Djokovic Wins, Gulbis Talks a Lot, Murray v Isner Sunday at French Open
by Staff | May 28th, 2016, 4:55 pm
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Top 10 seeds Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych moved into the fourth round on Saturday at the French Open, while a tearful No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw his Roland Garros campaign ended by injury.


The top-seeded Djokovic played like a man late for dinner and beat the darkness as the last match on with a surgical 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Brit Aljaz Bedene, while the No. 7-seeded Berdych came from a set down to defeat No. 25 Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

The world No. 1 will next meet No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut, who eased past youngster Borna Coric 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Berdych will next meet No. 11 David Ferrer, who beat No. 21-seeded countryman Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-1.

Tsonga retired leading 5-2 in the first set against Ernests Gulbis after aggravating a groin injury.

“It is the same thing I had before the tournament,” Tsonga said. “I just came on court pretty good, and feeling really good. The first game of the match I made a couple of slides, and on one of them I just felt a pain. Then I continued a little bit, and it was becoming more and more painful. I knew it was over, because there was no chance I could play all match long like this and no chance that I could play in the next round.”

The gift to Gulbis means the Latvian advances to face No. 12 David Goffin, who ground out a five-set win over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

“It’s never nice to win like this, so I feel very sorry for him,” said Gulbis of Tsonga, who left the court in tears. “There’s not much I can say about the match itself. It was just the beginning. I was just starting to get to feel the atmosphere of the center court. I haven’t been here for a couple of years. But overall, if we take that apart, then I’m satisfied the way I played. I’m satisfied the way I hit the ball in the practices, in the first two rounds. Second round was especially really good from my game
and from my perspective.”

Gulbis says he expects a lot of balls to come back from Goffin.

“In the practices I couldn’t beat [Goffin] because the guy is like a wall,” Gulbis said. “I think he likes playing against guys like me, who are hitting the wall. But if I remember right, I beat him once in Acapulco or somewhere. I don’t remember exactly where, but I think I’m capable of beating him.”

No. 13 Dominic Thiem came from a set down to defeat German comer Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, setting up a meeting with unseeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who advanced after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament citing a wrist injury.

“I knew already before the match that it was going to be a very tough one against such a great player like Sascha,” said the zebra-striped-wearing Thiem. “I think the little difference today was probably the three years’ age difference…Against Rafa I’m the underdog. Against Granollers, I’m probably the favorite. It has good sides and also bad sides. Granollers is really fresh, he didn’t play today. So it’s going to be, again, a very tough match.”

Matches to look for on Sunday at Roland Garros are (3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (22) Viktor Troicki, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (9) Richard Gasquet, and (2) Andy Murray vs. (15) John Isner.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[13] vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[4]
Viktor Troicki (SRB)[22] vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9]
Simona Halep (ROU)[6] vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[21]

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Milos Raonic (CAN)[8] vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)[25] vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)
John Isner (USA)[15] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]


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214 Comments for Djokovic Wins, Gulbis Talks a Lot, Murray v Isner Sunday at French Open

Ulysses Says:

Obvious past criticisms aside, love the insight Gulbis provides in otherwise dull player interviews. You can learn a lot about different players’ tactics etc etc from his and very very few other players. It helps that he can articulate himself freely in english and also that he’s from money, so apparently has no care in the world.


chrisford1 Says:

He is one of the best for breaking through the boilerplate questions presented and the rote answers routinely given. Wish he was “in the mix” more, because the media is “star crazy, inspirational story crazy, good female looks crazy” modes. Just a little more from Ernst and he would be known by more fans. On top of his other gifts, he is very well read, an arts critic. Can opine on opera, not a typical jock area of knowledge. Has no use for PC. High intelligence, among his other blessings.
Djokovic could probably write a chapter in a future book all about their intense tennis rivalry at Pilic Academy, and the off court socializing with Ernsts. And Gulbis could reciprocate.

In a perfect world, Gulbis would have a big trophy after a Glory Run a la Bartoli…Djokovic would win the FO against Nadal in the final, after an intense battle. Roger gets his last hurrah at Wimbledon after his actual last hurrah in 2012. And Gaels Monfils and Gulbis were winning commensurate with their talent, in the top 10, dangerous and consistent and making tennis a whole lot more interesting.


anki Says:

Best match from Novak in this tournament so far. Played well enough to earn the win against an inspired Bedene.


Margot Says:

Yeah well, re Gulbis, it’s amazing how having loads of money seems to liberate you from other constraints, like playing the game interviews/PR/public transport/airport queues etc etc.
Who’d a thought?


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/reemabulleil/status/736641332756787200
This guy is a bloody joke. Never heard of this being done before. So desperate for love and attention.
Poor joker.


FedExpress Says:

and some said raonic is a big server. hahahaha.
two set to love down

4 times broken


Margot Says:

^
I understand the conditions at RG are very heavy today. Doesn’t that slow the serve down?


FedExpress Says:

raonic out. this tournament is a farce


jane Says:

margot, that makes sense


Dave Says:

Raonic is injured. Had to take a medical time out last match for his hip. There is no way he was even close to 100% for this match.


Dave Says:

Stan is having a mental lapse today. Troicki choking in the important points. Big opportunity for Troicki, but not taking advantage of all of the unforced errors from Stan so far.


Dave Says:

Troicki chokes away 4 set points. Oh my Troicki. wow.


Dave Says:

Finally. Number 5 is good. yay. We have a real match now.


Wog Boy Says:

I was expecting Stan in easy three, Viktor is not CC player, but so far two TBs, one each.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Stan is off today. Troicki is returning well and playing very good at the net so far. If Stan was playing like this against a top player, he would be the one going home in 3 straight sets. 20 unforced errors on his forehand so far.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Stan’s FH was always liability.


