Federer Wins; Djokovic, Nadal On Thursday at Roland Garros; X-Notes
by Staff | May 30th, 2013, 12:49 am
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It was a clean day on the men’s side Wednesday at the French Open where all 15 seeds in action advanced after a stacked schedule as a result of rain on Tuesday.


Top 10 seeds advancing, all without dropping a set, were No. 2 Roger Federer defeating Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman, No. 4 David Ferrer putting down Spanish countryman Al Montanes, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beating Finn Jarkko Nieminen, No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic topping French wildcard Nicolas Mahut, and No. 10 Marin Cilic taming Aussie wildcard Nick Kyrgios.

Tsonga will next face No. 25 seed and French countryman Jeremy Chardy who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

“It will be a tricky match,” Tsonga said. “Jeremy plays very well at Roland Garros. He’ll be entering the court with a massive game behind him. And it’s up to me, then, to be solid and to show him that I deserve the ranking that I hold.”

Federer will next meet No. 30-seeded Julien Benneteau, who he has struggled against in the past.

“It’s true when I play against him he makes it difficult for me,” Federer said. “I have some problems and I have to find a solution. Anyway, I like that kind of challenge. I’m looking forward to it. We [haven't] played often on clay.”

Other notable seeded winners were No. 14 Milos Raonic over Frenchman Michael Llodra in four sets, No. 32 Tommy Robredo putting down challenger Igor Sijsling 6-1 in the fifth, and French wildcard Gael Monfils thrilling the home crowd with a four-set victory over Ernests Gulbis.

“He amazed me,” Monfils said of Gulbis, who amazed with both his ability to end points and his ability to melt down. “He was hitting the ball so hard. But I have a strong belief in myself. I never give up.”

Highlights of Thursday matches at Roland Garros are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Argentine Guido Pella, (3) Rafael Nadal vs. Slovak Martin Klizan, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco vs. (8) Janko Tipsarevic, Tommy Haas vs. American upstart Jack Sock, an all-American in Ryan Harrison vs. (19) John Isner, and (9) Stan Wawrinka vs. Argentine grinder Horacio Zeballos.

TENNIS NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

What did Victoria Azarenka do on Tuesday when her match was cancelled? “I went back and was just chilling the rest of the day, watching The Voice. It was incredible. I was so entertained.”…John Tomic has not reportedly tested his ban from Roland Garros, trying to sneak in with a wig and mustache: “Our tournament committee decided for the purpose of avoiding any trouble inside Roland Garros that Bernard’s father will not be allowed in,” the FFT said. “Bernard, his agent and the ATP were informed by us several days ago. Instructions have been given to the ticket sales office and to the gates.” In October the elder Tomic will have to go to court in Madrid for head-butting his son’s practice partner, sending him to the hospital…The U.S. had the most women players in the main draw first round at Roland Garros…Venus Williams lost in the first round of the French this year to Urszula Radwanska, after losing last year in the second round to Aggie RadwanskaSerena Williams on speaking French to the crowd at Roland Garros in on-court interviews: “I have been speaking French for years and years, but I don’t have a lot of confidence. I just had to jump in. Once I get warmed up, I know how to say things. But it’s way, way more nerve-wracking than playing tennis.”…Venus and Serena, who lost in the Aussie Open quarters, are playing doubles together at the French for only the third time…Let’s revisit last year when Gilles Simon said women don’t deserve equal prize money, and Sloan Stephens responded she didn’t like Simon because he is a meanie: “He hit me with a ball when I was ball kid for the first time. He hit me right in my chest because he lost a point and he turned around and slammed the ball and it hit me,” Stephens told a small group of U.S. reporters last year. “Whatever he says, that means nothing to me. We had discussion about it on the court last year because he was trying to kick me off the practice court in Estoril and I’m like, ‘Dude you don’t have this court.’ His coach was nice and he asked me, ‘Why don’t you like him?’ and I said because when I was 10 he hit me with the ball and he didn’t even say sorry and kind of walked off. So I was like, ‘I don’t like him.’”…Sloane doesn’t like a lot of people…Roger Federer will skip Switzerland’s home Davis Cup Playoff group tie against Ecuador in September…Jack Sock told USA Today he ate at the Mexican food chain Chipotle in seven of his first 10 nights in Paris (including qualifying rounds).

