Federer, Murray Impress In Rome Debuts; Nadal v Isner Thursday
by Sean Randall | May 13th, 2015, 6:29 pm
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B-level clay guys Roger Federer and Andy Murray cruised in their 2015 Rome openers on Wednesday. Murray extended his current win streak to 10 after taking care of Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-2. A year ago, Chardy stunned Federer, but the Frenchman posed no risk to Murray who’s played a lot of tennis the last few weeks.

“My legs were a bit tired at the beginning,” said Murray. “But then I started to feel better after the first few games. For me, I felt like I played a really good match. He served big for the first set and a half. It was tough for me. But I hung in; I felt like I moved pretty well and I served well throughout the match. I was happy with the way I adjusted to the conditions. I felt like I moved well and made it difficult for him to win free points.”

Murray now has a date with David Goffin, who saved three matchpoints in the third to beat a tight JW Tsonga 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Tsonga served for the match at 5-3 and never won another game as the Belgian ran off the last four to steal the match. Tsonga is coming back from injury and based on form, it’s a shame that he doesn’t appear to be a big threat in Paris.

Federer, who has yet to win the Rome title in this his 15th attempt, edged out a tough first set then coasted in the second to beat Pablo Cuevas 7-6, 6-4 in a rematch of their Istanbul final. Roger played well all around, especially from the backhand. The Swiss now meets the big serving Kevin Anderson.

“I know I’m not the favorite, like maybe I was in other years, but who cares really,” said Federer. “I’m happy I won my first round match. That was my focus, especially after last week and last year here, both matches I lost with match points. So I’m happy to get the victory tonight.”

Anderson should be much of a threat on the clay where he’s barely a .500 player and has never beaten a Top 10 player. But if Roger allows him to get to breakers, then things could get real interesting.

Rafael Nadal opened his bid for an eighth Rome title hammering Marcel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 6-0.

“I am playing better,” Nadal said. “I need to confirm that with results, and I did that last week. I haven’t played two weeks in a row at the right level yet, but today was a good start. I am happy for that.”

After beating the 87th-ranked Ilhan, things get far trickier tomorrow against the dangerous American John Isner who upended Leo Mayer.

“His serve is a big challenge, and he has a very good continuation with his forehand,” Nadal said. “It’s difficult to play against him because you don’t have a lot of control over the things that are going to happen. If he serves well, you are in big trouble. All that is in my hands is to be very focused on my serve and to try to create opportunities on his serve.”

Rafa leads Isner 5-0 including a 3-set win last month in Monte Carlo. I think Nadal will get through again. Isner, though, has lost serve since that Nadal match!

Kei Nishikori also was a winner, defeating Jiri Vesely. He’ll have a tough one tomorrow against Viktor Troicki.

Other winners were Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Tomaz Bellucci, Dominic Thiem (via retirement from Gilles Simon) and Fabio Fognini who bageled Grigor Dimitrov in the third set for the Italian’s 200th career match win.

On Thursday, defending champion Novak Djokovic retuns in what should be a straight-forward match against Bellucci. David Ferrer takes on Garcia-Lopez, Stan Wawrinka gets Thiem and Fognini will be sure to whip the crowd into a frenzy in his match against Tomas Berdych.

THURSDAY ROME SCHEDULE
CENTRALE start 12:00
ATP – [16] J. Isner (USA) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00
WTA – [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
Not Before 12:00
ATP – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [3] A. Murray (GBR) vs D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [Q] C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)


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167 Comments for Federer, Murray Impress In Rome Debuts; Nadal v Isner Thursday

SG1 Says:

Hope Andy keeps up his good play on clay. Strange as it may be, he has a puncher’s chance to come out on top at RG where a less than stellar 2nd serve isn’t necessarily a death sentence. I think Andy does some serious damage in Rome and makes a deep run at Roland Garros. I’m surprised that he doesn’t have some good results there because clay is a counter puncher’s surface but also rewards players with good feel and court sense. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Andy holding up the Coupe de Mousquetaires though seeing Rafa win 10 RG titles would be more my preference. Always more interesting to see something that has never been done before.


jalep Says:

Fognini whipping the crowd into a frenzy v
Berdych? Oh I hope so…

Fabio has a slim h2h lead over Tomas.
2-1. Both wins on clay in Monte Carlo, 2013 and 2009. Tomas got his win at US Open 2011.

