Djokovic Too Strong For Murray, Faces Wawrinka For French Open Title; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | June 6th, 2015, 4:25 pm
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It took an extra day but Novak Djokovic finally got the job done, beating his good friend Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 to advance to his 3rd French Open final, where for the first time the opposition won’t be named Rafael Nadal, but instead Stan Wawrinka.

Today, Djokovic and Murray resumed at 3-3 from the suspension Friday when the match was turning into a mess under the dimming light. On the restart, with conditions much friendlier (the heatwave over), both guys were crisp out the gate, and Murray looked the hungrier eventually breaking Novak for the second straight set at 5-all.

With momentum on Murray’s side entering the finale, a funny thing happened: Djokovic broke early and like that, the match was over.

“I don’t think I was lucky,” said Djokovic after his 28th straight win. “I think I was playing some great tennis yesterday. He found his game late in the third. I had many opportunities to finish the match in straight sets, but credit to Andy.

“He showed why he’s one of the biggest competitors and fighters on the tour. A bit different conditions, with sun and then later in the evening it got a bit slower. He was using his variety in the game very well. It was a really tough match, over four hours all together, yesterday and today. No different from any other match that we played against each other. It’s always a thriller, always a marathon.

“He just came up with some great shots, great points. I want to congratulate him for a great tournament and a great fight, and I wish him all the best.”

Once again in the final sets Djokovic’s has just been too good this year. Murray was right there in the fight. Then he wasn’t.

“I played a loose game on my serve the first game of the fifth set with the new balls,” said Murray. “I missed I think three balls long in that game. Then Novak relaxed a little bit after that and he hit the ball extremely accurate. In the fifth set he was hitting the ball very close to the line, so I ended up doing a lot of defending. I felt like I ended up putting up like six or seven lobs just because he was hitting the ball very close to the line.”

For Murray, it was a good week, better than most of us would have anticipated for the Scot a month back. A 15-1 clay run with two titles and a French Open semifinal 5-set loss to the favorite? I’m sure he’d take it and it’s a positive sign for what is the most important time of the year for him, the grass courts in England.

“After Novak, I would say I probably played the best tennis in the major events, in the slams and in the Masters 1000s I have been quite consistent in the ones that I have played,” Murray said. “I’ve won probably more matches to this stage than I have any other year of my career. That’s what it feels like. I don’t know if that is the case, but that’s what it feels like. That’s been positive.

“My game is back close to where it needs to be to win Slams,” he said. “Physically I’m back there again, and now with the grass court season coming up, hopefully I can get myself an opportunity there and play much better going into the grass this year than I was last year.”

So after 4 hours, 6 minutes over two days, Djokovic is back in the final.

Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka
Given Stan’s form – I know he beat Nadal in Rome – few would have picked this Swiss to make the final. But he’s clearly playing that bully-ball tennis that serves him so well, crushing anything that lands in the strike zone. Few hit it as hard as Stan does, and these days in Grand Slams even fewer beat him.

When he won the Australian Open last year, I thought of him as a one-slam wonder. I think he did, as well. But not true. He’s proven he’s a force. But now he’s up against the ultimate force, Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic might not be at very top of his game like was in 2011, but he’s determined to win here. And that’s good enough for me.

With Nadal licking his wounds, Djokovic might not get a better chance than tomorrow to get his French Open and the career Slam.

And I think physically he should be fine. He played three hours in the heat Friday, another hour today in the cooler conditions. As long as that leg/groin are fine, he should be OK.

“I think I will be fine for the final,” said Djokovic. “Whatever I have left in me I will put out on the court tomorrow and hopefully it can be enough.”

Novak’s problem is Stan just has his number in the Slams. Djokovic leads 17-3 but in the Slams Wawrinka has pushed him to five sets the last four times they’ve played.

Why is that? I think part of it is Djokovic’s shots land right where Stan likes them, right where he can get a good rip at it. And Stan’s power throws off Novak’s rhythm, gets him on the run and too defensive.

The problem I have with Stan is I just don’t think mentally he’s on par with Djokovic. The motivation and the urgency isn’t there, either. Nor do I sense he has the consistent belief that he belongs – a win tomorrow would equal Murray’s two Slams!

“He’s been amazing so far this year winning every big title, playing his best test tennis ever,” Wawrinka said Friday. “But he’s never won Roland Garros.

“Maybe he’s going to play his best tennis and beat me in straight sets. But I know we have been having some big fights on the hard courts. We played I think only four years ago on a clay court, in Rome 2011, which was when he was winning everything also. It can be really interesting.

“I know that he’s not always happy to play me when I can play my game. When I can play my aggressive game he’s not feeling his best normally. So I will have to focus on myself and try to bring my ‘A’ game.”

Stroke-for-stroke, yes Stan matches up. But when it comes down to it, I think Novak’s too strong right now. Too focused on winning this title.

That said, this is almost a worst case/best case for Novak. In the biggest match of his season, being the heavy favorite over someone you are expected to beat – not a Rafa or a Roger. Someone you are 17-3 against. So the pressure only increases exponentially. And if it becomes too great, then Novak could crack and Stan could steal this one.

So while I do leave some room for Stan, I think he keeps it close, gets a set, makes Novak sweat for it but in the end…
The pick: Djokovic in 4

Would it surprise me to see Djokovic get tight and fall apart. No. Novak’s just 8-7 in his 15 prior Grand Slam finals, while much, much better in the ATP level events, so that tells me maybe he does feel it a little more in the majors.

But like I said, even if Novak does feel the nerves, so too will Stan. And with what’s at stake, this should make the match that much more fun and that much more unpredictable and even ugly at times, as both guys deal with the butterflies.

NBC will have the match live at 9am ET.


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486 Comments for Djokovic Too Strong For Murray, Faces Wawrinka For French Open Title; Who’s The Pick?

brando Says:

Wawrinka has one major edge: he’s got nothing to lose. He doesn’t really care all that to be honest. Sounds ridiculous but how many times you here a finalist say: maybe I could lose in straight sets here? First I’ve seen such thoughts entertained. So maybe he starts swinging hard. Things go in. Novak gets tense. But I think Djokovic wants this BADLY. He’ll fight tooth, nail and whatever else to get the win. With that in mind and he’s form: he gets the win for me. I cannot see wawrinka win and IF its a war on court: is he willing to lay it all out there like novak? I doubt it.


brando Says:

Destiny calls? Andre Agassi Roland garros no.11= wins Roland garros, completes career grand slam. Aged 28. Roger Federer roland garros no.11=wins Roland garros, completes career slam. Aged 28. Novak Djokovic Roland garros no.11, aged 28= ………… Very interesting coincidence that. Very unique.


andrea Says:

i’m rooting for stan. i think novak can win as well and even if he doesn’t win this year, he’ll have another chance in ensuing years,


SG1 Says:

Novak’s my pick but I sure hope Stan pulls off the upset. I like his game. Big serve, huge hitter from both wings. He’ll have to return well tomorrow as Novak is a deceptively effective server.

One thing that does play to Stan’s side is that unlike Murray and this year’s version of Nadal who didn’t have explosive ground games, Stan most certainly does and should have the ability to make Novak do a lot of running tomorrow. If he can get this match to a 5th set, I actually see Stan as having the edge.

And there is of course no doubt that Novak will be feeling the pressure tomorrow.


Dan Martin Says:

I have my prediction up at http://tennisabides.com – I love the tennis these two can produce due to their contrasting styles.


kriket Says:

Novak has to improve his break points conversion. It was just pathetic against Murray. Had it been on par, he would’ve won in straight sets.

So the only Novak’s undoing could be if he doesn’t covert his chances. Other than that, Kafelnikov said in an interview on Friday. When questioned for his pick in Đoković-Murray match, he said “Don’t worry, it’s easy, in the best of five the better player always wins, simple as that”.


RZ Says:

It’s a shame that when Andy plays Novak, he seems to forget that there is a final set.

As for tomorrow, I expect a close match, as many of the recent matches between Djokovic and Wawrinka have gone the distance.

You never know, Stan’s ugly shorts may distract Novak enough to steal the match.


Wog Boy Says:

“It’s a shame that when Andy plays Novak, he seems to forget that there is a final set.”

It’s a shame that when Novak is playing Andy, he seems to forget that he is allowed to finish the match in three instead in 4/5 sets;)


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – Touche! :-)


Matador Says:

Agassi was 29, brando.
As for tomorrow could be a triller only if Stanimal makes a presence, if not, Djokovic will win his elusive title and archieve th “half slam”
as Jim Courier in 1992.


Zozza Says:

Novak won’t let this chance slip
He will crush Wawrinka in straight sets
Only way to beat Novak
Out hit him
Stan has the firepower but with Novak returning So many balls unforced errors occur when Stan tries to overhit
Novak will win
2 down 2 to go
Only Murray can stop him at Wimbledon
Federer is too old these days
Can’t play like he did

Nadal no hope in Wimbledon or US open


chris ford1 Says:

“It’s a shame that when Andy plays Novak, he seems to forget that there is a final set.”

Don’t blame Andy, Djokovic for some reason lets up sometimes and he is stuck with a deciding set. Then he kicks it up a gear. Since the middle of 2014, he is 27-1 when matches go to deciding sets.
That’s frikkin sick!

And despite his success, he still craves the goofy stuff. Goes on Asian TV before his Nadal match and decides what better time to sing lines of a popular Serb-Croat song in his basic conversation level, knowing phrases Cantonese – for his Chinese fans????


chris ford1 Says:

Wog Boy, what the heck is “Mama Volimo Te” about? I think it is “Mother I Love You”, an an ode to Moms..and Wednesday Asian news was hot on announcing Li Na gave birth a couple hours after midnight..


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

“Mama volimo te” = “Mother we love you”


Michael Says:

Novak is on the cusp of a milestone and this final offers him the opportunity to break through in the big league of the Hall of Fame. This is his third final at Rolland Garros and what can go against him in this final is that he will be under tremendous pressure to win at any cost as he is the huge favourite for the title. That should really matter even forthe grittiest player around. That said, at the other end, Wawarinka too will be feeling the heat considering that this is his second grand slam final and he is already 30. As the time goes, he will not be getting such huge opportunities and he will be desperate to grab it. So both the players will be facing the heat on court.

But I have to pick Novak for his experience and of going through those moments in the past. I am sure, he is going to give everything he can on the court to get that elusive Grand slam trophy which is missing in his cabinet.

So, I have to agree with Sean that this will be a four setter with two tough sets in offing.


Emily Says:

It’s such an interesting dynamic b/w Stan and Novak when it comes to their grand slam matches. I never expected Stan to beat Federer in straight sets b/c I thought he psychologically could never beat Roger. He knows he can stay there w/ Djokovic, but only if he brings the game he was playing Wednesday.

Novak is definitely the favorite, but I think Stan knows he has his chance right now. If he can push him and keep it close, it could ruffle Nole and I would not see this match as a foregone conclusion.


