Federer Gets By; Shaza v Sloane Monday at French Open
by Staff | June 2nd, 2013, 11:05 pm

Fourth-round play on the men’s and women’s side Sunday at the French Open saw a former champ barely hang on, a former champ down on her luck knock off a Top 10er, and the 30-over generation reassert themselves.
Top-seeded Serena Williams and No. 4 Aggie Radwanska advanced easily, but a former champ and former finalist came through with Herculean efforts.

Unseeded former champ Svetlana Kuznetsova gained the quarterfinals with a three-set upset over No. 8 seed Angie Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

“Grand Slams always bring the best out of me,” Kuznetsova said. “It just comes naturally and I don’t have to push myself to find that extra level here because it’s the French Open. I kind of get into the zone automatically.”

No. 5 seed and former runner-up Sara Errani also advanced with a mighty effort, coming from a set down to stop hot-handed Spaniard and No. 20 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

“I started to feel pain, like a knife below my ribs,” said Errani who struggled with an odd injury during the match. “Every time I was breathing it was very painful. It wasn’t muscular, but I couldn’t stay up. So I called the physio and she told me I had my diaphragm totally blocked. She tried to release it a bit, and then after that it was much better.”

Williams defeated No. 15 Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3, and Radwanska stopped No. 14 seed and former champion Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4.

“I don’t know the statistics, but that’s for sure one of my best matches of the year for sure, and especially on clay,” said Radwanska, who will next meet Errani. “I’m just very happy about it. Everything was working for me. I’m very, very happy to reach my first quarterfinal here. It’s been great, especially on a surface I didn’t really have good results on before, especially this year. So I’m just very excited about this.”

Williams will next face Kuznetsova, who she lost to at Roland Garros in 2009.

“It will be a good match — I mean, the last time we played here, she won,” Williams said. “That will probably get her pumped up, and she’s on a comeback, and she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. She’s also won this tournament before. So it’s not going to be an easy match for me, for sure.”

On the men’s side Roger Federer put down a stern test, and veteran comeback player Tommy Robredo incredibly won a third straight match from two sets down.

The No. 2-seeded Swiss came from 1-2 sets down to defeat No. 15 Gilles Simon 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, while The No. 32 seed Robredo upended Spanish countryman and No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“I played a player who is incredible on clay,” Robredo said. “I’m not thinking about history. History is this match I played today. It’s not the score that counts. Nothing more than that.”

Federer recorded career win No. 900 against Simon.

“I’m just happy I have been able to win a lot of matches throughout my career, [giving] myself an opportunity over and over again. I love this game,” Federer said. “It’s been an amazing run and I’m happy I’m still on it.”

Other winners on the day were No. 4 David Ferrer drumming No. 23 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeating unseeded Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s always good to win in straight sets,” Tsonga said. “I don’t spend too much energy like this. I’m playing well, so all the lights are green.”

Fourth round matches continues on Monday with Francesca Schiavone vs. (3) Victoria Azarenka, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (16) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (3) Rafael Nadal vs. (13) Kei Nishikori, (17) Sloane Stephens vs. (2) Maria Sharapova, (12) Tommy Haas vs. (29) Mikhail Youzhny, unseeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. (12) Maria Kirilenko, (9) Stan Wawrinka vs. (7) Richard Gasquet in the battle of backhands beautiful, and unseeded Jamie Hampton vs. (18) Jelena Jankovic.


