Nadal, Murray, Ferrer Dominate At French Open; Men’s Sweet 16 Picks And Previews
by Sean Randall | June 2nd, 2012, 11:01 pm
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Three rounds down at the 2012 French Open and our final 16 is set. After a week of play really all the big names are through with minimal surprises and drama to date – with the 32 seeding it’s been a rather uneventful week one for the men.

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Andy Murray all eased into the fourth round without losing a set today. Nadal ran his French Open win streak to 17 after pounding burly Argentine Eduardo Schwank. Rafa, who hasn’t even come close to facing a set point, said afterward he didn’t play his best on his last day as a 25-year-old. And that won’t sit well with Uncle Toni and the camp!

Ferrer blew out Mikhail Youzhny while Murray shook off any of those back concerns by taking care of a game Santiago Giraldo rather routinely.

Murray now gets a hot-handed Richard Gasquet who won the last 14 games to beat vet Tommy Haas in four sets. Ferrer will meet grunting countryman Marcel Granollers, a 5-set winner over marathon man Paul-Henri Mathieu. And Nadal had a post birthday date with another Argentine, buddy Juan Monaco.

Monaco scored the win of the day upending Milos Raonic in five sets. The dangerous Canadian led 2-1 in sets but surprisingly never was able to break Monaco’s serve. And to beat a player in five sets at the French you have to break serve.

Still only 21, Raonic will have time to learn his game on the clay. Today, I think experience and guile got the better of him. With his game and tutelage, I think someday he’ll make the last four at Paris.

Also, another Spaniard – one of four to make the Sweet 16 – Nicolas Almagro hasn’t dropped a set, and he’ll now meet Janko Tipsarevic who’s won 9 straight sets. That winner will likely get Nadal on Wednesday.

As for tomorrow, in a new format here are my top-half fourth round capsules.

Novak Djokovic v. Andreas Seppi
The quiet comer this spring has been Andreas Seppi. The veteran Italian is in the midst of one of his best runs winning Djokovic’s home Belgrade title and then reaching the quarterfinals in Rome. But that all ends Sunday. Seppi has never beaten Djokovic winning just two sets in seven meetings, and in large part it’s because Novak, one of the game’s premier returners, can feast on Seppi’s weak second offering. Seppi is sturdy enough off the ground, but Djokovic, who is better in every department, should cruise.
The pick: Djokovic in three

Roger Federer v. David Goffin
Federer hasn’t looked great thus far but his competition hasn’t required his best. And that won’t change this round either. Federer’s opponent is little-known David Goffin. A 21-year-old who looks like he’s going on 12, Goffin is that rare “lucky loser” who’s been the story of the men’s event in his Slam debut. The Belgian even idolizes Federer – he has posters of the Swiss on his walls! And that’s about all you need to know in this one (players rarely beat their idols in their first try!). Goffin will be a great player one day – Top 20 I think – but with what danger lurks in week two, I expect Federer to step his game up right here and put on his best performance of the fortnight.
The pick: Federer in three

Stan Wawrinka v. JW Tsonga
This is a tough one to call. Both 27-year-olds have put up similar numbers in their careers and they’ve split two prior meetings, notably Wawrinka beating Tsonga in five a year ago at the French. Stan’s the better clay court player while Tsonga will have the home crowd, the mojo and he’s the better big match guy. For me, though, the key is Stan’s played 14 of a maximum 15 sets en route and even though he’s one of the fitter guys on the circuit, I think his legs might be a tad heavy. Tsonga enjoyed a straight set win over Fabio Fognini on Friday and and he appears to be in good rhythm. So without a lot of confidence I’ll take a flyer and go with the streaky Frenchman here.
The pick: Tsonga in four

Juan Martin Del Potro v. Tomas Berdych
In the best match of the day it’s the fourth round clash we all wanted to see between two of the biggest bashers on the tour, Berdych and Del Potro. Aside from Del Potro’s knee issues, both guys are in form and playing good tennis. In this series, Del Potro leads 3-2 but Berdych won their most recent meeting in a odd result at Madrid where the Argentine got rattled by two line calls and lost in two tiebreaks. Otherwise, Del Potro had won 7 straight sets over the Czech. And that’s why I’ll take him again here. If the knee holds up, which somehow it has thus far, I just think Delpo has a smidge more firepower and moxie than Berdych.
The pick: Del Potro in five

As for the women, with Serena out, the tournament looks like it’s going to come down to the Sharapova-Li Na semifinal winner, and I think that’ll be Maria. With the upsets, both girls now have little in their way to get to that semifinal collision. In the top half, I think 2010 finalist Sam Stosur and Sara Errani get out to that semifinal. Former champ Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka are in the mix, but I don’t think they’re at the level to win two more matches.

But with the draw so wide open, it’ll be fun to watch the nerves takeover week two. We saw some of that today in Kanepi’s upset win over Wozniacki. That should just be a precursor of what’s to come.

Tennis Channel will have coverage at 5am ET for you earlybirds. NBC comes on at 1pm ET. All singles matches are now split on two courts.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[26] v. Sara Errani (ITA)[21]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[22]
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[18] v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[5]
Sloane Stephens (USA) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[6]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
Angelique Kerber (GER)[10] v. Petra Martic (CRO)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[15]
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. David Goffin (BEL)
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[9] v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7]


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375 Comments for Nadal, Murray, Ferrer Dominate At French Open; Men’s Sweet 16 Picks And Previews

jane Says:

I like the new format; it’s easier to follow.

“A 21-year-old who looks like he’s going on 12″ – he does look super young!


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Oh what a tough draw for Federer.
Extremely unlucky to face the only unseeded player left in the draw (youngest player too).

Draw Gods are always against Federer. But I am confident that he will overcome this huge hurdle as he has done for the past three rounds.


laslo Says:

Why is Goffin even bothering to play? Fanboy should just go out there, wave the white flag and ask for his autograph.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why is Goffin even bothering to play?

Exactly. Why are the 127 tennis players wasting their time and the fans’ time when they know who the winner is. Give me the trophy already.


Mark Says:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAFA!!


trufan Says:

I agree, nobody has any chance against the Arrogant One at the French Open. Except perhaps Djokovic. THe Arrogant one beats a tired Monaco next (after his 5-setter against Raonic). He dodged the Raonic bullet, after all. Then he will play his ping pong ball Almagro, whom he has beaten 235 times in a row before (including practice matches). Then he faces either Ferrer, another bitch of his (whom he has beaten 289 times before), or an injured Murray who WILL choke.

Tough draw for the Arrogant One, really.


trufan Says:

Oh Yeah, and BTW, Happy Birthday to the Arrogant One. May you be a bit more sporting make your opponent wait less this year.


Kathy Says:

trufan said “Tough draw for the Arrogant One, really.”

But Federer’s draw wasn’t tough, far from it.


nadalista Says:

You know you’ve plumbed the depths of desperation when you hang your hopes of a Rafa upset on clay on Raonic…………….


van orten Says:

whoever wins between delpo and berdych everyone will pick that guy to upset federer ….mark my words.


Colin Says:

trufan, I’m glad you at least think Murray will get himself in a winning position if he plays Nadal.
“Oh, I didn’t say that” I hear you cry.
But you did.
To “choke” means to lose after being in a winning position(or didn’t you know that?).


trufan Says:

Colin,

You need to check your English – choke, in this context, means to “fumble, mess up, botch”. Being up a break and then losing a set, or losing in the tie breaker, are all choking situations in tennis. A player can lose in straight sets but have several points in time when he may have choked. Being in a winning position in a match would mean being 1 set away from victory. Two different things buddy.

And Kathy, I do agree, Fed’s draw so far has been easy, though he is likely to have the toughest QF of all 3 top players. But the Arrogant One’s draw is easy right up to the final. You seem confused, as you are mixing up the two. I guess you haven’t watched much tennis.

