Monfils Comes Back At French Open, Federer, Tsonga Coast; Nadal v Alamgro On Tap
by Staff | May 27th, 2015, 5:26 pm
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For the ninth time in his career Gael Monfils came from behind to win a five set match at his Slam of choice. Monfils was down 2-1 to Argentine Diego Schwarztman before the Frenchman took charge winning the next two sets 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round at Roland Garros.

“Today I won because I had the crowd behind me,” said Monfils. “I think I was a bit off. As you can see, when I serve the break points, the crowd start to be with me, behind me, and actually motivate me more than I am, and then they give me, let’s say, some wings. I think I rise my level at that stage.”

Looming ahead for Monfils is Roger Federer, but first he’ll have to get by clay specialist Pablo Cuevas on Friday.

Monfils’ top countrymen, however, had no such troubles. Former semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga destroyed Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. He’ll await the winner of the suspended Philipp Kohlschreiber-Pablo Andujar match which was called a 4-2 in the fifth with the German ahead.

“I did the job,” said Tsonga. “Whatever happens, it can only be helpful for the rest, because I’m not losing energy. Before I start playing even stronger players, it’s good to be fresh. I will certainly have to fight big fights, so it’s all the best to save energy. This is what I did, and it’s good.”

Tsonga’s playing his first Grand Slam of the season after missing the start of the year with an arm injury.

“I can count on my physical condition,” he said Sunday. “Everything is okay. I have no pain. I feel good.”

Gilles Simon also breezed in straight sets over a tough Martin Klizan 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

Kei Nishikori was an early and impressive winner over Geneva champ Thomas Bellucci. “This year I’m feeling comfortable and very confident, and my body is good. [My] mentality is also good, so I’m very focused. I hope to try to do well here, and let’s see what happens.”

Thomas Berdych edged his countryman Radek Stepanek in four. Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka also advanced as the two inched closer to a quarterfinal showdown. Federer won in three over Marcel Granollers.

“I was able to play with variation today. I was offensive. I was successful at the net. So overall, I was very, very pleased.”

He also was pleased with the security around the court after Sunday’s incident.

“I think everybody is a little bit more alert,” he said. “Tennis is one of the most accessible sports out there, and we are unbelievably close with our fans. That’s what I love about it. For me, it was more important that everybody was doing their job, taking it very seriously… I think I felt that today.”

American Steve Johnson was also a winner, he now plays Wawrinka. Nicolas Mahut ended Ernests Gulbis’s hopes. Gulbis made the semifinals last year and will now drop from No. 29 in the ranking to outside the Top 85! Hello Challengers!

Benoit Paire was an easy victor over a flat Fabio Fognini and Damir Dzumhur ousted Marcos Baghdatis. He now gets Federer.

On Thursday, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal return. Nadal meets countryman Nicolas Almagro for a fourth time at the French Open. Djokovic gets Gilles Muller in an Australian Open rematch while Muller tangles with Joao Sousa in another 2015 Australian rematch.

Also scheduled was Kyle Edmund but the young Brit had to withdraw from his match against Nick Kyrgios with an ab ailment.

And in doubles play, Indian great Leander Paes finally won his 700th career match!

THURSDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Julia Goerges (GER) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[5]
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[6]
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] vs. Joao Sousa (POR)
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[4] vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Gilles Muller (LUX)
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[20] vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)


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125 Comments for Monfils Comes Back At French Open, Federer, Tsonga Coast; Nadal v Alamgro On Tap

RZ Says:

Congrats to Leander Paes! Still going strong at 41.


jane Says:

^ RZ, and stepanek didn’t do too badly versus berdych for 36 years old! i expect he’ll give someone a scare at wimbledon again this year.


jalep Says:

hey staff?

I think you meant Andy Murray, not Muller, tangles with J.Sousa (POR)

Nole v Muller, yes.

You got it right on the schedule of play but not in the write-up above.


autoFilter Says:

“Djokovic gets Gilles Muller in an Australian Open rematch while Muller tangles with Joao Sousa in another 2015 Australian rematch.”