Last 10 matches:
Tomas 8 out of 10. Lost to Rafa and Nole.
Fabio 6 ” ” 10. Lost to Dimitrov twice. And once to Andujar- once to Thiem.

But Fabio has 2 wins over Rafa! lol, gotta give him a chance v Berdych. Forza Fabio!


skeezer Says:

This is not on Nadla’s racket, but Isner’s. If Isner has a serving day, Nadla is gone. However, we are now officially the SLOW Clay surfaces from here on out. No more Madrid. Advantage to Nadla on a hot dry day.


James Says:

Does it matter on whose racket the match is on? The player who plays better usually wins. Tennis is a fair sport.

Saw Andy match yesterday. I haven’t seen him look this confident since Wimbledon 2013.

Nadal played well but he still needs to fix that weak 2nd serve.


skeezer Says:

“Does it matter on whose racket the match is on?”
Uh, sure. If Isner serves 35 aces then it matters. WTF?


James Says:

Isner can serve 35 aces and still lose.


Travis Bickle Says:

I remember the match Novak played against Bellucci in Madrid 2011. Bellucci (a.k.a. the longest neck in the business) had a set and a break lead and played very well. He was chasing every ball and running around like crazy. And sweating, OMG I remember seeing Bellucci sweat that day and thinking how similar his sweating was to Nadal’s “poring buckets” sweat. Based on Bellucci’s level and conditioning that match I thought he would easily make Top 10 later on that year – alas nothing happened, next tournaments he did nothing.

Similar thing happened one year later when Dimitrov was running and chasing everything against Novak in Madrid, and even won the match. He did not do much on clay after that…

Only against Novak and only at the tournament Tiriac owns – these guys appear, run around like never before, sweat profusely, only to ‘disappear’ later in the year.

Rome is another story. First, it is outside Spain and second Tiriac cannot influence things. Consequently, I predict Bellucci takes 5 games total tomorrow, and he won’t be sweating profusely!


Zozza Says:

Isner could win this one purely coz his early will be so hard to break so Nadal must serve well or he will get tossed out of Rome !

Fognini no chance against Berdych at all
Tomas is playing well this year … But if Fognini plays Nadal in Rome I expect Nadal will be in big trouble !

Fognini seems to love Nadal’s weak serve
If people could go back to 2013 Nadal had a great serve especially on hardcourts

Murray is playing great
Imagine Murray vs Djokovic
French open final

No Nadal
Big possibility this year


Zozza Says:

Serve


Daniel Says:

Woke up and see that Isner run of services unbroken were stopped by Nadal, who checking stat missed only 2 DF’s this entire set. He probably is playing great. Nadal adjusts to big serves fine also, he and Murray return the best against giants.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s unforced errors: 3, all Double faults. He played 51 puts with no mistake after serves. That is impressive and seems he is really getting up for RG.


jalep Says:

Woke up early to see if Rafa would improve on his tactics and execution v Isner.

That 1st set played to perfection. Rafa 64.


jalep Says:

@Zozza. I give him…Fognini, a chance; not that the chance is a big one. Agree Berdych is having a great year, except against Nole, Rafa, and even Andy…if you watched Miami. His win over Rafa at AO was an aberration. You have to go back to 2005 and 2006 to find other wins v Rafa. H2h 19- 4 Rafa.


Markus Says:

Nadal is toppling the trebuchet! Dismantle him.


Markus Says:

The only time I enjoy watching Isner is when he loses. Quite good so far. Nadal is playing magnificently.


Zozza Says:

Nadal played well
Breaking isner serve was not easy but this is one of his best wins so far
Go Rafa


Markus Says:

I enjoyed that that. Nadal did everything expected of a Nadal on clay. The atars are starting to align.


jalep Says:

That was an improvement in the Rafa win in Monte Carlo. Wow.


