Andy Murray Has Short Day, Lines Up John Isner Next at French Open; Djokovic, Tsonga Saturday
by Staff | May 27th, 2016, 4:00 pm
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All Top 10 seeds in action punched through, and mouth-watering fourth-rounders such as Kei Nishikori vs. Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray vs. John Isner were realized on Friday at the French Open.


The No. 2-seeded Murray took a respite from five-set matches on Friday, defeating No. 27 seed “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Murray said he was happy to close it out in a third-set tiebreak and improve to 7-0 career against Dr. Ivo.

“Especially at the end, it was very close in the third set,” Murray said. “I got off to a quick start and against someone like Ivo, that’s important. He fought right to the end and made it very tough. I’m obviously glad to win the tiebreak and get off after a fairly quick match.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 3 and defending champ Stan Wawrinka beating homecountry favorite and No. 30 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, 7-5; the No. 5 Nishikori stretched to the limit by Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4; No. 8 Milos Raonic rolling past Slovak Andrej Martin 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3; and the No. 9 Gasquet putting down the hype of No. 17 Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6(7), 6-2.

“Everything that I did today was pretty high-level,” said Wawrinka, who will next face No. 22 Viktor Troicki, who on Friday beat No. 16 Gilles Simon in straight sets. “The last time I played [Troicki] on clay was a three-hour match in Belgrade [in 2010]. He’s a player who plays well. He plays his own [style] of tennis.”

Gasquet seemed to play with a new belief against Kyrgios, with Nishikori next in an all-Top 10 battle.

“[Nishikori is] one of the best players in the world now. He can win a Grand Slam,” Gasquet said. “He takes the ball very high, so he’s one of the toughest players for me right now. He’s the favorite — I think I can win and I’ll try my best.”

The No. 15 Isner ground out a five-set win over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Isner will look to end a five-match losing streak against Murray.

“I played him one time in Cincinnati and had match points, and last year in Shanghai I won the first set and had a lot of chances in the second,” said Isner. “He’s played the big points better than me, which is one of the reasons why he’s No. 2 in the world. Against a guy like Andy, I have to play big in the big moments and I’ll try to do that.”

The only upset of the day occurred when Spaniard Albert Ramos took down No. 23-seeded American Jack Sock in five sets 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Oh yeah, and Rafael Nadal announced he is out of the tournament.

Matches to watch for on Saturday at Roland Garros include (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Ernests Gulbis, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Brit Aljaz Bedene, (13) Dominic Thiem vs. Alexander Zverev, (12) David Goffin vs. Nicolas Almagro, an all-Spanish in (11) David Ferrer vs. (21) Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, and (14) Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Borna Coric.


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118 Comments for Andy Murray Has Short Day, Lines Up John Isner Next at French Open; Djokovic, Tsonga Saturday

ABerg Says:

Ah, Albert Ramos-Vinolas. I saw him vs Monfils at IW this year. I would yell ‘Vamos Ramos’ and my three kids would follow with ‘Vinolas’. Too bad he lost :)


Wog Boy Says:

Thiem is definitely slow starter, expect him ti win next two sets. Can’t watch the match, they are showing now Cibulkova/Navarro match, what a treat..;) anyvay, vamos Navarro.


anki Says:

Will Novak even get to play today?


Wog Boy Says:

I checked weather forecast until next Sunday, every single day is rainy day, how they are going to finish FO like that? Stingy Frenchies, Melbourne has three Arenas with roofs..and lights too.


anki Says:

Worst run slam ever, I can’t handle another case where Novak gets screwed by the schedule. I don’t think he will even get to start today at this rate.


Wog Boy Says:

And of course, it is raining, all matches stopped, no way Nole will play today.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy, Courier was saying local residents are blocking expansion of RG, including roofing.
Another huge problem with RG is that there is nowhere for the spectators to go when it rains, as I know only too well.
Now saying play in about an hour.
Fingers crossed.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

Thanks for info, Courier is usually well informed, but I don’t know how it works in France. Here if something is of higher interest they pass the bill through local government, end of story., whether locals like it or not, I mean local council and Paris (France) are making millions out of it and yet they don’t want to improve it and follow the example of other GSs.


Baa Says:

French Open organizers make it impossible to play in good weather so that people who struggle to breathe and play with long delays won’t win the title.
It just so happens that Nadal can’t get lucky again.


jalep Says:

Ricky Dimon ‏@Dimonator 9m9 minutes ago
Zverev: “Oh. Granollers. I think he will most likely beat Granollers, to be honest.”

