Djokovic The Destroyer Into French QFs, Zverev Next; Federer v Wawrinka Tomorrow
by Staff | June 3rd, 2019, 4:33 pm
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Novak Djokovic kept his foot on the at the French Open. With rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer rolling yesterday, Djokovic kept pace today hammering Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to reach a record 10th straight French Open quarterfinal.

“I don’t mind cruising along, to be honest,” Djokovic said. “I have plenty of experience, I think, dealing with situations where you’re facing break points or where it’s tense. I have played plenty of tight matches in my career that I can rely on that experience. I think it’s good to be tested from that perspective, but at the same time, it’s also good to cruise along and conserve the energy for what’s coming up.”

The Serb has now won his last 25 Grand Slam matches, all since a stunning loss a year ago in the quarters to Marco Cecchinato.

“I am satisfied so far with my game. I mean, I reached the quarterfinals and played as close to my best tennis on clay as I think I can be at the moment,” Djokovic added. “I’m really pleased with every aspect of my game. So everything is coming together beautifully. I’m motivated to fight for the trophy, yes, that’s why I’m here. But it’s still a long way to go.”

An Italian unknown won’t be waiting on Wednesday. Instead, it will be the familiar sight of Alexander Zverev who returned to the final eight after a tough 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(5) win over Monte Carlo champion Fabio Fognini.

“I didn’t start well and he did. He played very aggressive, hitting the ball very hard, which made it difficult,” Zverev said. “But then after first set, I played three very good sets, very solid from my part. And I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals.”

Zverev and Djokovic have split two meetings with the German winning their most recent clash in the London finals last November.

Dominic Thiem ended the hopes to hometown hero Gael Monfils, jumping out early on the Frenchmen to cruise to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

“It was a really good match, my best match so far in this tournament,” said Thiem. “It was the first match for me at this tournament, where it didn’t have any up-and-downs. It was really solid. I’m very happy.”

Thiem is back in the French Open quarterfinals for a fourth straight year. On Wednesday, he’ll take on Karen Khachanov who advanced to his first career Slam quarterfinal after beating Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Tomorrow, on a big day of quarterfinal action, Roger Federer resumes his return to Roland Garros against the man who beat him here in his last appearance here in 2015, Stan Wawrinka.

Federer leads Stan 22-3 and has won the last six against his good friend. He also hasn’t lost a set in four match so far, but playing Wawrinka will be a major step up in class. Wawrinka, though, just went 5 hours, 9 minutes against Stefanos Tsitsipas, so how fit will he be?

Fitness may also be an issue in the second match as Rafael Nadal puts a 20-match French win streak on the line against Kei Nishikori. The 7th-ranked Nishikori has won his last two matches in five sets, and will be playing a third straight day after coming from a 4-1 down Monday to beat Benoit Pare in five sets. Nadal leads Nishikori 10-2 including 4-0 on clay.

TUESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 14h00
Sloane STEPHENS (USA)[7] contre Johanna KONTA (GBR) [26]
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [7] contre Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]

Court Suzanne LENGLEN Début à 14h00
Stan WAWRINKA (SUI) [24] contre Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3]
Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE) contre Petra MARTIC (CRO) [31]


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207 Comments for Djokovic The Destroyer Into French QFs, Zverev Next; Federer v Wawrinka Tomorrow

Wog Boy Says:

SFs:

Thiem vs Zverev,
Nadal vs Federer

Final:

Thime vs Nadal

Thiem is winning his first GS title, congratulations Thiem.


RZ Says:

Wog Boy – I hope so!


RZ Says:

With the 4th round of the F.O. done, we have a new leader in our bracket – Nithish. Joan has moved into 2nd place.


Andy Mira Says:

WB!….Oh no!!!…Shoot me now!


j-kath Says:

A-M & WB:

Sorri guys, don’t agree that Thiem will win. It’s going to be Novak……although on this particular occasion I’d prefer it to be Stan – so far he’s had to work the hardest against very talented competition.


FedExpress Says:

Weather not looking good for today and the rest of the week


Andy Mira Says:

JK….I agree with u too…For me,as a Rafan of coz my 1st choice is Rafa(i don’t want to list the reasons coz it will sounds bragging!haha)…and then Novak of coz..Honestly,i don’t see anyone else other then those 2 who will lift the trophy this sunday…but then anything can happen in tennis!hehe…We’ll see….

Vamos Rafa!!


FedExpress Says:

two awesome return (one on BP) in the first return game by fed but mugged up the following FH on both occasions


FedExpress Says:

Stan saving all 3 BPs so far.