DelPo Berdych will not be a 5-setter. Either Berdych will be tired and give it away (having played a tough 5 setter last round), or Delpo will misfire and flare up his injury and give it away. Unlikely both these things will happen, or none.


skeezer Says:

Roger Federer Fan,

But your Love is 17-0 against qualifiers in Grand Slams, a Rafa record? Anytime you want to compare Grand Slams first 3/4 rounds Rafa vs Fed opponets just call me at 1-800-GOAT.


Kimmi Says:

seppi is giving djokovic a lot of rhythm. djokovic changing direction on that BH is a beauty.


Kimmi Says:

OK, this match is not as easy for djokovic as it started. seppi giving his all here


Kimmi Says:

ugh, djokovic missing. 0-40 for seppi.


Kimmi Says:

there is the break, more errors. seppi to serve out for first set.


Kimmi Says:

wow! this rallies are insane.


Kimmi Says:

This match is going to be tough. seppi took the first set.

cilbulkova takes the first set too.


metan Says:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VAMOS RAFA,

YOUR BEST GIFT IS WINNING FO ON JUNE 10..

great all the big guys is on the round 4


Kimmi Says:

djokovic in trouble. seppi breaks again.


metan Says:

Nole made so many errors, he lost fist set, second set 2 2


sub023 Says:

Now that was a ridiculous way to earn a break.


racquet Says:

Djokovic in a bit of trouble. Down a set and a break. Seppi is playing well but Nole out of sorts.


Dory Says:

OMG WHAT’S GOING ON? AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR IS DJOKOVIC LOSING AGAINST….OF ALL PLAYERS….ANDREAS SEPPI?????????????


Dory Says:

I can’t believe my eyes. Seppi is a decent player, he’s not a GREAT player, he’s no match for Djokovic USUALLY and he’s not a consistent player either. He’s reached this far in a Slam for the first time and he usually loses tournaments almost always in 1st and 2nd rounds. And he’s taken a set off Nole just like that and leading in set 2??? This is a bad dream and Djoker needs to WAKE UP!!!


racquet Says:

Nick Bollettieri just said he thinks the errors by Djokovic are mainly due to slow pace of damp weather and heavy balls. But then Seppi isn’t. One still believes that Nole will turn this around but he better do it quickly. Seppi to serve for the 2nd set.


racquet Says:

Nole breaks back…just in the nick of time.


Kimmi Says:

break! finally.


metan Says:

Jamie’s prediction is gonna happen, early bye for nole


van orten Says:

i think it is clear now that djoker will win this in 4!!!!!


van orten Says:

seppi broke himself!!!


van orten Says:

djoker is a champ! he shouldn’t be too worried


van orten Says:

7:5 djoker then easy 3rd and 4th


Dory Says:

If Djoker loses, this will be the worst defeat ever for any world no. 1 in any slam ever to the most ordinary random player ever. You can’t self-destruct in a Slam like this! Last time I remember Djokovic did this was in Wimbledon 2010 against Berdych where he played a horrible match and lost quickly. Still, that was Berdych. This is Seppi! He loses to everybody usually. Have I gone mad for thinking this way?


Roger Federer Fan Says:

skeezer Says:
Roger Federer Fan,

But your Love is 17-0 against qualifiers in Grand Slams, a Rafa record? Anytime you want to compare Grand Slams first 3/4 rounds Rafa vs Fed opponets just call me at 1-800-GOAT.

June 3rd, 2012 at 7:14 am

Skeezer my friend,
Please dont go there….we may find out that our GOAT has played more qualies and also lost a few to qualies.
We are lucky that there are no rafa fans who are jobless like Dave or you to selectively dig into meaningless.


Dory Says:

This is his performance timeline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Seppi#Singles_Performance_Timeline What happened to Nole? Some health issue or lack of confidence or what??????


Kimmi Says:

cilbulkova wins it. she did it this time. WOW!!! what a win.


Kimmi Says:

top players are falling on women side. sharapova and petra remaining.

now into djokovic-seppi


van orten Says:

set point nole !!!


van orten Says:

i mean set point seppi!


Dory Says:

Heart attack. Earthquake. Faint.


sub023 Says:

Did not expect that to transpire. Could both #1′s be headed out today?


racquet Says:

Seppi wins the 2nd set. o.m.g.


Kimmi Says:

seppi!!! wow! nole has to dig deeeeeeeeep now.


Piet Says:

Novak is going out. Straight sets. Nole’s mind, agression en commitment is everwhere except in this match


Piet Says:

Seppi is playing well above himself though


Kimmi Says:

this has to be a five setter!


metan Says:

If nole out , then final will be nadal n Roger, omg, 8 don’t like it coz both of them are my fan, stress


skeezer Says:

Well….uh hum….the weather is becoming a factor at FO again. Humid, cloudy, and rain predicted on and off throughout the reminder of the tourney. Reports of the balls being heavy already reported. Who does awesome under these conditions? The birthday boy, who else? Not that he needs any more advantage. Everyone has to play under the same conditions, very true, and Rafa plays the best on this surface, especially with these conditions. Hard to hit ouright winners, and you have forever and a day get a good swing at ball. Me thinks when he finally plays someone good this tourney (uh…who?) he’ll be biting another trophy. Don’t chip a tooth. Congrats Rafa!


jane Says:

Well. I didn’t expect this match to be quite so tough, though I knew Seppi’s playing well to take out Hotsauce who was also playing well.

Azarenka is out.

Hmmm. I hope Nole does follow suit but 2 sets down it’s looking rather likely. :(


Dory Says:

But but it can’t happen. It will be one of the BIGGEST SHOCKS in my life.


jane Says:

This feels like 2009 and 2010 Nole – out to Kohls and Melzer. Ugh. Too sad for words. I guess this year it’ll be Seppi. :(


Kimmi Says:

Djokovic gets the lead, give it right back. Seppi very consistent today.

djokovic feel not there. How many UEs now, must be over 30.


trufan Says:

This is Nadal’s title match. If Djoke Loses, the title is Nadal’s.


Lisa Says:

Remeber guys……Federer completely ‘demolished’ Seppi at the recent 2012 Rome Masters Quaterfinal 6-2, 6-1 in only 36 minutes???…….hhhhmmmm?


Lisa Says:

Remeber guys……Federer completely ‘demolished’ Seppi at the recent 2012 Rome Masters Quaterfinal 6-2, 6-1 in only 36 minutes???…….hhhhmmmm……SMH?


Dory Says:

What’s wrong with the crowd? Are they shell-shocked?


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Last year Federer gave THE gift to the b’day. This year seems to be Seppi’s turn.


Dory Says:

No one is cheering for Nole?


Roger Federer Fan Says:

^ b’day boy


Dory Says:

I won’t even feel like watching JMDP vs Berdych after this shock.


Green900 Says:

Djokovic in 5 sets today. Amazing comebacks are done in the fourth round of slams. Whether soderling beating rafa, federer defeats haas to win first french open that year, federer beats Sampras at Wimbledon (passing of the throne). ROUND OF 16 is home to epic matches in tennis. And I’ll see this as a defining comeback for novak today. He is not the same player who lost to melzer and kohlschrieber back in 2009-10


Dory Says:

This is more like Nadal losing in 2009 than Djokovic against Kohl or Melzer. It’s a CATASTROPHE.


Dory Says:

@Green900, yes he is hardly the same player he was in 2010 and earlier. That’s why I am so shocked, I can’t believe it.


Green900 Says:

Djokovic is too good to lose in my opinion. Obviously he might lose, but I doubt it.


youyong Says:

Seppi does not have the weapons to finish the game off. Djokovic in 5 is the most likely scenario.


Green900 Says:

I wouldn’t write off this youngster called goffin. Insane ball hitting by the guy in the first few games.


metan Says:

Nole is just unlucky, so sad.


