Razzano Rises Up To Slam Serena At French Open; Venus, Baker, Federer Open Second Round Play Wednesday
by Sean Randall | May 29th, 2012, 9:34 pm
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Virginie Razzano pulled a shocker for the ages Tuesday at the French Open. The 29-year-old scored the biggest win of her career upsetting consensus tournament pick Serena Williams 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

The loss marked Serena’s earliest exit ever at a Grand Slam tournament – she had never, ever lost in 46 previous Slam first round matches. And it was even more head-scratching when you consider the roll Serena entered with 17 straight wins on the clay.

But you have to feel good for Razzano who could have folded multiple times and endured some questionable hindrance calls, especially one in the epic 20+ minute last game during which she was cramping. A year ago she went through the pain of losing her fiancee and coach, Stephane, to a brain tumor. In his honor she played and lost an emotional first round match in Paris. Now, the former Top 20 Frenchwoman, rose up in her return to slay the hottest player in women’s tennis. What an incredible win!

“It was happiness, pure happiness,” an elated Razzano said. “It’s the most beautiful victory of my whole career, especially on Court Philippe Chatrier in front of the whole crowd.”

Razzano credited hours of watching film on Serena giving her the tools and path to victory.

“I believe I prepared myself well,” she said. “I’ve only played a few matches lately, but I practiced a lot, spent a lot of time on court, and prepared physically also. I watched videos on Google and YouTube two days ago – I watched her matches in Rome. You need all this preparation.

“When you play a player like her, you can’t play without preparing yourself.”

However it looked bleak late in the second set. With a set in the bag Williams appeared to have an insurmountably 5-1 lead in the second set breaker. And that’s when things completely went off the rails as Razzano ran off six straight points to steal the breaker, then won the first five games of the third set to hang on 6-3.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s life,” Serena said. “Things could be a lot worse. I haven’t had the easiest past six months. It’s nothing I can’t deal with. My Roland Garros happens to be over, but I’m in mixed doubles, so hopefully I can do better and win a match in that event.

“I’m not happy, by any means. But I just always think things could be worse.”

For Serena, she is 30 and I’ve said this before, we just cannot expect her to show up and win like she use to. And I know many think she’s fit, but is she really? I still have my doubts. And she can’t let chair umpires and line calls rattle her like that. I know there were more than a few odd calls, but Serena has to get past that.

Tomorrow, in the match of the day for the women, Serena’s sister, Venus, meets the steady Agnieszka Radwanska.

Also on Wednesday in second round play, Roger Federer returns after a so-so opening round win to face David Nalbandian’s conqueror Adrian Unger – so much for Federer’s tough draw. A win makes Federer the Open Era leader in Slam victories at 234 passing Jimmy Connors.

Frenchman Gilles Simon is back on Chatrier to face his second straight American foe. After outlasting Ryan Harrison yesterday, Simon now get the sizzling Brian Baker. The 27-year-old Baker has been the American story this spring, overcoming five surgeries and six years away from the game. Back in 2003 Baker reached the junior finals at the French losing to Stan Wawrinka.

Simon’s countrymen JW Tsonga, Michael Llodra, Arnaud Clement and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are also scheduled. Roger-Vasselin will face Juan Martin Del Potro who’ll test that bad left knee of his.

World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka start the program on the two show courts. Novak resumes his quest for the “Djoker Slam” against another 25-year-old, the 99th-ranked Blaz Kavcic.

Among the other notable results today Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Ferrer all looked good in straight set wins. In a much, much easier affair then his first round nailbiter a year ago over John Isner, Nadal pounded Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 for his 46th win in 47 matches at Roland Garros.

“I’m happy,” said Nadal. “I played, probably, with less stress or nerves than in other first rounds in the past. I relaxed a little bit at 6-2, 4-0, [in] my opinion. I was playing very well at beginning of the match. After I had the break [at 2-2], that period of of eight, nine games, until 4-0, I was playing well.”

American Donald Young his downward spiral; the 22-year-old was blown out by Grigor Dimitrov today. After a promising 2011 season, this year Young has managed just two match wins.

And Serena’s loss really opens the door for Maria Sharapova. The two were seeded to meet in the quarterfinal, but now the Russian has to be considered the favorite to win. At least she is for me.

ESPN2 and Tennis Channel have complete coverage tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] v. Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER)
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Adrian Ungur (ROU)
Gilles Simon (FRA)[11] v. Brian Baker (USA)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[3] v. Venus Williams (USA)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)[24]
Petra Martic (CRO) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[8]
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[5]


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203 Comments for Razzano Rises Up To Slam Serena At French Open; Venus, Baker, Federer Open Second Round Play Wednesday

Kimmi Says:

hope azarenka can finish early so that I can watch fed before going to work.


madmax Says:

“Jimmy Connors was a huge champion. Still is,” Federer said.

He improved to 50-12 at Roland Garros, where his 2009 championship completed a career Grand Slam. Now Federer is the only man with at least 50 Open era match wins each at all four.

And here’s one more stat: Federer is playing in his 50th consecutive major tournament, the longest active streak and third-longest in the Open era, which began in 1968, when professionals were allowed into the Grand Slam events.

“Look, I obviously love the big tournaments,” he said. “I have been so successful for such a long time, and to already tie that record (at) 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy.”

His 30th birthday was Aug. 8, and Federer is trying to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Andre Agassi was 32 at the 2003 Australian Open. Federer has gone more than two years without a major title — his longest drought since winning his first at Wimbledon in 2003.

Come on Federer, go break some more records!


Gordo Says:

Hey Madmax – do we know who are ahead of Fed in the open era? and how long their streaks were?


King Federer Says:

if my numbers are right, wayne ferreir with 56 and edberg with 54 are ahead of roger!


jenny cramer Says:

Rog – has the most elegant game ever some of his shots are mind blowing however the problem is his concentration. He can win another slam go Roger go


WTF Says:

Blue Clay
“We remember it fondly, since watching Rome on TV we couldn’t see the ball.”

This is not a comment on the article but a response to the Trunk/Funk selection. So you say the blue clay is missed because you couldn’t see the ball in Rome. Instead of changing the color (and characteristics) of the clay, would it be feasible to change the color of the ball? Players will still need to adjust to the ball, but as long as it’s not hard for them to see, it’s better than creating this slippery clay that you won’t find in any other tournament, causing them to slip a lot more than normal and risk injury.


Kimmi Says:

nole starts with 6-0, the gets broken right at the start of 2nd set. i never like 6-0 sets..

he needs to regroup here


Kimmi Says:

djokovic over hitting, kavcic with another break bp to go up second break


Kimmi Says:

he was able to fight it off. good! now needs to break back


Kimmi Says:

delpo in danger to lose the set..set point roger-vasselin


Kimmi Says:

nole breaks back


skeezer Says:

WTF,

Blue balls? Hehe…..


Kimmi Says:

4 games in a roll for nole, takes the second set.

roger on court.


Kimmi Says:

delpo going for another tie breaker..c’mon delpo. no more tie break. needs to break here.