Emily Says:

Allez Stan and hopefully the French crowds will give him a break since he’s the underdog. They have not been very nice to him so far this tournament (the Davis Cup was 6 months ago, after all)


wilfried Says:

Novak should win this RG.
Before the start of this slam Novak was my clear favorite to win Roland Garros because of his results in the lead up tournaments.
I didn’t expect Stan to make such a good run this year though. Stan took me by surprise, he was not even considered an outsider in my book: lost to Haase in second tour of IW, to MAnnrino in the third round in Miami, tot DImitrov also in the third at Mote Carlo en Madrid, to Federer in the semis of Rome and to Delbonis in the Quarter final at Génève..
This being said what sort of victory do I expect from Novak ?
Stan Wawrinka needs time to take that big swing of his on both sides to make his winners.
Novak won’t give him that time though.
And when Stan doesn’t get the time, he is a far less dangerous player.
I think Novak will probably win it in three sets. Perhaps he loses 1 set because of losing concentration, but no way this will go the distance.
So the best double handed BH will prevail over the best singled handed BH.


mat4 Says:

@Wilfried:

I love your optimism. I don’t agree with you, of course, since I believe that this match will be fought till the bitter end.

I don’t know in whose favour the court conditions will play. Against Murray, in the evening, Novak had a good look at Andy’s serve, but he couldn’t hit through Andy’s defence. In hot conditions, it was more difficult to return, but then, when Novak started hitting deep and aggressive shots, Andy couldn’t defend well enough.

So, today… It is difficult to assess. If Novak plays his best game, however Stan plays, Novak will win. He will do what he did in Paris, or in Dubai: disrupt Stan’s game from the baseline, take time off him, go to the net, shorten points. Usually that’s the key, since Stan is not a great mover.

But, on the other side, Stan serves well. Under a big sun, the ball flies faster, the rebound is higher, and it can give him the calm, the assurance he needs to play well. A good serve can also frustrate Novak.

So, let’s wait and see. Novak, so far, played very well, the third and fourth set against Andy excepted. In the third, he waited for Andy to lose. The fourth was a complicated affair. I guess that, without the postponement Novak would have broke Andy’s serve once again to finish the match in four: he had 7 bp in three games. But, anyway, he lost that set, after some vintage tennis by Murray.

Stan played very well too. But he didn’t face players who could really beat him on this heavy clay. Under sunny and fast conditions, I don’t think he would have won against Fed in three. There too, there was that point at 3-3 in the TB that decided the third set: I believe that the umpire made an error, an error that decided the match right away.

So, let’s see how Stan will play under pressure. Because pressure won’t be only on Novak.


mat4 Says:

Something I wanted to write.

I’ve read here that Rafa would have lost to other players that QF: Murray, even Ferrer.

Don’t make me laugh. Rafa was steadily improving his game in the last month. Already in Rome, he looked good. He played the wrong way against Wawrinka, but Stan played outstanding than, and the clay was humid and absorbing the rebound.

Had Rafa play against anybody else, he would have made the semi. The problem, against Novak, was of a double nature — mental on one side, and a problem of style, match-up, on the other. The weather favoured Novak too, in this match.

Having seen the semi I am certain that Rafa would have won against Andy, and I have no doubt that he would have beat Ferrer.


Giles Says:

The drama queen that is Novak Djokovic struck again yesterday. Why did he take that SEVEN MINUTE MTO? Anybody know? The man just cannot refrain from acts of gamesmanship each time he feels threatened. Let’s see what antics he will conjure up for the final. Wawa won’t tolerate his sh!te hopefully and maybe we will see a clean match.
I will repeat myself for the umpteenth time, joker is the worst #1 ever!


Zozza Says:

Novak didn’t let Rafa play he constantly used the drop shot to not let Rafa get any Rhythm
That was smart tennis with Rafa 20 feet behind the baeeline
Nadal wouldn’t have beaten Murray
But maybe ferrer yes
Rafa couldn’t beat Wawrinka either

Next year maybe move on


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
Agree, if Rafa managed to beat Nole, I am pretty sure he would have won whole thing. He knew that too, that is one of the reasons he looked so dejected during the presser, IMO, but it wasn’t to be. I think after the second set Rafa knew that he can’t mount come back, his body wasn’t ready for that against Nole.


brando Says:

I’m a Rafa fan: IF rafa would have beat nole would he have won v Murray or Ferrer? IMO, yes. He beat Ferrer in monte carlo so even at his worst he defeats him. Muzza? Again yes. I think that match would have been on rafa’s racquet and he would pull out the win in best of 5. Remember: rafas ONLY lost twice I’m best of 5. He lost to Novak who ain’t no dummy and is in prime form. So beating rafa still on clay in 5 ain’t a walk in the park. But would Nadal beat wawrinka in the final though? …NO. I think even in this event when players stepped inside the baseline and started thumping the ball, attacking Rafael: he had a really, really tough time. One of the things apparent in the Djokovic match was how inside the court Novak was and how it pushed rafa further back. Of course, that’s novaks class. BUT I think wawrinka would be inside the baseline, and whilst he doesn’t create novaks angles he has something that can kill the rally before it even starts: raw power. I think the power, hitting ability, creating winners on either side on all fronts (DTL or cross court) would be a lot for rafa to deal with. Too much when his movement ain’t tip top. Remember: he lost a set to jack sock. Sock even had a 0-40 in set 4. So I think he would lose to wawrinka: too much pressure as favorite when mentally he’s not at his strongest. Too much power from wawrinka that would intimidate, dominate and rattle rafa. When rafa gets rattled this year he seemingly cracks. It would be too much to handle and deal with in a grand slam final for him. I honestly think people are under estimating wawrinka and his hitting ability and threat: wawa ain’t no scrub. He’s the real deal. Probably the best offensive player at the top level today in tennis: either side= he’s firing bullet like winners. He’s amazing and actually a rarity among the top when you see how alot of them are similar. I think he would beat Nadal had he played him here in that guessing game question.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

The Rome QF was played in the evening, on a heavy clay. The final in Paris is played at 15 h, under the sun, when the ball is faster and rebounds higher. I don’t think that Stan could possibly hit so many good BH against Rafa.

They played in Paris two years ago and Rafa won 2,3,1, while the results in Rome, MC, where the ball is also slow but not that lively were 4,5. In a best of five match, Stan’s backhand is bound to break a moment or another.

Of course, we can never know for sure. My point is that Rafa was at 90% in Paris, and that, Novak excepted, this is enough to beat anybody on the Chatrier. Novak was the only exception for years, and he was the only player to win against Rafa on clay regularly.


mat4 Says:

I think that too many fans are rejoicing about Rafa’s losses. I do too, I have to admit, but I am aware that his level was steadily improving, and while he has lost some speed, he still is fast enough, faster that Wawrinka. He is at Novak’s level right now, in my opinion. And that’s still damn fast.

So, he will have to adapt his game, and, unfortunately, I think he will manage to do it, like he did before on grass and on hard. He will play his FH flatter, work on his BH and his serve. He demonstrated in Madrid (where he played an awful match) that his net game is good enough to play with extreme aggression.

Confidence is another problem. He is the only one who knows how to solve that problem.


brando Says:

@Mat4: thanks for the honest, positive rebuttal but I have to disagree. Firstly: I don’t see rafa as being as quick as Novak. maybe im being too much of a prisoner of the moment since his last match is front and center in my mind: he looked slow and sluggish to me. Whereas Novak: his movement is out of the world right now. He gets to very difficult shots, with ease. As for wawrinka: I still believe wawa would win. Kusnetsov played poorly: he still broke nadal twice. Rafa lost his serve in every match. He lost a set to sock. Sock should have been 2-0 up in 4th after having a 0-40 on rafas serve. As rafa put it later: he got lucky there. Sock would have won atleast 4 games in a row, a se. And break up in subsequent set: that’s alot of momentum. And that’s Sock: imagine what wawrinka would do? I’m a Nadal fan and for me: his confidence is low. His game lacks consistency. His movement is slower than prior. And players seem to attack him without fear. And oh: they really fancy their chances with rafa. All this was present to prior to novak match, who beat him, but really it seemed like he read rafa his last rites on the tour since rafa got exposed by the first top 20 player he faced this event. For me: had he faced wawrinka in the final he would have been cast as favorite. That’s pressure for a guy who’s not feeling his sharpest mentally. And I reckon could wilt under the pressure Against wawrinka. That said: beating novak would be a colossal confidence booster so who knows. All weknow is what happened: he got beat badly by the first top 20 player who he faced. Unfortunately for him it was the number one: so it was a very bad defeat.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Nadal played Sock and Kuznetsov on the Lenglen, the fastest court at Roland Garros. It is built over what once was a parking, the drainage is not that good — the clay is thinner and remains wet longer.

About movement: just watch a bit Rafa in slow motion. You’ll see that he is still extremely fast. But when you compare his gets a year ago, it becomes clear that he is indeed a bit slower.


Daniel Says:

We will never know, I think Murray would have a chance over Nadal as well. He took sets from Novak, so he could take sets form Nadal as well, specially with his return. Ferrer no chance, Wawrinka possibly but beating Nadal in a RG final is just too much to imagine because if he reached final he would have beaten Djoko and Murray, both players who beta him on clay Masters this year, only one left would be Wawa.

mat4, as for Rafa adapting his game for grass and HC, will see. This time he won’t play Halle/Queens a few days after French Open final so he may have more time to practice on grass but with his seeding he can face a top grass player early on, will see. Still don’t think he relevant in Wimbledon, maybe a #5 favorite, but not in front of Djoko, Murray, Fed or Berdych who all can play on grass.


Daniel Says:

Actually, just saw in ATP site that Nadal will play on Stuttgart next week together with Cilic, Hass, Lopez, Kolhs, Tomic, so he will play 2 tune ups grass pre Wimbledon, smart move.


sienna Says:

If Rafael is a litle bit slower and clearly gets trouble om clay…then on grass it would be transformed even to greater trouble against even lesser players.


Giles Says:

Daniel. Since you are so interested in Rafa’s movements, he is also playing doubles in Stuttgart as well as playing doubles and singles in Queens.
Vamos Rafa!


brando Says:

@Daniel: agree. We won’t know and it’s irrelevant ‘re Grass season and Rafa: I’m his fan and an optimist. But I also give reality it’s due: reality is he could face a top 4-8 player as early as r16. That’s ridiculously early. And in week one rafa ALWAYS struggles so that practical, logical element is bad for rafa. Then there’s recent history: since 2011 he’s lost more matches than won on grass. Now for a player who is low in on confidence anyhow: it’s hard to see how he can think: grass? Good times are coming. I don’t see it. And the bigger problem: superior grass players: there’s too many I rank ahead of Rafael at Wimbledon: 1- Djokovic 2- Federer 3- Murray 4- kyrgios (big serve, hitting) 5- berdych (serve, hitting) 6- Tsonga (excellent RG, loves grass). So I see better players out there. I firmly believe that eventually rafa will improve: this year ornext I’m sure he will. But Wimbledon 2015 is too tall a task, way to soon with ALOT of obstacles. IF this situation was USO, maybe he could improve and have a crack at a run. But grass makes it very difficult.


brando Says:

^Add wawrinka to that list also. Maybe dimitrov if he has good queens. Too many players who are dangerous.


brando Says:

Damn: forgot about cilic and returning Raonic. Big serve and hitting with excellent grass performances. That’s alot of competition and deep competition. Haven’t even mentioned nishikori who may improve.


jalep Says:

Interesting to speculate about Rafa, had he beaten Nole. Tend to agree with Daniel, (as I usually do), and think it’s underrating Andy Murray’s win over Rafa in Madrid, also Stan the Man, to assume Rafa would have beat both of them.