Dave Says:

Djokovic should have hit to Stan’s forehand the whole match in the final last year. haha.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

My opinion about last year final is somewhat different to the most, as much as Stan was playing probably his best match ever, Nole was to tentative and helped Stan, and he even won first set with no really great performance. Nole needed that 24 hours break between SF and F to mentally settle down prior final and he didn’t have it,


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

I re-watched the highlights and I totally agree with you. Is it true that Nole’s half of the draw gets to play the first Semi-this year? If that’s the case, no chance of that happening this year. Also, Nole did play way to tentative last year. He was so emotional after he won the first set, because he knew how much he was struggling inside and really needed that first set. He was waiting for Stan to hit errors at times during the match, and it just wasn’t happening.


mat4 Says:

What’s happening to Troicki?

BTW, Stan is not off. That’s his usual level. He makes a lot of winners, but also a lot of UE. But there are days, from time to time, when everything goes in.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
I don’t have idea who plays first SF.


Dave Says:

Mat4,

Second set, Wawrinka looked a bit off. I didn’t see the first set, so I can’t say anything about that set.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

MTO, somwhere around hip upper leg area. I am too tired, my eyes are closing down, I am forcing myself to watch, but it is not working.


Dave Says:

So Mats Wilander just said that SL court is slower than PC court. Someone said it was the opposite. That’s good to know. If that’s the case Isner is going to get beaten badly today in these heavy and cold conditions.


Pauly Says:

Stan vs Murray semi
Djokovic vs Berdych semi
Most likely
Probably the easiest ever draw for Djokovic
Can’t see him not making the final
The final will be his only tough match
Luck is finally on his side
Sad to see Tsonga go since he was playing quite well
At least he hit a ball against gulbis whereas poor Nadal did not
Shit French open this year without Federer plus poor Tsonga plus unlucky but very naive Nadal … Why didn’t he pull out of Rome ?
Dumb dumb dumb
Wrist injuries are the worst ask poor del potro


Wog Boy Says:

mat4 said SL is faster, I think?


jane Says:

does anyone know why the crowd are booing murray?


Wog Boy Says:

It was about time for Troicki drop his level:) This will be over soon, have fun I am off to bed.


Dave Says:

Nope. He said the opposite. I just heard him saying he played doubles on both and said SL was slower, giving Isner less of a chance today.


Pauly Says:

Wogboy

Do you think your man will win it this year ?
He isn’t playing that great right now
Sure his draw is easy but the final won’t be
His first hard match


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

I don’t know, watching Viktor/Stan.


Pauly Says:

Murray is long overdue for another slam


jalep Says:

Not sure if it was a joke or not but someone said there’s a load of Isner fans there. (about the booing) #mericans


Dave Says:

Pauly,

Berdych is in Djokovic QF. Thiem would be the hardest test so far if he makes the Semi-finals.


jalep Says:

Maybe it’s Ricky Dimon! hahahaha


Pauly Says:

Whoever wins it this year will be happy
This is very hard tournament to win
I’m not really interested anymore
I think the anticipation of seeing Nadal vs Djokovic semi final was the thunk that I was dying to see sadly that’s not happening
I’ve lost interest in the tennis


Wog Boy Says:

Pauly,

There is no easy draw in GS matches, and I don’t know who is going to win, I might ask my Gypsi fortune teller, plus I have white witch two houses down the road, she might be able to help us…and she is blody good looking white witch;)


Pauly Says:

Dave
Berdych is a bunny
No balls
He’s like a woman on the tennis court
Pussy


Pauly Says:

Wogboy

Turn it up
Djokovic has very easy draw until the final
You can’t deny that
Show some confidence towards Djokovic
I’m not scared to be a GYPSY
I predict Djokovic will be 2016 French open winner


Daniel Says:

Strange, Always thought Lenglen was faster. Maybe under this heavy cool conditions it becomes slowet.

Wawa playing better, still having some forehands errors but he is hiitng the ball harder and heading to a four set win woth a break up in fourth.

Murrau shall have no issued with Isner today


jalep Says:

Well, that’s what I thought about Raonic v Ramos — no issue. 3 straight sets for Milos. Ramos wins. Rogers wins.

Go Andy! Come on.


Pauly Says:

Djokovic won’t lose one set before the final


Margot Says:

Can hardly bear to watch this :( Isner is to tennis what Oliver Cromwell was to Christmas.


jane Says:

wpg boy, i am mainly watching stan-vik, but my stream switched to andy’s match so i saw his entrance. looks like stan will get through, but viktor acquitted himself well in this match.


jane Says:

sorry, “wog”


jane Says:

agree daniel: andy’s record vs isner is basically flawless. he has played him 5 times and lost just 1 set or something similar, so. should be a straightforward win unless the conditions factor in somehow.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Agree, it was pretty nice match to watch and Viktor played really well.


mat4 Says:

There’s no way the Lenglen is slower. It’s smaller, and you can’t defend the way you do on the Chatrier.


mat4 Says:

WB, jane: Viktor played well for two sets…


Dave Says:

Mat4,

That’s what Wilander said: He is the one that has played on the courts. I will take his word over any of ours.


jane Says:

true mat4, then he kind of faded away. but it was a tight battle those first 2 sets.


mat4 Says:

Nonetheless, I still have the feeling that neither Stan nor Andy will make the final. I think that a final Djokovic-Ramos is a must for Novak’s legacy. Why should he be the only one who has won all his slams beating at least one of the big four?


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

That’s more than I expected anyway..


jalep Says:

mat4. πŸ˜‚


Wog Boy Says:

We want Ramos…We want Ramos..


mat4 Says:

And who has faced at least one member of the big four in every slams he made the final?


Dave Says:

Nope. Djokovic beat Tsonga for his first slam win.


