Djokovic Checked Out Of French By Cecchinato, Thiem Topples Zverev; Rafa Resumes Wed.
by Staff | June 5th, 2018, 4:35 pm
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Novak Djokovic’s French Open hopes came to a stunning end Tuesday in the quarterfinals at the unlikely hands and the racquet of the world No. 72 Marco Cecchinato 6-3, 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-6(11).

It was the Serb’s worst lost by ranking ever at the French Open and his third to a player outside the Top 50 this year.

“I’m very, very happy,” said Cecchinato who had never beaten a Top 15 player before this week. “When I won the first match in Grand Slam, I feel good. And match by match, I feel now I can won also the next round… it’s a special moment for me.”

On a day that saw one-sided matches in the men’s and women’s draws, this match was expected to be the same. But Djokovic came out irritable and needed treatment early on for a neck or an upper right back issue.

With Djokovic in minor distress, the Italian hung on to an early break and took a first set.

Djokovic started to find his form and rhythm in the second but squandered set points then shockingly dropped the breaker to go down two sets to the Italian who lost in qualifiers at the French last year.

With his back to the wall, Djokovic raised his level and ran away with the third, then pulled ahead 4-1 in the fourth. It all but looked like it was going five and it was going Novak’s way. It wasn’t, though. Cecchinato got a break back then forced the tiebreaker. And what a breaker it was.

Cecchinato jumped out early but Djokovic swung the momentum back his way. The two went toe-to-toe. Djokovic saved the first match point after a long rally with a pinpoint volley. The tension mounted, set points, match points until finally, a backhand winner ended it at 13-11 on his fourth match point for Cecchinato.

The 25-year-old Italian had never before won a Grand Slam match (0-4), but now has consecutive victories over Pablo Carreno Busta, David Goffin and Djokovic and is in the French Open semifinals and will break the Top 30 ensuring a Wimbledon seeding.

“I think it will change my life. After Roland-Garros, I need some rest to realize the moment,” Cecchinato said.

“It’s so special for me, I don’t know why now, I work very hard with my team, and I’m very focused every match. I work out every day on preparation and also in the tournament. So I think this is the key.”

For Djokovic, it was a painful defeat after making some progress this clay season.

“I struggled from the beginning,” Djokovic said. “Just a pity that I couldn’t capitalize on the chances in the fourth set and some break points that I thought I had in there, but he came back and credit to him.

“Any defeat is difficult in the Grand Slams, especially one that came from months of build-up,” Djokovic said. “I thought I had a great chance to get at least a step further, but it wasn’t to be. That’s the way it is.

“Yes, it is heartbreaking, but not the most painful defeat of my career. It’s never been hard for me to congratulate and hug an opponent. He deserved to win. I know him well. He’s a great guy. On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it’s a hard one to swallow.”

Djokovic also hinted he might not play on grass. “I don’t know if I’ll play on grass,” he said afterward.

In the earlier semifinal, Dominic Thiem rolled a weary Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. Zverev took some treatment early for a hamstring issue, but on a heavy, wet day, the German was no match for Thiem who looked right at home in his third straight French Open quarterfinal.

“It’s never easy if your opponent obviously is not 100 percent,” said Thiem. “But he’s one of the fittest guys on tour, and even for him it’s maybe a little bit too tough to play three five-setters in the first rounds of a Slam. So I expected, somehow, that he [would be] a little bit tired, but still I’m happy how I finished the game. I let him run. I was doing what I had to do, and so I’m satisfied.”

Zverev, who was playing in his first Slam quarterfinal, came in after three straight five set matches.

“I won three five-set matches in a row, got to my first quarterfinal,” said Zverev. All positive. [The] clay court season in general has been very positive. I lost three matches on the clay, all to great players. And I won two tournaments, made two Masters 1000 finals. So it’s all very positive.

“I think if I get healthy again, I’ll be ready to play good in the grass court season, as well… Grass is a surface that I like. Hopefully I can deal with what I have. And it’s going to be a quick [recovery].”

But Zverev will have to get his leg checked out.

“I’m going to take an MRI now after I’m done here,” said Zverev. “I’m going to go back home and definitely not do anything and see what it is… I thought about (pulling out). I definitely thought about it, but I didn’t want to pull out for the first time in my career in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.”

