2019 French Open Men’s SF Open Thread: Federer v Nadal, Djokovic v Thiem
by Staff | June 7th, 2019, 5:20 am
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The men’s semifinals at the French Open feature the top 4 ranking players in the world — No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Roger Federer and No. 4 Dominic Thiem — for the first time together in a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2012 Australian Open.

An historic day kicks off with the resumption of one of the great rivalries as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for a 39th time. Nadal leads 23-15, 13-2 on clay and 5-0 at the French Open.

To follow on Chatrier, Novak Djokovic seeks his 7th win over Dominic Thiem who is appearing in his fourth straight French Open semifinal.

ITF NOTES
* The Top 4 seeds take up the 4 semifinal spots in the men’s singles at Roland Garros for the first time since 2011 – when No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, No. 3 seed Roger Federer and No. 4 seed Andy Murray all reached the last 4 – and the first time at a Grand Slam since the 2013 Australian Open – when No. 1 seed Djokovic, No. 2 seed Federer, No. 3 seed Murray and No. 4 seed David Ferrer all reached the semifinals.

NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)
Head-to-head: Nadal leads 23-15
* Nadal and Federer take to Court Philippe Chatrier in the first semifinal today for their 6th meeting at Roland Garros and their 4th meeting in a Grand Slam semifinal. Nadal is bidding to reach a 12th Roland Garros final while, at 37 years 305 days, Federer would become the oldest Roland Garros men’s singles finalist in the Open Era if he wins today. Nadal has a perfect record in semifinals here – and in matches against Federer at Roland Garros. However, he has not defeated Federer since the semifinals at the 2014 Australian Open and must end a 5-match losing streak against the Swiss if he is to progress today.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 4 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 6-2
* Dominic Thiem will need to end Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak if he is to reach the Roland Garros final for the 2nd consecutive year. If he is successful, he will become the first Austrian player to reach multiple Grand Slam finals. Djokovic, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament, is bidding to record his 11th consecutive victory in a Grand Slam semifinal in order to reach the title match at a major for the 25th time. If he wins today he will be just one victory away from the record books as the 2nd man in history to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at the same time on 2 separate occasions and the first man in the Open Era to win each of the 4 Grand Slams twice.

FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE (Singles)
Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 12h50
Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3] v Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] v Dominic THIEM (AUT)[4]

Court Suzanne LENGLEN Début à 11h00
Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [8] v Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA)

Court Simonne MATHIEU Début à 11h00
Johanna KONTA (GBR) [26] v Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE)

WEATHER.COM FORECAST
Periods of light rain. Winds increasing late. High 64F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

BET-AT-HOME.COM ODDS
Roger Federer 5.88 v Rafael Nadal 1.12
Novak Djokovic 1.44 v Dominic Thiem 2.27

U.S. TV SCHEDULE
Tennis Channel from 5am ET. NBCSN from 7am ET. NBC from 9am ET.


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119 Comments for 2019 French Open Men’s SF Open Thread: Federer v Nadal, Djokovic v Thiem

Tennis Lover Says:

If there is no upset, Nadal in 4 set and Djoko in 3 tight set


Daniel Says:

1st game and Fed already had BP 1st but Nadal gave his best wide serve. Deuce!


Daniel Says:

Too windy. Bad dat to play


Daniel Says:

Ugly. They can’t control the shots. And seems the wind is gonna get worse later


FedExpress Says:

To play in such conditions is a disgrace


FedExpress Says:

Break Nadal

no fun watching this match when conditions are that bad.


Daniel Says:

Nadal started more nervous but Federer is making more errors. They have to adjust with who is playing against the wind. Nadal as not going for the lines able to start ahead. 3-0.


skeezer Says:

Fed looks way to rushed on the BH.
Conditions are horrible. Rafa playing smart with the winds, just keeping the ball in play. Fed down a break already.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is just 1/5 on second serve. Serving against wind now. 30-30


Daniel Says:

Fed is trying to hit more flat and speed hence netting a lot of shot. Thisnis the side for Fed to break back


Daniel Says:

Broke back. Let’s see how he will serve in that side against the wind. Last game he served great


FedExpress Says:

I was confident yesterday but seeing these conditions Federer wont do much. He is attacking and making errors. Nadal playing safe and waiting for the errors. Lile every Fedal encounter on clay.

Good tournament for Fed though. Hope Thiem wins it.


skeezer Says:

Settled down now. Yep let’s see on his serve. Wish it wasn’t so damn windy, for both guys…..