I wonder if it is the knee injury. He got the trainer again at the end of first set


Aravind Says:

Delpo looking very average.. What a disappointment for his fans. He has regressed in all areas of his game, serve, return, movement… When he can’t dictate with power, he spends too much time defending or playing neutral rallies.. Roger’s draw looking very cushy till QF.. All seeds knocked out.. If Delpo goes out early as it looks, Roger will meet no seeds prior to Berdych..


Kimmi Says:

good set for fed. ungur is giving a good fight. much steadier than his first round so far.


Kimmi Says:

aravind – delpo is in berdych side not rogers.


Polo Says:

Will del Potro regain all the momentum and promise of greatness he had prior to his surgery? Weren’t there reports that he was having psychological problems after surgery? It has been a while since his return and he still seems very distant from the pre-surgery del Potro.

My opinion is he now belongs and will stay with the rest of the players who can only look but not touch the top three.


jane Says:

Last summer it looked like Delpo was coming around; he played good matches, tight matches, versus Nole at Roland Garros and Rafa at Wimbledon. But he doesn’t seem to be back to his 2009 form, and there hasn’t been noticeable progress this year since last summer.

Aravind, Fed’s draw has opened up for sure, with Roddick, F-Lo and Nalbandian all getting knocked out. Although I am not sure any of them could have troubled Roger anyhow. Roddick, definitely not on clay; F-Lo at most maybe could have gotten a set; Nalby, well you never know – he’s sometimes great and sometimes really bad. But Fed won’t face anyone of note until the QFs.

Nole’s draw too opened up a little with Hewitt and Melzer going out. He still faces a potentially tough R16, though, against Verdasco, who beat Rafa in Madrid and has a good record versus Nole; then he possibly has Tsonga in the QFs. Kavcic has kept it close since the first set today. Sometimes these lower ranked guys play above their ranking, have nothing to lose, etc.


Aravind Says:

Polo, It is not that he is playing that badly..But nearly 1 year out of tour is probably too much time lost and the game constantly improves. Plus I think that Delpo needs a lot of matches and wins to feel confident(in a way similar to Nadal). He has been slightly unlucky this year running into Roger 4 times so early in the year, so he has not been allowed to feel confident. When he regains that confidence, the wins against the top players will follow.. Anyway, he has steadied the ship for the moment by winning the second set. But long matches so early in the tournament does not bode well for him.. Delpo in full flight is one of tennis’ most awesome sights..


Aravind Says:

Jane, I have followed nearly all of Delpo’s matches since his return(one of my favorite players) and he has lost some ugly matches over the last year. YOu mention the matches in FO and Wimby. The better player won on both days. Some really puzzling losses for me over the last year for Delpo have been against Cilic, Simon in US open, losses to Ferrer multiple times. In all these matches, I sometimes got the impression that Delpo never played above second gear. Instead of using his leverage and strength, he was playing like someone like Ferrer.. Like this match again.. returning serve from nearly twenty feet back? He does not play aggressively enough in some matches and even when he tries, he always misses! Make for some ugly viewing.. I can’t think of any logic to explain this pattern, just hope that Delpo finds a way to play top tennis again..


Polo Says:

@Aravind: “…Delpo in full flight is one of tennis’ most awesome sights.”

I agree. But for the most beautiful sights, Federer (very often) and Gasquet (occasional).


Kimmi Says:

kavcic still fighting. saved 3 match points..

4th one coming up..


Kimmi Says:

there! djokovic thru to third round.


Polo Says:

Good job by Djokovic. Uniqlo should give the rest of his team Uniqlo caps. They are still using Tacchini caps and they seem to be wearing them proudly. I don’t even remember Vajda wearing using a cap before.


jane Says:

Maybe it is confidence Aravind? He needs more confidence and the aggression may follow? He rolled through the competition at Estoril. One thing I’ve noticed about him though is that he seems to be a slow starter sometimes; he digs himself a hole.

———————–

Nole’s break point conversion was not great again in this match but otherwise he looked solid in all departments. His serve and returns were both excellent. More than 40 winners but a few too many errors.


jane Says:

Polo Vajda almost always wears a cap during matches. But I didn’t notice the team was still wearing ST caps; I suppose Uniqlo should get on that!


Polo Says:

Prior to surgery, del Potro played with full confidence. Since his surgery, doubt has crept into his game which prevents him from going into a full flight. And once yips enter an athlete’s head, it is often very difficult to shake off. That is probably why in general, athletes who go on top then fall off, hardly ever regain their previous status. Notice how former number ones, when they drop, hardly ever become number one again.


Brando Says:

Nole is still so and so- serve looks good, excellent winners BUT 34 UE against the world no.99?


Polo Says:

Jane, I was trying to remember Vajda and his cap. I seem to picture only his balding, round head. But I think you are right. I just noticed this cap discrepancy because of my awareness that Djokovic switched clothing lines. Vajda and the guy next to him were both wearing Tacchini caps.


jane Says:

Ungur was forcing a little bit in this game. He has a nice backhand.

Polo, Vajda is usually withou his cap in practices so maybe that’s what you’re picturing.

Brando, the errors don’t bother me too much, though there were a few too many today; however, Nole was going for it, and his differential is still positive (more winners than errors). Plus I thought Kavcic played well and some of the errors could be considered forced. It’s the bp conversion that bugs me. I’d like to see that a bit higher.

Azarenka has some long ponytails; I didn’t realize quite how long her hair is.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

I don’t think the BP conversion is anything worrisome at all really- he created the chances to break, and took them when it mattered the most.

BUT 34 UE to 41 W, to me, is a bit too much. He has been hitting ALOT of UE post rome SF.

I cannot remember how many against rafa, but i know that it was a high no.

He hit 19 against storace- not bad really. BUT 34 was TOO HIGH today.

a guy like novak needs to 15 UE or less per match, since he is a strong defense player.


jane Says:

Brando, I would like to see less UEs for sure, but still not too worried. I am happy when he has a positive differential. Winners/Errors big four, first round matches:

Nole: 39-19 = +20
Rafa: 20-18 = +2
Fed: 38-47 = -9
Muzz: 20-22 = -2

Today

Nole: 41-34 = +7
Fed (so far): 54-31 = +23

You make me feel better about bp conversion.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! very tentative on the match point no.1 federer! it cost him. Hope he wins quickly next set.


Brando Says:

WOW, what’s going on with fed…. Poor BH in the TB


jane Says:

Surprised Ungur eeked out that set. He was targeting Fed’s backhand I noticed. Fed isn’t playing badly either. Ungur has a very flat serve and a lovely one-handed backhand. Fed should right the ship next set.


Brando Says:

Fed SHOULD Stepup here now


trig Says:

I was so happy after the first set, but then… You could feel some febrility in that second set. Nole stopped mixing the serve, stopped playing drop shots, started shanking the returns… Kavcic played well, but we could see to faces of Djokovic and notice how much pressure he really feels. He was kind of impatient.

I think that most of the so called “experts” are blinded by bare numbers, and after watching carefully the Rome final I am certain that if Nole makes the final in Paris, Rafa will have some really hard time. But, will Nole make the final? That is the question now.


jane Says:

trig, I love your vocab: yesterday “belaud” and today “febrility”. I notice Nole is playing less drop shots this year. Wonder why.


