Murray Halted At 7-7, Nadal Injured? Federer v Gulbis, Djokovic v Tsonga Sunday At French Open
by Staff | May 31st, 2014, 4:51 pm
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Andy Murray will have to play an extra day after the Scot and Philipp Kohlschreiber were unable to complete their third round French Open match due to the fading light at the French Open. The two were locked with Murray blowing a 2-1 set 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-7.

Murray actually led by a break in the fourth set and again by a break early in the fifth.

Also suspended was the match between Richard Gasquet and Fernando Verdasco with the Spaniard ahead 6-3, 6-2, 2-2.

Both matches were stopped just after 9:30pm. Both will resume on their respective courts “second on” the Sunday schedule.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal revealed that his back troubles from Australia have resurfaced. Nadal still won 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 against Leonardo Mayer who falls to 0-16 against Top 10 players.

“It was a positive [first week],” said Nadal who hasn’t dropped a set. “I have three matches that I think I played under control. That’s always positive and good. Always [being in] the second week is great news, and winning in straight sets is a little bit better. I’m happy for that.”

Next for Nadal is little-known Serb Dusan Lajovic who eliminated American Jack Sock in straight sets.

“It’s my first Roland Garros main draw appearance and first time in the fourth round, so I can’t be more happy than this,” said Lajovic. “Maybe to play Rafa on Chatrier is one of the biggest dreams and biggest challenges. So for sure it’s not gonna be easy.”

The 23-year-old Lajovic quietly hasn’t dropped a set yet in the tournament.

David Ferrer won his seventh straight over Andreas Seppi and Kevin Anderson earned a retirement from Ivo Karlovic who had to stop after losing the first set due to a back injury. They’ll meet on Monday in the fourth round.

In the marquee match, Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini put on a show of sorts with the Frenchman prevailing in five 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

“When I arrived in the fourth, he broke me straight away,” said Monfils who was complaining of dizziness. “I was starting to struggle a little bit, not cramping, but I felt really tired. I think all the fatigue coming up.

“The crowd is always the difference. Today it was again amazing. I think it is never easy to drop a set. Trying to come back for the fifth is never easy, and definitely the crowd helped me a lot.

“For me it’s not about ups and downs. It’s more about saving my ass every day! To be honest, I just came here without preparation. So, I’m surviving.”

The acrobatic Frenchman now meets a fellow five set winner Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who ousted Donald Young in a tight decider.

The already-ravaged women’s draw was dealt another upset today as former champion Ana Ivanovic was dumped by Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-3. It was the Czech’s five straight win over Ivanovic.

“I went out like this that I won the last four [but it is] always a tough match with her, she’s a great player,” Safarova said. “I’m very excited about that. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the fourth round here. I think I was playing very solid today, and I was not making a lot of mistakes. I was pressuring Ana into her backhand side and then attacking the forehand side, which was working well. I was serving decent.”

Sloane Stephens, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Simona Halep and Jelena Jankovic were also winners on the day.

In a big line-up tomorrow, Maria Sharapova takes a 13-2 record against Sam Stosur. Roger Federer meets the red-hot Ernests Gulbis who beat the Swiss at Rome in 2010. And in a rematch of their 2012 epic French quarter, Novak Djokovic takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic has won 11 of 16 including seven straight against Tsonga.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[18] vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[8]
Not Before: 12:30 pm
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[24] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[12]
To Finish 6-3 6-2 2-2 3. Men’s Singles – Round 4
Ernests Gulbis (LAT)[18] vs. Roger Federer (SUI)[4]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[13] vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs. Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] vs. John Isner (USA)[10]
Not Before: 12:30 pm
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[28] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[7]
To Finish 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-4 7-7 3.
Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[14]
Milos Raonic (CAN)[8] vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[19] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[7]


Also Check Out:
Gulbis Out; Federer, Murray on Monday at French Open
Verdasco, Gulbis Showdown Friday in Barcelona
Ernests Gulbis: “My Long-Term Goal In Tennis Isn’t To Be Top 20, It’s To Be No. 1!”
Murray, Del Potro Advance In Rotterdam, Tsonga Upset; Dimitrov v Gulbis Thursday
Federer Wins, Monfils Darkness Controversy at French Open

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223 Comments for Murray Halted At 7-7, Nadal Injured? Federer v Gulbis, Djokovic v Tsonga Sunday At French Open

Hippy Chic Says:

Just seen Carl the Cobra Froch kicking the ass of George Groves,so i hope Fed does the same to Gulbis tomorrow,Novak and Joe should be a cracker of a match i think Novak will be too good in the end,Nando looked good against Richie we will see if Richie will regroup tomorrow,i hope Murray finishes the job against Kohlschieber which actually had no buisness going five sets anyway….


