Sizing Up the Semifinals, Federer v Djokovic and Nadal v Murray at French Open
by Sean Randall | June 2nd, 2011, 6:51 pm
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What a way to wrap up the final weekend of the clay court season with the undisputed four best tennis players in the world battling for a spot in the French Open semifinals. It’s hard to get much better than what we have on Friday with Rafael Nadal locking up with Andy Murray followed by the big showdown between the streaking Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

As for my picks, I’ll start with the easy one first. Murray’s had a fairytale run in Paris but that’s going to end tomorrow against Nadal. In a best-of-3 format I’d give Murray a real chance but not over five sets and not with what could be a damaged ankle.

To his credit, Murray has played his best clay court tennis of his career the last 45 days and sounds confident at least against Rafa. But the Scot has never beaten Nadal on clay and overall he trails 10-4.

And if Nadal shows up like he did against Robin Soderling he’ll cruise through. However, if the “other” Rafa shows up – the one who makes uncharacteristic errors and serves poorly – things could get dicey for the Spaniard.

“He’s doing great,” Nadal said on Wednesday. “Right now he is in semifinals having tough match against Troicki the other day saving important moments. So he’s coming with confidence, and will be a very difficult match for me in semifinals.

“He has all the shots. He can defend very well. He can attack very well. He runs fantastic. The only thing that you can beat him is playing at very, very high level. It not gonna be impossible. That’s what I gonna try.”

Well, that’s the humble Rafa talking again. While Murray is a capabale player, truth is he’s had a great draw.

For Murray to win he’ll have be offensive and not hope the other player gets nervous (like Viktor Troick or Juan Ignacio Chela). Unlike Troicki who was unable to cash in big leads, if you give Nadal a break edge fuhgetaboutit because your going home. It’s that simple.

“He’s still playing pretty good, so I know Rafa will play excellent tennis against me on Friday,” Murray said. “Pretty much every time we’ve played we’ve had some really good matches and he’s always played well. Even in practice he plays well against me, so I don’t expect him to play badly on Friday.”

So Murray will have to serve well and take advantage of Rafa’s weaker second serve. He’ll also need to avoid floating balls in the middle of court and into Rafa’s strikezone. I also think he needs to go after Rafa’s forehand with his backhand cross court. Even better than Murray’s groundstrokes are his hands and I feel tomorrow he’ll use them to bring Nadal to the net with a steady diet of dropshots. Still, I just don’t think it will be enough. So I’m taking Nadal in straight sets. He’s not going to lose on his 25th birthday, is he?

Nadal winning the first match will add to the plot of the second semifinal. If Nadal does win it will mean that Djokovic will have to beat Federer to reach No. 1. Can he do it? Of course he can.

Djokovic has beaten Federer three times already this year in Australia, Dubai and at Indian Wells which went three sets. Novak also beat Roger in that memorable 5-set thriller in New York six months ago. But things have changed in a big way since that US Open clash.

Djokovic comes in playing impeccable tennis riding a 43-match win streak with 13 wins against his fellow Top 10 colleagues. Meanwhile Federer hasn’t won a title since the start of the year and didn’t have a great clay season. But the Swiss, as he does so often, turned it on at the Grand Slams and this week he’s the only player to reach the semifinals without losing a set.

And with Djokovic having a full four days off maybe, just maybe, his rhythm gets thrown off.

As for the matchup, for Federer to win he has to play near perfect tennis and he has to serve well. If Federer serves a low percentage of first serves he’ll lose in straight sets against someone as hot as Djokovic.

I think Federer will play aggressive and he will make some mistakes, which is okay, but he just can’t make too many of them. And while Federer may not be at the level he was a few years ago, I think he still has the smarts to formulate a good gameplan with coach Paul Annacone to take down Djokovic. I just don’t know if he can execute on that.

“For me, the plan is trying to get a step further and into the finals of the French Open,” Federer said. “At the end of the day, that’s, for me, the big picture, and that’s why I entered the French Open. It wasn’t to stop Novak.”

For Djokovic, it’s business as usual. Jump on short balls, take control of the point with the return of serve and target the Federer backhand. I expect Federer to be aggressive on the return so Novak will have to serve well, though his defense is so strong right now it may not make that much of a difference.

That all said, I do give Roger a chance. The guy is a champion and in this matchup he’s the underdog. And we’ve seen guys like Federer rise up when we just don’t expect and in this one the pressure really isn’t on Roger.

“I think there’s less at stake for me than for him,” the Swiss said. “He’s got a lot of things going on for him. Sure, I’d love to be again in the Grand Slam final because I haven’t achieved that in a few slams. But nothing major for me as long as I, you know, keep on giving myself chances. I think I’m playing really well again.

“But now I can really play the way I was hoping to play here at the French Open, and I’m able to show it. I’ll give everything I have, and then we’ll talk about it later.”

And with Djokovic just six sets from history I have to think he’ll see this story through and take down Federer. As much as my gut tells me somehow Federer will win, the numbers, the matchup and the situation all point in favor of Novak. I’m taking Djokovic in straight sets.

Tennis Channel comes on live at 8am ET with Nadal-Murray then hands off to NBC for live coverage of Djokovic-Federer. That’s right, both matches LIVE. It’s should be a great day of tennis. Enjoy it everyone!

Court Philippe Chatrier 2:00 PM Start Time
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]


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888 Comments for Sizing Up the Semifinals, Federer v Djokovic and Nadal v Murray at French Open

Golf is barely a Sport Says:

I think Federer or Murray will pull a huge upset. Murray plays well with lower expectations – clay with a bad wheel – check Federer has no pressure either. One of the two will spoil a 1 vs. 2 final.


Van orten Says:

Everyone expected fedal us op 2010!


Nina Says:

Go Nole!!!!! Make history and destiny happen!


RZ Says:

So funny that the idea of Federer beating Djokovic is considered a huge upset. How things change in a year!


fed is afraid Says:

go rafa
go fed
so rafa can win his 6th fo.


tfouto Says:

Federer Vs Murray


Skeezerweezer Says:

Love all these predictions and fun trash talkin ;)

Keep it comin


Possum Says:

Don’t think can stand much more of that Djoker chest pumping and smugness, so hopefully Fed can do the job.


Naydal Says:

It all depends if Nole is still juicing.


trufan Says:

Murray is not going to beat Nadal – not with a torn ankle having pain killers. So lets get to the second semi.

Its Nole’s match to lose. Today, if they both play 100%, Nole wins, especially in a best of 5. No way will a 30 year old Federer (almost 30) be able to keep up with a 24 year old Nole after 3 hours of play. People just forget the age gap and its impact. At 25, Nadal is already not what he used to be – we have seen him tired after 3 hours, something that was unthinkable a couple of years ago.

I think if Nole beats Fed, he WILL beat nadal. He will have less pressure in the final, already being No 1, while Nadal will now be counting how many chances he will get in the future to win slams.

However, if somehow Fed plays the match of his life and beats Nole, he will lose to nadal, given his lefty advantage and Fed’s one handed backhand. Fed is probably the last person we will see who has won a slam with a one handed backhand. Aint gonno happen much in the future, since the game has changed so much.

So I am rooting for Nole to beat Fed.


stu Says:

S.L Price from SI.com:

“No man can truly prepare for the moment when his “dream” — and the longevity of Djokovic’s quest, the quality of his run, the fact that his boyhood idol was the greatest No. 1 of all, Pete Sampras, makes it right to call it exactly that — materializes at last. Today, for the first time, it is there for him, waiting to be grasped. All that’s left is the taking.”

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sl_price/06/02/djokovic-federer-preview/index.html#ixzz1OApoatON

you CAN do it Nole!!


trufan Says:

Sampras was not the greatest No. 1. He made just one semi at the French in 13 tries (24-13 match record at the French). That’s pathetic.


stu Says:

just the writer’s opinion. i pasted it for the sentiment he’s expressed, which i agree with.


dari Says:

I didn’t read the article, but I bet what he means is literally the greatest #1, not the greatest player. And that is true because sampras was #1 for, I wanna say 286 weeks- more than anybody.


trufan Says:

Nadal just said in his interview that Murray’s ankle is not going to affect his play.

Wow. Why does he feel the need to start building the contingency that, just in case he loses, at least he can claim that he didn’t lose to an injured Murray?

First, how does Nadal know Murray’s injury doesn’t affect Murray? Second, ankle tears DO affect movement – that’s clear as night and day. Nadal, of all people, should know that, since he is quick to blame his injuries for his losses (very sneakily though – by saying things like “I don’t want to talk about my injury, just want to congratulate blah blah”, slipping in that he did have an injury!). And third, anyway who has watched Murray’s last two matches can see the affect of his injury – it takes him over half an hour to really get warmed up on court, by when he has invariably lost a set, which is a huge disadvatange. And he is not going full blast side to side.

Its obvious Nadal will win the semi. Why can’t he be gracious about it, and acknowledge he would have beaten a less than 100% Murray, when on clay, he can even beat a 100% Murray if he himself plays 100%? No need for this gamesmanship.

He’s going to have some new injury to report if he does lose this French Open somehow (especially if it is to Nole).


oui Says:

Oh look!
Von is back with the monikers Possum and Naydal LOL
I guess she got bored with Djerker, Dave and Carol.
Hey, where’s Roddick hiding?


trufan Says:

As for Sampras’s 286 weeks – not really significantly (or at all) better than Federer’s 285, or Lendl’s 270. They had much more competition. By the time Sampras came into his own in 1993, Lendl and Wilander were semi retired, and Becker and Edberg were way past their peak (1989 for Becker, maybe 1990 for Edberg). He did have Agassi at his peak, but Agassi went away for a couple of years in the mid nineties. So really, during his No. 1 year (1993-98), which multiple slam winner (someone who won at least 5-6 slams, demonstrating consistent ability to challenge at the big stage) did Sampras have to face?

Lendl faced Mcenroe, Wilander, Becker, and Edberg – all at THEIR peaks (I won’t put Connors there, since he was pretty much done when Lendl came into his own). Now that’s competition.

Even Federer has had to face Nadal since 2005 (who we now know is at least a 9 slam winner, perhaps few more eventually, AND 5 years younger). Federer has also had to face Nole very consistently since 2007, who may turn out to be a 5-6 slam winner eventually, so Federer would have faced these two great players at THEIR peak.

Who did Sampras face (other than Agassi from 1993-95, after which Agassi disappeared and was only a force from 1999 onwards, not Sampras’s No. 1 years)?


dari Says:

285>286, by exactly one, quantitatively. That’s the number that will be in the books for sampras.
Just like 16> 14.
Love Pete, love Rog- hey we have a RG semi tomorrow with ppl who still play the game ;)


andrea Says:

oui,

roddick had to have at least one fan on this site!

for the rest of us, we are waiting for the retirement announcement.

i also think there will be an upset tomorrow…


Anna Says:

Trufan – Well, your sure not a Rafa fan. Tell me, how does Murray know that Rafa’s poor play earlier in the week isn’t going to affect his play on Friday. I’ll tell you how. Because they know each other inside and out when it comes to tennis. Each player dishes their own brand of gamesmanship from time to time so quit your belly-aching.


kriket Says:

Federer did not have real competition in his own generation. All the other top 4 players are way younger and it’s only by chance that Nadal could deny him at least on clay at first even if he was much younger at Fed’s peak. Now that the other top players have matured (Novak, Andy) it would be interesting to see them against then-Federer. But really no other player of his age was even close to him a few years ago. And Nadal, Novak and Murray are all pretty much same age, or at least very close.


jane Says:

Sorry Kimberly. :( I thought when they tied it at 93 all they would have won. I don’t know much about B.Ball (fouls?? To give and get??) but I guess it was a comeback by Dallas. Hope you didn’t get tickets.

Your team will bounce back and win the next ones.


Kimberly Says:

Wow, not my day, all my peeps are losing!


trufan Says:

Anna,

Rafa cleaned up his game against Soda. He even said it himself. Murray injury has not healed. So that’s the difference – one’s poor form has improved, the other’s injury is still there. Get it?

As for Rafa fan, I sure don’t like players who flagrantly and continuously violate the rules of the sport they are playing. If you don’t know what I am refering to then you perhaps don’t follow tennis closely.


Michael Says:

Only Djokovic can stop Rafa’s streak at the French Open. I will be pleasantly surprised if Djokovic loses against Federer. I expect him to get through rather easily may be in straight sets against Federer. Ofcourse Federer the Champion that he is can put up a fight if his first serve gets going. But, the return of serve will be the key and Djokovic is just unstoppable in that department. As far as the other match, Rafa will easily get through Murray may be in straight sets once again if he plays like he did against Soderling. But if the Rafa who played against Andujar turns up, then the match go up to the 5th set with Nadal winning. All in all, we can expect a Rafa-Djokovic final on D-Sunday. That is what Tennis fans are looking for as to whether Rafa can conquer the demons of Djokovic. If Rafa wins against Djokovic it will be a fitting tribute to him and his claim to be the No.1 Tennis player in the World as well as solidify his place in the list of Greats.


Gannu Says:

So easily Sean has said it would be straight fwd 3- set victory for nadal and djoko.. hope his jinx works and both of them lose…

I certainly believe that Fed will definitely watch plenty of videos of novak to see what works and what doesnt and how he has to play… There would be a strategy in mind…Fed at his best is untouchable..even novak cant produce shots which fed does.. so i wont predict that novak will win in 3… Bit surprised how easily tennis analysts and fools just simply give weightage to recent performance and extrapolate… Thats a recent bias error in forecasting!!!

Past track record does matter and fed is not going to give this so easily…

From a personal stand point i would love feddy bear taking his 17th Gslam ..the issue here if fed wins and meets Nadal in final he has no hopes….

Wind will be a very crucial factor..Nadal becomes impossible to beat in wind due to his relentless defense and its tough to attack …worst is Nadal’s loopy moon-balling to fed’s backhand,.,, he will do some 1000 times until it completely breaks down.. novak on the contrary has just an unbelievable backhand and just takes it to Nadal…

I cant stand Nadal winning again…So the fed vs. Djoko is tricky for me…though i would like fed to win the desire will be more when nadal loses to murray – very infinitesimal small chance of that happening… and if he wins, the even if Djoko has to beat fed it will hurt me less as i know he has the best chance of beating nadal in the final…

The ideal situation for Fed is to beat Djoko and Nadal and silence his crictcs and burry them? Well on second thoughts they will never stop judging fedex through a microscopic lens and keep pulling him down… hurts to see that the press only keeps talking abt djoko nadal rivalry and fedex seems to be ignore – yes the GOAT is just disregarded…The djoko nadal rvivalry is 6months old??

Interesting time for Fed…Let him just give perhaps one last effort and beat his younger peers nadal and djoko….

Will be there to endure all the trials and tribulations over the next few days ;-)

Madmax u there to console, pacify me ?;-)

huh, skeez,kimmi, kimo, daniel, dari – other fed fans! lets cheer our man


Dory Says:

I am going to cry if Djokovic wins this semi! For the world’s new No.1.


Dory Says:

@Kriket, “Federer did not have real competition in his own generation.”

That’s utter rubbish. I would put it this way. “Whatever competition Roger had in his early years of domination was no match for this versatile game”. Federer’s unique game full of variety is more than enough for ANY player, good or bad, except the ones who hit the ball extremely hard and accurate or with extreme spin (There are only a handful of such players today – Nole, Nadal, DelPo). Federer plays the most efficient and effortless tennis of any player that has ever been and this efficiency (spending less energy chasing balls) is why he will always get maximum chances to reach plenty more Slam finals.


trufan Says:

Fed is almost 30. We have seen him slow down by the time the 5th set comes in – remember the USO final against Del Po in 2009, or AO final 2009 against Nadal (Wimbledon 2008 against Nadal was more of a chance case due to really really bad light – it was the luck of draw, either one of them could have gotten broken at that time). Or more recently the 5th set against Nole at USO last year.

Fed has to win in 3 or 4. If it gets to the 5th set, Nole will steam roll him.

Murray will be a walk in the park for Nadal. Nobody in their right mind can say that Murray is 100% right now with his injury.

Its also expected to rain on sunday – that changes the whole situation (doesn’t help Nadal, since ball bounces less).


Lulu Iberica Says:

I do not think the Rafa from the Andujar match will show up vs Murray. First, Rafa won’t regress, but should improve, and second, he has too much respect for Murray combined with a determination not to lose to another player on clay. I THINK! Lol! I’m not saying Murray cannot win, but he would have to put up a major fight, and really take it to Rafa. I trust Rafa’s fighting spirit more than Andy’s at this point. Vamos, mi toro bello!


Skeezerweezer Says:

What if Murray wins? Then he can say he beat Rafa with an injured ankle , lol. Wait, he usually doesn’t have an excuse.

Re: Feds records, let’s not get our underwear in a bunch cause Nole( kricket) is playing so well the last 6 mos.. Fed earned his records, never had the choice to choose his competition and actually has played through 2 generations of tennis greats, so that argument is always moot. Nole has a loooong way to go, let’s just enjoy the ride.

The Nole / Fed matchup

IMO Feds only hope is a good serving day and mixing it up. Slice deep, short, bring him in, mix it up. He won’t win bangin it for very long from the back court. Murray did this with some success with this in another Clay tourney, and Nole starting missing some. Otherwise, as good is Fed is playing, Nole has been playing like he is from another planet. He is not of course, as Duro has said he is from Noleland. Well Fed needs to take Nole into Fedland……will he?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed has played through 2 generations of tennis greats, these other guys are babies yet, so this talk about Feds competition is a laugher and always comes up when someone starts to dominate for awhile, but it will be a very long time until that day comes when someone will be number # 1 for several years like Fed & Sampras did.


Gannu Says:

skeez ..love ur line..as Duro has said he is from Noleland. Well Fed needs to take Nole into Fedland……will he?


Pete Says:

trufan Says:

Sampras was not the greatest No. 1. He made just one semi at the French in 13 tries (24-13 match record at the French). That’s pathetic.

@Trufan,

if you know your tennis history well enough on clay you will see that pete faced greater competition on clay back in the 90′s. Dont make me spell all the players. There were much more clay specialist around, unlike today. Plus dont forget, federer grew up on clay so he should of won a heck of allot more FO’s.


madmax Says:

Madmax u there to console, pacify me ?;-)

huh, skeez,kimmi, kimo, daniel, dari – other fed fans! lets cheer our man

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:17 am

morning gannu, skeeze.

gannu, your post, was a lot happier and more “zen” like. as dari mentioned earlier.

Good for you! Fed has nothing to lose. So I hope you enjoy the match.

