Mathieu Edges Isner In French Open Marathon; Nadal Stays Hot As Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro Return Friday
by Sean Randall | May 31st, 2012, 5:50 pm
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John Isner is going to go down in tennis lore as the Marathon Man. Armed with one of biggest serves the sport has ever seen, and one of the most futile return games, the American is all but programmed to play long, nailbitting matches. And he played another one Thursday against another Frenchman. This time, it didn’t end in victory, but it took a while getting there.

Two years ago it took Isner 11-hours, 5-minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in one of the greatest matches of all-time at Wimbledon. Today, Mahut’s countryman and former Top 15 player Paul-Henri Mathieu got revenge for Mahut, outlasting Isner 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16 in much shorter 5-hours, 41-minutes Thursday to reach the third round at the French Open.

“I remember Mahut’s match, so I just couldn’t believe it was over,” reflected Mathieu. “I had match point. It was tough. Every time I needed to concentrate and focus again on my serve, so when the match was over, I had trouble realising it was really over.”

The 30-year-old Mathieu, whose leg was in a cast a year ago because of a bad knee, enjoyed a quite a moment of joy in front of his home fans, especially after his long journey back to the pros.

“Having the opportunity of experiencing such a thing as I did tonight, it’s incredible,” he said. “Playing like this on a big court like this is fantastic, especially after being injured. This is why I fought and tried to come back. It’s to have those moments again.”

Credit to Mathieu who I didn’t give much of a chance in that fifth given his lack of match play and uncertain fitness. Back in his prime days in the mid 2000s, Mathieu was an excellent player with an all-court game and a terrific backhand. And it’s good to see he still has it.

For Isner, what can you say? It’s a typical match for Big John who to my surprise just couldn’t crack the Mathieu serve. And he may have overplayed coming into the tournament.

“I escaped a lot today; it could have been worse,” said Isner who was the last American man left. “But I just didn’t get it done. I felt like I got caught in patterns that weren’t ideal for me. I was hitting every return to his backhand and he was stepping up and running me around. I’m not gonna win the point when I’m running side to side.”

The other big result as the second round (almost) closed was Andy Murray. The 2011 semifinalist looked dead and gone down a set and a break and struggling with a bad back to Jarkko Nieminen. But as quick as you can say “C’mon Andy”, Murray’s back improved after some treatment and he took control of the match winning 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

“I was absolutely fine yesterday in practice, no problem, went to bed and I was fine, and I woke up this morning, I couldn’t put any weight on my left leg,” said Murray. “I practised. It was okay. Not great, but it was okay. Then, before the match, I wasn’t feeling great. [I] talked about not playing.

“Then right at the beginning of the match, again, I was okay. I don’t know if it was nerves, adrenaline, whatever. It wasn’t too bad. Then after I got up from the changeover at 3-0, it was really, really sore. And then obviously was struggling a lot for, about an hour, hour [and] 15 [minutes], hour and a half. Then it started to feel a bit better. But still not great. Just kind of gritting my teeth and try to find a way of turning the match around, because I was [a] few points probably from stopping, around the middle of the second set.”

If Murray’s back is indeed that bad – we’ve seen him feigning injury before – it could be a long, tough summer for the Scot. With the busy schedule ahead, it’s going to very, very difficult to find the time to heal an injury like a back muscle. But we’ll see.

Showing no ill effects of his early-season knee/shoulder injuries has been heavy favorite Rafael Nadal. Looking like the King of Clay that he is, Nadal blew out Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 for his ninth 16th straight win at Roland Garros.

As for tomorrow, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic return against Frenchmen, and both shouldn’t have much of a problem, really. JW Tsonga will have to deal with Fabio Fognini. Yes, the Fognini who, in my mind, derailed the hopes of Djokovic’s French Open title last year by withdrawing from his quarterfinal match against the Serb.

But in the match of the day, another guy with an injury, Juan Martin Del Potro, tests his knee against Marin Cilic. If the knee holds up Del Potro should get through. But with the fragile Argentine you never know.

Looking at the draws, with Murray fighting a back injury and Isner out, things are looking great for David Ferrer to make his first French Open semifinal. Ferrer has Youzhny next and though it won’t be a breeze, I think this year he finally gets it done.

Nadal now gets Eduoardo Schwank then a big match with either Juan Monaco or Milos Raonic. He’ll blow out Monaco but Raonic could sneak a set at most. And even that’s a big ask. Otherwise, Rafa’s getting to the semifinal without dropping a set. He’s on easy street in his section.

In the top half, Djokovic could get tested by Fernando Verdasco and maybe Tsonga, Simon or Wawrinka, but I don’t think any of them can knock off the Serb, not in best-of-5 format. So I’d be stunned if Novak wasn’t playing a week from tomorrow.

As for his opponent next Friday, it’s still tough to call. I picked Del Potro to emerge out of that second quarter but with his questionable knee I’m not sure if he can do it anymore. That leaves Federer or Tomas Berdych. Federer hasn’t looked great, Berdych has. But if they meet – Federer has a joke draw out the QF, Berdych still has Anderson then Del Potro – can Berdych really be trusted to keep it together mentally for three sets and beat Roger? I doubt it.

ESPN2 has live coverage starting at 5am ET. Tennis Channel takes over against at 10am ET.

FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Sloane Stephens (USA) v. Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
2. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[3] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[26]
3. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[5]
4. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Sara Errani (ITA)[21] v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[13]
Not Before:12:30 PM

2. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]
3. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Gilles Simon (FRA)[11] v. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[18]
4. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Nicolas Devilder (FRA)
5. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)


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242 Comments for Mathieu Edges Isner In French Open Marathon; Nadal Stays Hot As Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro Return Friday

van orten Says:

djoker lost to fed because of fognini last year ,..gimme a break…!!!!!!!!!!! djoker was lucky to win that us open match too then…it is how it is. deal with it or leave it


the mind reels Says:

@Sean: Nadal blew out Istomin for his *16th* straight win. Time flies, but it was 2009 that Soderling did his damage.


jane Says:

“David Ferrer to make his first French Open semifinal.” – Wow, for some reason I just assumed he’d already been in a FO semi. He’s been in the AO semis, and maybe the USO too? Anyhow, it does look like a good chance for him to do it this year.

Mostly I agree with your take on the draw Sean.


Dave Says:

“Yes, the Fognini who, in my mind, derailed the hopes of Djokovic’s French Open title last year by withdrawing from his quarterfinal match against the Serb.” Cannot agree with this speculation, it’s not logical.

Regardless of Fognini’s withdrawal, Djokovic had adequate match preparation, practice and rhythm by the time he reached the 2011 FO semifinals. If anything, Fognini’s withdrawal gave Djokovic much needed rest: last year Djokovic won Belgrade, Madrid and Rome clay court tournaments in three consecutive weeks within the month before the French Open began, so he had won 18 clay courts matches since late April and played 41 overall matches before facing Federer. This year, if Djokovic, reaches the FO semifinals he would have won 14 clay court matches since Monte Carlo and played 40 overall matches this year.

Djokovic playing a relatively weak player with a different style than Federer would not have given him much useful match practice than he would have gotten setting up a practice match with someone closer to Federer’s style. Besides, Fognini (given his injuries from his 4.5 hour five setter against Montanes) probably would not have given Djokovic much of a match. There was no rain before the semifinal so Djokovic could have practiced as much as he wanted instead of fooling around with John McEnroe for publicity reasons.