American Sloane Stephens on her unique uniqueness: “Hopefully it never stops. I mean, there are no other 20-year-olds like me. There might be a few, like Miley Cyrus, but other than that I’m pretty much riding solo on this train…I think it’s just I’m really enjoying myself off the court. I mean, more shopping — like every day I’m buying stuff. People don’t understand, at 20 years old I can do whatever I want.” Girl you so special!…Rafael Nadal is pissed off with the rain scheduling at Roland Garros that tournament organizers are giving preference to singles players that are also in the doubles draw…Janko Tipsarevic on dropping an f-bomb on a French Open fan in the stands: “I just snapped, because you could really see they didn’t really care what the score was or even who was playing. They just wanted to look nice and be at the French Open. They had no respect to the players in terms of being quiet or whatever. So at one point I was getting ready to serve at, I think, 30-15 on my serve and one of the guys just started screaming, calling somebody to the stands. There is no excuse for my behavior. I think basically the problem was that I used the F word and that was not pretty. But, on the other hand, I just snapped. It happens to everyone.”…Happens to us with the interns all the time…We’ve got an idea ITF — why don’t they seed 64 players at the Slams so the top players can get even easier routes to the latter rounds, and we can get even shittier early-round matches?…Bethanie Mattek-Sands on style vs. function: “It’s funny — I haven’t worn anything too crazy on court for a few years now. Off-court obviously, I had the Wimbledon player party dress last year. But other than that, I feel like my racquet has been doing a lot of the talking. As for the socks, there’s a reason I wear them. They’re compression socks, so I actually wear them for a reason — I have bad circulation, so that’s why I have been wearing them.” And on her recent discovery of food allergies: “I did the test in the off-season and it came up that I had like 26 different food allergies. The main ones are gluten and dairy, but I had random ones like pineapple, peaches, papaya, tomatoes, garlic. I have done well eating out in restaurants — it gets a little tricky, especially when you don’t speak the language, but it’s made a world of difference for me. I have more energy. I’m recovering better. One of the issues I had was I have a lot of inflammation in my blood markers and stuff, and that’s gone down because of the diet change. I feel like a different person.”


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96 Comments for Federer Gets By; Shaza v Sloane Monday at French Open

skeezer Says:

“It’s been an amazing run and I’m happy I’m still on it.”

Ya! Your fans are too GOAT. Keep it going if you can, its all GRAVY!


mat4 Says:

skeez… come on… where did you get all those #…#?

skeezer Says:

^from Rafafanatics ;-)

skeezer Says:


You gotta love how Nole is starting to look ominous.
big storm coming and me thinks he will be ready.


Nadalista Says:

Hahaha! See, told you you’d come round eventually skeezer, Rafans are cool, even you can see that!

Michael Says:

First things first !! Congrats to Roger for his 40th quarter final streak at majors. Jimmy is the record holder with 41 but it was not a streak. Roger at 31 is almost equal to Jimmy’s record at 41 which best explains the innate and distinguishable consistency of Roger. Simon as usual gave him scares, but Roger came out unscathed. I think he is now meeting Tsonga in the quarters and who said that he has a cake walk draw ? Bennateau in the 3rd, Simon in 4th and Tsonga in quarters – Is it a cake walk draw by any stretch of imagination ? Only foolhards can claim so. It is a tough one for Roger especially considering that he has struggled against all these players in the past whenever he met them. Now in the quarters with the way Tsonga is playing I would say 55:45 in favour of Roger and if he is in the semis then he can easily make another finals considering his opponent might in all probability be either Robredo or Ferrer.

skeezer Says:

Tsonga at times can over power Fed at his old age. But in this matchup on Clay hopefull the slower surface will come to Feds advantage. We’ll see and hopeful!

DC Says:

Roger is playing scary good – most of his fans are scared for good.

Rsutherland Says:

Skeezer – 11:36 post…
Wow – still haven’t found any polyps up there have you Skeezer?:
..and why so many times using ‘#’?
Because a replacement for the equally unoriginal and overused phrase ‘just sayin’ was required.
Ah, for an empty shell to be so fulfilled living vicariously through the achievements of another.

skeezer Says:

“Wow – still haven’t found any polyps up there have you Skeezer?:”

Nope. All clean. How about you? Pap smears and Mammogram?


mat4 Says:


no, no, we have to remain humble and not to underestimate his opponents.

Kolschreiber won against Novak here in 2009, so he is the favourite, no?

And, then, if by chance Novak makes it, he has Haas, who has won their latest match, so he has to be the favourite, no?

I can’t imagine Djoko in the semi, where Rafa, the king of clay, the archifavourite, certainly awaits, no?

coke man G Says:

“Ah, for an empty shell to be so fulfilled living vicariously through the achievements of another.”


Michael Says:


True. The advantage rests with Roger but it all depends on the kind of form he is in. With the way Tsonga is playing it is not going to be easy. But never mind. Considering his age, I have low expectations from Roger and if he just maintains his streak, it is okay for me.

The fighter Says:

Happy birthday Rafa! I wish you happiness and prosperity.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Yeah HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAFA our king of clay,have a lovely day,but 1st lets do the buisness against Kie Nishikori :).

Steve 27 Says:

Rafa will eat sushi and some sake after his match with Kei.
otanjōbi omedetō Rafa

Giles Says:

Happy birthday to the Great Rafael Nadal. May all your dreams and wishes come true. Stay healthy. Vamos King.

