Federer Faces Carreno-Busta On Opening Day At French Open; Williams Sisters Also Headline
by Sean Randall | May 25th, 2013, 3:36 pm
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Tennis greats Roger Federer and Serena Williams open play Sunday in first round action at the French Open. The season’s second major is also the only one that starts on the Sunday, and this opening day schedule is chock full of goodness.

Joining Federer and Serena are Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon who faces former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.

But all eyes will be on the return of 2009 champion Roger Federer. The Swiss who just reached the finals in Rome losing the Rafael Nadal, faces another Spaniard and perhaps one who’ll replace Rafa as the top man in his country someday. Pablo Carreno Busta makes his Grand Slam debut. The 21-year-old who won 35 straight matches during a torrid 7-title Futures run earlier this year, qualified and of all people drew the 17-time champ.

Roger should prevail but it will be interesting to see what this new kid has to offer. And who knows, Federer’s last first round loss at a Slam came at the French Open 10 years ago.

Serena, who last won in Paris in 2002, and is looking to make amends for a shock first round loss to Virginie Razzano a year ago. The Frenchwoman was a former Top 20 player and had some game, unlike Serena’s Sunday foe Anna Tatishvili. This is Serena’s event and she’s not going to falter this early.

Ferrer, a semifinalist a year ago, draws Australian Marinko Matosevic. Another Australian, Lleyton Hewitt, is likely playing out his final year of service against the steady Gilles Simon. If Lleyton is back in form it could be quite a long match, otherwise Simon should advance briskly.

A host of big servers will test their games on what could be soggy, slow courts. Sam Querrey, Milos Raonic, Kevin Anderson and Sabine Lisicki all can bring some heat and each is favored to win, but will it translate on the clay?

Also, veterans Venus Williams and James Blake return as does 2012 finalist Sara Errani. Plus 16-year-old Donna Vekic makes her French Open debut against Stanford’s Mallory Burdette.

But if it stays cold and wet, I’m most interested in seeing how Roger goes against this dangerous youngster. Anyone who can win 35 straight matches and hails from Spain has some game, but can he hold it together against the greatest of all time on the biggest stage on clay tennis? We’ll find out in a short bit.

FRENCH OPEN SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
Petra Martic (CRO) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[14]
Serena Williams (USA)[1] v. Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
Steve Darcis (BEL) v. Michael Llodra (FRA)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
Arantxa Rus (NED) v. Sara Errani (ITA)[5]
Gilles Simon (FRA)[15] v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[4]
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v. Venus Williams (USA)[30]


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42 Comments for Federer Faces Carreno-Busta On Opening Day At French Open; Williams Sisters Also Headline

tennis x hippy chic Says:

This is a match im sure Pablo Carreno Busta will look forward to with relish,i hope he can give a good account of himself without too much of a beatdown,for a 1st round match the Simon/Hewitt one is a good one to get your teeth into,Hewitt is still an amazing competitor,so i expect a cracker there,Matosevic beat Verdasco a few weeks ago but i dont think Ferrer will have too much trouble getting through that one.


tennis x hippy chic Says:

Wozniaki has not been in the best of form just lately,so im hoping our girl Laura can take advantage and spring another surprise,both girls like a good scrap so im hoping for a great match,go Laura.


Simon Says:

“But if it stays cold and wet, I’m most interested in seeing how Roger goes against this dangerous youngster. Anyone who can win 35 straight matches and hails from Spain has some game, but can he hold it together against the greatest of all time on the biggest stage on clay tennis? We’ll find out in a short bit.”

If it stays cold and wet, Roger will be tough to beat on a clay court by a traditional clay courter. Remember Hamburg? Cold and wet conditions on clay courts favour big-hitters who can power through the court, like soda-pop when he beat Rogi in 2010 FO. I don’t think many spannish players are big-hitters. lopez and verdasco are the only ones who come to mind.

All said, Federer is 31+ and with his age and mileage, it’s hard to predict if the 17 slammer will show up or the 1000+ match-fatigued old veteran will show up.

Either way, Allez Federer. Hope he builds on the Rome performance and goes all the way!


sienna Says:

The GOAT is a warlord. He will be ready and able.

Hard and calculated 3 sets to 0


Humble Rafa Says:

I don’t know if I should wear blue underwear or red underwear. Tweet #1 for blue and #2 for red and I will wear you favorite color.


Wog boy Says:

^^ Best if you wear brown underwear. That way people will not be able to tell the difference..


Humble Rafa Says:

What did one goat tell the other goat?

“I dont like bagels and breadsticks”


John Says:

Looks like the Draw just got a little easier for Fed, with Hewit up a set and a break. Not a done deal yet but looking likely.


tennis x hippy chic Says:

This is a fantastic performance by Hewitt,hes really rolling back the years,hope he can keep this up,this guys an amazing competitor,just love this guys fiery passion for the game,hes one of the lower ranked guys that i really enjoy watching,hope he takes this one,even if it means that my bracket takes a knock lol.


John Says:

^
Yes I see he is playing great, seems to be employing the drop shot tactic(late in rallies) Fed used against Simon in Rome.


Danny Morris Says:

Rusty is the greatest fighter I have seen on a tennis court. If murray had his mental strength, he would have been a much more worthy no.4 to Fedalovic.

Keep it going rusty. Nothing more interesting than an athlete fighting Father time.


John Says:

Federer is gonna male the final!

