Djokovic v. Del Potro Friday at French Open; Sharapova Survives, Clijsters Falls
by Sean Randall | May 26th, 2011, 6:35 pm
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What a Friday we have at the French Open. Now that we are two rounds down we can finally get some good matches, and tomorrow the real tournament begins.

The marquee matchup by far in the third round is World No. 2 Novak Djokovic against Juan Martin Del Potro. It’s the match we all circled when the draw came out six days ago and now we officially have it.

Djokovic is no mystery. The guy has been on fire this season winning all 39 matches, and overall he’s on a 41-0 streak. And watching him play, there’s really no weakness, no place to hit the ball and feel safe. Maybe you go at him and cut off the angles. Maybe you can bring him to the net and pass him. Maybe. So far, nothing had worked.

Meanwhile, Del Potro remains a mystery. The guy showed so much promise winning Estoril but pulled up lame with a hip injury just before a massive showdown in Madrid against Rafael Nadal.

Is the hip healed? Who knows. But the guy has some serious firepower, the kind you need to beat someone as hot as Djokovic.

Delpo can outslug Novak (and anyone else for that matter) from the baseline and his serve is big enough to get some easy points even against a premium returner like Djokovic.

And mentally, Delpo has shown when he’s healthy he’s “right” upstairs in the head. You cannot win the US Open the way he did without being mentally tough.

Still, I just don’t think he’s 100% back to a) health and b) form. And this tournament, especially given the way Nadal played today, seems destined to fall Djokovic’s way. The Serb’s also won all three career meetings with Delpo and all in straight sets. So I think Novak continues to dominate and takes down Del Potro in three sets. I hope it goes longer and I’m rooting for the Delpo upset, but I just don’t see it happening.

Earlier in the day, Roger Federer and Janko Tipsarevic battle on Suzanne Lenglen Court. Like Djokovic, Federer has a 3-0 edge on his opponent but they played a tight one 10-8 in the fifth back at the 2008 Australian Open third round.

This time I think Federer gets through much easier. Tipsarevic is a tricky player with sneaky power and we know this isn’t the same Federer we are use to seeing. On clay, though, I give the Swiss the edge. I expect multiple breaks and lots of tense moments but in the end it’s Federer in four.

Another great matchup is JW Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka. Stan’s the better of the two on clay but Tsonga will have the crowd and the emotion and that’s why I’ll take the Frenchman to come through.

I’ll also take Richard Gasquet over Thomaz Bellucci. I usually don’t like Gasquet in France but I think he’s playing some of the best tennis of his career. The Brazilian lefty isn’t too shabby. He tore it up in Madrid beating Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych before gagging to Djokovic, however I’ll go against my better judgement (of picking French players) and stick with Richard.

As for the outer courts, David Ferrer is on against Sergiy Stakovsky and Mikhail Youhzny clashes with Albert Montanes.

Looking at today’s results, if you are a Nadal fan you have to be concerned. After improbably going to the brink against John Isner, this afternoon Nadal really had to fight hard just to get past his countryman Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. Andujar actually led Nadal in the third 5-1 before completely unraveling.

Credit to Nadal for saving eight set points in that third. But, Rafa was dropping balls short off the ground and appeared attackable again, especially to the forehand side. He’s also dropped serve far too much. And that’s not good news. Fortunately, his next opponent is not Nikolay Davydenko but the guy who beat the Russian: qualifier Antonio Veic. Maybe then the 5-time champ will get right.

Murray, Robin Soderling, Mardy Fish, Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Simon were also winners while my semifinal pick, Jurgen Melzer, was stunned by qualifier Lukos Rosol. Melzer’s exit leaves Murray with a once in a lifetime virtual challenger field to the semifinals. Simply amazing. As for Melzer, I should have known better but his draw was too good to pass up.

Today, the big story wasn’t just the horrible weather but also the women’s event where we saw one champion steal victory and another steal defeat.

Maria Sharapova, who needs the French to complete her career Slam, was just two games from the exits down 6-3, 4-1 before little-known 17-year-old Caroline Garcia caved in. With her back to the wall, Sharapova reeled off 11 straight games to put the French girl away. Credit to Garcia, she might just be a star in the future.

Earlier, it was Kim Clijsters with a massive lead of 6-3, 5-2 and matchpoint. But in this one just when it looked routine Clijsters inexplicably collapsed. Her opponent, 20-year-old Arantxa Rus, summoned a better known Arantxa who ruled those French courts in the 90s to win five straight games to take the set.

Rus kept it going in the third and eventually the 188th ranked women in the world took down Clijsters 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. It was one of the biggest upsets in French Open history.

As for a pick of who’ll win the women’s tournament, I didn’t have one when the draw came out and two rounds in it’s still no clearer. Anything is possible at this point.

Tennis Channel will again have the coverage until 6pm ET when ESPN2 takes over.

FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[8]
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[11] v. Julia Goerges (GER)[17]
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[14] v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[17]
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[25] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
Shuai Peng (CHN)[29] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[5]
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[29] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[3]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[28]
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[13] v. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)[23]


Also Check Out:
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Petrova Pummels Clijsters at Australian Open; Henin Survives
Clijsters Fights Off 3 Match Points, Beats Sharapova for WTA Cincinnati Crown
Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters Meet for Cincinnati Title
Sharapova Wins, Lines Up Lisicki; Clijsters Strong at Wimbledon

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374 Comments for Djokovic v. Del Potro Friday at French Open; Sharapova Survives, Clijsters Falls

jamie Says:

Nole winning RG this year is a foregone conclusion.

http://imageshack.us/m/829/7664/djokovicrg2011winner.jpg


Nina Says:

Watch this video, priceless: Admiring Novak Djokovic’s last 40 match points: http://deadspin.com/5804779/admiring-novak-djokovics-last-40-match-points


jane Says:

Thanks Nina – awesome! That’s really something.


jane Says:

Did anyone see the Clijster’s match? What happened? Seems very unusual her game would collapse suddenly like that.

“Melzer’s exit leaves Murray with a once in a lifetime virtual challenger field to the semifinals. Simply amazing” – He already had a good draw, and now it has gotten even better. However, the winner of Dolgo and Troicki might be a test?? Maybe Dolgo more so? Not sure.


Kimmi Says:

lets see how many you will get right sean..

you predict the winners to be;

Djokovic over delpo
federer over tipsy
Tsonga over wawa
gasquet over bellucci


Kimmi Says:

i saw it jane, she really COLLAPSE! she was leading 6-3 5-2 with match point when rus serving, then everything went downhill. one error after another..one double fault after another. she hit something like 60 something UE. was very sad to watch her like this.

Is she rusty, lets hope so. because i don’t have any other way to explain that performance. hope she plays well at wimbledon.


Kimmi Says:

sean picked melzer to the semi few days ago. his predictions got better for a while there. hope your jinxing powers haven’t materialized again….

i am worried for the guys you picked today..


jane Says:

I guess she was just coming back out of the blue but it is still a surprise to hear Kim went down with the match on her racquet like that. Maybe just rust.


Ben Pronin Says:

Thanks for the video, Nina. Big take away from me is just how much his serve is improved compared to last year. But also, he doesn’t have a problem serving it out or breaking to win. Too clutch.

I really don’t hope for an upset tomorrow, it’d be so lame if Djokovic tore up the whole season only to fall in the third round of the French. I love Del Potro and all but he’ll have his time in the future.


sar Says:

I really like Delpo but not tomorrow.


grendel Says:

Kim collapsed even more dramatically against Petrova at AO I think last year. She is a somewhat on and off player. Sometimes when you watch her serving, you wonder if she’ll ever get one in again. She seems to operate on the edge of things – there’s very little margin. She’s kind of an anti-Soderling. When Soderling serves, it’s like a great creaky giant winding himself up for a truly immense and laborious endeavour. Kim simply marches rapidly to her spot, chucks the ball up, barely looks, and lets rip. And sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. The rest of her game is much the same. I find her refreshing and frustrating in almost equal measure. She’s a woman whom you sense doesn’t take herself very seriously, and this attitude is reflected in her game. There are not many like that. I think this young Czech Kvitova is.

I like Kim’s new hairstyle.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – i don’t understand kim new hair style. she cut it short which is OK but she has been wearing a cap in her last two matches. the hair does not look that great on a cap. looks very stiff in my eyes. like she needs to comb or brush through it..i don’t know. she removed the cap after the match, the hair looks everywhere..imo wasn’t nice.

i cant wait to see her without the cap, maybe it will make sense then.

Kvitova was very serious again zheng today.