Green900 Says:

Djokovic in 5 for sure!


jane Says:

Nole looks slow, making errors, etc. I don’t see any huge comeback. Seppi’s playing consistently, Nole erratically.

Some of the recent upsets at the FO have happened in cloudy or rainy weather, like Rafa/Soda, Fed/Soda, Murray/Berdych.

But Nole has had a few flat performances here, like 09 & 10, so I don’t think it’s weather. I guess it’s just his worst slam? I had thought that it is Wimbledon, but he’s had only had one really bad loss there and it was to Safin.

I am beginning to feel jamie’s predictions are real – ack!


youyong Says:

Why have so many of you written off Nole as the loser? The match is still far from over in my opinion.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger seems to be scrapping, looking at the scoreboard. We may see an upset today.


Dory Says:

@youyong, no one is writing Nole off. They are just shocked at the score. No one’s saying he will lose, just saying how they will feel IF he loses.


jane Says:

Yay a set!


Dory Says:

Am I to believe that Djoker just got too casual in set #1 after leading, lost it, then went to sleep for a long time, and then came on track back at the absolute very end of set #3? Because I don’t buy that! No I don’t by that at all. Something is WRONG with Nole. Imagine if this happened against any top ten player!


youyong Says:

Djokovic takes the 3rd set. Seppi hasn’t played exceptionally well throughout the match, so far it was Novak making errors at crucial points. Can’t see him losing this.


racquet Says:

Finally, Nole takes the 3rd. Not looking commanding yet but there’s time to right this ship.


sub023 Says:

Yeah, Nole just broke Seppi twice to end that set. I think Seppi losing in 5 is totally likely; his overall game is just not good enough against Nole, especially as match length increases.


sub023 Says:

Also who the heck is this Goffin dude? Guy’s got great wheels.


Dory Says:

And this is not just another Slam. This is a POTENTIALLY HISTORIC SLAM for Nole. He will win but this type of play is shocking.


Daniel Says:

The boy got game. And errorer come out to play!


youyong Says:

Looks like Set 4 and 5 is going to be over fast… Djokovic is on the rise and Seppi missed his big chance to upset.


Dory Says:

I will just try to forget it as a bad day for Nole where he got lucky he didn’t lose. And I still can’t understand why is the crowd so quiet? Even if you don’t like him, he’s the world No.1! It’s as if they don’t love him at all? Just listen to the crowd when any Frenchman is playing.


jane Says:

Daniel aren’t you there? Are you watching live>?


Dory Says:

Well Nole recovered JUST in time at the end of set 3. THANK GOD.


sub023 Says:

Also, Fed’s return game seems pretty subpar in general at this tourney.


Lisa Says:

Dont worry about Federer, he will comfortably get through this match…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I can’t see Novak lose this match. But I could feel Roger may have a chance to get upset.


Dory Says:

Yeah I am not worried about Fed. He’s getting through. His consistency in tennis is unsurpassed.


Dory Says:

I must say though that Seppi’s defense game is incredibly good.


jane Says:

Nirmal Nole’s down 2 sets to 1. Seppi just has to win one more and it’s over.

Fed just started and he’s on serve; I can’t tell if you are kidding that you see him being upset? It seems early in the match to think this way.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic coming back nice and slowly. he is playing better now it feels


Dory Says:

YAY! What a relief.


skeezer Says:

Fed and Rafa have had to navigate through some 5 setters against journeyman players to a GS title. Novak is no different. Let’s see if he can pull through this.


Green900 Says:

oh shit! why do i get the sense federer could lose! Goffin playing awesome


kriket Says:

Đoko is just having a bad day at the office. Better today than later, against Fedal.


Kimmi Says:

federer serving to stay in the match. cant watch this match for some reason the stream keeps dropping.

seppi is tired it seem..making errors now.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Jane.. I’m pretty confident of Novak winning. He has done it many times before coming back and winning. He is better than others in coming back. Seppi should be tired and his wheels would come off. it’s pretty obvious, unless you are a crazy fan to be concerned.

But Roger’s body language is not good in this tournament. Either he is stressed, having closed his relationship with IMG and other business related issues or having some health issues. Maybe the conditions too can cause him a problem. It’s too heavy conditions today.

I’m not kidding.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic is the master of come backs


Piet Says:

Novak still too passive. If Seppi can up his level, Novak will be in trouble….


jane Says:

I wasn’t sure Nirmal: sometimes it’s hard to discern tone online. Anyhow, I hope you’re right that Nole can come back. I know he is one of the best front runners; I am not sure about come backs. He did do it at the USO last year versus Fed, but generally he plays better ahead as he is able to relax.


Kimmi Says:

this is going to tie break..he is been the struggling one so far.


Green900 Says:

Goffin dominating federer!


van orten Says:

fed completly off!!! not there on the court!!


jane Says:

Kimmi “federer serving to stay in the match” I thought it was first set only?

Now it looks like Nole will – again! – lose his break advantage. Arrgh.


jane Says:

Yep, from 3-love to 3-2 on serve. Sign Nole, WTF? Find your game and bring it.


sub023 Says:

So, this Goffin kid’s pretty good, huh?


racquet Says:

Goffin wins the 1st set with a scorching FH. Is this freaky Sunday or what?


sub023 Says:

I mean he just took a set off Fed with a screaming down-the-line forehand winner.


van orten Says:

goffin playing ok..but fed is really not on the court!!!!! no first serves and no return play at all…still believe he ll improve in the second but this is really bad showing so far


Kimmi Says:

Set!! goffin.

something in the water today indeed. federer into struggling mode. dkovic in trouble. azarenka out. what a day.


Dory Says:

The erroneous Nole is back again. This is such an abnormal day. Sigh.


van orten Says:

worst first set of the year so far from fed ,,.,.no discussion about this…reallly bad


racquet Says:

Aren’t the conditions today similar to those when Soderling beat Fed here?


Maso Says:

It’s embarrassing to see Roger playing like this… No inspiration, no first serves… credit to Goffin but I hate watching Federer playing so poorly.


van orten Says:

no breakpoint so far for fed!!! this is a nightmare performance from him,,


Dory Says:

And WTF Fed lost the 1st set!!!!!! Both my favorites having a hard time and I can only watch one of their matches.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Afterall Jamie could be right.
Water is causing all sorts of problems to Nole.


jane Says:

racquet, yes, and same when Berd beat Muzz and Soda beat Rafa. Balls must be really heavy.


Daniel Says:

No Jane, back to reality! But the court is awesome, not too big like US Open. Saw Nadal, and his strokes are really powerfull.

Don’t like this dump days in Paris, strange things happens


van orten Says:

hahahah the umpire is funny


van orten Says:

still worst performance of the year by fed!!!


racquet Says:

jane, I thought so. It is obviously a factor for some players. Flicking back and forth between matches. I noticed that Seppi is often standing closer to the baseline than Nole. ??


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Jane, I could easily think of match against Stephanek and Toicki in GS. He came back down from two sets.


jane Says:

racquet, not sure about that court positioning. But I do know that some of Nole’s slam losses have come when he’s been passive; he said it himself about his 2010 loss to Berd in QFs. But today he’s all over the place: sometimes too impatient, sometimes too passive. He just hasn’t found a comfort zone and time’s a tickin. From 3-0 to 3 all.


Maso Says:

Damn, Seppi’s back in the 4th set. It’s gonna be tough for Novak.


jane Says:

Glad you enjoyed it Daniel, and good that you were able to see the king of clay in his kingdom. Have you been to all the slams now? Or 1 missing, maybe AO?


jane Says:

Nirmal, all those comebacks were at the USO interestingly. I don’t think he was 2 sets down versus Radek, but he was 2 sets down versus Troikci, although Victor is a bit of a headcase/choker. He’s lost many a match he should have or might have won.