Man, Muller’s gotta navigate one seriously tricky draw.


jane Says:

yeah; poor muller is working like a mule.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane^^^^ Lol


Daniel Says:

I will be attending RG this year again, got tickets for both Mens Quarter finals on next Tuesday and Wednesday, hope to see all the top dogs play and that all seedings prevail. Would love to see Fed x Wawa, Berdy x Kei, Djoko x Nadal and Murray x Ferrer, back to back. Hope also the rain schedule for Minday don’t hold.

I will posting here after the days matches, can’t wait!!!


Wog Boy Says:

One of the reasons I can’t warm up to Kyrgios, and it is nothing to with sex, that is a nice thing, it is to do of how and should you talk like this:

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/tennis-star-nick-kyrgios-i-have-sex-before-a-big-game-even-if-you-should-abstain-from-it/story-fni0cvc9-1227370859984


skeezer Says:

^err uh? He’s a brash young guy. He’s livin the young mans dream on Tour. You jealous?


skeezer Says:

@Daniel
Jealous. Have fun..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Daniel, that is fantastic! Write up as much as you can.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’m with Skeeze on Kyrgios’ quotes. He’s 20 years old, on the pro tour. Of course he’s enjoying it, and its no surprise he’s stupid and classless enough to talk that way: he’s 20! No, those quotes certainly don’t elevate him, but I wouldn’t spend time thinking about it. Right… after… I finish…. this sentence.


Markus Says:

Re: Kyrgios

That’s how it is with kids today. Nothing is sacred and private anymore. They have this compelling need to share anything and everything with everyone. Just look at Facebook and Twitter.


M Says:

Daniel, have a wonderful time! And I’m with TV -write up what you see; send it to us!


Markus Says:

Re: Kyrgios

That’s how it is with kids nowadays. Nothing is sacred and private anymore. They have a compelling need to share anything and everything with everyone including strangers. Just look at Facebook and Twitter.


jane Says:

lucky you daniel – we’re all looking forward to your firsthand accounts!!


Wog Boy Says:

“^err uh? He’s a brash young guy. He’s livin the young mans dream on Tour. You jealous?”

Jelous? Me? Why would I be, because some imature dude, is talking around how he has a sex before matches? Jealous because he is showing disrespect to women who is he sleeping with by telling the press, showing disrespect to his WTA colleagues by saying “lot of it happens on tour”, soon or later somebody is going to name those women, are they going to be happy with that, or their parents, do you have daughter?
First thing I was thought by my father (and uncle) when I started to date girls is never ever to talk to other boys about my girlfriends and what we are doing, since that is between two of us and is disrespectful to women. We all have sisters and daughters, the way you wanted them treated is the way you treat your girlfriend.
BTW, how do you know what kind of life I had in my twenties? Would never swap my life for anybody’s, it is mine and I am more than happy how I lived and still living it, few regrets here and there, but “C’est la vie”.


Markus Says:

@Daniel keep us updated with first hand, juicy and interesting news. And best of all, have a great time!


skeezer Says:

No one has accused you or inquired(at least not me) of your “life in your twenties” and your life swapping. Am glad you are a happy person. I have a daughter and she knows better. Kry? He didn’t disrespect a woman in his quotes and furthermore didn’t mention names. Time to look at the mirror. He sounds like a normal young viral guy in his twenties to me. But C’est la vie.


Wog Boy Says:

Those women end up in his bedroom from where? Everybody knows who they are, they have to walk with him into the room, restaurant and then to read about themselves in the press, fair enough. Trying to think about any other player talking that way, St Roger?
Talking about mirrors, obviously you don’t have one.


skeezer Says:

wogboy,
Ok, enlighten us all, who are “they”? Are you assuming Kry is not having consensual sex? And what does your envy of your “st roger” have to do with anything in this conversation?


jalep Says:

skeezer, I think you mean virile. But in such a case as Kyrgios, if what he’s boasting about is true, viral likely applies too. It sure doesn’t help his reputation. He’d be better off to keep his private life to himself but clearly he doesn’t know better and wasn’t raised to be discreet. Not even Gulbis talks like that. His arrest and night in jail in Stockholm, he bragged about. But the details of his sex life, Gulbis doesn’t publicize like Nick has.