Kimmi Says:

*against zheng…*


jane Says:

I just watch highlights of the Clijsters match; it looks like she wasn’t moving well at all in the last set. Maybe she tweeked the ankle a bit. She wasn’t running or sliding with any urgency though.


grendel Says:

Talking of Soderling, I caught a couple of games this morning. It’s hard to see how he can trouble the very best. He has to be on absolutely top form with his serve and rather wonderful groundies. Because let’s face it, he’s kind of immobile. Ramos dropped him, nothing too spectacular, and the dear old Sod hared after it, got there, flicked at it, and the ball went sailing away somewhere or other. Good hands the lad does not have. Shortly after, Ramos did a nice low slice, and old Soderling lurched off after it, bent his knees, and you kind of felt for him as he did that, and he got his racket to the ball and sort of pushed awkwardly at it, so that it arrived neatly in the middle of the net.

The nippy lads who can play a bit are surely going to take advantage of him. Of course, if he can ever get into a groove, when he imperiously directs the ball to all corners of the court, he’s jolly dangerous. Trouble is, he’s got to keep it up set after set.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – you’re at it again. ha-ha very funny :)


grendel Says:

Wish I’d seen Kvitova/Zheng – couldn’t watch much tennis today. I’ve always liked Zheng, a lot of flair and determination and also very pretty, but unfortunately lacking in strength. And of course, I love Kvitova. She’s a good dark horse for the title. Did anyone see that young Garcia who nearly toppled Sharpie? Apparently Murray twitted that this Garcia would be #1 in due course.


Kimmi Says:

we have goerges vs bartoli tomorrow. goerges better win. bartoli can be tricky but if goerges can move her around she could win..

peng vs shiavoni. peng reached the final in brussels last week, lost to wazniacki in three sets.

those two will be my interesting WTA matches to watch.


grendel Says:

Kimmi, I remember Peng beating Kim several years ago in the hard court season leading up to the US Open, and Kim was so impressed she said Peng was a future #1 for sure. Hasn’t happened, somehow. Strange, how careers can get stalled.


stu Says:

It wouldn’t be lame, Ben, but it would surely be a shame…


Kimberly Says:

Apparently the French don’t like sharapova either. I’m hearing they were terrible during her match.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – was that why sharapova did that signal at the end? i was wondering what was all that about..but she was playing a french player, who showed some promising tennis at the beginning. what do you expect?


Kimberly Says:

Apparently they booed her for winning. Martina narvritolova thought it was terrible sharapova didn’t do anything to deserve that.


skeezerweezer Says:

sar,

That sums it up for me also. Feel bad for Delpo in a way, for the fans expectations. If he stays healthy through the summer, it should be expected that he’ll match up fine against the top 3. Think it’s a bit to soon. But kudos to him for entering in the FO, and givin it a go. This match however will give him much needed experience, I think his first against the top 3 since he came back from his wrist?


Kimmi Says:

delpo played rafa at IW this year. he lost 6-4 6-4.


skeezerweezer Says:

grenel,

“lurched”, etc. Your adjectives are like little gems throughout your writes…:)

PS; Whats a “Nippy”?


skeezerweezer Says:

whoops, “g r e n d e l”

don’t want to get “chastised” by the great one ;D


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi,

I stand ( although sitting ) corrected. tx! BTW he wasn’t to shabby in that match though, was he?


Daniel Says:

Nina,

Regarding the video: GAME, SET, MATCH, DJOKOVIC!!!!


Kimberly Says:

I’m glad Maria told the crowd to stuff it. They deserve it for booing her.


Kimberly Says:

Watching the replay of the Kim clijsters tutorial on how to lose a tennis match. Terrible.


Daniel Says:

Djoko x DelPo, clash of 2 undefeated on clay this season. DelPo won Estoril and 2 matches in Madrid before withdrawing prior to Rafa match plus 2 his 2 rounds.


Eric Says:

Sure, Delpo is undefeated on clay kind of like the University of Chicago is undefeated in football against Notre Dame….’cause they haven’t played since like 1936…

Of course he did actually beat three outstanding clay players on his way to the Estoril title: Robin Soderling, Cuevas, and Verdasco, all in straight sets (Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, even, I think).


jane Says:

Delpo and Djoko – the only two guys to win slams, besides Fedal, since 2005. Pity this is third round.


marrisv Says:

Hope the Djokovic vs delpo delivers a five set classic… If the conditions are windy tomorrow it will be a no contest for the djoker.


Polo Says:

Kim Clijsters is ranked 2nd in the world? A string of number ones who cannot win a major? Women’s tennis is crap. Noisy crap.


jane Says:

I hope it is over in three fairly easy sets, with a win for Nole. Ha ha. Not likely. Normally I perfer a tighter contest, a classic even, but not this time. I want Nole to get to the final … And face Murray. :)


marrisv Says:

Jane – I think it will be routine three setter for Novak tomorrow.:) but just want to see the match live up to expectations.


Kimberly Says:

Sorry Heat Hating Sean Randall—-looks like miami is the EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION

MVP MY -SS Derrick Rose. Le Choke James? I don’t think so, that’s what I call a closer.

Bring on the Mavericks!!!!!


Eric Says:

Kimberly, I’ve been refreshing this page feverishly waiting for your Heat-related gloating. ;) Hooray! But can they take the Mavs?


Kimberly Says:

Derrick Rose is a poser. Dirk is kind of the real thing so I’m a little hesitant. But yes, I think they can take the Mavs. I just think they are better.


Ben Pronin Says:

Can’t really hate on Rose, he IS the Bulls. But Lebron is unstoppable. They’ll beat the Mavs the same way


Eric Says:

I only watched the last three minutes (heh, I forgot it was on – and then remembered just in time for the most exciting 3 minutes of the series. Lucky me), but it definitely looked like Rose just ****ed it up at the end. Maybe he and Kim Clijsters should start a clinic on how to give away huge leads. :0


Kimberly Says:

AWESOME win. So exciting to win like that. Now give some of that to Rafa and Maria!

THe Kim Clijsters loss was defintely less than impressive. But her lead was false. I just watched the replay, she played terrible the entire match. The other girl just settled in after a set and a half. What was surprising was her inability to draw upon her experience to close it out even though she was playing awful.


Kimberly Says:

I think so Ben, I like our chances. I have to turn off TNT, i don’t think i can bear listening to Barclay anymore, he is worse than Mary Carillo. He obviously just hates Miami and apparently the feeling is mutual.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@K & Fam,

A moment of silence… Booray!, for her Miami Heat in the NBA finals!,

And let’s not forget Jane and the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals!!! Booray!

Hooray for fans like u both…..now

Back to Tennis and why Lukas Rosol will win it all…..


Kimberly Says:

Who is lukas rosol? Is he in this tournament killing my bracket somewhere?


jane Says:

^ Yes Kimberly…look closely.

Thanks skeeze. :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

^ lol u 2. :)


jane Says:

11 seeds left on both sides of WTA draw.
8 seeds left on upper men’s (Rafa’s side); 13 seeds left on bottom (Nole’s side).

^ I had to go check the draw myself to see where the heck Rosol is! :)


Nims Says:

I believe people are obsessed with Novak-Del P match, but missing out on a very possible upset of Fed in 3rd round.


Dory Says:

I agree with 3 of Kimmi’s predictions :P
But Waw over Tsonga.


Dory Says:

Oops I mean Sean’s predictions.


madmax Says:

Good luck to Federer today. I hope he cruises. Everyone talking Tipsy up, but he hasn’t beaten him in the past and there is no reason why that should happen today.

Just needs to take the match seriously – as always, in those crucial moments.

So far, so good.


Kimmi Says:

this wont be an easy match for schiavoni..


Kimmi Says:

ferrer gives Stakhovsky a breadstick in the first set..cruising!

last year finalist stosur in trouble with gisela dulko


Dory Says:

Ferrer’s giving 3 breadsticks!


Dory Says:

Okay no breadstick for Stakhovsky in 3rd set.


Kimmi Says:

stosur is OUT! big win for gisela dulko.


Kimmi Says:

OMG..federer match has started. Go fed! sleeping too much and now i have to go to work.

Go fed! great start.


Dory Says:

One breadstick coming up for Tipsarevic.


Kimmi Says:

oh, so peng retired at the end..she played too much tennis thats why. why play a tough tournament a week coming to a GS..

ferrer thru ..EASY!

Go fed


Dory Says:

Fed thru. Can’t watch Waw vs Tsonga on TV because of Wozniacki.


jane Says:

Wow, Fed through easily! He must be in great form. All of his matches have been too early for me to see. But he won 24 of 28 points at net. Maybe he will win here? Rafa is not playing great so you never know.


Naresh Says:

Wow Fed made it look easy today! 43 winners to 19 errors, 9 aces, 22/26 at the net.. aggression.. love it :)


Naresh Says:

Slight correction 37 winners to 20 errors, 10 aces, 24/28 at the net.. still pretty aggressive.. love it :)


dari Says:

Good stuff from bartoli and goerges, fun to watch. I used to have to turn away during bartoli serve, but 1) it doesn’t bother me so much anymorr and 2) I think the camera guys have done some work limiting my view of it, too.