I don’t know about Seppi, but he seems pretty calm and he is a couple of games from the upset here.


Dory Says:

I will get a heart attack if Nole loses. Someone please shred and destroy my PC’s HDD and bury me at sea.


Sean Randall Says:

Djokovic in heaps of trouble. Very surprising.

My gut tells me Novak won’t overcome this. He’s just not playing well enough.


Dory Says:

But but no one told me that suddenly Seppi became such a great player. I was surprised with the Verdasco result but this was totally unexpected.


Kimmi Says:

I cant even get myself to watch federer! what a day today!


Kimmi Says:

what is your gut telling you about federer sean? you have been more wrong than right been. it will be interesting to hear your take.


racquet Says:

Just goes to show, no player is exempt from having a bad day at the office. Nole needs to break here.


youyong Says:

Seppi isn’t playing great. Djokovic is the one playing unexpectedly poor by his own standards. If this goes to the 5th, my bet is still on Djokovic.


Maso Says:

Federer’s in a majorly tough spot… He’s not finding any solutions to the Goffin game, which is insane!


Kathy Says:

Colin, I wasn’t confused, just stating the obvious.


Dory Says:

@youyong Yes Seppi is playing great. He is calm, focused and is playing good defense and offense. Although overall he’s no match for Nole.


Daniel Says:

Goffin second serve is excelent, is deep neutralizong Federer attack. Fed seems frustrated at times and guessing. He and me don’t know where Goffins is going to hit the next ball.


van orten Says:

worst performance ever …no forehand at all..cant believe what i am seeing


Dory Says:

If Roger dearest loses, his consecutive QF streak will end. Don’t see that happening. He will get through.


Maso Says:

@Daniel

Goffin keeps pouncing with his forehand as well which is doing a lot of damage today, whereas Roger seems to be hitting without much of a game plan. Goffin’s playing with incredible poise, considering he’s a qualifier playing a legend. I’m feeling really stressed for Fed.


jane Says:

Seppi has converted on his chances (6 of 9). Nole is only 7 of 18 on bp chances. In my humble opinion (HR, if I could borrow that word for a minute), that is the worst problem for him this year. Last year, when Nole had a break point, he was almost guaranteed to convert it! This year, so far, he has not been anywhere close in that regard. But I agree with Dory, too, that Seppi has just been calmer and steadier.

Momentum is with him going into the tiebreak here – assuming it will be a tiebreak.


Dory Says:

I guess Nadal fans got a similar scare last year when Isner played him?


Mark Says:

Kid giving the ole man the runaround. Great to see!!


Kimmi Says:

ugh! please fed don’t get broken when you are serving to stay in the set.


Maso Says:

2 set points for Nole!! Come on Novak!


Kimmi Says:

djokovic with 2 set points


Dory Says:

YES YES YES! GO NOLE!!!!! This is such a strange day that I won’t be relaxed until Novak wins the match in the 5th.


Maso Says:

And Novak levels it out! Go fifth set. Now let’s hope Roger takes the 2nd set.


racquet Says:

At last, Nole wins the 4th! I think the match is his now…but….


Kimmi Says:

break! just when the dr ordered. we are going to decider.


jane Says:

Come on Nole!! Please stay focused here!


kriket Says:

Đoko equalizes, 2-2, preparing for the 5th set.
Hope he wins even though he’s playing pretty lousy.


Maso Says:

Break point… come on, Rog, you’re not gonna get many of ‘em, EYE OF THE TIGER!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed!


Maso Says:

YYYYEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!


sub023 Says:

Well well, Fed just snuck himself a break.


youyong Says:

5th set now for Nole… I don’t see Seppi having what it takes to win.


Dory Says:

What a bad day for Nole and Fed fans. Playing so horrible.


Kimmi Says:

great to hear guys, cant see the match. the tv is showing djokovic drama nd my internet is crap today.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Of all the Slams, this is the one Novak can afford to relax and loose, though not in this round. Yeah, he is going for GS but in terms of defending points, he has less to defend here.


Kimmi Says:

can fed serve it out.


Dory Says:

When Nole is missing, he’s missing by a mile.


Kimmi Says:

ugh, 2 set points come and went. concentrate fed!


Dory Says:

Wow okay Fed takes the 2nd set. Phew.


Maso Says:

Ok, Roger took the 2nd, I can breathe again. Now I can worry about Nole’s 5th set! (and then go back to worrying about Fed if Nole takes it)


Andrea Says:

Just started watching….seppi took first two sets?


metan Says:

Come on Roger, please win the second set, ,,,heart attack


jane Says:

Erratovic = erratic Djokovic.

He is a Gemini, twins, two-sided, or even many sided, a little Jekyll and Hyde like. And then there’s the water problem….

Fed and Goffin one set apiece. I’d imagine Fed will be okay now, and will right the ship.


Dory Says:

OMG did anyone look at the Seppi FH winner?


Maso Says:

Holy crap, what a rally between Djoker and Seppi!!


conty Says:

What. Is. Going. On???


Kimmi Says:

seppi with some great counter punching there.


conty Says:

omg.


Kimmi Says:

i don’t know jane, its never guaranteed. this was the first break by fed in this match. it a tough match.


Maso Says:

I imagine Goffin’s youth and inexperience is going to start showing eventually. He’s been playing impeccably so far (for the most part) but I’m thinking it can’t last a whole best of 5 match. But who knows? He’s certainly putting up a hell of a fight against Rog! Fed’s far from playing his best, though, but Goffin’s been keeping him at bay with a pretty devastating forehand.


conty Says:

No kidding, Kimmi. But just got home from my early a.m. visit and ….


conty Says:

I don’t know which match to watch, Maso? feeling confused atm.


Maso Says:

France 3 keeps switching between the two here in France, though they’re still mostly showing Nole-Seppi. You should watch Nole, they’re in the fifth set. Fed-Goffin is still in the 3rd.


Dory Says:

conty, watch the Djoko match. Fed will get through. He always does till the QFs.


jane Says:

And Fed with an early break to start the 3rd, as suspect.

Nole meanwhile is in a serious predicament. 2 all. 5th set.


Dory Says:

Conty, are you the same person as Contador? :)


conty Says:

Okay, Maso, thanks. I’m watching Djokovic because I’m feeling more emotionally invested in Djokovic winning than Federer losing to young, talented, 13 yr. old Goffin for some odd reason.


conty Says:

Yes Dory!! contador/carlo/conty here….


Brando Says:

Djokovic will win.

BAR his serve, he’s been scrappy so far in F012.

69 UNFORCED ERRORS tell the story!


conty Says:

jane it’s Erratovic? and Federror today?


jane Says:

Brando and 8 of 21 bps converted, while broken 6 times himself, eeek. Here’s two more, can he convert one of them?


youyong Says:

Match is as good as over for Seppi now.


Dory Says:

Okay this is the normal Seppi I knew who generally plays crap.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic breaks here..df. wheels are falling off


sub023 Says:

Eh, Seppi’s too worn out physically and mentally to do this anymore.


jane Says:

conty, looks like it but I haven’t been watching Roger as glued to Erratovic match.


Maso Says:

Seppi’s definitely feeling the nerves, now. Djoko better hold, though, that was a little tentative going to the net there.


Dory Says:

That feeling I got when Nole was down 2 sets to 0 down was the worst kind. It was like when Roger’s semi streak was ended by Soderling.


conty Says:

to use a margot term, I’m godsmacked a bit. thinking if I didn’t have another home visit at noon, i’d be into a greyhound.


jane Says:

Oh god. Now he is going to give it back? Arrrgh.


conty Says:

come on, aaaahjde!!


Dory Says:

Okay match is in Nole’s pocket now. Next opponent mostly Tsonga but can be Wawrinka.


conty Says:

Break please. Nole!