Stan’s win over Federer was decisive in confidence building. All of Stan’s matches this FO have been quite stellar, imo, except his hiccup 2nd set v Tsonga.

Again, writing off Rafa is premature, to say the least. Federer continued to win after losing a half step and I think it’s realistic to see Rafa continue to win a couple more GS titles. Rafa will work hard to make the necessary adjustments to compensate. With his experience and record, not sure how anyone can’t see him have ?? of successful years in his career.

As determined as he is, maybe as soon as Wimbledon or US Open, if not those, a serious run at AO; and certainly wouldn’t write him off for La Decima at FO.

But it is going to get more crowded at the top with the newcomers :D

…with that in mind, ajde Nole!


jane Says:

is stuttgart grass now? it used to be clay right?


mat4 Says:

@Hi, jalep. Will you be watching the match?


Okiegal Says:

@Giles

Novak better not take a 7 min MTO today w/o saying why, because Stan will call him out on it! Remember AO 2014?? Lol


jalep Says:

Bon jour tout le Monde et mat4!

Here as long as I can manage to not have a full blown panic attack or nervous breakdown…


mat4 Says:

No nervous break down today. I don’t see why Novak would not play the way he did in the previous two rounds, and he was pretty good in both matches.


Okiegal Says:

Yes, Jane, it’s grass…


Okiegal Says:

@Giles….I echoed you on Stan…..I didn’t read your post in its entirety and sorry to say it was a boring repeat…..Oh well, I’m good at that!


jalep Says:

It’s 6 am where I am and far too early for my nerves, mat4…

hope you are right. Very glad to see you here ;)


mat4 Says:

@jane: I hope we’ll enjoy this match.


Jeez Says:

No matter who wins 1st SET,

first to take 2 SETS (2-0 or 2-1) will

WIN!!!!


Daniel Says:

Game on!


Jeez Says:

STAN serving 1st!!


Jeez Says:

3 winners already


Daniel Says:

Giles, I am not following his moves, it just appear in one of the main news in ATP site:-)


Jeez Says:

3 errors & BP to Djokovic


Daniel Says:

Nice game, Wawa is hitting deep, Djoko couldn’t step it up the baseline yet, a lot of winners this single game.


Jeez Says:

A ripping Forehand by STAN seals 1st game!!!


Jeez Says:

Drop shot!!


Jeez Says:

Drop shot!!

&

Ace

Takes it 40-15!!


Jeez Says:

2 errors by Djoker + ace makes it 40-0

Another Ace

Game Wawrinka!!!


mat4 Says:

Stan looks better so far. Serving well, going for his shots, while Novak seems subdued.


jalep Says:

Tip for tennis fans having to watch NBC and listen to Mary Carrillo: turn sound off and listen to FO radio British/ Australian commentators, whoever they are…much better.


Jeez Says:

Deep forehand by STAN makes Nole into net

+ another ERROR

0-30


Markus Says:

jalep, have you ever watched a match where Mary Carillo and Jim Courier co-commentated?


Jeez Says:

Ace by Nole shown out by

HAWK EYE!!


Jeez Says:

2 Errors by STAN gives

Nole

0-30!!


Jeez Says:

Power hitting by STAN brings it to

30-30


Jeez Says:

Saves another BP by STAN!!


Jeez Says:

Into the net

Game wawrinka!!


Sidney Says:

No thanks. I’ll take JMac and Carrillo over any of the Brits or Aussie commentators. I like a little impartiality. I would rather have the ESPN staff cover all events, minus Storm, but JMac is cool.


mat4 Says:

I am very deceive how Novak looks. His body language is the wrong one. He takes no risks, he doesn’t try to be on top in the rallies, just defending. It’s not the way to win this match.


Jeez Says:

Easy hold for Djokovic!


Jeez Says:

Again 2 errors

0-30!!


Humble Rafa Says:

If you are missing a red underwear, I think the Best Backhand in Switzerland has stolen it.


Jeez Says:

Another

0-40


Daniel Says:

Djoko had BP chances in 2 games and now after triple BP he breaks with Wawa double fault. Also Djoko is hold easy, Wawa needs to cut errors otherwise this could go fast.


Jeez Says:

Double fault

Gives easy break for Nole

4-3
To serve


mat4 Says:

Hope that Novak now will relax a bit. He has to play better, since Stan will start hitting his spots sooner or later.


Daniel Says:

mat4, it is if Wawrinka start missing, as he did this last game. As long as Djoko wins his game, he can defend and wait Wawrinka miss, or take some risks when needed.


Jeez Says:

STAN going for toooooo much!!:-)


jalep Says:

To each his/her own Sidney ;)

Markus: should be a law against it – Carillo and Courier together commentating.

Ever since elina pointed out that J-mac sounds like Christopher Walken…he seems brilliant lol…


Jeez Says:

Comfortable hold!!

Can STAN break back??


Daniel Says:

Djoko serving for the first set, 5-4


Jeez Says:

STAN showing some

PATIENCE!!


Markus Says:

Stan is so talented and Djokovic is beating him with his resilience. Stan has been giving him his best shots and Novak keeps defending well. Stan’s lost points are more due to frustration. That’s one thing Novak’s opponents should guard against.


brando Says:

Hawkeye showed wawrinka caught the line. Should be break point wawrinka.


Jeez Says:

STAN showing some

PATIENCE!!

30-30 actually

BUT bad UMPIRING saves Nole

HAWK EYE shows it in!!


brando Says:

Wawrinka should have won fame had Hawkeye been available.


Daniel Says:

What a point from Wawa, thought the set was over but he surprised Djoko, Can’t believe how hard he hit that shot almost from his back.


Daniel Says:

Wow, after 2 set points, now BH error and BP Wawa. Djoko better serve big now!


Jeez Says:

Should be

4-4

NOW!!


Sidney Says:

@jalep agreed.

JMac and Carrillo teamed up and won mixed doubles at least one GS title. Probably why she’s added to the broadcast booth with JMac. Gives impression of equality.

Wawa has BP.


brando Says:

Yeah wawrinka would have broken up back with Hawkeye. Unlucky. Set 1 to novak.


Jeez Says:

1st SET to

HAWK EYE!!


jalep Says:

One bp averted… come on Nole

Set pointment #3 and he gets it!!!

64


Jeez Says:

1st SET to

UMPIRE!!


van orten Says:

Nole is never lucky ..that Hawkeye was wrong ;))))


Daniel Says:

Djoko takes the first after some tense game.

Wawa lacks consistency, he made what 13 errors in 10 games. That is a lot and with Djoko under 1o UE per set he will take it. Only way is Wawa to miss less, but also Djoko can go more for his shots, he is not going for the lines much (only angled) and is not hitting as deep as Wawa is.


mat4 Says:

Hawk-eye has a margin of error of a few millimetres. I guess that here, the right mark was examined by the umpire, and it shows where the ball landed more precisely.


Jeez Says:

STAN serving 1st yet again!!


brando Says:

Told y’all wawrinka would bring the heat but Djokovic consistency will be winner. No point hitting 1000 winners when 990 errors also occur.


Jeez Says:

Into the net

BP for

Djokovic!


Jeez Says:

Ace!!


Jeez Says:

Game

Wawrinka!!


brando Says:

Yep: wawrinka would beat Nadal had he faced him. Explosive power


Jeez Says:

Drop shot!!

40-0


brando Says:

Damn Djokovic is playing good now.


jalep Says:

The female commentators on FO radio are especially good. Making me feel/ enjoy the tennis more objectively and over my bias about outcome.

Bravo Nole love service hold. Stay strong Nole!


Jeez Says:

Ace + deep forehand gives

30-0 for STAN


brando Says:

Djokovic point construction at times looks unreal


Jeez Says:

To much

DROP SHOT

game wawrinka!!


Jeez Says:

Drop hot

TAKEN


Jeez Says:

BP for

STAN!!


jalep Says:

bp Stan averted.

Deuce!


brando Says:

Djokovic top spin into wawrinka BH is effective


jalep Says:

Another Stan bp gone…phew


Jeez Says:

Another on 2bd serve

WASTED!!


brando Says:

Damn wawa has some beastly power


Daniel Says:

So far Wawa served 7 times, faced BP in 4 games and was broken 1. Djoko served 7, faced BP in 2 games and is 1 point away from holding, still cane broken this game.

One thing is not working for Djoko today is his inside out FH, is not opening the court as it should. Haha, just because I typed he unleashed one to close the game.


jalep Says:

Oh god. It is good tennis. Tight. 2-2


tennisfansince76 Says:

This match is far from over


brando Says:

Whatever may happen: I want to take this moment and applaud wawrinkas play. He’s special and if he loses its due to facing a all time great in his pomp. Wawa has done nothing wrong so far and shown he belongs in the big time.


mat4 Says:

Novak’s shots selection is abysmal. The guy that played yesterday hasn’t shown up yet.


brando Says:

My goodness: what a shot by wawrinka.


Jeez Says:

RIPPER!!

From
STAN


tennisfansince76 Says:

Anybody catch jmac’s brilliant theory as to why Stan lost the first set? He was weary. So the guy who played a 4 set not particularly physical match and had a full day of rest is weary? And the player who playedc a very physical 5 set match over 2 days has the physical advantage? Logic!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Saw rinks not cashing in his chances


brando Says:

Djokovic serving is what separates him from the others right now. Exceptional.


Jeez Says:

To

HOT to handle!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

So far in 2nd set wawa is the better player but hasn’t made it show up on the scoreboard.


jalep Says:

Wawrinka able to push Nole back too much for my liking. But holds 3-3


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka having break chances in 3 of the last 4 games Djoko serve, he is steady making his move and Djoko better watch out ti not be broken. This second set is crucial for Djoko because if he wins it basically he wins the match, no way Wawa will be coming down from 0-2 to win 3 straights. So he has to be extra careful from now on as we enter the final stages of the set.


Markus Says:

Am I correct in my observation that Djokovic does not have any dazzling shots?


tennisfansince76 Says:

@mat4 you are right Novak is playing passive, likely hoping wawa makes mistakes


Daniel Says:

40-0 and Djoko wisn 3 games to deuce. This game could be very important from both.


Jeez Says:

40-0

To

Deuce!


Jeez Says:

Game WAWRINKA !!


brando Says:

Big hold. By both there. It’s a street fight between 2 tough cookies peeps.


Giles Says:

tsf76 And that is because joker uses the EGG to recover giving him the advantage time and time again.


