Rafael Nadal v Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In Friday Monte Carlo QF Play
by Staff | April 14th, 2016, 8:54 pm
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The final eight are set at the first Masters clay event of the season. With Novak Djokovic out in a shock upset, the field is wide open with two former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka squaring off.

Nadal has won 14 of 17 against Wawrinka (including their first 12) but the Swiss has won three of their last five. On clay, Nadal is ahead 5-1.

“Stan, he’s always very dangerous opponent and he’s a great player,” said Nadal. “I know when he’s playing well, it’s difficult to stop him because he’s able to hit so hard the ball from every part of the court. He’s able to serve so good, too.

“We’ll see. Will be a tough one. I only can think about myself. I have to continue the same way as today, fighting for every point, playing with my strategy. We’ll see if I am able to play like today or maybe a little bit better.”

Nadal has won Monte Carlo eight times and this marks his 12th straight quarterfinals at the event. Wawrinka won the title in 2014. This is Wawrinka first Top 10 test of the year.

Four-time finalist Roger Federer resumes his comeback and bid for a first Monte Carlo title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer, who hasn’t lost a set in his return from knee surgery this week, leads the Frenchman 11-5. Tsonga won their most recent encounter at 2014 Toronto. Federer won their only Monte Carlo meeting in three sets also in 2014.

“I like his game. I like his power, his capacity to move forward with his forehand,” Federer said. “I’ve seen wonderful matches of him against the best players, and also against me.”

Andy Murray is also after his first Monte Carlo crown. The Scot has won his last three matches against Milos Raonic to lead 4-3, including a 5-set thriller in the Australian Open semifinals.

“He serves obviously very well,” said Murray. “It’s a good test for me. Maybe didn’t play my best today or in the first match. But by fighting and getting through, it gives me an opportunity to play better tomorrow and test myself against one of the best players in the world. It’s a good position to be in.”

And Gael Monfils continues to climb up the ranks against lucky loser Marcel Granollers. However, Monfils, a semifinalist at Monte Carlo a year ago, has lost his last three to the Spaniard.

FRIDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE
COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)


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134 Comments for Rafael Nadal v Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In Friday Monte Carlo QF Play

anki Says:

Rafa will beat Stan comfortably, Fed, Murray,Monfils all to advance to the SF’s. Fedal final hopefully.


funches Says:

Wawrinka looked pretty good against Simon, who had looked pretty good in his first two matches.

If focused Stan shows up, he can win.

If disinterested Stan shows up, it will be a quick match.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

In the past, I would have said any match on clay is Rafa’s to lose. Now, I think this is on Stan’s racquet. If he has a great day, he will win. Rafa is not going to be pulling the miracle defense of old, when he could run down any ‘winner’. But, like Odysseus, Rafa may not be the strength which once moved heaven and earth but… he’s still pretty damn good.

Surprised Tsonga has such a good record against Fed actually. This should be a great match. As well, Raonic had the carpet pulled under him against Andy recently. If he’s 100% healthy, this will be a hell of a fight. If its close, my money’s on Milos. I think he’s stronger mentally. However, although he’s shown some mettle on clay in the past, his 2016 style is so net-heavy, you have to wonder how he can move onto clay.


jane Says:

when is the last time rafa and fed played – last year at basel i guess, where fed won, but it was close – three sets. other than that, rafa managed to avoid fed the entire time he played under edberg, and has played him just twice since fed switched his racquet at the beginning of 2014. by contrast novak and fed have played 15 times through 2014 until AO 2016. so a rafa vs fed final would be interesting in this case, although fed just had surgery and edberg is now out of the picture. but i think it might be harder to call right now. of course they both have to get there first and guys like stan, murray and tsonga might have something to say about it.


J-Kath Says:

A conflict of choice for me on Who I Want To Win today – there’s Tsonga and Monfils and Stan and Rafa – what a quandary…..

Of course there’s Andy –toes and fingers crossed for him – not looking good at all. c’est la vie!


