Monfils Withdrawal Sends Raonic to First ATP Final, Awaits Verdasco or Del Potro in San Jose
by Sean Randall | February 12th, 2011, 10:43 am
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What a week for the young Canadian Milos Raonic. Not only has the 20-year-old slugger won three consecutive straight set matches to reach the semifinals, he just got a free pass into the San Jose finals. The ever-fragile Gael Monfils, who was to play Raonic later today, had to withdraw from the tournament late last night because of a wrist ailment.

“Since the Australian Open I’ve had this pain,” Monfils said following his quarterfinal win Friday over Tim Smyczek. “We decided to stop for between four and six weeks. It’s been a month and a half that I’ve had this pain. I can’t hit my backhand. I tried, but my backhand is very soft. I have a better backhand than I showed here — more powerful.”

Monfils is expected to be out 4-6 weeks which includes Memphis, Acapulco and David Cup. He hopeful to be ready for Indian Wells.

And that withdrawal gives Raonic a rare bye/walkover into the his first (or many) ATP final, where he’ll play either Fernando Verdasco or Juan Martin Del Potro.

Earlier in the day it was Raonic getting through his fellow 20-year-old Richard Berankis 6-4, 7-6. Richard has some good hands, and he’s a little Ferrer, but the he just couldn’t match the power of Milos.

“I was doing well with mixing it up especially in the second set,” Milos said after 12-ace effort. “The first set I was surprised by how much speed I was putting behind the serve. In the second set I took some pace off and was able to move it around the box a bit more.”

Also yesterday, Juan Martin Del Potro smacked Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3. Is the real Del Potro back? Maybe not, but that kind of result is very encouraging and maybe the big Argy will be back to full strength sooner than I expected (pre summer!).

“I need matches to play better,” Del Potro said. “To play four or five matches this week would be fantastic for the comeback. I hope to be in good shape for tomorrow. I am feeling good this week but I am still far off my best level. I can play better and I am getting better slowly. I am working day by day for the future and I hope to be in good shape for a real comeback.”

Del Potro now plays top seed and defending champion Fernando Verdasco who breezed by Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-4.

“It’s going to be the toughest match for me this week,” Fernando said of facing Delpo. “He really played unbelievable with Lleyton and I think it’s going to be a very difficult match. I hope tomorrow that he won’t have his best day and maybe make more mistakes than he did today and I can take advantage of that, be able to win, and be back in the final again here.”

In Rotterdam today, Robin Soderling meets Vicktor Troicki in one semifinal with the winner playing JW Tsonga in the final. Tsonga already registered a 6-4, 7-6 win over Ivan Ljubicic. Sounds like the courts are playing quick in Rotterdam!

And on the clay in Costa do Sauipe, a very interesting matchup for the Brazil Open final today pits Nicolas Almagro against the other breakout star of 2011, Alexander Dolgopolov. Almagro is a former champion of the event and beat “The Dog” on clay at the French Open. But The Dog got him back in Shanghai late last year and he’s riding the wave of the Australian Open quarterfinal, might he be ready to claim his first ATP title in his first final?

And congratulations to Kim Clijsters for restoring some order to WTA rankings. Kimmy’s win yesterday in Paris will send her past current No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Clijsters has won the last two Grand Slam whereas Wozniacki, who has accumulated her points in the smaller WTA events, has even reached a Slam final since her 2009 US Open runner-up.

Clijsters will play Kaia Kanepi for the right to meet Petra Kvitova in the final. Might this Kvitova girl be a future No. 1? Very possible.

Tennis Channel in the U.S. is schedule to have live coverage from San Jose and Rotterdam today, in addition to the Paris women’s event.

SAN JOSE SATURDAY SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 1:00 am
Exhibition Match – Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / P Marx (GER) vs S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] F Verdasco (ESP) vs J Del Potro (ARG)
[1] M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs A Falla (COL) / X Malisse (BEL)

BRAZIL SATURDAY SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 6:00 pm
P Andujar (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [2] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Almagro (ESP) vs [4] A Dolgopolov (UKR)


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Soderling Repeats in Rotterdam; Verdasco Bids to do Same in San Jose
Del Potro Into Estoril Final Against Verdasco; Djokovic Gets Walkover in Belgrade
Querrey Losing Streak Hits Six in San Jose, Del Potro Wins; Murray Returns in Rotterdam
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166 Comments for Monfils Withdrawal Sends Raonic to First ATP Final, Awaits Verdasco or Del Potro in San Jose

Steve Says:

Another good showing by Raonic. He’ll be in the top 75 after this week. That’s a pretty big jump in the first couple of months of the season.