RZ Says:

I can’t believe Murray hit that one backhand long which would have given him match point!


lylenubbins Says:

ugh hope Rafa’s back is ok


Michael Says:

Novak Vs Tsonga should be a blockbuster match. I believe Novak will go on to win although it would be a pretty tough match. He had problems with Tsonga’s game in the past and I hope he comes out unscathed. This is the right moment for Novak to fulfil his destiny and he must seize it because he may not get another chance although he is still 27. That is because, he would become a father and big father time might be an impediment to his future Tennis goals. As regards Murray Vs Kohlscrieber, it was a fantastic match with ups and downs for both players. I have a nagging feeling that Kohlschrieber might manage to scrape through. Let us wait and watch ?


Margot Says:

Am too stressed to EVEN comment on Andy’s match! EEK!
Really enjoyed Kuz v Kiv though. Lots of drama and terrific tennis in that one.
However, some excellent matches on today, which I will be watch without fear!


Colin Says:

I lost the stream on which I was watching the Murray match at about the time his game started to disintegrate. For the sake of my nerves, that was probably good timing!

In the second and third sets Andy was doing all the things he needed to do, except for getting in more first serves. Nobody could have accused him of being passive. He came to the net aggressively and sometimes even took the ball in the air. His down-the-line shot was working on both wings. Kohlschreiber too played some great stuff. To make it all perfect, there was NO COMMENTARY!

Andy is a slow starter (he did lose that first set), so I’m doubtful he can win from this position. The question is, can I bear to watch? To add to the misery, a text commentator on the BBC site said he thought Andy was not moving well at the time play was called off.

A question – does anyone know if the net is strung extra tight on clay courts? In these recent weeks, players very often lose a point because the ball, hitting the tape, doesn’t fall back or dribble over, but soars out of court.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael its sounding like your rather hoping Murray doesnt win this match,fair enough Novak and Roger are your favorites,so it probably makes sense to some people to root against their rivals?


Josh Says:

I wouldn’t say Andy is a slow starter at all – remember, guys, he is the one who has broken first in every set


Hippy Chic Says:

Novak v Joe will hopefully live up to expectations,Joe had MPs two years ago against Novak and im sure wouldve been kicking himself after that match,i think Novak will be too strong,but hopefully we have a cracker of a match….


Hippy Chic Says:

IMO i have always thought it strange when matches dont finish the previous day that they are not the 1st matches to be played,surely common sense would say get Andy and Phil,Nando and Richies games finished 1st?


Goatexpert Says:

I hope Andy wins. Nadal’s draw is already so easy, would be a shame if he reaches the semi, and then faces kohlscreiber.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

It’s common sense that it’s not fair for a match that wasn’t finished that night to be started first thing the next day. The players deserve a decent break so that they can recuperate. Those players went to bed well after midnight – after a massage, cold bath, dinner, match analysis etc. Do you really think it’s fair to send them out at 11am the next morning, to play a very important match?


Hippy Chic Says:

^Fair enough what do i know anyway,apparantly im just an airhead Rafafantic anyway?^….


Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my Day 8 Predictions up at http://tennisabides.com Kohls and Murray have put on a show – sad to see someone lose today


Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think many fans are saying hey Rafa got a cushy draw therefore hes a shoo for the title,hes won the title 8 times,he could beat most players stood on his head blind folded more often than not,will he win it this year i dont know personally i doubt it,but as ive said before age,and the LOA catching up with him as they do eventually with all players,as ive never been a fan whos arrogant enough to expect their favorite to win it every year anyway,but surely you could put any Tom,Dick or Harry in his draw now,but im just wondering what he has left to prove,but i can see im wasting my time in talking about it?….


Colin Says:

Phew!

Please don’t do this to me too often, Andy. I can’t take it.

What a great shot to win the match.

Now Andy needs, if he can, to re-discover his first serve.


calmdownplease Says:

Well he got through, and without a serve!
Great mini match, pretty cool 5 setter overall.
It was about time he was able to come through something like that, it should help him in his comeback. Progress.
Still a lot of work to do though.


Okiegal Says:

The old dog taught the young dog a new trick….first set tb goes to Fed…..take it to him Feddy Bear!!


Okiegal Says:

Yay, Andy!!

@Chic and Margot……you guys have got to be thrilled, that match was a toughie!!


Okiegal Says:

Gillis……bad hair da ?y??? It looks like mine this morning……LOL! Gulbis is a character…..his antics crack me up! Good match, so far.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^Gulbis


Margot Says:

OMG stopped breathing for 45 minutes! Andy’s new coach needs to address that bloody serve. Am wondering if it’s a residue from the back op.
Now to sit back and ENJOY the rest of the tennis…;)


Josh Says:

Fantastic effort from Murray – some great shots from both players, but the man finally got it done.

Federer playing well so far – he looks more focused than he did in the previous 3 rounds.


