Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray On French Open Collision Course, But The Scot Is A Round Ahead
by Sean Randall | June 1st, 2016, 5:38 pm
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After days and days of rain, the French Open – or as some have dubbed it, the “Drench Open” – finally had a full day of play again. Hallelujah!

On the men’s side, tournament picks Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both needed four sets to stay alive in the Fedal-less French.

Djokovic got through a second day of Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 in just over three hours. The fourth round match began Tuesday but had to finish today because of the rains.

Yesterday, Djokovic looked out of sorts. Today, it was a much, much better performance. Novak served much better, was better off the ground, though that overhead smash is another issue. Still, he’s not where he wants to be.

“I know that I can play better and I have a couple more gears,” said Djokovic. “That excites me, actually. [It] motivates me to work and get myself in that maximum speed hopefully for the next match and see where it takes me.”

And luckily for him, he should handle what’s ahead. But because of the weather, the Serb is also staring at the prospect of having to play and to win four best-of-5 matches in just five days. In fact, because he played Tuesday, he’ll really play five matches in six days. Fortunately, he’s not faced with having to play a murderers’ row type of line-up like Roger Federer, then Rafael Nadal and then Murray on consecutive days.

He’s fit. He’s No. 1. He’ll manage.

“That’s an ideal scenario right there,” Djokovic said about the schedule. “Let’s see, first of all, whether or not I can win my quarterfinal and put myself in a position to play semis and maybe the final.”

And he’s right. One match at a time. Tomorrow, Novak will try to continue his dominance against Tomas Berdych who blasted the aging David Ferrer in straight sets.

Ferrer was probably feeling the years and the slower, muddier courts won’t do him any favors against the more powerful Berdych. But good win for Tomas.

Murray was on later against final French hope Richard Gasquet, and the usual drama ensued. Murray got up a break, failed to hold it. Gasquet played some beautiful tennis to take the opener. Then repeat. Murray up a break again in the second, lost it. Gasquet played some beautiful tennis to take a 3-1 lead in the breaker and that was it.

Just when it looked like Gasquet would finally beat Murray on a big stage and thrill his fans… Nope. Murray won six straight points to take the breaker and predictably he ran away with the match only losing two more games thereafter for the 5-6, 7-6(3), 6-0, 6-2 win.

The win put Murray into his fourth French Open semifinal and it also gives him a day of rest – after those five setters last week, he’ll take it.

“My drop shot strategy was working at the beginning and then… played too many,” Murray said. “In the end, physically he was struggling. I think I played some really good stuff – I do think I played well. It’s been a tough few days for everyone, but especially players in the other half. But you have to be selfish – look at your own matches and do your best to get through them. I believe I can win the event. Whether I do or not… we’ll have to wait and see.”

And I believe he really can win the event! Didn’t I pick him?

As for Gasquet, that’s just his career. Mentally, he’s simply not strong enough. And everyone knows it.

“I knew I needed to push him. He just played very good,” Gasquet said. “To be honest, he just played better than me. He didn’t miss a return.

“When I’m playing a guy like Murray who is never missing a return, it’s very difficult.”

In the semifinals on Friday, Murray meets defending champion Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss is quietly rounding into form, winning his 12th straight match in Paris after easing past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7).

“I didn’t want to give [Ramos-Vinolas] anything to use against me, so I hit the ball heavy. Then I was able to get into the court and vary the pace,” Wawrinka said. “In general, I quite like the conditions here in Paris. I am still able to hit through the ball and make some winners.”

Stan is 2-0 against Murray on clay and has won their last three despite being down 8-7 in the series.

“Well, we haven’t played that much in the past few years,” Wawrinka said. “[Murray]’s improved a lot on clay. He’s playing so well, especially if you look at this year. He won Rome, made the final in Madrid and made the semifinals in Monaco.

“So it’s going to be an interesting match. We’ve had good battles in the past, so I’m quite happy to play him. I think it’s going to be a great challenge.”

And it should be a heck of a match. But more on that later.

Also today, we saw Dominic Thiem continue his maturation process reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal beating Marcel Granollers in four sets.

The 22-year-old Thiem has a lot of firepower and a lot of talent. He’s like a younger version of Wawrinka with a foundation built to win the French Open. And someday, maybe even this year (really, he could!), he will.

“Two years ago, I was here with Ernests and he played in the semifinals. Back then I couldn’t really imagine that I’d go this far myself one day,” Thiem said of his good friend. “It happened two years later and it feels really good.

“Today, we had nice conditions, and I was happy that we could finish the match today.”

Thiem now meets another quarterfinal debutant, David Goffin. The Belgian continued his breakout year overcoming a first set loss to deny Ernest Gulbis in four sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Theim, though, has lost four of six to Goffin.

“We often practice together,” said Thiem. “It’s always really good and really tough practices with him. He’s also very nice guy; we hang out a little bit together outside the court. I think it will be a very interesting and a very nice match to watch.

“He takes the balls really early, doesn’t give you any time, and he’s really, really fast on his feet. His game has developed amazingly in the past two years.”

So the quarterfinals for tomorrow are set. On to some quick picks.

Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych
I actually think Berdych might get a set here. Djokovic has been a bit off of late and with Berdych basically an afterthought these days (and he has no coach), I give the Czech a decent shot here. But even with the arduous schedule ahead, I don’t think Djokovic lets this chance slip. Not here. Not against someone he has beaten swiftly in 23 of 25 meetings and 10 straight.
The pick: Djokovic in 4

David Goffin v Dominic Thiem
Goffin has the experience and the 4-2 head-to-head, but I just feel Thiem is almost like “programmed” to win these type of matches. He’s stronger and more forceful than Goffin, who really is no pushover himself.

If Thiem can play forward, he should win this. But it could be war. It should be war. The clay gives the edge to the Austrian.
The pick: Thiem in 5

What’s interesting is that while the talk is of how worrisome the compacted schedule is for Novak, it could actually help.

If my picks are right and Novak gets an easy or semi-straightforward win over Berdych while Thiem-Goffin slug it out in five, what an edge for Novak having to come back Friday to play an exhausted Thiem-Goffin winner. And then he’ll have a day off Saturday before final.

Of course the problem with the scheduling is there’s little room to recover from a long match. Should Berdych push Novak to five or keep him on the court for several hours while Thiem wins easily in straights, then advantage Thiem?

And that’s a serious concern. And with the heaviness of the conditions, injuries also could become a greater factor.

Regardless, Murray or Stan will be sleeping quite well tonight. As they should.


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155 Comments for Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray On French Open Collision Course, But The Scot Is A Round Ahead

mat4 Says:

I’ll go with Goffin and Nole in three. And with Stan in four or five. Andy hasn’t much weapons against Stan on a heavy clay.


mat4 Says:

Goffin in four or five… of course.


jane Says:

mat4, do you know goffin/thiem’s h2h?


mat4 Says:

Yes. It’s 5-1, for David, with one retirement from Goffin. On clay, it’s 1-1.


jane Says:

wow, i had no idea goffin’s record is so good vs thiem.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
Pleeeaasee, no predictions, pleeease..

Nole gave very sensible answer when asked about being first man to earn more than 100 million dollars, particularly the part when he said he is not going to talk about money when people in his country are earning €300 a month if they are lucky to have a job and basicly refused to answer the question. Does anybody have englis version of his presso since I read Serbian translation.


Wog Boy Says:

I was shocked when I checked Goffin’s stats last night, in four set match with Gulbis he had 18 winners (7 aces including as winners) and 16 UE! At the same time Gulbis had 44 winners and 68UE.


jane Says:

here you go wog boy; i agree that they were wonderful and thoughtful comments

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1soob6i


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I read that article. It was great, and Novak showed a lot of humility.


jane Says:

goffin seems like a counterpuncher; he’s a lot like simon, isn’t he, in that he gets a lot of balls back in play but he doesn’t hit winners? pesky…


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks jane, I prefer to read interview in original, I don’t always trust translators.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Not quite, although they sometimes look similar. He plays more like a Novak for the poor. Simon plays flat and soft, while Goffin hits much harder. Simon has a better serve, his defensive BH is better, while Goffin is better at attacking with the BH, and puts more spin in the FH.


jane Says:

thanks mat4; haven’t watched enough goffin to assess his strengths and weaknesses i guess.


James Says:

Wawrinka vs Murray is difficult to call this time around, Stan has won comfortably in their past few matches, however the pressure will be on him to remain in the hunt for a successful title defence. Andy has improved a lot on clay since they met in Monte-Carlo in 2013, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles Stan’s raw power and aggression. I reckon it’ll be a 4 or 5 set match, however I can’t call which of them will come out on top.


mat4 Says:

Of course it will be close. There both excellent players, and the margins are very tiny.

But I am not sure that the pressure will be on Stan. I believe that they will be both under pressure, eager to make the final.

What makes me think that Stan has a bit more chances, beside his last wins against Andy, is that the clay will probably be heavy, and Stan has much more standing power.

Then, Stan’s game depends a lot of his mood, while Andy is always happy to hit a few good first serves and defend. But if the match against Richard can learn us anything, it’s that Stan has a good chance.


Wog Boy Says:

Let’s see, 2011 FO five days break before SF costed Nole dearly, this year is completly oposite, no break at all.


Dave Says:

I didn’t know that Nole got a 5 day break before playing Federer in the Semi-Finals. That’s crazy.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Fognini did a WO, strange one too.


Wog Boy Says:

That year Nole was shafted by two players he considers friends, Tipsy did WO at Serbia open and thsn Fognini, with those to matches Nole would have a record for the longest winning streak in calendar year, but he felt short for one, he stoped at 41(?) and Jmac had 42. I relly think they should start counting WOs into h2h stats as wins.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ …and most importantly, he wouldn’t bring that streak pressure with him into Federer match…if only Fognini turned up for that match, forget about Tipsy.


Dave Says:

Wow. I never knew that. I didn’t sleep a lot lastnight. I got perfect timing with the match. I woke up and it was match point Nole. I got to avoid all of the stress. I will be up for the whole match tomorrow though. I’m still hoping to see a good match from Nole. Something dominant would come in handy right about now. He needs to rest and show some form at the same time. He said he has a few more gears still. Let’s see them.