All Out Says:

Both of them are finding it difficult. Nadal is not able to find his range in these conditions and federer is trying to rip some winners. He’s got his break back but its gonna be a whole lot difficult to keep that gameplan throughout the match. My bet still on Nadal in 4. Vamos!!


FedExpress Says:

The hope didnt last long, Daniel, did it?

Nadal breaks again in 10 min game. Federer not happy.


Daniel Says:

Fed saved a bunch of BPs but his mistake was when he had a game point and didn’t go BH DTL. Also some drop shots which is Way more risky in these conditions.


van orten Says:

It’s mental again .. such a shame .. hope he can take his chances .. nadal is beatable ..


Daniel Says:

Damm, this was a Nadal like point. Fed needs to try BH DTL more. He is hitting nice open court but just going for that corner if not on short ball won’t work.

He will serve on “good” side now and has to hold to force Nadal serve the set from worst side


Daniel Says:

The difference is that Nadal saved a game he faced BP and Fed was broken the 2 Nadal had chance.


skeezer Says:

Bad news; same ol same ol by these two on Clay, Rafa’s Style is Kryptonite.
Good news; no Bagels! Yet….

The windy conditions are not helping Fed, especially on his serve, he needed the day to be perfect, but then again maybe that woulda’ve helped either.


Dave Says:

It’s to bad it’s so windy today. If it was the same cold temperature and less windy, I would actually give Federer much better odds of winning today. He is actually playing well but if you can’t control the serve and volleys and drop shots, it’s really difficult to just beat Rafa straight up from the back of the court. Basically impossible if you are Federer.


FedExpress Says:

Fed loses the 1st set and basically all chances to upset Nadal

Making too many UE. Controlled the point but end with an UE


Danie Says:

Wow. Amazing shot to close the set by Nadal. Fed had chances this game, 2nd serve 15-30 he did nothing with it.

Match will follow this pattern, whoever serves the side Nadal served now will face trouble, all games went to deuce or had breaks (3).

Fed will serve 1st second set, let’s see if he can stay ahead in score. Nadal handing the conditions better with less mistakes. If Fed stops misisng he can win a set.


van orten Says:

It’s simple . Vs nadal you need to take every chance you get .. if you don’t you will lose on clay .. fed is the better player the aggressor blah blah .. it’s only over wegen it’s over but watching this first set shows you that fed just cannot play his absolute best on clay v nadal .. don’t know if it’s mental or just the gods aligning against him


Daniel Says:

Also court will stay dryer with less powder more fast and difficult to slide


Daniel Says:

Important hold, it was 30-30 and he held in worst side


Daniel Says:

Nadal served bad side and was broken. Qho ever holds that side has the edge. Courts even changed collor as power wind away.
0-30. Time to serve


Daniel Says:

He needs to hold and save a game when facing BP


Tennis Lover Says:

They way the condition is playing with Nadal’s game already bothering Fed, it will not go in Federer’s way


Daniel Says:

S&$&@t. Classic Nadal defense point neutralizing and than passing.

Well, if Fed can’t save a game with BP he won’t win a set. The 3 times Nadal had BP he broke.


van orten Says:

You wish fed could just once just once hit his first serve when he needs it the most .. hard to watch again as a fed fan .. nadal fans can relax .. it’s the same story again and again


FedExpress Says:

Fed cant save BPs and win the game.

And served from the good side. No watch Fed getting broken.


Daniel Says:

Held in worst side. At least playing ahead in the score this set.


Daniel Says:

Fed’s 1st serve percentage dropped big


Daniel Says:

Fed has the sitter FH and try to wrong foot but went on Nadal. Could have been BP

Now deuce.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is impossible on passing shots today. Just with wrist


skeezer Says:

There is no way no how Nadal gets some of these offensive points Fed has hit so far on a faster surface. This slow mud stuff allows Nadal soooooooomuch time with his swing..


Dave Says:

I have to disagree Daniel. Both approach shots by Federer weren’t the best. They definitely could have been better. Not taking anything away from Nadals great passing shots. But Federer should have done more with both shots.


Daniel Says:

40-0 up. Wtf


FedExpress Says:

broken

should go home after that game


Daniel Says:

This game unnoyed me. He couldn’t lose from 40-0 to go 5-4 and force Nadal serve under huge pressure. Just gift the easy 3 set win for Nadal now. As of he brain f@$&t. Lose 5 straight point with no 1st serve. Third ser will beb6-1 or 6-2 Nadal. Match over in this game. More for the mental aspect of it.


skeezer Says:

Falling into the same patterns against Rafa on Clay. Not going to win any points on Clay staying back trying to slug it out with him. Oh well, no Bagels! ;)


Dave Says:

I’m surprised about the fact that Federer’s decision making hasn’t been very good today when he has been up in the rally and really should have won certain points.


