pretty well to take that second set.

Now he has to start allover again tomorrow. berdy will start serving big and hitting his spots again. :(

Just hoping for the best..murray serve was not good in the 1st set too, that obviously did not help, he picked it up later in the second..which is good..so he needs to serve well from the get go..C’MOON Muzza


funches Says:

Jane,

Yes, you’re crazy, at least when it comes to predicting Murray will win the tournament. I didn’t see the first set-and-a-half against Berdych today, and I still think Murray will find a way to win it when it resumes, but he has no chance of winning the tournament. He could play Nadal 100 times at Roland Garros and would lose 100 times.

Can’t see him beating Federer very often on clay, either. Federer can hit winners from any position at any time on clay. Murray can’t. You have to have huge shots to win on clay. Murray can use the pace of his opponent to hit winners on hard courts on grass.

If Soderling beats Federer, which I highly doubt will happen, he would have little trouble with Murray.


Kimmi Says:

Muzza vs berdy back on court but no tv or streaming anywhere so far


Kimmi Says:

I looked in there sar, but could not find the match


Kimmi Says:

I hope murray breaks here to take the set

aaaaahhh set points murray


madmax Says:

unlucky murray – thought he was going to get that backhand pass in – but both players seem to be raring this set.

game berdyche.


Kimmi Says:

Nooo..they had the score wrong..just corrected it. i hate when they do that.

5-5


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Muzza hold


Kimmi Says:

15-40 not good NOT GOOD


Kimmi Says:

found the streaming and bummer berdych breaks to serve for the set..bummer bummer bummer

Berdych to the semi now!


Kimmi Says:

thanks sar..found it but no fun murray losing it


jane Says:

LOL funches, well at least I admit it. It’s not looking good for Murray at the moment, that’s for sure. One slight correction – I didn’t “predict” he will win the FO, I said he “could”. That may not be so though down two sets to love. Maybe he’ll come back again but it’s too bad he got himself into this position.

Odds favour Fed or Rafa to win. I know it.


madmax Says:

take heart margot. andy been here before. Berdych will implode. murray will move on to win the match. Let’s face it. berdy will havea lull.


jane Says:

margot, wherefore art thou? You’re quiet. Hang in there girlie; he may come back around.


madmax Says:

murray being too passive Jane. He needs to be more aggressive. just get that mindset back again. Inspiration, inspiration. c’moon!


madmax Says:

better murray. better.


Kimmi Says:

the problem is, berdy will come back tomorrow very strong..too tough for muzza. Unfortunately sean called this one right. :(((


Polo Says:

Murray should tell Corretja to stay away as far away from him as possible if they resume play tomorrow. I may not sound rational but Corretja has bad karma.


Kimmi Says:

Polo, i’m starting to believe that too


jane Says:

Chanters again. : /

Don’t imagine they can play much longer.


jane Says:

Polo from whence does your “Corretja Curse” theory come?


sar Says:

I think it’s like Todd Martin and Nole….maybe he should only have Myles. Too many cooks.


Kimmi Says:

they might as well finish today..bad bad murray..giving a game away like that..


jane Says:

Oh crap. Murray is not in it. Maybe Berdy will choke here? Murray will break back? Come on!!

Otherwise, I am buying in – lock, stock and barrel – to the “Corretja Curse” theory.


jane Says:

That sliding does not look good for Andy’s knee. If he can’t rally now, he will have to go home and regroup for grass; he has both the Queens title and a Wimbledon semi to defend, not to mention the potential of Queen E. in the audience at SW19.

This will help clear the way for Fed’s title defense. Soda can put up a potential challenge in the QF, but I don’t see either Berdy or Youz beating Fed in a slam semifinal.


Kimmi Says:

berdy 2 points away


Kimmi Says:

OMG three match points..oh dear

one saved


sar Says:

They might fire Corretja, I would.


madmax Says:

Margot,

I am so sorry. I am really, really shocked. Cannot believe it.

I dont think Andy was his best. His body language was very bad today and I wonder whether that strapping on his ankle had anything to do with it?

Shocked.


Kimmi Says:

Berdy..has he EVER got to the GS qtr final before..congrats to him. he was a better player today..berdy just too powerful.

On to wimbledon Muzza..good luck


jane Says:

Bye Murray, better luck on grass. : ( A drag margot and Kimmi.