Daniel Says:

First test gone, now probably Wawrinka in Quarter Finals, but don’t know if Wawa is up to the task at this point. Maybe he is only going to be tested in semis with Fed or Berdych, or not. Only finals.


Zozza Says:

Jalep

Fognini loves weak servers
Berdych is not weak server
When Nadal plays great he can beat anyone on clay
Good win today hopefully he will improve even more for Paris
Good luck Rafa


jalep Says:

@Zozza. I can’t disagree with you. It’s mostly wishful thinking on my part ;)


jalep Says:

Was watching Simona match on flashscore and saw that Goffin won…Murray pulled out…says “walkover”


jalep Says:

Simona wins!

Flashscore still has Goffin winning due to a walkover. Tennis channel has said nothing about it. Maybe i’m hallucinating.


Giles Says:

Why on earth did Murphy enter Rome? We all knew he was exhausted so why screw up the draw? Very unfair on his part.


Markus Says:

Murray did that to make you unhappy, Giles.


Margot Says:

Andy keeping his powder dry…… and making Giles unhappy.
Double bull’s eye I’d say ;)


SL Says:

Probably a good decision from Murray to withdraw, although why he entered is still mystifying.

Excellent tennis from Nadal. Of course, Isner did not keep the ball in play long enough to really test if the unforced errors showed up later in the rallies from Rafa.

BUT, 2 out of 3 good matches from Rafa.. hmmmm. @ Markus may have picked it right.


Colin Says:

Giles, since when did top players make a priority of anything other than their own career?

His withdrawal means he’s serious about the French Open. According to a recent piece by Russell Fuller on the BBC site, Mauresmo wanted Andy to play in Rome, and his physical trainer didn’t, so you can blame it all on her if you want!


Margot Says:

Kim probably told him to come home. The kitchen needs painting and the lawn needs mowing…..having a lot of rain in the UK….;)
@Colin
Andy also has a split thumb. Perhaps it got worse?


Wog Boy Says:

Serena did WO too.


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka in control of his macth, 5-3 second set. Good to see him playing good again, and right on time close to Garros.
Mif he really is a jog match player since US Open with Djoko 2013 we’ll know tomorrow when he plays Nadal


Daniel Says:

Anyone knows conditions for tomorrow, beacuse it was sunny during Nadal seocnd set versus Isner and cloudy now.


Daniel Says:

Finally we’ll have Nadal vs Wawrinka on clay after thier AO match.
Check the weather and is going to be a cloudy day tomorrow, less so on Satirday but sunny on Sunday.


Daniel Says:

Ferrer x Goffin another quarters set. Great chance for Ferrer to reach semis. Goffin is too skinny and lack power, expect Ferrer to go throughr and wait Kei / Djoko.


Daniel Says:

Fed practicing drop shots, nice!!


Daniel Says:

Clinical set in 26 min. Anderson plays just the way Fed likes in his striking zone and doesn’t have enough varuety to bother Fed. If he had an off serve game Fed can break.


jane Says:

fed and berdych are both cruising. their match could be interesting.


Daniel Says:

Just checked rankings and with Berdych and Kei adding points this week if Nadal doesn’t win Rome he will be #6 seed for RG (assuming Raonic doesn’t play already).
Wawrinka can’t pass Nadal even if wins the title.
Ferrer can pass him if he wins the title, so the lowest Nadal can go is #8 in the rankings if he loses tomorrow or semis and Ferrer wins but he will go up 1 spot with Raonic almost sure absence of Paris.

But if Berdych goes to semis regardless of Nadal winning Rome or nor he will guarantee #4 seed in paris with 5410 puts, Nadal can only add 400 puts going to 5390.

So, if Berdych reaches semis, Nadal will be out of top 4 seed for RG regardless if he wins the title or not.


Daniel Says:

Nadal fans better hope for Fed to beat Berdych (who is already winning Fogging 4-1) in quarters for a perfect turn of events: avoiding Berdych getting #4 seed for Garros and getting a win over a big 4 as Fed ain’t beating Nadal in Rome now;-)


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa and Roger are on collision course, can we predict result?