ALLEZ ROG


Cherry Says:

Djokovic is in great shape and has been consistently good in his games. However, I want Del Potro to win their next match. http://www.tennisround.com


Kimberly Says:

Congrats to Fed fans.

Wondering if Kuznetsova has a shot at the ladies title. I kind of think everyone and anyone does!

Dari, if you have an active ladies bracket I can get you in our pool if you are interested. Its a Hen Fest.


Dory Says:

Wow I don’t see women’s $%^& usually but this Bartoli woman can’t run at all since the last time I saw her!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed was “The Man” today, hope this kind of stuff continues :-)


Kimberly Says:

congrats to your guy skeezer, i think he is a real contender.

THank you for your nice words to gloating ColinO5soon6.


Kimberly Says:

wow, just checked livescores and saw wozniaki losing.


grendel Says:

This was a strange match in a way. Federer was in “cruise control” in the first set – that’s the phrase they used for him against the youngster Teixeira, and I strongly disagreed. Other top players would have registered the same score line or better, none would have looked anything like so utterly gorgeous in the performance. This counts, unless you are of the opinion that all that matters is whether or not you win. But that can’t be true, if you think about it. The competitive element is hugely important as a factor of entertainment since we are all competitive beasts – but it’s not the only factor. We are stirred by beauty, and I will maintain that to my dying day.

Anyway, back to Tipsy. In the second set, he carelessly donated a service break. Otherwise, by and large he had the better of the rallies with Federer, and certainly won all the long ones. But Federer’s serving was top notch, so it didn’t really matter. The match looked to be competitive. In particular, Fed’s bh was unpredictable – there were some startling winners, including one outlandish return of a first serve landing right on the base line and leaving Tipsy helpless. On the other hand, it tended to break down a little when Tipsy subjected it to any pressure – raising fears for what Djokovic or Nadal might do later in the tourney.

And then in the first game of the 3rd set, Federer played a series of magnificent shots to break Tipsy – there was simply nothing he could have done. This game came out of nowhere. No one raises the hopes of his opponent, only to shortly dash them, so cruelly as does Federer.

I wonder how it works. Federer really does seem to me like an artist, I don’t mean this as an analogy but literally. Leaving aside tricks of the trade, long hours of mastering his craft and so on, no artist really understands where what you might call the bang-bang- stuff comes from. And I think Federer is like that. He is confident (when things are going well – and they are at the moment) that at some point there will be a narrow little opening which will call into play some magical response. It cannot be planned. It just happens if Federer – and we the spectators – are lucky. After that, the level usually drops a bit, and I doubt if that is conscious either, more like a self-preserving instinct. There is perhaps a finite store of magic, so it must be used wisely and sparingly.

One or two interesting points. I don’t think Federer executed a single successful drop shot, strange considering the importance he attaches to the shot these days. On the other hand, his drive volleying was wonderful, one in particular hammered from the base line was extraordinary. But only a year or two ago, Federer just could not execute on the drive volley.

Skeezer, “nippy” means “quick” though there is a slight hint of the playful about it, or something like that – I can’t quite put it into words.


Kimberly Says:

contador will be happy, fognini about to win i think he is one of her favs


Dory Says:

Looks like Miss Moonballer aka accidental no.1 lost.


Dory Says:

Outova (Kuznet) is going to win.


grendel Says:

Hantuchova beats Wozniacki. Hantuchova is a nightmare for a fan, a double, triple nightmare. She’ll shorten your life span, do bad things to your heart, and make you change your mind about the outcome of a match as quick as the blink of a mouse’s eye.

She was winning by one and a half sets – 6-1, 4-0, with some truly majestic play the quality of which perhaps only she is capable. And yet it meant nothing. You knew it meant nothing. How often have you seen Hantuchova in this position – against the very best players – and then blow it?

And so it went. She started to hold back on her shots, the Woz took instant advantage. Actually, the Woz had looked thoroughly miserable, but now there was a spark in her eye. Poor Hantuchova. Everyone knows about her. Sure enough, Hantuchova is shortly broken.

Obviously this match is now over, why bother watching any more? How about, instead, hiring a hit man to get rid of this Hantuchova menace once and for all. But, hallo – what’s this? Hantucjova holds! And – and – surely not, it can’t be so, yes, Hantuchova breaks again. She’s won! How is that possible?


Lulu Iberica Says:

What is with Woz? I’m no fan of hers, but losing 6-1 6-3 to Hantuchova? It’s one thing for her to lose to the top ladies or a big hitter, but this is a surprise. She’s never going to get a slam. I really hope some of the more exciting WTA players can become more consistent. Maybe then we’ll get a no.1 who is also a slam contender!


jane Says:

Did they start late today or something? Tsonga and Wawa are just beginning and they will go at least two hours, meaning it will be after 6:00 before Delpo-Djoko even starts, which means if it is a long one, say 3 hours plus, it could be called for lack of light. That would be too bad.


Miki Says:

Is there a possibility to put the Djoko-Delpo match on Suzanne Lengen? It would be bad if the match was delayed for tomorrow.


jane Says:

Yeah Woz, Stosur and Goegres are out. Kuzy is looking good, but don’t forget about Schiavone. And Azarenka. Maybe even Sharpie, though least likely, realistically?


Dory Says:

The Bartoli match took way too long to finish.


jane Says:

Miki, I don’t think so as Gasquet and Bellucci have to play. Poor planning? Eh.


stu Says:

you’re right, Miki, no one is playing on Lengen, they might as well move this match there….is splitting crowds the bigger concern, or fitting this match into a busy schedule tomorrow?


stu Says:

ooops, you’re right jane. my bad.


Dory Says:

Lenglen has to finish Gasquet vs Bellucci first so I don’t think it will be moved.


jane Says:

These two will be “screwed” if they have to play tomorrow and then the winner has to play again the next day. Bah.


Dory Says:

Gasquet and Bellucci arrived on Lenglen.


jane Says:

I am pulling for the Frenchies: go Tsonga, go Gasquet! Get it done.


Miki Says:

Dammit, I hate when I’m mentally preparing the hole day for a certain match, and then something like this happens. And, to hell with tradition, if it was possible to install a roof on the Wimbledon centre court, is it so difficult to put some lights on Philippe Chatrier? Why is it such a big deal if the matches were played during the night. After all, the players are the ones that suffer the most.


stu Says:

And get it done quick so that delpole can play!


Miki Says:

Come on J.W. Tsonga, one down, 2 to go :)


jane Says:

Go Tsonga, let’s roll!


Huh Says:

I used to love tsonga, gamewise as wel as personalitywise; his celebrations seemed to me so innocent, but actualy i m startin to feel that his over the top celebration’s not exactly very innocent, rather it’s quite disrespectful at times, most of the times, n callous too! while he’d walk away with his tail between his legs, he’d be doin all sorts of antics while winning point, set or match; not a sign of a nice guy. Hopefully wawa’d beat him.
GO WAWA!!!

Now speakin of Fed, if he plays like he played today, then I like his chances here. But as grendel has correctly pointed out, winning’s not all, the sheer magic which Fed produces while at work is simply unmatchable! None comes even close to Fed in shot-makin, he’s such a technicaly superior, mentaly strong, elegant, stunningly superior natural talent compared to just about anyone else that it’s hardly believable!!!
FED’S SIMPLY SUPREME!!!


stu Says:

Seriously now? The Wawa-Jo match won’t finish in straight sets? Don’t they realize THEY are not the ones the crowds showed up for? :P


jane Says:

This is horrid timing. Looks windy again. Tsonga has no “plan B” in his game. It is all out aggression or nothing. If someone could combine the defense of Monfils with Tsonga’s aggression, they might have a French Champ.

Wawa’s good on clay.

Delpo and Djoko – things are not looking good for these two. No matter who wins, it is looking more and more likely he will have to play 3 days in a row.

It is five pm, and this match could go five sets at this rate, at least four sets.


Dory Says:

Did Nadal read the book written by Federer “How to play very quick, efficient and natural technique tennis”?


Huh Says:

i mean tsonga’d walk away with his tail between legs when outplayed but’d go over the very top wen winning, not classy at all. however m also tired to death of waitin to watch nole-delpo start but the pathetic FO organisers just wont let it start, feelin very very concerned about nole n jmdp as to what’d happen if they’re forced to play the match over two days. :(
speakin of wozniacki, she’s simply not a slam material.
and to be honest, these 3 set playin ladies’ matches should be after all the men’s matches over. ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY IT’A ALWAYS N IN EVERYTHING, LADIES FIRST???!!!
Sorry respected ladies n gals of tennis-x, no offenc intended to peopl! ;)


Dory Says:

Looks like Tsonga heard you guys.


jane Says:

^ Agree with you huh. They should have mixed it up on Chatrier like they did on Lenglen: girl-boy-girl-boy. ;) or boy-girl-boy-girl. But who knew both ladies matches would take forever?