It makes me laugh, fed 29 (nearly 30). Yup. And he’s beaten a 25 year old stan, a 24 year old monfils (both class players). I don’t know how old the other two guys are, I think Lopez is 26 and the wild card was 24 as well. So still fed has to ‘prove himself’. He’s beating the younger guys. He beat novak 3 times in a row last year. Yes. Novak was 23? or 24? He beat a 24 year old rafa in November. Age is a number.

Well by all accounts, Fed is so ‘over’. That’s why he’s no. 3 in the world, still believing he can be no. 1. (Agassi regained no. 1 at the age of 33). Don’t tell me, he had no competition! Yeah right!

Forget the age argument.

Come on Fed!


madmax Says:

Federer has done us proud reaching the semis, but greedy fans that we are, we want more!

Wind or no Wind, Federer is always able to cope with tough conditions. It has nothing to do with hope. I would like to think Cindy that Federer over the last few days would have been practising his serve, it’s been so ‘on’ this tournament. What do you think?

Also, drive volleys are more evident in his game, so I think having this in place will be just what is needed.

Having said that I was really impressed with the long rallies he was having with monfils. People screaming ‘FED! DON’T GET INTO LONG RALLIES WITH YOUR OPPONENTS!’

But with Monfilss for shots within the rally which were more than 10 shots, Roger won the point. Now, in previous tournaments, when roger got into longer rallies, he lost the point, and before you say it, Monfils is a superb athlete, well able to control the points in rallies, yet he was unable to do that against Federer. This is very promising.

Of course, playing against Novak will be a different strategy altogether, but I have faith.

Also during this tournament, the balls are hard, really hard. Like bullets. Just seen Michael Llodra do an experiment on which of the four balls belonged to which slam. I hadn’t fully appreciated that when Federer commented on the balls over a week ago, he had a point. I thought they used the same balls for every tournament – I understand they did up until Roland Garros.

Does anyone know why the organisers changed them, because it seems it was done at the last minute?

Fast, hard balls, suit Federer. The other balls at wimbledon, AO and USO are much softer, so they don’t fly through the air so quick.

I think the way this is formatted, wind, fast balls, suits federer more.

It’s all hypothetical of course.

Comes down to the better player on the day. No more than that.

Cindy, I think the smashing of the racquet by fed was long overdue and a turning point in his game to be fair, novak, murray, roddick had plenty of smashed racquets and it’s not done their game any harm.

I think that bodes well for the fed.


Nims Says:

The problem for Roger against Novak would be his returns. Also the depth at which Novak plays on Roger’s BH. If Rafa hurts him with high bounce on BH, Novak hurts him with the depth. Roger is not able to play those half volley bh shots which he used to play consistently during his prime years. Not the same shots are appearing as shanks, which puts more fear in Roger’s mind.

He also goes to more on his 1st serve which costs him %. I think both in USO and AO Roger has less than 55% 1st serve, which is disastrous against Novak.

Only hope for Roger is to improve his net game (which has not improved anyway in the last 3 years) against Novak. Not sure if it’s even possible now. I really envy re-watching those matches in 2004-2007 where Roger was making glorious volleys which could rival Sampras easily. I do not know where that skill went.


Gannu Says:

Nims

Roger lacks consistency ..thats the issue.. he just cant maintain his sublime performance for say two or three sets..i dont think depth of novak’s bh is an issue.. roger just can return pace very smartly… the ONLY wekaness is trying to retun that loopy topsin Nadal’s shot to his backhand.. i play tennis so i know how tough it can be to handle that vicious spin which relentlessly comes…Novak’s bh – roger just can handle with his backhand flip…

One thing if you all can notice you will find that roger lacks again consistency on his serve.. he just doesnt serve that many aces or has high 1st serve perecentage say 70%+ these days in crucial matches.,, if he gets that it will be a nightmare to tackle him… I hope just God just for two matches give feddy bear all the power and game to handle the next two opponents..hoepfully he would have silenced everyone in this world…!


Dory Says:

Time is going too slow!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

its rafa bday today. happy bday rafa


Nims Says:

Gannu

You may want to watch the AO and Dubai match again, how Novak was pounding Roger’s BH. Typically the difference between their matchups now is the BH. That’s what is making the difference between these two. IMHO.


Gannu Says:

NIMs perhaps u are partly right but in those two matches he served disastrously to say the least! His serve deserts him when he needs the most these days!


Lenny Says:

Dangit, I’ve lost the link, but recently read this article which said Rafa didn’t fancy his chances of winning because he didn’t think he was playing well enough to do so (this was BS and by that I mean Before Soderling :P ) But there was something ELSE in there verrrry worrying for a Rafa fan – IF there are any on here :/

It was what he said when asked what it took to stay as consistent in the rankings as himself, Fed & the Djoker. He said it was like work – playing week in and week out trying to keep your ranking was work, and tennis was not supposed to be like that, it was supposed to be a passion, but it was beginning to feel like work. Now, if he just meant that he doesn’t like to think about the rankings; doesn’t need the pressure of that, fair enough – and also, PHEW.

BUT. If he is beginning to lose his passion for the competition, the crash-and-burn might be just around the corner. Will we be comparing Rafa to Borg in yet another way? * GULP * PLEASE say it isn’t so.


madmax Says:

Okay Margot!

Is Andy going to be more aggressive this time? Everyone keeps saying Andy has to be more aggressive. Why doesn’t he listen to them?

Here we go…


trufan Says:

The difference between Nole and Fed is return of serve – Fed is not what he used to be, and Nole is just crushing it. Look at the YTD stats.

Pete, regarding your comment below:
“if you know your tennis history well enough on clay you will see that pete faced greater competition on clay back in the 90’s. Dont make me spell all the players. There were much more clay specialist around, unlike today. Plus dont forget, federer grew up on clay so he should of won a heck of allot more FO’s.”

If YOU look at the 1990s, you will see that there was no consistent FO winner, or clay winner, after Jim courier in 1991/92. Guga came later (his peak years were 2000/01). Who was there in between? Muster? Brueguera (who won in 93/94)? Bruguera would get killed today on clay courts. Berasetagui? Come on. Kafelnikov? He could never put together a good streak. So who are you talking about???????????????

Ferrero, Moya, etc. came a bit later, and Roger beat them handily. In fact, Roger beat EVERY SINGLE clay courter handily except Nadal, who is an absolute exception – there was no Nadal level clay courter in Sampras era, not even close.

As for growing up on clay – then how come Fed is the best ever on hard courts? Sampras grew up on hard courts, he should have been able to translate his game at least a bit to clay.

24-13 at one of the slams? Come on, that’s pathetic.


Dory Says:

@Kimmi, didn’t know it was Nadal’s birthday. Thanks.


Dory Says:

OMG OMG OMG it’s time!


Daniel Says:

Tricky question: Does anyone know where I ca find the singles match wins record per Slam? For all Slams.
I know Villas is the Leader in RG, and Fed at AO, but would like to know also wimby and US Open.


margot Says:

Good luck Andy! Fight the good fight! Don’t get down on yourself. Go for your shots. Be aggressive when u need to be! Come on!


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, what a suspense…

Anybody wants to pee?


margot Says:

PS Oh yes, serve well!


Daniel Says:

Forget it, I found it! Wow, Connors has 98 victories at US Open.
http://www.tennis28.com/slams/matchwins_usopen.html


Daniel Says:

Go Murray, have the match of your life!!


Daniel Says:

It’s windy, but not that Windy as previous days.


Daniel Says:

By the first point Murray came to play, drop and balls into Nadal’s BH.


Daniel Says:

Wow, awesome volley by Nadal, very dificult shot!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Pete,

You’re a nut case. The clay courters of today are far superior than they were in the 90s. Pete Sampras was very average on clay. If anything the players of the 70s and 80s were better on the stuff. Pete got lucky one year and won in Rome when the field was weaker. Please, Jim Courier, Brugera better than Borg, Vilas of the 70s OR Lendl or Wilander of the 80s. Don’t think so.

And regarding Federer on clay. I rank him 3rd all time behind Nadal and Borg. If it weren’t for Nadal, Federer could easily have won 5 titles at the French and many more master series events on clay. Nadal was the main man always stopping him.


Daniel Says:

I like that Murray has no intention to exchange balls from the back.


Van orten Says:

Nadal already moonballng ha ha..anyone noticed he is always lucky with the lines..


Dory Says:

Why did Murray get into a passive rally at deuce? At least keep Nadal moving from side to side.


Van orten Says:

Nadals play is so predictable always doing the same ..incredible no one can stop him with that play..


Daniel Says:

Nadal breaks, his backhand is pretty solid and he returned some great serves by Murray. Also, Nadal is hitting the forehand as hard as I’ve seen this tourney.


jane Says:

Nice to see Andy coming in, even if he did get passed there. It’s good practice for grass.


dari Says:

Buenos dias, everybody!
Happy birthday to Rafa Nadal! He’s a man now, 25!
Allez Muzz


jane Says:

Yes, happy 25th to Rafa. He, Murray and Nole all with close birthdays, Nadal just a year older.


dari Says:

Geeze, they are cracking the ball


dari Says:

Geeze, they are cracking the ball


Daniel Says:

2 drop that Murray won the point!


Van orten Says:

Murray cant run!


Gannu Says:

Is murray ok.. he seems to be wincing in pain and not doing well


Dory Says:

Murray can’t win against Nadal in rallies. Only the great Djoker can do that.


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable how lucky Nadal was in this point. Can’t believe that ball land in.


Van orten Says:

Moonballing nadal…and again on the line ..its ridiculous how he hits them


Dory Says:

Yes that’s the way. Keep the points short Murray.


jane Says:

Murray is trying to keep points short. A good idea.


Daniel Says:

Van orten, the worst is that shot wasn’t intentionally. Murray already screamed as he thought he broke back, but the wind kept the ball on court.


stu Says:

Andy’s been pretty impressive so far!


Van orten Says:

Three chances ..you cannot wastw twm like that ..wow nadal the master in defending break points..and getting because of that in the head of his opponents


dari Says:

I love that one- hand bh lob from murray every time I see it


Van orten Says:

Seen enough go to work now


Daniel Says:

3 BP and couldn’t break. This was a crucial game for Murray.


Dory Says:

Why doesn’t Murray hit down the line forehand??? So many times Nadal was away from his FH side.


Van orten Says:

Gonna enjoy the day nadal starts losing his butt full of luck in that crucial moments..he i always on the ropes but never falls


Dory Says:

Right now Murray’s not even a challenge to Nadal. Set 1 gone with 2 breaks.


Daniel Says:

Murray enter this game with low moral and now can lose serve again. Nadal is returning great and firing forehand deep and power, already 4-1.


Van orten Says:

Murray injured


dari Says:

Ok, maybe I will go run some errands. Does not look good, ankle-wise or other.
C’Mon, Andy!


Van orten Says:

Djoker will have to finish the job and send him home a sore loser


Daniel Says:

Dory, it was competitive, suddenly NAdal decided to unleash 3 forehands and he broke again. Nadla was very lucky to not be 2-2. Murray could serve better. Tha point changed the whole set.


Daniel Says:

Well, Nadal enter court to be champion. His level is up and Murray down a bit, form the forst 2 games.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Murray is not in Nadal’s class. He’s lucky to even be playing in the semis. Murray is a hack and a choker. Always has been in the big stages.

Anyone who thinks he’s got a realistic chance of winning, I want to sell them some swamp land in Florida.

He choked against Federer at the U.S Open and again in Australia when he clearly was playing better than Fed.

He doesn’t have the mentality of a champion. When things get tough he gets defensive and retreats.

Murray has more excuses for losing than Carter has pills. Can’t stand him or his game.


jane Says:

Agree Daniel: it could have been 2-2; Andy lost his focus when he didn’t break back, and as a result he was broken again.

Anyhow, it is just one set. Maybe Murray can come back?


Daniel Says:

Guga is in the house!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Jane,

Murray always seems to lose focus. Nadal is no Victor Trioki or Chela. There will no be no miracle comebacks for him when he digs a hole so deep he can’t get out.


dari Says:

Okay, a little c’Mon from Andy after that hold. I don’t think the next sets will be that uneven, maybe Murray is warming.g up?
But Rafa, no sight of the guy who was playing andujar/ ljuby. Geeze, the way this guy improves within a tourney. And you know he brings his goods with murray- and now the big sport angle serve!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Guga,

Now there was a player with heart and mental toughness. Made the most of his talent. Maybe could have won more if his body didn’t fail him.


Dory Says:

1 game broken back!! Yes yes!


Daniel Says:

At least Murray gets one break back, to motivate himself better. Hold and return the pressure back to Nadal.


Daniel Says:

5 drops shots so far, won 4 lost 1.


Daniel Says:

Unfuckinbelievable!!!


Dory Says:

WTH that shot that clipped the net from Rafa should have gone OUT.


jane Says:

I loved Guga’s joy when he won,too. Never forget those hearts in the clay.


Daniel Says:

Cindy,

Agreed regarding Guga!


Cindy_Brady Says:

That umpire looked retarded.

LOL


Daniel Says:

Murray hold it strong. If it wasn’t for that bad net cord, it would be a 40-0 hold, which not even Nadal did in this match.
Wow, will Murray comeback king be able to break again?! NAdal will be even more nervous, but maybe more foccused to not make the 2 forehand errors he did to get broken.


BlackCat Says:

Hello Dear Friends,

Where can I watch these games online ?

Nadal vs Murray is not in tennischannel.com either.

Please somebody help.


jane Says:

Another forehand error from Rafa.

Blackcat, am watching on TV but you could try fromsport.com


Daniel Says:

weak return, this is soemthing Djoko does, keeps the pressure.


Daniel Says:

Hit to the body!!!!


Dory Says:

livescorehunter, atdhenet.tv or fromsport.com


Daniel Says:

That was the 4th lucky shot by Nadal. Landing in again, the Gods are in his side.


Dory Says:

That’s the way. Make Rafa move from side to side.


Daniel Says:

Murray too defensive and short balls. Have to hit deeper


Lenny Says:

UNNGGHHHH. Murray has been the Evil Knievel of this tournament. How many more times can he escape death?


Daniel Says:

What a serve, he wasn’t going for this open serve too much.


Van orten Says:

Come on murray plays better than nadal but still loses the set..gotta take ur cjances


The fighter Says:

go rafa get us a birthday present


Dory Says:

Yes too short and defensive and VERY ANNOYINGLY playing only to Nadal’s backhand. That’s the biggest mistake he’s making. No placing at all.


Van orten Says:

This moonballing is disgusting folks


Dory Says:

The only reason he lost this set was he did no placing. Constantly hitting to Nadal’s BH isn’t going to work, Nadal turned defense into offense so many times.


Daniel Says:

Cindy,

for a 6-4 game this last long, no. More than 1 h.

Murrays ahs the chance to break in his first break chance, but played passivelly and short.
Nadal relieved that he got this set.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nadal brave at the big moment, moves forward to serve and volley. What does Murray do, back pedals.

See the difference folks.


tfouto Says:

What will happen is that this game if its 4 sets, its 4+ hrs, and Federer-Djoko will not finish today… bad schedule… this game should started before…


dari Says:

BlackCat I think nbc.com may have it too, maybe that’s the second semi… worth a shot


jane Says:

Murray was making inroads to breaking back. He just has to convert on more chances. He is the top guy in bp conversions, with Nole and Delpo just behind in the stats this year. He usually does better in that regard. He was only 1 of 6 in set one. Rafa has been good at bp’s saved, but he is just 10th. Nole, Delpo and others have been stronger at staving off bp chances against than Rafa has.


Dory Says:

But why is he not playing to Nadal’s forehand? Totally bullshit.


Ike Says:

hey Jane! Congrats! Your Canucks were lucky to take that first game. We will take the second (and the series) though!


Daniel Says:

40-0 and now deuce. This is the game of Murray survival, if he loses he will lose ugly. He has to hold!!!


Dory Says:

Because of that Nadal has to do very less running.


Daniel Says:

Great attitude by Nadal, by the noise of the ball Nadal knew it was line.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Yeah, what is it with the lousy time scheduling at the FO.

Shame on them if the Djokovic/Federer match has be halted by darkness.

Inexcusable time management imo.

Why can’t they come in to this century and install lights at least in center court. Every other slam has.

Very perplexing.


jane Says:

I am surprised set one took one hour already. Nole versus Gasquet 6-4 sets were about 40 minutes or less. Maybe shorter rallies / points though, as they were both serving really well.


Dory Says:

Djokovic at this time is playing three times more offensive and hitting harder and faster than Murray.


Daniel Says:

Dory, everytime Murray changed to nadal’s forehand, he received a hook open the court and up to his backhand. Nadal is hitting the forehand convincingly today, and Murray knows it. He can only go to that place when he already is in the court to hit BH crosscourt. Several rallies he lost momentum when he shift to Nadal’s forehand. look closely.


jane Says:

They certainly could have started this match earlier! Why not at noon or one?


Ike Says:

tfouto, agree with u re. scheduling, it should have started at 12, but hey the French need to have their elaborate lunch/wine and THEN they can come to tennis courts to watch. But still the first match at 2 pm Paris time gives enough time to finish to finish both the matches, as they can definitely play till 9 pm, and possibly 9:30 or 10 pm. But i don’t think they will need that. Both matches will be complete today.


Ike Says:

jane, typical Nadal vs. Nole/Andy, one game lasts about 6 minutes, thus i m not surprised that 10 game first set took about 60 minutes.


Daniel Says:

What the hell is this, 2 BP and nada.

Now another chancve, attack!


The fighter Says:

go rafa go


Ike Says:

hey Dory, just curious, are they showing this match live in India or you watching on web streaming?


margot Says:

Wind not helping Andy and his movement to the right looks hampered, but he’s sticking in there….Come on Andy!


Daniel Says:

Anyone wnat to bet murray will be broken now after having 15-40 and playinmg poorly?!


Dory Says:

Showing live on TV. ESPN Star Sports.


Daniel Says:

Eat my words. Unusal Nadal making 3 errors, maybe it’s good for Murray to try to break again. Nadal already scaped the last 2 times he served with Murray having BP first.


Cindy_Brady Says:

What if this match becomes epic and lasts 5 hours. No tie breakers in the 5th. Many matches at the French go on longer especially when opponents are somewhat equally matched and motivated.

So the Joker/Fed match starts around 8:00 PM, ridiculous.

Black eye for the French Open imo.


Ike Says:

Daniel, i was watching documentary about Agassi on Tennis Channel yesterday, and someone mentioned that when they saw Andre at age 8 something in Las Vegas, Andre was hitting “hard” bachhands and not “moonballs”, it reminded me of Rafa LOL!!!


jane Says:

They did the same for Djoker-Nole, but they had a lot of matches to get through that day. There is no same excuse for not beginning earlier today


Dory Says:

The people should revolt and demand all their money back if part of the Roger-Nole match is postponed to tomorrow. FO organizers need to be sued.