Andrew Miller Says:

Go Dolgo!


jane Says:

Very happy for Raonic, of course, but not happy for La Monf. Hope he is better soon, hate to see someone walk into a final, but I think Raonic had a good chance to get there with the win anyhow. Go Milos!

Tsonga is on a roll, beats the bald bomber. Tough to say who will win Rotterdamn, but still lean towards Soda.

And yeah, Go Dolgopolov!!


Kimmi Says:

ah la monf, another injury. out for 4 to 6 weeks…

how does other players heal faster? e.g only 10 days for rafa..ok its different injury but… maybe la monf should talk to rafa, he could give him some tips on how to get best treatment out there. :)


leo vixen Says:

@Kimmi. My thoughts exactly. Rafa takes a lot of sh*t about how he beats his body up and won’t last long, but Le Monf does a pretty good job beating himself up as well! He is an amazing athlete, like a “rubberband man” the way he stretches himself all over the court, splits a la Clijsters, and slides all over the hard courts as if he was playing on clay. Hence, injuries galore. Too bad because his athletic ability is unbelievable and amazing to watch.


Kimmi Says:

troicki is been over powered by soda


jane Says:

Kimmi, yes, but don’t you think Troicki has a block against top ten players? To me, that is part of it.

Leo Vixen, it is interesting, though, that some “elastic band” players like Nole and Kim C rarely seem to get injured. With Monfils it could be something else? Don’t know, but sad about his wrist. Clearly that is a more problematic injury tennis-wise than a torn thigh muscle, isn’t it? Look at Delpo, he missed nearly a year. And when Murray’s wrist was injured, he missed months too.


contador Says:

dammm troiki is playing well, tho he lost first set.

kimmi u picked victor. that scares me.


contador Says:

soda pop


dAri Says:

Soda seems to make those little overhead backhands winners. That’s the shot that killed fed at fo.


dAri Says:

Aww what a bummer that net cord for troicki to hold. Just what troicki needed, but I didn’t think soda was gonna let him out of that game!


contador Says:

troiki pulls of some nice serve and volley.

wow! troike saves 1st soda mp with an ace


Kimmi Says:

contador, i picked troicki but..i dont think i will get it right this time. he struggles to hold his service game while soda cruises..

another 0-30 game..ooooops

match point!

jane – yap, you could be right about not beating top 10 players. i thought the davis cup changed all that..


Kimmi Says:

kim used to have injuries during her first career. she had to reduced splits this time…she is still doing them but said not as often.


dAri Says:

Soda had some serve today. And then just like that it was break point- no set point- no MATCH point for soda and he takes it on second chance. Troicki played fine, just not good enough.
Soda’s celebration- looks like he is stoke to be in the final! Haha


contador Says:

so i was wrong about the bald bomber. missed that match zzzzzz

but at least soda popped his way into the final. i wouldn’t pick between tsonga and soda. tsonga must be in great form.


Kimmi Says:

i dont think tsonga has a good record against soda, also he is not playing as good as pop man…bald bomber had the second set in his raquet, was up 5-3, serving for the set..there was lots of choking. tsonga came back and didnt look back.

jane got the prediction for rotterdam spot on. soda pop for the title :)


jane Says:

3-0 h2h for Soda vs. Tsonga Kimmi, but Tsonga has his boxing gloves on here; maybe he will surprise us??


jane Says:

Also, re: Troicki – he didn’t beat top tens in the DC. He beat Simon, I think, who was then struggling, and then in the final game he beat Llodra, though Viktor did play very well in that match, totally voiding Llodra’s volleying. But to me with Troiki it’s a belief thing against the top-ten guys; and it’s not just Nole. He had match points on Rafa in Tokyo.