Giles Says:

Keep that smile going birthday boy. Vamos Champ!

mat4 Says:

I’ll answer here to some posts from a few threads ago.


Please, revert to your old nick. It’s frustrating this way, I just don’t notice the posts of the happy hippy chick, I’d even sooner notice ye old tavern near the seashore.


About French players: I rather think that it is pure talent, and that the FFT spends a lot of money on the wrong things.

Just look at Simon: he doesn’t know how to volley, how to slice; Tsonga left his coach because he wanted him to learn to play a decent backhand, something he didn’t learn when he should have done; Monfils is uncoachable, because nobody worked with him seriously when he was a junior, Paire, the same thing.

How many talents have been wasted this way?

About Donne: I haven’t read him much. A few decades ago, when I avidly read Hemingway, but in French. It is only recently (not so recently, in fact) that I started reading prose and poetry in English, but mostly prose.

mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Tommy boy is weeping the floor with Mikhail.

Robert Says:

Federer has the toughest opponant in his quaters, Ever!

Trust me, I dont think Novak, Ferrer or Nadal would;

‘Ever Dream Of Wanting To Play Tsonga in this years Quater Final’

They are just glad Federer has to play Tsonga and not them( sight of relieve for them actually)

To all you stupid critics who say Federer has the easiest draw and that all the big boys are in Nadals and Djokovics draw, Think Again….

van orten Says:

haas is through!

roy Says:

”Monfils is uncoachable, because nobody worked with him seriously when he was a junior”

monfils simply isn’t intelligent enough, that’s why he cannot be transformed.
tennis demands far more in terms of tactics and mental focus than playing say basketball or nfl…or running down a track. monfils would have been better in sports which are weighted towards mindless physical performance.
he’s done exceptionally well considering what he brings to the court upstairs.

it’s no coincidence that many of the very best players over the years are also quite intelligent.
the current top 4 for example.
then consider hewitt, roddick, safin, sampras, agassi, courier, mac, ivan … these people are much smarter than the average athlete.

meanwhile the french crowd is a disgrace.
after giving their player no support from the beginning, he still manages to get up 2 sets on federer and then as soon as federer changes momentum in the fourth, they don’t support simon, but chant ”roger” instead.

that would not happen in melbourne,newyork or wimbledon.

my advice to the french would be don’t complain about your players not winning the tournament if you won’t support them when it counts. crowd allegiance has a msssive effect.

James Says:

roy, it would be tough for me if my home crowd supported my opponent against me. You don’t feel good about such things. Sorry for Simon. He played much better than I expected and nearly won the match. With the crowd support perhaps he could’ve done it. Nothing against Federer though. Love the Swiss guy.

James Says:

The way Haas is playing right now, he’s gonna be a very dangerous opponent.

van orten Says:

^^only because i am french support the french guy“`??? no way if i am watching someone like federer play.
absolute legend and the most popular tennis player of the last decade by far!!!!!
in every stadium the crowd favourite is federer.simon and every other player who plays fed know that.
so no hard feelings there i guess..everybody or at least the vast majority wants fed to win when he plays.
for some tennis fans this is very hard to digest though!!!!

van orten Says:

fed is international. you do not need to be swiss to cheer for this guy!!!! only from earth , that is enough

James Says:

van orten, are you French by the way? Of course you can support Fed or whoever you like but don’t expect a French man to win FO when you won’t even support them.

Wog boy Says:

Nole came out pretty flat.

James Says:

Also like you said, Fed is very popular, him and Rafa are two of the most popular players in tennis. They will always have the crowd support wherever they go. And guys like Simon need that kinda support more than a Rafa or Roger. Just my opinion.

van orten Says:

no i am not !^

James Says:

Nole came out playing like he’d just woken up. Kohlschreiber punishes him for that and leads 5-3. Nole will bounce back tho

James Says:

Kohlschreiber takes the 1st set 6-4. Nole beginning to look himself but a bit too late for 1st set. Interesting 2nd set ahead.

van orten Says:

lucky net chord for the guy from augsburg!!! this is going to be interesting

mat4 Says:

Koly plays well, he is fearless.

nithish Says:

Nole is through in 4 sets…..!

jane Says:

Dobar Noleee!

Special K did play some great tennis at times, giving Nole a stern test. Nole must’ve been feeling rather emotional too. Glad he was able to come through and make another slam QF and keep that streak alive. :) Hopefully he can make the semis, too, although Haas seems to be playing very well.