Ike Says:

Cindy_Brady,
I am pretty sure none of these semi-final matches will go five set! even if they do, there will not be an “epic” fifth set, just a hunch :)


jane Says:

Oops meant Djoker-Delpo obviously…


Dory Says:

Who thinks Murray is going to win playing this tired and making so many errors?


Ike Says:

Dory, jane! calm down! both the matches WILL be finished today!


Daniel Says:

Put Roger and Djoko on Lenglen and open the court for everybody who is in the complex so they can have a crowd!:)


Ike Says:

Dory, just a thought, most likely Andy is playing for pride, so just wants to play there, i don’t think he believes he can win


Daniel Says:

Murray out in this 2 points, bizarre. He can afford this, seems sometimes he loses the pleasure of playing during a match.


Dory Says:

I think Andy hasn’t played a worse Slam semi final.


Daniel Says:

Well, we will get Fed x Djoko sooner than expected, and I will give up on Murray for good.


margot Says:

Andy down and out, alas. Calling for trainer not good :(


Lenny Says:

Erm. Poor scheduling of the FO?! Allowing about 8 hours for 2 5-setters seems pretty fair. NOTHING is more ridiculous than the USO scheduling. CoughSuperSaturdayCough 8-/


Dory Says:

Okay why is this match so weird suddenly?


Daniel Says:

Wow, DF on BP, only like this Murray can break, he was 1-9, now 2-10 in BP.


dari Says:

Uh-oh, no longer watching, but sorry to hear Murray is calling trainer :/
Think he shoukd retire and get ready for wimby?
If i remember correctly, he is not much of a retirer…


Ike Says:

good to get the break back.
i wish Andy had great FH


jane Says:

Murraybdid well to convert on one: loved that volley to get 15-40.


dari Says:

Oh, great, a break back?! Phone is gonna die.
Go, Mr Murray!


Daniel Says:

He should drop shot this last ball, always drop shot when you are inside the court and your opponent the crosscourt side and behind baseline, this is basics!


Ike Says:

Lenny,
i LOVE “super saturday” at USO, it’s a great day of tennis, as both the semi are on Saturday it’s not unfair to either players, (winner of first match gets a little bit extra rest, but not much)


Ike Says:

jane, i m already looking forward to Fed-Nole match, can’t wait to watch, Nole is going to destroy Fed, and then Rafa in the final, and take the No.1 throne fair & square!


Daniel Says:

Wow, Murray won the point of the match so far! one more…


Daniel Says:

DF on game point Murray!?!?!?! Hold to lead 4-3 and put some pressure in Nadal.


Daniel Says:

NAdal was agressive form the first to the last ball. Murray has to serve his a.. out.


Daniel Says:

It’s hard rooting for Murray today isn’t it?!


Daniel Says:

Awesome shot! Murray completly forgot the drop shot, which is a shame.


Lenny Says:

@Ike. Of COURSE you do. So do *I* (well, except for the fact I have to be up all night, being in India :) ). It’s great for the fans and the organisers. But I don’t think it’s fair on the players.

When you take into account the fact that the women’s final is sandwiched between the men’s semis, and the press obligations that the 1st semi winner can comfortably finish off before the 2nd semi has even begun, it can add up to more than a couple of hours’ extra rest and advantage


Daniel Says:

Nadal as always is serving great facing BP, hath of them he saved with a serve.


jane Says:

Murray’s won 12 of 16 net points; that is a solid 75%. He should come in whenever he can.


Dory Says:

Lenny, you also in India? Great.


margot Says:

That wind! Playing merry hell with both players on serve :(


Cindy_Brady Says:

Murray hanging in. But for how long?


Daniel Says:

Finally! After 4 breaks consecutive Murray holds with an excelent serve.

He should decide to go for return winners on all shots, if hath goes in he will have a shot of taking this set.


Cindy_Brady Says:

At the top of the hour tennis channel switches to NBC. Hope to God, they show the match live and not from the beginning.

If they do, then NBC sucks ballz.


Dory Says:

If Murray wins this set, it will take 1 1/2 hours for this match to finish. Definitely, the FO scheduling is PATHETIC. Nor is US Open scheduling on SuperSat good.


El Flaco Says:

Murray now has the toughest hold serving into the wind.


Daniel Says:

Murray has to serve lights out again, cause Nadal’s level is high right now!


Daniel Says:

You know Nadal is confidant when he goes for this forehand down th eline shots.


Dory Says:

I will be inconsolable if Nole match is pushed to tomorrow. I know it’s going to be pushed. :(


Daniel Says:

Oh no, 40-15 and now deuce.


stu Says:

Cindy_Brady,

I think NBCSports.com is showing the entire Fed-Djoko match, regardless of when it starts. NBC on TV will air the match LIVE between 11 am and 2 pm. But if these 2 are still playing, I don’t think it will be aired on NBC.


Daniel Says:

If Nadal wins this point, it won’t. As soons as Murray is 2-0 down he will stop fighting hard.
His only shot is winning the second and he knows it.


stu Says:

I don’t understand. It’s only 4:30 there. I don’t think the next match will be pushed to tomorrow unless both matches are 5 sets of 1 hour each.


jane Says:

Nice get at the net by Murray. But Rafa pushing hard for the break here. Damn wind.


stu Says:

I was just going to comment about liking Muzz’s attitude today, but here we go again.


stu Says:

So Rafa can celebrate whenever he feels like it.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is setting every shot with his return. All balls are in the midle and with huge spin. As soon as Murray hits, nadal already run away his backhand to hit a forehand. Plus Nadal is going to Murray’s forehand side all the time, cause he flet Murray is not covering that side well, probably due to his ankle.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nadal’s intensity level is starting to take over.

It’s curtains for Murray.


Gannu Says:

really disgusting and frustrating…just cant bear to see such a horrible match..murray just cant do anything and i just cant stand Nadal


stu Says:

Ugh. Poor Muzza.


Dory Says:

Looks like Djoker will have to earn his FO. Defeating Roger and then King of Clay back to back. I have full confidence in him.


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa; “It’s true I am not playing that well.”

Hahahahahahahaha

“The setup”


Daniel Says:

Feel sorry for Murray, He was 40-15 up to go 6-5 and at least guarantee a tiebreak and now lost 7-5. Can’t see him putting not even a fight in the third. His shots lack power, Djoko plays Nadal the same, but with much more power on his groundies.


ertorque Says:

Nadal’s left hook is so good when he hits it cross-court. It’s always so wide that the opponent could hardly touch it let alone hit a decent shot……


Ike Says:

IMO…if u r playing Nadal and hitting cross-court rallies and you can’t hit down the line winner from either ur BH or FH side, you can’t beat Rafa.
Nole does hit those winners from his BH side quite often and some from FH side. I don’t think i have seen any of those from Andy, he just plays too safe


Ike Says:

Lenny, women’s final at USO is no longer “sandwiched” between men’s semi, women’s final for last (i m not sure how many) years has been “prime time” (i.e. 7 pm) event


stu Says:

is he limping now?


El Flaco Says:

Exactly right Ike. You have to change direction of your shots against Nadal. Davydenko is also very good at doing that. He cuts off those cross court shots and takes them early up the line. Djokovic has been doing the same thing. Federer can do it with his forehand, but not so much with a one handed backhanded on a high bouncing ball. When Murray is relaxed he will attempt it from time to time, but on the biggest points he hits his forehand almost exclusively cross court.


Daniel Says:

6-1 or 6-0 set. Onto Djoko x Fed.
Murray could have level the first set and could have force a tiebreak. another coulda, woulda, shoulda.
Cinfy is right, he lacks mental fortitude, that was what made him not capitalize on those oportunities. Contrary tp Djoko, who was in severl similar situations agaisnt Nadal and prevailed.


Ike Says:

Dory, agree, Nole WILL earn FO, he WILL beat Fed & Rafa!


margot Says:

All over for Andy, I fear :( But am pleased with fight :) Murray watchers looks as if he’s lost weight?


jane Says:

I think Djoko goes for a little more on his forehand than Murray does; Nole’s been generating some great angles from that side as opposed to just putting it deep. The angles allow him to pull anopponent off court and then go down-the-line with the b.h., which is usually a money shot for him anyhow.

margot’s right about Andy’s movement side-to-side being not quite at its best right now, understandably.


contador Says:

yeah, this is terrible. murray’s movement is compromised. not likely he would have won v rafa on clay even if he was 100%. but he might have taken a set. sure hope andy has enough time to recover for wimbledon : /

i thought i’d be more neutral watching this match but i’m not. same old trouble getting into rafa tennis. GO MUZZAAAAA.

looks like rafa in 3 unless a miracle happens.


jane Says:

Yes margot, he looks slim: I was thinking that earlier.


Ike Says:

El Flaco, right, Murray can change the direction but can’t hit the winner right away. Against Nadal the direction changing shot has to be winner, otherwise it’s pretty much useless.


Ike Says:

contador! have u been hiding in Rocky mountains or what? how you been?


al Says:

Seems very windy there. Will Nole or Fed handle the wind better?


Ike Says:

contador, even if Andy was 100% he wouldn’t beat Rafa in FO, he may be able to beat Rafa in some clay Masters


tfouto Says:

how’s the wind? unfortunately i cant watch the game…


Ike Says:

al … IMO Nole will handle the wind better


El Flaco Says:

I hope this last set is over quickly so we can get on to Fed and Djoker.


Ike Says:

tfouto … r u going to miss the next match too? shame!


margot Says:

conty, didn’t expect Andy to win this, so not as fraught as usual, I’m glad to say :)


Ike Says:

margot … sorry to watch Andy losing but i don’t think he will ever win FO or Wimby (he will keep making into the semis maybe a final), his best bet is always going to be USO or Aussie.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Ike

And don’t forget about the new “Rafa” balls


Ike Says:

i think pretty much everyone wants to see Rafa vs. Nole final (even the Fed fans!)


tfouto Says:

:( ike i cant watch it on work :)… i was hoping this game could be long enough so i could watch Mr. Federer playin, but that would mean that probably the game would end up tomorrow…

I thinked of turn off every connection to tennis, and just watch tonight the game like it was live, but i think i cant hide the result that long…


Ike Says:

skeezerweezer … do u mean Rafa “moonballs” ?


contador Says:

that’s what i said, Ike. on clay, even if muzza was 100% he wouldn’t beat rafa (at FO especially) but he could take a set.

rafa is nice enough but… : / apparently i’ll never like rafa’s tennis. but i felt sorry for him in madrid losing to nole. rome i was neutral.


Ike Says:

tfouto … if u r not in “very important / critical” profession such as medical, police, fire, airport, etc…i would recommend skipping the work for (at least) few hours to watch Fed vs Nole :)


Ike Says:

contador … only people who “really” like Rafa’s tennis would be Brad Gilbert kind :)
Rafa’s only watchable shots are his passing shots (when the opponent is at the net)


Van orten Says:

Murray had his chances to take the set…its not that rafa is outplaying him


Daniel Says:

Jesus, can’t Nadal drop shot also. several shots to finishe the point.


contador Says:

oh i’ve been the same ike, i’m here, i check but not always time to post. nice to see you! hope you are enjoying this match : )

but i’m NOT watching the next match….at least won’t watch it live. i don’t hold too much hope for a close match. nole will win. but the rafa v nole final will be great!

see you for the final, ike. enjoy. im out!


tfouto Says:

i am doctor and doing a surgery right now…

just kidding… would be interesting for a doctor to do a surgery and posting comments on tennis blog.

computer software but cant skip right now…


skeezerweezer Says:

@Ike

No the new Babolot balls Rafa tested and approved prior to the the start of the tourney. There is a photo out there ( I’ll see if I can find it) of him trying out the balls in the approval process. He is sponsored by Babolot, go figger…..

http://www.rafaholics.com/2011/05/new-babolat-balls-get-rafa-nadal.html

http://www.sport24.co.za/Tennis/FrenchOpen/Federer-slams-changed-balls-20110523

I tend to disagree with some up here in regards to Murray. He may not win but this it is his best ever run at the FO. imo I do think he has game enough to beat Rafa, but probably not today.


stu Says:

the quality of the nbcsports.com stream is SO bad!


contador Says:

hi margot. didn’t expect andy to win either. but was hoping he could take a set and make this even closer. clearly andy isn’t up to speed. go home and recover, muzza.

i did predict rafa in 3.

nole in 3.

final:

nole in 3

nole utterly dominant.


Ike Says:

tfouto, contador … that’s ok, you don’t need to watch Fed vs. Nole. But the final between Rafa vs. Nole hopefully will be a classic!

tfouto … maybe some doctor is posing comments (while at work) :)


Dory Says:

And why is Nadal not cruising and Murray still fighting? I’m both surprised and happy he’s still fighting.


al Says:

LOL @Ike at 10:53 am


Ike Says:

oh no! Mary Corilo is on NBC! NO!!!!!!!!!!


tfouto Says:

well i’d rather watch Federer all the time, but of course i will watch the final… Dont know if i wanna see Federer against Nadal, but that’s another issue…


skeezerweezer Says:

Ike

My comment is awaiting moderation on the “balls” issue as it as links in it but I meant the “New Balls”.

I have to go teach a typing and vocabulary class soon..


fed is afraid Says:

nadal better hope it’s fed in final
he has no chance against nole


El Flaco Says:

Oh no not Carillo. She has also been on Tennis Channel recently too though thankfully not today.


skeezerweezer Says:

It’s not like Murray hasn’t had his BP opportunities (that he has created), 13 so far. That is a lot!! Just seems he does not have the mental fortitude in the big matches against the top 3, and he needs to take care of his service game better, seems at times there is no plan there. There is no reason ( don’t we all keep saying that? )that he shouldn’t get there….??


Daniel Says:

But actually, Murray is keeping closer! He has shots in firts 2 sets, and was 15-40 a few minutes ago. I thought also that Nadal will cruise in this set, which in worst scenario will be 6-3


dari Says:

Ah! Phone died at like 5-5 , stepped in the house and nadal got the set and break in third. Sorry murray.
Hanging on at least…


El Flaco Says:

Well you can’t say Murray didn’t have chances today. Up to this point he has had 15 break point chances which is more than Nadal’s 13. Nadal just plays better and more aggressively on the biggest points.


Daniel Says:

Why Murray cant’t be agressive when leading, I just can’t understand. He is 3-16 on BP, because he still thinks Nadal will DF on BP as he did in set 2. Play anothe rpassive point and lost.


jane Says:

Murray is 3 of 16 bp chances if I havenit right. : / Definitely needs to convert more of those.

Oh…here’s another. Come on Andy!


dari Says:

Take this chance, murray


Daniel Says:

3-17! Nadal with another great serve.


jane Says:

3/17… Check match facts, stats on the year. Murray should, on paper, be converting more of these!!!

Here’s another Andy #18!!! Take IT.


dari Says:

I haven’t seen the whole match, but looks like Rafa is really bringing it, as usual, on bps down.
Let’s go, andy


jane Says:

Some of them dari, but not all. Defintely, at least imo, Andy should have turned more than 3 over.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal now serving with the wind so he should close this one out here easily.


dari Says:

Yes, 3 is not enough out of18, jane! Didn’t know it was that many :/ that’s so frustrating


dari Says:

Good luck in surgery tfouto
Novak with the nice between the legs bball dribble
TRIPLE match point


jane Says:

Congrats to Rafa and his fans.

Muzza, take care of that ankle; let’s see another deep run on grass!


dari Says:

Poor Murray, wish he woulda got a set. Keep going MUZZ!
Rafa back to good of course. He looks hard to beat!


stu Says:

Seeya at Wimby Muzz! Congrats King of Clay!


stu Says:

“No better players on the tour than them”

Nice :)


dari Says:

Rafa nadal- tennis master has mastered ingles!
Electric smile, just don’t love him on court.
Fed and novak!
Allez Rog


Dory Says:

Lost interest in the 3rd set. Now to see how soon-to-be No.1 performs today. :)


stu Says:

Wow I’m nervous.


jane Says:

Rafa has a nice smile.

Well, no matter what happens in this Nole vs. Fed match, I’m extremely proud of Nole and all that he’s accomplished. If the streak ends versus Fed, it will be against the last guy to beat him and one of the best ever. If it doesn’t end, Nole will be number one. Either way, Nole has been fantastic in 2011. What fun.


tfouto Says:

well it took 3 sets almost 4rs. federer-djoko will start 6pm… they have 3h30 to finish the game… if its straight sets i believe its possible… not 5 sets for sure…


Dory Says:

Btw I think this year or by next year surely DelPo will go into the top 4 pushing Murray down.


Gordo Says:

Pioline: who would you rather play?

Nadal: For me it doesn’t matter. It will either be the best player at the moment or the best player in history. They are the 2 best on the tour right now. I will try to do my best.

Always classy – good for you Rafa making your 6th final.


Duro Says:

Jane, no excuses. We are proud of him, but we want our number 1! Believe!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Well, props to Murray for keeping it close and not giving up throughout the match. I really thought he could get a set — he played so well against Novak in Rome. The ankle injury possibly played a part.

But, Congrats to Rafa! I just love watching him!


margot Says:

Congrats to Rafa and his fans :) But main difference today was that Rafa converted his break points and Andy didn’t. This is a pattern in many slam finals semis and it is the last hurdle Andy has to jump…but he will ! Andy go home ice your ankle and prepare for the green stuff where you have a real chance :)
BTW will someone please tell me how Rafa’s shanked balls always fall in?


Dory Says:

Novak will create history tonight if he wins. Only No 1. besides Fedal after 2003 in the Fedal era!!


Dory Says:

Sorry since Feb 2004, not 2003.


stu Says:

Duro, I agree. No coming up short now, please.


dari Says:

Ok, I’ve been putting a brave front up for this match and was sincere about that. However, its not an easy prospect to think of fed playing Rafa in RG final at this stage. Will always cheer roger though, him getting to a final would be a good thing!
Novak has it all right now though.
Good luck to the guys novak fans- “nod at net , good match gesture”


madmax Says:

This is it.

Federer, can you do it? Really hope you can. Believe fed.

Gannu, you around?

All the best both players.


fed is afraid Says:

go fed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


stu Says:

LET’S GO NOLE!!!!!!


ertorque Says:

i have always contended that Roger’s single backhand or anyone else’s for that matter is a lesser stroke compared with the double backhand when it comes to hitting ‘controlled’ shots with pace be it cross court or down the line. That doesn’t mean that you can’t hit good shots with the single but justwith the double, one gets more consistency and controlled-depth. Another plus for the double would be the ability to hit the ball earlier.


madmax Says:

Whoooaaaa fed! Beautiful back hand down the line.