Another BP chance for Fed


FedExpress Says:

Man, Federer and BPs.


Daniel Says:

Wawa clear tatic to go for it on his serve and wait if Fed has a bad game. Already saving 4 BPs as Tsisi match.

But Fed seems pretty solid on serve also, I think if Wawa loses 1st (even in breaker) his mind will give up a bit. He knows he can’t drag too much.


FedExpress Says:

Dont like the direction in which the match is going. Federer had so many chances.


FedExpress Says:

so many 0-30 and 15-30 but mugs up everytime.

Three consecutive BH UE from 15-30.

6-5 Stan


FedExpress Says:

What a backhand


FedExpress Says:

Federer wins the first set. And deserved.


Daniel Says:

Actually Fedex, it was great for Federer this tiebreak. Long set, 50 min, didn’t face a single BP and drag Wawa wh9 knows will have to win 3 more sets, meaning at least 2 more hours on court. And now Fed serves 1st playing ahead.


FedExpress Says:

Federer and BPs. Wtf is that.


FedExpress Says:

in his last 3 slam losses against Anderson, Millman and Tsi Fed won the 1st set


FedExpress Says:

Lol. Wawrinka gets his 1st BP chance and he gets broken

WTF is that


Daniel Says:

Classic Federer, several BPs and missing even 2nd serves returns. 1st BP he faces and gets broken.


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs Fed

will he mug up again?


FedExpress Says:

ahahaha. two shanks on BPs. never change Fed.


Daniel Says:

15-40 ans he couldn’t break.

But credit to Wawa, he is not missing on BPs and making opponent play


FedExpress Says:

This is AO 19 reloaded


FedExpress Says:

He even led 40-15 in the game where he got broken. Made some suicidal decisions like S&V.


Daniel Says:

Federer is irritating me with this “trying
to return deep midcourt” misses. Go for the angles and corners that is more his thing.


skeezer Says:

Djoker obviously enjoying the boat cruise of a draw he is on.


skeezer Says:

Daniel,
Yeah after watch Wawa played T I thought they could of hit way more drop shots, and that Fed would have seen this and implemented more of that strategy. Especially with Wawa’s heavy legs….but alas still content to duke it out from the baseline.


FedExpress Says:

Shanks. Shanks. shanks.


Daniel Says:

2 full sets and Federer can’t break Wawa, on clay is worrysome.


FedExpress Says:

Stan somehow wins the 2nd set. And nobody knows how he did it.


FedExpress Says:

Another shank


FedExpress Says:

Federer from playing well to playing utter garbage


jatin Says:

Fed will find a way


FedExpress Says:

another BP

my tip he will blow it


FedExpress Says:

and gone


FedExpress Says:

Bravo Federer

About to get broken again.


jatin Says:

Comon Fed


FedExpress Says:

0-30

this is just insane


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs wawrinka

and he breaks

gtfo Federer


Daniel Says:

8 chances to break and 0 conversion. It frustrates and now got broken.

Nadl cruising as expected.


FedExpress Says:

Here we go again

0-30


Daniel Silva Says:

will ply 2 more BPs now


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs

A Federer Special again?


FedExpress Says:

Thank god he breaks.


FedExpress Says:

What a FH miss


skeezer Says:

Like we said, stop duking it out so much, short balls drops and then some pounding. Stan is a rhythm player.


FedExpress Says:

Important hold. Now break him.


skeezer Says:

Like that!!


Daniel Says:

Set Point.


FedExpress Says:

Set Point Federer

Please convert


Daniel Silva Says:

Wow, was in


FedExpress Says:

why this BH? Why so stubborn?


FedExpress Says:

1/11

just bad


FedExpress Says:

5-5

So many chances. Man.


jatin Says:

Stan super clutch


Daniel Says:

1st SP Fed made an junior’s mistake going for BH DTL early in the point. Should have made Wawa play. 5-5.
1-11 in BPs so far


FedExpress Says:

Wawrinka in ball bashing mode. And thats dangerous.


Daniel Says:

Classic, will get broken now.


FedExpress Says:

Bp Wawrinka

and what a save.


Daniel Says:

Fed is choosing the wrong sides today


FedExpress Says:

DjokoSmash wow


jatin Says:

Tennis at GOD’S level right now..


FedExpress Says:

Federer is tired


Daniel Says:

Finally. At least tiebreak. Seems like whoever wins this set wins the match.


FedExpress Says:

That was a struggle


jatin Says:

Fed is somehow holding against THIS STANIMAL onslaught right now. Hope he wins in Tie breaker.


chofer Says:

Excellent match once again NOT in Chatrier.