Daniel Says:

Again BP Wawa, Djoko is playing dangerously.


jalep Says:

Gigi Salmon commentating on FO radii. Most awesome tennis commentary ever!


Jeez Says:

2. BP

saved!!


Daniel Says:

Wawa pissed with Djoko drop shot show;-)


Jeez Says:

That

DROP SHOT!!

Again


Daniel Says:

Now is the time for Djoko to brea, take more risks and take Wawa when he is frustrated.


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

It seems that there is nothing Novak can do here. Wawrinka is just too powerful.


Jeez Says:

TO

BE

OR

NOT

TO

BE!!

:-)


jalep Says:

Arrrrgh…important for Nole to hold serve this game 5-4 wawa.


Daniel Says:

Great hold by Wawa, Djoko serving to stay alive second set down 4-5.


Jeez Says:

RIPPER

OF

A

BACKHAND!! 156Kph


Jeez Says:

Another

Now

A

FOREHAND! 157kph


Daniel Says:

Yes, mat4, Djoko can’t be the agressor today because Wawa is going for it. But he has to be patient and consistent and wait his chances, eventually Wawa will have a collapse game as he had in first set. Or at least force tiebreak,

Anther BP and now is set point Wawa. Djoko needs to serve big


jalep Says:

Omg Stan going for broke with his shots

Set point Stan.


Jeez Says:

BP

A

SET POINT!!


Jeez Says:

STAN

THE

MAN!!

Takes the SET!!


Shailesh Says:

Novak definitely tight, second set to wawrinka


ertorque Says:

No single backhander plays like Stan. What a guy!


brando Says:

That is the best 2 sets bar none on a clay court since Nadal v Djokovic in 2013. Privileged to view. Well done boys.


Daniel Says:

Wow Wawa!! Djoko destroy his racquet kkkk

He should have come to the net more often, Wawa hit a slice in the middle of the point that he could have finished. And also test Wawa’s passing shots.

Now Wawa will start serving another set and Djoko getting behind first time. He needs to do something different because this set was all Wawrinka and him just putting ball in play.

Wawrinka is in this match and he will have to fight really hard otherwise Wawa can take this.


jalep Says:

Okay…time to pull covers over head. Stan too good that set. Nole…sort this guy out!!


Margot Says:

Wow!
Massive hitting from Stan and 1 set each.
Very good match!


Giles Says:

WooooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooooooooWawaawa


brando Says:

Federer you legend: watching wawrinka and on phone and watching swiss final.


Giles Says:

Sort him out wawaaaaaaaa


jalep Says:

Terrible time for Gigi to hand over the microphone to the likes of Matt Cronin…uhg. nowhere to hide.


Daniel Says:

Djoko made more UE, 14 to Wawa’s 11. He has to cut them down. another game under pressure, 15-30


Daniel Says:

Another errors and 15-40. Djoko feeling the pressure of losing second set. He has to regroup mentally.


Daniel Says:

One saved, he needs a big serve now


Daniel Says:

Wow what a point. This game could be the turning point for Djoko if he holds!


Jeez Says:

2 BP saved


Daniel Says:

Also he is tense because he is not getting free points from serve anymore. Another BP


jalep Says:

Oh dear god. Enough for me. Unless…17% bp conversion rate from Stan, thank the gods.

Hold Nole, Hold on!


Jeez Says:

Another one

GONE!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko is tense, finally a free point on serve, adv Djoko, Another a=serve and hold!!!


Daniel Says:

And he holds, wake up call for him, he is getting u der pressure too much on his serve. He needs to be more aggressive and step onto baseline. And take risks on second serves


Daniel Says:

Just keeping ball center court won’t do with Wawa.


Daniel Says:

Also Djoko is going for lobs too much, this was a won point by him and should be 15-30 but he send the lob out.


Daniel Says:

And Wawa is servi g better, always winning free points. Djoko needs to get over second set and play his game and hold his serves, not getting frustrated.


mat4 Says:

Novak has to change something, and fast. He is the clear underdog in his moment.


jalep Says:

Nole giving up too much ground…easy for me to say though as I see it from my amateur eyes.

Stan’s power and resolve is a nightmare.


Daniel Says:

This third set is crucial


Daniel Says:

Stan also hit another gear because he is not missing nothing anymore.


Jeez Says:

Who ever wins this SET,

TAKES THE MATCH!!


Daniel Says:

Another close game, 30-30. Djoko needs to serve big in the lines, he is not bothering Wawa on return,


Sidney Says:

Wawa is playing great. Tough task for Novak today.

Go Novak!


Daniel Says:

Yeah!!


jalep Says:

Drinking has commenced at half past eight in the morning. ..eee gads!


Sidney Says:

2-2 in 3rd.

Novak very frustrated ATM.


Shailesh Says:

Novak playing very tentative, not going for his shots at all


Shailesh Says:

Massive hitting by Stan, this could turn ugly for novak


Jeez Says:

SUPER STAN!!


Daniel Says:

Wawa super confident right now!


mat4 Says:

Novak, please don’t let those rafans and fedfans rejoice! Win this match!


Daniel Says:

He will just have to hold his games, wait for an opening or a moment Wawa gives too many second serves or worst case go to tiebreak and make a run there. in worst case he has to start serving first 4th set.


jalep Says:

Oh mat4


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka defense is insane as well. But Djoko had a FH to go inside out and he just pit middle court, he has to go for the lines, Wawa is not missing.


Jeez Says:

BBOSSING World no:1!!


Daniel Says:

Serve Djoko!!!


Jeez Says:

BACKHAND

MAGIC!!!


Jeez Says:

@157kph


Daniel Says:

Djoko is losing this match, actually, Wawa is winning it. Break from love to go up in the third.


Shailesh Says:

Awsome hitting by Stan, simply incredible. Stan of Fed match has come to play


ertorque Says:

super stan! He raised the bar yet to another level in clay court tennis.


Eric Says:

Novak: 0 for ten billion on important drop shots at French Open 2015


Daniel Says:

Djoko felt too much losing second set, he as a pro should just get over it and focus on third set. This is what he needs, take risks.


Jeez Says:

Nole @ NOVISAD now

:-)


mat4 Says:

Novak has to do something. No drop shots. Just play, hit the strongest you can, play angles, the things you do usually… Don’t falter here.


Daniel Says:

30-30, this is ti fro Djoko. He needs to return and maybe get a break right back.


Jeez Says:

WAR CRY!!!


Daniel Says:

Double fault Wawa on game point, this could be Djoko’s chance. Go Djoko, return


Jeez Says:

DOUBLE FAULT!!

gulp!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

It is a shame in the modern that a one handed backhand simply cannot compete with a 2 hander


Eric Says:

Mat4, no worries. Mopey Djokovic is always followed just in time by Invincible Berserker Djokovic…


jalep Says:

Dammm…watching Stan mow down the lowly Johnson to Tsonga, this is exactly what I feared.

Please, Nole…find the solution…

Take him to 5 sets if you must. Fight!


Daniel Says:

another FH miss and Wawa almost did a second double Fault in a row, BP!! most important point in the match so far


Jeez Says:

Wawrinka undoing himself now!!


Daniel Says:

Wawa served big in the line


Daniel Says:

Another huge serve, adv Wawa.


Eric Says:

YESSS STAN


Jeez Says:

Game!!

5-2!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Stan serving a high percentage today. That is not always the case with him.


Daniel Says:

Stop with fu$%%^# love and hit the ball in your opponent, Jess, this lobs didn’t work all day.


Shailesh Says:

What is with playing so many lobs today Novak?


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe Djokovic is in a RG final having beat Nadal only to play waiting his opponent to miss instead of taking the match and going for his shots. Defense is not working against Wawa who is super confident.

He has to hold serve to force Wawrinka serve for the third and maybe he will feel the pressure again. If he gets broken again to lose the set as it was second set and Wawa starts serving fourth, match is over.

Serve big and don;t do any stupid shots.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pretty good match so far. Very high quality from both of them. Hope Stan can hold up and not choke.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Stan is in a zone


Daniel Says:

Wawa is in the zone, no much anyone can do. Look what he did now after this angled BH from Djoko!


Jeez Says:

MIDAS TOUCH!!


Daniel Says:

finally a mistake to show he is human, 15-30 Djoko. He needs some good first serves i


Shailesh Says:

Does anyone else notice the very tentative serving by Novak today?


Daniel Says:

And he had 2 great first serves, 40-30 getting out of the hole. One more!


ertorque Says:

TFS76:”It is a shame in the modern that a one handed backhand simply cannot compete with a 2 hander”

My very thought until I got acquainted with Stan’s play. He CAN compete.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, he holds!!

Now pressure on Wawa, if last game he made DF and had BP, if he doesn’t serve big or if Djoko find the returns he may have a shot. Go for Broke Djoko is do or die now!


Daniel Says:

Wawa ace, what a set from him!!


Daniel Says:

Jesus, what was this BH holding his arm. He got a great return, and did nothing. Totally out of sorts


jalep Says:

STAN in world beater mode. Suspected it a week ago.

He would beat Rafa or anyone in AO 2014 mode. Unfreaking believable.


Jeez Says:

3 SET points

For 2-1lead


Shailesh Says:

Looking extremely dire for Novak now


Daniel Says:

Djoko is not playing to his level, and if he want to be a Roland Garros champion he will have to find that extra gear he is so known for.

At least he starts serving first fourth set and he has to hold.

He felt too much losing second set in did;t recover in time for third. Also, he is not having inroads on Wawa’s game, he needs to try something different and stop with the lobs, he has the passing shot, lobs are too risky shots.


Jeez Says:

Now who will WIN?

NOTE: One who takes 2-0 or 2-1 SETS lead!!


Margot Says:

OMG Stan continues to play lights out and leads 2-1.
Equals wot Andy could do now….;) Can he go one better?
Can Nole re-group?


Daniel Says:

Same history as last year, he won first set, got a close second set, lost his opponent raise the bar and he couldn’t cope.


mat4 Says:

2-1.

Hope that something will change now. Novak has to up his game. Usually, he can do it, but today, he plays against a very powerful opponent of a court that suits his opponent. Novak has managed to win many times against all odds, but today… it will be huge.

He will serve first now. Hope that the champion in him will finally wake up.


Daniel Says:

He has to remember that he is world #1 and unbeaten this clay season.


Jeez Says:

@Daniel
ATM Djokovic might not love to serve 1st!!!

:-)


KatH Says:

2 sets to Stan!!!


ertorque Says:

Please no MTO from either player, I implore!


Sidney Says:

Come on, Novak!


Sidney Says:

Great game by Stan. Ultra aggressive, and it is working.


Jeez Says:

Whats with Nole’s Murray like 131kph 2nd serves?


Daniel Says:

Great hold! Now go on and broke to out a bucket of ice on Wawa and make him start doubting himself.


Daniel Says:

Jeez, Novak is tight and not abel to serve what he can.