Polo Says:

I like seeing Federer get into tough matches early on. I think it will help him when he faces somebody named Nadal. Lately, I have seen him win matches easily then unexplainably lose to someone who although good is not quite at par to the usual Federer, e.g., Berdych, Tsonga.


Polo Says:

trig is probably not an American. Only people who use English as a second language use such colorfully precise vocabulary.


Brando Says:

”but we could see to faces of Djokovic and notice how much pressure he really feels. He was kind of impatient.”

that’s EXACTLY the same thing i have noticed in novak’s last 3 matches.

He’ll get to SF EASILY, BUT week 2 onwards he’s definately going to feel the pressure.


Brando Says:

@Polo:

WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE. Fed NEEDS to be BATTLEHARDENED for later matches, so him getting court time and long matches is a good thing IMO.


trig Says:

jane,

it is always the same problem when you write in a foreign language: although you know the meaning of a word, you don’t know if it is used often or not. “Febrility” is probably a false friend from French; I found “belaud” in the dictionary.


jane Says:

Well, you do very well with words trig.

Cilic beat JCF in straights. Delpo up a break in the 4th. Berdych up a break. Fed back on track. I think I am going back to sleep. Being up at 3:00 am isn’t a good thing. zzzzzz….


jane Says:

Brando “He’ll get to SF EASILY” – not sure about this. Maybe Verdasco and then maybe Tsonga: these are not easy matches. But hoping for the best.


mat4 Says:

I think I’d rather revert to my old alias. I feel too strange as “trig”.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

REALLY? verdasco? tsonga? they have NO CHANCE against novak.

tsonga is the WEAKEST top 8 player on clay, he lost a set in his opener- EASILY the opponent ANY of the top 4 would want as a seed in the QTRS. DREAM DRAW.

Verdasco? NO WAY will he beat novak. GUARANTEED ALMOST- he MAY give novak a good match, BUT will not beat him.

Novaks draw is now EXCELLENT upto SF. the most cushiest after rafa’s IMHO- either way, he’ll make SF EASILY for me.

His main concern, IMHO, is that he needs to IMPROVE his tennis- he’s still not firing yet.

BUT perspective is everything, round 2 has not even finished yet- so there’s time…


mat4 Says:

Brando,

I think he will probably have Simon in the quarter. And that won’t be a piece of cake if he doesn’t stay focused for the whole match. I am not even sure that Jo win beat Troïtzky.


mat4 Says:

Then, it’s sport, it’s tennis. You never know. Who would have thought Razzano can beat Serena? Not me, I admit. Verdasco certainly has the game to beat almost anybody on clay, but usually he lacks the self-belief. But he recently won against Rafa.

In an interview Santoro said that the top players feel pressure in the first rounds, but in their encounters they swing much more freely. I tend to agree.


mat4 Says:

… I am not even sure that Jo WILL beat Troïtzky…


van orten Says:

ok,,fed is through but he should have won in three…


Brando Says:

@mat4:

I AGREE- he most likely will have simon. BUT IF he has tsonga- it’s an easy win.

IMHO, as a non-novak fan, the biggest things he needs to improve are the following:

1- His COMPOSURE. He seems easily agitated to me recently (gives the ‘world is against look’ far too often). He needs to stay CALM and RELAXED on couyrt REGARDLESS of the situation.

2- His TACTICS. He is going for TOO MUCH and TOO EARRLY, IMO. He needs to go back to his clay form in 2011, were he would look to OUTLAST the opponent in the rally AND THEN go for the winner. Right now, he seems to rush his shots at time (hence UEs).

3- not go for the LINES too much. IMO he seems to want to hit the lines, when he DOESN’T NEED to. He doesn’t the perfect shot- last year it was ALL about the CONSISTENCY of his shots. IMO.

BUT the main thing is point 1 for me.


mat4 Says:

Of course, Brando. But it is all connected. When he is focused, he thinks about his game, he serves better, he is patient and he usually hits the lines. The first set was a perfect example of this.


mat4 Says:

He probably feels like Sisyphus: he is five steps from the absolute top, but if he fails, he will fall at the feet of the mountain and have to climb the heights all over again.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

TRUE.


Wog boy Says:

Only me and my thoughts:

-Novak does look tense,
- maybe it is going to be the other way around, meaning he is going to be more relaxed in the second week, methinks,
-Slovenian dude was playing realy good, all the lineas were his friends,
-Novak was going sometimes for too much, one match point, patience…..patience….
-Rafa looks sharpest out of three so far, but than again he didn’t look sharp last year and yet he won,
-Andy looked good too,

P.S. mat4,
It is Troicki, Viktor Troicki. His father is Russian so don’t spell his surname Polish way:)


madmax Says:

Result: Roger Federer makes Grand Slam history

By Liam Apicella, Staff Reporter
Filed: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 13:57 UK

Roger Federer beat the record of wins in Grand Slam tournaments set by Jimmy Connors this afternoon by defeating Adrian Ungur 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-3 at the French Open.

Today’s victory has taken former world number Federer to 234 victories in tennis’s biggest tournaments.

The Swiss player started positively against Ungur, who has recently broken into the top 100 for the first time in his career.

The Romanian was unable to prevent Federer from dominating, surrendering his serve on one occasion to hand world number three Federer a 6-3 success in the opening set.

Federer went on to dominate the second set by an even greater margin, eventually running out a 6-2 victor.

However, Ungur responded positively in the next set and even had two set points when leading 5-4. The world number 92 was unable to press home that advantage though as Federer managed to force a breaker.

Both players traded serves early in the tie-breaker, until Federer claimed a mini break to take a 5-4 lead, before winning the next point on his serve to hand himself two match points.

Once again Ungur showed his mettle, surviving both match points before serving out 8-6 to claim the third set against the odds.

He was unable to build upon that momentum at the start of the fourth set, losing his serve to Federer at the first time of asking.

Federer made the most of that slender advantage, taking control of the set to seal his passage into round three by six games to three.

I thought Federer had got over these mental walkabouts. Whilst I can agree that it is good for the practice (he was in fact only on court for 27 minutes more than a practice session booked), he could have wrapped it up in three! 2 match points? Come on!

Right “eventual” result. And Ungar is seeded 92, so just heading in the right direction. He will now live on in the memory that he took a set from TMF!


Brando Says:

@mat4:

GOOD POINTS you make. Rafa had the EASIEST opponent so far though- so i wouldn’t read too much into it.


Polo Says:

@Brando: The three things that you enumerated for Djokovic to improve on are exactly the three things that describe the pre-2011 Djokovic. The Sisyphus analogy by Mat4 is perfect.


Brando Says:

^meant for WOG BOY- sorry:-)


mat4 Says:

WB:

It is just to be sure of the pronunciation.


Brando Says:

@Polo:

interesting.we need to REMEMBER that as good as novak was last year, upto the end of USO 2011 his performance was THE BEST- BAR NONE- IN MEN’S TENNIS FOR OVER 25 YEARS!