Congrats to Berdy; he was very good today – that smile. Melted a little at the end when I saw that.


Kimmi Says:

federer will have to play soderling and if he get lucky berdych (i am sure he will get past youzhny)..big hitter..wow…a very tough road


Polo Says:

About the “Corretja Curse”, it is a gut feeling. Each time I see his face focused on the screen when Murray plays, I see no sign of confidence there, and I feel bad for Murray. When Corretja was still playing, he lost several big matches in majors that he was supposed to win. I feel that that is rubbing off on Murray. Not very rational, I must admit but it just keeps happening.


jane Says:

Interesting, Polo. Surely a player wants to look up to his/her box and see inspiration, calm, positive reinforcement, not gloom and doom. Makes sense even if it’s only a gut feeling. I will be watching for this now.


Kimmi Says:

Novak first on court again..he really got lucky to be scheduled early here..

Good luck to Djoko tomorrow jane

Hotsauce has a tough one from almagro. Hope his toe is heeled. Some great matches tomoorw.

Allez henin


madmax Says:

polo,

have a word with murray, eh?

One match at a time for fed, next on to soderling. He will need all his wits about him, but he has been here before.

C’moon Federer!

Yes, it’s berdy’s first QF in a slam.


Polo Says:

Jane, that is an interesting and more rational explanation you deduced from my “bad karma” feeling about Corretja.

Hopefully, Murray will do better in Wimbledon. Corretja won’t be there, I think…I hope.


Kimmi Says:

thanks maxi, re berdy first qtrs..I thought so too. he has eventually made that jump..its difficult for these guys to do it..it took a while for verdasco to do in master series though he did a semi in AO.

berdy has a good draw to get to his first semi too..what a run that will be..


jane Says:

Kimmi, yes the earlier scheduling has worked out well so far, and I think even the damp conditions haven’t hurt him, as it keeps the clay dust down etc. In hot humid weather, Nole is generally better when he plays later. Hope he can beat Ginepri tomorrow. On paper, he should be able to. But who knows? Djok’s been as unpredictable as Murray this year. Djoko’s on center court too. I can’t recall if he’s played there yet this year? Anyhow, hoping for the best.

I hope margot is okay! margot, remember that Murray will be even better on grass. He had a super tough draw, in my and many people’s opinion, good for him to have made a run of it.


guy Says:

both soderling and berdych are looking dangerous.


skeezerweezer Says:

“guy Says:

both soderling and berdych are looking dangerous.”

Absolutely the stronger half by far…..


Polo Says:

I am looking forward to the Federer-Soderling match-up. Soderling may do a del Potro on Federer. And he seems capable.


Kimmi Says:

true, these big hitters are dangerous. they play a hardcourt game and the surface seem to suit them with the slow conditions…

berdych could be dangerous to fed more so than soderling imo.


Polo Says:

…and Federer is in a position where he may have to play both. One or two years ago, I would not worry for Roger. But Soderling and Berdych are different players now. And so is Federer. This half of the draw is very interesting unlike the other half where the outcome is not as hard to predict.


jane Says:

Kimmi, why do you think Berdych more than Soda? Is it based on what you’ve seen of the two of them or the H2H? Fed is 12-0 over Soda and 8-2 over Berdych.


Kimmi Says:

jane – because federer even if he has better H2H..he struggles more with berdych (looking at their previous matches) than soderling.


jane Says:

Ah, I am just not sure Kimmi: obviously Fed is the clear favorite over both of them. But Soda was (as Polo hints) looking almost Delpo-like today, though that was against Cilic and not Fed! Soda has at least played here versus Fed, and he’s now been in a slam final, so he shouldn’t be over-awed by the occasion. He must know that if he can get past Fed, it’s not impossible for him to win this slam. So that’ll be a motivator, or an anxiety producer/pressure cooker, depending. lol. Whereas with Berdy, I don’t know how he’d handle Fed in a slam semi; the occasion, if not Fed, might overwhelm him. After all, this is his first slam QF! Thus, I’m inclined to think that the QF between Soda and Fed will be a more compelling match than the semi – but we’ll see!


Kimmi Says:

jane, what occasion would berdych be overwhelmed abou? he was playing for his first qtr final today (a big occassion too, no?) but he played like a champion.