He has to, best chance ever!

Like its been said many times before, if Djoko beats Nadal in a long match, Fed could have an excellent chance at a 2 French.


skeezer Says:

@wogboy
ROTFL.


John Says:

^^

-Make


John Says:

@Skeezer

DO you think Federer has a good chance of making the Final this year?

What do you think are the chances of a Fed vs Djokovic Final?


Ale Says:

“But if it stays cold and wet, I’m most interested in seeing how Roger goes against this dangerous youngster. Anyone who can win 35 straight matches and hails from Spain has some game, but can he hold it together against the greatest of all time on the biggest stage on clay tennis? We’ll find out in a short bit.”

——

No he cant, Fed crushed him, he just reached the finals in Roam and people should stop writing him off. I would not be surprised one bit if Fed is standing in the final.


Alex Says:

“But if it stays cold and wet, I’m most interested in seeing how Roger goes against this dangerous youngster. Anyone who can win 35 straight matches and hails from Spain has some game, but can he hold it together against the greatest of all time on the biggest stage on clay tennis? We’ll find out in a short bit.”

——

No he cant, Fed crushed him, he just reached the finals in Roam and people should stop writing him off. I would not be surprised one bit if Fed is standing in the final.


Alex Says:

^
Excuse Typos :) lol


Giles Says:

Well done indeed. Fed beat a qualifier. The first of three??


Humble Rafa Says:

What do you think are the chances of a Fed vs Djokovic Final?

You are crazy


Alex Says:

^
Hahahah, Humble Rafa, at-least you’re honest.

I kinda agree with you, that’s why I asked. :)

Hey, gotta have hope right?


skeezer Says:

“Well done indeed. Fed beat a qualifier. The first of three??”

Yes Fed finally gets a draw that Rafa gets most every Slam.

——–

“You are crazy”

U should talk. Wait….u do.

——–

@John

He gas a very good chance. We’ll see ;).


Giles Says:

“Yes fed finally gets a draw that Rafa gets most every slam”
Really? Prove it!


skeezer Says:

^ look at the past FO & USO draws. There is nothing that needs to be proven.


Humble Rafa Says:

There is nothing that needs to be proven.

You don’t to be hassled by pesky little things called facts. It is better to make things up than face reality.


Giles Says:

skeezer the geezer. You really are a joke just like the joke draw your fav has at the FO!
Do one!


Giles Says:

Massacre in Rome!!!
LMAO.


Daniel Says:

Federer had hust won his 55th match in Roland Garros, so far mor than Nadal. What us the record? I am nit finding in Wiki the list with most Grand Slam match wins by tourney


Daniel Says:

Found it, the record in RG stands at 58.

If Fed reaches smis he is leader wih 59. If he reaches final even losing to Nadal he ill be leader with 60 match wins in RG to Nadal 59.

So t least 1 more year Fed will holdanither Grand Slam record. He already is by far the most successfull in AO

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP_World_Tour_records


Colleen Says:

True that in many Slams, Federer and Djokovic had to play in the same half. But that was fair as Federer was #3. In this French Open, Rafa is ranked only 4 but he and Djokovic are MILES ahead of Fed in form and race rankings…Fed is down there are #6 and hasn’t won a tournament in 2013. So yeah, this draw is extremely top-heavy this year.


Kimmi Says:

venus cannot win matches anymore


Kimberly Says:

kimmi I know I feel awful for her. SHe is seven time grand slam champion. I think the game is passing her by. When she first came on the tour she was faster and more powerful than everyone else. Now they are all fast and powerful, and she has lost a step and some accuracy.Whether its due to age or her condition I do not know. But as long as she still enjoys playing tennis, she should keep playing I guess.


Humble Rafa Says:

venus cannot win matches anymore

Soon the Cleveland Traitor will say the same.


Kimberly Says:

The HEat have to win in race day in Indiana. Can they do it?


Ben Pronin Says:

Lol the Cleveland traitor? Since when is going to a different team as a free agent called being a traitor? I guess that makes Melo the Denver traitor?

Kimberly I hope they can do it. Wade needs to get over himself and Bosh, Battier, and Allen need to start hitting jumpers. Lebron didn’t go to Miami to do everything by himself again. Pacers are way too good.


Kimberly Says:

Lebron wasn’t great either in game 2. Game 1 he single handedly won. Hope everyone does their part in game 3 but it’s going to be ugly in race day in indy.


Rumble Says:

The first couple of rounds in slams these days are rarely interesting. Only from the 3rd round onwards do you start to see great matches, since every player in there was either seeded or has defeated a seed or has defeated a player who has defeated a seed, and has won at least 2 matches, so can’t be that out of form.

Let the 96 totally irrelevant players disappear from the draw (out of 128), and then we can see what matchups seem likely and interesting.


Kimberly Says:

Nice basketball game. Offensive explosion in the first half. But the pacers will answer. Hope we play like that in game 4 too!


DC Says:

@Humble Rafa Says:
What did one goat tell the other goat?

“I dont like bagels and breadsticks”

———————————————-

Thats true – Fed has bagled Nadal on all three surfaces, Hamburg 07 on clay, Wimby 06 on grass and WTF 2011 on HC.
The only top player to bagle another top player on all surfaces.


nadalista Says:

Can someone please send this plan to Fed?

http://goo.gl/lP87H


Alex Says:

Why send it to Federer?

Rosol has got the plan.

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