Which shows the French are not only late with TB rules but aldo apalling at scheduling.

The way Khachanov played yesterday, I would be worried being Thiem.

Rafa is cruising, as expected.

This match should not go the distance for Roger.

If there’s a TB here, it will be scorchin hot. And, perhaps, decisive.


FedExpress Says:

TB time. More important for Federer than Stan I feel.


chofer Says:

WOW


Daniel Says:

What a point! Spectacular Federer to get the volley


FedExpress Says:

What a dig


Daniel Says:

Wawa on the edge, almost DF and than FH on the line


FedExpress Says:

4-1

Come on. No hiccups.


Daniel Says:

5-1. Can’t see fed losing this lead. Third almost in the bag


jatin Says:

Fed is playing on INSANE levels.


FedExpress Says:

Danie, forgive me, but never cant Federer out to do something stupid.


Daniel Says:

1 mini break gone. Time to serve big. Yeah. 3 SP, had 2 already.


FedExpress Says:

Oh no


FedExpress Says:

Set point on Feds serve


jatin Says:

By far the best set they have ever played against each other.
Cannot believe what I witnessed.


FedExpress Says:

Federer showed cojones in this set.

2-1

boy, that set was nerve wrecking.


FedExpress Says:

Bendokori doing his usual stuff. Bending over.


Daniel Says:

Fed is bold, he served and volley on second serve again even losing the point last time he did it 5-2 up

Nadal crushing Kei, 6-1 6-1, will probably end before Fed x wawa.

Said yesterday that Kei would be more deplted than Wawa duento the 3 day play. Wawa at least got a fulm day rest and today looks fine.


chofer Says:

The more interesting draw it’s on this side.

I still have a feeling Khachanov-Thiem will be one to look forward to.


chofer Says:

Wawa hasn’t been able to do what he does very well on clay. Pushing you back down the line to play outside of the stadium. Federer is super quick today. All his straight setters paying off, I think.

Still, he wouldn’t want this to go to a 5th. Wawrinka is having a bull tournament. Incredible energy.


Madmax Says:

I knew Stan would be fired up for this match with Roger, and he is not going away without fighting, has always been a great clay courter. What a crazy time for Stan right now. Roger was right in his interview yesterday, he has a second life. And he has a second wind today.

Entertaining match. He has lost weight, has Stan, looks more focused, knows that he can beat Fed, did in 2015, and so is super pumped. Come on. Let’s make it a match for the ages.


Daniel Says:

3 more BPs gone this game.

1 more now


chofer Says:

Roger wasting BP chances reminds me of a certain Greek.

He’ll have to earn it.


Daniel Says:

1/15 BPs. This reminds me of that Nadal 2007 final.


chofer Says:

On the other hand, it’s always king of wird how Roger makes a 5 hour match seem like half that time. He’s so over the ball always. But on this surface that advantage makes you overhit, too.


chofer Says:

Daniel, that’s an aweful stat.


chofer Says:

And overhit he did. That drop shot.


chofer Says:

Another BP.


Berghain Says:

This bp thing is ridiculous!!!


chofer Says:

Wawa symptoms of tiredness now,serve to the rescue.

Roger intelligent make him run with that drop shot. But he still has legs. Warrior mode for Stan.


Daniel Says:

1/16 BPs, 1 more and he ties his worst conversion rate ever.


Daniel Says:

That Nadal RG 2007 final was 1/17. Tsisi at least broke Wawa 5 or 6 times out of 23/25


chofer Says:

Darkness is falling. I barely see the court.


chofer Says:

Wow, Now it’s like a reel of highlights.


chofer Says:

Daniel, perhaps because it’s more difficult to break Nadal on this surface than Wawa, no?


j-kath Says:

Looks like they are coming off????????????


Madmax Says:

Crazy match. Could easily go to a fifth. OMG: Stan will be on his knees, Federer cannot afford to lose his focus one bit.

I would say right now, Stan is the better player. He is in 2015 mode.


chofer Says:

I think they’re leaving. No lights.

The FO it’s so shameful in many ways. What a joke.

They need to update with the other Slams, pronto.


Madmax Says:

Yep You are right J-Kath…and that is going to be in Stan’s favour. For sure. More rest.


Madmax Says:

Match suspended. All equal in the fourth set.

We know what these breaks can do for players.

Recoup.


chofer Says:

The only real beneficiary is Rafa. Not his fault, though.

But when we ask oursekves why he won so many, we should think how winning your early matches as fast as you can helps.

Anyway, nobody was expecting Wawa at this lever that soon. In Australia, he couldn’t move at all.