It’s none of my business. I’d prefer not to hear about it. Not interested. But he’s made himself a rising star in pro tennis and doesn’t have the sense to keep his mouth shut, poor kid.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
Wrong, you are the one who is enlightening all of us, keep going or swimming, whatever.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ that was for Mr SAK.


jalep Says:

Daniel! How exciting! Hope you can keep your fellow tennis-xer’s updated. Thanks!


jane Says:

for nole fans: cool article on the history of his climb/struggles. a lot of recap but i really liked the ending. it’s in french so google translate is your friend (sort of!):

https://ijsbergmagazine.com/stories/djokovic-insolent-tueur-de-geants/


skeezer Says:

And shall we now critique Woz off court relationships? Maria’s ? Kornakova’s? It goes both ways and lots of smut therin.
Its so hilarious that some want to focus on a players personal life, than their professional life. I don’t like them cause…….lol.
If you all want to do that, then worship St Fed, as wogboy has named. The family life / professional life personified.


Lapinroyal Says:

Quarter matchs seem to be the best… Especially this year with possible #1 rank vs #1 on clay…


skeezer Says:

^ that was for Mr. WOF.


Lapinroyal Says:

Pfff Halep fails me all the time. I pick her to replace Justine as the new queen on clay…


skeezer Says:

@kimberly,
WARRIORS!


Michael Says:

The match between Monfils Vs Schwartzman was a wonderful, gripping, pulsating encounter keeping the spectators on the edge of their seats. I think Schwartzman is a fantastic player and I am surprised that he has not made an impact on the big stage. The match was too close to call. But Monfils after being a set down clawed his way back into the match with gruesome power and dare devil approach aided by the fatigue developed by Schwartzman in the later stages of the same and bolstered by the fanatical partisan French crowd baying for blood.

Now coming to today’s match, I think the most interesting would be the encounter between Rafa Vs Almagro. As the later is not a push over, we would be getting an insight of Rafa’s current form and the confidence that dot his play.Rafa in all probability should breeze through, but Almagro might snatch a set and can trouble Rafa if he plays his best.


Wog Boy Says:

This is public forum, I can’t stop anybody going after my posts, fair enough, but how stupid one can be to call another poster “jealous” just because that poster thinks that it is not cool to share your sex life with the public, judge by yourself.
I don’t go after your posts but you do go after my posts even I am not talking about St Roger, you are worst than a dog tick, even double dose of Frontline is not enough. Get a life Mr SAK or ask for the professional help.


Margot Says:

Lol autofiller at 6.47!
Have a great time Daniel!
Oh what a shame about Kyle. Had a big moment coming too.
Well, if Kyrgios is sleeping around, he quite likely might be “viral.” And rather hoping it’s a dose of………..don’t think I can fill in what I’m thinking ……..could well be moderated……..;)
Jalep, Wog Boy……Halep :(


jatin Says:

I think it was probably the first time i saw fed showing so many emotions. He even put the towel on his face in frustration. It was nice to see as a fan though. Given the way he is playing, I assume he will be there in the second week of the open.
The only who is capable of troubling him is Gael. But i don’t think he is going through cuevas tomorrow. Cuevas has played roger twice. He even pushed to his absolute limit. SO


jatin Says:

I think it was probably the first time i saw fed showing so many emotions. He even put the towel on his face in frustration. It was nice to see as a fan though. Given the way he is playing, I assume he will be there in the second week of the open.
The only player who is capable of troubling him is Gael. But i don’t think he is going through cuevas tomorrow. Cuevas has played roger twice. He even pushed him to his absolute limits in one of those matches. So he is a nice clay courter.
Roger is playing some amazing tennis anyway. His backhand is working very well and he is charging the net often.
I think he is more than capable of handling the likes of Stan,Berdych and nishikori. So i hope to see him in the finals. And who knows what would happen then ?
That guy has played 25 Grandslam finals already ( including 5 french open). So he knows how to push his game to its very limits in the later stages of the tournament. As a fan, i really hope to see him lifting the trophy.

As for today, rafa vs almagro is by far the most exciting match to watch . Nicolous defeated rafa last year. And Rafa’s form has even dipped down to another level this clay court season . So it is a very tough test for rafa. I hope he will come through.


KatH Says:

I hope Kyrgios doubles his assignations over the next couple of days, especially if oor wee Andy gets through Sousa today.

Daniel – HAVE A SUPER TIME AT FO.