Josh Says:

Tennis’s “bad boy” strikes again – another racket gets completely crushed


Polo Says:

…and then gives it to one fan who shows very low self-esteem by accepting it very happily. Same goes to those who fight for discarded sweaty shirts.


Hippy Chic Says:

YAY Well done Andy,and please sort out that serve ASAP,and what great mental strength too,must be the Lendel influence?and the match of the tournament on the mens side so far IMO,and congrats to Phil for making it such a cracking contest,but i think thats the difference between the good and the great players,who are made of tougher stuff mentally?….


van orten Says:

Sometimes i believe that Roger does that in purpose…how in Darth did he lose that set??? Beyond understanding


Tennis Fan Says:

Fed has the match on his racket with an easy smash and gives Gulbis back a chance … the maestro would have never done that earlier in his career …

… pumping up the ego of an insecure Gulbis …


jatin Says:

Gulbis is playing hell out of tennis.
1-1 … And it seems like gulbis has a upper hand now.


jatin Says:

Van orten
I think gulbis earned that set. His level of play in that final stage of that set was insane.
And yeah, I loved the way he broke his racket and gave it to that girl. Exciting match.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Feds match reminds me of his match against delpo at the us open final 09

had his chances to lead 2-0 in sets and was two points away from victory and potentially a roger slam


van orten Says:

Earned that set????fed was outplaying him and did so on setpoint but decided not to put gulbis to sleep


Josh Says:

Damn, 5-3, 40-15 and it should have been over. Could have put that smash away anywhere on the court but where it ended up going


jatin Says:

Van orten
You can say the same for gulbis as well when he was leading 4-2 in the first. So I think it all even outs in the end.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed very vocal today.


jatin Says:

3-2 gulbis….. Hope fed can hold…


van orten Says:

Yeah gulbis should have minimum 10 grand slams by now in his pocket…how daring of roger being simply the better player


Salleh Ahmed Says:

maybe too many chume jetztes today


Salleh Ahmed Says:

roger break down in the third


jatin Says:

Too many shanks… And I think set is gone now… I am not liking it….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

federer grunting ohhh


jatin Says:

Omg…. Gulbis game plan is clear ” being roger at the net”… 5-2


jatin Says:

^^
Bring


Humble Rafa Says:

Looks like Arrogance Jr is schooling Arrogance Sr. Change of guard, perhaps.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed lost too many games from being well up


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wtf for a lob


jatin Says:

Gulbis is playing just out of this world.. Fed is looking clueless right now..
On to the 4th set..
Heartbreak for fans on cards :(


Salleh Ahmed Says:

2-1 for gulbis


Josh Says:

oh dear. He’s going to have to go 5 if he is to win this.


skeezer Says:

Very impressed with Gulbis defense. Amazing today, and consistent.


ertorque Says:

Fed making errors when he tries to flatten out too much his forehand. That is not his staple shot but then again Gulbis is making it difficult for him.


van orten Says:

HahHHHHhAhahahhahhha fed is too much drama…expect him to lose in 4…


Thomas Says:

Who cares if Federer loses? Only his deranged fapboys actually thought he would win the tornament…….


Thomas Says:

To follow up, Federer losing is a good thing, as it gives him more time to prepare for the grass court season.


jatin Says:

Please. Rog, level up your play. Can’t see you losing to gulbis… :(


Josh Says:

No one was discussing him winning the tournament.


van orten Says:

He lost the whole thing when he didn’t put away the easy smash…simple as that… Poor roger fans…congrats to Nadal fans..he would never do such a thing


Josh Says:

@van orten – why are you being so dramatic?


jatin Says:

2-2…


Humble Rafa Says:

To follow up, Federer losing is a good thing, as it gives him more time to prepare for the grass court season.

If he loses early in the grass court season, it gives him time to be with his kids. And ofcourse prepare for the US open.

#poorthinking#


Salleh Ahmed Says:

now it reminds me of soderling and federer 2010


jatin Says:

Break…. Wow
Comin rog


Hippy Chic Says:

Come on Roger take the match to a 5th set now….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

break for federer

best scenario would lead with 5-3 and break him instead of serving for the set to have the advantage in the final set


Salleh Ahmed Says:

BPs but i dont wanna se fed serving scond in the decider


Josh Says:

This is quite baffling.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

5-2 lead

fed serving for the set


jatin Says:

He is back. 5-2


Humble Rafa Says:

Why you Arrotards so whiny today? Did something happen?