Brando Says:

@Jane:

HE’LL WIN today- BUT you do make a valid point about BP conversion and being broken 6 times.


conty Says:

just get this done. but that is Erratovic, alright, I see.


RD Says:

Both Djoker and Fed steady their ships. Normal service has been resumed. But this 5-setter may cost Djoker later.


conty Says:

Oh but it’s never over until the fat lady sings for Federer. I don’t trust Federror. and I kinda like this man/boy from Belgium. Maybe a baby Nalby?


metan Says:

Hope, nole can make it ,5 – 2


Dory Says:

Nole’s body language is totally slumpy today.


conty Says:

Seppi is sharp, and fighting.


Maso Says:

Seppi hasn’t given up, took his chances on Nole’s 2nd serve. Put in some 1st serves, Novak, come on!


conty Says:

okay an ace would be nice, Nole.


Dory Says:

Trademark crosscourt BH from Nole to reach match point.


Kimmi Says:

game set match djokovic. phew!! what a match. too bad for set. no one deserve to lose in this match.


Dory Says:

OMG. The nightmare is over!


Maso Says:

Yes! Good come back, Novak, that was a close one. Now he better raise the level of his game or his chances to win RG this year are not looking so good.


youyong Says:

Djokovic wins as expected. My gut feel is he is going to win the FO this year.


Andrea Says:

Too bad seppi…one sloppy game in the fifth.


conty Says:

Yesssss. I’m breathing. Love Seppi but…5 sets for Nole to beat him? I missed most of it.


jane Says:

OMG! By the skin of his teeth, Nole scraps through and makes week two. Whoa.

I didn’t feel comfortable during Nole’s service games although oddly, up until today, his serve was great this FO.

But he’s stumbled serving out matches more than once this year, in Rome versus Fed, in Miami 2 or 3 times. Nerve wracking!! Thank god he held on a little longer, though unless he plays WAY better he maybe won’t make the semis, let alone finals.

Fed takes the third set with ease. Probably the 4th too, but I’ll check out this Goffin fella now.

Phew.


conty Says:

Long day at the office, Nole. phew.


Maso Says:

Great look of respect from Novak to Seppi. Congrats to Seppi who probably played the best match I’ve ever seen him play.


Dory Says:

The stupid TV stream is showing Azarenka vs Cibulkova instead of Fed match!


conty Says:

ah, Seppi, I do love that guy. Such a gentleman. But not beating Nole at FO!


Dory Says:

@youyong, I wish what you said would come true. :) Djoker winning FO would be so amazing.


Maso Says:

French TV is showing some Rafa birthday special instead of the Fed match as well. Oh well, Rafa definitely deserves it considering his near godly performances on the clay.


jane Says:

I really like Seppi too, very nice guy, handsome, played a great game today too – gave Nole a huge wake up call.


dc Says:

Tennis Channel sucks – first they showed the poor quality nole-seppi match and now its been 10 minutes since its over, but they are showing idiots talking about the nole match and some stupid replays. The Fed match is going on in parallel – they should be showing that.


Kimmi Says:

federer is cruising now. not too much pressure for me now. should i relax? c’moon fed


Brando Says:

IMHO djokovic will REACH RG final for the following reasons:

whoever is to beat him needs to:

1- be MENTALLY SOLID
2- have a GOOD SERVE

in his draw there’s ONLY 2 CANDIDATES, who meet this criteria:

1- Federer
2- Del Potro

- Del Potro:

unfortunately he’s CARRYING A KNEE INJURY, hence his chances look slim for that.

- Federer:

H’es dropped 3 sets already this year and is COMPETING with djokovic in ‘ WHO CAN GET THE MOST UNFORCED ERRORS COMPETITION?’- novak’s winning, but fed seems eager to take the title with 40 UE in LESS than 4 sets!

NONETHELESS, djokovic can TURN things around BUT IMHO his clay form this year has not been upto the mark and it would take a HERCULIAN CHANGE for him to change things! that’s my take.


conty Says:

I know, Maso, did you see the emotion on Nole’s face when he applauded Seppi. That was beautiful. Respectful. Relieved probably too.


Brando Says:

seppi deserves credit!

he was 0-7 to djokovic prior today, only won 2 sets before this match against novak, he had played 2 long 5 setters also- so well done to him!


Sean Randall Says:

Good comeback for Novak, but gosh, he isn’t beating Rafa or even Roger playing like that.


jane Says:

Actually, Fed is winning the UE error count, or he was until today, haven’t calculated the newest numbers. Nole may’ve pulled ahead after today! :(


dc Says:

this is terrible – its been 15 minutes since the nole match got over. These tennis channel idiots are still showing some crappy replays and recap of the day. Terrible idiots


Wog boy Says:

Good Lord,

I really don’t know how long I will be able to watch my man, I am nervous wreck. Valium doesn’t help anymore. 1:40 am and I cannot sleep and have to wake up 6am:(


conty Says:

dc – 100% agree about tennis channel. thinking of writing them a letter of complaint and cancelling that extra expense on my Direct TV bill. :(

They were good all week until the weekend. My DVR had Davis Cup reruns- US over Swiss instead of Pico v PHM and Gasquet matches. despicable coverage for a tennis fan. what are they thinking?


youyong Says:

This is like the Xth number of time I heard the commentator mentioning Goffin having posters of Federer in his room. :P


Dave Says:

David Goffin? Nope it’s really a young Obi-Wan Kenobi
http://tinyurl.com/7pfaxwl


jane Says:

HI Wog Boy, I empathize. I feel sick and tired. And he won, lol.

Goffin looks young and old at the same time. Fed’s in control now.


Maso Says:

Goffin’s still putting up a hell of a fight. Roger has to stay focused. Deuce.


conty Says:

LOl Dave, no kidding. I almost want him to beat Federer….sometimes with certain young players that happens to me. I think I’ve self-analyzed it down to some sort of emotional separation process. Certainly didn’t want him losing to Mahut. But, something okay about this young man, I want to cheer for…this isn’t over….


Shailesh Says:

This is beyond stupid. The channel now showing Tsonga Wawrinka match instead of Federer’s. WTF!!!!


Gordo Says:

The mobile app for Roland Garros is the worst! Always crashing, with inaccurate stats (someone in each match always seems to win 176 points, 5 tiebreaking sets or a 6-0, 60 drubbing), the draw schedule is poorly designed. Wish the ATP scoreboard was up for this. ;(

Meanwhile, looks like we won’t have a repeat of 11 years ago when at Wimbledon, a star struck 19 year old got to play his idol and took him out in 5 sets. True, Federer at 30 is playing better than Sampras did at that age, and we have yet to see if Goffin is top tier material. 11 years ago no one knew then that Federer, who had a poster of Sampras in his bedroom just like Goffin has of Fed today, was going to become the dominant player in the game.


Maso Says:

Fed’s not playing great but he’s still playing smart, that’ll get him through this fourth set. Or so I hope anyway. Not that I have a problem against a young guy making a name for himself, but not today and not Roger, please! =)


jane Says:

Nole had 81 errors up until today – and 77 errors today alone!! He doubles his total in one match – total 158 errors. To 159 winners. Woot +1. : /

Fed had 112 errors up until today and so far he has only 44 in this match and more winners, so actually he’s not playing badly. 156 errors to now. But more winners at 203.

Here’s the link for the stats after round 3:

http://www.tennisplanet.me/blog/2012/06/djokovic-nadal-federer-and-murray-after-three-matches-a-piece-french-open-2012-nadal-with-one-ace-to.html


Wog boy Says:

Hi jane, I cannot put one sentence together, nevertheless to sleep:(


jane Says:

^ I posted those on the other thread last night


conty Says:

Exactly Gordo, was thinking the same thing. How old was Federer when he beat Pete at Wimbles in 2001? That was when I began my obsession with RF.