Go Fed!


stu Says:

LOL so much faster already each point


Daniel Says:

Wow, Federer has the worst intentions in this match!!


tfouto Says:

Go Federer… i thought i would root for Nole, but cant root against Federer…


al Says:

Go Nole!


madmax Says:

Fed is afraid,

for all the wrong reasons.


stu Says:

shouldn’t they have replayed the point then?


madmax Says:

Contador

may be you can watch federer in this match? and forget the final tomorrow?


fed is afraid Says:

wow fed


dari Says:

Wow somebody always has a medical incident at a major, no?


Dory Says:

What a start! Breaking each other!


Daniel Says:

They exchanged breaks, nerves!


Dory Says:

Just LOOK at Nole’s FH today!!! Almost like DelPo!


madmax Says:

DANIEL,
BE ON HAND TO DO YOUR STATS QUICKLY .
THIS IS A GREAT MATCH SO FAR.


Daniel Says:

This is tennis!!!


stu Says:

Adjust to the wind, come on Nole stop overhitting!


Dory Says:

Nole overplaying!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ha, Stu, I know my Rafi is really slow! I don’t mind when I’m watching the match, but it’s murder to follow his matches on Live Scores.

Lots of early breaks here. C’mon, Roger!


Daniel Says:

Fed already 1-6 in BP convertion!!


Kimberly Says:

go Federer!


Kimberly Says:

can anyone here give me an objective answer on how rafa played? Was out all morning?


Daniel Says:

Slice aporach in the center of the court, nice!


Van orten Says:

Fed wont win if he keeps fauñton on break chances
Wow its incredible fed cannot convert his chances


Duro Says:

Kimberly, great, how else. Now embrace these two.


Van orten Says:

I see the match finish already fed will have lots of chances not taking them!!!


Karthick Says:

Kimberly,
As like you i also want to know how he played today? I am in office and could not see the match today. So guys, please pour with your NEUTRAL comments.. :). We will take it as it is


Daniel Says:

Kimberly, I can just say his forehand was all Rafa like, he was dictating with it and going for the lines. Saved severel BP with exclente serving and returned smart all match, deep balls with spin in the midle of the court, to have a weak return and runanway his BH. Sum it up, solid clay court match, where he get stronger with his forehand as the match went on. But his serve is still atackable by let’s say, Djoko.


dari Says:

Nice, BH, fed!


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s forehand is really DelPo Like!


Van orten Says:

Its just a shame he cant break properly


Van orten Says:

Djoker is damn consistent these days


dari Says:

But where is fed variety so far? Can’t play this base line game forever


Van orten Says:

Fed gotta win first set


Daniel Says:

Wintour is in the house!


jane Says:

Kimberly Rafa played very well, at times moments of greatness. Staved off bps effectively overall, though more could have been converted imo. He served very consistently I thought. He made quite a few errors but with the wind you could see why on some of them.

Fed is scary good so far.

Come on Nole! Long game.


Daniel Says:

Fed should never lose a 0-40 game, specially on clay, where you can’t hit aces at will.


stu Says:

important hold for ND


Van orten Says:

Fed never goes down without fighting but it is really stressful to watch…expect nole break the next opportunity he gets


Dory Says:

These two always play extremely fast for Roger to do more variety. And Nole is rushed into some more errors than usual. Wow I’m so excited for Wimbledon already because of Nole.


madmax Says:

Wow what a match.

Game on!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimberly, I didn’t see the entire match, but I thought Rafa played well. More DTL shots than recently, better depth. Often relied on Murray making errors, though. Still not at full confidence, and tightened up at some crucial moments, but played most of the big points well. In short, he played well enough to beat probably anyone except Djokovic. I hope he can step it up another notch for Sunday.


dari Says:

Yeah, Daniel, would be nice to get those bps converted, Shucks Rog looks good, 40-0 hold


jane Says:

If Fed wins and plays like this, maybe he could beat Rafa in the final?He is hitting with a lot of depth and being very aggressive. Nole is rushed and isn’t getting his first serves in at all.


kriket Says:

Fed is good but I doubt that he can keep up the pace for the whole match. I know Novak can.


Dory Says:

OMG Fed’s BH is firing nicely today.


stu Says:

Does Djokovic look kind of tired to anyone else?


Lulu Iberica Says:

Awesome BH DTL from Fed!


Daniel Says:

1-8 in BP. Djoko already scream into Fed’s face.


Van orten Says:

Roger is unbelievable cannot do anything better on those bp????


jane Says:

stu, methinks it is nerves.


stu Says:

Fed is looking scary good. And he’s also getting handsome-r with age. I like that red on him.


dari Says:

Ok, well I hope that Rog can do a better bp conversion than so far! Allez Rog
Still Zen, just happy about level of play


madmax Says:

van orten, the break points aren’t easy to convert when novak returns with an ace or just plays some aggressive returns. Give the guy a brea!…(point!).

Come on Fed!


jane Says:

Nole clapped for at least two of Fed’s winners already I think he really does appreciate the great shots of others. Saw him do it versus Delpo too.


Van orten Says:

Really dont care who wins …i just dont think fed will sustain any pressure by nole if he loses that set after having converted 1 out of 7 bp..


madmax Says:

me too dari.

win win for fed!


al Says:

Nole need more 1st serve in!


stu Says:

This is quite fun to watch. I wish I could detach myself from the importance of the outcome.


jane Says:

Wow, amazing rally that was – such clean hitting.

Stu, I like how Fed is so relaxed in interview these days. I read all his pressers now.


Van orten Says:

Its agood moment for nole to break…wait for it ..this is typical fed ..not coverting getting broken the next game ..no first serve this game..wow fed. U r incredibly predictable


Daniel Says:

I hate this killer finger from the judge, pointing the ball out. So annoying!:)

Djoko is just too good. Fed is playing great, but it is not enough.


Van orten Says:

Its already painful to watch at least nole is in rafas head


Eric Says:

wow fed…. down a break with 1/8 bps converted. Why did I get out of bed for this…


Van orten Says:

It s enough to get tons of bp!!!!!!


dari Says:

Tale as old as time- miss many bp chances, then get broken
ok, then break back now, dude


Van orten Says:

Again 0:40!!!!!!!incredible


Daniel Says:

3 fantastic points by Fed, a winner, a wrong foot and another wrong foot after an amazing return. wow!!


jane Says:

Great game from Fed. 0-40. They will exhcnage breaks again?


Eric Says:

0-40 wow. Fed is actually…. returning serve…WELL? Does not compute!


Van orten Says:

He wont break ..this is a bad joke for fed!!!!


Van orten Says:

Nole is 2 out of 2 by the way


Eric Says:

shaZAM! Ok. Now I remember why I wanted to watch. :)


stu Says:

well, 2/10 then :)


Van orten Says:

Ha ha he made it..but still behind thos set ..could have won it easily already


madmax Says:

van orten fed just broke!

hehee! They love fed. He’s the underdog!

Go fed.


dari Says:

Yea Rog, now bloody hold!
Eric is not so bad- fed just broke back and its good tennis


Daniel Says:

Guys, I am a dir hard Fed fan, but I am really just enjoing the match, as I think Djoko has a better shot agaisnt Nadal.

If you look at it withou trully rooting for Fed, it is a blast of a Match, even with low BP convertion. The ggod part is, his return game is excelent, even with djoko low first serves in.

If Fed manages to win he won’t get a spaning agaisnt Andal as RG 08′.

It’s a very high level matc, almost all the UE are forced actually due to the pace they are playing.


Van orten Says:

He broke back while i changed channel…


pigirl1 Says:

lol guys i dont’ think fed waste those break points, he may have just made UE on 1 or 2 of them only…the rest are saved by Djokovic by his own agressive play


Eric Says:

Everyone assumes Roger has no chance against Rafa… just because RG 2008 was a blowout. Their matches in 2005-07 were all competitive… not saying he has a good chance but this Roger is playing amazing. But anyway, let’s see who gets the privilege of losing to Rafa in the final first. :)


Daniel Says:

This match is setting up to be a true classic, Hope they play fast sets, so we can finish today.

Usally Fed’s 5 match are no lonmger than 4 hours, even agaisnt Nadal.


madmax Says:

You got to love the fed; placement and belief.

Come on Fed.


Van orten Says:

Fed is serving great so far ..now he has to break again…
@daniel
U r right. It easier to watch today just because u know tha if nole wins he will be damn ready to dethrone rafa


madmax Says:

pigirl, I agree.

Daniel, absolutely.


Eric Says:

Nole s howing he is not to be taken lightly… great game.


Van orten Says:

No secrets between them though… They know each other so good..but fed always looks more dangerous vs nole..he should take advantage of it


Dory Says:

Eric, I have watched and remember the Fedal FO finals and IMHO, always on clay, always in FO final, Federer is sort of paralyzed/completely melt down against Nadal. He plays very passive, loses his aggresiveness completely. That was true for at least 2008, 2007 and 2006, although the 2005 semi was competitive.


dari Says:

Fight a little Rog here please


Van orten Says:

Wow nole gonna break 3 out of 3. Fed dont deserve winning playing like that. Hats off to nole for hanging in there


Daniel Says:

Noted that this side of the court the players are not serving great, mus be wind?!

Low first serves by both player in this set so far


Daniel Says:

The public is showing hwere their loyalty lies.


Eric Says:

van orten…you suck at prophecies.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Fed saves 2 set points. Great match!


madmax Says:

clutch tennis from fed.

who says he can’t play clutch?

Well done fed.


Van orten Says:

Very important hold…go for it now


Eric Says:

God I hate this NBC coverage… they cut to random replays that last until the next point is already underway…show the crowd too much (no one cares!!!!)…. ugh.


Daniel Says:

Dory,

2006 Federer broke when Nadal served for the match and forced a tiebreak. If only he could have pushed it to 5.


Van orten Says:

What a dropshot¡,


jane Says:

Now it is Nole not converting and getting tight.


Van orten Says:

Ha ha eric i know..that s why i never bet for money


stu Says:

LOL gotta love JMac. All this talk about the streak, and when Nole picks a fight with the ump he says “THIS i can relate to”.


Daniel Says:

What a point!!


dari Says:

Bad call by the ump. I liked that attitude on novak, going up to the chair like that honestly. Remind me not to mess with him


Van orten Says:

Had himagainst the rope again…the intensity is insane!!!!


al Says:

missed chance…


madmax Says:

It’s all zen. zen. zen. zen.


Daniel Says:

Best match of the tourney, by far!


jane Says:

Lol , stu. Good hold Nole. He doesn’t need anymore pressure than he already has. Trying for number 1 in grand slam semi versus the Fed, entire crowd against him, streak on the line. Sheesh. Last thing he needs is the ump against him.


Van orten Says:

Come on !!! Show some freaking emotions fed!!!!!!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Breaker! C’mon Fed!


dari Says:

Tie break!
Oh, no its getting toward 2, when nbc cuts off


stu Says:

I will chug a beer each time Nole applauds a Fed shot.

P.S. I hate TBs. And these guys are both very good at them.


stu Says:

dari, nbcsports.com will continue to stream the match. it’s a solid, clean stream.


Eric Says:

Yeah guys this match is INSANE. These guys are playing insane tennis. It’s like… if the hard-hitting baselining of this era and the cerebral “hey man I’m just sort of going to hit this ball to you, you know, you can do what you want with it, maybe you can hit it back, maybe you can try something else, i’m cool with whatever OH BAM I WIN” tennis of Borg’s era got together with great serving and the maximum level of athleticism… amazing tennis


Lulu Iberica Says:

Beautiful point from Fed!


Daniel Says:

Wow, he is wrong footing Djoko, right, left and center. Tennis lessons for a cable mensality!


dari Says:

What a point these two!


tennisfansince76 Says:

here on the west coast NBC is playing Hoda and Kathie Lee. Roger and Nole will be on tape delay at 11:00 AM. awesome NBC!


stu Says:

OMG Nole, costly miss.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am listening on the Radio off the slamtracker website. i can’t wait


Dory Says:

Such pace on clay is unbelievable.

Why the %^* is the crowd not behind Nole? Driving me mad.


dari Says:

Nbc is streaming for west coast, I thought. Go check tennisfan!
This is some good stuff!


jane Says:

Great tiebreak by Fed so far.


Eric Says:

stu, it ain’t over till it’s over.

Dory, because everyone loves Roger. :)


Eric Says:

And back on serve.


stuckatwork Says:

Hello! Whats a good website for tracking the scores live? I can’t watch videos at work and the sites I’m looking at are way too slow. Thanks!


Dory Says:

YES 4-4!!! GO DJOKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Never thought I would ever root against Roger hehe)


Dory Says:

What accuracy Novak plays with these days!!! WOW!


dari Says:

Allez Rog


Eric Says:

Roger is playing very tight now… crap.


Eric Says:

Stuckatwork, just launch the score tracker from the Roland Garros website.


tennisfansince76 Says:

thanks Dari


Lulu Iberica Says:

Set point for Roger! Take it, Fed!


Dory Says:

NNOOOOOO!!!!!


stuckatwork Says:

Eric, Its still showing me 2-1 in the breaker!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, yes, yes! Goooooo Fed…


jane Says:

Oh Nole. :(


steve-o Says:

C’mon Roger!


stu Says:

That was easier than I expected


madmax Says:

Whooooooppppppp

Go Fed!

Fantastic tennis!

Fantastic tennis!

I love those slow motion pics, fed looking mean, gladatorial, novak looking moody and dark! Combat at its best!

Yippeeeeeeee!


contador Says:

or fromsport.com usually has livescore only channels as well as streams.


jane Says:

Well, all I can say is that Fed better win the final!!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Fed 7-6 1st set.

Looks like if this goes 5, they will not finish tonight.


Peter D Says:

Unbelievable first set. Go Fed!


dari Says:

Yay, Rog! Long way to go, no gente!
Glad wind let up so that we could see these guys closer to normal play than raf/muzz
Dory, fed gets cheered more at RG than Gael Monfils. That’s just the way it is


pigirl1 Says:

yes !!! fed pls pls don’t drop your level ! maintain it for a bittttt longer pls?


margot Says:

Gr8 set of tennis. Rog looking rather good. Come on Nole!


Eric Says:

YES! First set FEDERER. And he deserved it too — outplayed Nole in the set proper, winning 52% of points. A bit low for a winning set but still. So far he is kicking Nole’s ass about as much as anyone could ever hope to given this Djokovic — which is to say he is barely edging past him. Just two more sets and then onward to the final!! Okay, realistically Djokovic will probably win the next one. But hey. :)


Daniel Says:

YEAHHHHH!!!!! Djoko cought in Fed’s trap, 2 slices and a mistake.


stu Says:

jane, come on it’s not over yet!


pigirl1 Says:

typical fed…nwo down 0-30


madmax Says:

Let’s hope fed does it in three!

Some crazy shots from both players.


Eric Says:

Jane, yeah… we all know Roger can’t play at this level forever. Djoko will surely win this next set (pure determination is a useful motivator…) and then it’s anyone’s guess who will take the 2-1 lead, we’ll just have to wait and see.


Daniel Says:

Still Fed hasn’t lost a set, even saving 2 set points!


Dory Says:

Roger, if you win you have to play this well against Nadal.


margot Says:

Wind has dropped too, hasn’t it?


jane Says:

stu, I just mean IF Fed wins he had better win the final. I should have been clearer. I know it isn’t over and that set was really close (Nole should have converted on his first set point imo, he returned short). I hope, simply, if Fed wins, he carries this same form into the final. Right now, at this point, he looks the stronger player, imo.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I predict Fed will lose the next 3 sets in a row. It has been a pattern with he and Djokovic. Fed starts having brain cramps after he wins the 1st sets and lets up giving joker easy breaks of serve.

I foresee a flood of errors by Fed very shortly


stu Says:

“Right now, at this point, he looks the stronger player”

I agree. Nole is playing well, but missing more than usual and just a step slower for some reason.


stu Says:

Cindy, I want Nole to win by outplaying Federer.

Actually, scratch that. I want Nole to win. Isn’t he due some luck? Will pray that Roger starts shanking soon.


Duro Says:

Damn Fabio Fognini, it’s all his conspiracy…

Kidding, of course. Fed is playing impeccable.


Eric Says:

stu, you think Nole hasn’t had any luck this year or something? LOL!

Anyway, Novak is playing super well. It’s just that Roger is playing better. I’ve been saying that if Roger manages to bring his A+ game he should win this, and it looks like he has. But only time will tell if he can keep it up.


jane Says:

Too many errors from Nole, sheeesh.


jane Says:

And he is acting sluggish…not impressed Nole. Lively up yourself.


dari Says:

Allez Rog, beak!


Humble Rafa Says:

I played so bad today. So bad

In other news, thanks to French Open for screwing up the schedule. Hope these guys play tomorrow. I will too…on the playstation :)


stu Says:

whats up with him? is he sick? tired? injured?


Eric Says:

Damn, two bps gone. :(


jane Says:

Fed’s returns today have beeb fantastic.


Eric Says:

Oh yeah!! Djokovic JUST a bit out with that ball, terrible luck. :( But still Roger deserved that break after getting up 15-40.

Maybe I was wrong about Nole winning this set… :)


jane Says:

Wow, Nole completely off the boil. All of it has come catching up to him maybe. Oh well.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Who would have though. Fed serving 3-1 second set. He is super foccused!


Lulu Iberica Says:

You’re pretty hilarious, Humble Rafa!

Wow! Roger is making me soooooo happy right now! Is Novak just tired, cooling down, or is Roger causing old Nole to return?


Eric Says:

Jane, exactly. I don’t understand why Federer can suddenly return like this when that has ALWAYS been his single biggest weak spot against the top guys, especially Rafa. But he is returning SO well. Do you remember that Berdych match last year? He was just barely getting returns over the net, that’s how Berdy slammed him. But now he’s returning creatively and mixing it up and just amazing man!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Djokovic’s energy levels are not what we’ve seen this year. Many all those match wins are catching up with him or the expectations of the moment are too great for him.

What ever reason. He’s not the same player he has been, YET.

Lots more tennis to go, though – folks.


Sean Randall Says:

Djokovic looks like the Old Djokovic. Amazing.


Eric Says:

Can’t you guys give ANY credit to Roger for coming out and playing freaking amazing tennis? 33 winners to 16 UEs, and apparently it’s all Nole sucking?


jane Says:

Fed just has hawkeyes on Nole’s serve today; he is all over it! I think Nole is spent. After he lost the first set, maybe he just lost the will to fight?


Eric Says:

That said, Nole is definitely looking dispirited in this set. I suspect it’s because Roger is winning 2/3 of the points with amazing play.


stu Says:

thats all it took to break his confidence? come on, nole, you’re better than this!


fed is afraid Says:

what the heck has happened?
i step away thinking nole will run
away with match and this?
fed is incredible


Humble Rafa Says:

It is the best I have seen Federer return, not withstanding the horrible bp conversion. I think against Rafa, even with his current game, it is going to be tough. Tennis is about match up, Roger doesn’t match up well with Rafa.