Josh Says:

Gulbis has called for the trainer – looks like he’s slightly tweaked his hamstring or his back


jatin Says:

Injury time out it seems…
Just loving the chants ” roger, roger”…


jatin Says:

Hope fed will stay focused


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wtf ferrer and federer nevet met in a GS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

i hate these MTOs

tripple brea points gulbis


jatin Says:

And gulbis is playing on insane level again
5-3…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

5-3

plz break him now and all is well


Salleh Ahmed Says:

5-4

oh man. surely federer will close this set out


jatin Says:

Fed has lost his rhythm. Hope he can serve out the set


Okiegal Says:

Please Rog, level up your play……isn’t this what everyone has been crying for? The top dogs falling to a lessor player?? Oh, excuse me every top player with the exception of Roger…….and I’m pulling for the older guy in this one……and guess what?? I’m a Rafa fan, as we all know!! C’mon Jolly Roger, git r done!!


Jason Says:

I can’t believe I’m supporting Gulbis, he’s doing a good comeback 5-4 now. Is two breaks in a row possible? I have to say Federer may be not getting enough sleep with new bub though.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wtf is happening


Jason Says:

Wow, just before injury time – odd for Gulbis to win 4th match was 34:1. Now it’s 4:1 only. within like 5-8 minutes!


madmax Says:

MTO has unsettled Roge.

Such a pivotal time to take an MTO! Hope he rights the ship.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

i am shitting in my pants right now

30-30


Giles Says:

Yeah fed grunting! He had the audacity to complain to the umpire about Rafa’s grunting at AO this year. Needless to say the umpire sent him off with a flea in his ear!!
#DoubleStandards


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh come on Roger serve it out….


Jason Says:

I am hating that bet365 is not streaming this. I have no clue what’s happening for sure. was it small injury, is the relief given only temporary etc. Arghh..


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wth federer

that lob was suicide nearly


Jason Says:

4th set is now 6-4 Federer.


Josh Says:

5 sets it is.

That was strategically brilliant from Gulbis – he took the MTO at the right time, disrupted RF’s momentum and almost pulled it back. Fed needs to dig deep and find his best now.

Djokovic vs Tsonga coming up straight after this, hopefully that’ll be another cracker!


Jason Says:

Roger did fk up with 2 set points on 2nd set at 5-3, but he didn’t close and Gulbis came back in. Now it’s 5th set. What do people think in the fifth. I reckon Federer will have this one easy (unfortunately I dont have live stream so didn’t know Gulbis had injury until after I put skin in the game). Oh well…


Jason Says:

Any free stream or has people found the tennistv stream to be as fast as the bookies?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

serving 2nd is so cruel as a fan


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal shock,horror,surprise Rafa fans pulling for Roger like you and i well thats against the rules,arent we supposed to hate all players not named Rafa….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

oh man

3 BPs for gulbis


Salleh Ahmed Says:

break gulbis
2-0


Salleh Ahmed Says:

all over for fed????


Jason Says:

Found a stream. thanks no-one! LOL


jatin Says:

It’s over


Josh Says:

@Hippy Chic Lol – top comment


madmax Says:

Jason,

Fromsports.com tennis…you will get a live stream.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some people prefer to die by a million cuts. What else can I say.


Jason Says:

Could be looking at 6-2 or 6-3 Gulbis fifth set. They both look tired with Federer more so. Just depends if the injury comes back!


Jason Says:

Thanks madmax.


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh thanks,and i really want RF to win this,hes an amazing player and champion,but im only saying it for selfish reasons as my bracket will be shot,as i hate the guy really this is all some ulterior motive lol(kidding of course)….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

roger has to hold serve and break him after the break

cant see gulbis choking


Josh Says:

Hippy Chic: Of course :)

But yeah, I don’t think this match is in Roger’s hands – never really has been since the second set

You looking forward to Tsonga-Djokovic?


Margot Says:

Dunno why Fed’s giving Gulbis so many back hands to play. G’s backhand is a terrific weapon, whereas his 4hand can be wild.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

that smash on set point in the 2nd was big


Polo Says:

My wife, a big Nadal fan, is cheering mightily for Roger. I wonder why?


skeezer Says:

Gulbis should pull this off unless nerves kick in.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

0-15


Salleh Ahmed Says:

15-15 gulbis BH DL


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh yeah i am hope its as good as this match,i think Novak will win,but Joe has all the backing of a French crowd,so it should be interesting,Gulbis might get tight here yet though?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

15-30


skeezer Says:

@Polo
Lol :)


Salleh Ahmed Says:

40-30

gulbis is brave


Jason Says:

I dare say it’s all over red rover.

ps: I still can’t get over how Gulbis does the yoga move in advance of his ground strokes and smashes! Nobody else does this. LOL


jatin Says:

Congrats to gulbis and all his fans. Played like a champ today…. :(


Humble Rafa Says:

Crazy how the Arrogant Jr can hit winners from anywhere on the court. The Arrogant Sr. just watches, without taking a step towards the ball.

For all you Arrotards, it is time to upgrade to the new Arrogant Jr.


Josh Says:

Hippy Chic yeah, hopefully another 5 setter. Jo will need to really take it to Nole


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo exactly why why why would she do that,must be some sort of ulterior motive?….