Maybe Tsonga will win in straights after all. Meanwhile Gasquet is cruising!


stu Says:

on the other hand it looks like Gasman will blow the young Brazilian off court in 3 quick sets….if their match ends while Jo and Stan are slugging in out, will they move the Nole-delPo match?


stu Says:

Tsonga breaks back!


stu Says:

yep, breaks and consolidates! impressive.


skeezerweezer Says:

Couple of notes on the Fed match today.

-Serving was sublime, in fact, it dominated the match for Fed and set up everything else. Lot of 1rst serves @ 130mph. In the match Davy lost his avg 1rst serve speed was 100mph!! No wonder he lost that match…

-Tipsy was well…seemed “Tipsy” in the first set, hitting makeable groundies in the net. By the time he decided to play, the momentum was going too strong on the Fedex truck.

-Although Fed through in straights, he is going to need to continue to serve extremely well, and more consistent with his ground game when he meets the big boys.


Dory Says:

Wawrinka’s losing fast now. So DelPo match will start hopefully in around an hour.


stu Says:

^^Dory, with Wawa, it ain’t over till it’s over.


Dory Says:

Tsonga is coming to the net lot of times! He should always play like this.


jane Says:

^ Dory, I was just going to write that. :) He hasn’t done this in a long while, but if I recall, it is what took him to the AO final. Tsonga could use a better return game though. That can make the difference versus the top guys. Actually Delpo’s return game is very very good. Was looking at stats last night. He does well at attacking second serves so Nole’s first serve will need to be humming.


Dory Says:

Wawrinka also “celebrates” by shouting loudly after winning an important point.


jane Says:

The number of points being won at the front of the court in this match is very interesting. You wouldn’t think it wa clay.


Dory Says:

I can never forget how Tsonga destroyed Nadal at that AO. That was his best ever tennis match. He was dropshotting from the baseline, volleys, chops, totally mixing it up.


jane Says:

^ Mixing it up yes, but still aggressive. He was the one making things happen. He is a momentum player to and at that event he was steamrolling. Doing pretty darn good here today, I have to say.


Dory Says:

Thank god he won the tie break. He should have broken Waw when he had that chance earlier in the 2nd set. Now finish the 3rd quickly. He often loses concentration and ends up losing a set.


stu Says:

Tsonga 2 sets up, Gasq gets a break in set 2, both these matches on track.


Dory Says:

If Tsonga was mentally strong and a bit more patient, he could have been a top 5 player. Sadly, that will NEVER happen. He’s mentally too fragile, often loses concentration and is impatient sometimes. Once he loses momentum and has lost a set or two, his game collapses.


Van orten Says:

They should put a womens match always last at centre court… If they cant finish nobody would care not even the ladies themselves…


jane Says:

Tsonga is playing thoughtfully today. He is impressing me.


jane Says:

That said, I agree Dory. I would not be surprised to see him one day get on a roll and maybe win a slam. He has the talent. And if his confidence is building then he could be hard to stop. But he can lose focus and implode. Today, however, he is dialed in.


madmax Says:

Jane, I wouldnt worry about novak. Remember the last tournament in Rome? He played every day, and the match before the final – he played for over 3 hours; then still went on to beat rafa in the final.

Novak is very fit and very ready. Plus. They may still play tonight (early evening), so crossed fingers.

I’ve just got home early and about to watch the fed match on tape.

Needed to read the comments first. Seems fed played magically today.

Great news.

See you later.


stu Says:

Wawa holds after a big fight.

Bellucci still fighting 2-6, 2-5 down. Another case of if I HAVE to choose someone to root for, I’d choose Reeshard….


Polo Says:

I agree with van Orten, always schedule the ladies as the last events of the day. Or just let them use all the outer courts. Never the center court. None of them is worth that place. Look what happened today…Wozniacki, gone. Stosur, gone. Georges (supposed to be one of the favorites), gone.


stu Says:

Yeah haha no ladies on center court. I’d like to see them try to implement that rule…


jane Says:

Me too stu. I like Gasquet. Nole said he thinks Gasquet is the most naturally “talented” player of the generation he came with.


Dory Says:

I had predicted Wawrinka to win this one. I guess 1st set was crucial and Waw takes time to set in. He’s made too many UEs today.


stu Says:

While I’m in whine phase, thought I’d also bring up the FO radio commentators. Two awesome men’s matches on simultaneously, and these guys focus on interviews so much that they miss important breaks of serve. Then, when they finally start focussing on current matches again, they talk about some fight during women’s match?

I wish they at least picked people to interview who had insightful comments about the matches being played. Grr.


Dory Says:

They should hold the women’s grand slams at a different time than men’s. Instead, they’re even combining ATP and WTA Masters events now.


Dory Says:

Yes that gets on my nerves as well when commentators start “gossiping” about things other than the match.


Dory Says:

Here in India too, coverage of Wimbledon and other Slams is so poor. They start showing interviews, match discussions and commercials while the matches are going on!! Pathetic really.


Dory Says:

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This match can’t go to 4th set!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Darn. Good defense from Wawa there. He breaks…


jane Says:

6:00 pm Come on Tsonga. Don’t go cooling off now. Quite that implosion stuff and don’t sulk. Hold, then break, or win this set in a tiebreak.

There is yet another couple points won at net, amazing. Maybe Wimbledon will be full of volleying this year, or more of it anyhow. Seems like it is trending. Players looking to end points more quickly.


Van orten Says:

Yeah polo u r so right at least today none of them were worth playin phillipe or lenglen today !! Thats why i love the masters series no women tennis at all on espn…hope serena comes back soon..the wta needs her badly!


Dory Says:

Not good by FO organizers to hold the most mouth-watering match as bait.


Dory Says:

I love the Masters 1000s for the same reason but more and more events are turning combined events. So if a women’s match is going on, they just don’t show it, but show some older men’s match from the day before while the women’s match ends.


jane Says:

Agree Dory, especially since it is likely to be stretched over two days now, dumb! They should have played it second, when they had that Bartoli on. Like I said before, they should have done what they did with Lenglen: girl, boy, girl, boy matches. Here they did all ladies first.

Hope Tsonga can finish this with a break or in the tiebreak. Arrrrrrrrgh.


Dory Says:

Looks like Belluci is taking the 3rd set. Hope not another Gasquet-can’t-close-it-out.


farley Says:

Boring but Novak will win easily against del Potro, then eat Nadal as usual.


Dory Says:

But Novak needs time to play. He can’t magically score a win in an hour and half or so.


jane Says:

Oh crap, lost track of the Gasquet match. Too bad that he dropped that set. Hope he can raise his game and win the fourth.

Yeah Tsonga, use your head. Come on! Ey Carumba! Please don’t let Wawa back in the match, pleeeeeeease.


Van orten Says:

Good bye delpo vs djoker if waw wins the tie breaker


Kimberly Says:

they don’t have lights there? What time is it over there?


jane Says:

This. More. Tsonga.


Dory Says:

Goood! Tsonga’s fired up.


Dory Says:

Definitely 3 more hours. But this match doesn’t look like it will end.


Van orten Says:

Rome has lights! why not the french? we will never know


jane Says:

No Kimberly no lights; they can play only until about 8:30 pm. This is dumb scheduling. Seriously dumb.

Nole and Delpo – the biggest match – latest, and now the winner will have to play two days in a row.

Meanwhile Gasquet is down a break in the fourth.


Van orten Says:

No delpo vs nole folks… I really hate women tennis and RG organizers right now


stu Says:

what just happened? i took a quick lunch break thinking both Frenchmen would be resting in the locker room by the time i got back and instead they both dropped a set?!


skeezerweezer Says:

they should start the Delpo/Nole match on another court


skeezerweezer Says:

court 1?


jane Says:

Van Orten, I agree but I am especially mad at the organizers. They could have anticipated this and put Delpo-Nole on either second (like Fed’s match) or at least third. Silly. Women’s is only best of 3 so put one of theirs later. That way is the matches go longer they are *more likely to finish*!! It is freaking common sense. Grrrrr.


stu Says:

If the Wawa-Jo match finishes by 7:30 or 8, will they still play, knowing there’s no way the match will complete?


stu Says:

Nole is really being made to earn his steak record and #1. Scheduling and draws have not really been in his favor thru the streak.


sam Says:

They can play till 10 pm.


skeezerweezer Says:

^If jane is correct they can only play till 8:30 ON Tsonga’s court…..no way :(


jane Says:

sam, not in the past. Don’t you remember that controversial match with Roddick and Monfils? It began at 7:45 pm, and it ended around 9:30 pm in darkness. Roddick was so angry because he couldn’t see the ball. He wanted to stop the match at around 9:00 or 9:15 as he couldn’t see the ball.


jane Says:

I predict that *at most* Nole-Delpo will play 2 sets. I am sad. :’ (


Dory Says:

At least 9:30 AFAIK. What time did yesterday’s Gilles Simon match end at? It was still in 2nd set at around 8:30.


sam Says:

Jane, yesterday Simon and Chardy finished their match after 10 pm local time.