Daniel Says:

Fast forward and onto Djoko x Thiem and who plays Nadal in finals. I believe Djoko will handle the windy condtions better


skeezer Says:

Agree Daniel….Rafa will run away in the third,


jatin Says:

I guess there is no way to beat KING of clay on his turf.
Can’t expect anything more from Fed. He tried everything in the 2nd set.
Sucks, But Rafa is something ELSE on this surface.
Hope fed can try something different in the 3rd.


skeezer Says:

Have to pause and give credit to Fed though, he took the challenge and silenced the critics that he is trying to avoid rafa on Clay. It’s not like he is not competing, the scoreline says he is. And at almost 39 he is still looking good this year to maybe take another Slam. He still has the crowd cheering, and watching, look how much this match was hyped still after all these years.


Dave Says:

I wanted to see a good match today. To bad. I hope Federer can somehow at least get the 3rd set.


Daniel Says:

He saved a game after BP, now…😜


skeezer Says:

Another key component today is Feds approach shots. They all sucked.


Daniel Says:

I rather had dump small rain than this wind. Because for most part of it, it was an ugly match. They had to reduce their serve speed, Nadal was smarter to keep a high percentage; hitting several shots off balance, losing control. Bar a handfull of great points as these 2 can produce not the match we wanted. And I am afraid next one will be similar.

Positive for Federer, judging by 2 sets, is that when they play again on HC or grass he will still have the edge.


chofer Says:

It’s hard to see a good match with Hurricane Katrina on court.

Everyone who played on clay, even at club level, knows that.

The dirt is in your eyes. Really funny.

Rafa safety margin with shots and overall clay accumen would save his day. It’s simple as that.
The thitd set is when a desparate Roger tries to pull the trigger too many after 2 hours plus battle when he came up with NOTHING.

Understandable.

I hope for Sunday the wether it’s better. You play with ehat you up against on the day. But for neutral fans, we want a wind pass. Thank you, Lord of the Weather.


Daniel Says:

Order restored😜


Van Persie Says:

I blew it with the 1st prediction. No set for Roger, but hey, he could have won the 2nd 😉

Now, come on, Nolee!


jatin Says:

Not what we all expected. But the weather didn’t helped at all with it. Not sad because it was all bonus from Fed with his showing.

Congratulations Rafa and his fans. He showed us today again that why he is a King of Clay. He is unstoppable at the moment.

See you in the grass court season Fed.


Daniel Says:

Sunday weather is less windy but more cloudy. Today the wind carried the rain away. Also chance of rain Sunday, different conditions from today.


skeezer Says:

Yes congrats to Rafa and his fans. Shout out to Rafa himself for always being a class act with Fed and the respect he gives him. Rafa fully knows he is the dominant force on this surface, but ONLY this surface, but doesn’t clown about it. 👍


FedExpress Says:

Conditions were horrible. But it applies for both players. Nadal was by far the better player. Federer had too many brainfarts. But still a very good tournament.

Onto to the grass season. Get Wimbledon. You have the game.


skeezer Says:

^16 on Clay.


skeezer Says:

Theim looking good early, solid.


FedExpress Says:

Nole doesnt want to play Complaining


Daniel Says:

3 points that The is just slicing the ball back pn court and 0-40.

Djoko completly rattled by windy. And I thought it would bother Thiem the most due to his big toss.

Can the match be interrupted by wind conditions? In which case.


Van Persie Says:

It is what it is, 1st match was not interrupted because of the wind, so this one should also continue.
Yes, looks like Thiem not very affected by that.


Daniel Says:

6-2 Thiem.

Well, at least the other match had some deuce games, breaks by both side. This is just a one way traffic. Djoko coulnd’t win more than 1 point on any of Thiem’s game. He better get hos act together and accept conditions or this will go fast an ugly


skeezer Says:

LOL Djoker complaining about the wind? Didn’t Fedal just play in it?
2-6.