Berghain Says:

Its a thunderstorm guys. Maybe they will come back out.


chofer Says:

They can’t play after 7PM. I don’t think there’s much time left to to that.


Solomon Ekegbu Says:

Do they still have to play today or what


jatin Says:

Hope this breaks helps Fed to finally discuss about his poor break point conversion. It has a lot to do with Stan’s play as well. Its obvious that he has to take it on his own as Stan won’t give him any free point at all.


Berghain Says:

“The thunderstorms are-a-coming and after Wawrinka tries to convince the match referee to let them carry on, play is suspended due to a lack of light.

A real shame because this has been the match of the tournament so far.”

Meanwhile, on the other court, Nadal is fuming. He can’t understand the decision to suspend play when he’s two sets and 4-2 up.


FedExpress Says:

Dont think they will play today. Will help Stan more I think


Truth Says:

Stan played mediocre all tourney and fraud/coward needs luck to stay in the match.


fred stone Says:

@chofer
Why can’t they play past 7PM?


chofer Says:

fred stone

Because it’s an OLD rule en Every Slam until some of then put roofs and lights on.

Not being this case. Too dark to see after that. If it’s cloudy, it gets worse.


Daniel Says:

“Daniel, perhaps because it’s more difficult to break Nadal on this surface than Wawa, no?”

Actuallt no, Nadal was broken this tourney in all his macthes bar 1. Even Nishikor broke him today.

Wawa is just a freak last 2 matches in BPs


chofer Says:

Well, that doesn’t bode well for Rafa. I remember he played an entire tournament without losing a set. I can’t remember if he was broken or not.

OK, let’s see. Playing resuming everubody. Sun is bright now, apparently.

Wake up!!!


chofer Says:

There’s still one hour according to the OLD rules. Enough for Roger to win or send this to a 5th and resume tomorrow.


Daniel Says:

I heard that they interrupted due to potential lightning


chofer Says:

I did think that. But the players are already there!!


FedExpress Says:

Delpo Khach played well past 7 pm yesterday


chofer Says:

SOMETIMES the ruleis broken if both players agree on!! And there’s still light…

Anyway, is offensive the FO STILL has no lights. I think next year, when they premier the roof, eill have it.


chofer Says:

*will*


chofer Says:

It’s like they never left… They’re both on fire today.


chofer Says:

Rafa already won.


Daniel Says:

Nadal in his 12th semis in RG. Perfect 11-0 so far.

Whoever wins from Fed x Wawa match Injust hope it ends today, so the winner can have a full they rest. Last thing we need is a spent/broken adversary for Nadal in semis.


chofer Says:

One more BP for Roger.


Daniel Says:

Fed double BP with MP taste.


jatin Says:

FED FINALLY ABLE TO BREAK


chofer Says:

And Roger breaks!!

He so wants to meet Rafa. It’s happening.


Daniel Says:

He was 1/17 before he broke for 2/18 😜

Will serve for the match now. Hope he delivers.


Berghain Says:

My GOD! finally. Holly shmoza!


Daniel Says:

30-30. 2 points away.


chofer Says:

I hope he’s so dialed in with his attack on Thursday. I’d like to see this version on clay. Was he ever so aggresive on this turf?


Daniel Says:

MP gone. 40-40. Drama


chofer Says:

Wawa!!


Daniel Says:

C’mon Fed. Kick wide serve.


chofer Says:

He intended so, Daniel. Double faulted.


chofer Says:

And there it is! Fedal’s coming!!


RZ Says:

Good win for Fed considering that Wawrinka was a huge step up in opponent than his previous matches. Fed will be a huge step up for Nadal considering Nishikori did nothing today, but I just don’t see Fed pulling the upset at RG.


chofer Says:

He should keep this strategy with Nadal, even if he’s passed to death.

He can’t trade blows with him on this surface, unless you are the elastic man. Which he clearly isn’t.


Daniel Says:

Fedal 39 it is. Hope Fed at least make it 4 sets.

He has no business beating Nadal on RG clay at 37 and 10 months.

But I am kind of curious about this encounter on clay after several years and Fed’s last 5 victories. He may play more freely.
Semis is a great result already.


jatin Says:

What a great match that was.
Fed was so awesome whole match. Clutch Serve and volley.
He has already achieved more than we hoped for.

Its Fedal Guys. So excited for this.


Giles Says:

Rafa is waiting forrr you!


jatin Says:

Great tournament for Stan as well.
He is back to his best certainly. Good for the game.


chofer Says:

I reccomend seeing Yannick Noah’s victory over Mats Wilander in 83 to see how serve and volley beat the steadier player.