The Federer-Djokovic match was considered the year’s best match because both players played a high level of tennis. Djokovic still played at the high levels he played during that 43-match winning stretch, and arguably he played at a higher level during this stretch than he played at 2011 Wimbledon, 2011 US Open or 2012 Australian Open. Federer was simply the better player on that day.

Had Djokovic managed to beat Federer in a marathon match, there is no guarantee he would have been able to beat Nadal at the Roland GArros final, despite losing in straight sets in Madrid and Rome to Nadal.

[At 2007 Wimbledon, Tommy Haas’s withdrawal from their R16 match probably harmed Federer more. First, Federer had withdrawn from Halle (due to groin injury) so he entered Wimbledon without any grass court match practice. When Haas withdraw from Fed’s R16 match and it rained incessantly causing more matches to be postponed, Roger went 6 days without being able to play a match or practice much on grass outdoors. Federer needed all the grass court practice he could get. It almost derailed his fifth Wimbledon title that year.]


Kimmi Says:

ha ha I agree with van orten. nole didn’t lose to fed because of fognini. Give fed some credit, it was one of the best matches he played for a long tome.


Brando Says:

not a fan of either, but it’s COMPLETE NONSENSE to say or suggest that djokovic lost to federer last year because of fognini!

Novak played excellently in that match, it’s just federer was BETTER on that day. Federer gave one of (if not his greatest) performance EVER on clay.

Credit has to be given where it is due, and in this regard fed deserves it for putting on a brilliant performance in that match.


conty Says:

no comment on Fabulous Fabio Fognini’s Frech Open 2011.

He beat Monfils in 5 sets, game over for Fogna. If he beats Tsonga after going the distance with Troiki, I’ll go over and swim the English Channel.

No, swimming the English Channel was if Murray wins 5 Wimbledons. Fognini beats Tsonga in 5 and…I don’t know, I’ll laugh my arse off!


conty Says:

edit button “French” not “Frech”


conty Says:

Oops it was Montanes that Fabio won in 5 at 2011 FO.
2010 he beat Monfils in 5, wasn’t it?

anyway he’s famous


conty Says:

My burning questions: which will win Jaziri (who?) or Granollers?

Then, will PHM have enough left in the tank to beat one of them?

Obviously I was quite happy PHM won, but nothing against Isner. I just thought it would seem right after Isner-Mahut Wimbledon. Mahut’s revenge. Isner would have won in another venue, but this was for PHM.


Polo Says:

Fognini being instrumental to Djokovic losing to Federer in the 2011 French Open makes for an interesting piece of historical fiction.


Kimmi Says:

i think it must really hurt to play that long match and lose. mahut was looking very sad after losing that wimbeldon marathon. So Isner gets to feel the losing end of it here at RG. sucks!!


trufan Says:

No surprises yet at the French. Still looking for some upset win!


Kimmi Says:

JJ is not the same. loses to anybody now-a-days. credit to lepchenko but would you believe she used to be world number 1?


trufan Says:

Delpo Cilic is the only interesting 3rd round match today. Simon Wawrinka will be close – but who cares, and they both play boring, especially wawrinka. Its like women’s tennis.

DelPo Cilic could have fireworks. All other matches are just either too predictable, or too boring.

Same thing in the other half tomorrow. Nadal plays “Schwank” in the 3rd round – come on… Ferrer youzhny could go on for a while, Haas Gasquet should be fun to watch, given how elegantly both play. Raonic’s match may be good to watch too.

In the 3rd round of the slam, there are often cracker matches, since 96 of the 128 players have been eliminated, and everyone playing has won at least 2 matches. However, this time it seems the round of 16 is likely to have some interesting matches:

Nadal – Raonic
Berdych – DelPo

3 of these 4 are big guys with big serves. Unfortunately, the two expreienced clay courters of those 3 are not in Nadal’s half (Berdych and DelPo). Remember DelPo’s first set against Nadal on clay in the davis cup final last year in Spain? He blew him off the court 6-1. If only Delpo would get fitter and have fewer injuries – he could blow anyone off the court, and is mentally strong enough to stay with anyone (we saw that in the 2009 USO final against Federer).


Djokowins Says:

Regarding FO 2011, Federer was obviously the better player, Nole played well but lost.

Similarly Nole’s two straight set SF wins against Federer in 2011 and 2008 and fair and square. Federer was playing aesome tennis, but still lost to Nole who was in red hot form in those matches.


Humble Rafa Says:

A memo all those who gloat over John Tallner and his epic matches.

Most of them are boring. Bang. Bang. Bang. Have you seen his match against the French Bridesmaid? It was ping pong at its worst. Damn the history books.

Tallner should work on his return game. If he plays against people who can’t get ball back in play (like a certain Arrogant someone from Switzerland), Tallner can win. Otherwise he is toast.


madmax Says:

Two years ago it took Isner 11-hours, 5-minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in one of the greatest matches of all-time at Wimbledon.

Sorry Sean. I was there. It was not a “great” match. It was over 3 days, and a very “long” match which really was overwhelmed by Isner’s serve. Great to see and obviously a “first” of its kind, but not one of the “greatest” matches, just THE LONGEST MATCH PLAYED OVER THREE DAYS OF ALL TIME, WITH SOME GREAT SERVING.


trufan Says:

Humble Rafa, glad to see that you now feel the need to clarify the arrogant one “from switzerland”!! ha ha…

I guess you don’t remember the Tallner (BTW, a good name, I’ll give you that) nearly had Nadal knocked out in last year’s French open.

As for Boring, the constant moonballing and delay tactics by the Arrogant One is certainly boring too – as to which one is more boring, its hard to tell…..


Lisa Says:

Federer has a ‘tough’ Quarter-Final match up (No Doubt)….

Im sure Federer has the highest of respect for either ‘Berdych’ or ‘Del Potro’.

He has to tough it out to make the Semis….and it will only get tougher from there….

But the same can be said to Rafa and Nole considering the two possible upcoming 4th round match….

1) Nadal vs Roanic ( fasten your seatbelts)

2) Djokovic vs Vadasco ( Remember 2009 AO Semifinal between Nadal and Vadasco?)

Exciting FO…..


trufan Says:

Oh come on, you cannot compare Raonic and Verdasco to Berdych or DelPo. Berdych has been in slam finals, and has beaten top players many times. DelPo has actually won a slam, AND has beaten top players many times (including beating Nadal black and blue at USO 2009, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2).

Raonic is a new comer. Lots of talent, but hardly any results so far, in terms of big wins or slam experience.

Verdasco has no big slam results to speak of, or victories over top players to speak off. In fact, most of his matches against top players have ended with him choking the match away.

I do hope Raonic livesup to his potential and at least takes a set off Nadal, hopefully the first set.


Michael Says:

The way Nadal is performing at Roland Garros is incredible. There has been nobody in the sport who has dominated a tournament in such a big way. Ofcourse, we had Borg, Sampras and Roger dominating Wimbledon but the domination cannot be compared with Rafa’s case because they weren’t invincible there and well one can always evince a hope that they might get beaten. But not with Rafa. His only loss here has been to Soderling in a four setter in 2009 and apart from that blip he is virtually unbeatable. May be this time, we have Novak who can ofcourse give a tough fight and may be even go on to win with luck on his side. But for that Novak has to first reach the finals which is a tall order considering that he has not reached one before in this tournament.