Wog Boy Says:

@Margot,
Yes, Halep:(

As for Kyrgios and his comments, I was in the pub having a lunch with some friends of mine when those “breaking news” came on TV screen and one them was Kyrgios statement about his sex life, the comments that followed Kyrgios statement by pub patrons can’t be published really, but all what you have to do is to click on my link and check the comments on news made by ordinary Aussies, there is thirteen of them, I picked two I liked:

Gerard
Gerard 1 day ago
OMG ! say nothing and you may come across half intelligent !

Laurie
Laurie 1 day ago
If he was not what he is, he would be pushing to find any girl, given his temper tantrums on court may be the real deal in real life.


Colin Says:

Steady on, KatH, you’re talking about tennis all of a sudden. This is, of course, a website devoted to social criticism!

I didn’t see the Sousa/Pospisil match, but I followed the score on the French slam tracker. I don’t like the format, but the French always have to be different from everyone else. I did note that many of Sousa’s serves were under 90 mph, so Andy will be able to step in and attack.

The withdrawal of Kyle Edmund means Andy has a potential match with Kyrgios looming. That would show us what level the Scot has reached. I remain cautiously optimistic, and I don’t think anyone, even Nole, will inflict a crushing defeat on Andy.


Markus Says:

For the record, I find Kyrgios’ talking about his sex life crass. A lot of people have active sex lives but that’s something private, not anybody’s business and nobody really wants to hear about it (except maybe some perverts). Dragging the names of female players who don’t talk about their sex lives and by all appearances monogamous in their relationships was uncalled for.


Markus Says:

Back to tennis: Kvitova struggling again. And Georges is the most eponymous name in tennis.


SL Says:

Nadal beating Almagro at the moment, but looking fairly ordinary. Not much depth on groundstrokes, allowing Almagro to unleash the backhand time and again. Also standing miles behind the baseline, so not enough purchase. Not good signs for Nadal. Novak may be catching a peek, but won’t be too worried by what he sees.


Daniel Says:

Almagro can’t return Nadal’s serve. Got the end of first set and this first few games and Nadal won almost all free points on serve. When Almagro is able to return, he wins more than half the points played, but gives 3 free points per game. This way he is not breaking Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Thanks guys and gals, I will write as much as possible. Hope no upsets as I want to see all Quarters clashes.

Becker withdraw so Kei is in last 16 already, never saw him play live as well. 1 more to go for him.


SL Says:

You’re probably right Daniel. He’s not returning Nadal’s first serve really, but on the flip side Nadal is missing a lot of first serves. Have fun at RG. No upsets would be nice for a great set of quarters.


Markus Says:

@Daniel: I hope Nadal and Djokovic both make it to the quarters so that you’ll have a most memorable FO experience. Make us envious!


elina Says:

You guys! I agree with Wog Boy also.

Colour me “jealous” as well if that is the de facto definition.

Just. Yuck. No class.


Daniel Says:

Nadal returning everything back until Almagro eventually missing and getting broken to lose the set after finally breaking Nadal. IF only he had come to the net sooner.

Agree with Markus, not seeing anything spectacular from Nadal, but maybe he knows that against Almagro he doesn’t need to do much because he will miss more than win, as is the case with more than 20 Unforced Erros in 2 sets. See a straight set win for Nadal now.


RZ Says:

Nice Daniel! Have fun at Roland Garros.


SL Says:

Easy win in the end for Nadal, and as others have said, Almagro missed so much that Rafa did not have to do too much. But, his groundstroke depth and his serve % were not great, both of which do not bode well.

He looks exactly like the player who has won a few good matches, yes, but lost more than a few big ones in the last 12 months.

On to Murray on centre court now. Serena just scrapes through, so Djokovic should be out soon as well.


Daniel Says:

Murray match on fire first game


Daniel Says:

Aggressive return and than a BH DTL almost inside out for a winner to break, nice Murray!


Margot Says:

Andy has hit the biggest forehand on tour 124 mph against Fish Cincy 2011.Courier just said.
Snigger.


jane Says:

nice quick first set for nole vs muller.
watching on a crappy stream though.


skeezer Says:

Margot,
oh you mean that “lady forehand”? Double snigger.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot, isn’t that interesting? Andy is so often critiqued for his restraint, it’s quite incredible that he can, when he chooses, get more velocity than a Berdych or Wawrinka.


jane Says:

they just showed amelie at andy’s match; she’s really showing now.
looks a bit windy on the court but andy in control. has a good record with sousa i think?

also following novak/muller on lenglen and it def. seems to be faster. i think jarkko’s leftie serve was a good warmup for mueller’s because novak seems more dialled in on the return today.


jane Says:

i see goffin won, and coric won the first set vs robredo!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Jane, great news. I’ve no problem at all with switching up our whole slate of third-and-fourth levellers: Robredo, Simon, Isner…


Daniel Says:

Sousa serving for the second set after breaking Murray to love. Murray’s first serve deserted him that game.