Wog Boy Says:

Roger will beat Berdych.


Daniel Says:

Also, there is Kei on the other side of course, if he reaches finals and loses to Nadal he also gets #4 seed for Garros. But If Kei reaches finals and loses to Berdyc, Berdych #4 and Kei #5.


Daniel Says:

Think that too Wog Boy, Anderson is a poor man Berdych and Berdych is facing a bunch of BP’s against Fogging already. Fed seems in great form this week. Think we are having the Fedal some were expecting.


skeezer Says:

Nadla…errr…Nadal, has to get by Wawa first. Same with Fed vs Bird(assuming Fed finishes off KA). These are not easy peasy matches.


jane Says:

so it’s looking like we’ll see a fedal semi then you think? could be interesting. i would’ve liked to have seen that at IW, too, though.


Daniel Says:

In the past I would say Nadal for sure but what if he has one of those of days as he did in Madrid final? Maybe the pressure to deliver will make him nervous and Fed may entering having nothing to lose, as he didn’t even wanted to play this tourney, and who knows…
This clay season just showed to us nothing is written in stone, neither a Rafa win over Fed anymore LOL Just the optimistic in me.


Daniel Says:

I rather Fed lose to Nadal in semis (or Berdych) than goes to another masters final on clay i a tournament he never won and loses to Novak. So unless someone else beats Novak in the other side I prefer Fed to lose.

If he is to reach another Rome final in his career he better win it. Too many lost finals on clay for my taste. Let Djoko and Nadal battle it out again. My two biased cents.


Daniel Says:

2 MP’s gone and now BP (first for Anderson). C’mob Fed!!


Daniel Says:

Double Fault. What was suppose to be a perfect match for him now he will have to play 1 or 2 more games. Damm


Wog Boy Says:

I think, actually I am sure, this time around Rafa will destroy Stan, besides, I don’t remeber when was the last time I saw uncle Toni so pumped up, jumping and cheering Rafa as it was today.
I am pretty sure that Roger won’t have much problems with Berdych, BTW, did Berdych change something with his service this year, it looks to me that his service percentage is lower.


Daniel Says:

Memories of Kyrgios match where he lost having
MP luckily he had another chance to serve for the match.


jalep Says:

Or a 3rd set, if he can’t serve it out at 5-4…I guess 2nd set tie break if he can’t serve this out…


Daniel Says:

WTF, 40-15 5-2 up without facing a BP and now he lost 2 service games in a row with Anderson playing freely.


jalep Says:

Sheesh. Hard on the eyes to watch Federer do that.


Wog Boy Says:

Is roger having one of his senior’s days?


Daniel Says:

Indeed Berdych serve lost some pop.


Daniel Says:

Another break and a chance to serve for the match a third time?!?! Hope he finishes it now


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, he has another chance to serve it out so I can go to bed. It is pretty late/early here.


jalep Says:

Hahaha…senior moment. Then snaps out of it and will attempt again to serve for the match.


Daniel Says:

At last!


Daniel Says:

A win is a win.
See Berdych is leading Fogging second set.


jalep Says:

Yay Federer! Lives to have a shot at Berdych…yikes. Berdych likes a shot at the aging legend.


Wog Boy Says:

Change of plans, I’ll watch Fognini, Italians are fired up, Fognini blew two break points, has another one, can he break back…yes he can and fans are going crazy:)


Daniel Says:

Fogging just broke back second set, crowds going nuts. This could go long, Fogging has 2 wins over Berdych and n clay also.


Daniel Says:

Lobve Fogging, kkkk Fognini…


Muhammad Says:

Roger a b-level clay gay? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him making the finals and then it would be 50-50 whoever is on the other side including Novak.
Some “expert”s here made jokes about Andy’s chances in Madrid before it started. We all know what happened.


sienna Says:

luckily he broke again.

he needs to get these jokes under controle if he wants to survive week 1 at Garros.

Fed will seek quarterfinal minimum to give some flow for grass.
his play is a stripe above last year or so my oppinion.
he could be in very good shape for wimbly US open. esp. with Cilic on the bench.
Let Nadal Djokovic kill themself for the clay glory…..