Lisa Says:

@trufan

Fair enough….but Raonic has shown enough reputation that he is no easy candy( his potentially dangerous, espcially with those serves, diffinately way better serves then Nadal)…

Federer was very lucky in his first round match at Madrid…..(you only hve to wonder if that match was ‘A Best of 5 seters’)

If he was that good and dangerous……..you also have to keep in mind that he his 5 years younger then Nadal…


madmax Says:

cut with the age everyone. We know fed is 5 years older – change the cd please.


trufan Says:

Oh, so now we start to hear about age, when Nadal is getting older (that Raonic is 5 years younger than Nadal, who is 26). Where were all of you when Federer was 26 and Nadal was 21? Nobody was willing to give Nadal the age advantage over Federer, ever, but suddenly his fans want to now start saying that others have an age advantage over Nadal? That’s hypocracy.

So yes, Raonic does have that advantage over Nadal. I think 26 is just about the age when age starts to become a liability. So nadal has not played with the liability yet – but from next year onwards, I will be willing to concede that.

Same way for Federer. Until 2007, he was 26 or less, so any losses he suffered had nothing to do with age. But 2008 onwards – age did start to play a role, especially in long best of 5 matches.

As for Nadal on clay – yes, his dominance is unprecendented. But then, he has the very unique situation of being a lefty in an era when rackets can generate enormous topspin – Lefties play righties all the time, so are used to it. Righties don’t play lefties that often, so get a bit tripped by that. Add to that Nadal’s fortune that his main competitor before 2011 was a player 5 years older with a one-handed backhand. Borg never had these advantages.


van orten Says:

the thing with nadal on clay is: he needs a bad (luck) day…how many bad luck days had federer the last 3-4 years on a hard court( without taking any credit of the opponents) us open 2009 final us open sf 10 , 11. matches he shouldn t have lost he lost because of 1-2 key points…

the same needs to happen to nadal on clay in my opinion..just take away the quantum of luck he usually has on breakpoints or in tricky situations and he may lose a close match.


trufan Says:

Luck does play a big part. When a player has match points in the 5th set, its largely luck.

Some of Fed’s losses have been like that. two USO semi losses to djoke after match point, Wimbledon 2008 – at 7-7 in the 5th, the game should have been stopped, it was so dark. At that stage, one of them needed a lucky break to win, since in that kind of darkness, both players were making strange errors. Nadal just got that lucky break. Those are clearly 3 slam matches that Fed was unlucky in.

Everyone doesn’t have the same amount of luck. That’s not possible. It is natural for some to have more luck than others. Nadal has quite a bit of it, considering the fact that he got to have a 5 year old Federer as his main rival for so many year, with a one-handed backhand – I still think if Fed has a two-handed backhand, he would have fared better against Nadal on clay, and won a few of those matches.

Remember, until end of 2007, Fed was 6-8 against Nadal, a pretty close H2H – and that was only because of 6 losses on clay. Things only got worse after that. If Fed had been as bad as Sampras was on clay, they would have rarely met on clay courts, since he wouldn’t have made all those finals.

So chance plays a big role too.


Atom Says:

Hi guys .. i registered for french open bracket contest last week using the link provided here. Currently i am unable to see tennisx pool. i am able to only see main pool. Can some one show me a way?


Kimmi Says:

atom, here is the link for tennis-x pool. Did you register as alejandrobello?

http://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketFrenchOpenATP/tennisxfansforever/default.aspx


conty Says:

Hi Atom. Log into your account,if you are already, go to the upper left hand corner and click where it says “welcome Atom/ your account” then go down that page to where right below your bracket you see “view tournytopia account”, click on that and then you should be on the page that lists “pools you are registered for”, find “tennisxfansforever” and click on “tennis-x fans Racquet Bracket: French Open ATP 2012″ on my browser the page has green on it and links are in red.

click on the link you should get a page that shows your username, rank, ect. then click on “see more standings” and you are in to see the whole pool and comment sections :)


Gannu Says:

The way nadal has been torching his opponents it would be a massive embarassment if feddy bear reaches the final./..would be another humiliation…with that beast running around, federer has ZERO chance…if there is anyone very very remotely capable of beating nadal its djokovic and he has to play lights out and has to be on sterioids to beat the beast…!


conty Says:

Atom, I just left you a hello message on your bracket in the tennisxfansforever FO Bracket.

Anderson got a set off Berdych!


Kimmi Says:

conty – your instructions could be much better. I might have given out the link to my account i think.


Kimmi Says:

ana ivanovic about to go out. very inconsistent.


conty Says:

Actually the link you posted, Kimmi, get Atom to the log in page….then after logging in, Atom goes to the upper left hand corner and clicks on Welcome Atom/ account, ect……


conty Says:

poor ana. She is so cute, has great groundies but Errani, has the shot-making, imo.


Kimmi Says:

the commentator said radwanska has lost to kutzy 5 straight times. this will be a tough match for her then…she is down two breaks already.


Polo Says:

Ana is still playing very inconsistently. She has powerful strokes but her mind has not been dialed in properly since she won the French Open years ago. I doubt if she could ever come back to the same level.


Kimmi Says:

anderson is not a walk in the park for berdych. one set all..4-4 in the third.


Polo Says:

Kutznetsova, if she comes into the court with her head firmly on, can beat anybody.


Polo Says:

Just when I thought that Federer should be scared of Berdych…But Tennis coverage is terrible, I have hardly seen the Berdych-Anderson match and I don’t know if Anderson is serving bombs.


conty Says:

Tennis coverage is terrible? Where are you, what country, may i ask, Polo?


conty Says:

wow. Anderson-Berdych tie-break for 3rd set is good. Watching Anderson-Berdych but listening to Sveta v Agnieszka. Rolland Garros radio is very good as long as Matt Cronin isn’t calling a match.

Anderson serving for 3rd set and gets it. Berdych messed up a perfectly easy put-away smash with the entire court to use but pounded the ball into the net…oh my.


Kimmi Says:

I think radwanska has issues with people who have a good record against her. For two sets and a half she won only one game..give me a break. she is world # 3 for goodness sake..


Polo Says:

USA. ESPN does not know how to pick an interesting match to show. That explains why tennis has not caught on here. They show only the boring matches. I decided to go online live streaming and is watching the Berdych-Anderson match. Commentators are also much better. I have the TV on mute. It has that screaming lady anyway.


conty Says:

If you dare pay for and sign on with satellite dish: Direct tv or Dish Network, you can get good coverage of the slams with extra channels ESPN carries. But if I want to watch Jaziri beat Granollers, I need to look for a free live stream in the usual places. The extended ESPN coverage has 5 channels, 6 if you also have Tennis Channel. but of the 6 options at them moment 2 are for Sharapova, 3 others WTA matches and 1, Anderson v Berdych.


conty Says:

Radio Rolland Garros gives frequent updates on scores on all courts (if Matt Cronin isn’t yabbering randomly) it’s good radio description and detail. Right now there are good commentators, Brits, I think, calling the Radwanska match.