Okiegal Says:

JK…..you can’t give up on Andrew…..he has an uncanny way of turning things around. Now Rafa is a different story. I remember once in the presser after a loss hee said I started out playing bad and ended up playing worse…..Rafa does have a way with words!😱😱😱 Oh my!!


Okiegal Says:

Rafa seems to have his fighting spirit back……he hung tough and saved 15 of 17 break points…..I guess it’s the “clay” confidence kicking in!! That Thiem kid is a very good player and I see a great future for him…..moving on up…..he was all over the court returning everything Rafa threw at him. It was a good match…exciting deuce games…..


Green Lady Says:

Okie /J-Kath i was really happy with the mental fortitude that Rafa and Andy both showed yesterday, and i wont give up on either ….


Okiegal Says:

Me too GL! I was so proud of them!!


Okiegal Says:

Andy put the stoppers on the big man today! Wow, that was a quick one! Good job Andy.

@Margot….it is safe to come out from behind the sofa! Lol


Colin Says:

I wasn’t able to watch the match, but I followed the score, and noted that after a lengthy first service game Andy got into his stride.

Rainic didn’t serve any aces. Was his service action affected by injury? I know Andy’s a good returner, but still…


Okiegal Says:

@Colin….you are gonna be in trouble….you spelled Milos last name incorrectly….Wog is on point….ask Green Lady, if you doubt me !! Lol


Green Lady Says:

Vami dont know which thread to put this on, but here goes, i have actually called out that particular poster amongst others for racism many times on this forum, and for the record your two fellow fans that you were so quick to defend, are not exactly saints when it comes to racism /sexism either, to quote the footballer,when Kerber played Williams, it was come on Angie beat the cow ! ,also to quote the Taxi Driver, are Nadal /Monaco, Wawarinka / Federer having sexual relations ?, as it might be why they have lost form, i called him out and he called me h***phobic, but you defended your friends without actually knowing that they are also less than perfect, your a bit too quick to jump to conclusions sometimes ….


Daniel Says:

Checked results and Andyhad no trouble with Raonic, was he feeling any issue, becuase aguy with his serve don’t hit a single ace out of 7 service games is odd?


Honfleraise Says:

Margot: I do hope you were watching Andy this morning.

It was quite an eye opener!


Giles Says:

Understand Raonic is carrying a thigh injury.


J-Kath Says:

Hi GL, Okie, Honfleraise – I like what you’ve said about Andy….just back for lunch didn’t see it. As Margot said she wasn’t going to watch either. So it rather looks like 2 of Andy’s fans on Tennis X should never again watch him play. We’ve been ex-communicated as of now…….

Nadal v Stan now……good luck.


Daniel Says:

Too many UE from Wawa. Of to work, checking scores later.


Colin Says:

Oh dear, I make a lot of spelling errors these days, and the trouble is I don’t spot them, even when I read through before posting, which I always do. At least I didn’t spell it Roanic, which you’ll see quite often.

But I still want to know if Milos (Molis?)was unfit. Somebody tell me.

Green Lady, I think you are over sensitive. Calling a woman a cow is merely a coarse tag for a woman one dislikes, and is nothing to do with race. If anybody had used the word “monkey” it would be racist, of course. In my far from humble opinion, as I have said repeatedly, Serena Williams IS a cow!


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath cheers, im watching the match now, and im getting so irritated with the commontators, that like to keep reminding us, about how much hes struggling, loss of confidence, cant beat Novak blahdy blah grrr ….


Green Lady Says:

Colin fair enough on the Serena bit, but you missed the point, being a poster calling a poster out for something,yet giving another a big thumbs up, without realizing they are also guilty of the exact same thing smacks of hypocrisy, people should get their facts straight, before being so quick to accuse one and defend another ….


Markus Says:

Tennis commentators on TV are the worst commentators in all of sport especially in the USA because they are always very biased and they even seem to flaunt that. Just focus and enjoy the actual match. Nadal is playing impeccably. His fans can start feeling happy again.


Markus Says:

Green Lady, in a way, it’s true Nadal can’t beat Djokovic because the latter is already out. :-)


Green Lady Says:

Markus lol cheers ;-) ….