0-30 now Murray trying to break back


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Murray breaks back, still alive this set.


jalep Says:

Got to watch the entire Kokkinakis v Tomic 5 set drama this morning before work! More on that later today.

Keeping an eye on flashscore now.

Coric 75 1st set but Tommy wins 2nd 63
Oh no. Murray about to lose 2nd set??
Nole serving for 2nd set.
Chardy won 1st set 64 over Isner!

Go Andy! Break him please…yep! He gets it. Averted ser loss, amen.


Colin Says:

Oh, Oh!

Medical attention to Nole…


Colin Says:

Oh, oh!

Nole receives medical attention.

AND…

Andy loses the second set.


jalep Says:

Nole 61 64 so far

Coric already behind in the 3rd set

Oh s/$/*! Sousa breaks Andy :/ Sousa 64


jane Says:

TV, robredo won set 2 and is up a break in set 3.

chardy got set 1 off isner, but isner’s up in the second.

not sure what’s up with nole, but apparently it’s like a groin pull?
:( a number of players have been talking abut “excess clay” at roland garros. perhaps it’s slippery?

surprised that second set got away from andy; thought when he broke back he’d win it. i’m sure he’ll right the ship.


jalep Says:

Jane. Thanks for that link last night. Very interesting history on Nole’s tough road getting to where he is.


jane Says:

no problemo jalep; you’re welcome!


Colin Says:

Should a woman in Amelie’s condition be watching this match?


Daniel Says:

What happened with Djoko, heard he called the trainer, is it something serious?


Daniel Says:

In the meantime, Cilic got an easy win, and J Kolsh lost after up 4-2 in the fifth.


Margot Says:

I do hope Andy “requests” that this awful umpire never comes near him again. Andy was waiting for the replay screen, in front of him, to stop flashing and got a 2nd time warning! And loses first serve as a result.
@ Ben
This is exactly what I mean about “inconsistency” And why on earth is it 20 seconds in slams?
Just idiotic!


Giles Says:

Joker playing the drama queen as usual. Lol


jane Says:

groin pull by the sounds of it daniel. luckily mueller doesn’t play too many long points.


Ben Pronin Says:

Margot, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You would think it’d be the other way around, best of 3 isn’t as taxing so you only need 20 seconds, best of 5 is harder physically so you need 25 seconds. As far as TV and all that is concerned, I see why they did it. But as you say, it’s idiotic.


Margot Says:

@Ben
That graphic is awesome! Respect.


jane Says:

wow ben, that’s totally artistic!! dash art. :)


Daniel Says:

Djoko in straight. Hope he can revere whatever was bothering him.


Daniel Says:

Maybe the umpires or some of them are piss off by this whole Nadal thing and will start enforcing the rules way more for all top players. Maybe some that are more “friendly” towards Bernardes will do this as a form of protest. So I expect a few heated matches in the players umpire relationship this tourney.

Curious to see next Layman match if that will happen as well.


elina Says:

Margot, that 20 second rule was created when tennis was being played in long pants and sun bonnets.

It is only being enforced in recent years after Roger put in his “request” a few years ago.

In March 2012 Roger said:
“I do believe the officials could be a bit more tough on timing,” Federer said. “I’m not complaining a lot, but I don’t know how you can go through a four-hour match with Rafa and he never gets a time violation. It’s natural that even I would go over time, but they never call it. There are times when they could be a bit more firm because at the end of the day I don’t know if fans are getting frustrated to watch five points that are going to take us five minutes.”

Here is Chris Chase’s article (I won’t take up space by posting it all here).