 


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67 Comments for Federer Wins; Djokovic, Nadal On Thursday at Roland Garros; X-Notes

skeezer Says:

Fed is a 16/1 underdog. According to odds makers when the draw came out. He has no chance. Poor Fed. After all, he is almost 32, and and old man. Low lifes like Rosol should be givin him a whoopin at his “old age”. After all, he’s not 26. This is the true, no?
All is good. He has the all time Slam record. I mean why is he even playing? Must be for fun. Have fun Fed!! It’s all grraaavvvy!!!!!


Michael Says:

Skeezer,

What Roger is doing at 32 is remarkable. He is still No.3 and is looking quite good against all the players except the top three. It is some time since he beat the likes of Novak, Rafa or even Andy. Well, they didn’t have many chances to meet. But against Rafa in particular, Roger looked quite vulnerable and mortal. What disappointed me most was not that Roger lost against Rafa, but the way he lost it. He didn’t even give a fight whether it was in Indian Wells (well it was understandable he had a back pain) but still he was able to win against a good player like Wawrinka and again in Rome he was just pummelled on court. As a Fan, it is despairing to see Roger being decimated in such a fashion and that is the reason I want him to call it a day soon. That said, as a player I still would like to watch him play given his variety which is becoming so rare now-a-days and the grace. So, I am just confused. I do not want to miss Roger and neither do I want him to lose miserably against his rivals. So, what is the best way out ?? I never know !!


nadalista Says:

If Fed comes up with more zingers such as the following, in response to Gulbis’s comments that the Top 4′s pressers are boring, why I may become a Fedbot!

https://twitter.com/letstalktennis1/status/339807211201126400

Federer: “I know what Gulbis means. But it’s not always our fault. We have to do so many press conf., he does less” (via @GregBeaud20min)

Ting.

Pity the ingrate (Gulbis) is too thick to even get it………..


Margot Says:

Lol that’s so funny. The perfect put down.


gonzalowski Says:

Haha,
good answer from the Fed. Gulbis is a very good player, but he sometimes acts like a brat!


Rumble Says:

French players have often handed surprise defeat to Federer. Benneatteau, Simon, even Gasquet. Can’t figure out why – he doesn’t fare like that against players from ANY other country. Even Spain – its just Nadal on clay that bothers him.


Rumble Says:

And Bennetteau is not even younger, or lefty, or a taller power player (like Safin). Same with Simon. Anyway, he usually handles tall power players very well – even Delpo.

I hope Annacone does watch the tapes and figures it out. Must be some crafty plays that these guys play often. Tennis is all about matchups – and Bennetteau and Simon are bad matchups for him.

Soft draw ends for him, right here. He had two easy rounds, now its time to get to work.


Michael Says:

Bennateau is going to be a tricky match for Roger considering that he had always been a thorn in his foot. Last Wimbledon, Bennateau almost had him. They have never played on Clay before and so that is going to be interesting. All said and done, I expect Roger to win in four sets.


Alex Says:

Game plan vs Beenetaeu, just run him ragged.


roy Says:

i always thought federer gave quite interesting press conferences, particularly early on, when he was glorifying himself at any given chance and systematically disparaging the players threatening his dominance.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Roger for me hit the nail on the head,by saying how can you make an interview more interesting when you do so many?Gulbis seems to enjoy making headlines for all the wrong reasons,rather than making headlines for his tennis, here in lies the difference Roger,Rafa,Novak,Andy only let their tennis do the talking,it might be boring and PC,but its their tennis that made them what they are,Gulbis has alot to learn,as Polo said actions speak louder than words.


Ahsan Najeeb Says:

^ Cannot agree more.


Ben Pronin Says:

Benneteau prefers faster surfaces. I doubt this match will be close. 3 easy sets.