Goffin, I am halfway cheering for him…(shhhh, conty)


conty Says:

Deja Vu. Wimbledon 2001


Maso Says:

Thanks for the link, Jane, interesting stats!


Brando Says:

@Jane:

thanks jane.

fed seems to CONSISTENTLY hit more UE though, i feel.

Like you said, novak just hit a crazy no. of UEs today.

IMO, his forehand seems to be suspect atm.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, I understand, totally. Weird. But he is through to the second week, so we can be happy for that.

Goffin looks shorter than 5’11″ – he reminds me a little of Harrison.


conty Says:

Wog boy, it’s okay now. I think this will wake up the beast in Nole. Maybe he needed that. He was sure serious post match. I can imagine him quite emotional dodging a bullet like that.


Lisa Says:

Way Djokovic is playing, his Quaterfinal(Warinka/Tsonga) will be even more tougher then today…..will he make it to semis????

Should he happen to meet Federer in semis…….Sorry, but no chance….

Because frankly, Djokovics best hope of making FO final is if Del Potro/Berdych beat Federer in the Quarterfinal…..period


Andrea Says:

This goffin guy looks deceptively lanky but was getting to lots of shots…I’m watching online and got about 10 points from that match and now it’s tsonga and wawrinka…I guess they assume fed is getting thru.


jane Says:

It’s hard not to like this Goffin guy. Obviously, though I didn’t see the first set, he didn’t come out with awe today, but he is playing very professionally. Good for him. He’s outmatched, imo, but he’s not playing badly at all.

Glad you guys liked that link. Those stats don’t tell the whole story, but they are interesting to follow.


conty Says:

I can’t think in stats now, jane :/ they’ll be all different after 4 matches, the top 4.

almost want to say allez Goffin. Federer playing terrible. Federror really…he has to remain focused or I can see Goffin winning in 5.


conty Says:

aw, I do, I really like Goffin. He’s got a new fan here!


courbon Says:

@youyoung
My gut felling tellings me Novak will win FO, but my head and reasoning says the he will not pass even semi final….


Wog boy Says:

When commentator said that Seppi lost six in a row before winning against Verdasco and than said lost seven in row from Novak I thought, please don’t say that.

conty, I hope you are right, for the sake of my health:)


conty Says:

OMG, standing ovation. Love this kid!


jane Says:

Awww, check out the bow from Goffin, adorable! Love when players show some personality.

Okay, where’s Nirmal – I KNEW Nole wasn’t a big comeback man. Today was only the THIRD TIME EVER he came back from two sets down: the others were versus Troicki and Fed, both at USO. He’s a much better front runner.


conty Says:

I hope if Federer wins this, he acknowledges and compliments this young man who idolizes him but is taking to Federer like Federer himself did v Pete.

Still a chance for Goffin though…30-30. Goffin sticking around


conty Says:

Goffin likes pace


conty Says:

I know total class act David Goffin.


Andrea Says:

Good grief fed! Close out a match once in a while…..props to goffin.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed! serve it out.

DF is not a good start..and error! ugh!


conty Says:

Federror having trouble serving out. Mirka slumped in her seat.


Kimmi Says:

ace! lets go 30-30


jane Says:

Fed wins with a winner. I am glad I got to see Goffin play here. Hope he sticks around.


Maso Says:

HOLY CRAP THANK YOU ROGER!!!! Scared me half to death there. Worried about next round vs Del Po/Berdych.


Kimmi Says:

on the line! Good win fed!

now it will get really tough!!


conty Says:

Oh man, I am a Goffin fan. Love his style, talent, mentality, willingness to take it to the great Federer.


conty Says:

give him a hug Feddy!


Brando Says:

fed improved in last 3 sets there- 55 winners to 35 UE- IF my maths is correct of course, LOL!


conty Says:

Yesssss, the hug, the compliments…. ah bon, MBC! Fererer et Goffin


jane Says:

Well, it’s not 32 straight, like Fed, but Nole hasn’t lost before the OFs at a slam for 3 years, so he’s got 12. ;) Barely made it today, though. :/


conty Says:

Stupid, Stupid Tennis Channel!!! some slobbering by Carrillo and after this nonsense is Davis Cup US v Swiss again!!!!!!!!

Going to find a stream in a foreign language in disgust!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Both Novak and Roger are through. Looks like the winner of DelPo vs Berdych would be meeting Rafa in the finals.


alison hodge Says:

Oh boy Roger and especially Nole both doing things the hard way,doing what great champions do finding a way through even when not playing at there best,great tests passed from two inspired opponents with nothing to lose.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Jane.. I’m here. You should be happy now.


jane Says:

Tsonga won the first set; I think you picked right Sean.

Delpo and Berd about to start soon here too.


jane Says:

Nirmal, “relieved” would be a better way to describe it. And you? You’re a Roger fan right, so happy?

I hope the coverage switches to Berd/Delpo. I’d rather watch that one. Either that or I need to find streaming.


Andrea Says:

Fed is gonna have his hands full with the winner of Tomas/Juan.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Yeah, I’m Roger fan, but bit more realistic about his chances. I think this part of the draw is completely open. Rafa can face any one in this half with no clear favourite as of now. Maybe Berdych with his consistency of late.


mat4 Says:

I almost died. Hopefully, there was some brandy in the cupboard.


jane Says:

Nirmal I agree: Tsonga could take out Nole for sure, good record over Nole and will be more rested. Berd could take out Fed. Fed’s chances might (?) be better versus Delpo.

mat4, I have a headache.


Dave Says:

Roger Federer has reached his 32nd consecutive grand slam quarter-final, in the open era at least. Djokovic is sitting on 12 straight QF.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP_World_Tour_records#Consecutive_Streaks

The talented David Goffin has the potential to have a very good career ahead of him. Too bad he ran of of gas — as well as shotmaking once Federer upped his level. But Roger let him into the match at the start instead of piling on the pressure right from the start. It seems as if Paul Annacone and Federer allowed themselves to be lulled into expecting an ‘easy match’ against a star-struck fan-player whose luck should be running out — but Goffin is a smart cookie who made the right pre-match move by lathering Federer with the “you’re my idol” ploy (Federer is a sucker for players who show respect, and it might have looked mean had Roger went out to crush him). Then Goffin played the match he has dreamed 2,500 nights of playing against Federer — and executed as well as he could under the circumstances. As Alison said, he played an inspired match with nothing to lose — but considering all the factors against him , he did very well indeed.

Roger should use Goffin as one of his practice partners during his ‘training blocks’, like he does with Jesse Levine and Richard Berankis.

I wouldn’t make the mistake of downplaying Federer’s chances (nor on Novak’s) at the moment. The upside for Federer? Well, he’s finally got a meaningful match that has woken him up. The momentum he got from the final 2.5 sets can be his springboard. Federer being Federer, when the draw is too easy he can get — and has gotten — too casual and sloppy. But he has a knack of switching on in important matches (even though Fed dropped a set to Berdych in Madrid, remember that Berdych had arrived in Madrid having played 6 red clay matches in Davis Cup and Monte Carlo). As I said before, Federer may be waiting for the final three rounds to turn it on this year. The quarterfinals are here. Let’s see what he has.


jane Says:

Wawa getting worked on – he has played too many long matches. Tsonga should win easily.


conty Says:

Fresh sqeezed grapefruit juice is what i was drinking, mat4. But if i didn’t have to be on call working today, I would have tossed some vodka in it during the Nole match.

To those with Tennis Channel:

Do you really want to watch US Davis Cup rather than – Live coverage from a Grand Slam? Wawrinka v Tsonga and Delpo v Berydych but I’m watching a livestream in Spanish. This helps my Spanish but I’m going to complain to Tennis Channel; for whatever that’s worth. Worth a phone call at least for someone to explain this programming to me. : (


jane Says:

The trainer call had the opposite effect I thought, i.e., it didn’t mean Wawa is done. Wawa breaks and holds.