Sascha Z. commenting on Thiem’s chances next round. I hope so, too.


Dave Says:

So if Djokovic doesn’t play today he plays Sunday, Monday and Wednesday? 3 matches in 4 days?


skeezer Says:

This FO is turning out to be the most unwatchable Slam in this era, for many reasons. Curious to see what the post stats of fan watching will be.


Giles Says:

Making stupid predictions. As if it wasn’t a foregone conclusion already Thiem beating Granollers!


jalep Says:

https://twitter.com/Dimonator?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Hey Dave,

The above twitter is a good one to follow for rain updates
and info. Ricky Dimon is at RG.


Dave Says:

Hi Jalep,

Thank you so much for this. It’s much appreciated. I hope all is well.


Van Persie Says:

Dave,

Coric and Bautista Agut will also play tomorrow, probably.
Personally I do not expect a difficult match for Nole against Bedene. I am sure he will survive ;)


anki Says:

Novak’s match now scheduled on Lenglen after Venus. Doesn’t look like he will start anyway today. Will be fair if both Novak Bedene and Coric RBA start fresh tomorrow.


Dave Says:

Van Persie,

I was just looking at that scenario. There is a doubles match before the Coric vs Bautista Agut match and it’s only 3 to 2 in the first set. So by the time they get out on the court, warm up and finish the match, that will be another 2 hours. Then Coric vs Bautista Agut have to warm up and play. Even if they were able to start, they wouldn’t be able to finish today. So they would have to potentially play 3 days in a row. So it’s all good.


jalep Says:

Dave, no problem.

and I’m fine, thankyou. And yourself?
okay, a little disappointed that there’s no tennis, atm.
But what to do?

Ricky Dimon ‏@Dimonator 8m8 minutes ago
Sock-Pospisil vs. Benneteau-ERV moved to Court 14 at 5:30

There’s a glimmer of hope…


Dave Says:

I’m doing well, thanks. I guess there might be a bit of tennis tonight for a few hours. I hope the weather is better tomorrow.


Van Persie Says:

There are moments where I think, FO should be organized in China…They would build the courts with appropriate roofs in 1 week.


Van Persie Says:

This FO is a joke


jalep Says:

Serena and Kiki tie break is ON.


FedExpress Says:

this tournament is called a GS ffs.

hahahahha
bad weather, no roof, bad scheduling, and power problems.

joke.


FedExpress Says:

and SW is the biggest joke. screaming and still missing.

that overhead was nole like on MP


FedExpress Says:

and why is SW always showing her belly in tournament play?!?!?!?!


jalep Says:

That was a great TB, FedEx!
Dang, Kiki almost got it. Not quite.

Great effort from Kiki M.


Okiegal Says:

Watching Ferrer and Lopez…….Hubba hubba…..this Granny would get her party gear on for Deliciano! Judy Judy Judy (in my best Cary Grant impersonation) where are you??? I am sure you would accompany me….us!! Lol


jalep Says:

lol, Okiegal.

Suddenly, we have Gulbis and Tsonga! Gulbis and his
wacky forehand. This might be entertaining.


Okiegal Says:

Gulbis and Tsonga next…..might be a good match……Sun is out anyways….good sign we might see a match w/o those aggravating rain delays…….NEED A ROOF….c’mon France get with the times…..paleeez!!


FedExpress Says:

Gulbis is a genius when he is on. FH or not. imagine if he had FH half as good as his BH.


FedExpress Says:

cornet’s nose?


Okiegal Says:

@jalep….I am not copy cating your above post…..just slow! Yes, if both are on their best game, it could be fun!!


FedExpress Says:

Gulbis u nut


FedExpress Says:

hahahahah. and now Gulbis is dominating with his FH


FedExpress Says:

Gulbis through

QF in sight surely


J-Kath Says:

So what is wrong with Tsonga? He has retired from the match?


jalep Says:

What happened to Tsonga?

TC switched coverage to Venus v Cornet.

oh…I guess Tsonga injured himself when sliding. Groin? Gulbis gets to the QF. wow. Sad for Tsonga.


jalep Says:

Nole match moved up to 7:15 pm, Paris time.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy….Get out of bed Novak match starting!!!!


Okiegal Says:

Is it raining again?? Showing Serena and Madison in Rome on the Tennis channel…… confused….as usual….