Okiegal Says:

It’s not the players fault that the pressers are boring and not interesting, it’s the interviewers fault. They ask the same questions over and over. Guess Gulbis is trying to spice things up a bit, good come back from Rog, though. “Old” Rog made his point quite cleverly, IMO. Loved it!!


Okiegal Says:

Sloan Stephens doesn’t mind telling the reporters what she really thinks. She made it quite clear what she thinks about Simon……..and Serena too!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Who cares if their press conferences are boring?lets face it they are not winning prizes for been funny,its the tennis that they play that counts,im sure Gulbis would kill to have even half the success of Roger or Rafa,then maybe his press interviews would be boring too?


Brando Says:

Andy and Fed respond to earnest Ernie’s barb here: http://tinyurl.com/ohycz8g . I like Andy’s take on this: they are PC since they pretty much have to be ( company contracts, not to create media stories that unwanted etc).


Ben Pronin Says:

Grigor won 3 full sets! Success!!


Humble Rafa Says:

If Ms. Sweetie puts her hatred of people in a box, forget about it, and concentrate on tennis, it is good for the box.


Lou_tennisfan Says:

It’s always such a great pleasure to watch Federer play. He is the underdog here with everyone outrightly dismissing him as a contender for French Open including Toni Nadal. If there is one thing which is remarkable about great players is the ability to bounce back from the bottom and achieve their goals. And in this process prove the critics wrong over and over again. Go Federer.

The Correlation between Greatness and Criticism – Through the lens of the BIG 3. http://tinyurl.com/nwzvo8o


James Says:

Lou_tennisfan, if someone takes Nadal before the final, I’d think Roger could lift another FO. Roger is much more confident against Djokovic than he is against Rafa.


RZ Says:

Benneteau has no chance. I know he’s troubled Fed in the past and has won a few (and should have won at Wimbledon last year after being up 2 sets), but after his crazy 5-setter yesterday, he won’t have enough left to challenge Fed over 5 sets.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James i agree,although i hope that doesnt happen,meanwhile Pella has been absolutely schooled by Novak,and i also hope to see Rafa in a couple of easier matches now too,im looking forward to watching Grigor/Novak and wonder if Grigor can play as well as he did the other week against Novak,although over 5 sets is a different animal to best best of 3 sets.


James Says:

Tennis x hippy chic, It is possible but highly unlikely for anyone to take out Rafa at RG. There’s a reason why he’s a 7 time RG champion. I expect his 2nd round match to be an easy one.


Ahsan Najeeb Says:

Don’t know much about Klizan but if he is the big hitter sort, then Rafa might be in trouble cuz the conditions are really not to his liking… too much rain which won’t help his top spin game


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James i hope your right,however i dont like to take anything for granted,and yeah your right theres a good reason why hes won the FO 7 times,and also why hes called the king of clay,BTW nice to see another sensible Rafa fan posting on this forum.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I think there could be a danger that either Rafas match gets postponed till tomorrow,and a possibility that he may have to play B2B matches,or maybe start today and have to finish tomorrow :(,either way deffinetly not good,bloody weather(sigh).


andrea Says:

i appreciate gulbis trying to inject some life into the boring press machine, but think about it. how many matches do the top guys play a year? and after every one they have to sit there and answer questions…and it’s not just about tennis. they probe about rumours, private life etc and the players sit there like insects under a microscope. imagine if rafa said ‘yeah, roger has no chance against me on clay”, or murray said ‘novak pisses me off’.

like anything, there are things you say and things you don’t say. as a player you are part of an intense travelling community and you see these people all the time. why create additional tension when you don’t need it? they have to focus on their games.

plus, the media is so thirsty for any whif of anything remotely off side that things get blown out of proportion. they’ll even take an excerpt out of an interview and use that as a headline, without putting it in context. it’s tough.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Oakiegal sounds like a sensible and fair minded Rafa fan too.


El Flaco Says:

Playing Benneteau on clay is a much better match up for Fed. He also matches up much better against Simon on clay although not for the same reasons as Benneteau.

Fed would also match up better against Murray on clay, but in their 8 year overlap they never crossed paths.