Kimmi Says:

milos gets another WC for memphis, first round verdasco. delpo WC too, first round isner. it is not getting easier.

Grigor got one for marseille. first round tursonov is tough. hope he wins.


Kimmi Says:

murray brothers doing very well in doubles. up a break vs. melzer/petzschner now. will be great if they win another tournament..great pairing.


jane Says:

Go JAM Go!!! Win. Wouldn’t it be great if Murray bros teamed up and won a slam? Might take a lot of pressure off Andy. Then, again, might not. ; / Jamie already has that Wimbledon title in mixed doubles with Janko, I guess.


dari Says:

where are you watching that kimmi?!


jane Says:

Ah, Murray bros having a difficult time holding serve today. Didn’t Petz and Melzer win the Wimbledon doubles title?? I’ll bet this fast surface really suits them.

dari, f.y.i., I have just been following scores.


dari Says:

maybe andy and jamie can pull off a break back here, would be nice.
thanks jane, all the links for rotterdam are playing a replay of ljub and tsonga, would have liked to see murrays v petzchner/melzer :(
i guess life ain’t easy if you’re a big doubles fan
i am not, but i guess this is the life they live everyday


dAri Says:

Was cruising scores and saw a score for a karlovic/raonic match?!?! Went to stream and saw it was an exhO, Duh! anyone surprised the first set went to tie break?


Kimberly Says:

i’m sticking with my three picks yesterday

Verdasco, almagro, soda.

raonic or delpo would be nice but I think verdasco has this in the bag.

And many people would call Almagro a top five clay court player. Maybe even top 3 of recent. Lets see what Dolgo can bring.


Trilby Says:

Go Milos! Nice for us Canadians to have one of our own – OK, he was born in Montenegro but he grew up here – to cheer for a change.


Kimmi Says:

aaagh the murrays lost :( semi not too bad though


jane Says:

^ Totally Trilby!

Now come on Dolgo – bounce, pogo, hop, jump – grab that title!


Kimmi Says:

go dolgo! ah, they are on court now.

kimberly i hope your prediction is a jinx to almagro. almagro with seven titles..all on clay. aahh, its like the giant vs. a little boy.


dari Says:

neither dolgo nor almagro are pillars of consistency, there could be a lot of swings in this match. lets go dolgo! get your first title!


Duro Says:

Jane: “Jamie already has that Wimbledon title in mixed doubles with Janko, I guess”

Ha ha ha, Jane… Since when is Janko a girl?


Duro Says:

You must have meant Jankovic, right? Not Tipsarevic I hope :-)…


jane Says:

Duro, I meant Jelena Jankovic – maybe JJ would be better than Janko to avoid confusion with Tipsy! :)

Oh no Dolgo – broken? Yeo, : /


Kimmi Says:

almagro breaks


contador Says:

cant watch!! must go do something else…..boohoo!


dAri Says:

Tough nuts for dolgo. Nico just showing his clay court experience and capabilities, dolgo has not been able to pull any tricks on him just yet.


dAri Says:

Or simply out hit/run him.


jane Says:

Agree contador, may have to have a bath and hope for the best. Really wanted Sasha to win here, hurrrrumph.


Kimmi Says:

he played well dolgo, but made this one bad game which cost him. Hope he can concentrate well this set..take it deep and then anything can happen..


Kimmi Says:

dolgo missing simple shots, he is gonna have to take those


Kimmi Says:

15-40 game. hmm living dangerously dolgo.

duece


dAri Says:

Haha, a serve and a dropper get dolgo out of trouble from a break!
It’s time for dolgo to stop giving it away, I think he should pull back a second cause be is not hitting his attempted winnera in. Let Nico make some mistakes for a game.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon dolgo..smash in the net..too many important errors here.


dAri Says:

Actually, I don’t really know if being more conservative is the solution here, cause he is missing on simple shots or just in the middle of the ralley. What’s the advice for “just start hitting your balls in”


jane Says:

Arrrgh…he cannot make any headway on Nico’s service games, nor even in this tiebreak. That will be the difference.


jane Says:

Oh well… Congrats to Almagro, even though I really wanted Dolgo to get the win. Better luck next time pogo.


dAri Says:

First final for dolgo? at least he got to a tiebreak that second set on an error-filled performance. Congrats to nico.
Ok delpo verdasco later!