Okiegal Says:

Fed’s nose……Karl Malden-ish……..


jalep Says:

It’s on NBC, Okie.
Reruns on TC, sadly, with all this live tennis going on.


jalep Says:

Oops, now NBC switched to Keys v Puig match. Can’t win today.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jalep actually this 3rd round so gulbis and others only thru to fourth round.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@okiegal ha ha. It’s not that bad.malden had his nose broken twice playing basketball in high school. He was also half Bosnian Serb and half Czech so he probably would be rooting for djokovic. His actual last name was sekulovic.


jalep Says:

Yes. thankyou. I’ll try not to get ahead of myself, TFS1976. I had Ernie in the Semi at one one point already – counting up his 720 points.


Daniel Says:

Djoko had problem this last long game (8 min) but eventually closed it. 4-1 more solid today


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jalep are you a playboy Ernie admirer?


jalep Says:

Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far, TFS1976. At one point some years ago, maybe – on the bandwagon. Wishing him a miraculous rebirth now.


Daniel Says:

Djoko feeling the ball better today. Good match, Bedene also hitting well, and just 1 break down.


Daniel Says:

A lot of matches will go minimum 4 sets today and its starting to get darker. Hope they are able to finish all 4 men’s matches roday.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jalep he’s had a nice run here. He got lucky today as I don’t think he was going to beat a healthy Tonga. He’s had runs before but I don’t see him ever being consistent.


Daniel Says:

First set in the bag. Now go on and finish next 2 in 1 h and 20 min to not have to return tomorrow. Goffin 1 set away from placing himself in R16 ans getting of courr as fast as possible.


jalep Says:

Can Goffin hold serve? Are you watching that match, Daniel?


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I wish you could stream the match you want to watch at the French open like you can at the US open and the Australian open. Right now puig/keys and goffin/almagro look like the most interesting matches.


jalep Says:

No. I didn’t think EG would beat a healthy Tsonga. Think I had Goffin beating Tsonga in my bracket tho! Right now I’m unsure that Goffin gets past Almagro, TFS1976.


jalep Says:

I know. And Bertens vs Kasatkina was the match I wanted to watch most!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jalep yes they are now in a fifth set. My money is on goffin


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Djokovic looks distinctly uneager to play tomorrow.


jalep Says:

Right on, TFS1976. Goffin stays alive!
Ahh, sad Daria lost. Will have to go looking for highlights of that one.
RBA got an efficient win in straight sets. Nole doing enough.

A nice win for Berdych too! He needed that.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Berdych, Goffin, and Batista-abut all through. If Djoker finishes tonight both men’s and women’s matches will all have cleared despite the rain delay.


mat4 Says:

TF76:

There’s no way for the match to finish tonight. Novak let his chances slip away.


Giles Says:

Why so nervous barbarian?


Van Persie Says:

He made it :)
Well done, Nole


Giles Says:

So desperate to be loved. Poor poor joker!


Van Persie Says:

Mat 4, I love Paris, but they are playing in conditions from middle age there :)


Vami Says:

Bedene played well.


J-Kath Says:

Yes, Nole made it and congrats. But was really impressed by Bedene …he could be a fast learner. Very few show such guts against the No.1.


Van Persie Says:

Yep, Bedene has potential


Giles Says:

Lol. BG called Joker’s draw “Betty Crocker”


mat4 Says:

VP:

The neighbourhood doesn’t allow the introduction of lights. Paris is earning 300M euros from the tournament, but it’s not enough to allow matches to continue till 22h.


Van Persie Says:

Lol Mat 4, It is an irony pour la ville lumiere ;)


Baa Says:

https://twitter.com/stroppadel/status/736622599355125760/video/1

This is so cute. The boy chants in reply to “goffin”.
When tennis is more than just Slams.


J-Kath Says:

One thing @ Dave 10.34am

Didn’t quite get your point. If Novak had to play 3 consecutive days would it be any different than what Andy had to do?


Dave Says:

Nope. Just that it’s later on in the tournament and the competition gets stiffer in the later rounds than the first 2 rounds. So you wouldn’t want to have to play 3 days in a row as the tournament goes on. Kind of like last year when Djokovic had to play Semi on Friday and Saturday and the Final on Sunday. I am glad he finished the match in straight sets. So now this isn’t the case anymore. Did someone say that Nole’s side of the draw actually gets to play the first semi-final this year? Where did you find this info?


mat4 Says:

Before the tournament, it seemed that Murray’s draw was a piece of cake until the QF, where things could go harder, but he had an easier potential semi than Djokovic/Nadal.