Dave Says:

There is nothing wrong with Novak. Seppi has been playing well on clay — this clay season he was 14-4 before facing Djokovic. Not only has Seppi had more match practice on clay than Djokovic, he has been playing since Monte Carlo. Add the wind, the changed footing on damp clay and nerves about completing winning his fourth consecutive Slam, etc: Novak is entitled to have a match like this. He won it, that’s all that matters. In 2009, Federer won the title despite two five setters and two four setters. Djokovic has enough endurance to recover from this five setter. I wouldn’t write him off.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Andreas-Seppi.aspx?t=pa


steve-o Says:

Wawrinka comes alive, and Tsonga starts brainfarting. Three set points for Wawrinka.


steve-o Says:

Tsonga wakes up and takes it to the tiebreak.


jane Says:

Has Tsonga bulked up / gained weight? He looks huuuge across the chest.

I wonder why Annacone is watching (scouting?) Wawa/Tsonga instead of Berd/Delpo?

Thanks Dave. I hope Nole can find some form next round, mainly less errors! But it’s true Seppi has reached a high of #25 before the FO, seeded 18th. And he played very well today, very persistently fighting, calm, hitting deep shots. So kudos to him. Nole knows he scraped through and showed a lot of respect to his opponent, thankfully, as he should.


jane Says:

Ooops, sorry Seppi was seeded 22 here not 18.


Brando Says:

2 sets up tsonga- SHOULD win now………


Dave Says:

Jane, yeah I think you’ll see an improved Djokovic the next round, doesn’t matter if he drops a set. The one thing about Federer, Djokovic and Nadal is that they’re usually tougher competitors than their opponents — they know it — and they find a way to ride out the storm and stand strong when their backs are against the wall.

Annacone is probably scouting Tsonga on clay, in case he upsets Djokovic. The Fed camp probably knows what to expect from both Delpo or Berdych on Tuesday — and has been preparing for either or them.


Humble Rafa Says:

HOLY CRAP THANK YOU ROGER!!!! Scared me half to death there. Worried about next round vs Del Po/Berdych.

A kind word of advice to the Arrotards. Get a good doctor, get good medication to get through his matches. Your body will thank you.

Losing a set and struggling against some guy named Goffin…..it is about to get worse.


jane Says:

Arrrgh so annoyed: coverage switches to Stosure/Stephens instead of Delpo/Berd. I am going to have to find a stream. Looks like Delpo/Berd neck and neck so far.


Dave Says:

conty: “something okay about this young man, I want to cheer for”

I think you’re not alone. He has the attributes to attract a following — and looking vulnerable while having a talented game can only help him. Methinks Goffin’s fan club has grown exponentially after today. Some smart person will start a Goffin tennis blog called Goffinitis.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m pleased that a young American woman is playing well, and I like Tsonga and Wawrinka well enough, but why on earth is NBC not showing any of DelPo and Berdych? That is definitely the most exciting match at the moment! I don’t have Tennis Channel anyway, but I can’t believe they’re showing re-runs of DC rather than live fourth round coverage of a major!


Dave Says:

tennis channel, nbc, espn: networks that never miss an opportunity to destroy interest in tennis. What percentage of American tennis fans really want to see a much lower ranked player when there are two bigger matches on TV?


Lulu Iberica Says:

Finally! DelPo Berdy match is on!


jane Says:

Finally they are showing it! Berdych with an error, and Delpo to serve for the tiebreak and first set. He gets it, on another Berd error. Oh, and now back to Stephens. grrrrr…

It’s looking like the Delpo/Berd match may continue tomorrow. :( Maybe not, but still a lot to play. Tsonga/Wawa should finish.


Brando Says:

@Dave:

what’s your feeling about federer this tourny?

I’M WORRIED personally speaking. He seems a bit subdued on court- no come ons etc from him.

His serve- central to his game- seems off to me. NOT ENOUGH 1st serves in.

but the biggest worry is no. of UE- fed’s as attacking as they get, BUT he’s missing an unbelievable match.

For some reason, and i may be silly saying this, he seems to be MEANDERING through his matches- the spark is just not there atm.

I understand that he’s just got to the QTRS, but i am concerned for the rest of the tourny.

what’s your take on events so far with roger?


Brando Says:

^amount>match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Dave i think they assume that americans want to see american players first. but that is not true for most real tennis fans. we want to see the best matches


dc Says:

ok – now NBC is showing the Stosur vs Stephens match instead of delpo VS berdych.
What the F is this. Show us the tennis match – the biggest power-hitters of the game are playing and this is what we get to see.


jane Says:

I picked Delpo on my bracket, but in hindsight I’ve thinking Berdych the likelier winner based on clay results and Delpo’s knee. Mind you, as someone else pointed out, Berd has played a lot this year.

Tsonga now down a break. Still showing Stephens on my TV. >:(


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jane. actually it looks like Tsonga is trimmer/fitter than he usually is. he is always big but not always fit. his low bodyfat is accentuating his physique. he can be bigger but more amorphous


jane Says:

And they wonder why we all seek out streaming. GOD! Horrible coverage.


mat4 Says:

Wawa won the third. He plays well right now.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

If Waw gets thru Tsonga in 5-sets, he would be a dead meat against Novak. That’s the kind of opponent Novak needs to get a breather.


jane Says:

TFS76, whatever it is, his chest and shoulders look like a boxer’s; he looks BIG. I keep saying this, but I love his hair lately.

This set is over: maybe they’ll switch to JMDP Berdy now, but I am not holding my breath.


mat4 Says:

Novak needs to play well. Recently Fabrice Santoro said that top players feel most pressure when they play outsiders, and I agree.


mat4 Says:

Wawa is so tired that he has stopped thinking. He is just playing, and rather well.


jane Says:

Finally showing Berd/Delpo. Too bad this match will be carried over. Hate this about the FO. Delpo vs Nole was carried over last year too.


mat4 Says:

Will it be a fifth?


jane Says:

Berd is dominating this set.

mat4, where did you read/see/hear the magician? :)


mat4 Says:

jane, here:

http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/l-interview-yahoo-sport/

You have Cédric Pioline too. But it is in French.


jane Says:

Oh merci beaucoup. Will see what I can make out and get son to translate the rest. ;)

Back to Stephens, GOD. Please use your brains coverage people. Dumb dumb dumb.


jane Says:

Now Wawa is dominating: could he beat Tsonga from down two sets two years in a row here? And why the hell can’t we see this. Stephens losing 5-1 yet they show this.


mat4 Says:

Jo gets a break back. Stan is so tired he’s going for outright winners and tries to keep the rallies short.


jane Says:

If Stan can win this 4th and get an overnight rest, he might have a chance to win it. But if it goes 5 sets today, which I doubt because light is running out as usual, then Tsonga will likely seize momentum.


mat4 Says:

Just hope Wawa wins the fourth. It is still not certain.


mat4 Says:

Come on, Stan…


mat4 Says:

5/2 for Wawrinka. He has to find just some more strength to finish the set. Hopefully they won’t continue the match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jane i think he always looks like a boxer. it is just that when he is not in good shape he looks like a boozy retired boxer ala Robert Deniro as Jake Lamotta at the end of raging bull.


mat4 Says:

Deux manches partout. Hope they will stop now, otherwise Wawa is done.


jane Says:

9:00 pm, but I think Nole played until almost 9:30 the other day, though he said it was tough to see.


mat4 Says:

Obviously, fair play is not a French word.


jane Says:

Delpo now with a two set lead.


mat4 Says:

Alas… my son roots for Jo.


conty Says:

But just got back home again and play is suspended on susan langlan.


conty Says:

suzanne langlen. Delpo up 2 sets to 1. Vamos! (sorry Kimmi) and I picked Berdych too. But love delpo


mat4 Says:

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi?


conty Says:

Jo alezzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


jane Says:

They should have stopped it on Chatrier at 1 all to be fair in my opinion.


mat4 Says:

It is clear now that the fresher player shall win.


jane Says:

Yep. And the tougher opponent for Nole, at least with regards to H2h. Plus the crowd could be a factor.


jane Says:

Unbelievable they are still playing.


conty Says:

well, stanley wanted to play on, didn’t he?