Kimberly Says:

What time is delpo verdasco? I see roddick playing next week in Memphis.


Kimmi Says:

bad luck dolgo but most players dont win their first final. next one he will know what to do.

now, delpo and my buddy verdasco. hmmmm, i am on delpo bandwagon today. Go delpo.

congrats for getting the prediction correct kimberly. jane and contador not so much :)


contador Says:

hey, i said i agreed with almagro winning on that other thread : )

just a huge DOG supporter here and wanted him to win, not that i thought he had much chance against nikki pooo hahahaa

i;m a sore loser. there is no real reason why i shouldn’t like nikki poo…did he beat federer, no. maybe he beat gulbis…..dunno.

but i ordered pizza and waiting for the delpo verdasco match.

making my pick here perfectly clear…i think verdasco will win.

but i’m not freaking out like i was earlier about dolgo…..so i can sit back and relax…enjoy. no expectations from delpo. he’ll get enough pts from making a semi to put him…maybe into top 100-200? he only has i think 65 points last time i looked?


dari Says:

delpo vs. verdasco is no earlier than 7 pst.
i dont care about picking, i’d rather be wrong than pick against who i want to win! would be some feat to win, but… go delpo!


dari Says:

and its on TV no less! (if you have tennis channel)


contador Says:

Kimberly, match on at 7 pm pacific time…..an hour away.

inconvenient time for you, huh.


contador Says:

very mature of you, dari. but i’m over it now. lol…


Kimberly Says:

Thanks kimmi. I thought u were a big hot sauce fan too though yes?

Fernando is kind of hot and never beat rafa 62 62 62 in a gs so I’m rooting for him. Although I think when he stops playing tennis he will be over 300 lbs. Serena too. Anyway, I generally root for him so I will tonight.

I always feel myself pulling for almagro. I think he’s a great player. Not sure why he can’t move his game off the red dirt but as a clay courtbplayer he’s as tough as they come. And I feel like he sits on thebshadows of the othernhigh profile Spanish guys, ferrer, rafa, hot sauce etc.

Would be nice to see tsonga win a tourney but I think it’s sodas match.

Went to the gym today and quad felt ok so contemplating trying to play tomorrow. Kaiser says I’m nuts. I’m beginning to think I am a tennis junkie, playing and watching.


dari Says:

contador, re: not liking almagro- i don’t every think i have ever had communication with an almagro fan. he’s cool with me, ive cheered for him a few times, but maybe something lacking in game/personality its easy easy to not like him?
____________________———
Ahhhhhh! delpooooooooooo! i never cheered so hard in my heart for a big little bugger (besides fed). this whole comeback thing is really pulling on the heart strings. not to mention that if he comes through on it, we’re in for some SUPER tennis!


Kimberly Says:

Contqdor, drank a large green tea no water added from star bucks before going to the gym. I will be up to watch the match and my kids are asleep. Can’t wait!

I see tennis channel is showing it!


dari Says:

contador- mature or un-sensible?! (if that’s a word)


contador Says:

ach, dari… there’s nothing wrong with him. he’s a top clay courter. i think he beat one of my favorites is all….i’m just being silly…jokng…

had to check where delpo will be tho. he’ll be in the 200′s to 300′s.


contador Says:

isn’t there one wta player we both cheer for , kimberly? lol….abt verdasco over 300 lbs!! still a chick magnent…


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – yes, i am hot sauce fan but delpo is just few knots up. he is my third fav after murray (if somebody can have so many favs..sometimes i confused myself..milos, dolgo, dimitrov are joining my list). federer is my numero uno though…go fed anytime.

like dari, this comeback thing is making me go nuts. delpo was impressive yesterday against hewitt..but..but..should not have my hopes too high. hewitt is not the same.

now if that FH is firing..watch out hot sauce (he has the FH of his own too)..

tough match.