He ONLY lost TWICE- and one was a retirement. last year COULD very much be a ONE OFF. he’s stiil the best (no question about that) BUT maybe he created a monster and he is trying to repeat something which will be too tough to do?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Just joking and, I guees, you know why and you being familiar with Eastern Europe as you are :)


skeezer Says:

Well just finished waching the Serena match. Alot of drama, and perhaps one of the greatest last games in womens tennis. I don’t understand at times the hate for Serena(seems it comes from mostly Rafa fanatics). She has had her bad moments, but her abilities on the court are indeniable. She didn’t whine and give up the match, and then threaten not play again. She played like the Champion she is till the very last point. She will be missed, and already feel like alot of the excitement is gone on the womens side at FO.


mat4 Says:

@Polo:

In fact, you could be perhaps wrong. Novak improved his forehand, his serve, his stamina. This is certainly not the Novak after the racquet change or the serve experiment, the player from 2009 or 2010.

Then, Roger lost a set today, Serena lost yesterday, Azarenka almost lost too. So, Djokovic is not the only one who feels pressure. The fight for the number 1 spot is very tense, and all the three top players have very much at stake. We also should not forget that their opponents swing more freely because they have nothing to lose.

My take is that IF Nole makes the semi, he will have a very difficult match against most probably Federer, and IF he wins, he will play his best in the final.


Polo Says:

@mat4:

Djokovic does not look to me like he has the same steely determination that he had last year. He did not seem to get disturbed by anything then; no sense of frustration even after he made an error or a winning shot by his opponent, no reaction when the crowd applauds his opponent. It was as if he believed that he could will himself to win.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Skeezer,

Why do you think Rafa fans particularly don’t like Serena? Just because of HR? I am a Rafa fanatic and Serena is my fave female player! Also, Serena likes Rafa. She once said something about them having big-booty solidarity — LOL! Anyway, I’m really sorry she’s out, but it’s a nice story for Razzano. I hear that Razzano is exhausted, though, so she’s likely to lose in the next round.


courbon Says:

at BRANDO;
You are absolutely right about Novak-his looks nervous.If he can sort that-he will win…


jane Says:

Fed finished with 50 winners and 40 unforced errors for a +10, not that far off from Nole’s +7. Both are hitting a lot of winners here at RG.

mat4, true about Simon. He is a toughie. I also agree with you that we shouldn’t make assumptions. You never know in sports.


Polo Says:

I don’t know if Nadal fans, in general, hate Serena. Maybe some but those who do should remember (or should know if they are not aware of it) that Serena paid a tribute to Nadal in the 2009 Time magazine issue of the 100 most influential people of the year. It was Serena who penned the tribute which sang nothing but good praises to Nadal. Maybe they should reconsider.


Brando Says:

@polo:

nadal fan’s, in general, DON’T HATE serena. why would they like or hate serena more than any other sets of fans?

I think skeez made a GENERALISATION based on one or two rafa fans who commented on serena’s loss. one or two DO NOT speake for the majority.

Like you mentioned, SERENA IS A FAN OF RAFA’s- so there isn’t any need to hate on her really.


jane Says:

The Fabulous Baker Boy won a set!


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL, i love that movie :-)


jane Says:

Fed and Nole stats from first two rounds:

winners/errors
Fed: 80-53 = +27
Nole: 88-87 = +1

aces
22-11

first serve %
Fed 59% (winning 67%) + 64% (winning 78%)
Nole 77% (winning 82%) + 67% (winning 73%)

second serve
Fed winning 51% and 66%
Nole winning 67% and 71%

receiving points won
Fed 53% and 35%
Nole 43% and 46%

bp conversion
Fed: 50% + 33%
Nole: 27% + 40%

net points won:
Fed: 69% + 62%
Nole: 64% + 57%


jane Says:

Brando, glad someone got the reference. ;) I like Jeff Bridges; just watched the “True Grit” remake the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sad horse scene though. :(

And he’s winning the second set too!


jane Says:

I mixed up Fed and Nole’s winner and errors:

Nole is 80-53 for +27
Fed is 88 -87 for +1


Polo Says:

The cake that the Baker is baking is starting to rise. Hope he gets to eat it, too!


Polo Says:

I wish I could take back what I just said. It is so lame!


jane Says:

Lol, Polo.

Looks like Baroli may be out this round unless she stages a come back right now.

Verdasco is cruising now after losing the first set to big serving Muller.


mat4 Says:

Baker continues to surprise us.


jane Says:

mat4, Nole plays the Devil next round – Devilder. He’s a lefty and from France. That’s all I know; did you see any of his matches. He beat Krajinovic and Berrer both in straight sets.

Polo, looks like Simon is eating the cake that Baker baked. He might have a bagel or a breadstick first though, hee hee.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

i like jeff bridges too. underrated actor from the 70s generation- although he’s getting more appreciation now than before.

re fed/ nole: very interesting stats.

nole’s seems to be better than him in ALL departments atm, interesting….


Polo Says:

Jane, please, don’t mention again my bake and cake comment. It was so atrociously lame that I feel responsible for Baker’s loss. I feel like a deflated souffle.


jane Says:

Simon is through, but Baker boy gave it a good run.

Brando, Fed’s been better in aces, at the net and in bp conversion on average. Nole’s been better in service/return stats overall as well as winners/errors ratio. Fed’s draw has opened up though, and he shouldn’t have a tough match until the QFs so he has time to work himself into even better form. I thought he played well today in general.


jane Says:

Okay Polo, mum’s the word.

Verdasco will meet Seppi next round: could be a good one.

I like Tsonga’s clothing; not too flashy. His hair is awesome too. Stebe’s shirt looks like he’s been rolling in the clay.

I miss watching Monfils on clay; haven’t seen him once on clay this year unfortunately.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

AGREE… BOTH need or would want to improve, federer especially IMO.

Djokovic COULD beat federer with those stats, federer would STRUGGLE against djokovic with those numbers.

they’re both probably at the SAME LEVEL ATM.


Polo Says:

Berdych is having a good run. The clay season has been good to him so far. I wonder how far he can bring this to.


mat4 Says:

jane,

I watched a set of his match against Krajinovic. He played that match very well.

I think that every match is difficult and that there are not easy opponents, but if Nole plays his best, he will hopefully have a chance.


Brando Says:

@Polo:

IF berdych was mentally sound, IMO, he would be in the final from the top half since he has been VERY CONSISTENT on clay this year. He’s also played the best tennis, IMO, other than rafa on clay this year.


jane Says:

Too many errors for Stebe, but Jo is taking care of business.

Delpo has Cilic next: he’s 6-2 over Cilic. Berdych has Anderson: he’s 2-0 over him. Should Delpo and Berdych meet in the R16, Delpo leads the H2H 3-2. He has a win on clay, but it was 2009 and Berd retired. It would be number 7 ranking versus number 9. Tough match for either of them, and then they would likely get Fed in the QFs.

Mahut and Klizan may not even finish today at this rate, which means they may have to play tomorrow and the winner meet Fed the following day. Same with Goffin/Clement – seems like they’ve been playing a long time already and they’re just starting the 3rd.


mat4 Says:

@Brando,

Berdych has a strategic problem that skilful players use against him: he is big, heavy, and a bit slow in changing directions. Just watch his matches against Tipsy, who takes the ball early enough and doesn’t hesitate to play down the line.

On the other side, he is very powerful and it is very dangerous to let him dictate the rallies. He has improved at the net in the last two, three years (I don’t watch him so often), and a higher rebound should suit him.


jane Says:

“I think that every match is difficult and that there are not easy opponents, but if Nole plays his best, he will hopefully have a chance.”