Daniel Says:

Fognini takes everything on the rise and doesn’t concede the baseline, it’s a joy to watch. Also, he moves pretty fast and change directions at will. This will be an entertaining match, like a Davic Cup one;-)


Daniel Says:

Wow, 0-40 triple break for Fognini, bad moment for Berdych.


jalep Says:

Federer v Berdych 13-6. Only clay they’very played is on the blue stuff and it was close, 2012. Been better for Federer if Fognini had won his match…but then it would be Rafa, most likely.

Oh wait, I see Fognini and Berdych on serve in the 2nd set. Come on Italian tifosi…get the frenzy on!


Wog Boy Says:

Fognini is returning Berdych serve almost from the stands..three break points for Fognini …using first one, break!


Daniel Says:

4-2 Fognini, kind of cheering him just to see Fognini plays Federer tomorrow. Will be more entertaining, 2 crowd favorites.


Daniel Says:

jalep, I won’t be surprised if Fognini wins this match and Fed tomorrow. Imagine playing Nadal in semis at home after those 2 wins on clay this year?! That would be crazy


Wog Boy Says:

..and confirms break, tifosi are going crazy, but staying within FairPlay.


Wog Boy Says:

Serving for the set, can he do it?


jalep Says:

Drama drama! Fabio trying to serve for 2nd set…Fogna. Forza!


Wog Boy Says:

Fabio has the momentum now, ishe going implode or explode or whatever?


jalep Says:

He does it, Wog Boy!


Margot Says:

Wow! Go Foggy!
@jalep
Petra or Simona? Whose your pick/


Margot Says:

Sorry, that should be: Go Fab Fog!


jalep Says:

Oh you never know, WB.


jalep Says:

Hello Margot :D

My pick is Petra but Simona will fight. Good match, I hope but won’t be able to watch any live tennis tomorrow or Saturday, as I work both days. Can watch finals on Sunday.


Margot Says:

Hi jalep. My pick would be Petra too, providing her serve is firing. JJ went 2 games up b4 Petra’s serve kicked in.
Simona’s got a chance tho., providing her back is OK.
Lol Maria’ll win the whole thing now! Watch!


Emily Says:

Good win for Stan considering he’s been struggling lately. Didn’t see all of the match, but he played a great tiebreak w/ lots of classic backhands. He’ll need to step it up against Rafa and he’s obviously not the favorite, but he should get some confidence from this after the disaster that was Monte Carlo.

Everyone is so good w/ the math of all these ranking points. I know it’s crucial right now, especially since it’s so tight, but I’m glad someone else can keep track.


jalep Says:

Yes Serena out makes it seem like Maria will win. Maybe a surprise again, I can hope.


Wog Boy Says:

Fognini movement is so deceiving.


jalep Says:

Lol, he’s so Italian. :)


jalep Says:

A Miracle is needed.


jalep Says:

I can’t even halfway watch this objectively.

Fabio applauds Berdych winners. What a gentleman. Well, with Tomas serving ahead, my hope is fading. But this is the farthest he’s gone at home in Rome.


Wog Boy Says:

Berdych raised his game in the third, yes little miracle would do.


jalep Says:

Please. Help this go to a tie breaker. Mama mia. Or dare I keep hoping. Tomas has some fans there. Tifosi are polite tennis fans.


Wog Boy Says:

You right, after Berdych missed first serve in TB nobody cheered.


Wog Boy Says:

Doesn’t look good for Fabio:(


Daniel Says:

Berdych takes it.


jalep Says:

Ah drats. Miracle didn’t work.

Congratulations to Tomas Berdych. That wasn’t easy.

Federer v Berdych


Wog Boy Says:

I feel sorry more for the fans than for Fognini, it was good quality match, good night or morning, it is 3am here.


jane Says:

berd/fed it is.


jalep Says:

Me too…more sorry for the hopeful fans and myself :(


jalep Says:

When a player you wanted to win loses, the best thing to do is watch more tennis, if possible.