Van orten Says:

They ve just announced that if nole match does not start before 8pm they wont start today ad leave it for tomorrow..,typical french stubborness my god


stu Says:

The commentator says there are dark clouds too :S


jane Says:

sam, hope you are right. Are you there?


margot Says:

Yes, getting rather late and dark at RG. Dreadful scheduling. All likelihood Tsonga will go to 5 at least.
However, whatever, Come on Nole :)


jane Says:

Van Orten who announced? I didn’t hear this!


Dory Says:

Isn’t match entirely being postponed to tomorrow better than playing partially today?


stu Says:

I was just about to say that, Dory, I’d rather not have them play the match in 2 parts.

Actually I don’t know which is worse. If it goes to 5, the winner will have to play a rested Gasq the following day.

THIS SUCKS.


jane Says:

hey margot! “likelihood Tsonga will go to 5 at least.” Can they go more than five? ;)


sam Says:

No I am not there but was watching Simon match yesterday. They finished it after 10.

But don’t know about today as someone mentioned there are dark clouds out there.


jane Says:

stu “Actually I don’t know which is worse. If it goes to 5, the winner will have to play a rested Gasq the following day.”

EXACTLY. Arrrgh.


Dory Says:

They would have started it on Lenglen if not for the Gasquet match also going long.


Lulu Iberica Says:

According to someone (French guy) on RG Radio, there will be a roof put on Chartrier in 4 or 5 years. There are no lights because local residents objected strenuously — lawsuits, etc.


marrisv Says:

this is supidity by the organizers… Delpo vs Nole should have been the third match on centre and not the last. i was planning to take a day off to watch the match and now i am thinking glad i didn’t….


marrisv Says:

Wawa is going to take this to 5 and win it….


skeezerweezer Says:

!@W#@! It’s not like they don’t have an open court to play on (Court 1), and what if Gas finishes earlier than Tsonga’s? (Lenglen). Screw the players, it’s all about given up seating and French priority??…C’mon officials!!


stu Says:

I won’t be able to watch the match tomorrow :(. I scheduled to take half of today off, and work tomorrow instead so that I could catch the match :(


Miki Says:

Omg, idiots. If you don’t have lights, then don’t put the biggest match of the day to be the last one. At least they should have some respect for Djokovic, he is number 2 dammit. I mean, I don’t wanna insult anyone, but as someone pointed out, non of those women’s matches was worthy of the main courts. Woz? Bartoli? Come on. Woz may be No1 and Novak is No2, but the way she’s playing he could beat her in a wheelchair with a ping-pong racket playing a one handed BH.


margot Says:

jane :) I meant Gasquet match might go to 5 too….:)
Time is 19.10 in Paris.
Actuallt stu…French crowd probably turned up for Tsonga and Gasquet…..;)


Dory Says:

Tsonga match definitely going to 5 now. I had feared with would happen with Tsonga. Always happens.


Kimberly Says:

terrible for the players and the people who paid money to watch.


stu Says:

Belucci retired? C’mon start the Nole match!


Kimberly Says:

not that i have too much sympathy for the low rent crowd there. But annoying for the players to be on edge, mentally geared up and ready and to wait and wait and wait.


Dory Says:

Looks like Gasquet will close it out in the 4th. Then Nole-DelPo will be moved to Lenglen I think.


jane Says:

This is horrible, am totally bummed. Sorry to hear that stu.

No matter who wins Nole-Delpo, in the end, they are at a disadvantage now, next round, and it is already the tough side of the draw, due to upsets etc.


Dory Says:

Okay Gasquet has won.


margot Says:

Beefy Boy not half as talented as Tsonga but 100x more consistent or “solid” as commentators saying…both rather “solid” IMHO….


stu Says:

Congratulations Reeshard!

Now,
Bring on the match of the tournament!


sam Says:

Gasquet won. May be they will start the match on Lenglen.


Dory Says:

Bellucci didn’t retire. Gasquet won 6-3 in the 4th.


jane Says:

Tsonga always gets into these 5 setters and then he often loses. Remember AO versus Dolgo? Same thing.

Yay Gasquet, good for him!


stu Says:

Is Tsonga really going to lose this?!


stu Says:

skeeze, they’re taking about starting the match on Court 1. why not lenglen? no clue.


jane Says:

margot, frankly I find Wawa/ Beefy Boy to be quite streaky. Both his backhand and his serve can be either excellent or poor. But he likes these 5 setters in slams, as he can work his way into the match.


stu Says:

ok, suzanne lenglen, announced.


margot Says:

stu apparently they have to finish a match on the court it started, this might be the reason, as I imagine main courts are already scheduled?


skeezerweezer Says:

Well they did the right thing here moving the match to another court…so I take my “!@W#@!” back.


jane Says:

Where the heck are you guys getting all these announcements? I am not getting any!


stu Says:

^^ what sense does that rule make? FO organizers are stupid.


stu Says:

sorry, my last comment was in response to margot.

jane, FO radio just announced it.


Dory Says:

There’s no match scheduled on Suzanne-Lenglen. Nole-DelPo is being moved there. Confirmed.


skeezerweezer Says:

@stu

Hopefully you still made the right choice getting your half day off ;-)


Dory Says:

The TV commentators of Tsonga match also announced it. But they said they’re going to show it after the conclusion of this match. LOSERS.


skeezerweezer Says:

jane,

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/schedule11.html

Now, they have cameras there….errrr……RIGHT?


skeezerweezer Says:

Just FYI, each court schedules 4 matches a day….


margot Says:

jane, agree about Beefy Boy but Tsonga sulks and has histrionics, worse than Andy lol, not good :(


stu Says:

I want Tsonga to win this. At least he won’t just melt away against the big guys….


Dory Says:

But I don’t think the match will be over in 2 hours.


scineram Says:

If they start soon they will be able to play about 1,5 hours. So one set is definitely in it. Unless the rain starts.


Ike Says:

hey jane, margot, stu, dory, skeezerweezer!
looking forward to Nole vs. Delpo, hopefullty they will play their best tennis and we will have a great match!


Ike Says:

great to c Gasquet making progress, hopefully Tsonga will beat Stan


skeezerweezer Says:

Hey there Ike….looks like we will only get to see part of it today :(


stu Says:

Hi Ike

I’m seatbelted in and ready to watch, even if they only manage a set today it will be an entertaining set for sure!


Ike Says:

well, Delp vs. Nole is getting started on Lenglen


Ike Says:

hi skeezerweezer, what do u mean by “looks like we will only get to see part of it today :(”
i believe they have lights on Lenglen, and it’s on ESPN3


marrisv Says:

Whoever goes through between Tsonga and Wawa they are going to be given a tennis clinic by Fed just like it was today. And this five setter will not help either..


Ike Says:

oh wait, they don’t have lights on Lenglen :(


Ike Says:

here we go!


Ike Says:

well, two UEs from Nole to start the match, Delpo looks fit


Ike Says:

marrisv, Tsonga can take a set from Fed, i believe he will have a good match against Fed.


Ike Says:

good defense from Delpo, earns a BP


skeezerweezer Says:

Nole doin his thing that 1rst game., still driving through the ball….


Eric Says:

Wawrinka now serving for the match, thanks to a few more overhit balls from Tsonga (who is nevertheless playing really well, his net game is super aggressive and tight). Au revoir, espoirs français…


skeezerweezer Says:

bazooka delpo :)


marrisv Says:

Ike – I don’t think so. He has been dispatched fairly easily the last two times they met. I have never seen Tsonga be the same player ever since he switched to the Nadal racket in 2010. Agreed injuries have played its part, but he matches up extremely poor with Fed.


stu Says:

This is gonna be a long, long day for Nole and Juan Marteen…


marrisv Says:

well, anyways he is down matchpoint to wawa, so may not matter.


Dory Says:

I am unable to watch the match because the bastards are still showing Tsonga match and my net is too slow right now for streaming.


Eric Says:

Tsonga is dragging this out, not going quietly. Now he has a break point of his own.


Ike Says:

Dory, get broadband :) it’s streaming great on ESPN3!


Ike Says:

marrisv, well yes Tsonga is done, i think Wawrinka has beaten Fed ones and that i was best of 3, so that one is already done & dusted


Ike Says:

Delpo broken, but gr8 to c some good hitting from him


Dory Says:

Okay now I can see the match. BASTARDS AT FO MADE ME MISS THE FIRST 4 GAMES.