Dave Says:

Sorry. Misunderstood the question. I thought you meant who he faced in the final. Your right. He beat Federer in the Semi-finals before Tsonga.


mat4 Says:

He beat Fed in the semi, Dave.


Dave Says:

I wouldn’t be surprised if Nishikori got to the final. If he does, he will have nothing left in the tank like against Cilic in 2014, U.S. Open Final.


skeezer Says:

Looks like Wawa will make it to the Semi – Final, where, if he catches fire, he’ll be a legit threat to the Church of Novak. If Murray gets through, he’ll be a legit threat also. Something has to happen in this draw to make this tournament a little tiny interesting, no?
Nothing really salivating in the remainder of this draw till the Finals……maybe.
—-
How about a shout out to Daveed, the guy just keeps competing….all the time. He seems always *there* in tournaments….


Dave Says:

He beat Nadal in the QF, last year on his way to the French Open final.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave and mat4,

That one doesn’t count, Federer had mono..


Dave Says:

Yep. Your right. Lost 2 Nadal in other french open finals. Lost to Murray at U.S. Open and Wimbledon Finals. Lost to Nadal twice in U.S. Open Final. Lost to Federer in U.S. Open final. I think that covers the 8 losses with Wawrinka beating him last year.


jalep Says:

Hold your lead in this TB, Andy!


jalep Says:

5-4 Murray. Murray has a chance here!


jalep Says:

Chance blown. But it’s 6-6 now.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

In Novak’s church, we are conservative — we don’t like suspense, surprises, and as peaceful persons we are very disturbed by threats. So, we want our Baghdatis, Philippoussis or Gonzalez, after having our Agassi well past his prime.


jalep Says:

8-7 Andy. pro-Isner crowd, pro Isner commies. uhg.

8-8 Isner serving. make it 9-8 Isner
I won’t be able to watch if…


jalep Says:

yess. Andy makes it 9-9. Andy needs this next one


jalep Says:

Andy serving… hehehe ACE 10-9 Andy

But it’s Isner serving


skeezer Says:

Mat4,

Yes this is a weak era tournament ;)


jalep Says:

tennis wins the tb! Andy…got it.


Daniel Says:

Murray finaly close tiebreak. Now hope he gest a break second set.

Gasquet broke Nishikori, let’s see if he holds. That match can go the distance if Gasauet is playing well.


mat4 Says:

Everybody says that history is repeating… why not repeat the 2009 FO? As humble worshippers, we don’t ask a repeat of the 17.

And as you well know, after a few years, nobody cares who you beat and whom you lost to. Only numbers matter.


mat4 Says:

@skeezer:

The weak era argument is the argument of the losers. Those who win… they don’t care.

So, win this weak FO, Novack!


Daniel Says:

Kei just broke back. Still think he will win today. His baseline game is better than Gasquet whi stay too far behind.


jalep Says:

My bracket has Kei over Gasquet but I don’t think it’s going to go that way. Didn’t like Kei’s 5 set struggle with Verdasco.


mat4 Says:

Guess you will win the challenge, jalep. I don’t see how Kei can lose to Richard, although I hope for a Richard’s victory.


mat4 Says:

But to continue on our topic:

Some like it hot… and some like it weak…


mat4 Says:

Raonic lost in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. We could immediately see the first results of Milos’ collaboration with JMac.


jalep Says:

You’ve looked at the ATP bracket more than me, mat. I don’t know.

Kei’s vulnerable after a 5 setter like the Verdasco one. I don’t really care who wins Richie v Kei. Murray will beat either one of those two…if he can vanquish this Giant in straight sets.


jalep Says:

You are on a roll, mat!


skeezer Says:

Mat4 re; 10:44
Now your talkin! πŸ‘πŸŽΎ


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

I am doing basic training for twitter. I lost one follower there.


jalep Says:

Weak era only applies to Federer anyway. Just ask CF1. On second thought, no, please don’t. We never hear the end of it. Topic is spammed to death already.


mat4 Says:

@Skeez:

Frenchies admire so much “splendid losers”. I don’t. That’s why I settled in Russia where, at least, we use a wee bit of meldonium. Good for the heart.


jalep Says:

Did someone say Russia?
mat4, a short Rach solo for you during the rain delay:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQw3DvqEbxI


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

It’s beautiful. I’ve listen to it before, but it’s always so new.


Daniel Says:

Agree, don’t care if Djoko has 2 walkover now and beat Ramos in finals, as long as he gets this French Open once for all and take this monkey of his back. I want to see hil holding all four possibly winning all this year.
Last time someome won AO and RG was in the eightys I thib

I care way more about Slams than Olympics also.


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

For you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfC9B8exnBU

It’s the excellent version of Byron Janis. I have also Richter’s version, but I don’t like it.


Jun Says:

Why people keep bringing up the weak Federer era is beyond me. It’s just too painful (for some to resort to name-calling).


jalep Says:

From what you’ve said here, I figured you knew it, mat4. I stumbled across it looking up music on yt last weekend. It’s been running through my head a week now ….a sort of fight song for Nole to do this thing!


jalep Says:

Jeepers, mat4. Gorgeous music, art. Sounds familiar, too. Appreciated!


mat4 Says:

Serge Rachmaninoff had such huge hands that he could easily play the Presto. You can see here Lola Astanova (and her long legs) play this difficult piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhcidIUkCbk


Jun Says:

Meanwhile, in relevant news, Andy won the 1st set tiebreaker. Two sets away from another GS quarterfinals appearance. He must be in the top 10 in GS QF appearances in the Open Era. Wow!


Dave Says:

Gasquet broke back. On serve again.


jalep Says:

Lola is quite lovely. 😊 mat4.