FedJoko Says:

Joker’s body language tells it all…


marrisv Says:

Come on Rog…This is Fed’s RG is what i feel….


pigirl1 Says:

fed pls pls don’t drop your level ….stay at it for a wee bit more =]


jane Says:

I think it is a bit of both Eric. Fed is playing fantastic, for sure, but WTF with Nole? Maybe that 4 day layoff DID kill his momentum? He is certainly not playing the amazing tennis he played versus Gasquet. He seems mentally out of it to me. The old Nole with the lack of intensity, for sure.


Daniel Says:

Djoko bettwer wake up, cause Federer never lost in a Grand Slam match after being 2 sets up, never.


contador Says:

4 bp’s missed and counting


marrisv Says:

Aggresive Return of serve is Fed’s secret weapon for this RG…. He displayed it in Madrid briefly… If he plays Nadal on Sunday, that is going to be the shot with which he is going to hurt him…


Eric Says:

Jane, at least he is looking lively here – saving lots of bps. Very good play.

But in the bigger picture I think Roger isn’t letting Djokovic get any rhythm. These are mostly short points and Roger isn’t making nearly as many UEs as he often does. I’m surprised it’s not Djokovic keeping Roger from playing his best, but it’s the other way around — I don’t see anything wrong with Nole except maybe he is having a lethargic spot here. But he is really fighting now. Might see a turnaround, at least momentum-wise.


stu Says:

Eric, we have all said wonderful things about Federer. Clearly the difference between the first set and this one is DJOKOVIC.

I never thought I’d see 2009-2010 Djokovic again.


Eric Says:

That was a really important hold for Nole. Expect to see him move lively.

And Roger could, really should, have been serving at 5-1 now, he played amazing in that game. But a 6-1 set would be a totally flabbergasting mystery, much like Nole’s at the US Open last year…


Eric Says:

Just don’t give the break back, Roger…please.


jane Says:

The commentator i am listening to thinks it has something to do with the umpire warning Nole, Nole’s dad getting angry, standing & yelling, and now Nole’s looking up and seeing an empty seat where his parent was. That he has lost his focus. Maybe he does play better when his parents don’t come to matches? I don’t know. It is specualtion on the commentator’s part.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Uh, oh. Danger time for Fed. Making errors, missing first serves! Don’t loose the momentum, Feddy!


Lulu Iberica Says:

^Sorry — lose, not loose! I hate that particular misspelling!


pigirl1 Says:

don’t give the break back! focus!


dari Says:

Djokovic unleashed on the last fh.
It still isn’t over, guys
Allez Rog


Eric Says:

Nole is really getting back into it here, he almost had a 15-40 lead on Roger’s serve but just was out a few inches again.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes! Good hold!


pigirl1 Says:

thanks djokovic for that UE to allow fed level 30-30


stu Says:

missed a golden opportunity there.

ugh, can’t lose like this Nole. you being outplayed would be a lot easier to take.


Eric Says:

What happened between Nole and the umpire? I missed it. Why was he warned? Time violation?


Duro Says:

Backhand dead. AO and rest of the season Nole would take advantage of those two returns and Fed’s weak shots after that and break. Like this, it doesn’t look good at all…


Eric Says:

Roger won 20 of the first 31 points, now Djokovic has won 10 of the last 19. Momentum shift indeed.


jane Says:

Double fault – yep old Nole is back. :(


Duro Says:

Only darkness can save Novak now…


fed is afraid Says:

omg, this is stunning


stu Says:

It’s just the look on his face. Something’s wrong.


stu Says:

3 set points? just like that? Wow.


jane Says:

Nole is just making error after error and Fed winner after winner.

Yes, Nole got warned. Didn’t see one wanring in the Nadal vs. Murray match.


Eric Says:

Roger is going to regret that stupid drop shot attempt if he cant’ win this next point.


Eric Says:

The “old Nole” might be back but he is still saving triple bp after triple bp so let’s not get too caught up in how much he’s sucking…


dari Says:

Break now rog


Humble Rafa Says:

There was no warning in my match because I practice “time between points”. 2 secs to wipe the face, 2 secs to wipe each log, 4 sec to pick butt, etc.

You achieve perfection with practice, just saying. no?


Duro Says:

stu, nothing’s wrong. Fed is playing superbly.


Eric Says:

Roger has only won 3/21 break points… what’s he doing, that’s my kind of tennis stat! ;)


stu Says:

Steve Tignor
Even after he held the game before and saved the break points, Nole looked up to his box without much fire or hope


marrisv Says:

Go Fed…


Daniel Says:

Guys, Fed is just too much, when he plays like this, there is nothing anybody could do. Any other player than Novak, would be losing 6-2, 6-1


Eric Says:

Roger is playing so tight and poorly on his set points. And Djokovic is probably the most clutch player I’ve ever seen. Even though he’s been fairly mediocre overall this set, on these bps he’s just amazing.


Eric Says:

Another huge, ridiculous hold. Is this the third time Roger has lost 4+ bps on a game Nole went on to hold? NO more of this talk about Nole not playing well, PLEASE. Roger just needs to loosen up on the bps…


stu Says:

So much to hold. Now can he break?

Otherwise I fear some baking in the next set…


Cindy_Brady Says:

This whole thing is a two edge sword.

Even if Fed pulls this out – he will have to play Rafa on Sunday. I’m afraid that would be another terrible matchup. 4 times we’ve seen these two play before at the FO and Rafa destroys Fed every time.

Only Djokovic looked to have an excellent chance of beating Rafa in the final and making it a thrilling match.

Good for Fed to make it to the final and stop jokers incredible run, and keep Nadal #1, but bad to watch another lopsided victory for Nadal.

Deep in the hearts of tennis fans, everyone knows Fed can’t beat Rafa in the FO finals.

It’s a fact of nature and so sad for tennis history.


Humble Rafa Says:

If these guys play 5 sets, Roger’s BP conversion may be something like 5/100. It is possible.


WTF Says:

jane Says:

“Fed just has hawkeyes on Nole’s serve today; he is all over it! I think Nole is spent. After he lost the first set, maybe he just lost the will to fight?”

How can he be spent when he just had 5 days off? Plus he had a week’s rest before the French and the only guy who tested him was Del Potro. This guy has played 3 or 4 weeks back to back on clay not long ago and still managed to beat Nadal in the finals of all the MS.

He’s not spent.


Lulu Iberica Says:

C’mon, Roger! Hold!


dari Says:

Be tough Rog


pigirl1 Says:

guys don’t babble on roger’s bp conversion rate…djokovic was clutch on those points so it is more djoker’s merits then federer’s errors


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ugh…Roger! I see how you Fed fans get so frustrated with him! Well, that was nice of Djoko to give Rog the ace.


pigirl1 Says:

fed don’t lose focus again!!!!!!!!!!


WTF Says:

Champions who go 43 matches unbeaten and are hungry to win slams do not “lose the will to fight.”

This opportunity is a gift from god. There’s no way a player as hot as he is will just give up like that. Not against a guy who’s number has been his lately.


stu Says:

Wow how nice is Nole! OMG


stu Says:

Gets nothing for his effort


marrisv Says:

There you go Fed….


jane Says:

Spent as in mentally, WTF. Lots of pressure on him. The streak, number one, etc. I mean, his run is spent, not that he is tired. It is over.

Fed is playing like a world beater right now. I think he can beat Rafa like this, and he should! Why not Cindy? Fed is returning better than I have seen him all year, in ages, maybe.

Nole is playing good tennis, overall, but just way too many errors and over-playing. He seems not mentally zoned like I have seen in other matches.


Humble Rafa Says:

Players sometimes have a tendency to move back to their comfort zone after a long winning streak. A few years ago, when Novak lost to Rafa in a long drawn out thriller, he said it took him a LONG time to recover.

Wonder how long this one takes!


Eric Says:

It would have been a complete travesty if Roger didn’t hold there… after losing like 10 bps/real or virtual set points on Djokovic’s last 2 service games….

Straight sets win for Roger? Or will Djokovic continue fighting back? I suspect this third set is his… Roger’s level has taken a turn for the worse.


pigirl1 Says:

fed pls keep up your level! finish it in straights and save your stamina for nadal


dari Says:

Grrrrr, fed shoulda had the set already!
Novak is slow, and footwork/defense is not where its been all year. Mental fortitude is not high for novak, but let’s face it Roger is playing amazing today. Serving like hell, and, what? Returning well, too.
Keep it up, Rog ALLEZ


Van orten Says:

Fed controlling the match at will..must had finish it less nerve wrecking! Great match so far..latin commentators call it science fiction!


margot Says:

OMG jane r we heading for another Fedal? :(


stu Says:

With this streak, more than anything, I was happy that Novak’s mentality had changed. But I guess it hasn’t really. He was just feeling confident until today.


margot Says:

Feel so sorry for Nole, this is how Fed played against Andy at AO.


Eric Says:

And NBC is playing *(&*^& commercials for the first four points (so far) of set 3…


fed is afraid Says:

this roger can beat today’s rafa.
rafa will have to step it up.


kriket Says:

Jokers only chance is if he wins the 3rd and hope he gets it right tomorrow. Cos he cant win this today, only lose it.


dari Says:

Cheer the heck up, Cindy Brady. Rog is playing great tennis today and is one set from getting himself back to the final! I don’t care if Rafa is on the Rog said he came to Paris to give himself a chance to win another major. And he has another winning set left to go, so. Buckle in


stu Says:

IF (big IF) Nole wins set 3, will they play the rest of the match tomorrow?


jane Says:

margot, yep. Will you watch or garden? ;)


Eric Says:

Guys there is NOTHING wrong with Nole. If it looks like he is playing poorly, it’s because Roger is playing unearthly tennis. And Djokovic is summoning his luminous best to stay alive on bp after bp.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Fed sort of squeaked out of that set. i was afraid of the FED who can’t win a BP returning.


Van orten Says:

Havent seen him play like that since us open 2009 and ao 10


Cindy_Brady Says:

Jane,

LOL, Roger has played like a world beater before reaching the finals of the FO only to be dismantled by Rafa’s relentless intensity.

Tell me this? Just what is Roger going to do differently to make the difference against Rafa on Red clay where Rafa’s exaggerated top spin continually pushes Roger backwards forcing him into uncharacteristic errors point in and point out?

I thought so.


WTF Says:

I can’t believe this.. what a match to pick to lose. If he loses here, he goes one match short of tying McEnroe’s record of 42 matches unbeaten to begin a season, and one match short of securing #1.

You cannot be handed a bigger gift than this. He even had a walkover which gave him 5 days off and had an easy path to the semis. I thought with that luck he’d be fit as a spring chicken, while players like Nadal toil against no namers. The title was his for the taking. Federer hasn’t beaten Djok since late last year, and in a meaningful match you’d have to go back even further.


dari Says:

Did the stream on nbc work, t76?


Eric Says:

Rarely does someone just come out and play poorly. There’s always a synergy between their opponent doing well and their own inability to do everything they want. But Nole played at Roger’s level all through the last 4 games of the second set and he’s playing well in the third.


stu Says:

Eric, you’re the only person saying Djokovic is playing at a high level. I’m reading tennis forums, listening to tennis commentators, tracking tennis twitter….


Eric Says:

Roger by the way has hit 9 UEs for his last 3 winners after having more than 2 winners per error in the first set…


margot Says:

Andy has pulled out of Queens. Only to be expected, except by those who thought he was faking it :(


jane Says:

To me what Fed is doing differently is being aggressive on the return. But I don’t know. Maybe it would be same ole same ole.

Eric, come on. Everyone has said Fed is playing great.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Don’t let him back in, Roger! Save this BP!


WTF Says:

jane Says:

“Spent as in mentally, WTF. Lots of pressure on him. The streak, number one, etc. I mean, his run is spent, not that he is tired. It is over.”

How can you get spent mentally at a time like now? 42 is a long streak and it didn’t happen to him during that run, even in the 4 matches against Rafa. Why now? He should have tanked a few in some lesser tournaments. He’s just reached the business end of the first major he can win outside of Australia and now he capitulates?


Eric Says:

stu, he’s saved about 20 bps, mostly with his own AMAZING play. Even if we agree that he’s playing just “ok” tennis on most points, he is stopping the damage with his “AMAZING” bp saves. If Roger had won that set 6-1 or 6-2 like he was very close to doing, I would agree that there is something wrong with Nole. As it is…no, he’s playing fine. Roger is just playing better. I’m not saying Djokovic is playing ridiculously well, but he’s far from sucking.

And look at that – he’s up a break.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Damn it, Roger! Come back! Novak is going to get re-energized!


dari Says:

Frack! Break back Rog, finish it tonight!


Van orten Says:

Federer wins his breaks …nole receives them from fed


WTF Says:

By the way Sean, “Meanwhile Federer hasn’t won a title since the start of the year and didn’t have a great clay season.”

You’re wrong about that. He won a title just going into the French. Small one I know. Easy to miss.


jane Says:

margot who says Murray was faking! I saw the fall: hardly fake. Anyhow, sad to hear about Queens, but it is probably the right move.


tennisfansince76 Says:

a soft start to the 3rd set for FED


i am it Says:

Simply put, Fed has been outplaying Djoko so far. No excuses.


pigirl1 Says:

dont’ think about saving energy for rafa! win it first!


Eric Says:

WTF… erm, what? Care to enlighten us on this phantom title Fed just won?


Van orten Says:

Nole is so much better bringing his 1st serve when facin bp than fed!!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

I love this forum.

*hugs and kisses to all the great fans here*


Lulu Iberica Says:

Roger needs to finish this tonight. If Novak comes back tomorrow he’ll be raring to go again.


dari Says:

Can’t wait for WTF answer what that title was


margot Says:

Well, well Nole 3-0, not over till the fat lady sings. If it goes overnight Nole certainly has a big chance.
jane, gardening I think :)


stu Says:

I still don’t think he can win against this Fed, even if he plays like has thru the tournament, but I do wish he at least gets a set. What a disgrace, and blow to his ego if he doesn’t.


Eric Says:

This set is more like what I expected for the match. Nole is keeping Fed from doing anything dangerous and is playing hard and consistent. Roger needs to step it back up and find a new source of energy or whatever and close this out, but I don’t think he can. I knew it would be 4 sets…


Van orten Says:

Fed clearly dropping level now but he has to hang in the set


Lulu Iberica Says:

Roger, why did you hit the ball back at Djoko? Why?


dari Says:

Allez Rog, don’t let up.


stu Says:

ooh trickery! nicely done by Roger!


jane Says:

WTF, I am not sure how to respond. But I am not about to crap all over Nole. He didn’t “pick” this match to lose. Fed came out like a blitzreg!! Look at the stats. Fed has hit almost twice as many winners!! It is not like Nole came out thinking “oh today I am going to lose” but maybe, even subconsciously, he felt the pressure. Fed has less to lose or less at stake (in his own words, he said it not me) and he has been swinging freely.

The one issue I agree on is that I wish, in some ways, the streak would’ve ended earlier, and he would’ve peaked for the slam instead. But if yoy’re winning, you’re not going to just “tank” a match.

Like I said before, win or lose today I am incredibly PROUD of Novak and how he has narrowed the gap on the number one and written his name into the record books. There is no shame in his streak ending to one of the greatest pllayers.


kriket Says:

Novak is not playing bad at all it’s like Eric says, that Fed’s been a little bit better thus far. That being said Novak is not down and out yet. I don’t think Fed can keep up at this level much longer. But if Novak wins the 3rd who knows what will happen tomorrow.


dari Says:

Cindy- I really am not trying to embarrass or offend, but I remember your being… less well behaved here before.
Good today :)


WTF Says:

Eric,

Ah my bad. It was Doha from the start of the season. I misread the ATP site. They used to order it from oldest to latest, but now they reversed it. It was down the bottom so I assumed it was the most recent one.

You can have some egg off my face if you want.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I still give a big “thumbs down” to who ever scheduled the time slots for the mens semi-finals.

It’s absolutely ridiculous to have a match of this magnitude be delayed because of darkness. I could understand rain or unusual weather conditions doing it but this is just BS scheduling to the max.

The fans should rise up and revolt, send whose ever responsible to the Guillotine in true French style.

Let heads roll.


Eric Says:

This set looks like it’s going to be all Novak, Fed barely held serve once and hasn’t made any inroads on Nole’s serve yet. Maybe he can get the break back but it’s going to have to be soon. New Nole is back, baby, not that he was ever gone for more than a few games. :)

You guys who are actually listening, have they said the match will be suspended after this set or is that just speculation?


stu Says:

If Nole wins this, I think they will continue to play set 4. In the unlikely event that Nole wins that as well, I’d say the 5th will be played tomorrow.


Humble Rafa Says:

Calm down Cindy. They can play tomorrow, what is the big deal!


Eric Says:

Agreed about the scheduling though… no way you schedule two 5-set matches between the world top 4 in such a way that they have to be finished in less than 7 or 8 hours total or whatever it is.


stu Says:

phew okay. redeeming himself slightly.


Kimberly Says:

just got back from playing tennis myself, duro, daniel, jane, lulu thanks for answering me.


i am it Says:

In the first 2 sets, Fed played really low percentage tennis, with almost no margin, taking a lot of risk and it worked. He is still playing the same way in the third. Djoko has been a bit out of sync most of the time, missing a lot. Also, he seems to be dazzled by Fed’s level of play, how Fed’s shots have been going in consistently.
If Djoko wins the 3rd set, things could quickly change. One can hope.


WTF Says:

Djoker is up a double break now? There’s no need to conserve energy for either player then. Match will probably be postponed due to darkness and resumed tomorrow. If that’s the case, I think the break will give ND an edge. He’ll be able to recover “mentally” if you prefer and confer with his coach on how to turn around the one set deficit against Fed.

Jane, Fed may be playing extremely well but I’d say partially, Nole is letting him. It takes two to tango. He blew Fed off the court in Australia. He didn’t let Fed play his game. He needs to channel some of his stronger performances.

I do agree he’d lost some confidence in the first two sets.


jane Says:

Agree with all on the scheduling. Start it at freaking noon. The frenchies can have their lunch early for once!


tfouto Says:

Humble Rafa,

you want they to play tomorrow and 5 sets right :)…

it fits Nadal…


contador Says:

this is what i expected. if nole didn’t win in 3, or less likely, fed in 3 the match would turn into a 5 set battle. advantage rafa. regardless who wins. still think it will be nole. but roger evidently played some great tennis in the 1st 2 sets minus the lack of bp conversion success.

yes, i am on with the ppl thinking nole pls win. blah, i am anti- fedals! proud feddy got 2 sets.

tomorrow does not favor federer. and sunday won’t favor whoever wins this. imo.