Wog boy Says:

conty,

Did you hear about sport hiistory of Kuznetsova parents, I am pretty sure you would be happy to know if you already don’t know?


Polo Says:

@conty:

thanks. I have been seriously considering switching from cable to satellite dish because I like to watch sports more than all those reality show rubbish that regular stations carry.


conty Says:

Wog boy, I didn’t hear it. Yes, that would be interesting.


conty Says:

Polo, the product is good if you love tennis and I can get cycling, the grand tours, classics, almost everything. But be aware of their stuffing the bill. I have to check charges every bill still, after signing on in December. Finally, the bill is what we agreed upon at the start but it hasn’t been easy!


Wog boy Says:

conty,

I missed how many times her father was world champion, but her mother was six time world champion in cycling and her brother won something in 1996 Olympic. It was noisy in my house:)


conty Says:

Oh thanks… didn’t know about her parents but I did know her brother was a pro cyclict :) Sveta just dominated Radwanska today.


conty Says:

cyclist i meant…having sensory overload


conty Says:

Granollers beat Jaziri, finally. Good for my bracket. I don’t know Jaziri.


Polo Says:

conty, cable companies do that too. They are all very cunning.

Anderson seems to have diminished his intensity. It looks like Berdych will still win this. Something may be wrong with his left thigh though.


Polo Says:

5th set. Isner is not involved so hopefully it will not be as long.

Did Radwanska just lose to Kuznetsova?


conty Says:

“Cunning” is a very polite way of putting it, Polo. Every month, no exaggeration I’ve spent hours on the phone with Direct TV. Finally the past 2 months I don’t have a anxiety attack when I open the bill. But they wanted me to sign on for online bill pay, quite pushy about it and I refused, citing their inflated and untrustworthy billing, though wanted to work with them because they offer more I want than local cable, CableOne, which doesn’t have NBC Universal Network for cycling or tennis Channel. Not real happy with tennis channel live coverage but they’ve done a good job with FO.


Wog boy Says:

Polo,

Yes, as conty said, she dominated Radwanska.


conty Says:

Yes Radwanska lost…surprisingly weak performance.


Polo Says:

Thanks Wog boy, conty: that’s women’s tennis for you!


conty Says:

This is my day off and suddenly Fognini v Tsonga is on and Simon v Wawrinka! I can not longer keep up!!


Wog boy Says:

One question for you people in North America? How much is a basic Foxtel package overthere, I am wondering if they are ripping as off overhere. I will give you example: basic package ( no sport, no movies, no Disney) overhere is about $60, IQ extra $15, sport chanels another $15 and so on. That is per month.


Polo Says:

This day is loaded with very interesting matches with most of them featuring evenly matched players. Some upsets may be anticipated (I am not referring to women’s because the unexpected there is always expected).


Wog boy Says:

should say “ripping us off” not “as”


Atom Says:

Thanks to kimmi and conty finally i found tennisxfansforever link !!! disappointed to be ranked 20 :(


conty Says:

Really sounds similar, Wog boy. But with cable I was paying less because where I live, they don’t have Tennis Channel unless you get Satellite TV. And the last straw was when they dropped the only other sport channel I watch, which carries World Cup Skiing and Cycyling. I could go to the Club and watch Tennis Channel so I hesitated to add it on, knowing it would cost me. With Cable I was paying 85$, no Tennischannel, no movie channels (i don’t watch HBO or Cinemax anyway. Paid extra for Science channel, Nat’l Geographic and History Channel 2 plus high speed internet.

I have argued my way into nearly going crazy with Direct TV with them sending me bills up to over 300$ with a bunch of movie channels I never asked for. Threatened to drop them, arguing with them for hours on the phone because they lied to me and I had proof (they make you sign a 2 yr contract) and go back to Cable, the fee for breaking contract was better than their bill; but I finally had a bill with skiing and cycling, no movie channels like Stars, HBO, have added on Tennis Channel but had to pay 12$ extra for a sports package, and it bundles with a better high speed intenet than the cable co. (can stream from Europe better) and it’s with tax and a large DVR capacity, 112$, which I think is too much but right now I’m loving it.


conty Says:

Atom, your bracket will go UP! You picked Rafa and picked solid quarters and semi’s. Kimberly’s rules starting 3rd round are fun and different from the main pool rules too!

Some of us are all over the getting the obscure early rounds where you only get a point or two for 1st and 2nd round picks. Do you play the ATP 1000 bracket challenge?


conty Says:

Oh man, my spelling and grammar has even reverted back to ‘contador.’ lol.

‘carlo’ was reading most of her posts before submitting and trying to clean it up. just wish this site had an edit button.


racquet Says:

This Tsonga/Foggy match has had some entertaining moments.


Humble Rafa Says:

I have sweet teeth. I want something to bit. Give me the trophy already. Mallorca is calling.


van orten Says:

hahahhahha humble…maybe earlier than you believe


van orten Says:

tsonga through now fed time!!!!


Mark Says:

Borrrrring match coming up!! Going out. C’mon Mahut. You have the Frenchies behind you!!


jane Says:

Simon and Wawa are both playing very well but especially Simon imo. Tsonga also looked sharp today, though he was broken a few times. Delpo up a break, I think I might look for a stream of that match.


van orten Says:

at least fed matches are a class act..in comparison to …looking forward to it


jane Says:

Simon/Wawa, Hotsauce/Seppi feel like 5 setters, interesting matches with closely matched opponents: too bad they are on at the same time, plus Delpo/Cilic too! Anyone have an english stream of Delpo/Cilic? It would be nice to follow the commentators.


racquet Says:

@jane, you can get a livestream here:

http://tinyurl.com/cy3xsdl


racquet Says:

Oh, I now see that you said in english. sorry.


Kimberly Says:

tennis channel showing federer mahut


jane Says:

Thanks racquet. Yeah I had similar, just hoping for English commentary so I could follow along. Oh well. BTW, are you playing the bracket challenge, and if so, have you checked your ranking? Are you the #1 mystery bracket? ;)


racquet Says:

jane, unfortunately not. I started an intensive course last week and missed the deadline. Maybe Wimby.


Atom Says:

Hi Conty … yes i play in atp masters 1000 bracket under the name vinod2vin :)


jane Says:

Then the mystery continues, racquet. We’ve all been trying to figure out who has the #1 bracket on the ATP side.

I really like Cilic’s hair! :) It’s looking like Delpo will be the conquerer today so far.

And mat4 could be right in his prediction of a mini upset in Seppi versus Verdasco if Seppi can hang on and take the 4th. Seppi has been on a roll this clay season.

Simon/Wawa is a grinder, could be a while before Nole’s on court as he’s scheduled on Lenglen. I hope he gets to play, it’s already 6.


jane Says:

Atom / vinod2vin, you’re always one of the top ATP bracketeers! Glad you’re doing the slam brackets too.


Atom Says:

i did n realize we can submit multiple entries. I would love to submit one entry with FED over Nadal. But too late :(


mat4 Says:

Hi everybody.

Guess my predictions went wrong, and I am not better than Jamie. Fabulous Fab lost already, Wawa is losing every tie-breaker he plays, my last hopes are Seppi and Schwank.


mat4 Says:

Seppi lost the fourth set! Aaargh!


jane Says:

Hotsauce takes the 4th: 5 sets it is.