My prediction is delpo win. all you guys who picked verdasco..you are going to burn :)


contador Says:

only burn will be from the jalepenos on my pizza, Kimmi. game on!


dAri Says:

kimmi and contador setting up the atmosphere like its a slam semi ( or is that my excitement outta control)! Love it ;(


Kimberly Says:

Lol on the jalapeño burn.


dAri Says:

Wrong parenthesis ;) !


Kimmi Says:

hahaha go delpo!

unfortunately wont be able to watch this match live :( arrrrgh. will have to check out the results later.

great pic at the atp site of nico and dolgo..great smiles.


dAri Says:

hmmmmm, Todd Martin commentating! Never seen that, Que interesante!
go JMdP!


thark Says:

for those who missed my earlier post about veetle stream:

http://veetle.com/index.php/sapopen/channel#4d3dde6e03a67/true/default/HD

i use 4:3 aspect ratio which looks better than the default to me

hope this is a good one…


thark Says:

again the commentary is horrible but the video is great…


jane Says:

Kind of torn on this one: think am cheering for Delpo more, but Hotsauce is trying to defend the title, I think. A final with Raonic and Delpo blasting might be really fun!


thark Says:

rooting for delpo just because i want him fully back in the mix!


contador Says:

okay. dari , this to me is kinda like a slam. i have missed delpo so much! he’s playing verdasco….oh go delpo!

yeah, no matt cronin tonight, thark. go soda!


thark Says:

haha conty – good soda vibes make even concurrent tournaments better! let’s do this jm!


contador Says:

not a good start. delpo fans…..

it’s okay. rather have him take it easy.


dAri Says:

I feel it, too, contador!
$#¡+ already. Let’s go delpo!


thark Says:

of course i did put nando in my year end top 10, thinking that he would overcome that hiccup at the end of 2010…


contador Says:

he sorta looks ….super tired so far.


dAri Says:

Ace, JMdP. Nice legs, too.


contador Says:

ace! ace! c’mon delpo


thark Says:

delpo is a very emotional/romantic type being – i think he seems more “sad” sometimes than “tired.” conversely when he is feeling positive he just explodes.


Kimberly Says:

Delpo seems to be settling in now.

Still rooting for and picking verdasco. But hope its an great slug fest!


dAri Says:

Re: looking tired, Todd Martin said nando was out hitting at noon and again just before the match and delpo came out at four thirty “looking like he just got out of bed”.
Wake up, bud.


contador Says:

jmdp’s legs? verdasco’s? delpo just looks like a big huggy bear…hahaha


dAri Says:

thark, re your “sad” theory: has any one ever heard that years ago they used to think that very tall people suffered “melancholy” more than average height. Does this ring a bell to anybody? I always think of JMdP for that.
Anyway, he will be fine, its early yet.


contador Says:

strange. and verdasco is the one taking the swimsuit model with him wherever he goes …so says matt cronin.


thark Says:

well dari, it must get lonely up there ;)

seriously though, look at his posture – he carries himself with a shorter stature than his actual height. if you compare to nando who is very upright and alert it is quite noticeable. he looks almost dejected.


contador Says:

wont it be ironich for raonic if he has to play the final with verdasco and first round memphis? sorry…*rolls eyes*

delpo….c’mon get on a roll like the old days.


contador Says:

raonic has a slump to his shoulders too. my mom would tell them both to “stand up straight!”


contador Says:

i see what you mean abt the legs i think, dari. delpo looks fit.

also good at hawk-eye challenges….usually.

verdasco wow. he’ on.


contador Says:

c’mon juan get the next set!!


jane Says:

Thark, love your sad melancholy take on Delpo. Makes me want him to beat the “other” kind of romantic, Hotsauce of the faux mo.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Where did they find those commentators on Veetle???


dAri Says:

Juan isnt able to get into nando’s serve.
That’s a good point, delpo!


thark Says:

the faux mo – ha.

yeah i don’t mind hotsauce’s vibe. he’s kinda a combo of don juan and metrosexual, but you gotta be you, you know…


thark Says:

gregoire veetle is a stanford univ. project – best i can tell they are from the stanford tennis team or something. or maybe local sports writers, but def not professional commentators.


dAri Says:

Whew- good luck on that cross court backhand…. ah! The dbl!


dAri Says:

Yay, polito!


thark Says:

delpo with some life in him!


contador Says:

yesssssss!!!!! delpo now hold


dAri Says:

make it count and hold!


jane Says:

Match is heating up – both romantics are swinging now!


dAri Says:

keep your head up, jm.