After two years losing the semifinal, Thiem will be the big favorite Friday to reach his first Grand Slam final against Cecchinato.

“I’m a better player in general, for sure,” Thiem said. “There was another year of work where I improved and developed my game. I think this year I’m physically and mentally fresher than I have been the past two years. I know how to handle a Grand Slam now, how to get that deep in such a tournament, and I think everything gets better with experience.”

Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal returns against Diego Schwartzman. Nadal leads 5-0 dropping just one set. Nadal has won his last 13 in Paris, plus 38 straight sets. Schwartzman is appearing in his first French Open quarterfinal.

In a battle of 6-foot-6 US Open champions, Marin Cilic meet Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine leads 10-2 including a win at the French.

WEDNESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe-Chatrier – Play starts at 2pm
Garbine MUGURUZA (ESP) [3] vs Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [28]
Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1] vs Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [11]

Court Suzanne-Lenglen – Play starts at 2pm
Simona HALEP (ROU) [1] vs Angelique KERBER (GER) [12]
Marin CILIC (CRO) [3] vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [6]


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143 Comments for Djokovic Checked Out Of French By Cecchinato, Thiem Topples Zverev; Rafa Resumes Wed.

el_matador Says:

it’s been a good tourney for nole..cecch knocked out carreno busta & goffin before facing nole..the 2nd & 4th sets of the match were tennis at its highest level..& it was nice to see the crowd getting behind nole..nole is the most gracious player in defeat I’ve ever seen..condelences to rvp,u’re the best nole fan..when nole was dominating,here were a lot of arrogant nole fans making him GOAT..now that the good times are over,they’re all gone..but u’re still here /m\


el_matador Says:

dnt have high hopes for delpo..but it should be a good match..they’re the only slam winners besides big 4+stan in the last 12 years..but cilic has been the more consistent player lately & also not as injury prone as delpo..anyway vamos delpo!!
The other quarter-hope schwartz can take a set off rafa..vamos!!


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!…Agree with u el-Matador!….Nole is The Most Gracious player in defeat i’ve ever seen too!…That is his quality that i admire the most!…

And agree about VP too!…She’s clearly one the best from Nolefans…I will add Dani,BBB,WB too[maybe a few names more that i forgot atm]…From Rafans POV…They’re all never talk bad about Rafa,so..as a Rafans…That is a very good enough reason for me to lift them as The Best Nole fans here…


Van Persie Says:

El_matador,

Thank you, but I came here late, only at the beginning of 2016 :) The others were supporting Nole also before 2011, I assume, when he was not such a power in tennis, so we have a compensation :) My shift now, hehe

I understand them for not being here at the moment.

Good luck to DelPO today. He will need it :)
Vamos DelPo!


Van Persie Says:

Correct thread this time ;)…need one more coffee

P.S. for El-matador,

Only to say: BBB and Chris Ford are also posting, as Djoko fans. And Czarlazar as well :)


el_matador Says:

@rvp
forget it..i was thinking about certain posters who sometimes made me wish a novak loss at the time(when nole was dominating)..but roger,rafa,novak-all have these types of fans..that’s why I respect u..u’re a tennis fan 1st,then nole fan..here was another nole fan(mat4) who was full of tennis knowledge like grendel,chofer(but he believed in some weird conspiracy theories haha)..
.miss him


Van Persie Says:

Ok, El_matador,

I get it now. Well, each fan base has also persons, which are provoking. I also do it , when I am very p*ssed because of something, I admit it. In most of the situations I regret it afterwards.
I do not know , who was Grendel. I was not here.
I miss Jane, mat4 (he was more with the conspiracy theories, with some of them I did agree). I miss courbon, he was funny. Danica I liked also.
I assume you did not like TB, but he was right in some situations , and he was a Djoko fellow fan.

And I like WB, well you have to understand him, he has a choleric temper ;) ok, you are free to disagree.

I hope all the above are not angry with me now, because I mentioned them, in their absence.

P.S. I was never active on such social medias for Djoko until 2016, when the media or Nole haters made it unbearable for me.
This is the only tennis site where I posts and where I will post, as I am planning to give up at one moment :)

Once again, thank you for the nice words.
Be sure , the respect is mutual ;)


j-kath Says:

I personally do not want any of the ex? Big Four to retire, especially thru injury.