I think since american hardcourts this year berdy is a different player. he was known for choking most of the time when he meets federer but he manage to beat him..saving a match point on the way.

I agree that soda v fed might be a hard fought match but soda has never really been in the position to win over fed..he is always playing fed from behind, winning a tie breaker here or there but not threatening..while berdych has done so. he had fed on the ropes in AO 09 then miraculously gave away the match.

thats why i am thinking he is more dangerous now..the choking looks to be way past him..if he is in a position to win he will go for it.


blah Says:

jane: didn’t see murray v.s. berdych but murray always had trouble against big hitters and his worst surface is clay, so for me it was just a matter of time.

and the soderling prediction, yes, part of it is wishful thinking on my part. but i am not counting out a healthy soderling on clay against anyone. The guy goes for his shots no matter the occasion. Although he lost a bunch to fed, most can probably be attributed to that he just wasn’t this good in the past, I don’t think it’s as much mental as records would suggest. This would be the fourth time in the last five slams he has ran into federer. I think he has it in him to do it, though Fed probably needs to have a not so good day and Soderling needs to play great.


jane Says:

Possibly Kimmi: however, I don’t think winning over Murray in R16 would be as big of a deal to Berdy as beating Fed in the semis to make it to his first grand slam final, ever. Very very different. Berdy was great in Miami, but it’s key to remember that Fed kind of choked when he was serving for it too. I doubt that would happen in a slam, but you never know.

You make very good points about Soda though; he is always playing from behind. I had never thought of that before. He did get very close to pushing Fed to 5 sets at the US Open last fall and then he beat him in that exo this year, though, so maybe it would be different this time.


jane Says:

Blah, agreed. Soda would have to play great, and Fed would have to be slightly “off” for the upset.


blah Says:

jane- did you see any of Djokovic’s matches? I didn’t and I don’t know what form he’s in right now, but hopefully he’s playing great and move into the semis with Rafa so that I can watch those two give another classic clay match. From his draw it looks like he shouldn’t be beaten until then as long as he doesn’t have a completely off day, but from his clay season and not having seen him in the FO, I am not so sure.


funches Says:

Sean was spot on about the Berdych-Murray match.

I have a feeling Youzhny will beat Berdy. He can hit with him and moves better. Berdy at his best is better than Youzhny, but he’ll face more adversity in that one than he did today. Nothing he did in the clay season indicated he would play this well at Roland Garros.


jane Says:

Blah, I saw most of the Nishikori match, and from the second set onward of the Hanescu match. Based on that, I’d say Djoko is in pretty good form but not his best. He’s been having serve yips still, served up 9 double faults in his last match. But his groundstrokes and returns look good, same with movement. He’s been decent at the net. For Nole to really roll, though, his serve should be clicking. I honestly don’t know what to expect, as he’s been so inconsistent this season. He always tries to raise his game and focus versus Rafa and Fed, as he looks up to them, so if he can get through to the semis it might be fun.


Kimmi Says:

jane – good point about beating federer to move to the final..its a big occasiion for sure..probably everybody and his dog in Czech will be watching that match.

Anyways, lets wait and see..but for sure both opponents will be tough.


blah Says:

Jane, I agree about Djokovic raising his game, but recently it’s only been against Nadal. I think he absolutely loves the challenge of Nadal for some reason, but I am not so sure about against Fed. So if Fed gets through Soderling he’s in the final, but if Soderling can somehow pull another shocker, don’t want to jinx Djokovic, but I think he could sneak in as the surprise champion, as long as his fitness holds up.


blah Says:

And ya, I said if Fed gets through Soderling he’s in the final, because he will never lose to Berdych or Youzhny in a slam.


jane Says:

blah, that would be very nice, but don’t hold your breath. : )


Nadia Says:

Hi everyone
I have been following these posts for a while now without commenting. However I think I need to make a correction to what you have been saying.
I am a mad Berdych supporter, have been for sometime, and can I say that I am incredibly excited for him and how he has been performing. However i do have to correct you about this being his first grand slam QF, he actually made the QF’s at Wimbledon in 2007. So although it was a few years ago, he has reached this stage before.
I really enjoy reading all of your posts though, i think you offer some great insights. But i think its time someone on the Berdych bandwagon joined in to even up all of the Murray supporters :)

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