I know this happen once in a Blue Moon, but that’s the match I will look forward to if I were Roger.

Having say that, it’s obvs. Nadal’s to lose. Pehaps, he’s waiting for this after his recen defeats on faster surfaces.

Should be intresting.


Berghain Says:

Giles Says:

Rafa is waiting forrr you!

PPl over at tenngrand been sh9tting themselves all week about Fed playing Rafa. So I hope for your sake he wins.


chofer Says:

I can see Rafa seeking revenge. If tehre’s a perfect opportunity he has it.

Anyway, I love their rivalry no matter the surface.


Daniel Says:

Also key for Fed is to return great and deep. Nadal will broke his serve eventually on clay over 5 sets, but Fed needs to pressure his serve as well. Nadal’s serve is worse than Wawa and if Fed steps in more often he may have some chances.
And he has to mix it up and use drop shots just to not give Nadal much rhytm.


FedExpress Says:

Liked the 23-15 h2h between Fedal after Federer trailed 10-23. Seems more fair. But all the clay encourters screw it.


chofer Says:

There’s no way Roger would change his attack strategy even with Rafa. Does not make sense.

Why I’m seeing is Rafa practicing the “limp” optiom. The lob.

I’d love to see lobs, since nobody’s doing it nowadays.


chofer Says:

14 years after they first met there. A record I don’t see surpassed in my lifetime.

No words…


Berghain Says:

Hopefully fed can make it competitive and not get the usual spanking.


jatin Says:

It will be interesting to see this pattern of play against Rafa. Taking the ball very early, coming to the net and super aggressive tennis.
He was very successful with it even in the Slowest hard courts of Miami in 2017.
Of course, Rafa is the favorite as its HIS turf and he is playing incredible so far.

But, This is what Roger said after the match : ” Maybe one of the reasons I decided to come back here is to face Rafa. ”

The man is on a mission. Game on.
FEDAL 39. Tennis wins everytime they face each other.


Daniel Says:

Fed is on great form. It took Wawa saving 16 out of 18 BPs and 1 bad game by Fed who was 40-30 for him to win a 6-5 set.

Can’t see Fed getting a “spank” from Nadal, specially with his improved BH. All those matches he won vs Nadal his return was great and they were HC where Nadal’s serve is better than on clay. Unless Nadal turn to 2008 mode, Fed should win a set. Myabe even finally pushing Nadal to 5 in RG.


All out Says:

Finally!!! After 2 and a half years, we have FEDAL meeting again in a grand slam… this is going to be very interesting.
Federer played amazing tennis over the past week and so has Rafa for the most part. This is the perfect chance for Roger to finally beat Rafa at the greatest clay court ever. Nadal has come a long way in these 2 years.. he’s not hitting awfully short returns like in 2017. He’s belting it pretty deep and with lots of spin.. that backhand has become an extremely reliable weapon off late.. he starts as the overwhelming favourite and could probably win it in straight or 4.. but I’ll not be surprised if Roger gets his first win over Rafa on this court. Vamos!!!


FedExpress Says:

Berghain, spanked? The only one who got spanked the last three times was Nadal. Didnt win a set and hasnt broken Fed since the 5th set of AO 17.


Daniel Says:

I wish for a Djoko x Federer final, this way we have history guarantee for one of them completing a second career Slam. For Djoko even more weight as he goes for 4 in a row, again!
But even so, one of the 2 will be the 1st player in Open Era history to have Second career Slam if that final happens. One can only dream…


Van Persie Says:

lol Daniel,

I would like a Fedole final as well, did think the same, but for different reasons 🙂
Would be hilarious. will not happen though…


chrisford1 Says:

Nadal’s freakish dominance on clay obscures his overall reputation as an all court player. Take away all his clay Slams and RUPs and he is in the same “Slamcount” range as Edberg, McEnroe, Becker. A couple away from Lendl, Agassi, and Connors.

To help improve Nadals reputation as a great overall player not just a clay courter, since another French would be humdrum routine, I propose Rafa would be helped if he lost here and won somewhere else. To further show he was not some one-trick pony.

That would hopefully give fans a Final of two guys trying for a double career slam. And Roger being solidified in the status of best player ever with 2 Frenchies if he gets #21 and beats Novak in doing so to make him 2nd best clay courter of his era. And Novak of course gets his 2nd Grand Slam and a step closer to Nadal and Fed in Slam records.

As a Dkokovic fan, not that it would be easy, mind you, but Fed in the Final is better than Rafa …………
That might give us a Federer-Djokovic Final.