Kei and Troiki are at it. Nole still to come. Vika plays later.


sienna Says:

chrissy Ford trying despirately to up the importance of master titles.

masters are not even close to come half way to slams. total different ballgame together.
there are so many of them that elite players are skipping them at will.
Wow how important is Madrid title and Rome title compaired to winning first round Garros?

nothing according to Djoker, Murphy and Fedal.


courbon Says:

Belluci is giving hard time to Nole…


Daniel Says:

Wow, Bellucci come out to play today. Broke Djoko and will serve for first set. He is known as a mentally weak player, let’s see if today he will change that.


Daniel Says:

And he gets first set. Impressive!
Djoko will have to raise his level and force more first serve. Bellucci is play deep and agressive.


Margot Says:

Heck, Nole better get that ball away from Belluci’s forehand. It’s another blooming trebuchet!


courbon Says:

Daniel-he is winning with Novak in ralies!And his second serve is very good.It could be upset….ajajaja


jalep Says:

So much for the nonsense I wrote above.

Very nervous watching Nole. I don’t mind Victor beating Kei but…

Bellucci is playing like the top 10 player I thought he’d be long ago. Saw him hitting with Berdych in a practice match years ago and he was hitting the ball harder and with more accuracy. Serving huge too. Then was surprised about his poor results.

Now breaks Nole and will serve for 1st set. Bellucci gets it.

Kei serving for match. But having trouble


sienna Says:

Djoker losing sets is showing he aint that good.
Hope hell pull through.

wel want to exhaust him as much as possible.


Margot Says:

Bellucci’s best surface is clay.


Daniel Says:

Bellucci is playing 1 level above what he can normally play, let’s see if he’ll sustain.


jalep Says:

Kei wins 64 63

But the bigger problem is what Nole can do now!? Arrrgh…


jane Says:

this is the dynamic so far: bellucci’s outrageous forehands and flat leftie serve; nole’s lacking return of serve (esp on the 2nd) and so many shots hit long.


Daniel Says:

Yes, but he is playing very deep almost all shots and with power, actually today he is playing better than that Rome match 2011. I don’t think he can sustain this for long. He is playing top 5-10 tennis right now.


courbon Says:

Even if Novak wins this match somehow, I can see him tomorrow losing to Nikishori.


Margot Says:

He’s very streaky isn’t he Daniel? Reminds me of Gulbis.
Nole needs to send everything to his backhand, a very inferior shot.


courbon Says:

Novak is out of grove.Belluci-I put my hat down-great playing regardles of how Novak is playing.


courbon Says:

Margot, you have a time to do bloging? I thought you are busy seting match between Goffin and Tennis vagabond…


jalep Says:

Indeed Margot. Bellucci lefty forehand is a trebuchet but it doesn’t usually work this well hitting its mark.


courbon Says:

Finally break.Do not let it slip it now Novak otherwise I will come to smack you…


jane Says:

ha ha, courbon: always with the witty comment.

let’s see how novak goes from here now that he finally got the break.

btw, margot, carole bouchard tweeted exactly your advice: go to the backhand, not the fearhand. either that or moonball! ;)


jalep Says:

I want to watch Goffin and TennisVagabond.


jane Says:

me too! hoping margot can set that up for us.


Daniel Says:

Djoko smartly using drop shots and trying to use all corner of the court because Bellucci is hitting hard. 4-1 Djoko.


wilfried Says:

Ferrer-Goffin.
Great chances for both players, Daniel, not only great chance for the spanish roadrunner.


jane Says:

gosh bellucci hits the ball with a lot of weight/power! you can just hear it.


jalep Says:

Kick serve wide to Nole’s forehand wins him a point then a beauty drop shot erases Nole’s break chances.

Never seen Bellucci play a match so intelligently. Hopefully Nole has him sorted out and an idea how to win this match.


Daniel Says:

Djoko takes the second and will start serving first third set.


courbon Says:

Jane-I was thinking the same!He really hits hard, doesn’t he? I a was also watching Niki-Troicki match and that small dude can seriously hit ball!


jalep Says:

*sigh*

One more nerve’wracking set to go.


courbon Says:

‘ Hopefully Nole has him sorted out and an idea how to win this match.’
Jalep, in Serbia we have saying:From your mouth ( what you just said ) to Gods ear. (-:


Daniel Says:

courbon,

The problem with key is that his serve is very attackable. Players that beat Djoko last year and this year were Fed and Karlovic. No way Djoko loses to Kei tomorrow because he will create too many break chances.