Margot Says:

@Kath
Yep, I think we’ve cracked it, In future you, me and RZ must not watch another Andy match. Obviously Honfleraise is allowed to…And a big hello you darling.
@tennis Vagabond
How much did you lose?…;)


Green Lady Says:

Now i realize why my late father used to put the TV on mute when watching football matches, the tennis commies are just as bloody irritating ….


nits Says:

Nadal serving for match


Green Lady Says:

YAY Vamos Rafa ;-)) ….


nits Says:

Rafa wins in a better way today. Hope he continues in the same fshion


Okiegal Says:

Rafa lookin’ mo betta!!

🐂🐂🐂🐂🐂


Michael Says:

I think Rafa will go all the way to win Monte Carlo sailing with the confidence of his comfortable win against Wawarinka. I see no challenger worthy to best him. With Novak gone, Rafa must surely be breathing easy and eyeing his Trophy No.10.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Well done.


J-Kath Says:

Well done Rafa….like the fact that you are almost back to being invincible…but a little slippage would be OK if you meet Andy…because he too needs his confidence back.


nits Says:

Tennis right now need rafa & andy to step up or someone else to step up to make it more interesting. I had high hopes for Raonic this year but on clay i don’t think he can be a major force on grass maybe. On clay i see future for Theim.
@ J- Kath Rafa is no way near invincible only yesterday he gave so many break points


nits Says:

It seems getting Djokovic out of tournament makes tennis more intresting.


Michael Says:

If he wins Monte Carlo, that will do Nadal’s confidence a World of good and he needs this booster quite badly to rediscover the form that has deserted him. But, these are Clay courts and there Rafa is a different animal altogether although of late he has appeared vulnerable even in his favourite surface.

Nevertheless, it is a good augury for Rafa ahead of Rolland Garros where he has almost reigned supreme and invincible.


Pauly Says:

Wawrinka didn’t show up
But great win for Nadal
He must win Monte Carlo for confidence to grow
This is great chance to build for number 10 Roland garros
Good luck


Daniel Says:

It willbe a great test for Murray to play Nadal now. Last ime they played on clay was Madrid final when Murray was in his new found clay run. Than he lost to Novak in 5 in Garros.

Now he is becoking very dificult to beat on clay. Should be am interesting match.

Fed is leading set 1. Hope he continues tis form


Daniel Says:

Fed broke to close the ser but is facing triple
BP now opening second set.


Honfleraise Says:

Margot. Didn’t know you had made a pact not to watch.

Obviously I would like to see Rafa go all the way but having incurred the wrath and ire of the manic Rafans for being a promisuous fan I am careful what I put in writing. lol.

But it is good to see them both on an upward path.

Couldn’t agree more about the sycophantic commies. They couldn’t wait to write both Rafa and Muzza off so it’s good to hear the egg splattering in their faces.

😘😘😘


Daniel Says:

Fed’s forst serve percentage is awful this second set. he increase his points won on second serve which at one point was 33% but even so is below 50% and eventually Jo will break again


J-Kath Says:

Nits
I didn’t see the match but was going by what was said on this Thread plus a couple of articles. Yes
the break points Rafa gave yesterday….but sometimes a win is a win….I say that with feeling cause Andy was a collapsing package yesterday and he got thru and evidently improved today.

So who do you think will win as we go forward?


Daniel Says:

This set is gone, Fed needs at least to hold his serve down 1-5 to force Tsonga serve the set and start serving first third set, plus get rhytim on his serve again and increase first serve percentage. He drop to 41% in second set. that won’t do agaisnt top tenners


Daniel Says:

Talk too fast, Jo was 40-15 but Fed get one break back. Let’s see if he holds. Suddenly set not lost yet.


Vami Says:

@Green Lady
Please don’t worry; this is only a blog. Don’t take it too seriously or over-analyze things.

I don’t mind true fans when they talk nonsense as any true fans do that, it takes effort to fight emotions. What I can’t stand is haters. That particular racist you mentioned is not a Rafa fan (that’s secondary), he’s first and foremost a Novak hater, and an obsessive one. Since I started calling him out all my post await moderation but that tells me who runs this blog more than anything else.