Daniel Says:

15-30, this is the game! Do something to surprise him


Jeez Says:

Serve & Volley


Michael Says:

Wawarinka is looking in murderous form and Novak is looking down the barrel. Unless the level of Wawarinka dips, Novak doesn’t have a chance.

Let us hope the famed fight back by Novak is repeated to make the match a cliff hanger.


Daniel Says:

Shot in his foot, BP. GO DJOKOOOOOOOO


Jeez Says:

BP for Djokovic!!


jalep Says:

Thoughts of Troy: Hector vs Achilles

Come on Hector! Rewrite this battle.


Daniel Says:

Yeahhhhhhhhhh

Now hold and puts pressure on him and making him doubt.


Jeez Says:

Aargh!!


brando Says:

Wawrinka looks mentally shaky and feeling the pressure. As expected.


Daniel Says:

15-15 Hold Djoko.


Daniel Says:

He keeps insisting in this lobs when he should go for cross court passing shot. And his drops are not even working now,


Jeez Says:

TOOO MUCH DROP SHOTS!!!


Daniel Says:

Miss by Wawa to give a point to Djoko, 30-30


van orten Says:

Typical nole..wawa breakpoint and next service game getting broken…


tennisfansince76 Says:

stan has come down from mount Olympus so far this set


Michael Says:

It is 3-0,in the fourth. Novak is still alive in the match and is yet again showing his fighting abilities.


jalep Says:

Nole holds. Stay the course darling Nole! Take this the distance – you can do it!


Jeez Says:

STAN needs to at least hold service this SET & not let Djokovic for

BREADSTICKS
or
BAGEL him!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko needs to hold his games and Break when he is 5-2 up to start serving fifth set.


Jeez Says:

NO

BAGEL!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djokovic looks weary to me


Daniel Says:

3-1, Hold Novak!!


Daniel Says:

0-15, this is going to be another tense game.


Jeez Says:

YEAH!!!


Daniel Says:

What a BH winner cross court by Djoko!


Daniel Says:

Djoko did nothing with this second ball. 15-30. oh dear…


Jeez Says:

DOUBLE YEAH!!!


Daniel Says:

Sh#$&t, double BP. Time to serve down the T


Jeez Says:

WOWSER!!!!!


Daniel Says:

Why didn’t he come to the net to finish the point 3 times, Jesss

He can’t expect the guy to miss he has to win the fuck$%^ point!!! Can’t believe it!


django Says:

Oh well maybe next year


jalep Says:

$*%#! point of the match perhaps. Cannot believe I can watch this. Stan breaks back :/ :(


Jeez Says:

Everyone takes for granted the ability to

BREADSTICK

OR

BAGEL

Opponents!!

As if the OPPONENT doesn’t MATTER !!!

SHEESH!!!


mat4 Says:

Is it the end? If Novak’s doesn’t up his game, yes. Can he do it? I don’t feel so. His worst match in the worst moment…


Daniel Says:

Why didn’t he come to the net to finish the point 3 times, Jesss

He can’t expect the guy to miss he has to win the fu$%^ point!!! Can’t believe it!


Michael Says:

Wawarinka breaks. The bad time returns for Novak.


Daniel Says:

Everything is going right for Wawa, jes


Jeez Says:

BACK IN THE GAME!!


Daniel Says:

He couldn’t sustain the lead.


Daniel Says:

His shots lacks power. 3-3

Well he needs to hold to have any chance but very sub par Djoko playing way beyond his standard this season.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Even when a break up djokovic face and body language look terrible


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like Novak is doing his usual pretend of being tired here. Stan better be careful not to be fooled.


Michael Says:

Novak is feeling the pressure and making a lot many UEs which might prove fatal as he is not hitting winners.


Daniel Says:

He can win an easy game anymore


Jeez Says:

WINNERS TO UNFORCED ERRORS

24-37 for Djokovic

50-39 for STAN


Daniel Says:

15-30, this is it! Wawa playing match of his life today


Jeez Says:

TOOOOO

MUCH

TO

HANDLE

:-)


Daniel Says:

He is going for DTL shots at will killing Djoko, 15-40, BP with a taste of match point. What is this level from Wawa?!


Jeez Says:

POWND & POWND !!!


Eric Says:

Wow… there’s not much you can do against him, the way Stan is playing. Like I said: at his best, there’s no one better.


Daniel Says:

Yeah!!! He has to cheer himself up! Where is that champion with 7 lives we so often see?


Daniel Says:

Wow, this is the get, Wawa spank the ball, said 2 breaks. C’mob and hold and puts pressure back to Wawa next game,


tennisfansince76 Says:

Stab volley and no,e channels his inner rafa


Eric Says:

Great stuff from Djokovic to save those BPs though.


Daniel Says:

What a winner!!!!


Daniel Says:

4-3 Djoko showing he is still alive, now pressure back on Wawa.


Michael Says:

What a volley ? Will it be the Andy moment, Novak will seize ? He escaped by the skin of teeth in this game and is now leading.


jalep Says:

Ah…still alive. Bless you, Nole. Hold on!! Make this go 5!!


Jeez Says:

STAN is in

ULTRA MODE!!

So NOVAK

also transform SUPER 2 ULTRA!!!

:-)


Daniel Says:

0-30, two UE from Wawa, feeling the pressure!


Jeez Says:

2 ERRORS!!!

0-30!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Stan choking?


Jeez Says:

Another one

0-40!!


Daniel Says:

0-40, this is it! Wawa showing that he feels the pressure too, 3 UE in a row. This is IT for Djoko!


Daniel Says:

He should have went FH DTL, forcing too much Wawa’s BH when he is missing FH


Jeez Says:

2 Saved!!


Daniel Says:

Wawa serving big when matters, 3 first serves in a row.


Daniel Says:

Djoko did nothing with the shot putting in middle of the court, he has to stop waiting for Wawa to miss and attack, attack and attack!


Daniel Says:

This game cost him the match, Wawa saved 3 BP’s and won 5 straight points. He will break now and serve for the match, that was it for Djoko!


Daniel Says:

Really thought Wawa would get broken after the misses he made. but deep down the match seems on his racquet


Eric Says:

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Daniel. Of course, I hope you are right. :)


Rick Says:

Hahaha


Jeez Says:

DROP

THE DROP SHOT NOLE!!!

:-)


Daniel Says:

15-30, what was this BH.


Jeez Says:

PHEW!!


Daniel Says:

Wawa giving a point to Novak trying to attack second serve, 30-30. Go Djoko!


Daniel Says:

What a pasing shot, Best BH ever!!!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Virtual mp


Jeez Says:

Virtual

MATCH POINT!!


Daniel Says:

Serve and volley, wow, nerves of steel!!!


Daniel Says:

Another BP after another serve and volley try


tennisfansince76 Says:

Went to well once too often


Jeez Says:

ANOTHER

ONE!!!


Eric Says:

It’s not a “match point” when you still have to serve it out against the world no. 1.


Jeez Says:

WAWRINKA

THE

NOLE

DREAM

CRUSHER!!!

:-)


Eric Says:

Oh Stan, you beautiful monster


mat4 Says:

It is over. Congrats Wawa!


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable with this BH, he will serve for the match! Poor Novak he just doesn’t deserve this, Wawa did nothing whole clay season just to have 1 week of his lifetime and take this title. Djoko beat Nadal and Murray and will lose because Wawa is a bad match for him. Not fair!!

Hope he is able to get RG next year because his window is decreasing fast.

Can’t believe this is happening, but credito to Wawa who took it to Novak!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

If Stan does not hold the serve, probably he will not hold the tropy.


Daniel Says:

Second serve and Djoko return out, lost already!


Jeez Says:

After this Everyone should give

STAN the respect he commands


Daniel Says:

Knew this would happened after he saved all those BP’s.

FH errors, 15-30, If he doesn’t serve or Djoko put return back in play anything can happen.
30-30. This is the point for both!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Can …… He …. Close….. It…. Out….?


Rick Says:

TOLD YA! Nole needs to be worrying Murray more! Anyone could sops Rafa on clay nowdays ! And the real winner is Sean! His jinx curses are deadly! haha


Jeez Says:

It’s HAPPENING !!!


Jeez Says:

NOOOO!!!


Jeez Says:

YEAH!!


skeezer Says:

S-T-A-N-A-N-I-M-A-L


jane Says:

everything daniel said at 12:19.
congrats to wawrinka.
i am gutted for novak.
g-u-t-t-e-d


jalep Says:

Can’t believe all the newly minted anti-Nole / Stan fans on tennis-x.

A few are known to be Stan fans but the most crawling out of their bitter holes in the ground to cheer Nole’s demise.

Great tennis from Stan, nonetheless.

Completely crushed for the 5th year in a row. Congrats to Stan.


Jeez Says:

YES!!!


skeezer Says:

Bullie and bludgeoned.


Jeez Says:

NOW WHO SAID JUNIOR CHAMPS CANNOT BE SENIOR CHAMP!!!


kriket Says:

Congrats to Stan, he was in charge last 3 sets. Novak really didn’t stand a chance today.


skeezer Says:

Bullied and Bludgeoned.


Gordon Says:

Good on ya Wawrinka – you did it!!!

So I didn’t have to look hard to award the “Boy do I look stupid with my boasting prediction” winner -

++++++++++++++++++
Zozza says:

Novak won’t let this chance slip
He will crush Wawrinka in straight sets
++++++++++++++++++

The payoff is for everyone in here if Zozza and all the other braggarts learn to stop with the idiocy.


brando Says:

YES WAWA!:-)


mat4 Says:

Congrats to Wawa. He played a great match, while Novak wilted under pressure. Just like me, by the way. The stars were aligned for a Wawa win…

Then, this is sport. That why we love it… or not.


Eric Says:

I thought you didn’t like talk of “deserved,” Jane? :)

Sorry for Novak. It took Federer half a decade to get his French Open. Novak will have his year too, no doubt.

Stan played amazing, which was nice to see–you don’t so often see the giant killers actually succeeding. Of course, AO 2008, Djokovic, was an earlier precedent.


Daniel Says:

It had to end with a BH DTL winner
Can not believe Djoio missed that FH now on BP after saving Match point, why did he went to Wawa’s BH when the FH side was totally open.

Djokjo showing that he may not win RG ever because he win’t have abetter chance than this one. He just crumbles under pressure and couldn’t play his best regardless of Wawrinka being in the zone, Huge upset!!

No Calendar Slam, no Grand slam and 8-8 in Slam finals.

He wanted to win this so much that it cost him because he was to tense.

Credit to Wawa, more than 50 winners in 4 sets wow!!


brando Says:

Commiseration to Djokovic and ALL and EVERY single one of his fans. He did not choke: he fought like a lion and lost to a attacking legend.


Thangs Says:

Wow wow wow rinka!!!!

So happy now :-)


ertorque Says:

just as Stan prevented Roger from winning his first ever Monte Carlo, he denied Novak for his first FO. What an interesting turn of events.

COngrats Stan and another year for Novak.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

What a tennis played by Stan. The best tennis of the year so far.