I was quite proud at 13 years old that I could span an octave. Thank god, my hands stopped growing! Otherwise…
Anyway, my world changed when a piano teacher introduced me to Sergei in the 7th grade. This was my 9th grade recital solo.
rachmaninoff prelude op 23 no 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2GKgFZ_ioQ

just in time — Andy is back!


Jun Says:

I googled.

Andy IS number 10 in the Open Era with 25 GS QFs, and moving up. Also in 10th place with 18 GS SFs and on the move up.


jalep Says:

In case anyone here like me, was caught out staring at reruns on TC: Andy/Isner is on NBC.

Happy to see Andy got the 2nd set. One more to go…


Baa Says:

2 Baghdatisis, 2 Roddicks and 2 Blakes in the top 10 would mean “strong” warrior era, if Fed is #1 with 207-pound evil violent Novak as turkey who choked on 3 ’06 Masters Cup match points and 3 set points to go up 2 sets at Wimbledon ’09.

That would be the dream for Pat and John McEnroe.


Dave Says:

Gasquet up 5-1 in the second. A game away from going up 2 sets to 0. I looked up Gasquet vs Murray and none of their 3 matches on clay have been in straight sets. Gasquet won in a best of 3 set match. Murray won at Roland Garros in a 5 set match and he won again in Roland Garros in a 4 set match. If this is to be the match up, it could be a good one.


Daniel Says:

What happened to Kei, he was leading 4-2 first set and now complete overpowered?


jane Says:

kei is lame. i just don’t get him. sometimes he just doesn’t bother to show up, and often when you most expect him to do so. but reeshard is playing sublimely!! so i’ll take it.


jalep Says:

It’s what I guessed — Richie finally giving the fans his best at RG. Kei might be a bit depleted from the Verdasco match but from what I’ve seen, all credit to Gasquet.

Andy is being fabulous. Up 3-1 in the 3rd.


jane Says:

sometimes i get the impression that kei is not engaged. he hits two double faults and then lets a lob go rather than volleying. i don’t know if it’s bad judgement, “bad days at the office” or another perhaps injury. like stan, kei is just very streaky i guess? he is still in this for now, though. he could come back and win in 5 sets, as he is wont to do, just like gasquet often loses in 5 sets, ha ha / cry.


jalep Says:

Yes. There’s a number of posters who prefer to jump to a negative conclusion about Kei here. Kei isn’t one to tank a match. And I’d argue that he’s very consistent to be #6. He doesn’t have the weapons that Stan has. Madrid clay suits his game more. I don’t see Kei as a serious contender at RG – a bit like Ferrer, very good, but too many better than him.

Andy serving for the match!


jane Says:

rome clay suited his game fine when he played novak though jalep. he played brilliantly against novak, and as i understand it, roma is quite close to roland garros in terms of clay surfaces. maybe the long match with hotsauce tired him out, but it shouldn’t given kei’s 5 set record.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Ahhhhh NBC how well you know me. Of course I’d rather watch an Isner match than nishikori-gasquet. At least it is over now.


jalep Says:

Allez Richie!


Margot Says:

There’s only one Andy Murray!
Come on!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Nishikori got out of a shaky 0-30 game.


jalep Says:

Kei’s serve isn’t at it’s best in the heavy conditions, whether it’s Rome or RG. He was brilliant vs Nole in Rome. Very proud of his performance there. And Kei has improved his durability this season — I’m not as worried about injuries with him. But he’s still vulnerable to overplaying and not knowing how best to schedule, imo.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@mat4 you are unleashed the last couple of days.


jane Says:

kei is doing his comeback thang.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Nishikori steals the 3rd set. Maybe now we have a match


jalep Says:

lol, he got a set. Kei did. This is good for…Andy!


Margot Says:

lol jalep am hoping for 5 gruelling sets and a couple of rain breaks ;)
#innocent


jane Says:

maybe it is kei’s serve. that seems to be an inconsistent factor in his game.


jane Says:

amazing couple of points from reeshard, wow! crowd goes wild.
it’s looking windy…


jalep Says:

Oh yes, Kei’s serve. It’s better on hc and anytime he’s not overplayed. His other skills have become great on clay. Andy will hit either one: Richie or Kei off the court. imo.

To Margot’s delight…πŸ˜‰


J-Kath Says:

Margot @ 1.25

Thank the Almighty there ain’t two ….how would we split 3 supporters? Also sometimes I have to step outside for my health’s sake. (Packing suitcase now so keep the home fires burning not Cromwell’s).


jalep Says:

Good tennis!


Margot Says:

@jane
Shame all this practise Andy’s had at returning humungous serves will be wasted next round…..;)
@Kath
Hoping Andy makes light weight of all future opponents, well a gal can hope……and only good news comes your way.


jalep Says:

Gosh, it’s confusing. Simon v Sam and Radwanska v Pironkova matches are also going on…


jalep Says:

Simona, not Simon.


Margot Says:

Oops that comment was meant for jalep, never mind, am sure jane will share ;)


jane Says:

richie’s depth of shot has been so much better today.
margot, perhaps not, although if it is reeshard, he’s served quite well today. different kind of server entirely, though, of course.


jalep Says:

he drops to the ground — Richie celebrates like he won FO!


jane Says:

his first ever quarterfinal here?
congrats richard gasquet. :)


Margot Says:

Well got my 5 sets if not rain β˜”πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‡


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Nice win for gasket. It will be interesting to see how the Murray match will go. Murray struggled in rounds 1 and 2 against regular players. He took care of business against the servetrons. Now he. Will once again be playing a conventional player.


jalep Says:

He’ll crush Gas-K, that’s my guess, TFS1976. QF – Andy will be fully focused. He’s surfing the wave now…


jane Says:

margot it was only 4 sets, ha ha. were you hiding behind the couch or something? ;)


jalep Says:

haha, oh look who has emoji’s 🐐


Margot Says:

Margot @ 2.13
Yay! It worked! Did the emogees from my phone! Where are Okgiel/jalep, see how clever I can be too? Lol
Too much of a fag to do it unless occasion is special tho.