Indeed mat4. Some of these players are like “unknown” quantities since they’ve not played before, so it’s a bit tricky to figure things out sometimes. Hotsauce worries me; he has a winning record over Nole on clay. If that match happens, Nole will have to play an excellent match, and the matches won’t get easier after with potentially Jo or Simon and then like Fed or possibly Delpo/Berd. He’s got a tough road from R16 onwards. Keeping my fingers crossed. I kind of feel like Nole, that not winning the FO this year isn’t the “end of the world” as he’s just 25 and he will have chances in the future to complete a career (if not Nole) slam. The odds of winning are heavily stacked against him historically speaking: i.e., last man to do it being Laver. So my expectations are low but hopes are high.

What do you think of Jo’s form so far? He’s cruising.

I hope Aggie wins – Go Radwanska!


mat4 Says:

jane,

Devilder could be a good preparation for Verdasco, and Verdasco should be a good preparation for Rafa. Nole has a good strategy against lefties.

My previous answer was in Rafa’s style, “I have a dangerous opponent, he is ranked 286 in the world, and I have to play my best tennis to have a chance…” Devilder was ranked sixty three years ago, he certainly knows how to play, but it shouldn’t be enough.

I worry a bit more about Verdasco than about Tsonga. Jo’s main weapon – his serve – isn’t that efficient on clay and his backhand is almost a liability, though he has improved it. He can play a big match, but he has a thorny path in front of him, with Troicki and Simon/Wawrinka.

BTW, I think Seppi will beat Verdasco.


Polo Says:

Berdych has been playing very well and if he and Federer meet in the quarterfinals, Roger better be prepared because I think it is at that stage where Berdych may be formidable as there won’t be too much nerves involved yet. I hope they both get there. I think it will be an exciting match.


jane Says:

mat4, Rafa style eh? LOL, I didn’t notice. (:

Aggie is so good! She is a fun player to watch, and she’s showing how to play Venus. I like her “flapper” style traditional tennis dress too. She and Sharapova are my women’s finalists, though Azarenka looked good today again, so you never know. And Kvitova is always a threat too.


jane Says:

What a lob / get by Radwanska!


mat4 Says:

@Polo

Roger’s return could be the key factor. If he returns well, I don’t see Berdych winning, especially since Roger has improved his CC backhand.

I think that the main problems for the three top players is their respective states of mind.

For Rafa, if he wins, he will have a shot at the number 1 rank and a record at RG. He will also continue his chase on Roger’s records.

For Nole, a win almost warrants the number 1 position at the end of the year, the sequel of his undisputed hold over tennis, and a Grand Slam.

Roger believes he can win RG. He was close last year, he has improved in the meantime, and in IW he has finally found the recipe to beat Rafa on a slow, high bouncing surface. He is there to win.

So, they are nervous. I think we will see some cracks in Rafa’s armour too, and soon.


mat4 Says:

jane,

we worry to much. When I posted that answer, I didn’t notice it too, only when I reread it.


Polo Says:

I want Radwanska to win the whole thing. I want somebody who plays quietly to hold the trophy at the end. Radwanska is not a bad pick: she works hard; she has a lot of variety; she can play aggressively; she is mentally tough and best of all: SHE IS NOT ANNOYING TO WATCH!


jane Says:

mat4, too true. I think you’re right; they all have reasons to feel the pressure.

Polo, Venus is getting louder AND simultaneously coming back. Come on Aggie.


Polo Says:

@mat4:

Based on your analysis. it looks like Nadal has the least barrier to overcome and therefore has the least to be nervous about. Besides, this is the place where he has done at least five times better than the other 2. So on paper, Nadal looks like he will take this Open. Looking at the bright side, it is only on paper for now. The other two (or somebody else in the field), may yet be able to tear that paper.


Polo Says:

Where is that umpire who loves to use the hindrance call?


jane Says:

Yay Aggie! Some great gets in that match and that last game. Venus will do better on grass.


Brando Says:

Federer’s got the LEAST to lose here, even IF he doesn’t win or get to the finals his chances of being No.1 are VERY GOOD. He can gain ALOT of points at wimby, and he’s already won RG so nothing to prove at all there.

Rafa can win the 7th another time- this ISN’T a one off chance for him- most likely anyway. He’ll have chances in the future to do so. the ranking, fed’s record doesn’t concern him too much at all really- his status in the game is secure. INTERESTING how post round 1 he said that he feels more RELAXED than ever at RG… could be a telling thing.

Novak has the MOST TO GAIN & LOSE (doesn’t really take genius to work that one out). He’s naturally feeling the most pressure. it doesn’t really matter what ANYONE writes here, the TRUTH is on the court, and it’s OBVIOUS in the few matches already who seemingly looks the most TENSE……..


Brando Says:

@Polo:

I AGREE. people are mainly speculating BUT if one looks at who has played the best this clay season, who has most momentum going in, who RG suits the most then the answer is rather obvious that rafa has the LEAST amount to worry.


Polo Says:

By the way I look at it, Federer indeed has the least to lose. He is the one being chased in the track to greatness. He is the one with the most major trophies. Each time Federer goes out to play is simply an opportunity to add up to the many records already in his pocket. Nothing can diminish him now, not even loses.


Brando Says:

@Polo:

TRUE- fed has NOTHING to lose whatsoever… makes him VERY DANGEROUS!


jane Says:

Stebe/Tsonga is heating up!

Roland Garros is Rafa’s house; I think any time he loses here, it’s a big blow. He’s been able to basically *count on* winning a slam here every year for 7 years in this place: only once derailed. Plus i think if he wins the FO it’ll boost his confidence and chances at Wimbledon. I think this win will be huge for him.

For Nole, if he equals or betters last year’s points by reaching the semis or final respectively, he’ll have done enough. It is quite obvious that the odds are *way against* him to win the Nole slam. Fed, Sampras and Rafa couldn’t do it!! I am sure he realizes this. That is not to say he wouldn’t want or try for it, but as he said, it won’t be the end of the world if he doesn’t win this year. He’ll have more chances to try to win the FO and get the career slam. Plus, even if he loses #1, it doesn’t mean he can’t get it back at some point in the future.

I agree that the least pressure is on Fed of the top three.


jane Says:

Tsonga, Fed and Nole all played players ranked in the 90s, and the opponents have given good matches/contests in each case (in Jo’s case so far: looks like rain may delay) – just goes to show the depth of men’s tennis.


Skeezer Says:

Lulu and Brando

It was on the other thread. When I address and use the term Rafa fanatics, it’s not you guys . Both of you are level headed Rafa fans(like kimberly, alison) and are the good ones!!
Vamos to you and thanks for your good words of a great champion.


Brando Says:

@Skeez:

NO WORRIES- and your an excellent fed fan also (like most resident fans here really). You have GIVEN rafa plenty of credit in the past.