I used to post occasionally (not often) under a different name. I got some ugly responses just because of the name, so I changed it to something meaningless. Posters here don’t know if I’m a guy or a girl, that works for me.

Again, no worries, everything is cool. I rarely even read all threads, usually only if I see something from mat4, wog boy, Daniel and a few others. Some of those posters are super smart, some are objective and some are just fun to read. I’m here because of those posters, not because of Sean.

For WB (if you see this); just for the record you’re in the super smart category :-)


Daniel Says:

Jo breaks again, they broke each other 4 out 8 times each serve, so they have a 50% chance of breaking serve, wta level😜
Jo serving for the set now.


Daniel Says:

Third set it is. Match more for Jo now, he is winning more easy on his serve while Fed struggled since last game he serve in first set.
he needs to serve better and take more advantage of Jo’s second serve. At one point Fed eas winning 67% of second serves point on return but now they are almost equal.

Has to hold serve now to open set as he lost 2 straight times he served. Stop the bleeding


Margot Says:

@Honfleraise
Not pact, happenstance….but beginning to wonder ….RZ is not allowed to watch whatever…;)
Same old, same old then.


skeezer Says:

Daniel,
Thanks for posting, not able to watch atm.


Daniel Says:

Fed not taling advantage of Jo’s second serve. He isnot serving great this set, below 40% but Fed is even on second points won. He should have taken this oportunity because if Jo increase his first serve he will be in trouble.


Daniel Says:

Well Fed definetlt improve his serve stats, lost only 4 points third set. Hope he can create more chances and Jo has a lapse in concentration now.


Daniel Says:

Me neither Skeeze, just checking scores and stats.


Daniel Says:

Jo first serve is imperius, Fed is winning few points. Looks like this set could go to a tiebreak.

Hope Fed holdsand Jo fee the pressure serving down 4-5.


Daniel Says:

Fed holds to love again, second straight game. He os pretty solid on serve, if Jo gives a few second he may have a shot to avoid breaker.


Daniel Says:

Damm, Fed was 12/13 on first serve but loss 3 points on it and double break for Tsonga. Think this is it, Jo will get this


Daniel Says:

Fed won more points on return the whole set but in the end will come short. First game Jo served was crucial, Fed had several second serves and could not capitulize.
Looks MC is not meant to be, thought he had a great chance to another final and once there who knows.


Van orten Says:

Rog is in Great Form. He will be fine rest of the season . Typical match vs Tsonga. No worries . He will be fine


elina Says:

Mo-Jo’s nerve a no-go trying to serve for the match.


Daniel Says:

0-30. Second serve now Jo!!


Daniel Says:

C’mon Fed, lost 2 straight second serves point when 15-30. Don’t want to force a breaker.


Van orten Says:

So Tsonga loses Tomorrow???


skeezer Says:

Thanks Daniel again. Looks like Tsonga took this one but it was a great test for Fed coming back for the first time from all this time off.


Daniel Says:

And Tsonga gets it reverting the score. Great win for him and will solidify as top 10 now.

Maybe he will have a run like Canada 2014.
For Fed at least he got some good wins. Now prepare for Madrid where the altitude help him more.

Cheering for Murray or Jo now. Actually Murray winning will have extra push for clay as I think Wawrinka won’t do much this clay season, he is getring more inconsistant by the day.

Nadal still favorite for the title


Wog Boy Says:

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..but finished like a bumblebee..


Wog Boy Says:

Vami,

Thanks :)


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
Oi….very fond of bumblebees…;)


RZ Says:

@Honfleraise – Andy won Wimbledon when I was out camping. I called his victory over a month before it happened as I knew I wouldn’t be able to watch or even get scores. Since then Margot will not let me watch him, although I’ve argued that I should be able to watch Davis Cup as I saw that in person against the US and Andy won there (as did James Ward). But she isn’t convinced.


lakie Says:

Fed is just coming back from injury. Also he is 34. I think Fed is truly remarkable. I do not think any other player could have held his own after turning 30 when three players 5 years or more younger were at their peak. It will be a sad day when Fed retires. A graceful and hugely talented player. Always great to watch him. A match between Fed and any of the Big 3 was always entertaining because of their different styles. The matches among the other 3 between themselves, not so much, even boring, especially between Djokovic and Murray. The most entertaining? Fedal matches.


