Nadal Made To Work By Bolelli at French, Del Potro Gives Hope; Djokovic Wed.
by Staff | May 29th, 2018, 5:45 pm
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Rafael Nadal resumed his rain-suspended match with Simone Bolelli on Tuesday at the French Open with the Italian down two sets but up 3-0 in the third. Rafa, of course, immediately got back on serve but then things got interesting.

With Bolelli still slapping winners mixed with drop shots, a tiebreaker was forced – Nadal’s first breaker at Roland Garros since the 2013 semis against Novak Djokovic – and Bolelli led 6-3! But once again Rafa came back and finally took it 9-7 to win the match 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(9).

“He was a very aggressive player, and he was playing very strong. I didn’t know that he was going to play so aggressively. I understood that I really had to attack, and I had to have the proper mindset, be positive, and accept how things were unfolding, and he was playing very well,” Nadal said.

“There were few transition shots where I could manage to pick up my pace. But I managed to do it, and that was the important thing today.”

Nadal has now won 29 straight sets at the French Open but this was the first one where his opponent even got to five. And Bolelli held four set points chances in that third set.

“He played well, playing with lot of risk but having success with all of the risk that he took,” Nadal added. “For me, it was difficult to find 100%, the rhythm, because I didn’t have so many points that I could take the advantage and hit three, four balls with the right position.”

Late on Chatrier, Juan Martin del Potro took the court to test that gimpy groin against French veteran Nicolas Mahut, and it didn’t start well. In a blink, Mahut took the first 6-1, but Del Potro regrouped and pounded down Mahut for a very strong 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win. And showed little if any signs of a groin issue.

“Thanks to the very good professionals that’s around me, I was able to play,” Del Potro said. “The doctor gave me some ten days, we respected this pause of ten days, and now I’m back.”

Teen phenom Denis Shapovalov opened play on Suzanne Lenglen and after going down a break in the first, got into gear and sailed past Aussie John Millman 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.

“It was really tough conditions today with the rain,” said Shapovalov. “The court was getting pretty heavy, but the balls especially, they were getting really fluffy and heavy. But, at the same time, I felt like I played really well… I’m really happy with the win. It’s not an easy match against John. He’s such an experienced player.

“I wasn’t too concerned 2-5 down, I knew I had a couple of chances before the break. I stayed pretty calm… I felt in the first set I was still the better player, even though he had broken me. Maybe my confidence on clay has grown. My inner belief that I can come back is there with me, during the tough moments, and it’s given me a little bit of inner confidence.”

Playing at the same time was Millman’s countryman James Duckworth who was making his Slam main draw debut after 16 months.

In the slow, wet conditions, Duckworth was also rolled with Marin Cilic doing the honors, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(4).

John Isner finished off Noah Rubin in three. Fabio Fognini impressed and Kyle Edmund knocked out Aussie teen Alex De Minaur.

In the one upset, 14 seed Jack Sock became the highest seeded eliminated as he fell in five sets to Estonian “lucky loser” Jurgen Zopp 6-7(4), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Sock has now lost 4 of his last 5 matches in Slams while Zopp picks up his best career win and sets a date with another lucky loser in the second round, Ruben Bemelmens. What a draw!

Tomorrow, Novak Djokovic returns against Spanish 21-year-old Jaume Munar. Dominic Thiem also gets a taste of the future in Stefanos Tsistipas. Alexander Zverev returns.

Gael Monfils, Lucas Pouille are on for the France fans plus the conclusion of Chady-Berdych, Benneteau-Mayer and the Chatrier match between Benoit Paire and Kei Nishikori.

WEDNESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER – Play starts at 11am
Simona HALEP (ROU) [1] v Alison RISKE (USA)
To Finish: Chardy-Berdych
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [19] v Benoit PAIRE (FRA)
Georgina GARCIA PEREZ (ESP) v Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [2]
Lucas POUILLE (FRA)[15] v Cameron NORRIE (GBR)

Court Suzanne LENGLEN – Play starts at 11am
Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) v Elina SVITOLINA (UKR)[4]
Jaume MUNAR (ESP) v Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [20]
David GOFFIN (BEL)[8] v Corentin MOUTET (FRA)
Alizé CORNET (FRA)[32] v Pauline PARMENTIER (FRA)

Court 1 – Play starts at 11am
Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [8] v Lara ARRUABARRENA (ESP)
To Finish: Mayer-Benneteau
Dusan LAJOVIC (SRB) v Alexander ZVEREV (GER) [2]
Martin KLIZAN (SVK) v Gael MONFILS (FRA)[32]
Daria KASATKINA (RUS) [14] v Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL)


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59 Comments for Nadal Made To Work By Bolelli at French, Del Potro Gives Hope; Djokovic Wed.

chofer Says:

Hi

I just came here to say Serena’s catsuit made my eyeballs explode. Now I’m blind and my brother is typing this for me. Hence, no more typos as well as sight.

Please, sombody braille-me the matches for me. Appreciated.

Thank you, Serena. Now, try a bikini. Make this world blind for all tennis fans. You’ll win the tournament because your rivals won’t be able to concentrate, at all. I can hear some coaches saying: just hit to the black dot: It’s huge. But they won’t. They’ll all fail. Because the truth is they will be nervous to hit at all.


gonzalowski Says:

😊 chofer… usually they say black people can get dressed with whatever they want, it will fit.

McEnroe speaks about Thiem, Zverev and Nole as possible candidates to win Rafa.


Willow Says:

Blimey so many people getting so discombobulated by Serenas outfit pulling her to bits, the womans wearing it for medical reasons for gods sake ….


gonzalowski Says:

hi Willow nice to see you! 👋


Willow Says:

Hi Gonzo you too ….


lylenubbins Says:

Good win for Rafa, everyone knows the recipe to beat him on clay – - keep him from playing his game by going big and controlling the points, and keep doing it. Unlikely you can pull it off but it certainly can be done. Someone does it every season.


AndyMira Says:

Hey Will!….Welcome back sis!


Willow Says:

Thanks AM ;-)


Margot Says:

Berd out. My word Chardy’s girl friend is drop dead gorgeous, mind you so is Jeremy..;)
Gorgeous Grig loses first set to Jarry.
And Sascha is in all sorts of doggy doo and looks as if his RG will be over. Hates court, too small for his large frame/game, wonder if he’s played on it before.
And most of our brackets will be shot to pieces too…:(


Margot Says:

Nole looked really good from what I saw too.


jalep Says:

Hello Willow, nice to read you again. Hope your outing was fun!

That’s a good post at 4:48 am. She had serious complications while in the hospital post pregnancy. Compression wear is sensible for her right now. Probably cost thousands of dollars and had it specially made.

“Serena lives in fear of blood clots”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/sports/tennis/serena-williams-baby-vogue.html


Willow Says:

Hi Jalep yeah had a wonderful time building a labyrinth, and walking through it lit with candals in the dark, even though it was bloody freezing lol ….

About Serenas catsuit well i dont blame her you have to think of your health sometimes rather than style, and 23 GS why would she give a wotsit ha ha ….

I have also been known to wear the odd catsuit in my time, still do but not quite the same style ;-) ….

Good to see you here, love your posts ….


Daniel Says:

Yeah Margot, but he seemed at pacthes likehe didn’t want to be on court. When he won second set he didn’t celebrate, was over streching a lot. Got a bit concern. Let’s see next round.

In the mean time, Zverev and Dimi winning second sets to tie their matches, hope both got their s#$%t together. Kei 1 set up but down a break in second.

Oddily latelly Grand Slams matches firts rounds are more competitive for top players. There was a time where top 4 crushed everybody in first three rounds, almost byes and we were pretty chocked if one of them lost early. Even in WTA the level is more balanced nowadays


skeezer Says:

Nole did look good. But I would be careful about his expectations. He may have a good run here, but the next test will be his stamina and getting his teeth into 5 set matches when they come. I think he runs out of gas here…..