Berghain Says:

Would be hilarious

why? cause Nole would win easily? Prob.


Master-Yoda Says:

I would love to see one underhand serve by the Swiss since Nadal is standing in Berlin to return serve. If anyone can get away from a bad crowd reaction is the Swiss. Like Noah said “if i played Rafa he could kill me so i would serve underhand every time use only drop shots and when he came to the net i would hit him. You have to try something to get him forward and of rhythm.
Anything but a Nadal win in 3 or 4 would be a sock.
Question the 2 main courts have the same speed?


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

would be kind of a joke to have Fedole in final… but, let’s see what the tennis gods want.

To be honnest, Nole beating the koc in the final would be more poetic, for me😁
But Nole has to get to the final first


Van Persie Says:

If Roger manages somehow to win against a healthy Rafa, it would be a 5 draining 5 setter most likely… then Roger will be the dream oponent for the final


chrisford1 Says:

Of course, Djokovic has two big matches left to get through before the 2019 Final has his name on it.
No certainties in Top 10 tennis matchups.


Berghain Says:

True, but for fed fans him just beating Nadal would be enough imo. Finally get that RG monkey off his back.

Being GOAT is also about longevity. Lets see where RAFnole are at 38.


Daniel Says:

Tourney is huge for the Big 3.

1 – If Djoko wins and beating Nadal in finals (beating Nadal in finals of all G4 rand Slams), he will be ahead of him for me as clear 2nd all time. 17 to 16 Slams, double career Slam plus his #1 records, positive HxH with Nadal, Masters Sweap, just 1 Masters behind, WTF and so on…
Ahead of him only Roger with 20 (4 Slams gap). With the double career and Second Nole Slam, if he reaches 18-19 and Fed does’t add more with the #1 records that will sure follow, he will be GOAT. He won’t even need to reach 20, just comes closer.

2 – if Fed wins, beating Wawa, Nadal and Djoko back to back at 37 for second career Slams and 21, GOAT debate is pretty much over. He will be 6 ahead of Djoko and 4 ahead of Nadal and finally beating Nadal on clay. And it can take a huge dent on Nadal’s confidence, who will soon get married.

3 – If Nadal wins, he reduces the gap to only 2 with Federer, somehting he was never this close before. Indeed, another RG doesn’t add much to his cause (he needs more #1 stats and other surface Slams), but even so, brings him closer to 20 and separates himself from Djoko, who is breathing behind his neck by 3, 18-15.
Also, if he beats Djoko he solidifys that he is virtually unbeatbale on clay agaisnt the 2 players that have more wins agaisnt him: Djoko and Federer.

The one who can lose and left unscatthered is Federer. He has no busniness winning French Open at this pont, as his target is Wimbledon.

Nadal has the most pressure, as if he doesn’t win question will arise if he will ever win a Slam again at 33 and he will be Slamsless for a year.

Djoko losing it even kind of takes the pressure off for next 2.

So, Nadal is the one who needs this Slam the most. For Djoko and Federer will be a uber deluxe bonus.

But for Federer winning, it will mean the most on the Grand Scheme.


Berghain Says:

daniel

I agree.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

If we are talking about longevity count that Rafa won GS when he was 18, he is pretty mich on same time span with Roger.


Daniel Says:

“Rafa won GS when he was 18”

VP,
19! 1 year makes a huge difference;-)

Ref longevity, a scary thought: If Fed wins RG with 37, imagine how long can Nadal keep winning it?!?!


Van Persie Says:

also agree with Daniel, for Rafa this slam counts more than for the others 2. Roger is absolutely free of pressure here. Nole has the second NCYGS in sight, so a bit of pressure there.


lylenubbins Says:

Congrats Roger, now to see if you can beat Rafa, which means not letting him dictate points. Very hard to so. But hey, no pressure on Roger, maybe he pulls it off.


chofer Says:

Dear people

I find these conversations about longevities useless. Beacause Federer is freacking 37 and Nadal started winning big at the same age as Borg, and that type of physical tennis abandones you when you are around 27-28, like Borg.

And Rafa could very well doubling Borg Slams at RG, something at my time ANYBODY THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE.

Cool up. Enjoy. This is a situatuon we won’t see replicated, perhaps, ever again. Are you ALL aware of that??


Van Persie Says:

Chofer,

to add. there will never be a trio like the Fedalovic again.

These 3 are freaks.
1st time I think, even id I am a Nole fan, I would be glad to see Thiem winning this, as it is getting a joke what they are doing in tennis 😂


chofer Says:

Also, at this rate, it could take 3 or 4 more generations to moderatly replicate these players. I said moderately.