Wog boy Says:


Nole didn’t feel like playing tonight. He had to force himself to play and to put everything behind. His face was blank during first set, he wasn’t there, but he did it, because that is what great players do even if they don’t feel like playing.

Dobaaarr :)

jane Says:

Wog boy, cheers. Let’s hope he can keep going next round. Another teutonic one around the corner, and Nole always has tough matches versus Tommy. Fingers, toes, everything crossed.

Ty Says:

If Nole wins this thing, I expect the tears to start rolling…

for both him AND Rafa.

jane Says:

Anyone watching Wawa/Gasquet? Looks like a close one.

ppsb Says:

Wait a minute, diaphragm blocked? can’t breathe? Isn’t this similar to the med situation Azarenka was jeered for?

RZ Says:

So glad that Fed made it through to win #900. I know his streak of getting to the quarters has to finish at some point, but I really didn’t want it to be against Simon on clay.

Wog boy Says:

Today is/was funeral of Jelena Gencic, while Novak was playing, his mother Dijana was reading his letter to/for Jelena. I know there is people of Serbian backround on TX that can translate this letter or find english version of RTS site, which link I am posting but I cannot figure it out how to post english version. The letter is hearbreaking, so I am posting Serbian version of the RTS 1 site and hope can at least do google translate.
BTW, Nole spoke two weeks ago with Jelena when she was in hospital and she told him not worry about her, she will be fine (she knew she wouldn’t) but to concentrate on FO.


the DA Says:

@ jane – I am. Reechard is on fire. But we’ve seen him in this situation a few times before ;) Hopefully he won’t take an existential detour after going up 2 sets.

jane Says:

Thanks for the update Wog boy; I was wondering if her death was sudden or not.

DA – “existential detour” LOL. But yes, Reeshard is on fire. I am watching that match. Wawa with a trainer at the moment.

James Says:

Nadal takes the 1st set 6-4. Rafa beginning to look like himself. Much more impressive performance than his last 3 matches. Good sign for him, not so good for other players. Nishikori’s playing very good too.

Wog boy Says:

Just one correction, it was commemoration and funeral is on wednesday whe he plays Haas.

jane Says:

Wog boy, I noticed that. It’s too bad. I was kind of hoping Nole could sort of put it out of his mind as much as possible today. But I guess not really. Oh well. Nothing we or he can do. Just hoping for the best possible outcome.

James Says:

Djokovic on Jelena’s death: “I feel
even more responsible now to go all the way in this tournament, I want to do it for her”

Wog boy Says:

^^He also signed camera after match :
“Jeco, volim te.”
“Jeco, I love you.”

van orten Says:

nobody wants nadal to lose this today !

nadal is “the born adversary on clay! and i say with all respect to his acomplishments that if he is dethroned once again at RG it should be done by one of his closest rivals. or haas because he is 35 and def. top 10 material ..

James Says:

^^ The way he’s playing today, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be stopped from taking another RG. But if someone is to take him down at RG, I think Rafa will make him earn it hard. Tommy Haas is one player I’d be happy to see in the final. At 35 he’s an inspiration even to other players.

Daniel Says:

Order is restored, Nadal finally wins a set 6-1 on clay after 3 and half matches.

the DA Says:

And there we go, Wawa take the 3rd. Minor blip or that old 2 sets to 0 up detour of Gasquet lore?

Alex Says:

hahahah classic… Nadal gets a cake! and a birthday song..

Giles Says:

Wow. What a fantastic birthday cake for Rafa. Unbelievable! Enjoy it Champ!!

the DA Says:

Cedric Pioline is such a terrible interviewer – dryer than plaster of paris! Why not send in Leconte to do them, at least he can quip.

andrea Says:

nice win by roger yesterday. too bad for simon – he lost focus when it mattered, but fed also upped his level of play. fed and tsonga should be a good one. i wouldn’t mind tsonga making it thru. he’s been playing really well. if it ends up being a gruelling 5 setter and roger makes it thru, that doesn’t bode well for him..he’s playing well, but the wear and tear won’t help. especially if he ends up facing ferrer the grinder. too soon to tell.

congrats to novak and nadal for winning as well. everyone wants to see that semi happen!

