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Halep, Svitolina Line Up Popcorn Match; Mladenovic on Court Tuesday at Roland Garros

Posted by Staff on June 6th, 2017 @ 12:04 am

French Open favorite Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, one of the hottest claycourt players this year, set up a quarterfinal meeting on Monday with wins at Roland Garros.

The No. 3-seeded Halep routed No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1, and the No. 5 Svitolina came from a set down to beat unseeded Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“I had ‘Svitolina mode’ back,” Svitolina said about trailing 2-5 in the third set. …

Djokovic v Thiem, Nadal v Carreno Busta; French Open Tuesday Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on June 5th, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

Nine days in on the men’s side at the French Open and things have gone pretty much according to form. Seven of Top 8 seeds remain with only No. 5 Milos Raonic missing the QF party, and that to no one’s surprise really.

And really, there’s weren’t many surprises over the first four rounds. There was, what I think, a poor performance from the French. JW Tsonga losing in the first …

Murray Lines Up Nishikori; Nadal, Djokovic Featured Tuesday at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

World No. 1 Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, and former champion Stan Wawrinka and former US Open champion Marin Cilic set up quarterfinal meetings on Monday with wins at the French Open.

Murray looked perhaps his best yet during the tournament, dismissing big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

“I think today was probably the best I have played overall,” Murray said afterwards. “It was difficult conditions. It was pretty windy out …

June Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2017 @ 9:16 am

Non tennis talk goes here.

Pablo Carreno Busta: Against Rafa, I Could Win Easy Or Lose Easy, You Never Know

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 5th, 2017 @ 9:04 am

In his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, Pablo Carreno Busta has the unenviable task of stopping the surging Rafael Nadal who has lost just 20 games in Paris.

“Is really difficult, because Rafa is maybe the best player in this surface of the history, and he’s playing really good, but I will try,” Carreno Busta said. “I’m playing good. I’m with a lot of confidence.

“I will try to enjoy this match …

Novak Djokovic: Thiem Will Step It Up And Try Something Special Against Me

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 5th, 2017 @ 8:44 am

he’s never lost to Dominic Thiem and lost just one game to him last month in Rome, but Novak Djokovic is wary of his quarterfinal opponent tomorrow at the French Open.

“Obviously never losing to a player always helps mentally a little bit, but I don’t think it’s gonna play too big of a role,” Djokovic said of his 5-0 record against Thiem. “I think he really will step it up …

Tomas Berdych And Goran Ivanisevic Split

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 5th, 2017 @ 8:31 am

After less than a year, Tomas Berdych and Goran Ivanisevic have split. The 31-year-old Berdych has been a bust in Grand Slams with the former Wimbledon champion, winning just five matches in a third round at the Australian and a second round, straight set loss to Karin Khachanov last week at the French.

“Goran and I will not be working together anymore,” Berdych posted on twitter. “I enjoyed the ride, and …

Upset Central as Muguruza, 5 Seeds Exit at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 4th, 2017 @ 10:11 pm

Who got upset Sunday at Roland Garros, besides more than half the players in action?

No. 4 seed and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, No. 8 and former champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Venus Williams, No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, and No. 23 Sam Stosur were all upended by lower ranked opponents, completely opening up the draw on the women’s side.

Muguruza was outhit 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by No. 13-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

“You’re making …

Djokovic, Thiem Set Meeting; Murray v Khachanov Monday at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 4th, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Dominic Thiem set up a mouthwatering quarterfinal meeting on Sunday with straight-set wins at the French Open.

“I hope [coach] Andre [Agassi] only saw the second and third sets,” Djokovic joked in his post-match interview. “I didn’t start off the blocks the way I wanted. He started very solid, but it was very close in the first set.”

Djokovic held off an early attack from …

Halep Happy; Kuzy vs. Woz Sunday at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2017 @ 11:16 pm

French Open favorite and No. 3 seed Simona Halep showed her winning form in advancing into the fourth round on Saturday, defeating No. 26 Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 7-5 to at Roland Garros.

“It was a very high standard of tennis,” Halep said. “Even if I won the first set 6-0, I knew the second one was going to be tougher. She’s always a very tough opponent. I’m really happy with the …

Murray Looks Strong Again; Loaded Sunday Schedule With Nadal, Djokovic at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2017 @ 10:04 pm

World No. 1 Any Murray looked like world No. 1 Andy Murray on Saturday, winning a tight two sets before rolling to victory over No. 29-seeded former Slam winner Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0 at the French Open.

“It was my best performance definitely during the claycourt season,” Murray said. “The second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure. I’m starting to feel better. I …

Nadal and Raonic Cruise, Djokovic Bends But Doesn’t Break at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 2nd, 2017 @ 5:33 pm

Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic are one win away from playing each other, and neither had a difficult time advancing on Friday at Roland Garros, losing only two games between them to opponents in Paris.

The No. 4-seeded Nadal was at the top of his game in steamrolling a hapless Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 5-seeded Raonic advanced when Spanish opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired with the Canadian leading 6-1, …

Muguruza, Venus Win; Bellis Rained-Out in Upset Attempt at French Open

Posted by Staff on June 2nd, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

No. 4 seed and defending champion Garbine Muguruza led on a rain-shortened day at Roland Garros where there were no upsets in third-round play.

The Spaniard on Friday moved into the fourth round after a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 27 seed Yulia Putintseva.

“With each match my confidence is improving,” Muguruza said. “It’s important that each match I’ve played here has not been easy. I went out there without fear. I …

Is Andre Agassi Coaching Novak Djokovic For Free?

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 2nd, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

During a sponsor function today at the French Open, Andre Agassi revealed for the first time his relationship with Novak Djokovic.

And the tennis great said that he doesn’t expect Novak

“For me, I do it on my own time, I do it on my own dime, my own money,” Agassi said. “I don’t want anything, I don’t get anything. I want to help him and it helps the game. Him at …

Novak Djokovic Gets Testy With Carlos Ramos Over Warning [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 2nd, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

Novak Djokovic got into it with chair umpire Carlos Ramos today during a tougher-than-expected third round win over Diego Schwartzman.

Ramos hit Djokovic with an unsportsmanlike conduct warning late in the fourth for his attitude toward the chair.

Djokovic ended up dropping his serve that game but then rolled breaking right back and taking the fifth 61. And he commented after that the struggle will …