Eric Says:

WTF, Nole is only up one break. Roger is serving at 1-4 (40-0 atm).


Cindy_Brady Says:

Humble Rafa,

LOL, your name says it all.

The big deal is called “rest factor”

Don’t play the dumb card with me. You will lose.

Others have tried, dumb dumb.


jane Says:

WTF, agree. It is a combo, two to tango, synergy, all that. But Fed can come out like that and just blow a player off the court, have seen it a lot of times,


Eric Says:

Fed isn’t returning nearly as well as he did the first 1.5 sets… he’s playing earthly tennis again and Nole is taking full advantage. Hope Roger can come back and level this set and maybe take it, otherwise he could be screwed although I’m not sure Nole will be able to overcome a 1-2 deficit, even with a break.


dari Says:

Echo everybody on the scheduking.
Novak coming back…
Allez Rog, pick it up!
Both will be good meat for Rafa, so Rog, gobble this win today!


Eric Says:

They should make Rafa run 10 miles to compensate these guys for the scheduling BS if it has to get suspended until tomorrow… :P


stu Says:

JMac just confirmed that they will play a 4th set, but a 5th is unlikely.


pigirl1 Says:

roger why not birng this serve at start of this set =[


Eric Says:

stu, cool..thanks for the info.

let’s go Roger, break back here…crunch time… etc… not going to happen though :p


Humble Rafa Says:

I can run 10 miles..it is called pre-warm up.


Eric Says:

Now it’s Roger’s turn to get unlucky with some just-out shot…boo


dari Says:

Holy S.
Novak OS awake!
Set 4-Allez Rog!


stu Says:

encouraging sign in this match – bad body language went away! that would never happen with old Nole


Eric Says:

All right well at least Roger serves first in the fourth. Let’s hope he strikes early. One bad service game cost him that set, now time to inflict the same pain on Djokovic!


fed is afraid Says:

fed better win next set


jane Says:

I am happy Nole’s got a set: good for him!


margot Says:

Game on! Sunday gardening may have to wait ;)


Ike Says:

i bet Rafa is laughing his ass off watching this match :)


i am it Says:

Let’s see how much Djoko can generate energy out of winning the 3rd set and how it will affect Fed’s game. I hope we get to see the 5th set.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Jane you’re just too nice.

Show some rottenness sometimes.


Eric Says:

Well I said last night I thought this would be 4 sets, I just thought Djoko would have the edge.. ho hum. Quick service game from Roger, NBC hasn’t realized the match has started yet…stupid stream rawr.


Peter D Says:

NBC commercials are atrocious!


Eric Says:

Fed’s return is the difference. He’s just swatting it back in now. Where is the power and creativity of set 1?


Ike Says:

@ Peter D
agree with u re. NBC commentators, i wish they had Robbie Konig & Jason Godall


fed is afraid Says:

come on fed, i can’t take another nole rafa match.


jane Says:

Cindy, I have an alterego elsewhere; she is really really bad.


Ike Says:

i still BELIEVE Nole WILL win this match!


Ike Says:

@ jane
“I have an alterego elsewhere; she is really really bad”……where is she :)


Eric Says:

Also, Nole is playing with top consistency now, and his powerful strokes are eliciting Rog’s errors… this is starting to look like set 1 again with both guys giving 200%


Cindy_Brady Says:

Peter D Says:

NBC commercials are atrocious!

So is Mary Carillo’s commentating.

Why do they have a woman commenting on Man’s tennis anyways?

I guess NBC couldn’t find another male player who actually played on the tour with Johnny Mac to do it.

But then again, Mary is a bit Manish.


jane Says:

I am not telling Ike. I need some secrets.


Eric Says:

They just showed the stat, apparently no one at the French Open has ever overcome a 0-2 set deficit? It wasn’t clear if they meant EVER or just in the semifinal stage, though.


dari Says:

Hehe, Jane.
Must. Remain. Zen.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why do they have a woman commenting on Man’s tennis anyways?

The same reason they let women in the men’s locker in room in sports.


i am it Says:

The match is still being played in Fed’s terms. He has forced Djoko to play that way.
That easy wild forehand from Djoko is testimony to that (1st point of the 4th game, 3rd set). Fed has started missing here.


Eric Says:

I don’t want anyone to win this match… this is the real final IMO. Too bad Rafa is going to munch on whoever wins in the official final.


i am it Says:

That was just on Djoko’s serve. Fed regains dictating on his serve, and too many love games allow Fed to conserve energy.


andrea Says:

yeah fed! the ‘old man’ of tennis taking it to the upstart. let’s keep your ridiculous stat of 240-0 (or something like that) when you are up the first 2 sets in grand slam matches intact.


i am it Says:

That Fed’s backhand shows how well he is playing.


jane Says:

Fed has served incredibly well, too, so Nole cannot do much on the return, to start by dominating the rally. But then on top of the great serving, not a lot of errors from Fed, and some fabulous returning.

He has played a superb match. He will need to play like this, at this level, to beat Rafa too. But if he does, I believe he can do it.


i am it Says:

Djoko is done. Looks like the No. 1 has to wait for a little longer. Rafa is definitely enjoying this.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Borg should be allowed to present Rafa the trophy on Sunday. They being the only 6 time winners. It would be epic.

Oh, am I getting ahead of myself.

I don’t think so.

Jane, please tell me who your mean alter-ego is. I’m sure we would be good friends. I promise not to tattle.

*evil grin*


Eric Says:

Jane, exactly, his average serve speed was above Nole’s (at least when they showed it in the second or third set) and at 12 aces to one DF it’s pretty hard to deal with.

Fed needs to win this set… but Nole is putting up a huge fight, not budging at all.


stu Says:

Nole attacking the backhand again.


Eric Says:

Bah. Roger earns 0-30 but huge effort from Nole wins him the next four points…


dari Says:

Oh, close to a chance, for fed, some good serving from novak shit the door.
Intense this is


stu Says:

Fed has the serve first advantage in this set. Not that he needs it, he’s serving great. The guy hasn’t dropped his level all match!


Eric Says:

All right everyone I have to head out. Best of luck to your fav and I hope the tennis continues to be OUT OF THIS WORLD!

But secretly, more good luck to Roger… :)


i am it Says:

If Djoko plays more patiently like he did here when he held at 3-3 and if he continues to play that way, he can still turn this match around.


jane Says:

Jeez Fed, jeez.


Lulu Iberica Says:

That point was insane! Allez, Roger!


i am it Says:

That backhand from Fed was insane.


dari Says:

Look at Roger defend! And the bh on the run!
Hope he can carry some momentum from that good game and break novak


tennis lover Says:

can any body tell me score ?


Dory Says:

I am still believing in Novak to take it to the fifth.


dari Says:

Adios Eric, thanks for great Rog support


jane Says:

I used to watch Fed begrudgingly because he beat up on everyone, but I don’t anymore. He is just fabulous sometimes. What can Nole do there? Nothing. It is just too good from Roger.


fed is afraid Says:

mac was up 2 sets and a break over lendl in french final and managed to lose.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Federer looking to get it done 4 sets.


i am it Says:

Eric says, “I don’t want anyone to win this match… this is the real final IMO. Too bad Rafa is going to munch on whoever wins in the official final.”

I like the sentiment.


tennis lover Says:

score?


fed is afraid Says:

novak would beat rafa in finals.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed is afraid..thanks for keeping up with stats like that. Who else would!

Damn, the whole world is optimistic. You and I will make a great team.


Dory Says:

No way. I think Novak is winning this in the fifth tomorrow.


dari Says:

Fed novak 4-3, novak serving 40-15
Rog up two sets to one


stu Says:

this 4th set is almost as good as the 1st.

Why is Djokovic always involved in these “almost final” matches, grrr.


i am it Says:

Djoko has to slow down like he did on the 3rd point of the 8th game, 3rd set: He has to wait for Fed to make a move and find open court.


Dory Says:

And Djoko must break here.


stu Says:

Tiebreak. Can’t see this set go any other way.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Roger, come on! Get it done here and now!


Lulu Iberica Says:

DO NOT GET BROKEN!


tennis lover Says:

thanks dari for updating me..can i have link for live scores..live score on roland garros website is not working.


stu Says:

OMG please. Gods of fortune, smile on Nole.


Dory Says:

Novak is going to break here.


Dory Says:

Not seen Roger serve this well in a long long time.


i am it Says:

Had Djoko slowed down and not played in Fed’s pace or terms, he would have triple break points here.


stu Says:

Why is Nole sending all his shots to Rog’s forehand?


dari Says:

I don’t have a link per se, but Google live tennis scores, theres usually something there!
Allez Rog


Cindy_Brady Says:

fed is afraid Says:

mac was up 2 sets and a break over lendl in french final and managed to lose.

The dynamics were completely different.

Lendl was a superior clay court player and he was hungrier to finally win a grand slam after his disappointing loses to Borg (french Open 1981) and to Connors (U.S Open 1982-1983).


stuckatwork Says:

tennislover – try flashscore.com – seems to be a gambling site but their scores are pretty up to date


stu Says:

nerves. and boisterous crowd.


fed is afraid Says:

oh noooooooooooooooooooooooo


pigirl1 Says:

stop those drop shots =.=


Lulu Iberica Says:

This game is making me crazy!


i am it Says:

First time Fed has looked nervy. Can Djoko smell the blood and play a bit more patiently? Does not look like it unless Fed hands the set over to him.


stu Says:

Nole’s had many, many good looks here…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Now close it out, Fed!


Dory Says:

I don’t like how the crowd is completely one sided. Hasn’t Novak achieved enough esp this year for the crowd to cheer him as well?


tfouto Says:

Lulu iberica Federer can make fans go crazy… federer pls hold!


stu Says:

im getting dizzy just watching. how do these guys do it?


Dory Says:

I told you Novak was going to break. Now serving for the 4th set.


dari Says:

This is too much guys. I don’t want any loser, and it looks like may go to a 5th tomorrow :/


jane Says:

Dory, indeed. He has done enough.


i am it Says:

First time Djoko plays like the best player of the world on the 2nd BP and breaks to lead 5-4.


Dory Says:

Djokovic is going through to the final. (I hope so.) I would have loved for Roger to win this FO but he just can’t beat Nadal at the clay in RG.


pigirl1 Says:

federer wake up!!


fed is afraid Says:

credit to novak


dari Says:

C’Mon Rog, fight still!


Cindy_Brady Says:

What a horrific shank by Fed at break point. Could the darkness be effecting their shot making?

Again bad scheduling is bad.


stu Says:

He can hold, yes? Is that too big of an ask?

STOP THE COMMERCIALS NBC


Dory Says:

O bloody hell! 0-40!!!


jane Says:

Arrgh break right back. So tennnnse.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Break back, Rog! You can do it!


i am it Says:

After 3 hrs and 14 minutes, Djoko seems to have found his best form, but again he is wrong footed on the backhand side. Amazed how well Fed is playing. Fed has a great chance at 0-40 in the 10th game to break back.


Dory Says:

NO!!! I want to cry.


Dory Says:

This should NOT go to a tiebreak. Djoko should break again.


dari Says:

No f*ING way
C’Mon Rog


i am it Says:

That shot from Fed’s forehand was bullet to break back 5-5. I cannot believe.


stu Says:

What is it that drives Fed to want it so bad, seriously? Probably his ego and hatred for Nole.


Humble Rafa Says:

Holy cow! or holy dog

Roger actually converted a bp. I spilt coffee on my lap.


Van orten Says:

poor fed fans its really a never ending story but fed at closing out matches or games really is tough to watch..nervewise


roger Says:

score….????


Cindy_Brady Says:

LOL,

Paris is called the city of lights but yet their premier national tennis stadium has none.


Van orten Says:

Now hoooooolddddd


stu Says:

At this point, I don’t mind if Djokovic wins. At least it’s clear that he tried his hardest.


Van orten Says:

Fed is toooo passiveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Lulu Iberica Says:

Jeez! This is so tense!!! Do it, Roger!


Dory Says:

Djoko is just refusing to lose. He knows how important this set is.


stu Says:

*I don’t mind if FEDERER wins I meant.

I clearly don’t mind if Nole does :)


Dory Says:

Roger’s excellent serve and Nole being unable to return it is why this match is in Roger’s favor. Kudos to RF.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes! Go, Fed! This is awesome!


stu Says:

Nole needs to learn to serve those clutch aces


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nole’s mother looks a bit witch like.


i am it Says:

Two big forehands from Djoko gives him a BP. 2nd serve, but Fed’s 112 mph body serve deuces it. But Djoko plays really well the next point. 2nd BP for Dj, but Fed’s ace brings it back to deuce. Another down the T serve is unreturned. Fed serves again big time, Djoko the best returner returns long and Fed holds.
Simply crazy.


El Flaco Says:

Amazing how much more energy is in this match.


dari Says:

Rog’s c’Mon is so deep a and guttural, it is a nice contrast to how prettt he is. Fantastic match.
C’Mon Rog, your chance to win tonight.
Pity these guys are playing so late shame on RG schedule


Dory Says:

The crowd support for Rafa should Nole reach the final will be even bigger.


jane Says:

I will be sad stu, but yeah, he has fought well, and Fed has been just a bit better so far today. Maybe, like i am it says, if Nole had played more patiently earlier the match. Hope he can force a fourth set tiebreak anyhow.

Be nice if the crowd could give him a cheer or two more, imo. He is playing with a lot of pressure on him. They are very one-sided,


Dory Says:

What a time to play the drop shot!!! Nole was 2 points away from losing!


tennisfansince76 Says:

thanks Dari. yes NBC is working although it has an annoying tendency to go down to lowest quality during the most important pts. this set is killing my nerves. break, re break almost break. Djoko is really getting into Fed’s BH now.


Dory Says:

There’s a lump in my throat. I want to cry. Nole’s streak…


Dory Says:

Heart attack (tie break) time.


Dory Says:

ike, stu, pray for Novak.


i am it Says:

Two forehands into the net from Djoko and 2nd serve. Danger, but a gutsy drop shot gives him game point for tie breaker chance. Another wild forehand from Djoko and it’s deuce.
Best backhand in the business gives Dj another game point.
Into the 4th tiebreaker at 9:30 PM without lights on the court.


stu Says:

the streak is all fognini’s fault x-(


tfouto Says:

arghh… i am not watching the game… everybody already leave the work… cant go out without this set finish…


stu Says:

Can he, will he play the breaker of his life?


dari Says:

TB in the dark, this is loco.
No matter what its been a hell of a ride.
Thx novak and fans


Humble Rafa Says:

Paris is called the city of lights.

LOL.

It is not called tennis courts of lights. only the city.


jane Says:

Nope stu. Advantage to Fed in the tiebreaks.


Dory Says:

WHAT A RETURN!@@@@@@@@@@@@@


tfouto Says:

Nadal is eating popcorns…


queen Says:

C’mon ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEAT THIS M…R FU..ER!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Scheduling so f***ing dumb, seriously! Nadal and Murray was straight sets for crying out loud. What if it had gone four or even five? Dumb!!!!


Dory Says:

This is it!


i am it Says:

The streak ends, sadly, and the No. 1 is denied. My day is ruined.


stu Says:

Alright. It’s been a great run, Nole. Good luck at Wimby


WTF Says:

Fed has bad eyesight in the dark though. This might be to ND’s favor.


i am it Says:

Congrats to Fed. Hope he wins this Sunday.


marrisv Says:

I pity these two for slugging it out in near darkness.. Seriously… Even the clay masters tournaments had lights…. unbelievable…


Lulu Iberica Says:

C’mon, Rog!


pigirl1 Says:

lucky net cord for nole =[


jane Says:

Sad :’ ( But Wow, Nole, what a fun ride. Love you. Come back on grass with your best.

Congrats Fed. I hope you can play like this in the final.


Van orten Says:

Roooger!!!!!¡


Cindy_Brady Says:

Fed wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WTF Says:

marrisv Says:

“I pity these two for slugging it out in near darkness.. Seriously… Even the clay masters tournaments had lights…. unbelievable…”

I thought Wimbledon didn’t either? Maybe they got it recently with the roof, I dunno. But I remember Fed complaining about it being too dark when he lost to Nadal 9-7 in the 5th.


El Flaco Says:

The tennis gods are smiling on Rafa now.


Dory Says:

Bye. I’m off. Can’t say anything more.


Peter D Says:

What a match!


queen Says:

That was beautiful!!!!!!
IN YOUR FACE DJOKO, IN YOUR FACE!!!!!!!!!!


kriket Says:

Well, he had the break up in the fourth and he lost it. He shouldn’t have let that happen.
Fed on the other hand had his service going for him the whole match all the way to the match point.
Novak is by no means embarassed by this loss, he really put up a fight, and after all Fed is Fed. If it was anyone else, Novak would have won.


Blah Says:

Nadal just let out a hurray. 10th gs coming up.


WTF Says:

It’s all over, but what a run that was from Nole. A streak we may not see again for a very long time.

Congrats Fed for being the man to finally knock him off.

I can’t wait to read the interviews.


stu Says:

Good job, Fed. Now WIN on Sunday so that Nole can still be #1 :)


i am it Says:

Can anyone say now that Fed’s days are over? He still can play the best tennis I have ever seen in my life. He just beat the best player of the year, and I think/ I hope he can beat the KING of CLAY this year.


tennisfansince76 Says:

wow. great win for Fed. now i have to call my cardiolgist. i am afraid though that this great SF win will hand Noodle his 6th FO title. FED’s BH needs to be rock rock solid on Sunday


Gannu Says:

THE GOD WON… ONLY HE COULD HAVE DONE IT…. LOVE YOU TO DEATH FEDDY BEAR


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow, Roger really wanted that! He was so pumped! Roger Federer is my hero today! The Streak is Dead — killed by the GOAT! Awesome story!

I have to eat my words, because a while ago someone said Rog could get back to #1 and I said I didn’t see how, as he would have to beat Djoko and Nadal to do it. Well, he’s beaten Novak now! I hope he doesn’t accomplish the rest of the job though, LOL! Serious congratulations though, Fed fans! Of course I want Rafa to win, but I won’t be too sad if Fed prevails. He did something amazing just to get to the final.

Thanks for awesome tennis today, Top 4!


tfouto Says:

hey guys,

First of all i fell for you all Djokovic fans. Really, he’s playing remarkable. I am sure he will be no.1 in grass. No doubt of that.