Margot Says:

As we seem to be paying compliments VP, I really admire your honesty. And you don’t hold grudges, which I really detest.
Lol peace and love breaks out on tennisx
*faints clean away*
Giles: yeah that’s what I was referencing with my somewhat negative comment, somewhere…


gonzalowski Says:

Garbiñe thrashed Sharapova so fast… maybe Schwatrz and Rafa’ll avoid the storms!


skeezer Says:

This is going to ben interesting. At 1-1, Rafa is already sweating profusely, running ALOT. And, he just got broken by da Schwartz.


skeezer Says:

Normal has returned.


Daniel Says:

Can’t open twitter and work cp. Is Murray out of Wimbledon or something?

Masha demolished by Mugu.


fred stone Says:

Time-wasting on full display.
This isn’t tennis.


Margot Says:

Gotta love Diego haven’t you? Don’t think for a minute he’ll beat Rafa, not strong enough, but he’s got the fight of a wee fox terrier.
Daniel: Don’t know re Andy and Wimbledon at the mo., but seems unlikely.
Oh dear…shoutypova found herself up against Serena Mark 2..lol
Fab from Garbine!


Daniel Says:

Second time Schwartz breaks first and Nadal breaks right back.


FedExpress Says:

Diego breaks and will serve for the set.

Nadal calls the trainer. NID. Disturb all the momentum of Diego. Reminds me of 2011 RG final. Dirty tactics.


RZ Says:

Daniel – no word yet on Murray and Wimbledon, but he pulled out of the grass court warm up he was going to play in the Netherlands next week. Here’s an article on it https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/44370841


Daniel Says:

Thanks RZ!

Deigo 1 point away (on serve) for making history this year: winnign a set on Nadal in RG.


Daniel Says:

2 set points gone. Guess Nadal will break back now.


FedExpress Says:

What a chokejob by Diego


FedExpress Says:

Rafa fan couldnt take that his idol lose a set and fainted. Scenes.


Daniel Says:

What is happening, my score froze Advanatge Diego for 2 minutes already, any MTO or rain?


Margot Says:

Wow! Diego makes tennis history! First time since 2015!


skeezer Says:

The Force is strong with da Scwhartz!( err..wee little fox terrier )
Takes a set off the Bull of Bulls!


Willow Says:

Fedexpress poor taste comment ….


Daniel Says:

Nevermind, updated now and he closed it. 69 minutes first set. This has a potential for a really long match.


skeezer Says:

@Daniel,
Someone in the crowd went down for the count. Actually credit to Diego for recognizing it and telling the organizers to go help. Respect.


FedExpress Says:

Rain will come at some point to rescue Rafa


Margot Says:

Rafa getting extensive taping on his arm. Certainly his serve has been poor.


FedExpress Says:

If Diego had a big serve….


skeezer Says:

Well the excuse for losing is in place. Rafa has had a trainer wrap both fore arms. Have not seen any lack of hitting or motion on his part so far….


skeezer Says:

Ciic / Delpo on serve in the first.


el_matador Says:

who decides the order of play at french open?donald trump?


FedExpress Says:

el_matador, Uncle Toni


skeezer Says:

el_matador,
Agree, these matches should have been scheduled on after the other. I mean, isn’t it about about money and views??


skeezer Says:

They just announced a good chance of rain soon, so maybe that is why they booked them at the same time, try to get both matches in today?


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha, rafa and rain just lol and NID


FedExpress Says:

Break Diego in the 2nd set


Daniel Says:

Diego already broken Nadal 4 out of 7 times, winning 53% return points. How long can he keep it up, or is Nadal hampered?


the_mind_reels Says:

Looks like they’re going to continue play, at least for the moment. Diego with a chance to consolidate.


Daniel Says:

DelPo missing a few BP’s but so far hasn’t face any. 4-5 serving.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahahahahha

RAIN RAIN RAIN

What a joke


FedExpress Says:

How many times Rafa has been saved by the rain? How many times?


Daniel Says:

40-0 to deuce. He should consolidate the break before rain increases. It´s certain some interruption and maybe not even finishing today with the forecats for next hours.


FedExpress Says:

BP rafa

what tf is Diego doing?


RZ Says:

Apparently Robin Soderling is holding a press conference at the French Open tomorrow. I doubt it has to do with the Rafa-Diego match.