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/tennis-busted-racquet/roger-federer-hero-takes-dig-nadal-delay-tactics-152502576.html

Within five months, the ATP announced the rule would be changed and enforced more strictly.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/09/Feature/ATP-Board-Approves-Change-In-Time-Violation-Penalty.aspx


jane Says:

aww, crowd gave novak a standing o. his french is quite impressive.

andy serving for third set by the looks of it. is that pascal maria in the chair for his match?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Has anyone seen how Cilic looks? If he is rounding into US Open form, that changes all the story lines we’ve been expecting. In that condition, he will be a far stiffer challenge than Ferrer.


Daniel Says:

Murray closes the third, hope he can relax and play more freely now and don’t expend too much energy.

I was suspicious of Nishikori title contending due to his fitness, but now that he receives a walkover to fourth round, if he doesn’t play a fifth set in route to the finals he has a legitimate shot. The fun will start in Quarters as it seems, apart from the potential Federer x Monfils match in R16, the other doesn’t seem to have a great prospect. Murray will get 2 Big serves in a row in Kyrgios, than Isbner or Chardy, but he should be fine with them. Djoko and Nadal also don;t see nobody in their collision path. Maybe Cilic x Ferrer could be a fight and Wawrinka x Simon. But seems all seeds will go through with no major upsets. Lucky for me;-)


jane Says:

pascal maria is one of the worst umps imo. perhaps daniel’s right though that now they’ll all be cracking down because of nadal’s complaints.


Giles Says:

Hahaha. Now everybody is jumping on the bandwagon criticising the umpires. So who’s gonna be banned next? Pascal Maria?


Giles Says:

Murphy is sprinting a d jumping around without a care in the world. Seems his back problems are. O more


jane Says:

santoro in a kilt, lol.


Margot Says:

Bit of a collapse from Sousa in the 4th and Andy safely through. Yay!
OMG adorable Fabrice in a kilt, rending Andy speechless!
Courier was blathering on about Andy and Nole “seeing” the ball much quicker/better than other players, therefore they must have better eyesight. Petch dryly pointed out that Nole wears contact lenses, lol. Another Courier theory bites the dust.


elina Says:

Margot, that reminds me of a match a few years ago when Novak was allowed to leave the court against Nadal at the WTF because his lenses were uncomfortable.

(In case you were wondering, he was not threatened with a time violation but he only had one slam to his name at the time.)


KatH Says:

Thought Nadal was pretty OK – 99% himself – think he’ll be tough going forward.


Margot Says:

And out goes Isner. Coric and Robredo in the 5th.
Sock and RBA very tight, one each.
@elena
I remember that incident. But surely an excellent advocate could argue MTO?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

You can really feel the excitement building for the big Rosol/Gabashvili match tomorrow!


Margot Says:

@TV
Would that level of excitement be the same as for an Isner match, perchance?
Am very, very sorry to have disappointed you over Isner btw…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot, don’t blame yourself! Life has ups and downs. I’ll live. We still have the electric flashiness of Simon and Ferrer to keep us glued to our seats.


jalep Says:

Margot. ..Sock is playing Carreno-Busta not Roberto Bautista-Agut gotta keepem’ straight.

So happy with the scores and results I see.


skeezer Says:

Coric in 5 over Robredo. Sweet.


skeezer Says:

Time violation = MTO?
Fail.


skeezer Says:

“It is only being enforced in recent years after Roger put in his “request” a few years ago.”
Can you show us all the link that Fed “requested” this?

Fed continues….”…. Because at the end of the day, I don’t know if fans are getting frustrated to watch five points that are going to take us five minutes.”

I thank you for the links, already had read them before, but Fed is spot on!


Margot Says:

Lol jalep……an easy mistake to make..;)
@TV
But I do, I do!


jane Says:

congrats to coric; great win for him!


KatH Says:

Agree Daniel
A walk-over for Nishikori changes the perspective.


jane Says:

interesting stat:

Greg Sharko ‏@SharkoTennis 20m20 minutes ago

.@borna_coric & @TKokkinakis 1st teenage duo to reach 3R @rolandgarros since @DjokerNole & @Gael_Monfils in 2006.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Very interesting Jane, could it be we’re emerging from the Lost Generation?