I know that Nadal should win the final, but I am So So So happy for Federer… So proud on him. It was the only one who could beat the truly n.1 this year (Novak).

i was on work 1+ hour then expected. I could have leave before, but i take 1 hr to get home, and cant be on the incertainty of the result all this long. Had to wait for this game to finish looking at the scoreboard and your comments… Thanks for this great comments. Love the civilized conversation and respect (well almost everyone) despite being opposite fans…

one final word to Paris RG schedule… its a joke… how can this be?

ps. – queen pls more respect.


Ike Says:

Congrats Fed & his fans
Fed played one of his best matches on clay, served excellent
i hope he can show some of (or more than) this brilliance on Sunday against Rafa and make entertaining final.

Being Nole fan, i m totally disheartened, dejected depressed :(
He will get a rematch with Fed in either Wimby or USO for sure


El Flaco Says:

I’m sure it will be the same at the US Open this year. Fed/Djoko will battle it out in the late semi match while Nadal beats up on a lesser opponent.


Ike Says:

this match felt a lot like the USO final Nole lost to Fed


andrea Says:

yes!!!!! way to go roger. i knew you would do it. what a weekend. Stanley cup saturday and french open finals. woo hoo!


stu Says:

stupid NBC won’t even show the interview


Humble Rafa Says:

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOw!

I hope Nole shows some class by saying he lost to a better player, because he did. Roger played unbelievable tennis.

The server, the return, bp conversion…sorry, scratch the last one.


tfouto Says:

a great commment on eurosport uk tennis:

The man who forgot how to win (grand slams) finally­ beats the man who forgot how to lose.

From Knight Sky, on Fri 3 Jun 8:40PM

i am off…


dari Says:

people said they wanted an upset- got it
people said they wanted a classic- got it
NOVAK DJOKOVIC GAVE US THE TENNIS RIDE OF OUR LIVES and don’t forget it! 41 matches in a row of blistering tennis was amazing!!!!
TODAY- roger was the man, though. So happy for him to be back in a major final like he said he wanted to be! great serving, great movement, great returns.
i will leave it to some of the excellent analyzers here to go through the x’s and o’s, for me that was just pure exciting tennis!
ROGER FEDERER FOREVERER
hey, but still a final to play!


Ike Says:

@ El Flaco
if Murray makes into semi of USO, he will most likely beat Rafa


marrisv Says:

Fed is unbelievable…. WHAT A CHAMP….

Kudos to both guys for another spectacle…

IMO, The current top 4 are probably the best top four ever at the top together for three years…


tfouto Says:

Lulu Iberica will you cheer for Fed now on sunday also? You learned how to cheer for Federer now…

:p just kidding…


Ike Says:

@ stu
feel lucky that NBC didn’t stop the broadcast at 2 pm, NBC/CBS is famous for doing that kind of stupidity when it comes to tennis


dari Says:

queen, that is not necessary for a terrific match by two amazing players. don’t represent tennis fans like that at times like this.


marrisv Says:

If Fed returns as good as he did today… he is going to be tough to beat on Sunday…


Ike Says:

@ tfouto
i hope sunday’s final will go 5 sets and Rafa wins!


fed is afraid Says:

fed did what rafa couldn’t do,
stop the streak.
he is a legend.


Nina Says:

This sucks so much i cannot even begin to describe it. Sorry, i don’t have more words, there’s a lump in my throat. Congrats Roger. :(


Ike Says:

marrisv
i don’t think he will have such a great game returning Rafa’s serve, or serving well, i have feeling it’s going to be same of the old, maybe Fed will win a set at max


Duro Says:

Full credit to the Maestro. Well deserved. He was better and won deservedly. I want to congratulate him and his fans. Well done.

What a tennis era we are enjoying right now…

Maxi, skeez, all other Roger’s fans, bravo!


The fighter Says:

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fed gifts Rafa a birthday present….cheered for him after such a long tym…..the world no 1 stays world no 1


Ike Says:

i was hoping Fed’s BH would break down today but just didn’t happen, probably best of his game from BH side


tennisfansince76 Says:

congrats to Nole. except for the first haalf of the 2nd set he played well. i thought he was the better player for most of sets 3 and 4. roger just served great to stay in it in set 4. Djoker broke to serve for the match then seemed to get just a little bit tight on his service game. and then Fed just played a slightly better breaker. Nole clipped the tape on a couple big FHs. wow the streak is over. it was a hell of a ride. and all i can say is Fed better bring his A game to the final.
i agree w/ everyone about the scheduling at the FO. do they not know that Men’s matches are 3/5 sets? it seems lik ethe last match is always going on so late that if it goes 4 or 5 sets there is no way it can finsish same day. that is unfair to to players in the late match.


Gannu Says:

madmax huh skeez ,kimmi, kimo fe dfans.. perhaps me not coming on this site to blog worked for rog.. i am not gonna do against rafa’s match also.. what noone could do this year the GOD did it… he is truly by far the greatest ever to play this game


Ike Says:

@ Nina
i m so depressed right now, i m drinking Whiskey like Gatorade :(


Van orten Says:

The order has been restored some might say but fed was always there creating , waiting for the moment, but it s not over yet…thay fed we saw today can beat anyone ..djoker played great


Lulu Iberica Says:

tfouto, of course I cannot root for Rafa’s opponent, even if he were Jesus Christ, but I will cheer for Fed against anyone else the rest of the year! Also, if Rafa wins, I think we can call it a Fedal victory, because Fed slayed Rafa’s dragon after all.


marrisv Says:

ike – Maybe not, but i think all the pressure is now even more on Rafa now that he is expected to win.. We will see, it is going to be an interesting sunday and a Fedal slam final since 2009 AO


Gordo Says:

A great match. That’s what tennis is all about.

NOW – TENNIS -X – I HAVE A REQUEST.

Whoever wrote of Federer in the “Who’s in the trunk” section on your main page – “All the “I’m still a factor” talk beginning to sound delusional.” – Will you please admit you are WRONG?

When an athlete refuses to acknowledge in a post game interview that maybe he was beaten soundly and if he claims he still has what it takes to be on top, don’t you think that just maybe it is for his own psyche as much as for anything he wishes to impart to the media/public?

If Fed said “Yeah, I don’t have it anymore and I’m slowing down. I guess I should be thankful if I make it past the semis now,” how many times would he be pulling off what he did today?

Honestly, some of you guys can analyze tennis, but you don’t know shit about heart.


Nina Says:

I know Ike, this is so depressing and really absurd imo. All this amazing streak going on for him just to lose in the French Open semis? That makes no sense at all. This was supposed to be Nole’s moment, but instead we just get another Fedal final. Really depressing.


tennisfansince76 Says:

condolences to all the Nole fans out there. I know that feeling when your guy loses in big 4 or 5 set match ( see USO SF last year. )


jane Says:

Fed played spectacularly today. No shame for Nole. He fought the good fight. And there wasn’t that much between them: two tiebreaks, one break in the other sets. Nole could have won maybe if he had forced a fifth. But it is okay.

Let Fed have at Rafa, hopefully with the same brilliant form we saw today. One thing: he should convert more bps.

Nole can go prep on grass. I hope he bounces back well. He gains points on Rafa anyhow as he went deeper than last year.

Congrats to Fed’s fans too. Hope you enjoy today.


Ike Says:

FYI!
Fed has NEVER won two sets against Rafa in a FO match, (so forget about him winning three on Sunday)


dari Says:

i am just glad to see fed in another slam final. yes, he better bring it on sunday!
i am off to hopefully win a match today, too!
thanks for great comments all day, guys!


El Flaco Says:

4 sets and 2 tiebreakers yet this match was only about 1/2 hour longer.


contador Says:

wow.i was wrong about the outcome of this match. so wrong.

i don’t mind being wrong. but i hope i am more wrong about the final.

rafa in 3 on sunday.

suddenly remember writing a long post about why federer would not win WTF. nah, this is RG. this is a certain win for the king of clay = rafa most certainly. have seen this too many times. blah, fedal, blah…


El Flaco Says:

(cont) than Nadal/Murray


Ike Says:

@ jane
this is the worst day of tennis for me since Nole’s loss to Fed in USO 2007 final
i m totally lost, out of words, totally frustrated, i m angry, sad, i will be rooting hard for Rafa in the finals
go RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i am it Says:

If I were to ask how Djoko lost this match or Fed won it, I’d say Fed set the terms of play and Djoko was fool enough to agree to them. Djoko was lured into it. In other words, Fed Nadaled Djoko: to elaborate, what Nadal does to Fed, Fed did to Djoko today, or Djoko bought into it, into supersonic pace, instead of forcing Fed to play mid-paced, patient, long rallies. From another angle, Fed’s high risk approach happened to work today.


i am it Says:

Correction
were to ask = were asked


marrisv Says:

Ike – I hope you are right, cause i would love rafa to win. But i would never associate “NEVER” with Fed or Rafa when it comes to winning big tennis matches…


Ike Says:

@ marrisv
Rafa WILL win on Sunday!!!!!!!!


El Flaco Says:

I can’t see Fed beating Rafa either Contador. Djoko is a tough match up for Fed, but at least when DJoko hammers those cross court backhands they stay low so when Fed stretches he can slice them back low or try to hit a decent topspin backhand. Against Nadal he will have to stretch on the backhand and reach up to hit it so you can’t use your core at all. It is also very rare that Fed has a big serving day against Nadal. The last 2 times they have played he has barely hit an ace from what I can remember.


oui Says:

Kimberley, Max, Skeezer, Kimmi

Congratulations on your guy Fed. Hope your guy goes on to beat Rafa.


Gannu Says:

I pray to the lord almighty that somehow make federer get this 17th slam by defeating nadal at the french open.. that would just be the ultimate crowning glory… really hope and pray


contador Says:

El Flaco!

you could be losing your #1 spot….lol…

i’m falling out of the top ten!

Kimberly, you got your wish today. ; ) plus maria has sasha. such a great life!

GO Li!


Anon Says:

To Nole’s fans, don’t be disheartened. He had a great season (really, that’s an understatement, isn’t it) and I am sure he will do well in the second half of the year. Your guy is still AMAZING.


tennisfansince76 Says:

all i know is want Fed in Nadal’s half of the draw for W and the USO. that is all i ask for and then let the chips fall where they may.


jane Says:

Ike, Nina, I am very sad too. But it is over, and there is nothing to do but move on. It was close, but not enough, in the end.Nole will have to bounce back and earn number one elsewhere, ideally in Queens.


Ike Says:

Nole

You’re the best
Try to be best
cause your only a man
and a mans gotta learn to take it.
Try to believe though the going get rough
that you gotta hang tough to make it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1kS0A_E2Ag


tennisfansince76 Says:

i love Gannu. invoking a higher power on FED’s behalf for Sunday. i myself am thiinking of making up a Nadal voodoo doll and sticking it full of pins.


stu Says:

Ike:

this is the worst day of tennis for me since Nole’s loss to Fed in USO 2007 final

I agree. And the Olympic semifinal. Altho those were clearly matches Nole should have won, on ability. This one was Federer’s match from the outset, but one that Nole should have won for..how to say…karmic? reasons…


i am it Says:

Ike,
You don’t sound to me like a Djoko fan in your support of Rafa in the final, which means you don’t want to see Djoko to be No. 1.

Van messed up,
Which order has been restored?
Fed won’t regain the No. 2, forget No. 1, even if he wins the title here?


Ike Says:

@ jane
yes, it’s time to move on and beat Fed as many times as possible before he retires, first up Wimby!


Nina Says:

I won’t be rooting for Rafa nor Fed, I sincerely don’t care who wins. Just hope the better player wins and hope they show spectacle and not a lopsided match.
Still I’m so proud of Nole, he will win many more slams, I’m completely sure.

@Ike… the final he lost against Rafa at USO10 hurts more than any other. :(


jane Says:

Tennisfansincs76, amen man. I want Fed on Rafa’s side for once too at a slam!


stu Says:

How bout that RG crowd huh? It was bad enough that they cheered Roger LOUDLY throughout the match, including in between points, especially at match point. But when Nole finally walked off court ending a ridiculous 43-match winning streak, he was completely ignored while they continued cheering for Roger? I think he deserved an ovation, or an acknowledgment at least. These guys call themselves tennis fans, booing Rafa and ignoring Nole. Rude.


Ike Says:

@ i am it
right now i m upset but still i think Rafa beating Fed on Sunday is the best thing that could happen for now. Nole will get the No.1 it’s just matter of time, remember Rafa has to defend 2000 pts. at Wimby, where as Nole has only 600


stu Says:

Tennisfansince76, ditto.

Nina, of course you’re rooting for Fed. That way Nole at least gets #1 for his efforts this year!


Nina Says:

@stu… the french crowd is the rudest of allm they’re a disgrace to the sport. One reason i will never attend RG live.


contador Says:

yeah…see. El Flaco. it’s not all luck with you. you know your tennis. that montanes pick catapulted you to the top but there were reasons not to pick others in that section : )

i’ll have the match to replay when i get home. so true about the backhand. and today must have been a good serving day for fed played and relaxed, going for it paid off, apparently? that’s what it sounds like. djokovic had reasons to tighten up.


Anon Says:

My wishlist for 2011/2012
1. Fed to win another slam or two
2. Nole to reach no. 1
3. Murray to win a slam (for goodness sake, he is so freaking talented)
4. Delpo to make a roaring comeback and break into the Top 3 ranking


Gannu Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:
i love Gannu. invoking a higher power on FED’s behalf for Sunday. i myself am thiinking of making up a Nadal voodoo doll and sticking it full of pins.

That was quite funny Lol ;-) Lets believe in positive energies and not black magic… well on second thoughts anything that can make fed win… loose motion tablets in rafa’s diet or drink? ;-) that wud be better and cleaner


El Flaco Says:

Well Conty according to the projected results link it says I will finish #1 regardless of who wins on Sunday. That’s kind of lame that it has already been decided, but oh well. There just weren’t many people who picked Fed in the final never mind to win it.


Ike Says:

@ Nina
maybe for you, but for me it was Nole’s loss to Fed that hurt the most, as it was against Fed!
Rafa has provided lot of great memories by beating Fed so many times, without Rafa tennis would have been miserable. I will be always grateful to Rafa. I am not too fan of Rafa’s tennis strokes but i admire his fighting spirit!


Ike Says:

i think French Open should be discontinued as a major grandslam, Germans should host this clay court grandslam!
rude, idiot, stupid French!!!


El Flaco Says:

There’s rain in the forecast for Paris on Sunday.


contador Says:

oh whell…

i’ll better go look, El Flaco. i’ve been neglecting my bracket job, lol..designated bracket checker.

maybe i stay in top 10, too? all about the bracket challenge here ; )


Ike Says:

@ Nina
they would have to pay me for going to France!
i hate everything about France, French!!! (except Tsonga), thank god i m not French!


contador Says:

what will the rain mean?

leaden balls? slower clay. uh boy.


Lulu Iberica Says:

As long as Nole rebounds well from this loss, he should get to #1 sometime this year. Rafa just has too much to defend, and Nole has room for improvement over last year on both grass and hardcourt. I just super, super, want Rafa to win the Channel Slam this year, so that he: 1. equals Borg’s 6 RG 2. equals Borg’s 3 Channel Slams 3. equals Borg’s 11 majors. Go, Rafa, Go!


i am it Says:

Ike,
You sound like more an anti-Fed than a Djoko fan.
What are you talking about “matter of time” and your imaginary fight with Fed?
It is not a matter of time. Nobody is going to hand it to you. You gotta earn it. Is Djokovic the best player on grass that the No. 1 will be handed to him at the end of Wimbledon? I don’t see his chances on grass. To be a legitimate, or convincing No. 1, he has to win the Wimby. So far I have not seen the symptoms.


andrea Says:

gordo,

tennis-x has consistently had roger in ‘the trunk’ for almost every week in 2011, despite others deserving the spot more. they love to pour the salt on any tiny wound.

and if roger loses on sunday, rather than congratulate him for his achievements, you know he’s gonna be in the trunk again for losing.

moral of the story: go fed and win the final!


Golf is barely a Sport Says:

Trufan – Sampras did face Krajicek at his peak when we was healthy for about 4 weeks in 1996.


Ike Says:

@ i am it
mark my words, Nole will be No.1 this year!
And yes i m anti-Fed fan, and i m Nole fan too. In July 2007 I had predicted that Nole will be No.1 in 5 years. I didn’t root that hard for anyone since Agassi.


stu Says:

Djokovic is not playing Queens? :O :O

(Someone just tweeted this)


Miki Says:

Congrats to Fed. He earned it. I am a Nole fan, but his game just wasn’t good enough today, it wouldn’t be fair if he won. He had a bad day at the office, he was obviously struggling and Roger was superb, very sharp trough most of the match. One thing that is encouraging for us Nole fans is that even with this kind of play he had his chances and he was very close. I always thought that Federer’s game suits Novak less than Nadal’s game does. Fed managed to set his pace, and was in control of the game. Roger’s serve was firing today, Novak’s wasn’t bad it was no where near Fed’s. Novak didn’t have much room to work on Fed’s serve. Anyway it’s a deserved win for Roger. I think it is appropriate that the man who beat him for the last time, is the one to end The Streak. And it’s one and only RF.

But back to the drawing board, Novak can certainly take the positives, because every match, even a loss is a learning experience. So I say good luck Novak, we are only half way trough the season, you can earn your No.1 very soon. :)


Ike Says:

@ contador
it doesn’t matter what the conditions are on Sunday, Rafa is going to win.
Yes Fed served great, returned great, but Nole wasn’t hitting high topspin balls to Fed’s BH, and as we all know that is Rafa’s specialty, he will “unsettle” Fed in the finals!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, don’t hate on France! RG crowd is rude, but Paris is wonderful! And Normandy… I could retire to Normandy. Beaches, countryside, incredible seafood, dairy, and alcohol made from apples! What more could I want?


Ike Says:

@ stu
i m not surprised that Nole pulled out of Queens, i think that’s a good decision


killerc Says:

FEDERER’S SERVE WAS AWESOME. Nole played a dejected horrible 2nd set (which gave Roger the match I felt). Nole played well overall otherwise, just didn’t pull through at the biggest moments (serving for set 4 – choked) — too many loose strokes. IF Federer can serve like he did today, play with the fire in the belly and hold on his backhand —- HE CAN BEAT NADAL Sunday. All in all awesome semifinals.. I hope NOLE doesn’t feel too dejected and make a run for the rest of the year! I’m picking him to win the USO this yr.


Ike Says:

@ Lulu Iberica
i don’t know why but ever since i was kid, i hated France! i just don’t like anything about France / French! i was ecstatic to watch Italy beat France in 2006 soccer worldcup final!


stu Says:

Ike, some match practice on grass might have been good prior to Wimby. Is he really that tired? The FO was a relatively relaxed tournament for him. Oh well. I guess they know best.


contador Says:

nice birthday present for rafa, feddy. rafa is happy, happy today.

now, his birthday is over and don’t take any breadsticks or bagels for as a thank-you note.

vamos rog vamos. if you win, i will not complain about “fedal” again.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Roger Federer, on making his fifth French Open final. It was one of his best matches ever. Hope he can pull off a miracle and beat the five-time and defending champ on Sunday!