Margot Says:

Pretty Boy looks steadier…phew! And Dimi has righted the ship, against Donaldson not Jarry…duh!
Skeeze and Daniei: depends how quickly Nole can wrap up first week rounds, I’d say. And have heard it said that in a way slams are easier than masters, because of the rest in between matches, providing the rain holds off, of course.
For the love of God will Petchey EVER shut up? More irritating than Castle…:0


jalep Says:

Thanks, Willow :) 😘


Daniel Says:

What I like was that his shots had way more wheight and depth. The spanish kid from Nadal’s academy was hitting some Bolelli like bombs and Djoko was able to withstand.

But agree skeeze, the main aspect that he needs to overcome is a long match, like 3+ hours. So far he didn’t play any of those. But he sure look better with each match. Just by winnign 6 staright sets is great already.

He next has Agut, than Grigor and Goffin QF. All 3 experienced players who can play on clay. If he overcomes that to reach semis to face Zverev or Thiem he’ll sure have a shot.


Daniel Says:

Agree Margot.

If he beats Agut in 3, Dimi and Goffin in 4 (which is expected), than he will be relative rested for semis.

Nadal already player 3+ hours in R1 alone.


Daniel Says:

Humm, Dimi just got broken to lose third set and is now 1-2 down. Looks like his bad clay season continues.


Margot Says:

Petra looks lean and mean jalep, reckon she could give Tubs some diet tips?…;)


RZ Says:

I wish Kei would right the ship against Paire. Paire is very talented but can’t string more than one or two good matches together.


Margot Says:

Agree re Kei RZ, like him a lot. Meanwhile Pretty Boy loses 3rd…gulp…gulp…


Daniel Says:

Damm, Zevrev also 1-2 down. Dimi at least a break up in 4 set and Baire serving to go up 2-1 on Kei.

By the end of this day Zverev, Dimitrov and Kei could be out. And Thiem is still to play Tsisipas.


Margot Says:

Donaldson takes 3rd against Dimi and Paire takes 3rd against Kei. Jeepers could be a long afternoon.


RZ Says:

At least Goffin is having an easy go of it today.


Margot Says:

Dimi, Sascha and Kei all take the 4th….phew…As RZ said Goffin had a stroll in the park and so did hot and cold sauce!


RZ Says:

Quick Racquet Bracket update: They have updated the standings to reflect all round 1 matches. Your current leader is…ME!!!! 😁😁😁💪💪💪

Yippee! I have to celebrate now as it won’t last long…7 others are within 3 points of me and there’s still a looong way to go in the tournament.


RZ Says:

Lajovic seems to be collapsing. Zverev seems to be having an easy time in set 5.


Margot Says:

Look out RZ we’re coming to get youooooo ;)
Sascha leads 4-0 now. Dimi and Kei neck and neck.
Kath: emailed ITV4 to complain about Pech. Had to turn the sound off. Can’t stand his voice either TBH and he clearly doesn’t like Sascha, or is over critical of him at the least.


Madmax Says:

These rain delays are really helping Rafa right now – talk about jammy.


Daniel Says:

Kei and Zverev through in 5. Dimi to serve 9-8 also in five. Looks like they are all battle tested now.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Well done you. Castle brings me out in a rash – Petchey hurts my ears….love the wee French broadcaster whose name I’ve forgotten.


RZ Says:

Margot and J-Kath, the French Open website has a radio option. They don’t have different court coverage but if they are on a court that you are watching, you would get different commentators. Right now they are watching the Thiem-Tsitsipas match. Look for the “Radio” link in the middle of the page. https://www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/


Daniel Says:

Glad to see Monfils up 2 sets, hope he can keep it up, make the french crowd a bit more cheerfull;


Margot Says:

Thanks RZ will give it a whirl.
Kath: Santoro?


RZ Says:

My boys are tussling on court 18.


Margot Says:

Shame they’ve met so early on RZ. Hope Icarus might gets seeded at Wimbledon so he can get a decent run. Think he will be good on grass.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Santoro!

PS: Cameron Norrie was presented by one of the presenters as being English. He stated – “No. My father is Scottish and my mother is Welsh.” I’m happy enuf if they call him British especially if he can climb the rankings in a couple of years.