Humble Rafa Says:

When I play, the FO is a dignified tournament – no playing 2 hrs and 1 min and stopping play or walking to the court when it is pouring. These players have leadership skills to navigate this. That’s the truth.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually HR you are right on that one, there is no way they would have ask Rafa and uncle Toni for that matter (not to mention the other one) to play two days ago. The conditions were not regular, players came out to play while it was still raining and kept raining, in that kind of conditions they usually stop the match, particularly if your humbleness is on the court (see your match with Nole).


chrisford1 Says:

Wog Boy – That year Nole was shafted by two players he considers friends, Tipsy did WO at Serbia open and thsn Fognini, with those to matches Nole would have a record for the longest winning streak in calendar year, but he felt short for one, he stoped at 41(?) and Jmac had 42.

—————–
Perspective, Wog, perspective!!!! Every pro considers a walkover a gift – unless they were really looking forward to a final to devastate the foe, and help make a great event for fans. Say, at the O2 arena.
In 2011 Djokovic was not crying begging to see his byes removed so he could add to his Amazing Statistics No One Really Cares About, same with two tough “outs” like the 2011 Tipsarevic that beat Nole at the YEC, knocking him out…and Fabio who if he is on…causes lots and lots of grief.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

I beg to differ, I like both (Tipsy and Fognini), but Tipsy should have known better because Nole was well on the way chasing Jmac’s record and Serbia Open was their hometown, family tournament, they played it really for fun. He could hit few balls, entertain fans and either retire or just finish it in the light spirit. Instead he did WO, he was always little bit too “intelectual” compare to Nole and Viktor. As for that win at WTF, that was a joke joke, everybody was beating Nole after USO 2011. He was done and dusted well and truly, retired against Delpo in DC, skipped Bejing and Shanghai, bageled by Nishikori in Basel, beaten by Tipsy and Rafa at WTF, didn’t make it out of RR, he was completely burned out after USO.

Back to Fognini, disagree again, Fognini wasn’t any danger for Nole, Nole is gearing up for the final, peaking nicely, four matches played, three two days off, third day Fognini decides he won’t play, another two days off, no competitive matches for a five days, and then Federee comes. that wasn’t a gift but well and truly interruption in peaking for the final and stayed focused, but that’s my opinion, wrong or right, for me right one.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually, it wasn’t Rafa, Rafa beat him 2010 WTF, I can’t remember now who else beat him 2011 WTF….Ferrer ?


Wog Boy Says:

My understanding of gift is if Nishikori did WO in Rome, or if Andy or Stan do WO in the final of FO..if Nole makes it so far..:)


mat4 Says:

WB:

Two difficult days for Novak. The weather seems OK for today, but there is rain on the menu tomorrow afternoon, about 5h. Don’t be surprised if the semi of the upper part of the draw is scheduled as a second match, when there is more than 50% chances it will be interrupted by the rain…


Van Persie Says:

IF Nole wins the FO under all these circumstances, he is the GOAT without doubt


Van Persie Says:

^^ at least for me


Margot Says:

If Berd beats Nole we could maybe say the tennis world, as we know it, is at an end. But it isn’t.
The other is more difficult to call, I like Dom’s chances but the H2H is impressive.
And a double jinx for Sean on Andy. Eek! Nothing in Andy’s play so far suggests to me he can win unless I can magically transform Stan and Nole into John Isner….or Frenchmen…that’s just for you matt….;)


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

My app says 40-50% chances of rain after 2pm onwards, and that’s the time of Nole/Berdych match.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

Do you remember last year MC, very overcast conditions, Berdych almost took Nole out and won MC.


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
The weather might defeat Nole but I very much doubt Berd can.
Unless he’s got some extra motivation and is keen to put two metaphorical fingers up to his former coach.
MMT said similar, only much more eloquently..;)


Pauly Says:

Only one blockbuster semi final
Murray vs Wawrinka

Djokovic vs whoever it won’t be blockbuster
Man vs boy

Can’t believe Nadal withdrew still haven’t got over it
Was looking forward to that match for so long
It is what it is I guess

Wawrinka vs Djokovic final
Djokovic to win first French open is my pick
12th try must Finally yield fruit 🍎


Michael Says:

Berdych relishes the heavier conditions and would pose some trouble for Novak given the Drench open that we are experiencing. But, still Novak should get through without major problems although the match might even go the distance.

With the way Wawarinka is playing, the semis against Andy should be a blockbuster and it is not easy to predict the winner here. But, I feel that Andy holds a slight edge. On the other hand, Novak will have a far easier semi finals with whomsoever he is pitted against and should get through to the final. Hopefully, this is the year, he makes the Calendar Grand Slam and end us all the long wait.


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

“or Frenchmen”

Come on, Margot, be serious: we won just 6 single GS since the beginning of the open era, you won 8 single GS. A little country like Serbia has won 21… we’re the laughing stock of the tennis world…


Pauly Says:

Michael

Djokovic was waiting for Nadal expecting Nadal in that semi but wonder how Nadal would’ve handed the heavy conditions ?
Hard to say ? However now Djokovic will most likely play thiem who won’t trouble hom


Pauly Says:

Murray is mentally weak I think Djokovic would love to play him in the final if he had chance to choose his opponent


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Do not worry. Nole will play today like a nervous, frustrated beast. He will win today.