Sorry Novak fans, but your man fought hard and had an amazing streak to start the season. He won a Grand Slam, four Masters titles and seven titles overall so far this year, that’s crazy!

He should definitely be back for the hard-court season (though I think he’ll be doing fine on grass, too).


Humble Rafa Says:

Novak has a mental midget mentality after huge losses. Him pulling out of Queens,…signs of panicking.

We have to wait and see. Roger and Rafa have “heart”. Roger would lose a 6-0 set to Rafa at the French and would still show up on a grass tune up. Novak is too good for that.


Ike Says:

@ killerc
there is no way Fed can beat Rafa in FO final on Sunday, it’s just not going to happen, when he starts listening to the racquet / string / ball music in the ears courtesy of Rafa high / topspin balls on BH side, it will unsettle him!

BTW, yes i still thing USO is either Nole or Murray, maybe JMDP if he is fit & in form by then, I don’t see Rafa or Fed winning USO


Ike Says:

@ stu
i think Nole needs a break before Wimby to regroup/refocus


Humble Rafa Says:

Ike..
Refocus on what?

1 loss and you take a week off to focus.


Ike Says:

@ contador
Rafa will make Fed eat a bagel in the final :)


Kimmi Says:

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! federer did it. still can’t believe it.

seriously, i did not give him a chance. have to see the match.

The old man still got it. djoko is the man of the year. to beat him was not easy.

Congrats federer..love you fed :)


Ike Says:

@ Humble Rafa
refocus to win Wimby!
Nole WANTS Wimby more than FO! He has mentioned about dreaming of winning Wimby.


Cindy_Brady Says:

When Rafa wins Sunday he wins his 10th slam. He will be in double digits. Only a few in the history of the man’s game can say that.

Vamos Rafa Nadal.


Ike Says:

@ Humble Rafa
i don’t think mere mortals like us can fathom the depth of this loss, it’s not “just one loss”!


jane Says:

killerc, agree with a lot you said about the match and how it played out.

stu, I wish we could have a virtual drink somewhere together. Totally agree about the crowd; Nole’s season has been outstanding, you would think a little more cheer was due him. Maybe they are mad about Davis Cup?

WE KNOW that Nole has won another slam, 4 more masters, the DC title with his team, and he has the third longest winning streak in the Open Era behind Villas and Lendl. Standing O from me that is for sure! ;)


Ike Says:

@ Cindy_Brady
i m with u, root for RAFA!!!!!!!!!


Yakov Says:

Bravo to both Roger and Nole for a masterful performance today …. Expecting more of the same in Sunday’s final between Rafa and Roger …


stu Says:

Humble Rafa, it’s not just any loss, it’s a loss in a Slam. I would imagine he has been feeling invincible until now, and all of a sudden maybe those Masters wins don’t mean that much when he loses a big one.


Ike Says:

i m so depressed right now, i need to go on a tennis court and play some tennis, hit it hard, vent the frustration!
see you all on Sunday!
bfn!


sar Says:

Stu, email me at sarshara2 at gmail


stu Says:

jane, that virtual drink sounds really good right now! My only hope that Nole takes this loss in the right spirit (as it seems he has from the bits and pieces that I’ve been reading from his press conference). No channeling Muzz, please.


stu Says:

Nole tweeting already:
DjokerNole Novak Djokovic
It has been incredible match tonight and even better last 5 months for me. Congratulation to Roger for playing well. Now up for some rest


margot Says:

jane, stu nina and all Nole fans, he’s had a tremendous run so congrats for that! I thought in the fourth set his gr8 heart and iron will would pull through for a fifth set but not to be because
Fed was astonishing today and too good for Nole.
Congrats to him and all his fans on tennisx.


Miki Says:

BTW, what was happening with Novak’s movement? He had so many bad shots because his feet were slipping unintentionally. He had difficulties setting well for the shots.


Tennis Fan Says:

Yes … thanks for the straight sets prediction Sean Randall … it was almost a perfect setup for Federers Victory.
Nice to see Fed wipe that cynical smile off of Djok’s face and his chest pounding troupe … Kind of nice Fed dangle the no.1 finger in front of Djokovic at the end to give a little of it back to him in the end.
The old guy (29) hasn’t lost it yet … He’s still the best player that ever lived when he on his game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i am it Says:

“Beating Novak today was maybe a good birthday gift for him [Rafa] because he lost his four previous matches against Novak,” Federer said of Nadal, who turned 25 on Friday.

Truly it was a nice gift for Rafa.


Miki Says:

Tennis Fan, of course he is the best. But why everyone has to bash on Djokovic. Can’t you just, I don’t know, keep it to yourself? I mean, even as a Novak fan, I don’t like everything about him, and Fed and Rafa aren’t perfect as well, and I don’t go around the internet and bash them when they lose.


tennisfansince76 Says:

the only thing for Nole is that Grand Slams mean the most. i am sure he would trade R andome Madrid for Paris. i know i would


dave Says:

The greatest player in history calmly and confidently outplayed the best player of the year who is at his peak and six years younger. Further proof why Federer is the GOAT. Federer is both the last player to beat Djokovic six months ago (when he blitzed a shell-shocked Novak at the World Tour Finals) as well as the player to end Djokovic’s streak. Since last Wimbledon, Federer has a win-loss of 69-11 in ATP tournaments compared to 67-9 for Djokovic and 60-8 for Nadal. Federer has played and won more ATP tournament matches since Wimbledon than either Nadal or Djokovic. Federer is not a player in decline or who is unable to return to number one. If Federer wins the French, Halle and Wimbledon (plus 300 points from Dubai gets added after Wimbledon) and Djokovic loses early at Wimbledon, Federer teginsthe No. 1 ranking. Federer is playing well enough to beat Nadal in these difficult weather conditions.


stu Says:

Nole, eat some pizza today.


dave Says:

Sorry, I meant to write Nadal’s win-loss is 60-11 in ATP tourneys since 2010 Wimbledon (not 60-8).


i am it Says:

Said Federer: “I wasn’t here to spoil the party. I was just trying to put in a good match. It almost feels like I’ve won the tournament. But the silverware is still out there to be won.

“This is, obviously, another big match against Rafa,” Federer said. “It doesn’t feel like a big occasion unless he is in the final. I guess I got the match I was looking for. I’ve got to play some extraordinary, special tennis — I’m aware of that.”

Djokovic, who said he wouldn’t play next week at Queen’s Club, said he didn’t think the four days off hurt him.

“I don’t think I started slowly. I think I had a good first set.”

Was he feeling the pressure of playing for the No. 1 ranking?

“There is always pressure, there is always expectations,” he said. “Playing against Roger in the semifinals of a Grand Slam is always intense. He played really well in the big moments. Feels bad losing.”

And then he laughed.

“It’s the way it is,” he continued. “I was serving for the fourth set and he played a couple of really good points. So he deserved it.”

Was this Federer’s best match of the year?

“Umm,” Federer said, pondering.” Oh, yeah, I would think so. I hope it was. It was played at a very high level for a very long time.”

Perhaps, asked a British journalist, was this the best in men’s tennis since the fabled Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal in 2008?

“Possibly, yeah,” Federer said, not exactly disagreeing. “I haven’t disappeared since. I did some sacrifices. I wasn’t lying on the beach.”

Earlier, Nadal had called the matchup “the best player of the world today against the best player of history.”
Source: ESPN


Nina Says:

@Dave… no need to gloat.


Eric Says:

YES! I KNEW he could do it, sounds like the fourth set got a lot closer in the second half. Federer was completely dominating him in the first half of the fourth set (winning almost 2/3 of the points), but couldn’t quite get those BPs to flow like they were before. SO glad he pulled it out in the end – what a match. And so, so glad it wasn’t suspended until tomorrow. That would have been terrible.


Miki Says:

Dave, you are always ready with all those statistics about how great Fed is, sometimes even in threads that are not about him. Ok this one is, but chill out dude. Do you really think anyone here is trying to dispute Federer’s achievements and his consistency. I know I don’t. His own records speak for him. You don’t need to convince us on a daily basis.


Eric Says:

Guys, if Fed plays like he did in the first 2 sets and the beginning of the fourth, he can give Rafa a fight. 50-50, maybe even 51-49. He just won 3/4 sets against Nole on clay, Rafa won 0/4.

But realistically, he’ll probably just roll over and give Rafa another easy GS title. :(


Eric Says:

Is the RG crowd really that much ruder than AO or USO? Not sure about that… sounds just like they were supporting Roger and you didn’t like it.

BTW, sorry for the sequence of random posts, I am catching up on the convo here…


stu Says:

I’m pretty sure the USO crowd would have acknowledged the streak. In fact, I believe that someone would have made an announcement and played some music and shown him walk out from the court on the big screen. The USO is fun and not stuck up like RG.

Dunno about the AO, I’ve never been there.


Eric Says:

Classy comment from Rafa! That’s why I love him… I love them all, all the top players! (Well, I hate Andy Murray… excellent tennis but he seems like a deeply and profoundly unpleasant person. But that’s neither here nor there…)

Congrats to Djokovic and all of his fans, he played a superb match (well, ok – that second set was just “good” from him compared to the other 3) and it’s on to grass, where surely he will have another crack at a final.

Anyway, on to the finals! Schiavone – Li, Federer – Nadal… fantastic matchups to come.

I really hope Federer can pull it off. Finally winning a RG trophy by beating Rafa would prove to everyone once and for all that he is truly the greatest player of the era. But even if he loses, getting to the final was a truly impressive achievement. He has only dropped one set in the tournament which was to a player on a 43 (?) match winning streak including seven straight wins over Fedal. And the set wasn’t even a total blow-out, just one break of serve.

And honestly…I feel pretty good now, I’ve been saying Fed is playing the best tennis I’ve seen from him since 2007, except maybe the 2008 USO and the end of the season last year. And now I feel vindicated… ;)


i am it Says:

Dave says: “Since last Wimbledon, Federer has a win-loss of 69-11 in ATP tournaments compared to 67-9 for Djokovic and 60-8 for Nadal. Federer has played and won more ATP tournament matches since Wimbledon than either Nadal or Djokovic.”

Not true.
First off, Grand Slams like Davis Cup are not part of ATP. They are ITF events.
If you include both ATP and ITF tournaments, the correct numbers are as follows
Fed is 69-11 and Novak is 72-7 during the span you selectively mention.
Do you need a reminder about the match wins and titles for Fed vs. Djoko this year?


margot Says:

Eric, a very nasty thing to say about Andy. You know him personally do you? You must do to make that kind of comment.
FYI Andy is well liked in the locker room.


Eric Says:

Margot, that’s why I used the verb “seems.” As in, based on the way he acts on the court… he has the worst on-court demeanor and behavior of any player I’ve ever watched. Although to be fair I’m sure everyone is 100x more pleasant off than on the court, so maybe he’s a giant ball of joy. I don’t know. :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Eric, the RG crowd can definitely be rude, for instance booing Maria Sharapova for winning against Caroline Garcia. I was rooting for Fed today, and I heard some hearty cheering when Novak made errors. I understand the crowd being strongly pro-Fed for multiple reasons, but they didn’t show Nole much love at all. I think Fed would be the fan favorite at any of the slams, but it was quite pronounced today. And when I was at RG in 2009, the people around me were polite about the matches in progress (applauding at appropriate times, etc.) but I heard the name “Nadal” spat out with venomous disgust numerous times!


Eric Says:

Lulu, interesting to learn that. I was genuinely asking – I’ve never been to a slam in person, so I have no idea what the crowds are like (I don’t listen to matches, just watch them, so really I wouldn’t know anyway). I always thought the RG crowd was supposed to be nice – but maybe that’s only to Roger… I was thinking of the USO incident between Roddick and Nole, too, but I guess the crowd got biased just because Andy’s American.


stu Says:

Eric, the USO crowd loves Novak almost as much as they love Federer. That Roddick year was an aberration, but Nole won them over again a couple of years later by hitting balls with JMac :)


Eric Says:

stu, haha, gotcha. I’ll never understand how these guys can play tennis with 15,000 cheering and jeering… I get distracted when just one or two people stop to watch me play ;)


tfouto Says:

Dave&Tennis Fan i am a Federer fan, but i dont like to bash on Djokovic or seeing others do it.. Djokovic was very respectfull for Federer, applauding good Federer plays, congratulating Roger win.

Why is Djokovic smile cynic? Should he be sad when he wins?


El Flaco Says:

Well Eric it is hard to transfer how Fed plays against Djokovic to how things will go against Nadal. Take the serve for example. Djokovic stands closer to the service line than Nadal. The benefit of this is when he makes solid contact the ball comes back fast and puts his opponent on the defensive. Fed was hitting his spots really well and Djokovic wasn’t able to react quick enough. Nadal plays very deep which will give him time to get his racket on almost every Fed serve. All Nadal has to do is float them back in the middle of the court. Fed will hit some forehand winners off these, but there will be at least one service game where he misses and Nadal will break. Maybe Djoko should have done the same thing because Fed was so hot on the serve. Did you notice that Fed was hitting a semi-flat serve out wide to Djoko’s forehand? It wasn’t his normal heavy slice serve out wide in the deuce court. Djoko was missing these returns. He should have taken a few steps back to give himself time.


Eric Says:

El Flaco, for sure. We can sit here and discuss little technical things they are doing. But the big picture is that in the first two sets Federer did what he wanted with the ball, dictated play, and kept points short. That will all work against Rafa. When Federer has completely destroyed Rafa in the past (and, yes, that has happened…) it’s because he plays hyper-aggressive tennis.

But even at the World Tour Finals last year when Federer was playing fantastic and aggressive and precise tennis, and he should have swept Rafa easily, Nadal still won a set. So I am not exactly hopeful for Sunday since Rafa has always been more than able to handle Federer’s aggression on clay. Plus Federer never returns the Rafa serve well and I don’t see him magically starting to do that now, even though his returns against Djokovic were SUPER sharp for the first 90 min or so.


killerc Says:

I already mentioned the match.. I’m a fan of good tennis, no matter who is playing but I’ve noticed the French Open crowd is classless. My least favorite of all the slams.. 1st-USO 2nd-WIMBY 3rd-AO and 4th-FO. If Federer serves well like he did today, he has a chance to win Sunday. Otherwise it’s another Nadal’s championship, tying Borg for FO’s and getting into 10+ GS Club.


dave Says:

i am it Says: “Not true. First off, Grand Slams like Davis Cup are not part of ATP. They are ITF events. If you include both ATP and ITF tournaments, the correct numbers are as follows. Fed is 69-11 and Novak is 72-7 during the span you selectively mention. Do you need a reminder about the match wins and titles for Fed vs. Djoko this year? Since you repeated, I must bluntly ask you to stop spreading lies.”

iamit, I must even more bluntly ask you to immediately stop spreading lies.

First, I said ATP tournaments. By ATP tournaments, I meant the ATP World Tour season tournaments which include the Grand Slams, WTF, Masters 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250 and WTC. Davis Cup is not counted because it is NOT part of the ATP World Tour season tournaments. Here, learn this:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tournaments/Tournament-Landing.aspx

Second, Djokovic is NOT 72-7 in ATP World World Tour tournaments. The truth is that Djokovic’s win-loss is 66-9 (walkovers are not counted as wins) since 2010 Wimbledon (I mistakenly stated his wins was 67, but it’s really 66). Here, go count:
- Djokovic is 41-1 in 2011
- Djokovic was 25-8 in 2010 after Wimbledon.

And that’s the truth :)


Nina Says:

@dave… are you trying to say that Federer has looked better than Djokovic this year? Because that’s what you seem to be implying and it couldn’t be further from the truth.


jane Says:

Wow El Flaco, great points about the serving and returning difference on Nadal, Nole and Fed match ups. I had never noticed that about how close Nadal and Nole stand to the line. Also, I notice Fed, like Delpo, used the serve into the body well against Nole in key moments.


dave Says:

Nina, Miki: What I wrote was fact or based on facts, take it or leave it. If you really believe what you said, why have you both not applied the same self-righteous principles to critique this view on the home page: “Roger FEDERER All the “I’m still a factor” talk beginning to sound delusional.”


dave Says:

Nina Says: “are you trying to say that Federer has looked better than Djokovic this year? Because that’s what you seem to be implying and it couldn’t be further from the truth.”

That’s not what I said (you are putting words in my mouth).

Everything I wrote basically revolves two themes:
- Federer even at 29 still proves why he is the greatest player in history
- contrary to the pundits, Federer is not a player in decline or who is unable to return to number one.
- Federer is playing well enough to win the French Open.

Since you brought up Djokovic: What Djokovic did this year is a great streak but it is history. Federer or Nadal winning the French Open (given their previous WTF or US Open respectively, makes the winning champion the most relevant player of the moment.


Eric Says:

Woah dave. I agree with your big point – that Federer is still an awesome player and one to be reckoned with – but the fact is that he’s fallen to no. 3 in the rankings and hasn’t won a slam since January 2010. Even if he changes that on Sunday, he’ll still be no. 3, still thousands of points behind Nole and Rafa, and still not necessarily the most “relevant” player of the moment. After all, Djokovic won the Australian Open. One loss doesn’t mean he will suddenly revert to irrelevancy. But Federer has certainly given a giant kick in the nuts to all the tennis commentators who have been acting like he is done.


Miki Says:

Dave, I’m not sure I know what your post before the last one is supposed to be about. Because I didn’t say that your stats and facts aren’t true. I just said that it’s unnecessary to write them in every thread. And to be honest, I don’t think at all that Fed isn’t a factor now, and as soon as I saw the draw, I knew that Fed could be danger.


sar Says:

Congrats to all Federer fans. It was payback after USO and AO. If Fed wins, Nole gets number one.

Nole Nole,
Over 40 matches through the grueling clay season is really incredible. It had to end sometime. You deserve a week off.

Like Stevo said, the stats are great and Jane, number three after Villas and Lendl is one for the history books.


Dory Says:

Guys one of the reasons I like this site is fans are generally respectful of fans of other players. Don’t bash or gloat please. Federer IS the GOAT. He will ALWAYS have a chance at winning Slams. But depending on how well you play the whole season, Djoko deserves the No.1 ranking. He WILL bounce back. It’s forever the big 3 now. Djoker’s never gonna go back to Old Nole. What exciting tennis times we are lucky to be witnessing! Nole has made the Fedal era far more exciting.

GO Fed. Defeating Nadal in the FO will be your ultimate test on clay.

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