Kimberly Says:

Very enjoyable match to watch, yes?


contador Says:

he had his chance when up a break. but very happy with delpo’s progress.


contador Says:

yes…glad u r enjoying it too.


dAri Says:

At this moment I want to see what condition delpo’s brain is in. Gotta put it all together for the hold, let’s go!


Kimberly Says:

Actually delpo is holding it closer than I thought itnwould be, and some fire and heat from both.

How was the pizza?


contador Says:

cr#$p
\


jane Says:

Good match, indeed. The “hot” romantic is just a little steadier than the melancholic one tonight. But well played by Delpo anyhow. Though do you sometimes feel he goes cross court when he should go up the line? Maybe it is just because I watch Nole so much


contador Says:

congratulations verdasco….well done.

and go delpo!! he’s improving.

go soda!! in rotterdam


thark Says:

nice job nando – stay healthy delpo, keep chipping away at it…


dAri Says:

Verdasco played very well. I really enjoyed his play today.
Getting to semis was great for JMdP.


contador Says:

i was thinking that dtl backhand wasn’t working so well as the cc.

nice speech nando.


Kimberly Says:

Delpo is opening against isner in Memphis. I will predict delpo for that one . Isnernhas no game. Not even in delpos stratosphere.

Fernando is cute in this interview.


jane Says:

Jeepers Kimberly, you’re two for three, assuming Nando keeps this good play up tomorrow, he should beat Raonic, and then you just need Soda to oust Tsonga. I am hoping for Mr. Dimples in that one, go Soda pop!


Kimberly Says:

Jane, top bad it hasn’t translated to any of the recent draw challenges. The ao was a bomb!


contador Says:

very much a gentleman. thanks hot sauce.

hey i got it too, jane :/

and i think raonic will go down to nando tomorrow. then beat nando in memphis!


dAri Says:

Kimberly- make sure you save something for next bracket!
Never loved nando, but his play today and that cute speech moved him up.


thark Says:

actually i have a serious soft spot for jo-dub. primarily because of his soft-spoken nature and the rotary-fist-pump-victory-dance, but soda is soda and when he runs for office he’s got my vote.

let’s.

go.

mr. dimplepop.


contador Says:

love it! “mr. dimplepop” go thark!

now have my airline ticket in hand for IW. my first time at a tournament!


dAri Says:

They still make paper tickets, conty?! ;) IW should be tops, fun for you.
Lol thark dimplepop!


Kimberly Says:

Less than one month to Indian wells. I cant wait till Miami obviously!

Contador, na li is the player we both root for!

I’m picking soda but Rooting for jo Willie.


contador Says:

well, it’s on my laptop, hahaha on my lap , dari


Kimberly Says:

No williams sisters there, I think they boycott the event still. It’s supposed to be a great tourney. Do forget to do ur picks before u go!


dAri Says:

I’ve only been to uso and the now defunct pilot pen. Yay for you, contador!
Miami tourney is my dream.
Later folks!


contador Says:

li na!! Kimberly. that’s right. hm, we do have different taste in atp, don’t we.

dari, i am so excited. i was there the first week of january for a mini break and IW is beautiful.


contador Says:

oh i wont forget the atp 1000 bracket challenge. much better luck on those for me than the USO and AO. i’ll do wta too and give tennisx updates from IW : )

later …..and thanks!


jane Says:

Well sorry for my overlooking you contador, woot on your pick, but I just assumed you’d be sad for JMDP.

But kudos to Fernando, tonight he heard the drums, and he heeded them.


M Says:

Sigh. Both my boys lost today, but to worthy opponents.

Sasha, watch those careless UEs!
Polito – stay healthy and positive, and best of luck in Memphis and Delray Beach!