Pauly Says:

Berdych will be disappointed when he retires in future if he cannot win one major ?
Good player but just can’t win major


calmdownplease Says:

Pauly, you’re mentally weak as is your endlessly repetitious and undesired Nadal-centric commentary
No one gives a toss about Nadal here!
He’s OUT of the tournament, so his fans (with plus 80 IQ’s, at least) have had the humility to shut up or f**k off!


calmdownplease Says:

‘Can’t believe Nadal withdrew still haven’t got over it’

Oh we know and we still don’t care!


anki Says:

Going to be a tough one for Novak with cold, windy conditions favouring Berdych. Looks more motivated after getting double bageled by Goffin.


Margot Says:

@CDP
I have a Q. for you. Is Polly, sorry Pauly, a parrot do you think?
So annoys me this dissing Andy stuff. Either Andy is playing at the same time as 3 players who are the most talented ever in the history of the tennis universe, in which case, under these circumstances, his achievements are remarkable, or they’re merely average players and thus his success is paltry.
You can’t have it both ways.


calmdownplease Says:

mmm yes, And I have a question for you too;

Have you ever seen Pauly and Fedexpress in the same room as each other at the same time?

One to ponder.

Anyhoo, I’ve had a think about everything and have remembered that while they all look quite sh*t (so it’s difficult to assess), Andy was actually the number one clay courter, points wise, coming into this FO.
Where was Wawrinka?
Nowhere that’s where!
And he hasn’t done anything much to impress since then.
I’m hoping for a 3 or 4 set match Andy’s way
If he can’t get through this Wawrinka he probably doesn’t have much of chance against even a rather soggy Djokovic.
We have to admit, however Margot, that Andy rarely ‘pleasantly surprises us’ anymore….


Margot Says:

@CDP
No I haven’t, nor would I want to.
Anyways, Seanie has backed Andy. What could possibly go wrong?


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s return shos tgis last game to break, one great return after another.

4-3 and serving to consolidate the break.


Dave Says:

Djokovic wins the first set by a double break.


Van Persie Says:

Wow, he broke Berdy twice. Awesome :)
Nole idemooo!


Pauly Says:

Daniel

Berdych won’t win tonight
Don’t worry


Daniel Says:

Second break to close the set 6-3. Djoko is getting all returns back in play, if Bersych doesn’t ace tis match will go fast. Very clean set by Djoko and I expect next to be the same.

This match and semis he will tune his game, one day rest Saturday and will be ready fir final Sunday.


Pauly Says:

Calm down please

Wawrinka can turn it on Murray can’t overpower your boy Djokovic


Tom Says:

If No1e makes quick work of Berdych here, I think he will win this thing finally…I hope as a No1e fan. Weather and Light permitting of course since this is the French. Thiem might be a little tougher but with rest I think he’ll beat him.

This “Stanimal” v Andy semi should be awesome… “should”


Pauly Says:

Calm down please

We still don’t care that your boy Djokovic is

ZERO in the French open

At least my boy has 9 😂😂😂


Pauly Says:

Tom

Thiem is only there Coz Nadal withdrew
Only Wawrinka if he plays red hot can beat Djokovic in final


Van Persie Says:

Hehe, Pauly,

You make me laugh :)
Keep on posting


Pauly Says:

Pauly, you’re mentally weak as is your endlessly repetitious and undesired Nadal-centric commentary
No one gives a toss about Nadal here!
He’s OUT of the tournament, so his fans (with plus 80 IQ’s, at least) have had the humility to shut up or f**k off!

NO NEED TO CRY calm down please or insult people you don’t know
You remind me of a 2 yr old child who has lost her dummy


Pauly Says:

Van persie

Thank you !
I was hoping to see Nadal play Djokovic so bad that I seem to forget he isn’t in the tournament no more
I love the close gladiatorial matches they once played


Van Persie Says:

Pauly,

Please ignore CDP.
CDP is only jealous because Djoker has 0 FO, and your guy has 9! Trust me


Tom Says:

Pauly, stinks be a Rafa fan these days doesn’t it? Other than his “miraculous” late season run in 2013 where he beat No1e at the USO and holding him off in 13 and 14 at the French, it’s been a while since Rafa has been a dominant player. I know, I can sense fear in many Rafa fans across all forums and pages. Your guy will be remembered as a clay specialist and one of the best, but not the best and No1e is threatening to eclipse him (which he slowly has)….

And No1e is steamrolling Berdie… WOW.. amazing when he is forced to focus what he can do, eh?