Jason Says:

Hippy Chic, “ulterior motive”? Are you suggesting something here?


Hippy Chic Says:

Jason it was sarcasm,usually when a Rafa fan says something positive about Roger or any other player,they have some ulterior motive….


Margot Says:

Congrats Conty :) Think you picked Gulbis in the bracket? Should’ve followed your example…….


jatin Says:

Being a fan is so so hard. The heartbreak you go through whenever your fav lost is painful. Proud yo be your fan roger. You are the definition of tennis for me and always will….
Good luck

Congrats to gulbis. I hope you will in the finals. You played sublime.


Josh Says:

Congrats to Gulbis – played unbelievable tennis throughout, deserved the win in the end.
His press conference should be interesting


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed lost it really in the second. but hats off to gulbis. my 2nd favourite player.

hope he backs it up and beats berdych


jatin Says:

Gulbis has a game to win the whole thing I guess. He is a dark horse of the tournament.


Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah agree with Margot in congrats to Contador,although im not keen on the guy,EG was a worthy winner today….


Giles Says:

And now Mr Tsonga can you pull off another upset in front of your home crowd? You have some unfinished business from a couple of years ago.
Go Tsonga!!


Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, how could you say that about my wife! Hahaha! I don’t know why but I have a feeling she will cheer even harder for Tsonga against Djokovic.


Josh Says:

Gulbis-Berdych – no love lost between those two either lol

Anyway, time for Tsonga vs Djokovic!


Hippy Chic Says:

Berdych has played well this tournament,he broke Isners serve in all three sets,in a straight sets win,and to do that is not an easy thing to do,i think that will be another great match,i dont know if EG can beat two top ten players over five sets back to back though?….


Steve27 Says:

Thanks you Richie, you make me $1000 richier!
You are the true GOAT!


Steve27 Says:

Berdych Nadal final


Steve27 Says:

Nadal Djokovic Murray and Berdych the big 4


Daniel Says:

Wow, can’tbelieve Fed lost after that smash. Seems all his good fortune in early years are coming back to hunt him. Way too many matches lost after a winnable position.

Gulbis is on a 8 or 9 match winning streak after a title last week. He has a very beatable match agaisnt Berdych (hope he lost just to save as of a potential final against Nadal) and who knows if Djoko loses. Draw will be open for him or Milos to go to the finals. Or even Tsonga depending om how today unfolds.

For Djoko this is good news he knows who ever he faces in semis will be a first time Grand Slam semifinalist in RG bith he has great record against.
With Murray struggle if he doesn’t aboid long matches in next two rounds seems nothifng will stand in Nadal and Djoko final.
But I can see Gulbis becoming the story of this tourney. Apart from Djoko he stands the best chance against Nadal (even not winning any of their previous matches).


van orten Says:

Berdych First semifinalist. Congrats


Steve27 Says:

Allez Tsonga!


Steve27 Says:

Federer is not a 5 set player.
His record is awful for an elite player.
The best tennis player win today.


contador Says:

My first bracket had Gulbis beating Federer and Berdych but losing to Djokovic.

So proud of brave Ernie Gulbis.

To Federer Fans – sincere condolences.

____________

How about Milos?


Steve27 Says:

won today


Steve27 Says:

I dont know but Berdych is to Rafa the same Roddick is to Federer
21 3
18 3
What record is worse?


contador Says:

The Berdych and Gulbis match could be a cracker! :D

Come on Milos!


Polo Says:

In a way, Roddick’s is worse ( or should I say more heartbreaking?) because overall, he was a better player than Berdych. Andy could have won a few more majors if not for Federer.


Giles Says:

C’mon Jo! Get your head together!!


contador Says:

Andy Roddick woulda, coulda…. a reasonable guess is Roddick would have 2 Wimbledon titles, if not for Federer.

Congrats to Andy Murray!


contador Says:

Come on, ajde Novak!!


Thomas Says:

What happened between gulbis and berdych?


Hippy Chic Says:

Come on Joe wake up….


Steve27 Says:

the rain in 2004 and the terrible choking of Roddick in 2009 indeed deprived the american to win a couple of Wimbledon.


contador Says:

And Nadal plays who for a Quarterfinal spot???


Steve27 Says:

61 Joker


Steve27 Says:

Lajovic is better tan this Tsonga


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador begins with an L,and i cant even pronounce it let alone spell it….


contador Says:

Dusan Lajovic is, until now, playing in the challengers, Hippy Chic.

Got to admit, it has been a cushy draw so far for Rafa.


contador Says:

Very proud of some of EG’s returns today – wow, just wow. I am still a bit dizzy, Hippy Chic.