Paul Says:

Not looking good for Nole with the inside thigh / groin pull, oh wait, perhaps he is faking like he did at the AO open which btw, was a huge slap in the face to Andy Murrayand several other tournaments he has competed in. The tactics used by Djoker are deceptive and unsportsmanship at the very least and anyone who denies this would be completely ignorant.


jane Says:

who knows? but it’s an exciting prospect. i like that coric is a sort of more normal height, 6’1, and not a servebot. much like thiem as well.

all the young aussies are very tall and big servers (not only though)
Triple K is 6’5
Nick is 6’4
Tomic is 6’5

coric had nice words on novak and goran. :)
“I’m trying to be like him. (…) He gives me a lot & doesn’t ask for anything back”,Coric on Djokovic. On Ivanisevic : “He’s my everything”


Markus Says:

Isner is out, thankfully. Now other players who really know how to play tennis won’t be bludgeoned off by Isner’s nothing- but-serve game. FO has just become less boring.


M Says:

@jane – LOL! I was wondering if anybody else caught that!

Great to see the Magician still looking quite fit, haha.

Anybody have video of that interview between him and Muzz?


jane Says:

cheers M; i’m sure you can find it on youtube.

jeepers “paul” you should awfully familiar.


jane Says:

^sound not should


django Says:

I like Borna..does anyone have the Pioline Novak interview -on court?


kriket Says:

Paul Says:

“The tactics used by Djoker are deceptive and unsportsmanship at the very least and anyone who denies this would be completely ignorant.”

Complete and utter BS.


danica Says:

Call me ignorant! Proud of it!

Gosh, what loosers come here.


skeezer Says:

Losers whine. It usually follows jealousy. Then defending ignorantly their loser actions.
Winners just win. It usually follows no excuses. Then a thank you very much.
Combined with playing by the rules, this is the difference between the true champions of history who get remembered with honor and integrity.


Markus Says:

I still pick Nadal to win his 10th but his tactics will cast a shadow on this one. He is not aging well in terms of fairness and professionalism.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Oh come on Markus! If Rafa beats Novak and wins his tenth there will be no shadow over it. He will have won by playing superior tennis. I can understand the controversy over the umpire thing, but let’s keep things in perspective. Someone will win this tournament by being the best player.


elina Says:

You guys! Given that Roger, Rafa and the ATP all agree that such requests are not umcommon and should be allowed, then anything else is just huff and puff fan banter.

As is usually (not always) the case, Roger is right.

Tennis is an entertainment business that values its stars.

However, the ATP could take a note from the NFL on how players represent the sport off the court and have a word with Kyrgios. The poor boy seems to continuously need to validate himself with the public. Must be lonely to support such antics here.

giggles, mew, etc.


Giles Says:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/sports/tennis/challenging-calls-as-well-as-those-doing-the-calling.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1
Skeezer and other haters slamming Rafa over the Bernardes issue, hope you guys will shut up after reading this article.


elina Says:

You guys yesterday Rafa was asked why some players such as him were more slower than others between serve and if he thought it had any affect on the opponent or is it more just personal style and how players are used to playing.

He coyly replies:

“I don’t know why but is interesting that we are talking about time the last three years. I have been on the tour for 13 years so for the first ten years I have been on the tour I don’t think I was quicker than now and we were not talking about that. I don’t know why.”

I think he knows why as over the last three years he is encroaching on a certain slam record.


Emily Says:

if Rafa wins, it won’t be because it was or it’s wasn’t Bernardes in the umpire’s chair. With all the complaining about players taking time between points, there are others who go quickly in order to rush their opponents or keep momentum going. That could arguably be called gamesmanship, but we’re just splitting hairs at this point


skeezer Says:

Giles,
You’re reaching…with hate. That article has been published other places as well and is old news. The only thing that matters is the current situation, and the players have said it well;
From your link:

“Two of Nadal’s chief rivals, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, said they had never made such a request. “I don’t think that’s fair to them,” Djokovic said. “They do their job as best they can.”

Jim Courier, the United States Davis Cup captain and former world No. 1, said he had never heard of a player “making a request to be segregated from an umpire” and was “quite surprised that the request was acceded to.”

Courier added: “This is not a good precedent to set. Having said that, if I knew that I had the option to request time away from an umpire or two in my time on tour I would have used it quite often.”


Giles Says:

skeezer. Give it a rest. This matter has been put to bed. So stop your BS!
Rafa wins!!
Vamos!


elina Says:

^^^ cherry picking.


skeezer Says:

Yeah Giles, “cherry pickin”.

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