The fighter Says:

go fernando!!!


margot Says:

Envy u lot watching S. American tennis :( Still have watched Rotterdam so can’t complain.
Head says Sod, heart Tsonga :) really surprised at those H2Hs jane.
Hoping Kvitova puts up a good show today. She is a star in the making :) But expect Kim to win. She has looked so strong this week, once she has found her rhythm.


Kimmi Says:

:)))) delpo!

oh well, at least it makes up for my buddy nando. good luck to both milos and nando in the final.

delpo is getting there but slowly though. at least he beat the guys he was suppose to beat. top 10 opponents always tough.


thark Says:

dag yo – pop strong out the gate!

morning (yawn)…


thark Says:

break back jo-dub! we have a contest :)


thark Says:

well at least i have a contest – far as i can tell y’all be snoozin…


thark Says:

first set soda! looks unbeatable today…


margot Says:

thark, a very civilised 2pm here in UK :) and a horrible day, so perfect for watching tennis. At least Tsonga has woken up in second set but I can’t see him winning. His backhand is right off today and Soderling looks unbearable.
Oh well if it finishes quickly can watch WTA ….looking on bright side ;)


margot Says:

oops…”unbeatable” of course…;)


thark Says:

he does look unbearably unbeatable, doesn’t he…


thark Says:

eek! jo-dub breaks!


margot Says:

eek indeed, game on! bearably beatable now ????


thark Says:

2nd set willy!!!

pull it together robin!


margot Says:

One set each wheee. Come on Jo don’t lose focus now!


thark Says:

GSM dimpelstiltskin!!!

great effort, jo-dub.

and this win comes on a hard court that is the same color as parisian clay.

coincidence?

just sayin.

i’m simply saying.

i am but saying.

i merely say…


contador Says:

thark!!!

woke up in time for last set.

mr. dimplepop!!!!!!!


margot Says:

thark… just saying u r….;)
Well played Iron Man Soderling!
Gregoire G. Where r u Kvitova won. OMG that WAS one where I was torn in two, but Petra…yay!
jane: Kim still wearing THAT dress :( She must’ve signed some awful ungettoutable contract I think.


contador Says:

thark! i know what u r just sayin’

go soda! red clay! he keeps trying, thark. he won’t give up!


contador Says:

kvitova beat kim? no.


contador Says:

what a way to wake up!!!

i thought tsonga would win. dear god my picking is bad. : )

but i like it.


contador Says:

20 aces for tsonga. i missed his second set win. soderling proves again how tough he is. now if he can do that in a GS.

very nice speech from jo. he’s sweet.

go win in marseille jo!


contador Says:

back to bed. : )


contador Says:

Kimberly A+ practice picking….


Kimmi Says:

woooo..did i read kim lost? no way. ok, let me check results


Kimmi Says:

in straight sets! wow..congrats kvitova


jane Says:

Congrats to Soda pop and Kvitova – missed both as too early!


jane Says:

margot, oh no, poor Kim. Not for losing but for being stuck with *that* dress. : /


Gregoire Gentil Says:

The French Open will stay at Porte d’Auteuil. No move for Roland-Garros then. 70% of the French delegates vote to stay on the same site which will be enlarged.


dAri Says:

Just read the news GG! RG stays put! Yay!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Here is the official result of the vote (2/3 majority was necessary to win):
First round: Paris 55 %, Marne-la-Vallée 25 %, Versailles 17 %, Gonesse 3 %
Second round: Paris 64%, Marne-la-Vallée 21%, Versailles 14%
Third round: Paris 70,13%, Marne-la-Vallée 29,87%
Paris wins then!

Paris city has committed to the following in its project:
- surface extension of 60% = 5 more hectares
- cover of the central court (to avoid rain but no plain at night)
- construction of a new stadium of 5000 seats
- destruction of old court #1 and put a grass instead à la Wimbledon hill
- concession for 99 years and a rent fee that is indexed on the gross revenue


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Ouahh, Kvitova starts to be very impressive. And Clijsters has a strange way to celebrate her new ranking! At least Wozniacki won Beijing when she became #1. ;-) lol


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Correction: Paris has amended the central court cover project a few days ago, and night session will be actually possible!


jane Says:

GG thanks for posting all the details, regarding Roland Garros!

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