El Flaco Says:

Rosol lost so Nadal won’t get his revenge.


James Says:

Tennis x hippy chic, I know the weather’s been annoying for tennis fans. I don’t know why at this time of year it’s raining so much *sigh*
I love tennis and really like Rafa but don’t necessarily dislike other players. I’m one of those of the opinion that Roger is more gifted than Rafa. Novak has a better backhand than Nadal. What I admire about Rafa the most is that he’s such a fighter, keeps trying all the time. First time I watched him play was 2006 Wimby final against Roger. Roger back then was simply the best. Rafa was outplayed in that match. But I liked how he kept running after every ball despite everything going Roger’s way. I told my friends watching the match with me that day, “Rafael will one day dethrone Roger as the best in tennis.” what can I say more, he’s grown more than I expected him to.
While a lot of Roger fans and Rafa fans don’t seem to like Novak much, I admire the way he made his way to the top when everyone else had bowed down to the Fedal dominance. He’s not my favourite player but he’s very very good.


contador Says:

Very good post, @Andrea 12:55 pm.
I understand your points. But it would be refreshing to hear Nadal say something like that about a CC match with Federer. And perhaps it would get a fire going in Federer!
____________________
@hippy chick – completely understand fancying a new moniker once in a while and sometimes it is just nice to be anonymous. You are definitely not trying to hide or create sock puppets.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James DITTO thats my thoughts exactly,i like and admire both Roger and Novak,but Rafas my favorite,and been a Brit Andys my second favorite,im not one of those rabid Rafa fans who believes hes perfect either,theres much i love about the guy,but some things i dont aswell,but then again i dont believe any of the others are perfect either,as i dont think that such a thing exsists.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Contador exactly,and my new monikor fits what i am about in the real world,meditation,indian head massages etc etc,and i think much more interesting than plain old boring Alison,and your quite right i have never been one to hide been a smokescreen lol :).


contador Says:

@hippy chick

You remember when I took “carlo” ? It was when contador was in the news so much during his ban. It was a depressing time for a contador fan.

Thinking it is time for another new moniker but I like contador and he is way more interesting than Elizabeth!


James Says:

Tennis x hippy chic, well, I try to be as unbiased as possible :)


contador Says:

Listening to Roland Garros Radio while play is suspended.

They say the Paire match is about to resume.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Contador i do remember you as Carlo when i 1st started blogging,when you were Contador was before my time,i do remember you once telling me you were called Elizabeth which is a beautiful name BTW,until then sorry but i thought you were a male eek.


contador Says:

lol, “carlo” did give off that vibe – vibe of being a male…

I liked being anonymous that way – it does make things easier in the world of sports blogs sometimes ;)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

It doesnt look like we will see any Rafa today,im glad im off work tomorrow again as i can watch all the matches again,not happy about B2B matches he will probably have to play,but its better than playing now and having to finish tomorrow,the stopping and starting of matches IMO is much worse than B2B.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Contador This is the only site i have ever blogged on,i enjoy it here for the most part,however i may take the odd sabatical here or there depending on if the name calling and bickering get too much ,thankfully theres alot of good stuff to stick around for though too.


contador Says:

^^ On RRG they said Rafa match tomorrow – they were going to try to finish the matches already going when the rain suspended play though.

yes, the weather in parts of Europe has been very cold and wet – was watching the pro cyclists ride in driving rain and snow the past month for Giro d’Italia. Tour de Suisse is supposed to start soon but guessing they won’t get to the higher altitudes :/ weather sucking.


Humble Rafa Says:

Rosol lost so Nadal won’t get his revenge.

I don’t gain any pleasure by beating midgets.


contador Says:

Yes, taking a “sabbatical” is necessary at times for many reasons!