Dory Says:

Ike, you have no idea about the state of internet in India. I’m paying for 2 Mbps@ $50 per month.


Dory Says:

But the actual speed I get is approximately 750 Kbps and that’s the best plan/ISP I have in my area.


Duro Says:

4:1 No1-vak.


Dory Says:

And ESPN3 doesn’t stream to countries in Asia.


stu Says:

yeah, not writing delpo off yet


Huh Says:

its inexplicabl really, everyone knows women’s tennis is nothing in comparison, yet they get all the privileges, be it money/schedulin etc to a much better extent than man. PATHETIC! U peopl cant imagin how pissed off m right now for
1). bein made to wait for so much time for nole vs jmdp when the thing’s that there’s only 3 days left for our semester exams to start! thus i could neither study today perfectly nor could watch this nole-jmdp most sought after match.2) worthless n classlesa hed women’s tennis is responsibl for this;
3) organisers dont hav any common sens w.r.t. this;
4) this is bein repeated again n again n we’re forced to endure pathetic women tennis and men tennis stars (who’re much more worthy than these jokes like wozniaki) are
bein made to suffer;
5) there’s seemingly no way to stop this injustic


Dory Says:

Wow Djoko is on fire!!


Duro Says:

4:2…


Duro Says:

5:2…


skeezerweezer Says:

Kinda expected. Delpo hasn’t played the “new” Nole, and isn’t nearly as match tough as Nole is right now. Nole’s game is so disciplined right now, it gonna take some patience, accuracy and a lot of good serving against Nole to crack him. (Delpo, get that 1rst serve % up dude!)


Eric Says:

This isn’t even a contest, Del Potro can’t whack the *(&(*&ing ball without hitting it out.


Duro Says:

5:3…


Dory Says:

This is what I expected. DelPo is still only at 45%.


stu Says:

oh I love delPo. Could I be switching loyalties in the middle of a NOLE match?!!!!!


stu Says:

At this rate, they might just finish the match by 10 pm.


Peter D Says:

How stupid of the FO organizers not to let all the people with tickets to Chartrier to watch Djoko-DelPo match just because it was moved to Lenglen!? They are now rioting outside (I’d be pissed off too!) and distracting the players!
Talk about adding insult to injury…


Eric Says:

Well, one set in and the numbers don’t lie:
Djokovic – 233% Delpo’s winners
Djokovic – 71% Delpo’s UEs

So much for the blockbuster challenger overzealous Djokovic fans were concerned for.


margot Says:

Yay! First set to Nole! Come on, do it in 3 :)
R u guys aware huge crowd/noise outside court because there are empty seats and the officials aren’t letting anyone in! Just staggeringly inefficient.


stu Says:

KILLER forehad from Delpo wow


Ike Says:

Huh, where have u been hiding? good to c u back!


Ike Says:

Dory, i didn’t know u were located in India. Anyways, just checked my net speed, it’s 2.36 Mbps, no streaming issues :)


Duro Says:

Let the damn crowd come in!!!


Ike Says:

this set is going to be very entertaining, expect Delpo to give 110% in this set


Ike Says:

Duro, well what do u expect from FO organizers, damn fools!


Duro Says:

I’m disgust.


Ike Says:

re. the seating / stadium issue, they gotta let in as many people as possible, as long as it’s safe. i mean the Lenglen looks about at least 25% empty


jane Says:

My internet went out early in 5th set of Tsonga match, or should I say Wawa match? : / And it only came back on late in the first set of this match. Cable truck working in the area. Tennis gods against me today. lol.

“So much for the blockbuster challenger overzealous Djokovic fans were concerned for.”

Jeepers Eric, it’s only set one. Delpo is slow to get going but it doesn’t mean he won’t get going. He is a scary opponent, plus this match has been hyped to high heaven by media, so it could’ve played a factor in our zeal.


Eric Says:

Jane, yeah, I know. I’m just disappointed because I was expecting a real match too. Although hey, here’s JMDP with a double break point, interesting!


Dory Says:

Signs of old Djoker!!! No!!!!!!!


Eric Says:

WTF? A double fault?

Well, I rescind my earlier statement. Ladies and gents, we have a match!


Peter D Says:

Djoko Double Fault on the break point …


stu Says:

And JMDP breaks!


marrisv Says:

One thing with Delpo is that he will mentally not fade away against anyone no matter the score is. So, should make for some excellent tennis.


Duro Says:

Hm…

Tie break, then… If the darkness allows it.


Van orten Says:

Such a pity they wont be finishing that greatmatch today…hope they learn from it…delpo getting intp rhythm but nole is so consistent wowwwww


marrisv Says:

Anyone know how long can play continue tonight…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Intense stuff. Nole’s definitely looked better, but DelPo has been inching closer and closer. Now pretty even.

If Nole comes through this, he’ll have earned another notch in the STreak. He’s definitely playing more aggressively than I’ve seen from him in a long time.

DelPo looks a bit slow today- maybe its just by comparison. He is clubbing some great shots, but Nole is too fast to be bullied.


stu Says:

this is turning into a high quality match


marrisv Says:

wow.. Delpo holding on to the break…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPotro presents a challenge very unique on tour. He comes in almost every match like Bedych or Soderling on their best days. Djokovic is so impressive in handling the power so well.


Dory Says:

I’m getting concerned about Nole now. He’s lost just 8 sets I think this season?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

If DelPotro were a video game, he’d have that blazing flame trailing the ball on ever shot from red-lining the power bar.

And if he’s doing this now, how will he be competing with another couple months tennis under his belt on fast hard courts?


Queen Says:

GO DOWN TO HELL DJOKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DELPO BEAT HIS ASS!!!!!!!!!!!


Eric Says:

I’m actually rooting for Delpo, but my heart tells me Nole will still get this set back (and until JMDP has an actual match point, I will continue insisting he has no real chance of winning the match). But it looks like Delpo might be ready to hold again, so….


Eric Says:

WHAT A FLUB from Nole! WHAT.


Eric Says:

Okay Jane, I’m sorry for dismissing your Delpo worries. He has really elevated his game since the first set. :)


marrisv Says:

Second set is crucial for delpo and this break more so.


Dory Says:

So tomorrow they will have to play a best of 3 match…


jane Says:

Eric, I thought you didn’t like Delpo; the other day you were saying he was over-hyped etc. So just wondering why you are rooting for him.


Ike Says:

jane, there u r! Canucks vs Bruins, most likely, we will confirm that tonite with victory over Tampa.


Dory Says:

Why is the OLD Nole back????????????


Eric Says:

Djokovic is showing some huge nerves here. Another DF after that atrocious game point? Maybe he should learn Soderling’s zen master tactics… towel over the head… focus… :)


Ike Says:

marrisv, once Delpo gets going there is nothing much his opponent can do about it, remember USO final 2009?


Eric Says:

Jane, I am rooting for him for the entirely selfish reason that I think Federer will be more likely to beat him than Djokovic. :) Plus, if Nole loses, he will have tied Federer’s 41-match streak, which has a certain poetry to it even though I don’t actually care about streaks. But normally…I would be all for Nole. ;)


Ike Says:

to be honest this is what i expected in the second set, Delpo to win second, but not sure if he can keep it up, i hope so, i want to c Nole winning in FIVE!


Dory Says:

PHEW!!!!!


stu Says:

Come on Nole, you can break back, you know you can!


Ike Says:

Dory…Nole talking to himself, showing bit negative attitude, etc….that’s OLD Nole


stu Says:

yeah, Dory, Nole’s steely nerves seem to have disappeared…

maybe even HE bought all the hype…


jane Says:

Ah okay, thanks for clarifying Eric. Was just curious. Agree with you, Nole seems nervous, or it could be the miles catching up. I am sad, though. This match is such an anomally being in the third round, and it could (not saying it will) end things for Nole prematurely. Nothing is certain yet, but I just wish it was happening later in the tournament, at least Quarter finals. We all know Delpo is top ten or more likely top five level.

Ike, yeah of course. We will see if Bruins come through, and then we’re on! :)


Ike Says:

hey stu, i m Nole fan, but i do root for Murray & Delpo too, plz root for Delpo for now, just for a set or two


Eric Says:

Or maybe he’s just been hanging out with Andy “Bloody Knuckles” Murray this week and catching the negativity. :)


Ike Says:

oh well, this set is not over yet, come on Delpo hit some great 1st serves


Eric Says:

Beautiful ace.


Ike Says:

there it is, two more……


tfouto Says:

This game will decide the champ of RG. If Djoko wins he wins RG, if Del Potro wina this game, Nadal will win RG, he will regain his cofidence in the moment Djoko looses.

I am rooting for Federer tough.


Ike Says:

one more……


Dory Says:

WTH! 2 serve missiles!!