Margot Says:

First and last time probably jalep. And wishful thinking on my part, I feel.
All coming off now, more rain.


jane Says:

margot did you just post to yourself at 2:34?
i am so confused. lol.


jalep Says:

Welcome to emojiland 😁

Play suspended again. Simona with a slender lead. Aga up a set and 3-0.


Margot Says:

jane: indeed I did! I was congratulating myself, in case you gals failed to notice…;)


jane Says:

well done, then. ;)


chrisford1 Says:

After those two 5-setters , it was perfect luck that 2 servebots were “served up” to Andy. Easy quick matches and ideal to dissipate the effects of the 5 setters on him, get over them.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jalep I don’t know. Andy has a way of making it interesting.


Daniel Says:

CF1,

That’s what I said a few days back when someone said Andy wouldn’t have any chance this tourney anymore due his first 5 setters.

Now he got Gasquet (even with crowd support) is less dangerous to him than Kei.

He is perfectly set for semis where he will play Wawa in which will be the first blockbuster match of the tourney, last will finals, Djoko versus the winner: either rematch of last years finals with Stan or with Murray. Abg of these two matches will be great


Dave Says:

Gasquet is winning at least a set against Andy. He is way to consistent on the baseline not to win a set with the way Andy has been up and down with his focus. The first set was on Isner’s racquet in the first set today. Andy was very close to choking that first set away. He was way up in the tie break at 5 to 2 and lost 4 points in a row with Isner to serve to win the set. Andy is still not 100% focused. I don’t see how he won’t have at least a one set lapse against Gasquet, who just beat 2 high quality opponents in Kyrgios and Kei and he made it look fairly routine. So I do kind of think it’s wishful thinking that Andy will blow Gasquet off the court in 3 easy sets. I might be wrong. But at this point, it’s hard to fathom.


Daniel Says:

But even if he plays two 4 sets matches quarter and semis this is expected.

Last year Wawa played a long 4 setter with Tsonga and lost first set to Djoko. With a proper day in between I think Andy should be fine. As long as he doesn’t play more 5 set matches along the way.

Also I wouldn’t be surpised if Andy beats Gasquet in staright as well. Only surprise is if he beats Andy easy.


Daniel Says:

I mean, this is expected for later rounds in Grand Slam…


Dave Says:

The way Stan has been playing and also being on a 7 set and 3 match winning streak against Murray, never feeling threatened, I really don’t see Andy beating Wawrinka in less than 5 sets, if he is going to do it at all. Andy beating Wawrinka in 4 seems very difficult to see happening, considering that Stan plays a way more aggressive game than Murray and can push him around the court. Andy doesn’t like playing aggressive, and would need to be more aggressive to take Stan a bit out of his comfort zone.


jalep Says:

Apparently the odds-makers agree with you about Gasquet making a match of it, Dave.

Just checked and the spread is less than I expected.
Gasquet 3.75 / Murray 1.25.
Thought it would be more like:
Ramos 6.00 / Wawrinka 1.12
FO outright winner:
(ND 1.50) (AM 4.00) (SW 8.00) (DT 23.00) (Gas-K 34.00)
(DF 67.00) and on up from there…

Andy’s record vs Gasquet = I like. And like Andy’s Rome win. His clay chops are lit. The crowd has been a bad thing for Gasquet in the past – he doesn’t like the spotlight. But perhaps in his old age he’s appreciating it. It’s not exactly wishful thinking on my part. For Nole’s sake I’d rather Gasquet win. It’s a favorable match-up for Andy, imo. I’ll be happy for the winner – whoever wins. Andy, imo, in 3.

But I definitely could be wrong. Just an amateur = me.


chrisford1 Says:

Sorry Jalep, but even the former Fed-worshipping writers plus of course the wider audience and the pro players themselves understand the topic is unavoidable.


Weak era only applies to Federer anyway. Just ask CF1. On second thought, no, please don’t. We never hear the end of it. Topic is spammed to death already.”

Weak era started 2001-2002, before Fed was developed enough to exploit it all. 2001 was a free for all, then that lucky little Aussie was big fish until Fed grew into being an even larger fish.
The change in level of competition is seen in the Masters, and WTF, and the end of the 5 straight USOs!! 5 straight Wimbledons!! stuff/ This does not label Fed a bum, it simply acknowledges that records and winning percent vary with intensity of competition and players that may have had significant trophies in other eras don’t get near that amount of success in the era of the Big 4. Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga just didn’t play in a time when the Canas, Robredos, Rafters and Hewitts were hauling trophies in.
The weak era argument is something that should increase understanding and respect of the abilities they had – given the task that faced those other Top 10 players 2007-present.

It’s not just something for the endless GOAT argument – its also about giving not just junior member Andy – but Jo, David, Stan, Delpo, Ljubicic, Davydenko, nd yes, Berdych – their creds.


jalep Says:

ratcliff MAY 28, 2016 AT 12:41 PM
Andy in 3!

Gasquet’s revenge is coming… in 4!

This was my pick yesterday ^^

Oh Golly. As expected. CF1. Ever so predictable you are.


lakie Says:

The crowd factor probably impacted Kei but it will not affect Andy. Hope Andy does it in 3 easy sets lest Murray fans blow a gasket.


jalep Says:

Stan v Andy is a different problem for Andy.
Was not expecting Ramos in the picture. It was supposed to be another Milos v Stan — at least 4 sets. As it is now, Ramos should be 3 fairly easy sets but Stan is inconsistent. He’s apt to have a lapse in level/attention span. Maybe not, since it’s a GS QF.