Before coming here, I posted on Tennistalk.com – but have not posted on there since fall 2009. However, it is clear that many here post on both sites and some really know how to lug around a grudge. I post sometimes on tennis.com. And now I may need one of those sabbaticals from tennis-x! lol…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

^Sounds fair enough,pretty much what i expected,i never have followed cycling,i have been to many football matches with my husband when its been p*ssing it down with rain,footballers slipping and sliding on a muddy pitch,the weather heres been awfull this year in Blighty brrr,hope we get some nice weather in time for wimbles.^


contador Says:

^^ Let me know if you think Europe is headed for another ice age, hippy chick. That is what I was imagining while watching the Giro in Italy. Really a bummer because I watch for the climbing and dare devil descending more than anything. Your British team Sky did take a 2nd place overall even though Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of TdF 2012, had to leave the race.

It is 13C in Paris! I just heard them say. My pick Benoit Paire needs to win his match – Allez Benoit!


jane Says:

Ole Ole Nole! :)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Do not be surprised Contador,its like winter here instead of summer,and yay good old Sir Bradley Wiggins lol.


contador Says:

Sir Bradley, sadly for his fans, found out that he could not descend on the wet, technical goat paths in Italy. It was all to much for him, he admitted. And within team Sky is a soap opera drama going on for who will lead the TdF this year; very entertaining stuff, hippy chick. lots of lols coming up for July courtesy of the Wiggins vs Froome battle.

Jane, Nole will get the win over Dimitrov this time no worries.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Thankfully the weather forecast seems to be quite promising for next week,hopefully Rafa has a relatively easy match tomorrow,as its likely he will be playing back to back matches(sigh).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

A i say Contador not a cycling fan,although i did see the tour de Norfolk last summer while holidaying,and i always root for the Brits in any sport,so lets go Sir Bradley Wiggins,lets go.


jane Says:

contador, fingers crossed: hope you are right!

tennis x hippy chic (nee alison?) – the UK was freezing when I was there – jeepers! Figures it’d warm up now. :/ Oh well, it was still awesome and bursting with culture. I just loved Whitby!


Bada Bing Says:

Did you stay in Scarborough? They have a nice hotel called the Victoria which was the birthplace of Charles Laughton.


jane Says:

No I did not unfortunately Bada Bing; I didn’t even get to York. : / But I visited London, Whitby, Edinburgh, Manchester and back to London. Was very nice but very cold. The whole trip was via trains.


Wog boy Says:

Nole’s and Vajda’s preparation for yesterday match in Paris:) Right gear for right weather;)
Have a look at their pictures, don’t bother reading, you will not understand anyway.

http://www.nadlanu.com/pocetna/zabava/celebrity/Noletov-se-bori-protiv-grada-Seta-s-kapicom-Zvezdinih-vaterpolista-po-Parizu.a-183418.305.html


contador Says:

hahahahaa Nole is too cute in that water polo cap! Marian, too

thanks, WB

ajde nole!


Kimberly Says:

Jack Sock told USA Today he ate at the Mexican food chain Chipotle in seven of his first 10 nights in Paris (including qualifying rounds).

Thank you for including this very important piece of news.
#whocares


Okiegal Says:

@Hippy Chic

Thanx for the nice compiiment! I want to be a fair poster and be respectful of other people’s opinions. You know, it would a very dull world if we all liked the same thing.

I also want to see Rafa have an easy match or 2 or 3 or……….heck, I want him to win this bloody tourney just one more time!! Vamos, Rafa, you da man!! Okiegal is pulling for you!!


Okiegal Says:

Jack Sock is gonna have Montezuma’s Revenge if he doesn’t lay off the Mexican food. LOL


Okiegal Says:

oops, COMPLIMENT, Hippy Chic, I meant to say. I know how to spell, but my fingers don’t. lol


Priyank Says:

there is a good chance that both nadal and djokovic reach the final and djokovic can win the cup. http://priyank-blog.blogspot.com/2013/05/french-open-mens-winner-nadal-or.html


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane i was born near York,in a town called Harrogate,we used to holiday in Witby when i was a little girl,i hope you tried the fish and chips there too,as they are to die for? if you ever get the chance you should visit Norfolk too:).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Okiegal i too want Rafa to win the whole thing,or a GS this year,as i think it would be fantastic for him to get that record of a GS for 9 straight years :).


Steve 27 Says:

And win the same major 8 times, hippy. hic.. Vamos!

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