Daniel Says:

Thiem smartly just adding spin and up. BP


Daniel Says:

Wind is way worse than Fedal now. Temperature dropped and potential rain also. But even of there is a rain break is jut for 40 min so they should finish today still. 4 more hours of light


Van Persie Says:

yep, really unplayable… glad it started to rain. maybe no more wind after. this is for the best under these conditions


Daniel Says:

No, just checked update forecast and there is 50% chance of rain from now till 10 pm. Huge chance this match doesn’t resume today.

Djoko thank the tennis gods


All Out Says:

Wow. Thiem is just ripping it today. If he can somehow hang in there and wrest this set from Nole, who is just starting to find feet on his serve btw, this will be very interesting indeed. The final will be a classic either ways.


Van Persie Says:

Nole more calm now


Van Persie Says:

Finally BP Nole!


Van Persie Says:

Hold now, Nole!


FedExpress Says:

Thiem starting to choke as expected. Had 2 BPs earlier in the set, didnt convert. Paying the price now.


Van Persie Says:

ok, am not so nervous anymore and will enjoy the match now. Nole got a set


Daniel Says:

Djoko reduced the errors and it payed of. 1-1 and the good thing a quick 2 sets in under 1 hour and 10 min. So even if they play 5 sets won’t be that demanding. A lot of points were short and the delays with wind made than rested. Few rallies over 15 shots


j-kath Says:

Rafa was terrific….he handled the wind conditions as though they were normal. Roger was more affected and given Rafa’s superiority on clay – Roger knew by the end of the 2nd set, that this was not a match he was going to win. If the conditions are similar on Sunday, it’s Rafa’s win.

Evidently the wind is even worse for Thiem and Novak…goodness knows which player will win this one.

Alas, the wind has been and is a spoiler for both matches.


chofer Says:

Yes, conditions are the same for every player.

Except us, whom have to settle for shaky tennis.

French federation, hurry up with hawkeye, lights and roof please.

It’s not funny too see so much shots shanked this way.

Katrina go away.


chofer Says:

Djokovic should put on his soccer shoes. He can’t balance his feet.


tennisfan Says:

Thiem has some forehand. He can beat Novak and also beat Rafa in the finals


chofer Says:

The natural born terre-battue players more apt under these conditions. Advantage Thiem, who’s handling his footwork much better.

I want too see a Nadal-Thiem under Katrina now on Sunday. And the trophy been given in a boat with the French Officials with no lifevest and drowning in their ineptitute.

But they did build a new fancy Stadium.


RZ Says:

@chofer – one of the years that Djokovic won Wimbledon, one of my friends said “how did he end up winning? All I saw him do all tournament was fall down”.


Van Persie Says:

Maybe I am delusional 😁, but Nole won Wimbly by playing 3 days in a row last year, might win this FO 4 days in a row? a bit harder now, as Rafa awaits in the final, but Nole did not spend many hours on court until now


Madmax Says:

Have not read all of the comments yet, but I just wanted to say well done to my man.

So proud of you Roger. Reaching your first SF in 4 years at RG, is a great run. No complaints at all.

Allez Roger!

Well done to Rafa, but of course – no surprises. None.

Hope that Fedexpress has not gone into the depths of despair. Be proud of what Roger has achieved. Wonderful player. A wonderful time in my life watching Federer.

I am happy for that.


Van Persie Says:

I love France, I love Paris, I was there last week, but they need to do somethin with the scheduling at the FO, please, even if a bit of chaos is part of French charm 🙂


Madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
broken

should go home after that game

June 7th, 2019 at 8:48 am

FedExpress, please go and see a counsellor. You are not right. Totally depressed (you are) as must be others when they read your comments. Except Giles.

FedExpress, he has beaten Rafa the last 5 times, ON ANY OTHER SURFACE but clay. It was Rafa’s time, and really, did you expect a different result? Of course there was always hope…but onwards and upwards to Wimbledon now. Not long and he can prepare and switch off from the clay.

It’s been a great tournament for Fed.

Be proud for a change.

Change.

Be big.


j-kath Says:

Weather: For what it is worth – wind and rain is crossing from France into England and is scheduled to move rapidly north-west across the UK…..hence there is a chance for Novak-Thiem match to continue shortly.


fred stone Says:

Match cancelled.
Djoker gets his way.
Bullshit tournament.


Van Persie Says:

Match to continue tomorrow


chofer Says:

@RZ

Sure but I swear not as much as today… so far.

I friend of mine wha was at the old P.Chatrier many times over thinks that the winds SWIRL even more if you build a stadium higher for there’s the “pressure cooker” effect. Same for heat.

Talk about bad luck, too.