Stan v Andy Semi is going to be good, if we get it.


lakie Says:

Frankly 2003-2007 did not feel like a weak era while it was going on. It was full of excitement and discovery as the protagonists were young and new to the circuit. Fresh faced Fed, a younger Nadal, already a slam rival, and Djokovic-Murray a serious threat. Berdych also full of potential.
But since the later part of 2014, it has felt like a weak era with only the “old” faces in contention and only one in top tier. Boring in the extreme except maybe for Djokovic fans. But even those among them who love tennis are secretly hoping for a rival. As is Djokovic himself who now tries to create an imaginary competition by struggling in the early rounds. Like Queen Gulnaar he seeks a rival ( “The Queen’s Rival)
“With none to envy and none gainsay,
No savour or salt hath my dream or day.”……
“Give me a rival, O King Feroz.”


mat4 Says:

I guess we won’t get it. I feel Richard has a semi in himself after watching the way he played today.


kjb Says:

Wierd, CF1 is back talking about weak era again. The real weak era started in mid 2012 when Grandpa Fed regained #1 and has stayed in the Top 3 up until the present time. Someone who is 10 years past his prime shouldn’t be in the top 3 if its a strong era, no?


jalep Says:

You think Richard can do it? That would be a surprise, to say the least. He’s good with the environment and didn’t melt under the pressure but beating Kei is something he’s usually done, prior to Madrid and Rome. I picked Richard in 4! Odds favored Kei by ? , I forget. My gut feeling picked Richard — based on how Kei played vs Verdasco. Just looked at our brackets, mat4, we did pick the same way.

Andy will be completely different for Richie. An upset isn’t out of the question. It’s not like Thiem v Granollers 1.10 to 7.00; or Nole v RBA 1.02 to 12.00!

It’s only 1.25 to 3.75. Ramos won today — what were the odds of Gulbis making R16? Gasquet winning is more realistic than those.


mat4 Says:

Richard took a set from Andy in all their previous matches, and, in the first QF of his career, he could well play under adrenaline and win another set. Although Kei made too many UE and seemed out of his game (Gasquet used a lot of spin, changed rhythm and avoided opening angles in the set I watched), Richard’s performance was exquisite. If he plays at the same level in two days, it could be a close affair.


jalep Says:

Okay. Fair enough. The numbers agree with both you and Dave πŸ˜‰
Talked me into it. Andy won’t crush Richard. And an upset isn’t out of the question, either. I’m looking forward to the match!


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know why peple are so surprised with Gasquet win against arrogant kamikaze. Gasquet beat him fairly easy in their first six meetings, lost last two (Madrid, Rome), smartly changed the tactics in this one, didn’t give him angles and didn’t hit flat, he was playing with lot of spin and high bounce, Nishikori was cought off guard, he didn’t have solutions. It has nothing to do with his five setter against Verdasco. Gasquet was simply better and stuck to the game plan, I am very glad Nishikori is out. I am pretty sure too that Andy will be 100% focused. You have to respect player that beats Kyrgios and Nishikori in three/four sets, and that fairly easy.


mat4 Says:

jalep:

In the critical moment of his career (when he as a shortcut to the all-time-great status), I expected you, as a Novak fan, to root for him, not his most dangerous opponent, to be frank.

I trust you and I expect an honest and straightforward answer — our relationship is too well anchored in time (and in music) to be affected — but, are you really a Nolefan? Andy is not American (at least, it’s clear why I root for Richard against Kei, and for Jo), and your explanations that we sometimes go overboard fall apart when I think that you asked of me to be nice toward lakie, or Giles, precisely when they attacked me nastily. You chose them the way I chose Travis.

I am an “ethereal friend” with skeez, TF76, I have an excellent communication with J-Kath, Margot, who are Andyfans, and I like GL and Okie who are Rafans.

So now, the moment of truth: are you a fan of Novak?


Wog Boy Says:

Travis is way above the other two you mentioned mat4, just saying.
On the other note, do you really belive you will get an honest answer from any Roger fan declared “Nole fan” from 2011, I mean Nole has a chance to do something their man wasn’t able to achive and you expect those “Nole fans” to cheer Nole, you cannot be serious my friend:)


Vami Says:

@mat4
I think the answer to your question is “no”, something switched in that person but that’s only my observation.
By the way I just watched a movie called “Mediterranea” and tennis suddenly doesn’t feel important at all. This is a strange world we’re in.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mediterranea_2015/


Wog Boy Says:

^^ I have to exlude Daniel from that, he honestly likes Nole and wants him to win FO and many more GSs, same as he honestly dislikes Rafa, he is not pretender.


lakie Says:

Nor can Giles be compared with TB. Giles is funny and sarcastic. He doesn’t make dirty posts. It is significant that the only Novak fan who opposed indecency is suspected of not being a Novak fan.


jalep Says:

Why this inquisition? sheesh. Crazy fans.
Whether you believe me or not is out of my control. That I’ve had that Rachmaninoff theme moment musical running through my head thinking about Nole winning the FO, probably means nothing to anyone here but it does to myself and that’s all that matters. I know my feelings are true.

I’m listening to the entire concert – that, Mussorgsky you posted, with tears in my eyes hearing the Great Gate of Kiev part. The old castle part sounded familiar so I went looking — God, I love that music. And this has nothing to do with me being a fan of Nole fan! Thanks to you for connecting the dots for me.