Margot Says:

Wow! Stan wins. Playing just amazing. Well done.
Did what Andy couldn’t do.
Fantastic match. truly worthy of a final.
Commies to Nole fans, especially jane.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Great sportsmanship at the end. Good to see.


skeezer Says:

Sorry but that was an amaxing performance. He simply outpowered Nole. He never stopped hittng out. Kudoes to Stan, commies to Nole.


brando Says:

I want Nadal to win La Decima. IF that happens: I’m team Djokovic for Roland garros


brando Says:

I told everyone here: nadal would get pummeled by wawrinka today: now we see why.


Daniel Says:

Wawa and his perfect record of Slams wins, 2 for 2, nice. Now things get more interesting for the year as he will be in contention for Wimby and US Open. What great last 3 weeks he had, beat Nadal in Rome, Fed in RG and Djoko in RG, amazing!!!


sienna Says:

if hè cant win Garros finals against Stan the man. then forget about it.

total meltdown AND I LOVE IT. A WISH CAME TRUE.


Jeez Says:

Federer broke the STREAK in 2011

NOW

Its

STAN THE MAN WAWRINKA!!!!


Rick Says:

Nole just loves wearing that “One Slam A Year” ! Winning too much too soon! Boris can’t help him with the French! As for Wimbledon, I don’t know that if Nole could recovers from this defeat so soon! And he will be 29 next year. Rafa remains the king of clay. And congrats Stan for the win. And he is the king of clay for this year!


Sidney Says:

Congrats to Stan! Well deserved!

Wasn’t meant to be for Novak this year. Get a much needed rest, Champ!


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

There has always been a lot of anti-Novak fans, so don’t bother. At least he has beaten their favs, times and times again, and he will continue to do so. And he will win this tournament, I am certain of this.

I hope that this defeat won’t hurt him as much as the one in 2013 did. He lost the WB final after that in three.


Navdeep Says:

Now novak may never win the french open like sampras. He had the golden opportunity today but unfortunately he came up against STANIMAL who can destroy anyone with his magical groundstrokes. Next year Rafa would surely make a comeback and will again create trouble for nole. This is a big loss for him and with that one more thing now cleared ” AO champion is cursed at FO “.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Congrats to Stan and fans. Condolences to Nile and his fans. Tough loss. One thing I will say is that some were already anointing nole as the same year grand slam winner after his great start to the year.. It is not easy to win a grand slam. All it takes is a day when your nerves jangle or an opponent plays great and it’s over. Federer cam close but could not so did Nadal. It is not easy


Giles Says:

So Magnus Norman finally produced a French Open winner after 2 previous failed attempts.
Cannot believe it.
Anyone who can rock those jammie shorts on a tennis court deserves to win the French Open!
Unbelievable win!!!


jalep Says:

Big hugs to you mat4.


Rick Says:

Nole needs to complete winning all the tennis masters series first.


autoFilter Says:

Commiserations to Novak and fans. This is a tough loss, but all indications are that Nole should have more longevity than most on his side in this quest.

Huge congratulations to Stan who’s had to resign himself to playing second fiddle for way too long and then, once he’d finally broken through at the AO, was still sold a bit short because his opponent was injured.


jane Says:

hugs novak fans, mat4, wog boy, jalep, courbon. it wasn’t meant to be this time i guess. and maybe never. sigh.

nice of wawa to be concerned, and novak as always is gracious in return. wawrinka played amazing tennis. novak tried. but he really needs to figure out that bp conversion stat. it was terrible all event.


brando Says:

People: do not hate on nole. He’s a wonderful guy and a diamond player but most importantly: he’s human. DON’T ever kick a fellow being when he’s down. It’s disgusting regardless of whom.


Daniel Says:

I am baffled with Wawa’s level of play, after Djoko open 3-0 in fourth set I thought he would win the match and crush Wawa in fifth set. Than that 0-40 game where he hit 5 straight first serves to hold that game. And after Djoko saved BP, that point he was winning and Wawa defended and he missed a FH IO out of nowhere. That was it. The Djoko fighter would have won that point, break and maybe run away with the match. Not meant to be!

Hope it is the same as it was with Fed, won 4th final in RG. The dream is over and really seems that the Nadal x Djoko quarter killer their chances. or maybe the mUrray 2 days match took something out of him because he didn’t play his game and was tense from the get go. so sad for him. Hope he can regroup and win at least one of the other Slams, can not believe that he is going to have a 1 year Slams again with how well he is playing.


sienna Says:

the suisse masterplan is unfolding.
feds gift the match to Stan for him to demolish djoker.

fed is going for kill.

Grandslam my footh….


Eric Says:

In no way can you compare Novak’s FO success to Sampras’. Are you even serious with mentioning him as a comparison? Sampras was terrible at the french open and was never a serious contender for the title. Djokovic has been in, what, three finals now? He’ll win eventually, just like Roger won eventually, as long as he keeps putting himself on the court on Friday and Sunday of week two.


Giles Says:

I feel now that joker will never win the French Open after he had it on a plate this year and failed.
This is the consequence of beating Nadal!!!


Emily Says:

OMG!!! I am freaking out right now and after feeling a bit alone as a Stan fan, it seems there has been a shift. I haven’t felt so nervous in a match for years and he kept his nerve like beyond any other occasion.

No-one can put an asterisk on this win, and I posted several times about how this win was fated for him. He beats #2 in the quarters, #1 in the final, all as the 8th seed, matching the pattern of the AO 2014. It had to be and that BH winner was the perfect end to an amazing story.

I really do feel for Novak and all his fans, but I’m a little busy jumping up and down. Their embrace at the net and then at Nole’s chair shows how much respect they have for each other and how much this meant to both of them. He’ll win this tournament, but just not today.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure why people think this is Novak’s last chance. He most likely has another 2 years to win the title. Not sure if Rafa would be relevant next year, forget about being the contender.


brando Says:

Damn I feel sorry for novak. :-(


TGIT Says:

The winner of the 2015 French Open:

Roger Federer

Nadal stuck at 14.
Novak fans can stop predicting he was going to crush Stand and win the calendar year Grand Slam.
STANIMAL gets two Slams and the big 4 is the big 5.

Roger remains the GOAT forever!!


mat4 Says:

Novak just wasn’t lose enough. He knew that the court won’t favour him, but he had to start hitting flat after the first set, to change direction, to search for angles.

I suspect that he was emotively flat, just like he is often after difficult draws and difficult victories. His body language was telling: no reaction, no emotions, nothing, but in one moment, in the fourth set. He didn’t go for his shots when he had the opportunity, didn’t take risks when he should. Just a real bad day.

But, then, what is here is here. He lost. It’s not the end of the world. He has already 8 slams, and that’s a lot. And the future is never what we think it will be.


Jeez Says:

Are the CROWD CHEERING or want to make

NOLE CRY ??

:-)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Standing ovation for Novak, rightly so. What a great champion. Unfortunate he had to bump into Stan today. But it would be a pity in tennis history if he does not win a FO.


brando Says:

@Emily: congratulations good lady! You’re guy was sensational and is a big match titan. Enjoy this win it was privilege to view such tennis.


Eric Says:

“And the future is never what we think it will be.”

Amen to that.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@eric actually I would say djokovic has been in 4 French finals as I think the 2013 semis count as a final plus that tremendous 2011 semi loss to federer.


brando Says:

Wow: a 30 year old won a grand slam on the slowest surface on tour. Evolution.


jalep Says:

Jane

Will take another break from posting tennis. Too sad at the moment. Will be thinking of you whenever I think tennis.

Happy for Stan, though. Proud of Nole as always. Gracious and classy.

Perhaps I stick with wta for awhile. ..


courbon Says:

Jane: Thank you.Heartbroken but Novak lost to an amazing player. It was outplayed, simple as that.Let me go to my hole and lick my wounds, speak to you soon.

Brando: Nice words and real tennis fan you are.

Jalep: As long this does not affect Novak too much, then we will be fine.Wimbledon next!


Navdeep Says:

Feeling bad for novak tbh. But next year he’ll be 29 and one must never forget that that clay is not his natural surface it’s hard, so with growing age it gets diffucult to adjust on other suraces. Not comparing nole and sampras, nole is way better but saying that nole could end up like sampras, one of the goat with the fo.


van orten Says:

Djoker beat the king and the new king of clay is stan???!!!!! Überperformance .


Rick Says:

Nole is “The New Robin Soderling”! Beating Rafa on his bad days at Roland Garros. But only get his arse kicked in the final! haha


Navdeep Says:

Feeling bad for novak tbh. But next year he’ll be 29 and one must never forget that that clay is not his natural surface it’s hard, so with growing age it gets diffucult to adjust on other suraces. Not comparing nole and sampras, nole is way better but saying that nole could end up like sampras, one of the goat without the fo.


Giles Says:

Karma!!


jane Says:

hugs jalep. please come back some time soon.


courbon Says:

Congrats to Emily ( I think only Wawa fan here?).He deserved this win, played with the heart


Patson Says:

Congrats to Stan. He was the better player.

Just feeling a bit bummed right now but that’s tennis. It will take a while to shake it off.

Will always be happy for Nole’s achievements. He’ll be back next year.

Enjoy it Stan! You deserve it.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

What an irony, the player who beat the second best clay court player of our era (Roger) has beaten the player who beat the best clay court player of our era (Nadal).


mat4 Says:

@jane, jalep, WB…

Don’t be sad, and we don’t need commiserations. Novak made the final, and that’s a great result!
He’s still the number one, and there are two slams left this year. He played well so far, he will continue to play well, and with a little bit of luck, won another slam.

The glass is half full, not half empty. Just think about those players who lost in the semi, or QF, after a big fight, after they gave all they had.

@jalep:

I’ll take your word for that hug…


Eric Says:

courbon, not the only one–I’m a Stan fan too. :)


Colin Says:

Did Stan write “separation works” on the camera lens?


Rick Says:

Nole shouldn’t be discourage by his defeat this year. Because won “The New Robin Soderling” award! That is even better, because he is the first to be crowned with this award! haha


chris ford1 Says:

Very tough loss for Nole. I am proud of him that he shows such fine character and grace at the end of such a big match for him, that didn’t go his way. His warmth and praise of Stan, you know, was from the heart and genuine. Making Stan’s victory moment all the better, because it was the time to be all about the Swiss champion’s victory, and not about his own disappointment.
True sportsmanship.


courbon Says:

Eric-then you must be very happy!After 3rd set, when deep inside I knew that Novak will loose, I deflated but watched and admired Stans shots, his attack and courage.He was fabulous!


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I’ll retire a few days too. I have to travel but I’ll have a look at those pages and say hello whenever I can.

BTW, great match of Wawa. I was very impressed, and the fact that he dominated since the second set made this pill less bitter to swallow.

What makes it difficult, is that Novak didn’t play his best. He didn’t fought the way we are used to.