Mahut is kind of a throw-back player, s&v etc, but he has little in the way of a return game, which makes sense thinking about the Isner/Mahut serving marathon at Wimbledon. Neither can return very well.

That really showed in Isner’s match yesterday. It’s a serious liability in his game. Without it, he’s reliant on a big serve, and that won’t always get it done. That said, Mathieu played a smart match; his mental fortitude was stellar, as it’d be easy to get frustrated with all those break points going begging.

Maybe they could move Nole to Chatrier? Fed/Mahut should be straight sets and they are the last scheduled on center court.


jane Says:

Hey mat4: any predictions on Hotsauce/Seppi 5th? Sticking with Seppi?

Cilic breaks back and holds.

Atom, I wish I would have submitted a second bracket too, and made the obvious choice of Rafa to win. It’s kind of fun that you can do more than one.

Fed’s first serve percentage is dropping off a little here.


mat4 Says:

I watched some of the Simon-Wawrinka. Stan has obviously the game, but Gilles defended well, served well, and played long. He has excellent nerves and you have to be very consistent to beat him. So, both time I saw a tie-beak was coming, I knew Simon will most probably win it. Still, it is not over, but it seems Wawa is fading in this fourth set, disheartened.

There is still hope for Seppi, especially if he manages to keep his serve now.


mat4 Says:

Hi jane. Yes, I stick with Andreas. Let’s hope he won’t be afraid of winning.


racquet Says:

Well well, Mahut takes the 2nd set. Who saw that coming?


jane Says:

Surprising, but you could see Fed’s serve was dropping off from 70s in set one to just over 50% in the second set. That allowed Mahut into the games more. Meanwhile his serve % went up into the 70s.


ertorque Says:

Fed’s UE is going up…………………..better buck up!


jane Says:

Cilic and Delpo in a marathon game at 6-5, Cilic serving to force a TB.


racquet Says:

Mahut’s wife won’t be pleased. He said in an interview before the match that she was Fed’s biggest fan.


mat4 Says:

Ok. Seppi won. I am not that bad after all.


jane Says:

mat4, smart pick! So all my worry over Hotsauce in R16 was for naught. Then again, hope that doesn’t backfire.

Meanwhile, Wawa serving for the 4th…


jane Says:

Goffin is now up two sets to one over Kubot. I have never even seen this Goffin fella, but he’s breaking out here.


jamie Says:

When the f*ck does Nole play? :rolleyes:


conty Says:

No joy for me at the moment. Verdasco lost, Julien Sands is going down to the Goffin, Stanley appears too strong for Gillou in the 4th :(

Bracket could flip soon, I think tooty picked Simon.

Federer is making me nervous, as is Delpo.

Atom is Vinod2vin! Ah…you are a seasoned bracketeer, you’ll zoom up. Have to go check-out your bracket again. I’m Zoncolan on the ATP bracket :D

racquet is not alejandrobello, eh? Where is Daniel? I was thinking alejandrobello might be him?

Come on, you are killing me ale alejandrobello. Laday Gaga fan? possibly?


jane Says:

Delpo won the second in a long tiebreaker 9-7.

Wawa is playing more aggressively than Simon, who is running around 10 feet behind the baseline; he can get too passive. Wawa is tough when that backhand is clicking.


jamie Says:

Federer’s draw is laughable. Nothing but mugs. Who the f*ck are Ungur and Goffin?


Brando Says:

mmmm…. BAR fed v berdych is it fair to say ALL the top 3 may have an easy ride to SF?

I CANNOT see ANYONE who may beat them at all!


mat4 Says:

If Wawa wins, I would have two of four for today. Statistical average. Not proud of myself. No more Georgian tea, I promise.


conty Says:

what is Georgian tea mat4?


mat4 Says:

It is a kind of very strong black tea, from Georgia like its name says. I had some yesterday and made some silly picks. (It is the Georgia from Eastern Europe. Staline was from that Georgia.)


mat4 Says:

BTW, Georgia is also famous for his wines.


jamie Says:

RG winner is between Nadal and Federer.

Don’t let Fed’s clowning fool you.

Nole’s astrology is too lousy for him to win.

Psychic is busy atm. Have to wait a few days to get her reply.

Chinese astrology says Nadal or Federer will win.


jane Says:

Gosh Wawa hitting winner after winner right now.


conty Says:

Well, I was guessing you were not drinking a special tea form the US state of Georgia ;) mat4

Strong black tea? I might like that. Could use some now; I’ve been up since 4 am.

Stan is going to win. Stan can beat Tsonga, I think.


Mark Says:

Jamie. Didn’t you say Nadal would win FO? What’s with the Nadal or Federer?


conty Says:

Georgia, the country is famous for wines?


jane Says:

conty if Wawa plays like this I think he can definitely beat Tsonga.


mat4 Says:

Stan played exceptional tennis in the last few games. What the right mindset can do!


conty Says:

Kimmi has the lead jane, she picked Stan to beat Tsonga! I’m out.


jamie Says:

@Mark

Based on Chinese Astrology.


ertorque Says:

wawrinka’s strokes are damn good. Best single BH imo. Simon’s defensive style doesn’t stand a chance when wawrinka’s form is like today’s.


Mark Says:

Jamie. So, who is going to win FO?


jamie Says:

On another forum someone posted this long prediction according to Chinese Astrology, he had gotten this prediction from a poster who had sent him a PM, apparently someone who studied Chinese Astrology.

___________________________________

This year is full of water. Djokovic is weak metal person, metal likes to hog limelight too. Water stress metal, this year he will be incredibly stressed to produce, i doubt there is any slam left in him as the water year starts at feb 4 2012(Chinese regard first day of year start at feb 4th). Last year is strong in metal which aided his weak metal.

For federer Earth person. Federer chart is dominated by metal(talent) with a bit of fire(resource), where fire is never going to burn his metal. The fire in his chart makes him think of funny skills which sometimes lead to his errors and downfall. Water destroy fire in 2012, I think he will follow plan strictly to play against opponent weakness this year. The water also means indirect wealth, he will get a lot of money from commercials this year. He receive some earth this year too which is his self element(he don’t need it). Competitor is as strong and gonna share the wealth with him. But this earth also make his metal stronger, he will rep up performance, hit bigger etc.

For nadal is alot of fire in chart. He is earth person too. Overpowering Fire produce earth which means mental strength and hardwork, this year water stop the fire. His hardwork dropped and mental shape is poorer. However his chance is summer apr, may and june, the period when water is weakest. But he cannot overplay this year, will cause injury easier due to weak mental and stubborn nature to fight(alot of earth, self elements). Also his output is always shortlived due to weaker wood in chart, not enough to fuel fire.

To conclude i think strongly nadal and federer take up the 3 slams. If Nadal don’t take W and RG in summer, he will miss his biggest chance in most fav period, somebody new will take. Either fed or murray. Also Fed is more dangerous player for Nadal than Djokovic this year. The fire weakened in Fed’s chart don’t have adverse effects, in fact better, more focused mentally.


mat4 Says:

Stan won against Jo last year, coming back from a two sets deficit. I think he is the better clay courter, but Jo is a fierce competitor.


mat4 Says:

@Conty:

Yes, they had great wines in Georgia.


jane Says:

He really did mat4; I was impressed.