But luck has his word to say: now, it seems that Novak has the easiest draw — without Rafa, Tsonga, with only Berdych from the top 8 seeds.

Can we expect things to continue changing? Other surprises? Nothing can’t surprise me any more.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

You were not loud enough, I didn’t hear you, just woke up now to find out match is finished. Well at least, he won’t have to play tomorrow.

Tennisfansince76, thanks for mentioning Karl Malden, great human being and huge supporter of Serbian community in America, and in old country, very religious and donated lot of money to our churches and causes, but quietly. He was fluent in Serbian and in one interview he said his father gave him first lesson that he never forgot and it was short lesson “if you want to be good American you first have to be good Serbian. Did you know that he always, in every movie found the reason call somebody with his real surname “Sekulovic”, though he was born in the states, where else but Chicago, he visited old country few times and village whre his father came from.


mat4 Says:

Nice post, WB. He was certainly an excellent actor.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks mat4,
His father was not far from where Djokovic and Raonic ancestors are from (Bileca, Herzegovina) and my grandmather, very tall, sharp, inteligent, resilient, stuborn and straightforward people, “my way or highway” people as I call them.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

What do you think of Novak’s form so far? He looked good from the middle of the first set to me.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

I haven’t seen the match, just woke up half an hour ago.


Wog Boy Says:

But thanks to Mr Murdoch I’ve seen very “important” matches, like Ivanovic/Svitolina, Navarra/Cibulkova and Serena/Mladenovic, Zverev/Thiem wasn’t good enough to be shown in direct telecast, I didn’t know Rupert is such feminist..


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy..the reason you woke up was I captured what you were dreaming about (I promise I’ll never tell) and insisted you wake up. You can thank me later (wink, wink).


Vami Says:

Novak is in excellent form. It will take a herculean effort to take the trophy out of his hands.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Please don’t tell anyone, I’ll take you for Aussie holiday and be your guide..free of charge.


Wog Boy Says:

Vami,

Thanks, good to see Nole fan who is beaming with optimism:)


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

It’s similar to this book that I was reading years ago.

Psycho-Cybernetics.

I actually did one of the experiments and it actually worked. They had a test done with 2 groups of people. One group had to practice shooting free throws all week on a basketball court. The other group didn’t practice at all. Instead, they visualized themselves shooting free throws. After, they had the 2 groups actually shoot free throws to see which group would be more successful. After the test, the result was that both groups did equally as well. I decided to go on a basketball court and try it. Before I shot the ball, I visualized the ball going through the hoop perfectly. When I shot the ball after without thinking, it would go in. I was able to hit like 5 in a row. If I doubted the process at all, it would miss. When you visualize something vividly, your body actually reacts as if it is actually happening. So your hands will start sweating even though you haven’t even shot the ball yet. Vividly imagining something and literally experiencing something have the same reaction to the central nervous system. That’s why when we have vivid dreams about something, maybe one of our parents dying, we can wake up crying, thinking that it was real. I remember calling my mom after a bad dream just to make sure she was alive. Of course she was fine.

The other thing that Emile Coue is talking about is called positive affirmations. Repeating words over and over again to ourselves. I got into that as well in the past. There are different opinions on this subject. I am not sure what to think of it.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Thanks for coming back, I didn’t know anything about Emile Coue, but after hearing Nole repeating his mantra “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” of course in Serbian, somebody pointed out to the origin of it. It was used in one of the movies years ago, but we thought it was part of the movie script, written by script writer, we didn’t know the origin of it.


J-Kath Says:

OK Wogboy…Free of Charge!!! Such wonderful words. Always knew you were a gentleman. Once you have organised and paid for my ticket and I have received it, I’ll let you know pronto, pronto, tuite suite when I plan to to come to Aussieland. So much looking forward to it. I wish you a wonderful DECENT night sleep tonight…!!!!


Ulysses Says:

Wawrinka’s form in R3, if continued, will be a force difficult to stop. Not sure if anyone watched that, but I caught the last 2 sets, and he belted every shot like cannon propelled by rocket fuel. Operative word there of course is “if”


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, in the bracket challenge, I can’t finish first any more: jalep has a point more, with the same picks…

If Novak wins the FO, I will finish second. Not bad, compared to my last place a few tournaments ago.