Mg Mg Says:

@lakie

Same here.


lakie Says:

If only Fed in his peak years had chosen a coach for strategies against Nadal instead of just relying on his intuitive play (amazingly effective against everybody else), the h2h might have been less skewed. I think his intuitive play let him down against lefty Nadal.


Green Lady Says:

Vami thanks for the reply, your right maybe i do over analyse sometimes ….


Green Lady Says:

Lakie im guessing your a Federer fan, or have a soft spot for him, and also Nadal, or Djokovic, going by your posts ?? ;-)) ….


Daniel Says:

Monfils won easy, French semis which should be great. monfils defended his points from last year so he stays in top 20.


J-Kath Says:

RZ

Now I know the source of why you are not allowed to watch Andy…that wee Welsh lassie is pretty persuasive…she’s the one who orders all these turds and the like…so best to obey.


skeezer Says:

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..but finished like a bumblebee..”
And how did you fav finish……on a bicycle going out after playing one match.


Giles Says:

^^^ Lol


Daniel Says:

Tsonga will move to #7 regardless if he reaches final or not passing Berdych ans Ferrer.


jane Says:

missed them all, darn time-difference. but it looks like the fed-jo match was the only competitive match. that said, the semis could be really interesting: jo-will and la monf!! really want to see that, love the frenchies. and also it’ll be interesting to see andy vs rafa on clay again. last year andy beat him but it was madrid which plays faster. maybe he can do it here too?


elina Says:

Wog Boy, it is not difficult to summon The Rogerator. ;)


chrisford1 Says:

Lakie – “A match between Fed and any of the Big 3 was always entertaining because of their different styles. The matches among the other 3 between themselves, not so much, even boring, especially between Djokovic and Murray. The most entertaining? Fedal matches.:

——————
To each and all their own, but if you found Fedal matches the best, they were only good back in ancient memories. No fault of Rafa, he just ended up dominating Fed after 2007 and effectively ended that rivalry. Not even close matches for the most part since then.No wins in Slams against Rafa since 2007. The Nike PR Team, which touted the two when they met as clashes of near=equal Gods, slowly had to rewrite that narrative and alert the writers – once Nadal came to full form and able to beat Fed on all surfaces. The Nike narrative shifted to “Don’t worry who wins, be lucky you saw the 2 Greatest Ever play again, and you will always have Wimbledon 2008…

The two closest. most played rivalries in the Open Era have been with those two against Djokovic.
Maybe the highest quality.

I am with Wog Boy on gladiator matches. Yes it is nice when two guys of different styles play – ballerina with a forehand vs a speedy slugger, server vs. iron defense. But lots to be said for two guys with no quit in them going out and each knowing it is a war of heart and sinew and stamina and mental strength. Madrid 2009, Australia 2012, etc.


jalep Says:

Classy posts from lakie @ 10:58 & 10:53 on Fedal.


Green Lady Says:

Im pretty glad Andy, and especially Rafa came through their matches, in stress free ease, dont care if their matches were boring, or none competitive, so many of their matches lately have been frustrating nail biters, so nice for a change, to see both giving good quality opponents a good hiding, and i dont care that Raonic and Wawarinka were not at their bests or didnt show up, well thats their tough luck ! ….


skeezer Says:

“Wog Boy, it is not difficult to summon The Rogerator.”
Only cause he continually knocks the GOAT whenever he has a chance.
Jealous much?


chrisford1 Says:

With Novak out, the plot thickens. 2 Frenchies establishing they are dangerous on French Open-like clay this year. Another chance at a final hurrah for the fading Jo, a chance for 30 year old Monfils to get one big win in his career.
Andy gets to show he truly continues his 2015 progress to stop sucking on clay and be the clay player he was always capable of being on paper. Rafa can reassert he is back and a threat to the field and even Djokovic as the 2016 Clay season starts and builds to the FO.