For Djoko to lose it has to be somebody playing like Bellucii is now, within massive serves and weight on shots, sustaining for 3 sets.

Djoko record in 3 sets is amazing lately as well so I think the only player who can beat him in this form on clay in is you know who, but they will only meet in finals.


Margot Says:

Nole rights ship :)
No, no you guys not setting up match with Goffin and TV. Have replied on other thread. Keep up at the back..;) It’ll be against Andy but he’s asked for a little rest first. After all TV est tres formidable.


courbon Says:

Good point. I hope you are right also.

Daniel-I know who you mean. Just don’t mention his name….shhhhhhh


Margot Says:

Agree with Daniel re Kei v Nole. Kei didn’t look that hot today tbh.


jane Says:

owen wilson’s at nole’s match? yep.
but he’s with some hunky-looking bearded dude i’m more interested in. ;)

tense! 2 all.


jalep Says:

Courbon. Very familiar with that saying! My grandma used it ;)

My gosh. I thought Fognini v Berdych was tense…I usually don’t drink in the middle of the day when I’m working the next day.


jalep Says:

Finally. That’s the Bellucci I’ve come to knw, sadly for him, df. on bp.

But straight off, Nole about to be broken.


Margot Says:

This set perfectly illustrates why Nole is No 1 and Bellucci isn’t.
TB has big flat serve and immense forehand and?
Amongst other things, every time Nole gets him out of his comfort/hitting zone, he fluffs the shot.


courbon Says:

@ Margot:Ah, Tv versus Andy.Good match up. What other interesting match ups we could have?
1; Nadal vs Giles:Match get canceled after one game.
Judge cancels the match because Giles can stop hugging Rafa and shouting ‘Vamos’. Rafa freaks out and runs out of stadium.
2. Novak vs Brando:Novak wins
Brando after couple of points gets angry and tells judge in 20 points why he is bad judge ( You are crap! that is FACT!…)
3.Federe against Fed Express:Fedex wins
Federer get so annoyed by FEDEX comments that he forfits the match, just to have quite evening instead…
Also could be interesting Jane vs Bouchard , WogBoy against Tomic ( Wog Boy beats up Tomic hence get banned from Tennis for life )…any sugestions?


Daniel Says:

Bellucci DF to give Nole the break but broke right back, tense match


Daniel Says:

0-40, third break in a row?!


courbon Says:

Arghh….Novak you are playing with the fire!
Jalep-good idea.I’ll go and fetch the drink.This is too stressfull…


Margot Says:

That’s brilliant Courbon. :) Will have a think, but getting back to match now because Bellucci just broke back! WTH Nole?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Courbon, well played.


jane Says:

yep, tense match. bellucci played best I’ve seen him play since forever. he’s been more up-and-down in this third set, with his serve. but when that serve and forehand are clicking he’s tough. especially on clay, his favourite. both nico and bellucci have played at least one and a half great sets vs novak. but nole’s probably still a bit rusty too. he has needed to think on his feet and adjust his tactics. let’s see if he can hold this time!


courbon Says:

Finally.Good night everybody.


jalep Says:

Courbon I love you! That was the funniest post I’ve read on tennis-x. ..hahaha. ..

Enough tennis for me. Enough is enough.


Margot Says:

Well done Nole!
@Courbon
Margot v Andy. At coin toss Margot faints with joy and has to be carried to the emergency centre. Match cancelled.


courbon Says:

@ Tennis Vagabond: Just seen your post.Playing against Andy would be easier then Goffin. All you have to do is to pretend you are hurt, flop around court-Andy will be confused, angry,and then do about 20 DF and you will win it (it worked for Nole in AO final )


courbon Says:

Thank you Jalep.Have a good night.