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador that is exactly what ive been saying for days,and despite the fluffy draw,im still not jumping up and down and saying hes a shoo to win this title,by the age thing and the law of averages,but hes won the title 8 times so i dont see what he has left to prove here,no harm or foul just saying?….


Hippy Chic Says:

And EG was a worthy winner today he played fantastic tennis against Roger….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

COntador, you made it happen.

You believed, you clicked the slippers, and Gulbis is a French Open quarterfinalist.


contador Says:

Rafa has nothing to prove. If there was any doubts about him, it certainly is not here or on clay, unless a case can be made for the past decade being a super weak clay era.

But Rafa has plenty of titles on other surfaces and it is all about number of GS titles anyway, right? ; )

Milos!! wins…


contador Says:

Don’t get me started, TV! LOL…..


Josh Says:

Come on Tsonga, let’s see something special.


contador Says:

TV – did you click your ruby slippers for Milos… the first Canadian man in the open era to get to a Roland Garros quarterfinal?? :D


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador right :),and i promise if he wins the title i will stay away from this forum,no vamosing or any of that crap….


Josh Says:

****’s sake Jo!(sorry, just frustrated)

As much as I love Novak I do so badly want another epic – already seen 2 in the past 2 days :p


madmax Says:

Steve27 Says:
Federer is not a 5 set player.
His record is awful for an elite player.
The best tennis player win today.

Of course the best tennis player won today in the match Steve, but I don’t think any Federer fan need go down the road of “he is an awful player for an elite player?). Yes, 17 slams awful. A win is a win, and we know now that Federer, winning in 5 sets, will be stretching it.

I had hoped that he would spank Gulbis today, because I find Gulbis uncouth and cocky, disrespectful to all players to be honest. But that doesn’t matter. He was brilliant on court today and I can say congratulations to him for that.

Otherwise, I hope the next player spanks him. Money is his middle name which elevates his over confident attitude.

Very unattractive to me in his personality.


Hippy Chic Says:

Well done Milos great win,hope its a great match against i would think most likely Novak….


contador Says:

Milos is such a big sweetie. He is ready for either Berdych or Gulbis, he says. Really I feel if EG had not beat Federer, it could have Milos or Tomas, beating Roger here. Tough draw for Feddy this time.

And a tough draw for Djokovic. Well, on paper.


madmax Says:

Whoever Gulbis plays, it was right he came through. We cannot expect Federer to win deep into a slam tournament, (in a 5 setter, I might add). If he had wrapped it up in 3 sets, then we are talking a whole different story.

Federer is still super fit, but I wonder, when his mind goes walkabout at those critical moments (and he has improved), whether that is something that he has become accustomed too now. He could have wrapped up the match, but not to be. Gulbis had other plans.

For his fans, it is very frustrating to see that happening.


Josh Says:

Tsonga is folding – Djokovic on the charge


contador Says:

Margot, yes, I picked Gulbis to beat Roger and Berdych! But then I thought….oh I can;t leave it like this (my bracket), I will look too much like a Gulbis FanGirl!


Margot Says:

Lol conty, what a shame!
My bracket crashed and burned a long time ago!
Hmm, Nole has stepped up 3 gears and is giving Joe a beat down. Awful tactics from Joe though, quel surprise lol, serving very slowly to the Nole back hand.
That’ll do it……..not.


contador Says:

Tsonga is coming out of his dazed and confused state of mind. I think there is a chance for him in the 3rd set. This isn’t over yet.

I am solidly behind Novak Djokovic to win this but I like a good tennis match. Tsonga has been playing like a zombie.


Daniel Says:

20 straight QF for Djoko. Congrats!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador it was very majestic from Novak but very poor from Joe,however i doubt many players could do much against him in that form?….


Josh Says:

absolutely rubbish from Tsonga – very underwhelming given what he’s capable of.
Great game from Nole’s perspective, a routine 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win. Raonic up next!


Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah and congrats to Novak on his QF streak….


Hippy Chic Says:

Stosurs taken the 1st set against Maria,go Sam….


Margot Says:

Go Sam indeedy!


Rafa better than roger Says:

And so much for that hoopla retort to Agassi’s declaration that Rafa is -GOAT aside from unequalled GCCOAT,

If roger wins another FO, doubling up on all slams.

Very funny, indeed.

Federlings should be thankful Rafa was injured at 09 FO and again at 14 AO, else roger will still be like Sampras without a FO.

Congrats, gulbis!


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot she just got broken though start of second set….


Josh Says:

for the women’s side, I personally would like to see Maria win the title. The moment Serena went out (fan of Serena primarily here) I thought this was her time to get it done. Got more chances here than at any other Grand Slam IMO


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh i would love to see a new womens champion….


Rafa better than roger Says:

Now, who is number one in the Trunk?

Roger that’s who!

Even hyping that matches be all 5 sets!!!!
Well, roger, you just lost a five-setter.