Daniel Says:

Diego needs to increase his first serve percentage to have a chance, 51% won’t cut agaisnt anybody, even with him returning well. Last game 40-0 he had to close and got broken. oportunities he can not afford to miss against Nadal.


Daniel Says:

0-40, another chance. If Nadal holds this game his confidence will increase, having steal the last game from 0-40 plus this one.


Daniel Says:

Is DelPo match suspended on Lenglen? 0-30 frozen on Cilic serve.


FedExpress Says:

Diego breaks again.

He needs a big serve.


FedExpress Says:

Should have led with a DB after that brain fart in the previous game


Margot Says:

Cilic and JMDP refused to continue playing on the other court! All off now.


Daniel Says:

Diego broke Nadal 5 out of 8 games served and 56% return points. Unheard of on clay.


chofer Says:

Do the rain fix Rafa’s shots? Perhaps. But still he hates playing with heavy courts.

As a said yesterday, Cilic is moving better than Delpo. But he misses too much…

Let’s see how this plays out.


All out Says:

Nadal not in the zone and Diego is looking just too good.. An upset on the cards rain permitting today? Need to improve serve. Need to improve rallies. Hope this rain break resets Rafa to beast mode. Vamos!!!


FedExpress Says:

Endless lucker this Rafito guy.

Just like Rome rain delay.


Daniel Says:

Matches officially interrupted.

Only 3 more hours of “light” in Paris and a lot of rain forecasted. Unless it showers heavy rain and than stops for a few hours, hard to see both matches completed today.
Which means 2 players of this side of the draw will have to play 3 days in a row: today, tomorrow to finish and Semis Friday. They should have anticiapetd the scheudle and not start at 2 pm, knowing that rain was schedule for late afternoon. But they know parisian fasn don’t want macthes before noon.


chofer Says:

People

You are asking Diego something he never had (a serve)?

He’s all about returning. Always in the top 3 in the ATP stats. That’s something.


Yy Says:

If Rafa was really lucky he would have won a few more AO, US Open n Wimbledon. sTFU fE


Daniel Says:

FedEx, don’t forgt the Bolelli match also interrupted.
At least Diego has a break up cushion, just like Bolelli did for once play resume. hope he return in the same mood.

I’ve said earlier this week, Nadal’s serve wasn’t looking particularly good all tourney for his standards, a lot of double faults (today 2 already) and if he faces a better return he would had to work harder, add this heavy conditions and it seems he will have to fight a lot for this title.

Diego only shot is to win this second set. And even so, a big if. To keep Nadla under pressure, below the border and second guessing. If Nadal wins the set for 1-1 he will relax more. He can take the foot of the pedal.


Willow Says:

Jeez Fedexpress are the players expected to play on if its pissing it down with rain ….


chofer Says:

Thinking head for an eventual SF, the Rafa-Schawrtzmann is key. They move better. The Delpo-Cilic match very interrupted by short points or misses. Both have problems moving. But Cilic better with it and the BH.

Delpo not finding return game with slippery courts. It’s like the opposite of the match in the CC. Which is far more entertaining so far…


Daniel Says:

If Nadal indeed loses, there will be 2 new RG finalist. Don’t even know last time this have happened? I think it was RG 2005: Nadal vs Puerta, his first title.


chofer Says:

Rafa possibly changing tactics. Hitting slower but deep and heavy top spin could wear out tiny Diego. It’s not easy to be aggressive all the time when your hitting contact zone with the ball is 3 feet TALLER than you!


el_matador Says:

daniel,
as u can see,schwartz’ main strength is his return game..with the wta serve he has,its his return & baseline game which has taken him so far..so I’m not totally surprised that he has won so many points on rafa serve..its schwartz’ serve that will decide if he can win or not..I hate the notion that whenever a “lesser” opponent is bettering rafa,all assume that rafa must be “hampered”..I know he’s the GOAT of clay,but he’s not God.


el_matador Says:

chofer,
I hope the break chances delpo missed at 4-4 dnt come back to haunt him..with the monster serve of cilic,delpo cant be wasteful in break chances


skeezer Says:

Rafa no doubt is the one who got the break with the rain. He needed it. Expect him to come back and wipe Da Schwartz off the court. Too bad for the little fox terrier, he was taking it to Goliath.


chofer Says:

El matador

Delpo needs to find his return game and BH down the line, like his fisrt three matches. The chances he had were mainly Cilic errors.