Margot Says:

I saw that interview with that fool Inverdale, Kath, and Cam, in his impeccable New Zealand come South African accent, firmly told him he was “British.” TBH I don’t have much time for nationalism, except for rugby of course! I would love Andy’s tennis if he came from a galaxy far, far away.


gonzalowski Says:

Jamie Donaldson’serve, injured, making ‘the spoon’, like Michael Chang against Lendl

https://t.co/QbL4xC6DPB


j-kath Says:

Margot: I used to dislike Andy with a passion – not sure what changed my view. I don’t put too much weight on nationalism – but do get irritated with broadcasters who assume success comes from only one part of the country and politicians who often ignore the status quo of 4 so-called “united” countries. My previous Sunday morning Speaker’s Corner days reflected my irritation against unfairness on many issues i.e. sexism in the work place was one of my pet subjects.


Margot Says:

Kath: I do get irritated when all the inhabitants of the UK are deemed to be “English.” But I’m sure it happens in other countries when the dominant culture exerts prevails. I’m sure Catalans gnash their teeth when referred to as Spanish and similar gnashing goes on when Basques get called French.
Have loved Andy since forever. I remember watching him for the first time and thinking, “OMG a Brit who seems to want to win!” :0


j-kath Says:

Yep Margot: And fingers crossed that that same “Brit” who wants to play and win again is physically able to do so.


gonzalowski Says:

Margot, I’ll give my opinion;
I suppose a lot of scottish, welsh don’t like been called ‘english’, but brit is more correct isn’t it?

with catalans, a lot of them feel spanish (although having a racist-supremacist-anti-spanish autonomic president by now), don’t generalize please. I’m basque and feel utterly spanish. Anti-spanish propaganda exists, anyway.

Shapo and Cilic in problems, now


Margot Says:

^ OK should’ve said “some Catalans” and “some Basques” If I’m guilty of “generalising” aren’t you guilty of “generalising from the particular?”


gonzalowski Says:

I’m usually are… but not this time, no? I have my opinion (it’s a subject that unnerves me), yes, and I’m biased…


Margot Says:

Oh no! Denis is out :(
Dom was too strong for Icarus, but like him too, so sad his RG is ended.
Foggy has decided he wants to play tennis again and came through easily. Cilic through in 4. Johnson beat Struff.
Even Stevens between the two “lucky losers” Zopp and Bemelmans with 150 thousand Euros going to the lucky, lucky winner!


Margot Says:

Gonzalowski: “unnerves?” I’m interested, please explain.


Daniel Says:

So far after 2 rounds only Djoko and Fognini won 2 matches without losing a set.

Nadal will soon join them.


RZ Says:

@Margot – hopefully I wasn’t the only one to pick Denis making round 4. Glad Team Thiem is still alive after a tricky early match. And nice win by Kyle today.


Margot Says:

RZ: You certainly weren’t. Yeah, Team Thiem looked good. Much less stressful mildly supporting Kyle, rather than heart and soul, living and dieing every point with Andy. His coach is lovely too!
Thanks for your response Gonzowlowski.


j-kath Says:

Rafa! My goodness, gracious me….he is absolutely flawless!


FedExpress Says:

Nadal having a joke a draw just like at the USO.


Margot Says:

Lol FedExpress, where would this site be without you?
No need to answer Rafa fans…..;)


AndyMira Says:

Uhh M!…Thank God u prevent me from give an answer to FedEx…But,opps!opps!opps!i…can’t….stop…my…fingers!Yeelpp!!..Thank God for Rafa’s joke draw!he win easily today!…There!…Yeeeehaaaa!!


Giles Says:

Hope Rafa always has a joke draw. Such fun.


Willow Says:

Joke draw or no joke draw, just wondering with 10 FO titles, what the hell he has left to prove now anyway, its lost on me ?


skeezer Says:

Happy for Rafans that they are enjoying his “joked” draw, again.
Makes me feel or warm and fuzzy inside.


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Worried about you – time to see a Doctor….have heard of your symptoms before and modesty on your behalf holds me back from advising you in public. But really worried about – definitely time to see a doctor (PS: You know the kind I mean).

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