Green Lady Says:

We never had a Rafa / Andy final in a GS, so you never know if there wouldve been an exciting final between those two, at the WTFs in 2010 they played an awesome match ! ….


J-Kath Says:

Good Comments Chrisford 1

Was surprised to hear that Fed. got booed twice today???!!!


jane Says:

here’s an interesting tidbit: “Raonic and Monfils are the only players to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo.”


RZ Says:

@Jane – that is interesting, especially Monfils!

I wonder if Raonic needs to take a couple of weeks off. His pattern for the year is to play well the first few rounds and then in the later rounds not be able to give it his all against the higher ranked players due to injury. Some rest might do him good.


RZ Says:

I missed this earliert his week but Mr. and Mrs. Djokovic are opening a restaurant in Monaco and some of the ATP players got a sneak preview. http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2016/04/yum-atp-pals-bite-djokovics-new-monaco-restaurant/58114/#.VxEnQ_krKWg


anki Says:

Rafa seems back to his best, he will be the favourite to win his 10th RG title. Andy was very good too, today, his best match of the year. This title is Rafa’s to lose now


jalep Says:

Betting sites for outright FO winner odds are around:
Djokovic 1.66
Nadal 4.50
no one else anywhere close…

But that’ll change if Rafa wins Monte Carlo — which I’m guessing he will.

Just hope Nole comes back strong and ready to fight for it. It’s almost more excitement than I can take right now 😨

According one a pie chart, Tsonga is a popular pick at 67.00. tho I wouldn’t. Must be French.


Green Lady Says:

Im not reading too much into what happens this week, i think it depends on how the other lead up tournaments pan out ….


Wog Boy Says:

“Wog Boy, it is not difficult to summon The Rogerator. ;)”

No elina, it is not difficult, thanks to The Keeper of St Roger Legacy on TX, all what you have to do is to finish his thoughts (sentences) ;)
You know the one I am talking about, no? The double faced one, one who says that Nole is his second favorite, but came out first to gloat and enjoy Nole’s defeat in the second round. He even beat Giles, his twin brother, the only difference between them is that Giles openly hates Nole and the other one is more sophisticated and camouflaged in doing the same.
Anyway, bumblebee can rest now after that “surgery” on his knee;)


jalep Says:

Rafa showed signs of returning to form last fall. Then Doha happened, AO loss, and a less than brilliant SA swing. Making the SF at IW was a big confidence boost – I didn’t expect him to beat Nole there. Disappointing how Rafa went out in Miami but clearly he’s rolling in confidence now! I’ve watched his MC matches.

That’s what I’m reading, GL. But I don’t blame you for being more cautious after suffering through 2015. I’ve just been more expecting this turnaround, of a few or at least a couple more good years, for him than not.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I’ve always felt that this part of the season would tell us the most about Rafa and how his year will go. No matter how well or poorly he’s done the rest of the year, the European clay swing has always been his domain and it’s where he’s built his confidence for the rest of the year.


Green Lady Says:

I think as Tennis Vagabond said earlier, Rafa can beat almost anyone still on clay, but i doubt he would have the legs to go five sets with Nole anymore, and as i said, i think its like Sharapova /Williams now, i think Rafa needs a favour, and for someone else to take out Nole for him, thats IMO ….


Wog Boy Says:

@JK,
Yes he was booed and earned the warning at the very end of match for hitting the ball in the crowd after one of few netted volleys, couldn’t quite digest defeat, not quite Edberg award winner like..


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy most unusual, BTW did you see my post on the other thread, wanted to say sorry if i offended you on the Vesely spelling comment ? ….


Matt Says:

“Rafa showed signs of returning to form last fall. Then Doha happened, AO loss, and a less than brilliant SA swing. Making the SF at IW was a big confidence boost – I didn’t expect him to beat Nole there. Disappointing how Rafa went out in Miami but clearly he’s rolling in confidence now! I’ve watched his MC matches.”