Dave Says:

Had play continued, Thiem would have won. Now Djokovic will probably win tomorrow. What a momentum shift.


Daniel Says:

Match only tomorrow.
I think Djoko has the edge even with the break down. Tomorrow a sunny day.


Van Persie Says:

I did see only the final from Fedal match, looked very windy… then Nole vs. Dom, and I mean, it is unacceptable to play like that, with terre battue in the eyes.
Every single person with a bit of self respect should not play under such circumstances.


skeezer Says:

If Novak think he is escaping the wind he is not. Weather says it will continue to be windy until late afternoon.
Hard to believe the wind got into Novak’s head. He took down Fed @ Miami years ago in a wind fest and won that one, no complaints.
Guys with heavy TS handle the wind better as you have more control through the wind. The TS brings the ball down quicker and keeps the ball from flying through the wind,


skeezer Says:

“…afternoon.” Tomorrow.


FedExpress Says:

Surely they cant play the final on Sunday.

Nole/Thiem would have to play 4 days straight.


SG1 Says:

No chance to watch either match :(. What are the wind speeds today?

I don’t think a match can be stopped due to windy conditions unless the courts are blowing up dust and the players can’t see the ball. Can’t imagine it being windier than it was at the 2012 USO Final. The wind was howling that day.

That’s thing about majors. They are supposed to be played outdoors where conditions can be a factor. As a slam champion, you have to be able to play in all of it and cope with it regardless of the hand your dealt. It appears that Roger was unable to adapt his game to the conditions whereas Rafa was.

Wondering if Rafa would rather play Novak or Thiem if the conditions on Sunday are as they are right now. I’m kind of thinking that Rafa wants Novak for the following reasons:

1) Revenge for the AO final
2) The confidence he picked from the win in Rome
3) Novak can go off the rails on occasion in finals
4) Thiem must have a huge revenge factor on his mind after losing last year. He really looks hungry to put his name on a big trophy
5) Thiem hits a massive ball. In the final, Rafa atypically, would have to play a lot more defense than we would normally want to.


SG1 Says:

Hey Skeezer…saw your post on another thread. Thanks for the nice words. A couple of people on here rubbed me the wrong way so I took a break.


Van Persie Says:

SG,

When Nole Dom played., the wind blew with 100 Km per hour!


Van Persie Says:

and UO is played on hard, no clay flying around


Truth Says:

Novak had horrible luck for years. Spare me the lies about how great and fair the conditions are. At least he’s working.

Fed bended over with no backhand, volley or serve.
Fed figured how to master tennis, according to the old retired players.


skeezer Says:

SG1,
20’s and higher, gusts to 40’sm(mph). Reported in both matches.
My guess is he would rather play Djoker for the revenge factor. It means more. Wouldn’t you like to show who’s the boss again on a surface you own?
—-
And yes False, the Truth is the conditions are fair for both. Not great though….


John Says:

Lets be honest here.Is anyone really THAT surprised.If Federer couldn’t beat Rafa at the FO in his prime,what makes him think that he can beat him now.I really like Roger but I don’t think that he likes the fact that Rafa is better than he is in certain areas of tennis.Of course,this is coming from the ultimate Rafa fan.


Mathews Says:

Roger wouldn’t have won 2017 Australian Open final if Rafa had one extra day off after his long semi final. Anyway, Roger did well for his age and hats off to Roger.


Okiegal Says:

I have got a great idea for the players. They just need to come to Oklahoma and practice before the Frenchie!
🎶🎶🎶 Oooook-lahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains🎶🎶🎶🎶 The wind in Paris would seem like a gentle breeze compared to Oklahoma winds!! But first we will have to come up with some clay courts!! Lol


chrisford1 Says:

Windy days greatly favor the high topspin player.
A Blog I saw last year discussed Thiem, and said that while Rafa had by far the most topspin in his prime, he has dialed it back. And now (2018) the best three topspins are Jack Sock, and either Nadal or Thiem second and third.
Djokovic, while it is not a weakness just like any other thing Novak does, does not have the high backspin those guys have. And all other things being equal, does not fare as well in high, unpredictable wind conditions.
But all other things are not equal, Djokovic’s game rests on precision, returning to half a meter of the baseline, moving foe from corner to corner.
So to make it short, Djokovic is significantly disadvantaged on high, swirling, unpredictable gusting days. It cost him the 2012 USO with Murray.
A related thing is Nadal’s horrible record indoors where there is no wind.


