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May 25th, 2009

Nadal, Federer, Roddick Set-Perfect in French Openers

“I don’t know,” Nadal told reporters when grilled about the shirt. “Why was I in white and yellow two weeks ago? It’s better than dress the same color every week, no?”

Posted by Staff @ 6:05 pm in French Open, Tennis | 103 Comments »

May 25th, 2009

Safina Bakes Bagels; Venus, Sharapova Struggle at French Open

Other Top 10 seeds in action did not have such an easy time, with No. 3 Venus Williams squeaking by fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki at a set all against Vera Dushevina when the match was suspended.

Posted by Staff @ 5:36 pm in French Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 24th, 2009

Mauresmo Loses Opener, Sharapova on Monday at French Open

Ivanovic has had a difficult 12 months since winning last year’s french title, suffering a thumb injury which led to a bout of self-doubt.

Posted by Staff @ 5:25 pm in French Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 23rd, 2009

Hewitt, Murray, Gaudio, Ivanovic on Day 1 at French Open

“I’m more mature,” Ivanovic told reporters. “Comparing my game to last year, it’s improved. There are some areas that I’ve added to and I feel really confident on the court. I have a very good opportunity to do well again here, and I love playing here on clay.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

July 12th, 2008

Paths of Greatest Resistance: The Toughest Tennis Draws Conquered at the 4 Grand Slams in the Since 1988

I tried to determine the toughest draws conquered at the respective events since the start of the 1988 season. The Australian Open did not have 1 draw that jumped out at me. The U.S. Open had several draws that stood out as quite difficult for the champion to navigate (1992, 1994, 1998, 2002). At any rate, these are the 4 draws I selected. Tell me and the rest of the Tennis-x readers what other draws were exceptionally deep and rough.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 1:29 pm in Australian Open, French Open, Grand Slams, Tennis, US Open, Wimbledon | 13 Comments »

June 15th, 2008

Five Reasons Why Federer Will Never Beat Nadal Again On Clay or Win the French Open

During the French fortnight, Wilander asserted, “What I understand because my career is over and what Federer doesn’t understand because his isn’t, is that the day he beats Nadal on clay is the day he will never lose to Rafael Nadal again.” That scenario wasn’t plausible then, and it’s impossible now. As John McEnroe remarked, “Federer now seems farther away than ever from winning this.” Mary Carillo posed and answered the real question: “What’s to stop Nadal from carrying all this confidence into Wimbledon in a couple weeks?” And can Federer, who barely staved off rampaging Nadal in the 2007 Big W final, stop him and Djokovic there?

Posted by TennisOne @ 4:45 pm in ATP | 60 Comments »

June 8th, 2008

Nadal Befuddles Indecisive Federer for 4th Straight French Open Title

“I had obviously a strategy in mind, but I couldn’t do it because of Rafa’s play,” Federer said. “He’s so hard to stop once he’s on top of you. The moment I step off this court I will think of grass — I’m looking forward to the grass, that’s for sure.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:30 am in French Open | 44 Comments »

June 7th, 2008

New No. 1 Ivanovic Also a French Open Champ

“The last two Grand Slam finals were a great learning experience for me,” Ivanovic said. “I’m only 20 and it was my third final already, so that kept some pressure off me. I was just trying to enjoy it. Obviously there were a lot of emotions inside, but until the last point I tried not to think about the occasion and just focus on my tennis. I was really happy I managed to do that today.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:56 pm in French Open | 5 Comments »

June 6th, 2008

Ivanovic v Safina Today, Federer v Nadal Tomorrow at French Open

Hey NBC, thanks for keeping tennis on the always-tape-delayed down-low in the U.S., and you in on some conspiracy to kill tennis?

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in French Open | 39 Comments »

June 6th, 2008

French Open Dish: Ivanovic Dismisses Crying Jankovic

Ivanovic v Safina in First-Time-Winner French Open Final The players with the most heart won out Thursday in the French Open semifinals, where Serb Ana Ivanovic and Russian Dinara Safina set up a meeting to see which will walk away with their first Grand Slam title. ADHEREL Ivanovic outlasted her Serbiajn compatriot Jelena Jankovic 6-4, [...]

Posted by Staff @ 1:18 am in French Open | 4 Comments »

June 4th, 2008

French Open Dish: Monfils French Fries Ferrer; Womens Semis Set

Kuzy, Safina Advance to All-Russian French Open Semifinal Down a set and 2-5 in the second, Russian Dinara Safina staged another gutsy comeback Wednesday at the French Open, defeating countrywoman Elena Dementieva 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 to advance into her first semifinal at Roland Garros. ADHEREL Dementieva, the former French Open runner-up and a doormat for [...]

Posted by Staff @ 11:53 pm in French Open | 27 Comments »

June 3rd, 2008

French Open Dish: Almagro Bows Weakly Before Nadal

“I tried to play it at the beginning, but I did not expect such results…He starts playing and his balls bounce up six meters high,” Almagro told reporters. “These are things I’m not used to. I’m not used to that on the tour, to have such heavy balls, such pace, such rhythm. His level is very high. It’s very difficult to play equal.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:33 pm in French Open | 48 Comments »

June 3rd, 2008

My Visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Before taking a break from French Open tennis, I want to express my appreciation for Rafael Nadal’s 26 consecutive French Open singles wins, Roger Federer’s 16 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances and Novak Djokovic’s 5th straight Grand Slam semifinal appearance. If Federer beats Gonzo, it will be 16 consecutive semifinal appearances as well. These numbers demonstrate that the big 3 are really in their own galaxy at the moment even if other players can challenge and beat them on any given day. Consistency is a key factor in dominance.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:21 pm in Tennis, Tennis Hall of Fame | 1 Comment »

June 3rd, 2008

French Open Dish: Sharapova Testy, All Americans Out

“Oh, I was angry,” said Sharapova, who was booed by fans upon rapidly exiting the stadium court. “I was angry for making unforced errors, for not taking some of those balls and just ripping them.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in French Open | 55 Comments »

June 2nd, 2008

French Open Dish: Nadal, Ivanovic Merciless

“It wasn’t a good day for him,” Nadal said. “I wish all my have matches were like this one. Here we don’t want to have mercy for anybody.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:21 am in French Open | 3 Comments »