Anyhow, congrats on your fav getting the ALL TIME most GS wins in terms of matches- another record in the bag for him. And i don’t see him stopping there at all. good on him.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

”Plus i think if he wins the FO it’ll boost his confidence and chances at Wimbledon. I think this win will be huge for him.”

this poster hope’s you’ll be proven correct :-)


Skeezer Says:

Tx Brando


dari Says:

Confrats to roger all-time grand.slams wins record setter! History basically every week for this guy, what a treat for.fans.
That said, clean it up, ROG, and surprise veryone with RG#2!


dari Says:

Brando i stole your caps lock mojo for a second!


Polo Says:

The one with the most pressure has to be Djokovic. I wonder if the “I-may-not-be-as-good-as-Roger-and-Rafa” mentality has crept into his head and he is now playing under this pressure to prove that he should be able to stand side-by-side with these two. He has to win the French to prove that he is at par with them. If he fails, the pressure to defend Wimbledon would be even greater. And failing there will likely reach breaking point at the US Open. I think that of the three, he has the most brittle psyche. He is the one trying to get in hence, has the most pressure and the most to lose.


Brando Says:

@Dari:

Lol- i do use them FAR TOO MUCH, don’t i?

It’s fine though, your welcome to use them, i do not have a monopoly over the use of caps lock, just yet anyway. :-)


Brando Says:

@polo:

i agree. djokovic does have the most pressure- he’s the one with the now or never scenario for this slam anyhow.


jane Says:

^ Why now or never? He could win the FO next year or the year after. He’s only 25.

The chances of a Nole slam are slim at best, as everyone knows; we’ve seen Roger miss it twice, Rafa once, and Pete too. So that to me isn’t the big pressure.

As for standing next to Fedal, why would Nole have to do that? He already has done amazing things in tennis, having some stand alone records of his own. He has 5 slams, and he has at least a few years to continue to contend for slams imo. If he ends with 8-10 slams he’s in AWESOME tennis history company. Even at 5 he’s good.

Moreover, I really don’t get why people ever expected Nole to repeat his 2011 year. Let’s face it, only Fed has repeated dominant year’s like that.

Nadal’s 2009 was a letdown after his 2008, and he gave up number one to Fed and even pulled out of Wimbledon. And then his 2011 was a letdown to his 2010, although still very good.

Nole has won the AO. One slam a year isn’t horrible. If he doesn’t get another slam this year, it’s still a good year. So what if he loses number 1 for a while. He can get it back.

I have a lot of faith in him, but I never expected him to repeat last year. I think anyone who did was being unrealistic. He has done a little less well on clay than I’d've hoped but I can understand why. He’s fine. He’ll be fine. No matter what.


mat4 Says:

But let’s not forget that Nole HAS ALSO THE MOST TO WIN. And that he IS THE NUMBER 1.

And, from what I saw in Rome, he still has the rivalry against Rafa on his racquet.

On another side: the Rafole rivalry is the best thing that could happen to Fed in the last year and a half. After their series of finals in 2011 they were unable to finish the year properly. After the AO, they needed two months to recover. A Rafole final, here, could be destroy both before the grass season.


jane Says:

“He has to win the French to prove that he is at par with them.”

What if he loses the FO and then wins Wimbledon or the USO or Olympic gold? And why does he have to be “at par” with Fedal anyhow? Not everyone will be as dominant as them. The VAST majority isn’t in fact. Nole has already done well on his own; he’s beaten them at slams and done some great things in tennis.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

re nole slam, it’s obviously now or never (or most likely anyway).


jane Says:

“the Rafole rivalry is the best thing that could happen to Fed”

Interesting point mat4. i think it makes sense too.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL, relax! novak has done PLENTY- its just that the fedal comparison is a natural thing since he is in their era.

like you said, he’s 25, so he can achieve alot still.

i give him 3 years of PRIME gs contention (post this season)- so he can win alot.


jane Says:

Brando, True. But those odds are silly. The main thing is that he can still win the FO, or try to, for the career slam, which is what Fed, Rafa and Agassi (among a few others) have achieved. And those odds are much more plausible, though still very difficult!!


alison hodge Says:

I think people are been a bit hard on Nole,it was always going to be a tall order,trying to repeat what he did last year,and hes still having a solid year anyway,i dont necassarily think if he doesnt win the FO this year he wont ever,never has does not mean never will.


jane Says:

I am relaxed. Just bored because the rain delay stopped tennis :). However, I maintain that Nole is fine, right where he is. It’d be great if he could get a career slam before he finishes tennis. 1 of each. We’ll see. Injury could happen, anything: you just never know.


Polo Says:

If you are a good player, one as good as Djokovic, wouldn’t you want to be considered just as good as Roger or Rafa? I think Novak knows that he could do that and is getting nearer to that goal. And he is capable of doing so. For that reason, I think the best chance to do it is at the French. You don’t want to wait for another chance because second chances are hard to come by…and they get more difficult. If he wins the French, the pressure would be markedly reduced. There won’t be that baggage to carry going into Wimbledon and the US Open. Less baggage, better chance to win even more. Lose the French and the baggage gets heavier.


jane Says:

Polo, I guess I just don’t see him “with” Roger and Rafa anyhow. He was number 3 under them for a long time and he has only half the slams of Rafa and a third of Fed. So in that sense, I don’t compare. Of course I’d love to see him reach his best/top potential, but imo even if that is 5 slams, and holding number 1 for a year, that’s darn good. I’m sure you’re right that Nole has higher expectations and wants to win more slams. I still think he’ll be okay even if he doesn’t win the FO or even another slam this year. His game is solid. He’ll continue to be a contender, win or lose this event.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

i think the ISSUE here is that people are mainly talking about the novak slam, when looking at his scenario, rather than the career slam. Naturally, IF he wins RG this year the career slam will also be complete.

that’s why i say its now or never, or why polo writes about the pressure since it probably is a one off oppurtunity.

In your posts, your mainly referring to the career slam, and in that REGARD, you are completely right- he shall have more chances to do so.

it’s DEFINATELY not the end of nole if he doesn’t win RG this years, its just that the buildup/hype/ expectation around him this year is ALL about the novak slam. i think i am being fair in saying this anyway.


jane Says:

Oh definitely, that’s the hype Brando – understandably so. But it’s not a big deal if he doesn’t get it. Neither Fed nor Rafa did it, but it didn’t break their careers. ;) How many times have we heard Rafa is toast because of his knees or style of play; or that Fed is in decline and will never contend again. And yet they keep playing and contending just fine. I think it’s the same with Nole: lots of doubts about him even though I think he’s doing nicely. Oh well. That’s the way it goes I suppose.


Polo Says:

Jane, last year, Novak proved that he should not take a back seat to anyone. He repeatedly beat Rafa even in Rafa’s favorite surface. He beat Roger at the US Open where he was champion so many times before. He is almost there there with them! Why stop now? I am not a big Djokovic fan but the kids works so hard and is very capable. I want him to be included in the conversation when people talk about the greatest tennis players ever.


jane Says:

Polo, indeed that would be very nice. But beyond my own expectations I guess. Perhaps you’re most used to it, given who your favourite player is. ;)


Brando Says:

@Jane:

there is NO WAY that his career will break if he doesn’t win RG. and yes he is doing VERY NICELY.

to use a line rafa has said previously- you can ONLY measure a players career once it is at an end, until then it’s pretty pointless.

right now, IMO, novak should concentrate on his game- he needs to improve his tennis, since he hasn’t, for me, yet shown his best this year.

that may sound silly considering he won AO and MI this year, but for me that was down to him winning by fighting hard, as opposed to playing the best tennis.

do you feel the same about his tennis this year? curious to hear….


jane Says:

I am off to make a latte on one of those machines like Roger promotes; they really are quite excellent.