But this season could still go like 2011. So far, the only important loss, just like then, was in four sets against a Swiss.


sienna Says:

the suisse masterplan…. they are disecting this joker dude with tagteam precision.

i feel the same will happen in alle few weeks at wimbly in reverse order.


brando Says:

@Courbon: thanks for my man. Commiserations to you my cyber friend. I feel and understand your pain(Nadal AO14′). But if it’s any consolation: your guy fought like a lion. Left it all out there. He just lost to a guy who I said pre and post match: would beat even Nadal. This was a sensational performance that was too tough to beat for anyoneI feel. Credit to novak: very good was not enough to beat him. ONLY something outrageously outstanding. Have heart though my friend: nole is young, he’s a lion and he’ll keep knocking on that door and one day he’ll be a champion. Privilegedto have seen such a match and BOTH players are jewels in tennis crowns. My applause and appreciation is for both.


Bob Lewis Says:

Congratulations to Stan, he was awesome the entire tournament. Nole, your fans still love you!


pitchaboy Says:

As I said here four days ago, Novak did not win this and he is by no means the “most complete player ever” as some fanatics said here. But for the disputed line call in the first set, Stan would have blown him out in three sets. Having said that, I believe the wind picking up speed in the second set ruined Novak’s chances.


chris ford1 Says:

Nirmal – When the careers of all three end, there is no doubt about who the best clay player of the early 2000s was. Who was the second best is still to be decided.
It, of course, is not as simple as counting clay Slams won. And assigning Roger and Stan co-2nd best on being able to fully exploit good draws at Roland Garros and get their 1 win. You have to consider the other clay events, winning percent on clay, who were the only 2 players, and I don’t mean Roger and Stan – to seriously challenge Rafa on the surface.


andrea Says:

omg! just saw the score! way to go stan!!!!!


pitchaboy Says:

Fed made to 4 or 5 FO finals and won one of them, easy draw or not. He is the second best player on that surface of the last decade by a distance.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

chris – I understand you are quite disturbed. Take rest.


Bob Lewis Says:

Playing three straight days hurt Novak, just like it hurt Federer. The ugly muggy friend drained him just enough. Maybe the pressure got to Nole too. All credit to Stanimal, of course.

Another observation: beating Rafa was nice. But that means so little right now. It’s not the same as actually winning the tournament, which is what tennis is all about. Getting seven wins is very difficult. Winning career slam, nevermind Grand Slam, is also not so easy. Having a long winning streak, as we saw with Kentucky in college basketball, also adds to the pressure.

This will be tough to move on from, but he must. Nole has done a good job putting tough losses behind him. But I must say I’m happy for Stan. This is such a legacy boost for him.

Now it’s time for the grass. Wimbledon will be very fun. Can Nole respond, or maybe a young gun will surprise? And obviously Federer is very much in the mix and wants this title badly. Or maybe Stan wins another, who knows.

Go Nole Go!


Tennisfan Says:

Mcenroe goes and asks Stan about being in Roger’s shadow. No one else felt the need to bring him up. I have never seen a more asinine reporter!


courbon Says:

Brando:He did fought-could fight bit more but like you said-he is human.And I’m ,in peace if he never wins RG as long he wins more slams, regardless which…Easier said then done.But we have now Murray and Stan in the top form also. And most likely Nadal will be back to full strenght by US Open.Fed is dark horse these days.It will be interesting year for sure


Daniel Says:

Well, iF Stan can win at 30, so can Nadal and so can Novak, so Novak has at least 2 more chances. The problem is if he was so tense today and faced an opponent on his best day, what can happen next year when he issuance in the final, it just gonna get harder.

Now he better take some weeks off, maybe not even play a grass tune up and go for Wimbledon as last year, ready to make a move. It’s not the end of the world and it still has a lot of tennis left to be played.

Go to his baby boy receive one of those baby smiles and focus what really matters in life:-) There is going to be other opportunities as long as he puts himself in contention.

This adds extra drama to the season and next encounters because now he has a real rival for this season big titles, Stan may not take #1 and win a lot of titles but every time he plays Novak now will be dramatically, who wold have though that not even Fed, Nadal or Murray but Stan is now his main fool in slams (beating him last year AO and this year RG).


Gordon Says:

Today was a perfect example of why the matches are played sometimes someone emerges and does the unexpected. It would be pretty boring otherwise.

Wawrinka has now probably secured his place in the Tennis Hall of Fame, no?


Emily Says:

@courbon, thanks and while a lot of posters here respect Stan, he doesn’t always get as much love as other players. It’s been such a slow burn that it can seem like he came out of nowhere, and he had a lot of hard losses to get to these victories. Magnus has helped him so much and ironically losing that 4th round match in AO 2013 may be the reason he got his game to the point where he can win multiple grand slams.

Congrats to Novak and he deserved that ovation. He was so gracious and I think he will definitely win this tournament. I knew that Stan was probably the worst case scenario for him b/c they’ve had so many close matches and he can hit him off the court.

It’s also satisfying b/c he won the FO as a junior and this is probably more meaningful then winning the AO. He seems to like playing in France since thats where he won the Davis Cup as well, even if he has been hassled by the French crowds.

I really do want to congratulate the Novak fans and he’s going to have a great year. I know they’re great friends and I wish Nole nothing but the best.


SG1 Says:

Stan is the MAN!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This match shows me why as a tennis fan I have been missing Del Potro and Soderling. These powerful hitters can change the course of a match dramatically and add so much drama to the tournament.


SG1 Says:

The kind of controlled power that Stan can unleash makes him a threat against anyone.


chris ford1 Says:

pitchaboy – Rogers feats on clay are pretty much done. Let’s see what the stats look like when Djokovic is done as well.


Zozza Says:

Stan out hit Djokovic
Game over
Stan can beat anyone if he plays like this
Too much firepower


Humble Rafa Says:

Good to see a family loving, patriotic Swiss win a grandslam for a change.

Still, no FO for you, Mr. Egg Lover. Think over that between your stress induced toilet breaks and medical breaks.


sienna Says:

they cant win when 30 because…….

single handed backhand. that gives Stan more time and he needs that for lacking fysigue.
so big reason djoker is not clayslamwinner at 30.


Thangs Says:

Nole doesn’t like variety in games.. he needs someone who doesn’t change angles….Wawrinka, Del Potro, Dimitrov are some of them who can really make Nole out of comfort zone..

8 Slams, 8 Runnerups..Not a bad resume.


sienna Says:

Roger atleast was able to take his window opportunity.

How about them apples?

losing to Stan in final doesnot bode well for wanting to overtake Federer on clay. Pretty stupid to claim something like that just after a big loss.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mcenroe goes and asks Stan about being in Roger’s shadow

The Best Backhand in Switzerland is a better player than Mr. Lady Forehand. Just for the record. Both have 2 grandslam titles.


courbon Says:

Emily-it is your day and future looks bright for your man. Enjoy the moment! (-:


the DA Says:

Wow, what a final that was. Not fond of the guy at all but I have to credit Wawa for being relentless, especially with that blistering BH. There seems to be a curse on those who knock out Rafa (only to be beaten by a Swiss in the final). At least Nole got the warmth from the crowd that he so craves. There’s plenty of time to get RG: Commiserations Jane, Wog Boy, Courbon.

Now on to the grass season. I can’t wait – it just became *very* interesting. Unbelievable field at Queens next week. All I’ll say is that I think there’s going to be a new No. 2 around the time of Cincy/USO ;)


Markus Says:

This win should put it in Stan’s head that his best can beat anyone and give him more confidence to win a few more slams. Congratulations to Stan! I feel bad for Djokovic because each year that passes makes the French title more elusive. That is probably why this loss must hurt more than the others.


the DA Says:

“The Best Backhand in Switzerland is a better player than Mr. Lady Forehand. Just for the record. Both have 2 grandslam titles.”

LOL. So predictable. Best backhand needs another slam or some more Masters titles (like, 9 more) + a better record vs top 3 first.


Daniel Says:

Chrisford,

Yes, we don’t know what future holda but as of right now, Fed is the more acomplished player on clay because he has a RG title. If Novak beats Nadal next year for Mc, Madrid and Rome and lose to somebody at RG and never win it Fed’s results will be greater. You can spon in your head anyway you want but what matters is Roland Garros. Ask Fed and ask Wawrinka now. Do you think he cares that he didn’t reach a single RG final this year, no. Because whatatter is by the end of clay season who is holding the Slam?! Him.

I really hope Djoko donget his RG in the future, maybe even more than 1. But right now Fed and Wawrinka are more acomplosjed than him. I ber henwould trade all hos clay masters for this single title anytime.

A lot of tenhis to be played and he needs to win one of the next two Slams. I am hopong for a second US Open.


KatH Says:

Sorri for Novak fans Emily and others – but Stan was on fire so congratulations to his fans – sadly haven’t seen many here…..maybe wrong, but so many people have commented I couldn’t take it all in…however, the match was stunning.

Where does this put Stan ranking wise? (I could wait until Monday – thought someone might know?).

Not to take anything away from Stan – but maybe having to play 3 days can diminish anyone’s stamina ie Nole’s – even though the final with Murray took only a little over 1 hour, it should not be cannot be regarded as match practice – the competitive stress was still there.

Ah well – onwards to GRASS.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Missed yer! What sort of an excuse is “work?” ;)
Am going to Queens Monday and Tuesday. Of course hoping to see Andy but, as you say, amazing field.
Have also got ticket for men’s quarters at Wimbledon, where again I hope to see Andy :)


Emily Says:

@KatH, I’m one of the longtime Stan fans and you’re right that there aren’t many (which will hopefully change soon).

Stan will now go up to #4, but I don’t know what his seeding will be at Wimbledon, but he did make the quarters last year.

One request, no asterisks on this win. Stan had to play a 4 hour match in the 90 degree heat against the crowd favorite on Friday and beat Federer in straights. If Novak doesn’t say it was a factor, I’m not going to be looking for reasons for the loss other than Stan played better.

I guess those hideous shorts were lucky, but I hope he puts them back in the closet


courbon Says:

DA: Thanx.Yep, your man looks very good!


elina Says:

Commiserations to courbon, Jane, who and Jalep.

Nole already the second best clay court player of active players. Such a class act in defeat today. He will get the career slam on of these days.

He’s too good not to.

Just goes to show what Nadal has achieved to win nine.


Giles Says:

Zozzaazeezo. What was it you were saying about Djokovic??


Snowbird Says:

@Emily, You are not the lone Stan fan on here, I’m one also. I’ve always liked Stan but it’s difficult to be his fan as he’s so up and down. Look what happened at Rome when he faced Federer. He lost that point on his wild FH and then went away. Also at the WTF. He let some hecklers get under his skin. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure him out.

I’m so happy for Stan right now and hope he can consolidate this win with a good showing at Wimbledon and not go away for the rest of the season.


courbon Says:

Thanx Elina


the DA Says:

@Margot – Lucky you. I’m going to have to try to hop over to Queens or Wimbledon one of these years – sooner rather than later. Enjoy and yell “come on” or “get in” for me a few times ;)


madmax Says:

That was an emotional ceremony.

OMG. Nole. What do you do to me with those tears, with that hug at the net, those eyes filmed over with mist. I can’t bear it.