Pauly Says:

Tom

Your boy is injury free
That’s what Nadal said in the past
Djokovic no injury !
I think my boy has played so hard that his body is starting to break down more & more
This wrist injury seems bad but you know what that’s life you win some you lose some
I’m not expecting much from him but who knows what will happen ?
If he can come back for 2 more seasons I’ll be happy


Pauly Says:

Van persie

I was greedy I wanted 10 ZERO
Maybe that was too much to ask for
But I has a feeling Berdych would be thrashed
He’s not in the same league as the grand slam winners


Van Persie Says:

Pauly,

Greed is not good :)
but, why do you wanted 10 ZERO?


calmdownplease Says:

‘CDP is only jealous because Djoker has 0 FO, and your guy has 9! Trust me’

I wouldn’t trust you on this VP!
why the f**k would i be jealous that ‘Novak has 0 and Nadal has 9′?!?
It’s really not the issue at all.
And I really can’t be jealous of anything in this life, that would be just too shameless of even me.
It’s weird that Novak fans think I am a Novak fan actually.
PAULY, you write like a 2 year old, steal other people’s lines like a 4 year old, think you are a smart *ss like an 9 year old and probably p*ss your pants like a one year old
I don’t care about the Nadal Novak rivalry!
But there’s a time and place for everything and on this thread and other Muzz related threads discussions about how Nadal missed out this year for the umpteenth time ARE NOT THAT PLACE OR TIME.


Pauly Says:

Tom

Nadal will always be remembered as the greatest clay courter of all time & plus his 2013 hardcourt season hasn’t been equalled yet ? Has it ?
Where he swept all those tournaments
The TRUE GOAT is ROD LAVER until someone wins 4 slams twice


jane Says:

is anyone watching tennis, rather than squabbling? just wondering.


Pauly Says:

Calm down please

You need some help wiping your bum ?
Does your mummy not change your diapers ?
You need some help seriously
I’ve never known anyone as stupid as you on this site


Pauly Says:

Jane

What tennis it’s boring
Berdych is not playing well


Van Persie Says:

Pauly,

CDP is a Nole fan under cover, but he won’t admit it.


Van Persie Says:

CDP,

I was only joking. I am surprised, that you haven’t “seen” this :)


Daniel Says:

Berdy serving to force a tiebreak.

Now is the time to break Novak, start serving third and finish him of under 2 h.


Pauly Says:

Van persie

I met Djokovic in Australia & had photo taken with him
I was abit nervous to ask him things however I managed to ask him one important question
Who’s your favourite fan ?
He said he goes by the alias calm down please on tennis x
😂😂😂😂


jane Says:

of course daniel is watching! berd picked it up in that set but novak pounced at the end. someone said berd has a new temporary coach this event, a friend of ljubicic’s


Pauly Says:

Berdych choked bad
Goodnight game over


Colin Says:

If our psittacine friend wants to fling around the term “mentally weak”, wouldn’t he more appropriately aim it at Berdych, who had Andy at his mercy in the 2012 USO semi, and then managed to lose. Still, the Birdman did at least GET to the semis. Let’s see, whom did he beat to get there?
Ah, I remember – it was Roger Federer.

Does that mean Andy is “better” than Roger? Of course not. All it means is that on a particular occasion Andy dealt well with ferocious weather. Somebody will beat somebody in the final of this Drench Open. If we knew the winner’s name in advance,how boring it would be.


jane Says:

berd beat andy here, at the FO, i seem to recall.


jane Says:

berd is one of a small group of players who has wins over all the top 4 at the slams. tsonga is another.


Pauly Says:

Colin

Calm down please can call people mentally weak on this website but I agree with you Berdych needs to man up & show some balls
He’s got bad reputation of being beaten when being in front but one consolation is that he got the prettiest wife 👍


Van Persie Says:

Pauly,

“he got the prettiest wife”

My boyfriend would prefer Tsongas wife (or what she is)


Tom Says:

Jane, wish I could watch live, but working (some of us do work here in the US at this time slot) and monitoring score on tracker and the Guardian is doing a write-up of each game. Recording it, watch some of it later. Just watching Pauly trying to troll us here and find it amusing. I’m not feeding the troll anymore. calmdownpleas pretty much said what I was thinking anyway. Pauly could be the same guy I’ve seen on ESPN who was Rafa troll because his writing matches it. He’s scared, very scared and it shows…


jane Says:

tom, it’s raining again. so freaking unfair …
at this point they seriously need to THINK about postponing the final.
the other side has a full round and full day advantage
this side has been playing in the rain for 3 days and are supposed to play tomorrow too.
it’s nuts.


Tom Says:

You know what Jane, this tournament is a complete joke! No1e last year had to deal with the fact this tournament doesn’t want to join the 21st Century and it cost him against Stan. The surface itself is a joke because of the rain issue and how the surface dramatically changes and is slowly being seen as the 4th Grand Slam because of this nonsense. But we don’t want to offend the Rafanatics of course…because Rafa had a melt-down when it was sprinkling against No1e in that final in 2012 and whined until the match was called as No1e was slowly coming back against him. So, whatever….like some have mentioned, they start building a roof and they will not complete it as the unions will keep striking anyway. No wonder so many players are losing it at the organizers!


Van Persie Says:

started again. Nole leads now 4-3 in 3 set


Van Persie Says:

Come on ,Nole!
2 more games


jane Says:

i agree tom. it’s a total farce how behind the times they are.
no lights
no roof
no consideration for players healthy/safety
no great concern for fair play either
beh…
they need to get a grip!

wimbledon has been very stubborn at times, too, with their “no play on middle sunday” and “must wear white” traditions but at least they have lights and a roof!!