I don’t have to justify who I cheer/support. The whole notion is ridiculous.


jalep Says:

As I recall a pack of you lot put Ben Pronin through this as well, no he rarely posts. I highly resented how that all went down, as well.


jalep Says:

I love Novak Djokovic but there’s a growing laundry list of his so-called fans here that I barely tolerate. There. You have it.


jalep Says:

This does remind me of what I’ve read Rafa fans putting other Rafa fans through recently on that other blog where I post. There’s “real” Rafa fans vs the “not real Rafa fans” — it’s ignorant and ugly.

Cult-ish bickering is the same everywhere.


Wog Boy Says:

I had my disagreements with Ben Pronin, I think he insulted TB unnecessary when TB wasn’t insulting him, but that’s between two of them. I don’t always agree with Ben, but respect his opinion very much, and he is declared Nole fan way befor 2011, I was here then. Why somebody has to bring Ben into discussion?


jalep Says:

Because he, BP, was verbally abused here and I had to read it. I’m sick of it.


Humble Rafa Says:

Have the Egg Lover fans already started the celebration? My goatness, goathood and all other good things are at stake here. Will a real man get and beat the Egg Lover, please?


jalep Says:

Anyway think what you freaking want, you whack-o’s!!

I’m still going to post here – whether you believe me or like it/me or not. I’m a tennis fan — a damn good one. Shove the heck off me.


Wog Boy Says:

BP sorted his problems himself, he is sharpshooter himself, doesn’t need nor asked for outside help. If my memory is right the only people he had serious arguments were CDP and TB (all three very articulate and eloquent) and somebody’s newfound best friend Giles, who can string together two sentences, at most, to make sure we don’t forget how much he hates Nole.


Wog Boy Says:

HR,

No we don’t, we have too much respect for the goat owner to even think about any premature celebration.


jalep Says:

No one is going to dictate to me what posters I talk to and which ones I don’t. And I won’t be bullied into it. None of you are without fault here.


Wog Boy Says:

We are all sinners.


mat4 Says:

My favourite part is Bydlo.

It starts here at 10’20″

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNq3VMzqXqM


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

I was touched by the sincerity and the sensitiveness of your answer. It wasn’t meant to be a form of inquisition, just an unimportant question you could simply answer by “yes”, or not answer at all.


jalep Says:

Yeah but as you see, you also set me up for ridicule, mat4.

This should all be discussed privately — not on a tennis forum. Now I resent again having take up a page, a thread with this cr@p!

Ask for an email next time mat4 – if there’s something bothering you so much. Don’t disrupt the board again. please. It’s inappropriate, unfair to readers and unnecessary.


jane Says:

a canadian writer, douglas coupland, once wrote a book called “all families are psychotic.”
sometimes i imagine another title, something like “all sports fans are dysfunctional.”
maybe especially tennis fans during slams?
or perhaps hockey fans during playoffs???
i don’t know, but mostly we get along pretty.
even if we are all sinners.
which seems true.

on another note, i sure hope novak wins tomorrow, but also that he finishes, drat rainy weather!
cheers to blue skies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YErXozSHW9w


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

You started it…at least I am not the only one in bad books..:))


Vami Says:

@WB
Just ignore certain posters man, anybody that talks to the pig is not worth your time.

Back to tennis: Novak will win this, he’s too good for everyone else. He’s everybody’s worst nightmare. Lesser players these days (outside of top 20) play best matches against Novak because they don’t play to win but to avoid embarrassment. That’s why they don’t give up, all 3 guys he played so far were in it until the end. Bedene yesterday played beautifully, he served exceptionally well, he was hitting the ball great and yet he nearly avoided two breadsticks, that’s how good Novak is. The new king of clay just a few months back said that he hoped that Novak’s level would drop in order to beat him. At the time he wasn’t aware of the Rome draw scenario :-) No such luck this time around.


Wog Boy Says:

Vami,
Advice taken to consideration and accepted, thanks.


skeezer Says:

This whole gang of jealous insecure Novak wannabees is out of hand. Am shocked that this site allows such ridiculousness. There were intelligent posters here that were worth a discussion(yes, objective ones) but this has turned into a personal attack site if you don’t cheer Church of Novak at every turn. Pathetic.
Was looking forward to talking tennis here(despite Fedal out) but this insultive behavior is chasing fans away, not drawing them here. Have fun talking about the remaining yourselves with the 6 other posters left. Out.


Wog Boy Says:

Here we have another crybaby, like those little school dobbers:
“Dear Teacher ((Sean), Jimmy is misbehaving in the classroom, can you send him in the corner (ban him on TX), please.” What a pathetic losers.

Man up or open one of those elite English clubs “by invitation only” and then you can have all likeminded people and talk as much as you want “knowledgable tennis”.


skeezer Says:

^and there ya go fans. Proof. Out.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually there is one club like that, where else but in England, while the tennis matches are played in Paris, they are worshiping certan one like tennis stopped with him, go there, they are all “knowledgable” Roger fanatic, here it is:

https://www.perfect-tennis.com


skeezer Says:

WB,
Love how you like to dig yourself a bigger hole. Keep on a diggin the Church of Novak.


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry skeezer, but this time around you are loser, sore one too. Go to your people at “peRFect tennis” and lick your wounds, they remind me on RSPCA and unwanted pets waiting to be adopted or given a needle, sad how you all ended up..


skeezer Says:

Sorry WB,
Not playing your game, it gives me the yawns. Try harder with the insults like the rest of your clan, they will cheer, you will cheer, and you all will feel better. That has been the SOP recently here. This kind of talk is exactly what I am talking about here. Insultive.


Wog Boy Says:

I am sure you got it wrong, you are talking about Roger’s high days and his fans on TX, no?

BTW, you forgot to put “out” at the end..