The crowd really showed their appreciation for Novak. Because he is such a class act. Emotional on the court, he plays with his heart and soul. He is then gentleman of every player when it comes to losing.
And let’s face it, he has n’t had to experience that feeling for quite a while.

The match was out”stan”ding. It really was.

I have to say that back hand of Stan’s should be bottled, pocketed and sold to the higheset bidder!

What an incredible shot.

Well done to the underdog. No one predicted that win. Not the commentatotrs, not anyone here – it was totally shocking to think that Novak could lose to Stan.

Just goes to show.

A great day for tennis today. Another guy in the mix and in his 30s to boot!

Viva la 30s!


KatH Says:

Emily – Absolutely no asterisks – Only when someone has spent a year recovering from a major illness/surgery and needs time to get back/and is mocked.

Stan is one of my 3 favourites…

In the case of Nole, Amelie said something about him being nervous – and somebody else said something derogatory re. an Hour’s match with Andy was nothing more than a normal practice – apologies if this seemed to negate Stan’s stunning play.

It was a 5-star match and the Winner deserved to win.


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH hi who is number 2 favorite?…


KatH Says:

Oh Margot – I am so jealous. I’d post you my crystals but I know you won’t need them (just in case I don’t want to tempt fate – I’ll keep them at the handy).


KatH Says:

Happy Chick

U may chuckle but it is Gael Monfils. I just love his antics.


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH no not at all,i love him too,Rafas my favorite,Andy second,Kie third,love Gael and Jo,and Fabio well im that shallow just looking at him makes me go weak at the knees,good player to watch too when he sets his mind to it,but too much of a head case,cant stand Gulbis,Raonic,Isner are nice guys but have games that leave me feeling cold….


Okiegal Says:

I didn’t get to see the match after first set, church today…..but WOWZER. I did not see this coming. I thought Novak had this one. I will try to catch a replay. Have read all of the comments and Stan must have been playing out of his mind today. Stan is a hard guy to read. Hope he can continue his surge. He didn’t after his last slam win.

@Snowbird an Elina…..Congrats to you both! That is so exciting for fans for your fav to win.

So sorry for Jane, Courbon and all the other Novak fans with the exception of Mat4…..He didn’t want “sorry”. I will honor his wish… :)

The “burden” of being #1 in the world has the added pressure. The odds makers had him winning it…..Well, almost everyone did. As one poster said Stan had nothing to lose, so he could go all out and he did. Happy for him! Hope he keeps it up because tennis needs contenders week in and week out and not just once in awhile. I seriously doubt we see DelPo again….so sad for him. He was making everyone stand up and take notice…..short lived.

On to grass……there’s still a specialist on that stuff who is #2 in the world!! Should be some interesting developments to take place!!


elina Says:

Okiegal, Stan is not my favourite.

Believe it or not, it is Lamonf. Sigh.

He has such raw talent, exuberance and unmatched personality.

(Strangely I also am a big fan of Andy Murray!)

The heart wants what it wants I suppose.

At least Stan fans get the occasional win.


elina Says:

KatH and I will have to start Le club LaMonf!!!


jalep Says:

Thanks elina,
Means a lot coming from you ;)

Don’t think Nole or Stan are your favorites, if I remember you correctly.

Another thing before I forget. Had forgotten Cuevas first name was pablo. Could not think why you brought him up in the context of radiohead :D put it down to my being too obtuse. Took me a day or more thinking about it lol..

If you would have said Andujar would have caught it immediately! He is Pablo Honey.


elina Says:

jalep, I put Nole right up there with the best who’ve ever played tennis.

It was a shock for me that he didn’t win. He deserves to some day.

He finds every way to improve mentally and physically.

He has raised the level of the game along with all former great champions.

My favourite quote (translated) in Nole’s post-match speech to the crowd was:

“There are some things more important in life than victories, like character and respect. Stan, you have those.”

If only all runner-up players could show so much class and grace.

Nole knows the definition of success. A true champion and sportsman.


jalep Says:

Special congrats to Emily. St animal was unstoppable. Great fight and win for him. No asterix.

Now if that new kid who won FO junior champ last year at age 16 can go on to be a future great clay court champion…Andrey Rublev. Too soon to tell.


elina Says:

Ah, of course! Andujar! Should have known.


KatH Says:

Elena – “The Would You Believe Fan Club”?????????????? — It’s late, otherwise my literally skills might – just might/(might not) – come up with something more catchy…..


jalep Says:

Thanks for telling me what Nole said, elina. I was listening, knew he was being gracious in defeat.

Wish I could be confident Nole will win the FO. But it won’t be easy the longer he has to wait. Would forfeit all other GS for that special ONE – the missing puzzle piece. (Puzzle pieces falling into place – great song. Radiohead Rainbows)


Okiegal Says:

@Elina…..Oh, I’m sorry, it’s Emily…..Well both names started with an “E”…..please forgive. I read so many different posts on here I get all screwed up!

@Emily, should have said congratulations to you too!
I know you’re a happy camper right now! Stan must have been amazing today. Good luck to him the rest of the year. If he meets Rafa, he needs to ease up on my guy, however!! Lol. :)


elina Says:

Love In Rainbows @jalep. May be my fav. I was lucky to see them live when they toured that one.

No worries @okiegal. Congrats to @emily also. Stan was outstanding.

Should have known it would be a fight after how he dismantled Roger.


jalep Says:

Reckoner. ..best radiohead song ever? Also love house of cards, weird fishes. Lucky you!


jalep Says:

If Contador wins Giro-Tour double, swear I will die happy in the end.


SG1 Says:

Novak is a classy champion. He’s felt the glory and victory and agony of defeat equally often. I was completely impressed with how he greeted Stan at the net after what was a heart wrenching loss. Novak is not generally a player I pull for but he is a consummate sportsman and someone who clearly garners the respect of his peers.

As several above have already said, I also believe his time at RG will come around. He still had a few years left to get it done and just too damn good from the back court to not get this tournament figured out.


Snowbird Says:

@Okie, thanks for the good wishes. Actually, Stan is one of my faves. I hesitate to say this here, but Rafa is my No.1 fave followed by DelPo, Fed, Stan and Fabio in no specific order. I also root for Sock, Carreno Busta, Thiem and Dolgo.

BTW, congrats to you and myself on American Pharoah’s win. That was awesome. I had mentioned that he has the potential to be another Secretariat because of his stride, but he was not not close. Secretariat won the Triple crown and lead by 31 lengths in the last race. Pharoah only won by 2 lengths, but was enough to do the job. He stopped the 37-year drought. Both Victor Espinosa and Pharoaah were the winners in that race. Did you see Secretariat’s 93 year-old owner, Penny Chenery, in the stands? I saw the movie Secretariat. I was not born at the time Secretariat won, but my Dad, an avid horse-racing fan, told me about that beautiful horse. Perhaps the networks may show the Secretariat movie now that there is another winner. Watch it if you get the chance to see it.

This weekend has been a very good one for me, as both Pharoah and Stan were winner. I got something to cheer about.


SG1 Says:

And for what its worth, he’s no longer the Best Backhand in Switzerland. He’s Switzerland’s best player. Federer is obviously a greater player than Stan but at this point in time, Stan is better than him (…though not on grass where Federer has the clear edge).

As we head to the grass court season, this is, as I see it anyway, Federer’s last chance to win a major. Let’s see how it all plays out. I expect some inspired stuff from him at Wimbledon. Perhaps a Sampras-like ending?


SG1 Says:

And if there are any folks left wanting to put an asterisk on Stan’s 2014 AO, let today be a message…..There are no fluky GS wins.


Michael Says:

I do not think Novak will have any regrets losing to Stan on a day he was completely outplayed in all departments of the game. The flurry of never ending winners from Stan’s quiver pierced Novak’s impregnable defence and at one time, when he was losing a majority of points in 4 + stroke rallies, in a sign of clear desperation, Novak had to change his strategy and rush to the net, an option which is not natural for him as well as where he is uncomfortable. He was of course passed with ease or had to find the net unable to counter the angle and pace of the ball.

With this win, Stan has shown that his Australian open was not a flash in the pan and he is a Grand slam material. To the relief of players like Roger and Rafa, Stan has blossomed late. If he had shown this kind of a form in yester years, I am sure the Fedal would have fewer Grand slams than they possess now. The enemy and nemesis of this wonderful player is his inconsistency which has played spoilsport throughout his career. Remember this man lost in the first round of this Tournament last year.


mat4 Says:

@Okie:

No need to be sorry for me. It’s sport. Wawa lost 17 times to Novak and no one was sorry for him. So, that is what it is.


danica Says:

Let me congratulate Stan’s fans here as well: I managed to catch the names of Emily, Eric and Snowbird. A well and completely deserved win for your guy, some amazing, unbelievable tennis from him. Now if he could only keep it up, this tennis season would be very interesting. Job well done!


calmdownplease Says:

`It’s a shame that when Novak is playing Andy, he seems to forget that he is allowed to finish the match in three instead in 4/5 sets;)`

I think you’ll find that if they meet on grass, it’s probably Andy with the straight sets W, not Novak.
I’ve seen enough to believe he is on the verge of a major peak come the grass, his natural surface…`
Congrats to Stan, yet again it played out in his favour, a very lucky player but given his level a still deserving winner.
Well, It’s been fun RG (for once), but now the REAL fun starts! :)


Okiegal Says:

@Mat4 @ 12:50…….You make a great point!! Just didn’t want to leave the loyal fan that you are out of my post. My way of bringing you in while actually trying to leave you out…..that absolutely makes no sense! Lol. Anyway, on to grass! Good luck there…..and I’m sure you’re wishing me the same??
NOT!! Lol Have a good week, Mattie!


Okiegal Says:

@Snowbird…..The race was very exciting. I did see
the Chenery lady in the stands. The movie was on TV last week. I have seen the movie….excellent! Loved it. I too am a Rafa first and like Andy 2nd. DelPhi was player I liked to watch but bless his heart he’s had a rough go at staying healthy….such a talent. I feel so sorry for him. How he comes back, but it looks bleak, imo. Grass is next…..I’m excited for another sur-frace (Rafa lingo)….. Lol Have a good week, my fellow Rafa fan!


Okiegal Says:

^^^ Should read….hope he comes back….not how


Emily Says:

Thanks to everyone for the nice words. Everyone here is as classy as Novak’s words to Stan in his runner-up speech. It’s a nice coincidence that some of us were discussing a few days ago how much better it is to support someone for a long time through the ups and downs, b/c the wins mean so much more. Seeing Stan’s picture in my morning newspaper put a massive smile on my face.

Wimbledon will be very interesting now and I think any of the big 4 has a chance. So much is up in the air and good luck to all the fans here. Sorry Okie, but as much as I like Rafa and believe he will still have a good year, if he plays Stan, I have to support my fave.


Okiegal Says:

@Emily….Fair enough…..we love who we love! Andy is my second fav….so if Andy faces Stan……I will pull out all the stops for the Scot!! :) Stan beat the #1 of the world…..Wow, just wow!!

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