I’m sure I won’t be here when that happens.

When these three retire, the void could be as big as a WTA situation, where you see huge gaps in the stadium seats.

It will hurt to everyone neutral like me. Every Slam won by XXXX will have an asterisk, like, ok but XXX wouldn’t need to beat Rafa in best of 5 on clay or Roger or Novak back to back at Wimbledon and so on…

It will happen. So why bother NOW?


chofer Says:

Van Persie

That’s the point.


Van Persie Says:

I do not know anymore if I am watching Tennis or Transformers.

Ok, am out now


chofer Says:

They DO seem like Playstation players. Ageless.

To put in PERSPECTIVE. The otrher day, Tsistipas put on a touching letter on Instagram about how he felt like losing 8-6 in the fith. Like an epipanhy.

How many of those kinf of matches these had play. How many MORE epiphanies one can take?

Ridiculous the trio. I mean it in a good way.


Daniel Says:

As long as we have some great matches after they are gone, people will get interested. Tennis is bigger than the players, even this holly trinity.
But agree, I think we’ll never see this again. Maybe 1 potential all te great every 10-20
Years. But not like this.

The Wawa x Tsisi was an example. Crowd was totally in and so far match of the tourney. Wawa is a Slam winner but Tsisi so far is just a promise


chrisford1 Says:

Longevity as a mark of Goathood?

I’d go with there being a Fabrice Santoro Award to the oldest player that got at least one singles title in any year. Maybe the Martina Navratilova Award on the woman’s side.

Many times you get this happening in a sport. Pubdits saying it is all over with the retirement of Pele, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Jack Nicklaus….yet the sport goes on.
It would be helpful after the Big 3 go, to not constantly compare the new Top 3 of the 3 Legends, like how any winner forehand is Federer-like or any win on clay pundits tell everyone how player XX is no Rafa Nadal.


Madmax Says:

Rafa may own Roger on clay, but…

Here we go again. But I want to congratulate Federer beforehand since he has won their last five meetings.

Way to go Roger.

Already reaching the SF’s. It’s brilliant. Just incredible. This fine, fine athlete – is breaking all the records.


j-kath Says:

I don’t believe the big 3 will leave at the same time.

I’m convinced that Federer’s swansong is after the next Olympic Games – he won a gold double medal with Stan but yet to complete his across the board successful portfolio by gaining an Olympic Gold in the singles. I also don’t believe that Rafa, who is 5 years younger than Fed., will leave at the same time as Fed. As for Novak – he is incredibly athletic and will continue for even longer. He’s going to want to surpass Fed’s record.


Daniel Says:

Agree j-k,

I thin Fed is after 2020, Nadal may not last longer due to his injuris, maybe 35-36 yld 2021-2022 and Djoko will try to go as much as he can 36+ also.


Daniel Says:

If Djoko and Thiem (as I think both will) win, we’ll have top 4 seed in semis. When was the last time this happened in a Slam?!


Daniel Says:

Friday weather looks the worst, 90% chance of rain and colder day.

Looks like there will be potential interruptions. Fedal will probably be schedule second match on Chatrier.


Berghain Says:

Berghain,

If we are talking about longevity count that Rafa won GS when he was 18, he is pretty mich on same time span with Roger.

Vp I like you but that argument is ridiculous. That’s like saying I peed in a cup at the same time as you so it doesn’t matter if you did it 300 more times.

Ppl trying to down play federers longevity are just sour. Cause there idols will probablyb not achieve it.

It really doesn’t matter what 1 or 2 ppl here say. Look at the stats. Who do you think will be remembered in 20 years? Feds records will be mentioned for as long as tennis exists.

What fed is doing is unheard of, full stop!


Berghain Says:

Then again. Maybe I you can prove me wrong in 7 years vp. Sorry I haven’t been around. Had a baby since my last tx time and have no more time, promise to send you a package from Berlin should fed win :)


skeezer Says:

Way to goi Fed!!
Awesome match. Stay aggressive,

Hey giles, now finally Rafa will finally have a chance to beat Fed. He hasn’t won a match against Fed for the last 5 years ( 0-5 ) lol nows his chance!
He has no excuse not to win this one, Fed is old and it is Rafa’s favorite surface by far and the tournament he owns. Really kind of not fair Rafa playing against an old man but Fed will try his best am sure ;)


Truth Says:

Not fair? Fed was lucky after Stan played really poorly and unclutch for months!
Fed refused to compete in the French open for years because he feared being destroyed by Novak, not Nadal!


bigly Says:

Fed will lose, as always.