Ike Says:

Dory, that’s OLD Delpo


Eric Says:

And another. Holy god. Way to bring it your A game when you need it, DELPO! He is almost starting to make me like him, now if only he could actually move and hence have court coverage he might be okay. ;)


Ike Says:

and one more….


i am it Says:

DelPo makes anyone lose his mind, at least in patches, and Djokovic is not immune to that. This is the 1st time since Dec. ’10 I saw Djoko hesitate, second guess his shots, and show signs of controlled frustration on a couple of occasions.
I am enjoying the match very differently as I happen to like both almost equally. I like the score 1-set all.


Ike Says:

here we go, big roar from the “tower of tandel”


Dory Says:

Okay now my blood pressure is risen.


Ike Says:

well, best of three tomorrow! but it’s not going to be first match, WTF!


Eric Says:

Tomorrow is a new day, though; Djokovic will be more patient and ready and waiting. He’ll finish it in straights.


Ike Says:

Dory, try some meditation (or medication) :)


margot Says:

Bummer, bummer on all counts :( Nole in 4 :)


Dory Says:

Hopefully the “break” will do Nole some good. Maybe Marian Vajda will talk him into not buying into the hype and believing in himself.


Ike Says:

Eric, i m guessing u didn’t watch USO-09 final, did u?


Van orten Says:

So tomorrow its like a masters series match between the two…mx 3 sets to go tomorrow …wow..delpo is so good..he can actually beat djoker tomorrow..but igive nole the edge cuz delpo may need some time again to warm up


Eric Says:

Ike, sure I did. That was back before Delpo had 17 different injuries and unable to reproduce his best form. Looks like he might be starting to get close to that again.


Ike Says:

i have feeling that this break might help Delpo in fact, don’t be surprised if he comes out all the guns / bazookas blazing tomorrow!


i am it Says:

I would like to see a 5-setter between Djoko and DelPo. Djokovic has not won the match yet. I think this is still a 50-50 match.


margot Says:

Eric, Andy doesn’t do that anymore, give him a bit of cred!


jane Says:

Hi i am it.

tfouto, I think the winner of this match may win the entire thing. Are Fed fans sure he can beat Delpo? Hmm. Tough call. Especially if he gets on a roll. Confidence and power will build.

Anyhow, this one’s not over, but they leave the court with momentum on Delpo’s side.


Dory Says:

DelPo was basically firing scary missiles and hurrying Nole into errors. Nole normally plays a little slower than this. It’s the pace that’s making him commit more UEs.


Ike Says:

eric, assuming Delpo will not have an injury until & during tomorrow’s match, i expect him to put on a great show!


Ike Says:

i had made a statement couple weeks ago, “someone other than Nadal, Fed, Murray will stop Nole’s winning streak”…Delpo can do that, i hope not tomorrow, i want to c Nole win FO!


margot Says:

Hi i am it! Nice to c u! :) BTW my “yard” is looking wonderful :) We have had the most amazing Spring :)


Ike Says:

i am it, jane, agree with u guys re. Delpo


Ike Says:

Dory, expect some more FH scud missiles from Delpo tomorrow


Dory Says:

This match isn’t there mentioned in tomorrow’s schedule.


Eric Says:

Jane, sure, but momentum dissipates overnight. And we’ve seen all along this clay season, at the least, that Nole often comes out and plays his BEST tennis in the first set. Think of the 3-set matches against Murray in Rome, or Ferrer in Madrid. And it happened here today, too, with Nole playing a great first set and keeping Delpo from getting into it; their levels swapped in the second set, but there’s no reason to think Delpo will come out roaring tomorrow (he didn’t in his first round match against Ivo, either), whereas Nole probably will. He should get up 2 sets to 1, and then it’s just a matter of keeping up with JMDP’s shots. He almost broke back just now, even.


Dory Says:

Why o why did JMDP not get drawn into Nadal’s section? Wimbledon maybe. :P


jane Says:

Yes, Dory it is. And can you believe it? It is LAST. ha ha.


Huh Says:

VAMOS VAMOS VAMOS
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO!!! :D :D :D

BTW I WAS MISSIN U TOO IKE, NICE TO BE HERE FOR ME TOO. :)


Ike Says:

i guess Delpo vs. Nole will resume at about 1 pm local, 7 am EST tomorrow


i am it Says:

Hey Jane,

You say: “I think the winner of this match may win the entire thing. Are Fed fans sure he can beat Delpo? Hmm. Tough call. Especially if he gets on a roll.”

Let me say the same in my language: I would like to see the winner between Djoko and DelPo win the title.
As apathetic Fed fan, I seriously doubt he can DelPo on any surface, except maybe grass.
As for the momentum, I cannot say who will carry it when they hit the court tomorrow.
If I have to guess, I would say 3rd set for Djoko 4th for DelPo, and the 5th uncertain.


jane Says:

i am it “I would like to see the winner between Djoko and DelPo win the title.”

Me too. Only exception being if Muzza makes the final. Otherwise, I back the pony who wins this race. :)


Ike Says:

Eric, i hope u won’t have to eat your own words :)
Anyways, i m Nole, Delpo fan, so either one winning is fine, but Nole would be better


Dory Says:

I have tried refreshing the page like hundred times. I don’t see it here on the *DAY 7* schedule page.


Ike Says:

huh, i was afraid if Chinese govt. detained u or something LOL


Dory Says:

I don’t think anyone except Djokovic can beat Nadal. No one. That’s why Djoko’s got to reach the final. Besides just by reaching the final, Djoko will become No.1 even if Nadal wins RG.


jane Says:

Dory, here – it’s on Suzanne Lenglen last in the day:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/index.html


Ike Says:

jane, Muzza will get the USO, Nole should get FO & Wimby (& by USO he will be really tired i guess, i hope i will be wrong, and Nole can win all the GS this year, that would be awesome!!!)


Dory Says:

That’s TODAY’s schedule. At least I’m getting Today’s schedule page.


Ike Says:

Dory, never say never. Fed had not lost at USO in 41 matches, he had beaten 5 different opponents in the USO finals, but their it was JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO, i believe he can beat anyone on any surface!


i am it Says:

Margot,
Nice to see you guys still around.
Great to hear about your wonderful yard.
I am doing my first gardening this summer, bought my first hoe and a few other tools. I will have my first batch of squash, chives, cucumber, and a few other vegetables out in about next 2-3 weeks.


tfouto Says:

Its not about Federer Jane, its about Nadal…


Ike Says:

jane, don’t forget to watch Bruins beating Tampa at 8 pm EST tonite, that will be the trailer of how they are going to beat ur Canucks!


jane Says:

Oh duh Dory, you’re right ha ha. tfouto “Its not about Federer Jane, its about Nadal…” What do you mean? Could you elaborate? Thanks.


jane Says:

oops meant to put a line space in the above post to TFOUTO.


Ike Says:

c u guys later…….bfn


jane Says:

I’ll watch Ike, but no way they are beating the Canucks. NO WAY. You are going down dude. ;)


Huh Says:

Nole’s lucky that the moronic match scheduling stopped the “Real JMDP” from coming into being.
Coz most likely momentum was beginning to build up for JMDP, and to me, it is that if and when JMDP gets into his zone, there’s hardly anyone apart from a certain Roger Federer who can outplay him. Nole n JMDP are not much apart in talent at all, but JMDP is mentally stronger. Dont be foxed by the career h2h, it hardly shows the truth about these two.


El Flaco Says:

Djoko/Delpo are the 3rd match on Lenglen tomorrow so they probably won’t get on until about 3:30PM


tfouto Says:

What i mean is 2 things. I dont del potro has the stamina to win RG even if he wibs tomorrow. Is not on his best shape. Even if he wins Djoko will be a phisical game. Second if djoko looses, Nadal confidence will be on top again. He not playing really good, but the moment djoko looses he free’s up from djoko pressure and return to old warrior rentless Nadal.


dari Says:

Have no clue what will happen tomorrow, but hope its a gripping THREE setter!


stu Says:

Are you serious?! Their match is scheduled for the end of the day again? This is retarded!


jane Says:

tfouto, thanks for clarifying. I understand now what you meant. So that even if Fed does reach the final, you think Nadal will be uber confident again. I assume you think Fed will reach the final then if Delpo wins tomorrow? But also Nadal because he will have less mental goblins?

Hmm… Lots can happen. I guess the final could be Gasquet versus Murray for all we know!

El Flaco thanks for telling us the schedule.


tfouto Says:

Jane, of course anything can happen. Murray can win also. Federer might win Del Potro, Del Potro might win Federer, Del Potro might not even reach the semi-final.

I just think that Nadal is the no.2 canditate to win RG after Djokovic.


mat4 Says:

@Stu:

It could be a wild guess, but I have a hunch that the winner will play against Gasquet the first (or the second) match the day after tomorrow.