IDEMO NOLE! please serve it out and get out the mud courts.


Daniel Says:

Djoko wins in straights in just a bot over 2 hours.

Thiem and Goffin still in throd set, that match can go way beyond 3 h. Winner will not have much left for Djoko tomorrow. Expect another three setter while Wawa x Murray could also go the distance.

Novak looking better and better for history come Sunday, 2 more matches to go.


Van Persie Says:

Well done, Nole. :)
Semifinal should not be a problem.
Hope he will play tomorrow, in order to relax on Saturday


Wog Boy Says:

This is the cleanest Nole played in Paris so far, first set and a half was top notch then he lost the focus little bit but finished in style. It was nice match to watch.


Tom Says:

The fact they are playing 3 straight days in a major is an utter joke. Agree Jane. No1e is classy but I hope lets loose if he wins or loses about this garbage. Granted he should cruise tomorrow as Dan said- Theim or Goffin will be out of gas. Hey, maybe with a little luck Stan and Andy will play into Saturday like No1e did last year. Complete nonsense…


Wog Boy Says:

It is now Goffin’s turn to win fourth set..:) I watched little bit of TB, Thiem was really hitting hard and they slugging it out.


Dave Says:

These are brutal rallies right now. Very physical match.


Wog Boy Says:

I can’t watch anymore, they switched to Serena:(


jane Says:

3 days is one thing but in rain for all three makes it tough to play on the muddy and potentially slippery courts. it also nullifies any bounce and hurts spin, which is probably why rafa wanted to stop play in 2012 and why the day he lost to soda was an overcast day with heavy conditions.

but it’s not just that. it’s how tense they must get thinking about possible injury. also, stopping and and starting again must be mentally exhausting, and to do it for 3 days, again, is one thing, but this top side of the draw is expected to do tomorrow too!!

four days in a row is too much imo. i think it was too much when it happened at wimbledon 2007. i think novak said his match vs keifer that year lasted 5 days! and i think rafa’s vs soderling was just as long. but still they wouldn’t change the “no play on middle sunday” rule if i recall correctly?

anyhow, there is nothign the players can do, apparently. the vest interests have all the power and that’s it.


Dave Says:

Thiem is starting to run away with it actually. I don’t think I have ever seen him get tired. So I don’t think he will be that bad for tomorrow. He’s young. Let’s see how this set goes first. How it’s going at this point. He will be fine for tomorrow.


Daniel Says:

Thiem in deivers seat now for the win, 2-1 and a break up in fourth.

Semis here is a big achievement for his season, hope he keeps improving.


Wog Boy Says:

Tom,

I can bet my house they’ll put Nole’s match second tomorrow, Andy/Stan will be first match.


Pauly Says:

Djokovic went crazy throwing his raquet
Had he hit lines person he might’ve have been defaulted
He’s fired up for his first title 👏👏👏


jane Says:

thiem seems in control now wog boy.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

I was thinking the same thing. Then the rain will delay it and it won’t finish and Djokovic will have to play Saturday just to get into the final again. So he will have to possibly play 6 days in a row to win the French Open. Brutal.


Pauly Says:

Dave

Turn it up
Theim is only taking advantage of Nadal’s withdrawal
But against Djokovic he will swatted like a fly
He’s still very raw young inexperienced
Give him 5 years then see if he will be new number 1 possibility


Vami Says:

1. Novak played well.
2. I had to turn of volume, just couldn’t listen to the EuroSport jealous dogs.
3. Pauly is a legend. He’s a Novak fan pretending to be a Rafa fun and pissing of an Andy fan. It doesn’t get any better than this.
4. CDP didn’t get VP’s joke, too snobbish for the street smarts or just plain stupid?


Wog Boy Says:

Nole did not throw the racquet, he wanted to hit ground (or shoe) and racquet slipped out of his hand, both commentators confirmed, don’t make things up, we already have your “friend” who is specialist in making false statments.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks jane


Wog Boy Says:

What an irony, it is midnight here in Sydney, winter time and the temperature is 15 degrees, in Paris it is day time, almost summer and it is 13 degrees:)


Dave Says:

Thiem could have beaten Rafa in these cold and heavy conditions and he could beat Djokovic tomorrow in these conditions. He has more fire power on both wings than both Nadal and Djokovic. Nothing is a forgone conclusion in sports. I don’t expect tomorrow to be any different. If this match would have gone 5 sets, than yes, Djokovic would be an easy prediction. Tomorrow is not going to be that straight forward now with a very easy 4th set for Thiem.


jane Says:

agree wog boy. it was an accident.
i hope they are –at the very least!– fair with scheduling tomorrow.
they should, ideally, put the ladies semis first and then follow it up with the two men’s semis but on two different courts so the men play simultaneously. that way the top half get a wee bit more recovery for their FOURTH day in a row and the other half don’t get another advantage by starting first. that would be, quite simply, unspeakable imo.


Margot Says:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3620480/Andy-Murray-reveals-fatherhood-changed-game.html

Well….Andy doesn’t look “fat” to me. Apologies that it’s the awful “Fail!”
Well done Nole, never in doubt.
Looks as if his opponent will be Dom., who last time I looked was steam rolling Goffin. But “rain stops play.” Quel surprise.