Apologies if I have been too vigilant in defending Nole etc.


Polo Says:

@jane:

I am also getting used to my favorite player getting attacked by other fans for losing so much to that other guy.


jane Says:

In a word Brando, yes. Still some things to work on. But flashes of brilliance and positive signs.


alison hodge Says:

Polo it works the other way around too sensible Rafa fans stomach a lot of negativity,comments like your favourites never defended a none clay court tournament,which dont really bother me so much,its the constant retirement talk,and the Rafas season is over,when the clay court season is over,blah blah,your right you get used to it,it goes with the territory.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ok, thanks, Skeezer! I myself do not care for some of these insulting so-called Rafa fans. Rafa is awesome, but there is no need to denigrate other great players to elevate his status.

As for who has the most to win or lose at this FO, IMO Rafa has the most to lose and Nole the most to gain. If Rafa loses at RG, it’s hard for him to win the rest of the season, although of course he will always fight hard and keep trying. For Nole he can achieve the calendar Grand Slam, which would just be incredible! Rafa also has a lot to gain, too, by beating Borg’s record, but he will have a couple more chances.

Roger has nothing left to prove, so he could only be damaged by losing in an early round, which will not happen. If he goes out to Nole or Rafa that is no big deal. On the other hand, if he managed to win by going through both of them that would be a giant feather in his cap!


Polo Says:

@alison hodge:

…and in the end, all three are very good players worthy of defending against anybody who tries to shoot them down. Each of them has qualities his followers admire and fight for. Arguing against fans on the other side of your fence is a lot of fun…I just wish people will stop throwing mud together with their words.
Wounds do heal but there is no reason to cut anyone. Adios for now.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

fair comment- and no need to apologise- WE ALL have to defend our fav at some point. enjoy your latte:-)


Brando Says:

@Polo:

for me they’re all legends already.

Rafa- he’s my fav- he’ll ALWAYS be awesome in my eyes, REGARDLESS of whatever happens.

Fed- he’s the GOAT- NO ONE HAS EVER had such a strong command of the tennis vocabulary regarding shotmaking- he can play more shots than ANYONE. phenomenal.

Novak- best returner EVER- as far as i am concerned. he’s better than agassi already for me. from a technical standpoint- he’s got few weaknesses. a complete player. more personality than than most also.


dari Says:

jane i think that is one of the items that puts you in the roger club, watch out!

guys,we are very spoiled. three people who can be talked about among the greats bringing us memorable magnificent matches for 5+ years. (murray, step up win a slam!) and i mean that, even excluding roger. USO 2011 is one of my favorite matches of all time!

here is to an exciting summer!


dari Says:

also, i will be watching gilles and baker match on the dvr after work, how was it? i love that gilles, even if he gave heart attack at AO 2011 in second round with roger!


alison hodge Says:

Thanks Polo great post,and Adios for now to you too.


sheila Says:

i would love 2c fed win this but i’m not delusional. nadal will win this & wimbledon


Wog boy Says:

Off topic,
Last week, in Dusseldorf, after he lost against Troicki, Stepanek went to Tipsy who was celebrating Serbian win against Czech republic and apologized for what he did to him in DC match. Tipsy accepted and they moved on.
Case closed:)


jane Says:

Hey that’s nice to know Wog Boy – thanks for sharing it.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I guess you have to be a man to do it, that applies to both of them.


Lisa Says:

Djokovic has a tough encounter…

Djokovic vs Vadasco( possible 4th round match)

Djokovic should not take this match lightly like he did in the first two rounds…….cause between the two, Vadasco will definately be out there to make a point and will probably have the biggest hunger/desire to win of the two….( remember 2009 AO semifinal showdown, Vadasco vs Nadal, dubbed the greatest and most entertaining match of that year)…..

If anything is more motivating for Vadasco, similar to that match, it’s playing against the very best in the world, world No 1s( remember Nadal was No 1 then in that 2009 AO semifinal)

Fasten your Seatbelts….


mat4 Says:

@Lisa:

FV is very frail in clutch situation, and the AO 2009 semi was rather an exception. It is true he was good in the 2010 clay season, but since then, he has no real results.

Anyway, to quote jane, we write more about our expectations and hopes than about the situation on court.


jane Says:

The situation on the court? Verdasco was *very* good today! Here are some statistics:

First serve % = 84% and winning 71% of those, while winning 56% on his second serve. He hit 6 aces, but also 5 double faults. He hit 35 winners to 25 UEs for a +10 differential. He won 43% of his receiving points, and against a big server like Muller that’s not too shabby! He also converted 50% of his break chances and won 60% of points at net. He will definitely be a very tough R16 match for Nole should they both win their next matches.


jane Says:

The H2H is 5-4 Nole, but Verdasco won the last 2 matches, both on clay, both in 2010, at Monte Carlo and Rome; he also beat Nole on clay in 2006. Nole has 2 wins on clay over Hotsauce: in 2009 at Monte Carlo and 2007 Roland Garros. There it is. We can worry; we can expect. And history doesn’t mean everything. Verdasco is in good form; so is Nole.


trufan Says:

Verdasco will choke it away – mentally, Nadal is the only one who can match Djokovic right now.

Looks like Fed – Berdych QF might happen – will be quite a cracker. DelPo is struggling a bit, while Berdych is flying through. Fed doesn’t have a tough opponent till the QF. Looks like he will keep his grand slam QF streak alive!

Nadal looks untroubled right through the final – where he has trouble in store if its Djokovic. Djoke might be a bit nervous initially, but once the adrenalin gets going – Djoke’s motivation to fight is going to be harder than ever – he can lay everything on the ground there.

In most of his wins, Nadal mostly faced Federer in the French final, where he has the 5 year age advantage, so he knew he could outrun Federer. Also the liability of the one-handed backhand. Djokovic has none of those liabilities. Plus he can play dirty, just like Nadal. I hope that happens (Nadal Djoke final). Lets see what each one is made of.

Fed should just hope he loses in the semi (that way he doesn’t lose too many ranking points), so that he can get a few days rest, play Halle, and be fully ready for Wimbledon, where he has a good chance. No chance here in RG for him.


Humble Rafa Says:

I have to say, Venus is sometimes very classy. Especially after tough losses. To make up for the niceties, she dresses like crap from time to time. She says she is studying…hmm…Fashion.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed should just hope he loses in the semi (that way he doesn’t lose too many ranking points), so that he can get a few days rest, play Halle, and be fully ready for Wimbledon, where he has a good chance. No chance here in RG for him.

Just to be clear. The Arrogant One has no chance at Wimbledon. QF would be a good result.

He won’t win Halle either. I am sure you heard, the big boys are playing Halle this year.


dc Says:

@Humble Rafa
He won’t win Halle either. I am sure you heard, the big boys are playing Halle this year
—————————————————-you mean the big boys who cried to their mommas when they had to play on blue clay..