Arrogance just bit you in the a…


Josh Says:

Hippy Chic I can work with that too lol :) Halep maybe?


andrea Says:

just saw all the scores. too bad for fed but he didn’t have much clay court prep and we all know gulbis’ potential…including stay at home dad. ha ha ha.

GO GENIE! so proud of our little canadian (along with our BIG canadian Milos). i have per pegged to make it to the final…not necessarily win, but make it all the way. she’s on fire. in any event, the next match between stosur or maria and genie is what i am looking forward to.

sounds like tsonga didn’t put up much of a fight, or novak was too much.


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh yeah,but you could make a case for any of the girls left….


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh i would say Maria though,mentally she is very tough to beat….


calmdownplease Says:

Oh, Sharapova’s primal scream
She was out there too!
Please knock her out Sam
And

`Apart from Djoko he stands the best chance against Nadal (even not winning any of their previous matches)…`

Gulbis?
No, just no.
Any top player playing well enough was going to knock Federer out.
Also and I’m not complaining as he often has quite hard draws but we really don’t know much about Nadal’s level at this stage, his opposition has been so poor so far.


Daniel Says:

CDP. I am d that Gulbis played Nadal close before and oddly he has a similar game to Soderling. Huge forehand great serve and cam return as well. He has all the elements to play him close and now that he beat afed in a Slam plus quarter final cominopg from a title win one has to fancy his chances. Last time a player got on a good streak pre with big wins he went on to win a Slam, AO is year.

But I still think it’s Djoko time. This win today add more plus to his cause.


calmdownplease Says:

I completely disagree.
So what he beat Roger?
Anyone & their dog is beating Federer these days.
It virtually means nothing against Novak or Nadal.
So I don’t find your basic reason very convincing at all.
Gulbis could well be out next round.
Agree with you about Novak, who is looking like A WINNER.
I’d turn it around and say that only Murray has a chance against Novak in the final haha
But no realistically, i’m going Novak 51% and Nadal 49% in their inevitable tectonic shifting clash.
And subject to further % corrections too.
It feels like it’s time.


calmdownplease Says:

` Last time a player got on a good streak pre with big wins he went on to win a Slam, AO is year..`

Well, let’s not get into that again.


calmdownplease Says:

Stosur is quite easliy intimidated isn’t she?
sigh


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP yeah shame as shes by far the more talented of the two too….


contador Says:

One thing I loved about the Gulbis-Federer 5 setter is how fast they played it. Any time you have a 5 set match done and dusted in just over 4 hours in these times, KUDOS. I am not a good judge of the match, both players are favorites of mine, but I thought that match was great. Very happy with the tennis today!

And two promising ATP quarterfinals to come on Tuesday: Berdych v Gulbis and Raonic v Djokovic.

WTA quarterfinal to have a new name or two as well. Bouchard and hopefully… Muguruza

Looks like Sharapova gets through though.


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador its been very enjoyable tennis,i enjoyed Andy/Khols as it made me think Andy is nearing that form that won him Wimbledon last year,Gulbis came of age,and Novak was majestic,im looking forward to Andy and Verdasco,and i will be happier to see some of Rafas matches with some(no disrespect)decent oposition to see where hes really at,as you cant really say much about his form so far….


Hippy Chic Says:

Im a fan of both Rafa and Andy but i do appreciate good tennis whomever and wherever it comes from….


contador Says:

Oh yeah, @Hippy Chic – Andy and Special K…

I almost forgot that finished up today. Muzza shoulda won that yesterday. Some great tennis in their long match, too.


calmdownplease Says:

I’m surprised you like Gulbis Contador.
He seems very bratty, entitled and well kinda sexist about the ladies no?
He thinks he is a lot more fascinating than he actually is too, although that’s quite amusing as he can come out with some choice zingers from time to time.
I do quite like his tennis, but there are simply better players out there & he seems very flakey indeed.


contador Says:

I have no defense for liking Gulbis @calmdownplease….

He chose me, maybe. Something like that. Like they say you don’t climb Everest, the mountain decides. lol, I dunno. Me liking a sexist brat is out of character but …there it is. I have always liked Gulbis and his tennis. His attitude works for me in the Fedal environment – something like that, I guess. Tennis needs an EG, imo.


calmdownplease Says:

He’s your guilty pleasure then :)


calmdownplease Says:

This is the first time I am really enjoying RG
Partly due to the fact that Rafa’s name is not already engraved on the coupe des mousquetaires.
But also there’s been some pretty good matches with more to come.