Life is not fair. Nor are the French.


margot Says:

stu, match can’t be end of the day, Andy has been bumped down.


Eric Says:

Their match is not at the end of the day; it’s third, after a women’s match and Andy Murray. It should probably start at 3 or 4 pm Paris time (this is assuming that Li and Andy win in fairly short order – 5 sets, at say 45 minutes each, would put it at 3:30). That means they’ll be done by 7 pm at the absolute latest. Keep in mind they will be only playing 2 or 3 sets, so it won’t be as tiring as a full 5-set match.

I would guess that the winner’s showdown against Gasquet will be another evening match since it will be one of the biggest attractions, but, mat4, you could be right too. We’ll just have to see…


jane Says:

Murray’s match is before Nole-Delpo who are on third. There is a ladies match and Soda scheduled for after Del-Nole.


stu Says:

mat & margot,

looks like they changed it. Nole-delPo are up third, AFTER the Muzz match.

Go Muzza! :)


grendel Says:

tfouto Says:
This game will decide the champ of RG. If Djoko wins he wins RG, if Del Potro wina this game, Nadal will win RG, he will regain his cofidence in the moment Djoko looses.

I agree, I think. I think yet again Nadal has been fortunate in the way the draw has panned out, and he’ll gradually gain confidence. For this match, it is very exciting hitting, maybe the best I’ve seen from two men at the same time. I was incredibly impressed with how Djokovic was handling the del Potro bombs,defence of the very highest order, but even so, it seemed to me he was getting worn down and del Potro was actually getting stronger. True, he almost blipped when serving out – but that was nerves, he palpably held back. He quickly understood the mistake and fired in a couple of aces. I think actually Djokovic is fortunate to be able to have a rest, del Potro a little unfortunate in having his momentum interrupted.

After Federer, I enjoy watching del Potro (when he is firing) the most and I would normally want him to win. Trouble is, I can see injury or something going wrong before the final. I do think Djokovic has the best chance of beating Nadal, so I am somewhat reluctantly hoping Djokovic wins tomorrow. This a sad reason to want someone to win, I suppose, but I am kind of warming to Djokovic. I have no objections to his getting another slam, or Wimbledon for that matter, and he certainly deserves the French after all his efforts.


marrisv Says:

ike – yes, Delpo at his best can absolutely blow anyone off the court. If he takes care of his body, it is danger time for everyone else.


jane Says:

Lots of complaints in the press about the numbskull scheduling. Here is one example:

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2011/05/27/schedulers-cut-potential-classic-in-two/


Eric Says:

I feel like it’s kind of unfair to blame the schedulers for not foreseeing that the earlier matches would ALL go to 3 or 5 sets. It’s standard practice at every slam to put the most hyped and anticipated matchup in the evening; sure, they could have put it earlier, but – well, then some other match would have had to cut in half, and why are ND and JMDP so much more important than Tsonga and Wawa or whoever that they deserve absolute protection from scheduling trouble? They don’t. Matches having to be suspended is just a fact of life, especially at the French, which is often plagued by rain delays as well… they suck, but I’m sure the players themselves are used to it.


jane Says:

grendel, “I am kind of warming to Djokovic” awww, kind of warms me to read that, because I know he has generally left you cold. Upon reflection, I think I agree with your assessment (and huh’s earlier) that, in a way, this break may’ve helped Nole, but we won’t know until tomorrow. All sorts of factors could play a part: weather, Delpo coming out big etc. I would add that I found Nole a little tentative or even nervous in the second set. It could be that he felt Delpo upping his level and he got a little nervous? But it seemed he made some poor shot selections and mistakes he hasn’t been making, like the double fault to give the break etc. And credit to Delpo’s serving because Nole was very close to breaking back. But it ends poised, basically, where it began. Anyone’s match.

You must be feeling more positive about Fed though? If he is relaxed and producing magic he should do well, and maybe even win. If not, his play bodes well for Wimbledon.


tfouto Says:

I am actually warming to djoko too. I love Del Potro… but Djoko game is more (much) complete… Del Potro is that kind of player that has the tall advantage over the rest of players… So in the end it seems to me is cheating :) altough he moves really well for his size. Also Djoko is the only one to win against Nadal here. Murray cant do it. He has the game, but not the mind to it, especially on a GS and the french.


jane Says:

Eric, “It’s standard practice at every slam to put the most hyped and anticipated matchup in the evening”

I would say this applies at the AO and USO, but not the FO or Wimbledon necessarily. And the FO is rather an exception insofar as it *has no lights*. Thus, given that the men’s matches are best of five and ladies best of three, a little foresight could’ve meant the put a ladies match last (at least stagger them like on Lenglen) and then they’d be more likely to *finish* the match if it goes late. And even if they don’t they might have only one set to pllay the next day, as opposed to possibly 3 in this case, or at least two.


grendel Says:

jane – Fed’s in good form, and I do think these balls help him. There’s a tremendous amount of snap about the balls. I doubt if he can beat Djokovic, however, or del Potro playing like he was today. Furthermore, it looks like Nadal has got yet another free ride to a final, because I’m afraid I don’t trust Murray, and I suspect Soderling may have shot his bolt and all the other contenders seem to be in the other half. Admittedly, if anyone other than Nadal got to the final, I’d want Federer to win, but I think his beating Djokovic to face Nadal would be little short of calamitous. However, I suspect there’s not much chance of that unless time suddenly catches up with Djokovic, as eventually it must. And yes, I am quite optimistic about Fed’s chances for Wimbledon, though I think it is quite open.

Thought you might be interested in this: Chris Bradnam, the English commentator (and coach and non-stop talker) had a word with Lisicki’s dad today. He’s apparently a sports scientist, whatever that is. Anyway, he said his daughter, I think inspired by Djokovic, has been on a gluten free diet, and he thinks that’s what led to her collapse – yesterday was it. Apparently, Djokovic too had dizzy spells and whatnot before he grew accustomed to the diet. It seems it’s not a regime to enter upon lightly. Needs careful preparation and so on, I think Bradnam mentioned dairy products should be avoided. Sounds very austere…


jane Says:

Oh that’s a horrible anecdote about Lisicki, grendel! A player needs a sound nutritionist to help with such things; you’d think she would have had one. I have thought, at times, that Djoko looks too thin, but I’m trying to trust that they all know what they are doing, and certainly his results seem to suggest that they do. I agree with you that Rafa has had some luck of the draw here, but I am still keeping my fingers crossed that Murray will do something special. I don’t quite get why Fed fans doubt he can beat Nole. They always have such close matches, even at IW. Nadal, I can understand, as there does seem to be a spot for Rafa in Fed’s head, like a small apartment or something. But Fed was making inroads at Madrid. Maybe, with the new balls here… Anyhow, we have to wait and see what happens. But there is more drama at this FO than many of the last years.


mat4 Says:

@Eric:

Just like I wrote, it is just a wild guess. What I should do is to take a pencil and analyzed the draw and schedule in the last three or four years to be sure, but I have a lot of work tonight, and I won’t be able to do it in a few days.

But if tomorrow this match goes three sets, Gasquet will obviously have a big advantage.

About the matches I watched: Fed played well, he served well especially. It seems that the Paris clay is fast.

Tsonga has problems with his head. He led 4-1 in the third set, then made two easy errors at the beginning of the second tie-break, obviously believing that the match was already over.

It seems he is not well prepared, and he didn’t move well. In an interview from a few days ago, he confessed that he never analyzed his matches with his coach, who was, alone, doing all that work. If he had done it once, he would have known that Stan Wawrinka is almost always playing a backhand down the line when trying to play a passing shot on the run. But he realized that only in the fifth set.


Eric Says:

Even if they play 3 sets, will it really be a big factor in the match against Gasquet? I mean, he will have tomorrow as a day of rest, but today he had to play four tough sets, and Del Potro and Djokovic were only out there for an hour or so. Plus I am sure Gasquet will be out practicing and exercising tomorrow, so maybe there will not be so much difference in exertion between them? I don’t know. For sure it’s a bit unfair to ND/JMDP, but I’m a bit skeptical of the idea that it will have much of an impact on the actual match against Gasquet. They’re all in great shape, no?


margot Says:

mat4 that’s so right about Wawa’s down- the-
line backhand, what u do after being drop shotted- even Andrew Castle kept telling us it’s “classic” clay court play ;)
Do hope Nole re-groups today, if he does he will win :) Time all players over 6’4″ had their own league!
Who knows how Andy will do? Don’t really expect Cahill to have worked any miracles quite yet…..


Dory Says:

Djokovic HAS TO WIN and he HAS TO REACH THE FINAL to stop Nadal. Otherwise this RG will again be taken by Nadal. If Nadal loses earlier, then I don’t mind Federer or Murray or anyone else winning.

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