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May 22nd, 2015

French Open Men’s Preview: Djokovic Staring At Nadal, Murray Then Federer For Career Slam, Can He Do It?

Wow. What a French Open draw. In the past we’ve wondered which half someone like Andy Murray might end up in a big time Grand Slam draw like this. But thanks to Rafael Nadal’s drop in the rankings we keyed on Rafa’s quarterfinal landing spot and would you believe he fell right in Djokovic’s section. That worst-case scenario we’ve talked about for about a month did happen. My oh my.

Now if they do meet – and based on the draw …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:07 pm in French Open | 97 Comments »

May 22nd, 2015

French Open Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Tough Draw Could Mean No Final

The top players have rounded out their games in the lead-up tournaments to Roland Garros, leaving the Top 4 seeds as the clear favorites: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova.

But a number of floaters emerged during the 2015 claycourt season and will attempt to make their mark over the fortnight on the red dirt. Here is a look at the four sections of the draw for the 2015 French Open:

Top Quarter

Top 4 seeds: (1) Serena …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:45 am in French Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

May 22nd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Reacts To Drawing Novak Djokovic In The French Open Quarterfinals [Video]

Rafael Nadal reacted to his French Open draw which puts the 9-time champion against World No. 1 and favorite Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

When asked, a ruffled looking Nadal focused on winning his first match, not about the Djokovic quarterfinal.

Nadal is 66-1 at the French Open. But after a disappointing start to 2015, he is seeded No. 6, his lowest ever seeding at the tournament where he was won the last 5 years.

Posted by Staff @ 6:59 am in French Open, Videos | 18 Comments »

May 22nd, 2015

French Open Draw: Rafael Nadal Lands In Novak Djokovic’s Quarter!

The worst case scenario for both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has happened, with the 9-time champion Nadal landing in Novak’s quarter at the French Open.

The two met in the 2014 finals, but this year could now square off in the quarterfinals a week from Wednesday. Djokovic, who is celebrating his 28th birthday today, is seeking his first French Open title, which would complete his career Slam.

Andy Murray, who’s been undefeated on the clay, also ended up in the top …

Posted by Staff @ 6:47 am in French Open | 50 Comments »

May 21st, 2015

Wawrinka Crashes Out Of Home Geneva Event; Coric, Thiem Bid For Upsets In Nice

After beating Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals in Rome last week, Stan Wawrinka hopes tumbled again today as the Swiss favorite loss in his home of Geneva to Federico Delbonis 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.

The loss was Wawrinka’s third to a player outside the Top 50 in as many months, and it comes on the eve of the French Open.

Delbonis, who beat Roger Federer on clay a few summers ago, goes on the face Joao Sousa in the semifinals. The …

Posted by Staff @ 5:21 pm in Clay Season | 9 Comments »

May 21st, 2015

Milos Raonic Withdraws From The French Open; Rafael Nadal Moves Up To A No. 6 Seed

A day before the release of the French Open draw, project six seed Milos Raonic withdrew from the event, he announced on twitter.

“I am sad to have to unfortunately withdraw from Roland Garros this year, I tried my best to be back and healthy in time after surgery,” Raonic said. “I will continue my rehab and procceed with preparations for a 100 percent strong Wimbledon and Queens run.Thank you for the love and support”.

It’s just the second time Raonic …

Posted by Staff @ 5:05 pm in French Open | 22 Comments »

May 20th, 2015

Is Novak Djokovic A Better Player Now Than He Was In 2011?

So why do I think Novak Djokovic was better in 2011 than his is now entering the 2015 French Open. Here’s why:

1. The Record
This is simple. In 2011 he was 37-0 and undefeated on the year rolling into Roland Garros. This year, two blemishes, albeit in the first two months of the year and in 500 events (Federer in Dubai, Karlovic in Doha).

No matter how you slice it, 37-0 > 35-2 and 7 2011 titles > 5 2015 titles.
Advantage: 2011

2. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:41 pm in French Open | 61 Comments »

May 20th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Leads My List Of French Open Favorites

I was going to make this a comment on the other thread, but I’ll give it its own home. So here are my pre-draw French Open favorites (draw comes out Friday morning).

1. Novak Djokovic
The clear choice. He’s won everything under the sun lately (just never the French!). Dominated the right guys. Seems to be healthy. Is he better than he was in 2011? No. But he doesn’t have to be. He just has to be better than everyone else, and …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:02 pm in French Open | 97 Comments »

May 19th, 2015

Rafael Nadal’s 5 Greatest Matches At The French Open [Video]

The French Open released a video montage last month of what they think are Rafael Nadal’s five greatest matches or moments at the tournament. Here’s what they came up with.

#5
2008 QF def Nicolas Almagro 61, 61, 61
* Part of his dominant French Open romp in which he never lost a set en route to his fourth straight victory in Paris

#4
2005 F def Mariano Puerta 67(6), 63, 61, 75
* Wins first Grand Slam becoming …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:19 am in French Open, Videos | 28 Comments »

May 19th, 2015

Robin Soderling: Maybe It Would Be Better If Rafael Nadal Lost Again At The French Open

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Robin Soderling says he no longer wants to be the only man to ever beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

Soderling, who’s been off the tour since the summer of 2011 with mono, says there’s more to him than just that win, which is what he’s known for, a label he can’t shake.

“It’s good to be the only one, but everybody is asking me only about this match. I am really …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:39 am in French Open | 41 Comments »


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