Not picking on Jalep or anyone, but I’m continually astounded by this odd fluidity of confidence with Nadal. Does he have bad months? Does he have some kind of condition? What gives? Is he just really a clay court specialist?

No other “champion” has played like this and been celebrated like this. The injury excuse is BS. This is a very strange case of sensitivity, or anxiety. . . Is he some kind of idiot savant?

And if you think I’m a hater, you’re feelings are hurt. I just want to hear someone rationally explain why his level is like a baby’s diaper – scary bad or crisp and clean.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

It’s only because he was distracted by the crowd….they shouldn’t have been so patriotic…so unfair.


J-Kath Says:

U with me Wogboy?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Of course I am with you:)


Wog Boy Says:

GL,

I wasn’t offended, it just happened that you were the last one in the line of majority of posters that spelled Vesely’s name wrong, it wasn’t directed at you when I said “you”, it was plural. I just thought it would be nice if people make little effort to learn somebody’s name, no biggie, no need to be sorry.

I was surprised when I came to live in Australia how people were keen to learn my name and pronounce it properly, I never anglosaxonized my name, it was no need, people are good here and down. The problem was that I had to learn their names too and I am awfully bad with names, particulary where I am coming from we call each other by nicknames or jusy”hey, how the f..ck are you”, and it is not disrespect, just the way it is. If you go and ask for me or my family in the suburb I lived, they wouldn’t have a clue who are you talking about, but if you give them my nickname (my family’s too) they would guide you stright to my house. So I had to learn here to call people by their proper names and it wasn easy..


chrisford1 Says:

So if I go to that Melbourne suburb and ask where the Wog Boy and his family lives, everyone would guide peopleto your house??
“Where are the Wogs, mate??”


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

I was talking about Belgrade not here, here nobody knows their next door, besides, I don’t live in Melbourne, I live in Sydney, SW, where drive by shooting is the major hobby of the locals, so mind your own business ..;)


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “SW” stands for southwest (Sydney)


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “so you mind your own business” should say


skeezer Says:

Visely.


jalep Says:

hahaha….Matt @ 5:22pm – I’m not hurt or insulted at all. Not sure if you are really asking something or venting/voicing your opinion.

Yes – an acute (temporary) crisis of confidence is my guess. Not at all a physical injury. Well, imo, a temporary inability to perform – which will be seen as a bad year for Rafa in retrospect. He’s playing close to vintage Rafa in confidence and swagger since IW. Did you see IW semi-final? Also convincing performances versus Thiem and Wawrinka in MC, imo, too. Rafa’s still 29 – so I think it’s premature to say he’s on a fixed downhill slide, as many have written.

Very soon I could be sorry for wishing him well and cheering for him because I’d like to see Nole win FO — this year preferably. I’m not a hard core Rafa fan that wants to see a return to his dominance of clay season. But I like Rafa around.

Daria Gavrilova and Madison Keys are contesting round one — Fed Cup play-off, Usa v Aus., on Tennis Channel – live from Brisbane.


Okiegal Says:

Didn’t see the Fed match……why was he booed?? I will Google on you tube later, because I am sure it will be on there in the at some point…..hitting balls into the stands is newsworthy, I suppose….
😱😱😱😱😱


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..I’m hardcore…..all the way….please don’t hold it against me!! 🐂🐂🐂🐂


jalep Says:

Okiegal:

😄🙈🙉🙊 🐃🐐🌈✈🛬🌅🇫🇷🎾🏆😎🍾🍻🍸🍹💃👯👋


jalep Says:

That was my little friendly emoji story to you…you hard core Rafa fan, Okiegal, cheers!


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..Cute, I followed the story pretty well. Loved the wave at the end! Puzzled by one however….are you a Playboy Bunny per chance?? Lol
😂😂😂😂😂


Markus Says:

Okiegal, I just read read emojis and this was the message that I got.