Dave Says:

Daniel,

Don’t they usually play the Semi-Finals at the same time for the mens? Or is that in Australia? I seem to remember that being at one of the 4 Slams. Also, Do you think Djokovic will get messed up if he makes the final? I heard tomorrow is supposed to be bad with rain. So that really hurts Djokovic if he has to play on Thursday and Friday. For more than one reason. 1st-If Zverev gets an extra day of rest after playing basically twice as long as Djokovic, he is going to take more energy and time to beat on Thursday. 2nd-Djokovic playing 3 best of 5 set matches in 4 Days and the 4th Day being Rafa is a disaster. I’m not trying to make excuses for Djokovic or anything. I just see the weather being a big problem. Also, If the conditions end up being cold and wet, doesn’t that favor Federer? No huge bounce off the court for Nadal and Federer hits flatter. I’m curious to know your thoughts or anyone else’s.


skeezer Says:

“..feared being destroyed by Novak..”
Who? He’s been playing in another tournament no? “Junior French Open I believe.”


Daniel Says:

I think not Dave.

Wasn’t it RG 2015 that Djoko and Murray played second match, it went long and Djoko had to return Saturday to finish due to light and than sunday versus Wawa. 3 consecutive days


Wog Boy Says:

Hold your horses cult members.
Can somebody remind me what was the highest ranking player serial offender has beaten so far at FO, #24? That happened to be his lap dog Stan.
How many top 10 player has he beaten in the last 12 months, 2-3?
How many top 5 players serial offender has beaten in more than a year?
Nole has beaten 23 top 10 players since Wimbledon last year!
Serial offender will be destroyed by KOC, and I mean destroyed, unless he has another leg, back, knee injury few hours prior SF.

Also, I noticed there is troll imposter postig under my moniker, Sean, can you please cross check our emails before you let his posts under somebody else’s moniker.


skeezer Says:

^You’re right, Fed has NO chance, lol. You failed to mention the “lap dog” he beat has beaten top all the top guys accumulating 3 Slams, and TIts the rising star just barely lost to him. Who has Djoked played?

HURKACZ
LAAKSONEN
CARUSO
STRUFF


Ohh the high quality of it all.


Kimberly Says:

Listen it could be a good match. But there is also a real possibility Nadal will lay an old school smack down .


Wog Boy Says:

Once lap dog, always lap dog.


Truth Says:

Novak has been in French semis or finals, despite having physical problems and dreading clay for years.
Even Nadal isn’t in French Open finals every year.
Fred will never be lucky like in the 2000s, so he isn’t so smug anymore.
He’s not smiling or joking as he did in 2009. What a shame.
Fedal is so boring & overrated.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. Lol. Now you’re playing the age card, eh?
Maybe Rafa should give him a handicap of let’s say 5 games? What dya say?


skeezer Says:

Not a card, just a fact!
Just hoping for no Bagels by The KOC.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

sorry for the late reply, did read only now,

“Vp I like you but that argument is ridiculous. That’s like saying I peed in a cup at the same time as you so it doesn’t matter if you did it 300 more times. ”
Thnk you for liking me :)

well, I would not agree with that, as Rafa peed pretty much the same as Federer ;) to use your wording, and he has still has some time to continue, I think ;)

Congrats to you for being a dad now, I understand why you are offering me a gift, only if Fed will win, as there is no chance that will happen ;) I would advise U to use the money for the pampers ;). Fed will lose :D


Daniel Says:

Yeah Dave,

Wetty conditons favors Fed a bit more as it nullified part fo Nadal’s heavy spin and bounce. Court stays slow, but less bouncy.


Berghain Says:

Vp, thank you so much. It has been amazing. This little bundle of joy crawling around.
hXd
Unfortunately we are having a heat wave in Berlin and I am rather worried about our little guy. Its going to be 32 all week and we are sweating buckets.We have no air-con here and I heard its bad for babies anyway. Maybe combine it with a Luftbefeuchter.

I still believe fed has a good chance on friday. German cheese and sausage incoming.

Cheers to Wogboy and chrisford.

We dont cheer for the same guy but we are in the same camp – politically aligned. And I love these guys for there views, Cheers u 2.


Wog Boy Says:

Berghain,
Same here, cheers back to you.

BTW, heatwave in Berlin, 32 degrees?!
Come over here to see what is real heatwave, you can fry eggs on the bonnet of your car..without engine running.

No, he is not winning one single set;)


Wog Boy Says:

One more thing, don’t you even think of giving little bit of whisky to little fellow to quite him down when he is noisy:)


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