Daniel Says:

Close to three hour match for Thiem. Thibk he should be fine tomorrow as well, specially as he is winning easy fourth set, less mentally demanding.

Tomorrow with the least expected chance of rain, only 10%. But Sunday is forecasted 90% chance so will rain. The question is when and if will affect the match?

The player who handles the conditions better will come out the winner.

What time usually is finals, 2 or 3 pm local time?


Wog Boy Says:

Putintseva brother is hockey player and plays in Canada for Halifax, what is your club jane?


Dave Says:

Thiem will take it to Nole tomorrow and won’t hold back. Winning the first set will be huge tomorrow. I think the match goes a minimum of 4 sets, possibly 5 sets.


Dave Says:

The 2 weather forcasts that I have seen for Sunday are actually good. 23 and 24 degrees with sun and cloud. No rain. Monday 25 degrees.


jane Says:

you seem really excited for thiem dave.

wog boy i don’t really have one.

wow, poots is taking it to serena!


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
Are you sure you are Canadian?:)


Djokerkiller Says:

Anyone who thinks djokovic will have easy ride in semi-final is either a fool or a djoko fanatics…The semi-final between Novak and Thiem will be a dog fight. Theim has all arsenals to hurt novak on clay..What he lacks is big match experience..Remember, the last two time he faced both Novak and Rafa and Rafa who was close to his best in Monte Carlo; he provided a tough competition. Now he seems to be composed and striking the ball eerily well.. What could make this game a blow out if Thiem becomes too complacent or too overwhelmed by the occasion and crack mentally which I think won’t happen that easily. But he need to be strategically and physically best to beat Novak tomorrow. Otherwise, I see 4 tough set or 5 set win for Novak. Imagine Thiem as the champion of Roalnd Garros 2016!!! Yes, he’s young, 22 but this is the right age to kick off Grand slam dream. If he can really bag the title which I think is still somewhat hard to imagine, we’ll have indeed a next generation star..As the career of two greats Federer and Nadal are nearing an end, we’ll have a refreshing face and new name to cheer on for the time ahead


jane Says:

;) yes, and i do watch hockey sometimes, but i can’t say i have a team i am devoted to. i like chicago, because i love patrick kane’s game. i like fast, skilled offensive players.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/benrothenberg/status/738372323925970944
Geeezzz! And here we have the Serb misbehaving yet again. I rilly rilly hope he does earn a disqualification rilly rilly soon.
Worst # 1 ever!!! 👎👎👎👎👎


Eog Boy Says:

Ok, time for bed, Serena has straighten the boat, not interesting any more..


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, ime for bed, Serena has straighten the boat, not interesting any more..


Giles Says:

One only has to read the comments in the link I posted above to realise how much joker is hated.


RZ Says:

Is anyone watching the Bascinsky-Bertens match? Every time I check in on the score, they are tied in the # of games won and at deuce. Must be a super close one.


jane Says:

nope been watching serena. tight match. putintseva showing serena’s troubled movement


RZ Says:

I think impressive Thiem’s run will come to an end tomorrow, but I could see him winning this title sometime within the next 3-4 years. And good to see him break into the top 10. He’s certainly played like a top 10 member this year.


anki Says:

Best I have seen Novak play so far, too good since 3-3 in the first set to 3-1 in the second. Then returned to his normal level. Didn’t get to see Thiem’s match. He certainly has the fire power to beat Novak, hope Novak doesn’t under estimate Thiem. Still remember how Thiem could have beat Novak in straight sets in Miami where he had 16 BP opportunities. And to think that he plays much better on clay. Going to be a tough match for Novak.


jane Says:

agut is top 10 in the race and thiem will be 7, i think, after this round win. i agree anki. it’s tough for novak to face a super fit young gun with many weapons – great first serve, second serve return, backhand, movement, but hopefully experience will bring novak through and fatigue doesn’t overwhelm him. fingers crossed.


skeezer Says:

Nole vs Bird
11 straight wins, 24-2 overall.
Last win by Bird, 2013.
Yep, Nole looked great. He should’ve.


jane Says:

congrats to kiki!
fairy tale run for her.


jane Says:

did u watch skeezer?
Tomas played very well sets two and three and the heavier conditions were to his liking. similar to the conditions in which he beat Murray one yr at the french


RZ Says:

@Jane – Kiki has been the story of the women’s tournament. Great run for her. Hopefully it’s not a one-off and we’ll see more deep runs from her.


SG1 Says:

Really nice looking semi-finals. With Rafa out, it’s as good as anyone could have hoped for. I think Novak punches his ticket though I think it will be a very tough match. The damp conditions won’t be helpful against the more explosive Thiem. And Thiem moves better than Berdych and has the younger legs.

As for Murray and Wawa, also very tough. I think Wawa finds a way through here. In this case, I think the wet surface favors the stronger guy and this guy happens to know how to win majors. And Stan appears to be rounding into form at just the right time on a surface that suits him well.

So…I’m picking a re-match of last year’s final.


SG1 Says:

Stan may not be a lock for the Tennis Hall of Fame now but if he wins the next two matches, he’s a no-doubter.