Skeezer

What is this, the WATERloo?:)


Daniel Says:

Yeah el matador, Diego weapon is return, but even so, his numbers against nadal aare huge. I thibk not even djoko wa able to win 56% return points on clay agaisn nadal.

I only mention hampered beacuse of the MTO and some saying his fore arms were trapped.


Daniel Says:

We know Diego won’t develop a big serve, but if he can at least serve around 60% first serves in, he will help his case more. Serveing below 55% for him is almost impossible to win


FedExpress Says:

Willow, at least they shouldnt be allowed to talk to the coaches in the delay to discuss tactis.


chofer Says:

I don’t bless the rains down in Europe. Gonna take some time to do the things Diego never had.


chofer Says:

I also said yesterday that Maria couldn’t win with this condictions.

She proved me right, at least.


FedExpress Says:

Diego will think what should/could/would….

Rafa will just relax and come as a changed man after the break


chofer Says:

Ben Rothengerg is the most stupid tennis analyst on twitter. Saying Isner would have beaten Rafa the way he’s plaing today. Because he surely didn’t notice Isner couldn’t move at all under the rain.

Is he English or American?


chofer Says:

FedExpress

You’re always the optimist here.


Daniel Says:

I think the crucial event will be the serve game for Diego when game resumes. If he holds for 4-2 lead, he will be relieved, adds pressure on Nadal who will serve under huge doubts as Diego was dominating his serve games prior to interruption.

If Nadal breaks right from the go for 3-3, will be another match. That game will be immense for both players confidence wise and potential change of status quo. More so for Nadal than for Schwatrz. He always believes he can come back, as he was breaking back several times this match alone. But if Diego closes the door after rain break we are in for a match.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Agree.


FedExpress Says:

Play back on in couple of minutes


skeezer Says:

Chofer,
WATERloo?
NO!
Africa! ;)


Daniel Says:

Nadal broke.


skeezer Says:

“If Nadal breaks right from the go for 3-3, will be another match”
And…..
It’s another match. as predicted.


Daniel Says:

And had the easist hold today right after. Questions answered.


skeezer Says:

Diego came out with no rhythm like before the break in his manor of play. Da break put out the fire of Da Schwartz.


Daniel Says:

Joke. Wins 4 straight games to close the set.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahahaha

what a lucker nadal is. seriously. this guy has endless luck.


chofer Says:

Ok, this was expected.

Anyway, play interupted again. This is becoming really annoying-


skeezer Says:

Diego gets the break now,. He needed it lol.


Yy Says:

Such disrespect for the sport. Luck luck wtf. Likewise u can say Nole, Wawrinka etc were lucky to beat Rafa too at previous slams.


chofer Says:

Meantime, Delpo not proffiting Cilic errors, who anyway is serving better and moving better. 5-5 TB. If Delpo desn’t win this set, to gain some confidence lacking. Adieu.


chofer Says:

Forecast ominous. I think this is it for today.


Anto Says:

@FE, If nadal was indeed as lucky as you say he is. Then instead of this rain delays he is getting he should have gotten a sunny day instead of this overcast day with cold and heavy conditions. If anything he is unlucky to be playing in these conditions.


Willow Says:

Well said Anto, i think he just wants to see Nadal fail choose what, thats the bottom line ….


skeezer Says:

Remember, Fed was called out first for being lucky by the posters long gone now. Mysteriously :)
Rafa could have used a roof today. Then he would have been even luckier.


chofer Says:

Forecast tomorrow: Sunny in the morning, cloudy without rain in the afternoon.

I would be strange Nadal won’t dictate from now on. I’m more worry abour Delpo. But if the court is dry, I fancy him more. Cilic is very pumped up. Delpo is bothered. He has to move their feet better. Hope he rests well and practice better before the match. Especially the return. He needs it.

Nigh all.


Markus Says:

The bitter non-Federer fans always bewailed that when Federer wins, it because the field is weak. It looks like the weak field theory is only applied to Federer. That bias is the main drawback of this weak era theory. When held up to scrutiny it is a phony theory.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Sorry for the late reply. was busy yesterday.
Thanks and ditto :)


el_matador Says:

rafa’s opponents should just give him a walkover in clay..why bother playing?..the same script has been playing out for 13 years..pathetic


Daniel Says:

Woke up and saw that order is restoted.

chofer,

You may be right about DelPo, Cilic a break up in third set.