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP thats fair enough,i must say i had that same feeling when Feds run came to an end at SW19,same with Novak at the AO earlier this year,i guess domination gets waring after a while,same in any sport,got really p*ssed off with Man UTD winning the English Premier League year in year out,i just wonder how people will feel if niether Rafa or Novak win the title?


calmdownplease Says:

Gobsmacked! And as an Andy fan I would love him to bore everyone to tears winning wimbles year in and out
But total Novak like domination year in year out is boring after a while, even for most fans of said player.
Bar the nutties of course.
Wouldn’t worry about Man U for the time being HC


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP LOL me too i think hes earned the right for a while anyway,wouldnt actually mind if Rafa were to win some more HC or Grass GS but especially on HSs,and yeah im loving another PL team winning some titles for a change….


RZ Says:

So excited that Murray pulled off that match (and what a return on match point!!!) that I really couldn’t be disappointed by Fed’s loss. Plus it’s good to see Gulbis make good on all that promise.

Let’s go Andy – you can take Verdasco!


Steve 27 Says:

Genie is the next big deal, I hope.
And congratulations to Milos Raonic, the first Canadian male tennis player who reach qf in a major in the Open Era.
Absolutely deserved!


Goatexpert Says:

Comparing Fed on clay to Sampras on clay is moronic – Sampras was a miserable failure – 24-13, one semi. Fed has 5 French finals including 1 title, 60+ match wins. If he had faced a “normal” right handed clay courter like Bruguera, Gaudio, or even Wilander, Fed would have had many more French titles.

The poster above who made that comparison obviously has no understanding of tennis.


contador Says:

@CDP, I do relate to human beings who strike me as eccentric and tormented = how I’d describe Gulbis. It is disappointing to read his opinions about women but…he cannot be serious.

Remember in Rotterdam when Berdych and Gulbis played and Berdych was upset, so Gulbis told Berdych to just relax? lol…irony. pot calling the kettle…

Gulbis can’t help it – he will say stuff. Wondering if EG will comment on Berdych’s Hawaii shirt – hey? Hoping EG brings the kind of focus that he showed today vs Federer. Making the semi-final here would be good for his Wimbledon seeding.


RZ Says:

I agree with goatexpert. Federer’s only problem on clay between 2005 and 2011 was Rafa (and Soderling one year). He consistently made the finals but always ran up against the King of Clay or the FO Upset Specialist. Sampras made the semis once, and most years didn’t make it past the second round. Even in his not-so-great years, Fed has made the 4th round or quarters.


Okiegal Says:

Whose fault is it that Rafa got a cushy draw?

#inquiringminds
#want2know


Goatexpert Says:

There is no doubt that Nadal is a great player. There is no doubt that he is the best clay courter ever.

However, in his case, racket technology and his being a lefty has played a significant part in his success.

Yes, he uses the racket technology better than others in generating more top spin than others. But being a lefty is a quirk of fate – All else being equal, a top player is tougher if he is a lefty. Why? Lefties are used to play right handed players, while right handed players don’t play lefties that often, since there are so few of them. Its just that simple.

As a tennis player, I would say the best of Djokovic is better than the best of Fed. Even though Fed is the most elegant player ever. Why? The two handed backhand. The best of djoke can beat the best of Nadal, even on clay.

Nadal was lucky to have only Fed as his main competition for many years (until Djoke matured in 2011). Fed is 5 years older and has a one-handed backhand. We all know how Nadal has fared since 2011. Very good, but not great.

Luck matters. And not everyone gets an equal portion of it. Lets not attribute every success or failure just to talent. Luck always plays a role. And in some cases more than others.


Polo Says:

^^ like, Goatexpert.


skeezer Says:

@GE
+1


Bad Knee Rules Says:

@GE@10:51pm,

Right on cue!!


Steve27 Says:

like grass season, luck


Steve27 Says:

The only lefty who has a positive record?
Why?
And Until now, the serb was beaten 6 times in a best of 5 on clay.
Rafa will win this weekend!


Goatexpert Says:

Because Nadal is a damn good lefty. But lefty has something to do with his wins too, in addition to being damn good. And being lefty is a matter of chance.

Mcenroe’s vicious serve also had something to do with his being lefty. Just that in those days wooden rackets didn’t allow as much spin (and so less bounce), so he didn’t dominate Borg (also because Borg had a two hander).


Steve27 Says:

What about Lend, goatexpert?


Goatexpert Says:

Lendl would have had the same troubles against Nadal that Federer has had – with the one handed backhand.

Lendl was a great player, and perhaps the most unlucky in the sense that he had to face so many top players at THEIR peak – from Borg, McEnroe to Wilander, Becker, Edberg, then Agassi and Sampras in his waning years. the guy never got a break!

I think Lendl was the LEAST lucky of all top players in the open era – he had to face the most stiff competition throughout his career.

The most lucky was perhaps Sampras. By 1993 (when he really started winning his slams, and was just 22) – Becker, Edberg had faded, Lendl was done, he just had Agassi to face. And agassi goofed off after 1995, so he really didn’t face competition from any top player post 1995. Federer really came into his own in 2003, by when Sampras had retired.

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