Dave Says:

I just watched the highlights from the Nole vs Bedene match. I liked that Nole was sharper and more aggressive. Ever since he lost last year to Wawrinka, I noticed one thing that he has slowly incorporated more and more into his game. His cross court forehand, but hitting it with more spin and dragging guys off the court with crazy angles. He has added that as a shot he is more and more comfortable using and can pull it out more often when he needs it. I was also happy to see the emotion from Nole. He is showing that he isn’t taking this for granted, much like Rafa doesn’t take even one single match win for granted. I really thought Bedene played well. I met him in Acapulco this year. We were eating beside him at a restaurant and I asked him when his practice was and went to his practice and talked with him so more after his practice. He is one of the nicest guys you will meet. I hope he gets into the top 30 soon. He can do it, if he keeps up the form he showed today.


Dave Says:

Mat4,

You seem like a pretty knowledgeable guy. I have noticed that Bautista Agut seems to be better on hardcourts than clay. At least in the past year. He just hasn’t looked that good this year on clay. Especially when he goes up against the better players. He couldn’t do a thing against Federer or Djokovic on clay this year. He just had nothing he could damage them with. Where he actually took a set off of Djokovic at the U.S. Open last year. Is clay not Agut’s best surface?


mat4 Says:

@Dave:

No, BA is better on hard, although I believe he won a clay tournament. He hasn’t got enough raw power, and, although I didn’t watch him since the USO, he doesn’t use enough spin to be efficient on clay.

About Novak CC FH: that’s his best shot for the last two years already, since 2014, perhaps 2013. Lately he has also improved his IO FH, and I guess that his evolution will go in that direction: more work on the % more efficient shots, the serve, the FH, and the IO backhand.


Dave Says:

Mat4,

I totally agree. The IO Forehand is getting more and more accurate and he hits it on the run better than before. After re-watching the highlights from the Wawrinka vs Nole final from last year, I noticed that Nole hit way to many balls up the middle and later when he got desperate and tried to angle them off to the corners, he didn’t drag Wawrinka out wide enough and wasn’t finishing the points off. He didn’t create the same angles that he has been able to consistently create since then. I know he has learned from that loss and worked on this aspect more and more.


Baa Says:

Funny how a few days ago, Novak was a lucky piece of crap
with no “maestro and beautiful game”.
Always handed free rides at the French open.
He’ll never win it numerous times!
Today, Novak’s disgraceful, demonic, the most overrated and forgettable because Rafa ‘blew up’ his wrist.
I don’t remember fedal fans crying over Novak’s breathing probs.
Poor hateful Fedal fanatics. Say bye bye to Slam wins, Federer😚


Dave Says:

Baa,

I have said this before and I will say it again. If Djokovic finally releases the pressure of winning the French Open this year, I think he will win the French Open at least 2 more times. His game suits the clay and the pressure will finally be gone. It will also release pressure for everything else. He will feel like he can easily break the record for most grand slams ever. This tournament will play a huge part in whether he breaks the record or not. If he wins this years French Open, I have no doubt that he will break the all-time record. That releasing of pressure will be huge.


Wog Boy Says:

Baa,

Thanks to our mutual friend who introduced us, it was my pleasure meeting you.
BTW, I agree, Fedal doesn’t exist since 2010, but there is Andole (still going on), Rafole (I belive it will continue after Rafa recovery) and it was Fedole too, now it is history.


Baa Says:

Fed had injured opponents and surrendering lap dogs everywhere
and collected trophies like he was Pac Man.
Players wished for fed to win even more slams.
They predicted over 25 Slams.
He celebrated wins by rolling around & dropping on the ground violently.
It was creepy, bizarre & unnatural.

Fed’s era had nowhere near the difficult level that novak played.
Novak bought the media propaganda about fed and became overwhelmed
as recently as 2013.
No wonder he couldn’t improve on the summer
clay & hardcourts.
He went nuts before his son was born and
thought he was never great enough to dominate tennis in 2015-future.


Baa Says:

Lol friend. Irony of The fed floon!
I’m so jealous of fed!
Fed floons are never letting fed go.
He reached finals and still lost.
Novak should wag his finger each slam win.


skeezer Says:

Baa n WB
NovakPorn is here.