John Says:

Most of the top players don’t usually play too much indoors but who did they say is the greatest outdoor player?Yes,you guessed it-RAFA! If there had been no wind at the FO,Roger would have not done too much better but anyone who knows Rafa knows he loves hot and dry.Also,anyone who knows Rafa knows that he has never been beaten in the finals at the French.In addition to that Rafa is 99-0 in any 5 set match on clay.Who is the greatest ATP player-Rafa.He holds almost all of the ATP records and the ones that he doesn’t,he is tied with someone.


Okiegal Says:

I was waiting to see dirt devils! Wouldn’t it be strange to see little mini tornados on court?? 🌪🌪🌪 LOL! I’ve never seen it that windy at RG.


FedExpress Says:

Matthews, whats makes you so certain? Rafa had a break advantage in the 5th set.


Madmax Says:

It was as expected. No surprises and I am happy for Federer going in, playing a great match, having beaten Nadal the last 5 times, and losing on clay. It is no big deal for me, for him to lose and I doubt whether Federer was surprised. He went in hoping, and so did I!

Thought he would swing a bit more freely, but wow, that windy weather. I think his clay court slams work out as 72% of his wins, Giles, so I wouldn’t be grinning so much – we all know his talents on clay. I find it incredible that Rafa has not won, one single end of year, greatest play out of the top 8, ever. So Giles, stop with the baby tantrums. Get with the facts. Rafa is clay court king. No one will dispute that.

John, Rafa and Federer have great respect for each other. Great respect.
John Says:
Lets be honest here.Is anyone really THAT surprised.If Federer couldn’t beat Rafa at the FO in his prime,what makes him think that he can beat him now.I really like Roger but I don’t think that he likes the fact that Rafa is better than he is in certain areas of tennis.Of course,this is coming from the ultimate Rafa fan.

June 7th, 2019 at 4:34 pm

A bit weak there – ”I don’t think that he likes the fact that Rafa is better than he is in certain areas of tennis?”. You mean on clay John? Do you want to be more specific because from where I am standing, Roger is doing pretty well with 20 Grand Slams and still counting. So, I don’t think he is too bothered.


Madmax Says:

Hey Oki,

Well done to your man. I know how much you and Willow love him – I would be the same if Roger had won – and so there was surprise for me yesterday. Tornadoes? Noooo…They can be wicked!

Have not seen Willow here for a while, nor Margot . so shout out to them both!


Madmax Says:

Mathews Says:
Roger wouldn’t have won 2017 Australian Open final if Rafa had one extra day off after his long semi final. Anyway, Roger did well for his age and hats off to Roger.

June 7th, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Of course Matthews. That makes absolute sense to me. Roger was down in the final set and came back like a lion. But of course, there was no way he could have won that tournament.

The thing is Matthews. He did. And ain’t that a wonderful thing?


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
24-15

June 7th, 2019 at 10:11 am

skeezer Says:
^16 on Clay.

June 7th, 2019 at 10:16 am

True Skeezer. But we will start and end with this, with Giles for as long as s/he is here. Boring.


j-kath Says:

Novak wears contact lenses – he was much more vulnerable to dust inflicting the eyes – which hit him at the start of yesterday’s game. Not to take anything away from Thiem who managed the horrific conditions better. Interesting to see who will eventually win.

Okiegal: Note you are “slumming” by visiting us again. Obviously nothing to do with Rafa’s stunning performance – is it? Just for YOU – Rafa was unbelievable – totally deserved to win. Can’t wait to see him in the final….my sister is travelling 160 miles so we can watch it together.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Spot on, thanks. Objective as usual.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…. Yeah, a shout back! The almost Dirt Devils made me do it…. post a comment, that is. LOL I was happy with his win, as Roger had beaten him the last 5 times they met. I didn’t appear on the forum to gloat…I didn’t even bring it up……I was just amused that Roger and Rafa played through it and Novak was disgruntled about it and couldn’t get off the court quick enough.

@JK….. Slumming about…. that would be me!! Lol The windy conditions made me come out of my she shed. The Oklahoma winds are just awful …. not the Tennis capital of the world, thank goodness! Many bad hair days throughout my life!! Rafa played brilliantly in it. He said focus was the key…. for both players. Better match than the score indicated. Regarding Roger… the sweetest backhand ever!! Regarding Rafa….. simply, the King of Clay!

Back to my she shed!! Have a good week-end TXers! Best regards from the old “windjammer”…. lol!!


skeezer Says:

“Novak wears contact lenses”
Where was the prescription Goggles?


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