FedExpress Says:

If Fed played in a weak era according to some so called experts here then Rafa played in the weakest clay era ever. What a lucker he is.


Anto Says:

I think Schwartzman is only one who can match Nadal in terms of intensity through out the match.


Anto Says:

Good match Schwartzman. As expected he gave Rafa some trouble


FedExpress Says:

Cilic led the third set with a break.

Now Delpo serving for a 2-1 set lead


FedExpress Says:

@anto

The first rain delay killed all the gained momentum. Adrenaline was down after they resumed.


Willow Says:

No luck you play who ever is in front of you, never had a issue with weak eras, its the sheduling which sometimes leaves much to be desired, moving on ….


Giles Says:

I think Diego thought he was going to pull a Kevin Andersen against Rafa. Lol


Anto Says:

@Giles,

That ideally has to be the mentality when a you play a tennis match irrespective of the opponent. Thats what Rafa does. And Diego too does that.


gonzalowski Says:

Well done Rafa! 1h. 40′ played today, hard match, with long points, and the last 2 games complicated to close for Rafa; but not too much for tomorrow, Rafa is used to clay masters, day after day. And Marin or Delpo will get more tired I guess.

Schwartzmann is 25, he could make good RGs in the future, maybe win it. He’s got a good game for it Imo.


Daniel Says:

DelPo serving for the match. Second semis in last 3 Slams. Great results for him.


Margot Says:

Well done JMDP! Into the semis he goes, fantastic result for him.


Daniel Says:

Federer, Nadal, Cilic and DelPo are the 4 more consistant players in slams latelly.


el_matador Says:

delpo,u’re a champ..after so many injuries,playing so little matches in clay..never thought u would reach semi here..the mental strength of this man is extraordinary..and those supporters,those beautiful argentine supporters..creating atmospheres like a davis cup/football match..priceless


chofer Says:

Hi people!

Order is restored, it seems. Pathetic is expecting Diego would have a chance against a Nadal who ship forward his FH and playing under the sun and dry courts, juest like he likes. Amazing run for Diego. Ovation from the Frenchmen. Really proud of him over here.

Delpo couldn’t connect two FHs in a row today. Expecting reports of something physical going on… But, as I said, he’s under Cilic skin, who was an error machine.

It goes without saying Nadla is the overwhelming favourite. But the job is done for him in a way: He’s number 4 again and, as for now, gets the coveted seeding for Wimbledon, when he has bigger chances. Besides, he always ups the ante with the “legends”. Won’t be enough against Rafa, though.

But beware Rafans. Rain is expected on Sunday. If somehow the match is played (and I believe Thiem SHOULD win the match with Cecchinatto) the Austrian could make life miserable for him.

If it plays on Monday, like many journalists are saying, Rafa will get away with the 11th.


chofer Says:

el matador

Totally accurate. He won this with his head (and serve) Groundstrokes absent yesterday and today. In the head, he’s up with the Bif Four. I’ve no doubt about that.

Now, he needs to get physically available for a battle. Short time. But he competes extremely well.


el_matador Says:

lol chofer,I know it was pathetic to expect schwartz to beat rafa..but I was so frustrated to see rafa in beast mode again..he was wearing schwartz out..schwartz had to fight so hard just to win a game..but as u said,proud of schwartz..never thought he would take even a set off rafa..& he made my day with that comeback against anderson already


el_matador Says:

& I really find the domination of rafa in clay is pathetic..its like each of his match is a forgone conclusion..its only about how many games he loses or whether he will lose a set..pathetic


Yy Says:

A true fan of tennis would appreciate the records being broken. Nothing pathetic about that.


el_matador Says:

hope so chofer..I’m sure if delpo is fit,he’ll give it a great battle..he’s not intimidated by roger & rafa like other players(bar novak)..in fact,he brings his best in these types of matches..& there is the ole!ole!! army to push him..vamos delpo!!


el_matador Says:

he’s breaking his records again & again..& I find this type of domination,lack of competion pathetic..its like a man is up against 127 boys every year


j-kath Says:

Chofer: Don’t understand your comment on Nadal getting the coveted seeding at Wimbledon. I must have missed something??? but thought Roger would earn top adjustment based on winning Wimbledon last year etc.


el_matador Says:

I think chofer meant delpo getting the coveted seeding..


chofer Says:

J-kath

I meant Delpo.


chofer Says:

I have nothing but great admiration for Nadal. Its unstoppable force in the French Open goes back to 2005. You just need to play lights out to have a chance (Soderling) or play lights out and catching him with his confidence low (Djokovic)

He’s entirely a different animal on CC, when conditions are his way… It may be frustrating to some, but I really enjoy it. Because we will never see, in out lifetime, something like this.

The glass full-empty. Always.

On the other hand, I insist Sunday could be a different story with the forecast predicted. Unless Thiem chickens out against Cecinatto and the Italian plays the final. Which in that case, there will no contest. But Thiem should win that match, and let’s see what happens then…

el_matador

A friend of mine is an astrologer and I think it’s funny you mention that yesterday because today she told me this is the year of the Dog in chinese horoscope, which is equal to Libra in the western horoscope and I see a lot of Libras en the latter stages of Grand Slams this year…

I don’t believe too much on those things, but my friend is deadly serious about all this and a hard student of astrology and there were time she scared the shit out of me with things she said that were absolutely accurate.

Halep is a Libra, she said.So is Muguruza. So maybe the Spaniard will take Wimbledon and the Romanian finally take RG?:))


FesExpress Says:

How many FH winners did delpi have in the end? Till mid 3rd set it was one FH winner.


chofer Says:

FedExpress

I counted 5 the whole match. You can only get better than that.


j-kath Says:

El matador/Chofer: Taa – makes sense.


RZ Says:

Well done Rafa! Thanks to his win and the rain, I won a box of chocolates in a friendly bet.


FedExpress Says:

@Giles

20>16 on any given day


chofer Says:

Giles

That’s because “the others” had chances. If not, they wouldn’t even bother.


SG1 Says:

If Rafa manages get through DelPo and Thiem, no one can say this was a tomato can draw.

DelPo won’t be able to win the mental strength battle with Nadal over 5 sets. Nadal’s going to try and make the big fella run and wear him down. DelPo’s going to need to be hitting his forehand very well if he’s going to make this thing competitive.


skeezer Says:

Agree SG1, Delpo has get get that FH of his dialed in, if not, Rafa will wear him down in short order.


chofer Says:

I would add Delpo is going to hit through is BH. Especially down the line. That’s where Rafa was caught up by DS in the first set and Sasha Zverev in the second set in Rome. Add a BH return to a wide serve to his BH.

These are the keys to be competitive against him. I see a straight set win for Rafa, nonetheless. Delpo had no expetations for the tournament nor clay in particular. And he’s moving with extreme precaution, to be light. If he thinks he would physically jeopardize his grass season, he won’t bother. If he somehow wins the first set, then he’ll try harder, of course.

Only someone who’s as injury prone as him understands playing on “autopilot”. Something that’s not part of Nadal’s lexicon.


chofer Says:

Is going to… not. I meant “he needs to”.


Van_Persie Says:

Happy for Delpo and Vamos! Make it competitive!


chofer Says:

To me,the real key to Nadal continued success in RG, in a 5 set format its his intensinty. It’s moer this his FH, footwork, fitness or whatever.
He’s the most intense champion I’ve ever seen. Connors a close second. Djoker may be stubborn. Federer is ultra-agressive. Nadal is intense. Another parallel in the WTA is Sharapova. Always trying; always optimist to the last point. No matter the scoreline. No matter disadvantages. Restless is another word that fit. But that fit to other champions, too. Intense is… another proposition.


j-kath Says:

Apologies – posted an older Queens report…following is more up to date:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/44037314


Anto Says:

@Chofer, I second that. Rafa may not be the GOAT (he is not in my opinion), but there is a reason many people and pundits say Rafa is the ultimate fighter in tennis. And that is the main reason I am his fan.


Willow Says:

Anto / Chofer great posts from you both, i dont believe and i dont really care about all things GOAT, too many different caveats to that topic IMO, prefer the idea of having many all time greats instead, Nadal is certainly the ultimate fighter in tennis, is he the best well thats subjective i suppose ….

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