Wog Boy Says:

Anyway, I have to go out, so I am not disrespecting you if I don’t reply on your future posts, we Nole fans are very respectful, but as soon as I am back I’ll check this thread and WILL come back to you with mine “not so knowledgeable” tennis answers and other answers to you…ciao for now, love you😘


skeezer Says:

“BTW, you forgot to put β€œout” at the end..”
Yeah, well, I was but you decided to keep up the insults. I fished, you bit. LOL.
So keep diggin, I’ll stick around, maybe, maybe not. Depends. BTW this is not about Roger, he is out if the tournament, but yet you insist on the obsessive behavior of love you have for him by bringing him up. Too bad, thought you belonged to the Church of Novak.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Good girl….. knew you would get with the emoji program…….one of each……glad you didn’t overdo it like I do!! πŸ’œ them!


Okiegal Says:

@mat4 11:32……Byron/Janis popped out at me…..my late husband was Byron and I’m Janis…..I spell my name the same way…..another popular spelling is Janice……Seeing that made me smile……..


Dave Says:

What’s wrong with Giles? I have a soft spot for Giles for some reason. We might like different players, but I respect the realness of Giles.

Jalep,

I hope you are doing well. Sorry if the comments put you in a bad mood. I think you make really good comments, and I enjoy your insights. I also listened to all the music that you and Mat4 posted today. Thanks for the great classical music. That was great.


Giles Says:

Dave. I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you.


Giles Says:

There’s a poster here who insists on name calling. Ok then my turn now. Here’s a quiz – if you swap the ” a” in his name for an ” o” and add a ” t” at the end what do you come up with? Answer – Vomit.
Cheers!
πŸ˜–πŸ˜·πŸ€’πŸ˜‘


chrisford1 Says:

Skeezer shows he can assemble a passive aggressive pile of nonsense. (at 10:23 PM)

See by Sleezer, it is the gang of jealous insecure Novak fans, the wannabe Djokois, that have destroyed this site. He doesn’t know HOW they are getting away with it – extolling him at the Church of Novak and greatly abusing sensitive souls like cat lover Skeezer.

In fact, Skeezer has had it with these pathetic people who replaced the intelligent people at TX. Skeezer has has it with these insulters like he has had it with Meow Mix.
Skeezer doen’t articulate it fully, but somehow, the Djokovic fans are driving away the worthier humans that cherish the genteel nature of things and hold to the highest level of sportmanship and polite conduct.
Yes, Fed fans are above reproach. They cheer great points made by both sides, they had noting but love for Nole, Rafa, and Andy. They have been known to buy out whole flowershops stock at the USA to throw petals at the feet of Fed and his more mortal rivals.


Van Persie Says:

^^ LOL


Giles Says:

Hope joker enjoys the rain delay.
πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œ


Dave Says:

I just woke up and see that none of the matches have even started yet. Wow, I don’t ever recall a French Open with this much rain before. This has been crazy so far.


Margot Says:

Big scheduling problems coming. Forecast for the week isn’t great either.
By an amazing coincidence, last time a whole day’s play was cancelled was also a May 30th.
@Okgiel
Did the emojies from my IPhone, it was fiddly and also I got moderated, so will only be doing it in future for high days and holidays……..:)


Dave Says:

I have a question. If the rain stops all of the matches from happening today, will they move everything a day forward? could the final potentially be on Monday? Or does this side of the draw play 4th round on Tuesday and QF’s on Wednesday?


Margot Says:

Dave:
They’ll start tomorrow earlier than they normally would on 2nd Tuesday i.e. 11am French time.


anki Says:

The weather doesn’t look promising tomorrow also. So bottom half will have to play Tuesday and Wednesday back to back?


Dave Says:

Oh, and your welcome Giles. I hope you are well today.


Van Persie Says:

Glad that Richard made it yesterday. A very nice and talented player. I do not like Kei very much, something is not ok with this guy. Do not like his attitude.


jalep Says:

Dave, happy you enjoyed the music and lakie, thanks to both of you for your kindness.

mat4 shocked me more than WB did last weekend. I’m not doing this anymore — no more nice jalep!!

Hope Andy Murray makes the final. Hope he beats Gasquet – ect. I’m not afraid of Nole’s rivals – I welcome them. A Ramos v Nole final would be comical – thought that was a joke but I guess that mat was serious! A Murray-Djokovic final is my wish and I’ll be cheering for Nole. As for the ‘Fan Cr@p’, forget it. I can’t stand the clique mentality, manipulations, and thugs that emerge over time. Cannot relate to any of it.


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

Please, stop it. You just make things worse, and now, you’re really being ridicule.

I don’t see how I wasn’t nice toward you. Did I wrote about you any of the things lakie — who you defend so much — wrote about me? Didn’t I try to be as friendly as possible asking a really trivial question? Because, you know, you’re free to root for anybody you want. It wouldn’t change our relationship. You have not a single reason to be upset by my question, especially since it was very respectful. Some things were strange, and I preferred to ask you directly, because it’s more decent, and more earnest.

It’s especially honest from a person who trusts you. But did you really deserve this trust?

As a Novak fan, you are not shocked by Giles hateful posts, nor by his racist outbursts, but by the fact that I hope Novak could play Ramos in the final? Are you kidding me?

I had the right to ask you decently a question. You had the right not to answer, or to answer directly. You decided to play the frightened virgin instead.

So, once again. Please stop, before it’s too late. It will be easy to prove that you are a Nolefan by sharing our joy if he wins this FO.


jalep Says:

Oh please. mat
I don’t give a flock what you,jane, WB — the lot of you think. Being subjected to an inquisition took me by surprise and did hurt but after sleeping and giving this more thought, it’s beyond ridiculous two weekends in a row! Lol..
All done with ‘fan cliques’. You are out of my league. This is tennis not some petty induction by examination into into a cult, is it or isn’t it?

I’m here, when I chose for the subject of tennis, not going to take being scrutinized by obsessed fanatics.

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