Daniel Says:

Indeed, Djoko’s CC FHis massive, he takes the ball in from of his body, rotate and smack it. the ball open the court and gets so much speed.
Today it was clear how his shots were powerful, even when they kick short the bounce is heavy and deep. I think he is starting to gear up for final rounds and next round he will have an even better performance.


skeezer Says:

Daniel,
Please don’t overplay the situation. He just beat…….who?
Nole favorite FO maximus humongous maginimous.


Dave Says:

Skeezer,

It was the first good match he played so far and Bedene is very underrated and a very good shot maker. So it was nice to see Djokovic take care of business. He doesn’t always make it look so easy, and tends to do things the hard way.


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
Lol perhaps Rupert’s new found feminism is all because of his new found wifey…..;)


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

I completely forgot about that, is she #4 or #5, besides, I was told Texas women are tough cookies, you do what they say…or else:)

At least they have fool house of kids and grandkids, Murdoch/Jagger combination..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ full


Margot Says:

Wog Boy, did you know that last ex wifelet is rumoured to be rather friendly with a certain Tony Blair….
Not that I’m one for gossiping obviously….
#innocent


Wog Boy Says:

I thought Tony is happily married..oh dear:)


J-Kath Says:

Tony Blair mouthing off on TV right this moment. He’ll stay with his wife because she’s got a degree in making coffee.!!!!


chrisford1 Says:

Dave – (On if Novak wins the FO) – He will feel like he can easily break the record for most grand slams ever. This tournament will play a huge part in whether he breaks the record or not. If he wins this years French Open, I have no doubt that he will break the all-time record.

************************
Dave- If he wins the FO possibly, and if he goes to 5 straight Slams taking Wimbledon for sure, the Slam Count argument for Goaty Greatness is bypassed. He wouldn’t have to beat Fed’s Slam Count record. Also, the whole “only a Calendar Year Grand Slam matters because it is the most difficult” argument goes out the window. 5 straight would beat that. And a streak of 4 consecutive Slams over 2 years to me and many others tracking tennis stats – counts like a streak done in one year.
Key to that is the mathematical odds are the same of getting 4 in a row in any given order – as hard as within a year.

There is also another reason to put 4 in a row on equal terms with Lavers (and not even getting into different surfaces played, the tougher travel in the past, top athletes 50 years ago on pizza/beer/potatoes/mutton diet.) And that is the norm, the standard convention in sports for accepting streaks is they can go over a year, a couple, many years – and still count.

“Slam Counting” was created by Sampras fans. It is quite recent in the argument and soon to be supplanted anyhow in GOAT yakking by a more balanced algorithm. Of ELO level of competition faced, length of career, other achievements like Masters, YEC factored in, and of course H2H. factored in. And if one single stat on it’s own can possibly make the Slam Count case moot, it is one guy with comparable stats got a Grand Slam.


Dave Says:

Chrisford1,

I agree. Did Laver win 5 slams in a row? I was wondering what the record was for most slams in a row. I’m just saying that Djokovic won’t stop at this streak. It will motivate him even more to finish this once and for all and reach the goal of getting the most grandslams. But I totally agree with you, if he wins the French and wins Wimbledon, the discussion is closed. But he will still continue to win slams and want to stay at number 1 for as long as possible. I’m actually just as interested in if Djokovic can break the total weeks at number 1 record. Many people said it wouldn’t be done. If he were to break the record without losing his number 1 ranking and were to also break the 237 weeks straight record, which many people said would never be broken, he would also close the discussion.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
To my knowledge, nobody won five slams in a row, not even great RL, but I prefer to take one match at the time, far too early to talk about that.


Dave Says:

One match at a time for sure. I agree. We are just speculating at this point.


Baa Says:

Novak is GOAT already.
He saved tennis from lame excuses for Federer losses, ultimate bad tennis and cowardly lapdogs/thugs.
There is no more cheating for Fed with no Hawkeye technology.
Can you imagine 30 more ljubicices, Roddicks & Baghdatises?

At the elderly age of 28, he had domination in masters + year end championships and only had 3 close misses at cincinnati, french & olympics.
He won Davis Cup with a weak team.

French open is the worst due to lack of roof & lights plus no quick match after match scheduling.
He was beaten too by fognini + the disgusting 3 day delay in the 2011 french open.
Fed had no pressure and novak couldn’t even stay on his feet.
It was the most disastrous match because he should’ve beaten his hateful enemy in 5 sets. Fed knew he was a lucky SOB.


Giles Says:

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?

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