But both matches tomorrow. aaarghhh


conty Says:

ah, I see. I should be cheering stan.


mat4 Says:

jane,

I think Wawa in normal circumstances could have been a more dangerous opponent. If Nole gets on the tracks, it will be a non-match.

But I am disgusted with the behaviour of the organisers. It would have been a different thing if there were lights on the court. Ok, then, you have to play.

But they interrupted the match on the Lenglen while the match on Chartrier continued. The criteria are obviously not the same. Roland Garros is a grand slam, there should be rules, standards that one has to fulfil. You can’t do what you want.


conty Says:

So Happy Cibulkova defeated the howler! love the Slovaki pocket rocket!


jane Says:

Well Jo doesn’t have much left to play likely. But too bad for Delpo/Berd as they have to play at least one more set. Oh well. Them’s the breaks.


jane Says:

mat4, I do think they should suspend all matches at the same time. Nole said the other night for the last 15 minutes he couldn’t see.

Roddick has issues here one year versus la Monf. Very dark. But it is every year, nothing new. Just a schedule thing. Pray you don’t have to go last.

As for tougher opponents, maybe it doesn’t matter based on how Nole played today, LOL! But Nole is 10-2 versus Wawa and 5 all versus Tsonga, plus he will have to deal with rowdy french crowd. Ha ha. Oh well, he’s used to it. We’ll see. I am just happy he *scraped* barely through today.


conty Says:

I don’t think it makes a difference to Djokovic. He’s going to come out a different player vs either jo or stan, jane.

But Berdych imo, more dangerous to Federer than Delpo… but if Delpo beats Federer I’ll be fine ( thinking of myself) if Nole is taken down and it’s a Fedal….thank gods there is cycling. I’ll be gone with Polo.


conty Says:

NO MORE FEDALS AT FO! should be in the rulebook.


jane Says:

Hope you are right conty. As to a Fedal, i think it is a stronger possibility every day.


conty Says:

well then, I’ll say good-bye. no tennis for me – until August maybe. Maybe peek in on Wimbledon in case Murray looks good. i’m really sick of FO FEDALS. Hopefully, then Berdych wins and beats Federer, then Djokovic beats Berdych.


conty Says:

Tour de France starts when Wimbles is usually ending and there are a couple lead-up week races Dauphine starts today and Tour de Suisse soon for June entertainment. Cancel this Tennis Channel :(

I can’t listen to news of any kind, it’s too depressing. Ancient Aliens, it is, and cycling.


conty Says:

But Happy Birthday Nadal and Colin07. Cheers to the Nadal fans I love, Brando, Kimberly, lulu, Alison….others are nice, thank goodness.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Awww… thanks, conty! You are a good Fed fan, too! I think even though Nole had a tough time today, you can’t really predict what will happen. He’s looked pretty rough and still managed to win quite a few times in the last 2 seasons.


alison hodge Says:

Thanks Conty,and thanks for the message on my bracket challenge too, ive had a look and its not looking too bad,so im quite pleased on the whole,sorry it took me so long to get back to you about it,ive had a crappy couple of days,and my heads been all over the place.


alison hodge Says:

Have to say i think as a fan of Rafa,i would like to see him challenged against Pico tomorrow,i think its what he needs IMO,whats your take Lulu?


conty Says:

Well you guys, your welcome, and Rafa is simply the best on clay and really wouldn’t beating Djokovic in the final mean more to him than beating Federer AGAIN? Think of the boost it would give him going into the rest of the summer. Doesn’t matter, though, the easy way would be to get Federer again bur I don’t see that happening.

Alison, Kimberly has her email address publicly on the bottom of the tennis-x bracket pool. So, she is really the one to contact. She can help you do a late transfer. Her scoring rules are fun for the GS’s. Underdogs get extra points after starting the 3rd round!


conty Says:

What is it alison, the full moon? I mean really, one of the patients I used see, decided he’d had enough of this miserable life. I’ve been fighting off tears the whole day. Suicide rate here on the rise, the economy is so dismal for most.


conty Says:

and i complain about Tennis Channel. Back to reality.


alison hodge Says:

Conty i agree about Rafa beating Nole rather than Roger,Noles his biggest rival now anyway IMO.
Also i will send Kimberly an email at some point tomorrow.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Alison — yes, I think after playing 3 guys who really couldn’t challenge him at all, it would be good for Rafa to have a bit of a fight. Plus, I like Pico, so don’t really want to see him embarrassed!

conty — I agree that the sweetest victory for Rafa would be defeating Nole, reestablishing his dominance. Of course, I’ll take a win any way he can get it! I can understand how it hurts to see your man get beaten by the same player over and over, after what Djoker did to Rafa last season, but I also think Fed fans shouldn’t worry about it too much. Seriously, Fed is the GOAT. And he has sooooo many records that Rafa is never going to come close to breaking. (Just ask my favorite poster, Dave! LOL!) I also think Rafa passing Fed’s slam count is a real long shot now. So, I don’t think Fed’s legacy is in any danger.


Jane Says:

Oh yeah! In all the drama I nearly forgot: Happy 26th to Rafa!

conty I agree that a win over Nole in the final might feel better for Rafa, though I think any win will, and I suspect it will catapult him to great results this summer. Maybe channel slam or Olympics too. Never know – hence we tune in.


alison hodge Says:

Conty yeah some very poorly people in our home ATM,one old boy on bed rest, has his lovely wife come and sit with him all day,basically waiting for him to go,so sad really,his birthdays tomorrow and i think hes been trying to hang on for that,i love my job but its so sad sometimes,as you well know,in our line of work.


Jane Says:

Yes, I have seen Murray and Nole beaten several times by Rafa, and Fed too. Nole’s h2h vs Rafa was very lopsided till last year, like Muzza’s is now. I think Muzz needs a big win over Rafa. Or someone at a slam. They’re all great we’re lucky.. Hard to post on phone in car…


dc Says:

@Humble Rafa Says:

Losing a set and struggling against some guy named Goffin…..it is about to get worse.
—————————————————-
Not as bad as what happened to someone in 2009 – Struggling against some guy named Soderling and it actually got worse.


alison hodge Says:

Lulu i like yourself have never had an obsession with Rafa winning more slams than Roger,or been the GOAT,its one issue in tennis ive never really cared about,im just happy hes one of the greats already,and win here and he will equal Borg and Laver anyway,and what fan would not be happy with that anyway.


alison hodge Says:

I have to say how delighted i am about Cibulkova,her foot work and the way she hits the ball so hard,is amazing for someone so small,i would love to see her back this win up,and carry some momentum going forward.


Wog boy Says:

Driving to work half asleep.
Nole, Nole, Nole It is your fault!


Mark Says:

Some guy named Soderling knocked out the Fed in the FO in 2010 !!!!


dc Says:

@ Mark, when he knocked out Fed in 2010, he was SODERLING. He wan a nobody when he knocked out Nadal.


metan Says:

Escape heart attack, the best news, Roger and nole are in the next round


Sienna Says:

Yep Fed is in the tournement at last. He needed to be involved in a real match. I am sure he will look better tomorrow to take his place in the semi.


Mark Says:

@dc. In 2009 Sod beat an injured Nadal. Post 2009 Nadal kicked his butt time and time again.


Steve 27 Says:

Soderling has a REAL mononucleosis!
What a pitty!

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