Tsonga finished with 40 winners but 40 UEs. Wawa finished with 92 winners (!) but 88 UEs. So both of them are playing aggressively.

Their H2H is 1-1 and it was Wawa who beat Tsonga last year at RG in a 5 setter.


racquet Says:

“racquet is not alejandrobello, eh?”

Definitely not. Have only ever been me.


jane Says:

conty – smart picking by Kimmi – good for her.


jamie Says:

Need to ask the psychic, she is too busy right now.

Nadal is wearing a dark pink/dark orange/light red shirt similar to 2009 but Federer’s outfit is similar to the one he wore at RG 2008 in color. So both negative factors are even.

Nole’s not winning, I’m certain.


jane Says:

conty, Daniel is AT the French Open this year, which could be why he’s not commenting, lucky guy. But he might have picked a bracket before he left? He always a savvy bracketeer.


conty Says:

nevermind, mat4, I looked it up. I forget where Georgia is geographically. So they have been growing grapes a long, long time! Never find any Georgian wines – not even in Portland or Cali, when I’m there. Idaho doesn’t have any but maybe in Ketchum…very international spot in Idaho. There is a wine shop there that has quite a collection.

Federer is having to work for this. Delpo won.


mat4 Says:

And, Conty, sorry. Usually Westerners know so little about eastern Europe. Though, with all those new nations and states, it is not easy.


conty Says:

Well, we were speculating about which tennis-x poster would be leading the bracket and your name came up, racquet.

But nevermind, Kimmi is on top with her Stan pick!

Daniel would pick Rafa, if it meant winning :) and yes, jane he and vinod lead in overall ATP points.


jane Says:

Kimmi is on top of BOTH men’s and women’s brackets: she is rocking!


conty Says:

My ancestry comes from areas north and west of Georgia…more like a town near Oddessa.

Mahut is taking Federer the distance. Oh my….


conty Says:

I guess Georgia is a long long way from Odessa, really. But I have some Armenian friends.

Mahut is beating Federer this 4th set, quite maybe.


racquet Says:

Mahut is really bringing it to Roger. He doesn’t seem awed and is enjoying himself.


conty Says:

Roger is in Federror mode.

Goffin wins. If Mahut wins this? Mahut or Goffin to the quarters?


mat4 Says:

Odessa shouldn’t be that far. So, you have Cossack blood? The world is really a big melting pot.


jane Says:

Fed breaks back again – should serve it out.


conty Says:

My Grandma spoke Yiddish and called me her tatar bubla, whatever that means. I’m a mixture of everything but much I do think comes from Eastern Europe. Looking at names is deceptive because they changed the names when they moved or had to…probably I’m gypsy too. We are all a blend.


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Nole started well.


racquet Says:

Fed through. Very entertaining 4th set.


andrea Says:

nice win by fed, but looks like mahut is back in form again. lots of great matches today. isner? what can you say about him…someone wrote they should bring in the 5th set tiebreak just for him…hard not to argue that.

;)


jane Says:

Fed hit 61 winners to 25 errors, very good, not that many errors. Mahut 28 to 35. Must’ve been the drop in Fed’s first serve percentage, or perhaps a dip in concentration in that second set.


Brando Says:

fed’s through then. Jane’s right- seemed better today all in all.

POINTLESS watching the novak match (no offense intended to nole fans)- he’s facing someone who did not win a SINGLE TOUR MATCH FOR OVER 3 YEARS PRIOR TO RG!

I just hope nole’s kind and gives a game or two for the match!

total MISMATCH!


conty Says:

All I can say is it’s over and Federer won. But at this rate he may lose to Goffin.

Noe one match left. All focus on easy win for Nole.


jane Says:

conty why do you say that? I thought Fed played well but for the second set. Certainly good stats, on paper etc. Maybe he just lost focus for a bit.

Devilder had a pretty good draw: beat Krajinovic, and then Berrer. who took out Melzer in 5 sets, so Devilder got a tired Berrer. Lefty I guess.


mat4 Says:

Nole is not playing well. But if he manages to play his best, hopefully he could have chances to get to the next round.


alison hodge Says:

Conty i had exactly the same problem as Atom,registered and filled out the bracket and have not seen my name Lalaland on the list of the tennis x posters,so dissapointed and have not looked at it since last monday.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The Goffin Steamroller continues! Can anyone stop the Mad Belge?


conty Says:

jane, you watch Federer neutrally and go by the numbers. I am emotionally invested in him NOT losing a set to Mahut, lol… big difference!

I know the day is coming but dear tennis gods, please help him get to the quarterfinal and past the cockatoo, the Goffin, the new hope of Belgium.


jane Says:

conty, I get it. Makes sense now.


jane Says:

Here is Goffin, mystery boy. I had to look him up as have never seen the dude. He’s almost 22. :)

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Go/D/David-Goffin.aspx


conty Says:

Alison, we’ll get you into Wimbledon bracket (it is a little less user-friendly that Atp 1000 bracket)

Actually, if you have a draw picked and entered in the main pool, you can email Kimberly and she might be able to get you in. I had to do that with my WTA bracket because I entered it in the wrong tennis-x FO pool, the one from last year. Ask Kimberly – she is the administrator general of tennis-x tournytopia bracket :D

Devilder just happy to get a game!!


jane Says:

Devilder plays very far back.


conty Says:

alison, did you register you username as lalaland in the tennis channel bracket challenge?

Atom was in there but didn’t know how to get to the page. But i don’t see your name. If you are registered in the main pool, the way to go is through Kimberly. She can still get you transferred in.


conty Says:

Born December 1990, jane. Doesn’t ATP do the birth dates the British way? or he turns 22 in July.

I’ve made a point to watch Goffin. He looks smaller than that stated height and weight…I would guess no older than 16! Speedy and light like Simon. A thinker on the court but not sure about him. Maybe Simon-lite.


jane Says:

Sun is setting, I wonder if Nole/Devilder will get the match finished in the gloaming? Every single day since day one matches have been carried over. The FO really needs to do something about this imo.


jane Says:

Oh you’re right conty, it’s a December birthday.


jane Says:

Good “racquet reaction” by Tignor on the Isner/Mathieu match: one stat for example:

“the number of games played, 76, was the most at Roland Garros in the Open era. ”

Here’s the link:

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/05/french-open-isner-d-mathieu.html


harry Says:

to muzza fans:
a nice writeup on ivan the-not-so-terrible-lendl
http://tinyurl.com/8yn7cxr


alison hodge Says:

Thanks Conty i think ill leave it now,but ill make sure i get it right for wimbledon though.


conty Says:

NO alison, wait, i just found you and posted a comment on your bracket! no need to give up. your bracket looks great!


jane Says:

harry, thanks, I enjoyed that write up.

alison, you have to play for Wimbles, it’s your hometown slam!

In a way this has been Nole’s worst match.


alison hodge Says:

Ah Thanks Conty lol its been so long since i last had a look at it,id completely forgotten who i actually picked,im absolutely knackered now though,and i have an early start at work in the morning,but i will deffinetly have a look tomorrow,and read your message too i promise,many thanks again xxx.


mat4 Says:

Who is the lady commenting with Simon Reed on Eurosport?


conty Says:

Why jane, too easy?