SG1 Says:

Would be fun to see a Stanimal-Thiem final. Oh those one handed backhands…gotta’ love’em.


George Says:

@Giles: Line judge was naïve. Instead of reacted instinctively and getting away as he did, he should have attacked the racket with his head and collapsed (like diving footballer whose face is touched) on the dirt staying dead while Djokovic was disqualified. Why, o why he didn’t do that? That was a perfect opportunity to stop this guy. It shows that umpires and line judges should have compulsory course in “How to prevent Djokovic winning a tennis match”?


anki Says:

Fair play, both the semifinals starting at the same time. But Novak Thiem is on Lenglen, Novak has never looked that good while on Lenglen. Fingers crossed, Novak pulls through. The conditions favour Thiem. Novak should calm down and not look to rush things.


Ulysses Says:

Honestly those saying Roland Garros is a joke have lost it. Growing up, the lush “beautiful” greens of Wimbledon were always attractive. But over time, I realized just how boring Wimbledon is to watch. You guys forget that 2 roofs won’t save the tournament if it rains 14 days straight (and the probability of that is very slim but anything that has a probability will eventually happen: stats 101).

Roland Garros is quite literally THE MOST interesting grand slam for the very fact that the surface changes with the damn conditions. It’s a beautiful slugfest and nowhere to hide tournament. I LOVE it.


RZ Says:

Saw this on Twitter just now: “Andy Murray’s 19th Grand Slam semi-final means he is now joint-8th with Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe for most reached in the Open Era.”

His only losses have come to Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Roddick (all slam winners).


RZ Says:

^ Only losses in GS semifinals, that is.


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Baby Humble aka Timmy Boy aka Savior Thime,

This is your year. Go eat them alive.

#savingfamilyhonor


Giles Says:

George. ‘Tis too late for regrets. 😩


Baa Says:

I’m glad Novak has no 20-41 match win streak.
He would’ve been mentally fried like in 2011.
He straight setted Berdych, who is no journeyman.
Fed would’ve lost to Berdych like he did in 2010.
Fed was the most accomplished servebot.
What a joke that he thinks he’s in the top 3 of all time.
He’s no slice/volley artist or dominator.
As soon as Fed met a man with endurance, great talent and agility,
he folded.

Thiem is a winner;
he’s better than Hewitt, the golden retriever.
Thiem actually has weapons,
unlike Roddick, the deceiver and worst cheater &
most embarrassing slam finalist in history.
People forget that Novak got better & better everytime he demolished Roddick and fedal.


Nasir Mahmood Says:

Does anyone know what’s happening with Suzenne Lenglen court tomorrow? Initially they werent supposed to have mens semi finals on two different courts but now they do. Im trying to find out if you have to buy a separate ticket for Lenglen or not as this has been last minute due to rain. Does anybody have an idea of what the situation is?


mat4 Says:

I have an excuse of a network. But I managed to see some Djokovic — Berdych and the end of Thiem — Goffin on TV. Novak seems to have played very well. I hope for the best tomorrow.


Wog Boy Says:

Shame they haven’t disqualified Nole and charged him with attempted murder.


Dan Martin Says:

I have my predictions for all 4 semifinal matches up at http://tennisabides.com

I think the men’s semis are pretty ideal. Defending champ vs. World #2/Form horse on clay World #1 vs. Up and coming player who loves clay – Women’s semis are not bad either as Muguruza seems to have found her form, Stosur is always dangerous, Bertens is on a winning streak, and Serena is #1 and defending champion


George Says:

@Wog Boy: Attempted murder is a great idea. He could serve time and that would stop him for a few years. I can’t stand the guy; he destroyed all my heroes. I idolised Federer and Nadal, but they look so ordinary against him. I cried watching last Wimbledon final. After Murray destruction, I was sure this is the end of Djokovic. What irritated me the most was fear and horror in Roger’s eyes. Not to mention Nadal. I had to stop watching Doha final, it was so brutal. It is like watching Ivan Drago massacring Rocky. This is how I feel. It is so disappointing.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree,
The guy is cruel, heartless murderer, deserves to be put away for a long long time, I don’t know how he can get away with all that wrongdoing, must be all those powerful lobbies behind him, starting with very powerful and fearful Serbian govermant.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ for George


jane Says:

oh you guys are right.

novak is such a bad person. he is an outright villain. did you know that is why he is called “joker”? i think it came right out of a superhero movie or an artwork, and we know these represent the truth. the good guys have to beat this evil character! my goodness! :O how can he be allowed to walk around let alone play major tennis matches?

i mean, there is a litany of his abuses of power: his parents say bad things sometimes, he “never gets tired”, he possibly even was offered to fixed a match in 2007, he tried an “egg”, he abuses ball-kids, he tore his shirt (twice!!), he bounced his racquet, he crosses himself sometimes, he is a vegetarian, he retired 11 times in 9 years, he touched an umpire’s elbow, he is “unloved”, his fans are a cult.

sacre blue! can he be impeached from the #1 position i wonder?


Wog Boy Says:

Oh dear…sounds and looks like Charles Lee Ray “Chucky”, he shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets, nevertheless to play tennis..


Van Persie Says:

Mr. Humble,

Nice porns :)

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