Margot-Andy is a gentelmen.He would catch you and carry you out. You would wake up, realised Andy holds you and faint again…and again..and again


jane Says:

ha ha courbon, i love it. i’d like to see humble rafa versus murphy. we’d get to see who really had the lady forehand. and if i played bouchard these days, i might have a shot! ;) but i refuse to twirl unless i’m on the dance floor.


RZ Says:

@Courbon – one more for you – one of the ladies who post here against Feliciano Lopez. Feli wins as his opponent is too busy staring at him to watch the ball. (May not apply to all of us ladies on Tennis-X but surely a high number of us). :-)


RZ Says:

LOL Jane – I was just about to post that it’s a good time to play against Bouchard.


RIshi Says:

Margot….you can add something more to your 3:51 pm comment. “Before they take her out, Andy gives her a hug and a Thank You for making his day easier, and opening up dinner plans with Kim.”


RZ Says:

@Margot – or you could invite me to watch your match vs Andy live, guaranteeing that you would win! :-)


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie, you are joy to read…sometimes;) sleep tight and don’t drink too much.


Wog Boy Says:

“Djoker losing sets is showing he aint that good.”

Stick with Cilic, he is that good, #95 in the Race to London”.


Matador Says:

If Nishikori or Berdych win tomorrow, Rafa Nadal cant be 4 seeded, but, does it matter? Of course not, he is gonna win his 10 RG. Doesnt matter is your rival is Djokovic, Murray or Nishikori.No.
Rafa Nadal is peaking for the BIG prize.
H1st0ry is coming and the others are fairy tales.


tennismonger Says:

“B-level clay guys Roger Federer and Andy Murray cruised…”

Can’t believe no one called Sean Randall out for that howler of an opener.

Looking forward to this opening sentence in TX next month:

“D-level grass court guys Rafa Nadal and Ernests Gulbis will take to the court @ Wimbledon today…”


Markus Says:

@tennismonger: That kind of writing reflects the level of Sean Randall as a writer. I’ll just say not ready for a Pulitzer prize.


tennismonger Says:

Sean’s main job is to stir us up – & he does it well!


RZ Says:

@Tennismonger – I did consider calling Sean out for that, but decided that he must have been joking, as it is a funny statement.


Matador Says:

Nadal has 2 Wimbledon and a win against the Swiss, on contrary Federer has only 1 RG and never took more than one set against Nadal at Paris, tennismonger, and please, dont compare Nadal and gulbis in the same category, one is a Legend the other is a scrub an a poor’s boy daddy. Is not even funny, lol.


Matador Says:

Well, Sean Randall is not working in the Washington Post or New York Time for a reason, right?


Wog Boy Says:

The more clicks the better for Sean, no?


tennismonger Says:

@ RZ – you’re right about that…I hope this doesn’t mean I’m losing my sense of humor and/or sarcasm detector.

@ Matador – I admit it wasn’t the best analogy but I was just trying to come up w/another player whose game just does not work on grass – of course, Gulbis’ game is not working anywhere at the moment!

That said, I expect Fed to do better @ RG than Rafa will do @ Wimbledon next month. Regardless of his past accomplishments, he now appears to be a non-factor (B, C, D-level player, call it what you will) on grass.

Of course, as Rafa has set the bar insanely high @ RG, arguably he is the only A player there! That could make Fed an A- (since he managed to snag the title in ’09). Novak is a B- level since he has “only” made the final a few times…and on down like that.

Ultimately, Rafa makes for a brutal grading curve on clay; maybe Sean was on to something!


Matador Says:

Last year both reach fourth round. While Gulbis was good against Federer, Kyrgios insane serve and clutchiness in the third set against Rafa who was playing I think very well, the best since 2011 on grass, preventing Nadal to meet Federer and possibly Djokovic in the final.(Raonic is weak and afraid against top players). So, no, I disagree with you. I still believe that Nadal has one more great performance in Wimbledon, especially this year. On contratry, a best of 5 sets on clay for Federer is just too much for him. Dont be surprised if he cant reach even the second week in Paris.
See Us OPen 2014 after his match with Monfils, only took one relative long match to hurt his chances, on clay, this will be much more evident.
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