Thanks for the links Harry and jane. Interesting comments below the Lendl article. Why do so many still hate him?

alison, on your comment section, you will find the way to Kimberly’s pool :) it’s not too late. i found you in the main pool easily.


jane Says:

conty, too many errors, but yeah maybe too easy. :)

It’s too bad Lendl is so reviled. I don’t get it. Even when he was playing I didn’t think he was so bad.


alison hodge Says:

Jane lol yeah too right wild horses will not stop me,and im gonna go for Murray too,my 1st wimby bracket challenge,and Murrays 1st slam,im hoping it will be a good omen,also my late mother was half scottish,so i guess that makes me half scottish hmmm lol.


jane Says:

All matches finished today!


Lisa Says:

@Jamie

I honestly think Andy Murry will win 2012 FO….no astrology and anything like that…

Andy Murray to win his first grand slam at 2012 FO…..


alison hodge Says:

Lisa Nah lol wimbledon,read my post above yours to Jane,my 1st wimbledon bracket challenge,im half scottish,ie Murrays 1st grand slam at wimbledon its an omen,im telling you.


jamie Says:

Apparently it will be a Fedal final with Nadal winning his 7th RG.


jamie Says:

Nadal and Federer have the best astrological charts.

But Nadal has the best one.


alison hodge Says:

Jamie is that yours or your pyschics prediction?
BTW Why dont you do Kimberlys bracket challenge,as you seem really good at picking winners?


jamie Says:

Nole has lousy natal aspects/astrological chart for the RG tournament.


jamie Says:

The psychic’s predictions of course.


boss Says:

@jamie

is there any chance for federer to pull off the upset? and what about wimbledon?


jamie Says:

@alison

I’m doing work atm.


jamie Says:

@boss

After RG Federer will enter a very good period.

Very likely to win Wimbledon.


jamie Says:

And the one that left me stunned:

Nadal has great chances of winning the USO.

Apparently he has the same alignments for this USO as he had at the 2010 USO.


jamie Says:

So:

FO Nadal

Wimbledon Federer

USO Nadal (lightning strikes twice!)


jamie Says:

@alison

I read on another forum from a guy that does astrology that Murray will win his first slam at 27 years old.


Green900 Says:

Jamie, I really dont understand how a rational person could possibly believe astrological signs. It is perhaps one of the most dumbest claims I have ever seen. Just a hoax to get people interested. It is a complete load of trash.


carlo Says:

Well, I had thought about jamie being the mysterious alejandrobello. But the more i look at the picks, i’m think Daniel. And that’s right jane, he’s at FO.

But there are others in there unidentified. who is ‘superlam’? and my Bf would have something to say about that nickname! lol.

Alison, when you read my comment on your bracket, you can click on my bracket and see into the pool maybe or at least look at my bracket(s) and read the comments; also if you go to the page main pool page where your bracket is, look down the page and click on ‘see more standings’, on that page is a spot to enter a username and number, that’s how i found your bracket but didn’t know your bracket number, simply typed in lalaland.


jamie Says:

@Green900

The psychic predicted the winner of the past 3 slams.


carlo Says:

Meant thinking not think and ‘superlamb’ not superlam….

feel free to introduce yourselves : ) or, simply remain anonymous, that’s your choice too….okay.


conty Says:

sheesh, i need a nap. back to carlo, i see now. really this is now “conty”


alison hodge Says:

I will do tomorrow Carlo honest, im done in and off to bed in a minute,BTW before i go have you gone back to Carlo,i thought you wanted to be known as Conty?


kriket Says:

jamie, you have been known to be wrong before, with your predictions.

How about if anything you predicted doesn’t actually happen, you shut up about it in the future?


Green900 Says:

jamie

Well the past three slams havent been the most difficult to predict. Djokovic, Djkokovic and Djokovic. He’s been playing the best during that period, so the fact that the psychic predicts it is just a matter of going with the odds. It’s like saying federer was going to win 3 slams in 2007 and 2006, you dont need to be a psychic, its just going with the odds – looking at who is the best player at that time.


jamie Says:

The psychic is really good at predicting.

Hope this helps.


jamie Says:

@Green900

Everybody thought Fedal would win Wimbledon last year.

All the pundits said Fedal.


conty Says:

alison, I’m ‘conty’ short for (banned but only through july), cyclist, triple Grand Tour winner, Alberto Contador Velasco, the Great!

been up since 3-4 am watching tennis and i am tired mid afternoon here. I was ‘contador’ originally here. now ‘conty’ – Kimmi wanted me back…too confusing as ‘carlo’


jamie Says:

tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=385019


alison hodge Says:

OK Conty i like that name better anyway,time for my bed too,sweet dreams,will talk to you tomorrow.


Lisa Says:

@alison

Yep, will also root for him at Wimbledon, most likely to win there and at USO for sure…..but i still believe in him this tournament, you never know…:)


harry Says:

conty/carlo/zonco!
you seen to post much more with your new moniker :) is that true?


conty Says:

harry,

Are you, by any chance in the FO tennis-x pool under a different moniker? Was meaning to ask you. I posted a lot about the FO bracket to Atomic and alison, also…overboard tennis junkie today :/

I tend to post more during GS’s anyway; also when home and tired, not outside on my day off. Last week I was gone and didn’t post. It depends on how busy I am and if I think I have something to say. but I need to think like i was as carlo about reading my posts and cleaning up spelling, punctuation, grammar. I was/ am a very lazy typist. Need to clean up my act. Also a lot less defensive of Federer now.

Yeah, I didn’t feel real comfortable posting as ‘contador’ when he was going through all that. I have my opinions on doping in cycling and how the UCI protects some and singles out others, it’s corrupt.

Anyway, harry, I work this weekend, and it will be busy. So, no getting up at 3-4 am and spending all day on tennis channel ;) And I used to post more even more than today during GS matches, usually Federer matches. but now I’m in serious need of a bike ride…then, to bed early. cheers, harry.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I don’t know about Georgian wine but I certanly know about Georgian cognac. Twenty years ago I had to fly to Belgrade with basicaly no notice, it was sad occasion and I had to make it. Because of the war problems plane didn’t fly to Belgrade so I had to make it somehow to Budapest and then to hire somebody to drive me to Belgrade. It took 56 hours but I made it. I had to use Russian Aeroflot from Bangkok to Moscow and to wait for the next connection for Budapest. It was in the middle of the winter and it was freaking cold in Moscow and I was coming from hot Sydney. The only way to survive 15 hours in Moscow was, you are guessing, to by a bottle of Georgian Cognac at the airport. Needless to say I polished it by the time I was ready to board next plane…. and I didn’t get drunk, so I think. Very good stuff:)


boss Says:

Jamie, unlike the others on this board I am actually a fan of the psychic’s predictions and i am a believer of astrology because it has saved my life several times…so don’t be upset by people talking you down. what i really want to know is this: is there ANY chance of federer beating nadal in the RG final? like, for example, you predicted djokovic in monte carlo, but nadal won. could something like that happen, since fed is on the edge of a good period?


jane Says:

I didn’t realize Goffin was a lucky loser, i.e., he got into the draw because Monfils withdrew. He is the first “lucky loser” to reach the 4th round at the FO since 1978. He is also the youngest player left in the draw.