Okiegal was happily minding her own business when she saw two GOATs. One was black because he was in the shadow of a black cloud that has been following him. The other was old and grey. But both were seeking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So they took an airplane thinking it would get them closer to the rainbow. But the plane landed instead in a French speaking country where a tennis tournament was going on. It should be the start of a bright new day for me, the sullen goat said. They played. One of them saw the pot of gold
which was so bright he had to wear sunglasses. He won! Or at least got to the point that he felt like a winner again. So he
uncorked a bottle of champagne, drank beer and wine and
cocktails. Okiegal was elated that she had to do her happy dance. Then she called her 2 best friends (one of them was Green Lady) and they applauded the victorious goat.


jane Says:

ha, jalep does that mean the black sheep, aka novak, is going to win the french?? ;) if so, from your emjois to the tennis gods ears!


Markus Says:

Oops sorry! That was jalep’s emoji story. Change Okiegal to jalep and make the two ladies Okie and GL. Sorry!!!


lakie Says:

Jalep
at April 15, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

Thanks!


lakie Says:

Green Lady at April 15, 2016 @ 11:45 am
Ha ha, keep guessing.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…I think you nailed it….almost….the animal you refer to as a black goat is a bull….a Spanish bull!! Jane thought is was a sheep or goat too!! I guess to get the real story Jalep will have to translate….it was a fun post from her and a great story interpretation from you!! Markus, you rock!!

Here is another look at the Spanish 🐂🐂🐂….Cute, no??? Lol. Wink wink!!


jalep Says:

hahaha cool story, Markus – I like it!🐃🐪🐐🐂

But jane reminds me that I left out a key emoji, 🇷🇸 goes next to the 🏆 .

🐃 = Nole 🐂 = Rafa
🐐 = winner of FO


jalep Says:

How’d the camel get in there?


jane Says:

what!? so fed’s winning the FO jalep?
boooo, he’s got one.
:) give it to the black sheep baaaaa


Vami Says:

Who’s the camel? Andy?


Vami Says:

I’d like the camel to beat the bull tomorrow.


jalep Says:

NO.no. 🐐 = whoever wins 2016 year end #1

In my story…
Fed and Rafa have no permanent grip on 🐐
Fed can be 🐏 or maybe the camel!


jalep Says:

Ah Vami’s right. The camel 🐪🐫🇬🇧 is Andy

No. thank-you, lakie – you are respectful all around – which is nice. Not required, here on the Tennis-X, but nice.


Markus Says:

Hahaha! I kept laughing while reading these emojis and their interpretations. Next time, though, I have to wear glasses so I don’t mistake my animals. Thank you, jalep…and thank you, Okiegal for starting these emojis here. It was you, right? Lot’s of fun. G’night!


jalep Says:

We’ll call it: Goat Debate Emoji Group Therapy for Hard Core Internet Tennis Fans (Fedal Warriors): Episode 2016 French Open

Goodness. Great match — McHale vs Stosur Fed Cup. I’m cheering for Stosur since Keys demolished Dasha. I’d like it tied going into the next matches.


jane Says:

more emojis. i love ‘em!! :)


Okiegal Says:

@Markus….I discovered the emoticons by accident. I think they are cute…..

The two bulls look a lot alike but the one with the longest horns is a water buffalo, I think!!

Well, the Frenchie will be very interesting this year and it’s up for grabs! Novak going
out early at MC was a total shock for me. I watched the first 6 games and Novak acted like his heart was not in it…..jmo…

Good night, Markus.🌛🌛🌛🌛


Green Lady Says:

Markus @10.31pm April 15th, cute story, and thanks for including me in it lol ;-)) ….


Green Lady Says:

Jalep /Okiegal i have an i.pad, which i havent used much, i find it easier to blog on this laptop, and i dont have emojis on it unfortunatly, so to you all ill just do XXs, ;-), lol, pretty boring though i suppose ….


Okiegal Says:

@GL….as I said found them accidentally on my new Kindle. I think they are cute….and there are so many you can tell a story with them……and we have a great interpreter right here on TX, being Markus. You use the old ones. And whoever got those going was a very clever person. I liked to have never figured those out. :) ;) :( lol!

Regarding tennis today….pulling for Rafa, of course, but if Andy wins that is OK too…..

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