King Federer Says:

or the same big boys who got walloped in the semis in indian wells.


King Federer Says:

and the tennis masters cup


King Federer Says:

and dubai


King Federer Says:

and basel


King Federer Says:

and paris


trufan Says:

Or the big boy who choked on a banana!

Boy, this Wimbledon, Fed has as much chance as anyone else to win it. Djoke will not be as motivated as he was last time, since he has already won it. Nadal is always the same – he will certainly have a chance, unless he loses in the early rounds when the grass is actually there and its not a clay court! He has come close to losing many times in the early rounds, since at that time he is actually playing on green grass, now worn out brown patches that are mostly like hard clay.

Who else? Nobody else has enough grass court experience to win Wimbledon.

I do think Raonic could do it, with his serve. Even Delpo should do better than he has done in the past.


trufan Says:

As for Humble Rafa:

I agree with you, The Arrogant One will not win WImbledon. QF will be a good result for him this year. He is now past his peak, and the left handed moonballing doesn’t work that well on grass where the bounce is low.

Though the Arrogant One is most likely to win the French.


kriket Says:

Murray looks injured, asks for a medical TO after 0-4


alison hodge Says:

Im feeling uncomfortable watching Murray,its not what i want at all,but i think he should pull out and focus on been fit for queens and wimby.


alison hodge Says:

Sad to say i spent more time watching Murray grimacing,rather than concentrating on watching the tennis,in that opening set.


racquet Says:

It’s admirable that Andy is fighting through the pain but he should retire. He can’t serve. Too much at stake in June & July.


trufan Says:

Raonic playing well. Disappointed with Tomic.

Murray is done. There goes one of the few players in Nadal’s half who could at least make him run for a couple of hours in the semi. Wow, they should just send him straight to the final, why all the charade.


metan Says:

Andy is dying, hope that he can make it on the next sets


trufan Says:

Raonic, Tipsarevic, then Ferrer – I hope Nadal has to play at least these 3 from round of 16 onwards, to have at least some competition. If only Ferrer could win the first set – he could give Nadal some competition. Raonic could blow him off with his serve. Tipsarevic is a feisty guy.

With Nadal’s luck, these guys may also drop out or get injured before they meet Nadal.

Mens tennis is completely centered around three players right now – Djokovic, Fed and Nadal. Hard for anyone else to win anything.


metan Says:

@ alison, I agree with you,

Today I am lucky enough to watch tennis, but it turns out watching bad game from andy, so sad


racquet Says:

He’s starting to serve better and play more loosely. Maybe the pain is subsiding?


madmax Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
Fed should just hope he loses in the semi (that way he doesn’t lose too many ranking points), so that he can get a few days rest, play Halle, and be fully ready for Wimbledon, where he has a good chance. No chance here in RG for him.

Just to be clear. The Arrogant One has no chance at Wimbledon. QF would be a good result.

He won’t win Halle either. I am sure you heard, the big boys are playing Halle this year.

May 30th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

HR, you used to make me laugh, but you are not funny any more. Boring at the very least.

Federer has a chance to reach the Semis. We all know that Rafa will win RG. No competition in his draw at all. Boring tennis.

Roger will win Wimbledon (I can dream and smile which makes me happy). I would choose him for the next 2 years on the grass of wimbledon as it is his favourite tournament, since 2003 and next year will be his 10th anniversary playing there, so that will be special too, let alone this “double” year for him.


racquet Says:

And just like that, Andy breaks back. Interesting.


racquet Says:

hehe..Andy wins the 2nd set with sheer grit and a little help from a befuddled Nieminen. How many twists and turns left? He’s definitely not serving like a 50 year old anymore.


metan Says:

Glad to read it @ racquet


racquet Says:

Andy up 3-0 in the 3rd. Playing with more freedom now.


Wog boy Says:

Tomic is out in three, I promised to one nice poster that I am not going to comment on Tomic and I am still keeping my promise:)


racquet Says:

Murray takes the 3rd set 6-1. Now leads 2 sets to 1. What a turnaround.


madmax Says:

What is going on with Murray? Last time I saw he was injured? WTF?

Wogboy,

Spill the beans about Tomic. I thought he was Australia’s next best thing. Saw him play against Roger in the Swiss davis cup last year, never seen a more arrogant person, for one so young, but he can play tennis.


Mark Says:

What bad back Andy Murray??? Playing up as usual.


racquet Says:

Murrays wins 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2. Very emotional reaction. That was some display of grit, determination and skill. Have to give props to him for not retiring but I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a foolhardy decision.


racquet Says:

@Mark – you’re kidding right? Did you even catch the first set?


Mark Says:

Commies calling Andy Murray drama queen. He certainly is. WTF.


racquet Says:

Most commies are morons.


Polo Says:

It takes one to know one.


Polo Says:

There are so many games going on and ESPN chooses to pay a long cliche-ridden homage to the Williams sisters. And they are not even dead yet; not even retired! No wonder, tennis has not caught on in the USA, this insipid TV coverage.


racquet Says:

Ouch…that hurt. No, really.


Polo Says:

That was for those who have no compassion to somebody who is hurting while trying to do his job…not for you racquet.


racquet Says:

Oops, sorry Polo :) Thank goodness there are some level-headed and empathetic posters left around here.


dari Says:

OMGoodness, Murray!

This guy is determined not to retire (ankle and elbow last year on clay) !

gutsy to finish, hope it was the right choice

Go andy


jane Says:

i missed Andy’s match as simple could not get up at 3:00 am again. Can someone tell me what is wrong with him? Glad to see he’s through but it sounds like it was difficult. :( Going off to read match reports now…


jane Says:

Well I read this

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/153307.html

So I wonder what he’ll do now? I don’t want him to miss Wimbledon or anything. I hope he does not make the back worse by playing on.


Mark Says:

Fedthugs talking about compassion! Do you even know the meaning of the word?? Oh yes, only when it applies to your favourite!! Pffft


racquet Says:

jane, it’s being reported that he suffered a back spasm early in the 1st set. Something was up: he could barely move, couldn’t push off and some 1st serves barely reached 90mph. He was down 1-6 0-3 but then he gradually got back into it. He loosened up and the serves improved. He still stood during changeovers up until the end. Very gritty performance.

I’ve seen a quote from his presser that he intends to continue and that the medical advice so far has reassured him that he is not damaging chances at Wimbledon or the Olympics.


jane Says:

The last part of your post is most reassuring racquet. I just don’t want to see him potentially hindering the rest of his season. He can do so well on grass and hard courts. I think I am kind of glad I slept through this one. :/

Looks like Rafa is in scary-good form, to stomp on Istomin like that. He hit 25 winners to 17 UEs today. It looks like he was returning well judging by the stats. Although I think Istomin is more of a fast court player.


Polo Says:

Another impressive win by Nadal. Nothing unexpected from him though. It’s like watching a tornado decimating everything in its path.


metan Says:

Rafa won again,true champion.


Polo Says:

Does anybody know the reason for Murray’s nagging back problems?


Steve 27 Says:

madmax is Nadal will win is boring tennis, is Federer will win Wimbledon is happy? for who? Obvious, blindness fans who doesn’t know respect and class. You sound like a child.

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