Wog boy Says:

i think it should say “polished it off”


harry Says:

nope conty, i am not playing the FO tennis bracket…

“Need to clean up my act” — i am an even more lazy typist. for eg, i dont capitalize etc :)

have a good bike ride and a nice weekend…


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Hoew did Nole play, I didn’t watch it. I fell asleep on the lounge while I was waiting for the match to start. I am all sore now:(


mat4 Says:

Woggy,

speaking of cognac, I prefer Albanian.


Wog boy Says:

You mean SkenderBeg, good taste but Romanian is very, very good too:) I use to bring them a lot from Romania in old good times:)


jane Says:

Wog Boy, he played well enough. Devilder played far back so Nole was able to come to net more times than maybe usual and finish off points. He was also impatient at times, maybe because like you he had been waiting all day to play, through lots of long matches, and he was trying to beat the coming darkness as well as Devilder. He said he didn’t want to have to come back tomorrow. I looked up Devilder and he played Rafa here in 2008, and Rafa gave up 5 games to him too. Maybe Nole’s concentration wasn’t razor sharp because he was cruising at times. He did the “wave” along with the crowd. :) Finished with a nice forehand winner too.


jane Says:

I couldn’t listen to commentators as I had to watch streaming not in English. After my TV coverage finished showing Fed’s match they switched to Azarenka not Nole, so there was no coverage of him. :/


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks very much. I didn’t recorded either because it was outside of the time frame that I had it on :(


jamie Says:

@Boss

The only predictions done by the psychic are the 4 slams. AO, FO, Wimbledon and USO. Those are VERY good predictions. She uses astrology and she is REALLY good.

The other tournament predictions like masters series are not done by the psychic but are mine and those are not done using astrology at all. Just for fun.

The only predictions you should pay attention to are the 4 slams.


mat4 Says:

WB:

Skenderbeg was excellent 25 years ago, when it was packed in beer bottles, but it was difficult to get. But then, I was making a dialectical UE, believing naively that quantity always somehow metamorphoses in quality. But was it an UE?

jane:

Nole didn’t play that bad. He made some UE from the FH side, but overall, it was a good training match. Cheer up! Our man will win this tournament!


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

How often did it happen to you to go in the pub (bar), to ask for Cognac and barman asks you if you would like ice with it. That is the biggest insult for Cognac:( Does happen pretty often to me here in Sydney. I am talking about pubs, not five star hotels and bars.


Kimmi Says:

Phew!! that Federer match almost gave me a heart attack. didn’t see it only following the score. was Mahut that good or was Federer bad? Mahut has the big serve, so i think if he was serving well he would be tough to break. I looked at the stat, fed hit 54 winners and only 25 UEs. That is very good. Hopefully this fight early on is preparing him for tough matches to come.

Thanks jane and conty. ah, how lucky I am. You see, I did three brackets..those matches that looked like a toss up to me I picked one and
the other on separate brackets. It worked this time. Lets see how long i can stay on top.


jane Says:

mat4, you’re like a cavalier poet today, all drinks and optimism. I love it! :)

Kimmi, smart girl; I should have done at least one more bracket.


jane Says:

Wog boy, match point for you: the announcer is hilarious. I have no idea what he’s saying but the inflection is contagious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv2RS2s82a0&feature=related


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I cannot stop laughing, where did you find this one:-)
It is arabic, I have to ask my Lebanese friend what he is saying, if I don’t forget.
I cannot stop watching it :)


Steve 27 Says:

Soderling never reaches the quarterfinals of AO
Tsonga never reaches the quarterfinals of RG
Del Potro never reaches the quarterfinals of SW19
Berdych never reaches the quarterfinals of Us Open

Soderling is injured, Tsonga has a chance against Wawrinka (revenge of last year?)
Del Potro until now, has no answers on grass.
And, incredible, Berdych with his game has failed on hardcourts of Flushing Meadows. I choose Ali Tsonga and Czech to reach their respective quarter-finals where missing in the majors have not yet reached that stage.


mat4 Says:

WB:

What always amazes me is all those differences in culture from West to East, or East to West. In France, it is normal to drink (anything, from a Remy Martin to an Ayze white wine), but you have to stay on your feet and not to look too drunk. In England, in pubs, men get drunk so much that they don’t know their own names. Serbs, Croatians, Macedonians, Bulgars, Slovaks, all are a bit different but drinking to oblivion twice a year with friends is not socially unacceptable. In Russia, even in the Gorbatchev era, it was very special, and no one drinks like Russians do.

jane,

All the stories about confidence, new weapons and patterns… are meaningless. What I saw in Rome was Novak having his destiny on his racquet. Trust me. Didn’t I foretold that Seppi was going to win against Verdasco? Wawa against Simon?


mat4 Says:

jane,

what a link!


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

“twice a year” are you trying to make us look nicer than we are, thanks anyway :)


Steve 27 Says:

Jamie what about Olympics and WTF is just fun or real predictions?
Will win Murray one big tournament as Majors, gold Medal or WTF?, Is not this year, when?


harry Says:

thanks jane!


Polo Says:

jane, thanks for that funny video clip. I wonder if it is the same Arabic commentator from this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTsaoYGlqY


jane Says:

Polo, ha ha ha. It does sound like the same commentator. He is so enthusiastic it’s hard not to smile listening to him.


Wog boy Says:

Polo,

It must be the same, TV logo is the same and the voice, he obviously enjoys tennis…. and his wife too:)


mat4 Says:

@Polo:

Are you sure that’s what he really said? Unbelievable :-)


mat4 Says:

Just read the comments and finished watching the video. Of course, the commentator didn’t say what is written in the translation. Excellent clip!


Polo Says:

@mat4:

The translations were so outrageous that I didn’t think they were accurate. He wouldn’t have kept his job is he said those things. But it was quite hilarious!


mat4 Says:

He perhaps would have kept his job… different cultures, you know… but would certainly had problems with his first, second and third wives.


Wog boy Says:

mat4

:-)


skeezer Says:

Polo,

That was sooo much fun to watch!! Tx. Salsa, Beer, Fruit, Cowardly, this commentator belongs on SNL….sooo funny.


Kimmi Says:

i think djokovic deal with uniqlo is now almost the same as federer deal with nike. commentator during fed match says $10M a year. that is very good.


Kimmi Says:

apparently goffin is the lucky loser. what a run he is having!!


Kimmi Says:

jane – skimming through 200 posts above, you already mentioned that goffin was a lucky loser. ugh! i just been too late watching these matches :)


jane Says:

Kimmi, there is a little write up about him at the ATP website, and I read some stats in another article too. Yes, he must be thrilled to be this deep in the draw!

Good to hear Nole got a nice deal from Uniqlo. I ilke the clothes so far.


metan Says:

Happy, Roger goes to next round.


courbon Says:

To Mat4 and Wog Boy:
Mat, tell me about it!I live in France (in Armagnac region ,which is also pretty good cognac),I’m a Serb, so know thing or two about Balkan drinking habits, have a halfh Polish blood and worked with polish for years(so my experties in drinking get a good street credibility-no eating and drinking-disaster) and leaved last 19 years in London-And Mat,you are absolutelly right about English-they call it ‘binge’ drinking…(drink till you drop on Friday night)

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