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Aww how sweet the crowd singing Happy Birthday to Rafa,what a tasty looking cake too,would love a slice of that,and a lovely kiss on the cheek for the two ball girls,when they gave him the flowers,soo jealous lol,about the match,happy he did it in straight sets again,and a much better performance,not vintage by any means,but alot more like the old Rafa,vamos Rafa.
Congrats to Nole and fans,so sad to hear about Jelena,i know how he feels as i lost my father almost 6 years to the day,i think its understandable he was not at his best,but still managed to find a way through,Phil.K is a nice guy and a talented player,but i think it was always going to be a tough ask to beat Nole over 5 sets.

the DA Says:

Nole just gave a very nice and candid interview on Eurosport. Had some interesting things to say about why the new generation are finding it harder to break through than when he was their age. He has become a very accomplished interviewee.

jane Says:

That’s nice to hear DA: wish I could’ve seen it.

Tennis x hippy chic (you need to shorten than name! ;) – sorry to hear about your dad. :( Happy birthday to Rafa.

jane Says:

Oh-Oh DA – I think Reeshard may be going existential on us. Perilously close anyhow.

van orten Says:

gasquet gettin out of trouble with some risky shots!!! but wawrinka with his tradeshot !!!

van orten Says:

4 x one hander vs two hander in the QF

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane thankyou but he was very ill so it was a bit of a release really :(, i got fed up with plain old boring Alison,and The Hippy Chic bit fits what i am about in the real world,just call me The Hippy Chic if you want,as its probably easier and cuts down on the typing,but i dont want to go back to Alison,sorry Mat4 lol.

Alex Says:

Wawrinka vs Gasquet match is amazing at the moment. Tune in if you’re not watching.

Giles Says:

Rafa’s birthday cake!

nadalista Says:

Gasquet/Wawa is clay court tennis exhibition. Watch, and weep!

the DA Says:

@jane – hehe, he’s determined not to be the old Reeshard this time. Some very gutsy shots when needed, minimum flakiness. Great match!

the DA Says:

Someone just posted the winners in this match: 125!!

the DA Says:

Flaky Reeshard reappears! Two brainfart drop shots gives Wawa an opportunity to reach BP to win the 4th set. I said when he was 2 sets up: “early days yet”.

the DA Says:

And as usual Gasquet looks completely spent just before a 5th set. This doesn’t bode well. Even though I root for him I think it’d be better for the QFs if Wawa faced Nadal.

nadalista Says:

RT @SI_BTBaseline: “FH winner from Wawrinka and he breaks to take the set. 76 64 46 57. Somewhere, Rafael Nadal is laughing with his mouth full of cake. #RG13”

jane Says:

DA, I think Wawa has it in the bag, but I can’t help rooting for Gasquet…

the DA Says:

@jane – you never know, he’s hanging in there. It’d be nice for him to break his 1-14 record for QFs. He’s perennially the 4th round man.

jane Says:

Which QF did he reach, DA? Wimbledon or here?

Sad to see all those lost chances by Reeshard. Wawa seems steelier.

the DA Says:

@jane – I’m not sure, some sports journo posted it. They both look pooped but Wawa a little less. Gasquet is finding hard to move to his right.

jane Says:

Oh goodness, two MPs for Stan. I knew it.

jane Says:

Only Frenchie left is Jo Will.

the DA Says:

Wawa takes it. Poor Gasquet. He has to do something about his fitness, I’ve said it for years. Inexcusable. Another match that was his and he runs out of gas.

jane Says:

Gasquet is gasless. You’re right DA. Too bad for him and his fans. They tried to rally him; he tried to rally. But it was all for naught.

That said, great match, and great winners hit by both of them. Stan unloaded a whack of winners – close to 100 I think!

Humble Rafa Says:

This is a tournament where the chokers have proved their mettle.

Crazy Nico
Coke kisser Gasbag
UnFeminist Gilles
Ping Pong Tallner

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

There have been some great matches in the mens game,the veterans have really rolled back the years playing some fantastic tennis,i have to say the womens matches have for the most part been rather dissapointing so far,im yet to see a really good quality match with two players playing really well at the same time,a real meaty contest,i missed the Suarez Navaro/Errani game unfortunatly which looked like it was the most competitive match so far.

jane Says:

Wog boy, it’s just beautiful the way Nole speaks of Jelena Gencic; if you haven’t seen this, you should. He is very eloquent, full of love and respect and even good humour:


coke man G Says:

I ran out of coke… i mean gas. The life of an underachiever is good, no?

Robert Says:

Im sure all the other six quater finaist would be happy Not to face Tsonga….

Win or Lose, Federer has the toughest draw….

volley Says:

“Federer has the toughest draw”


following on from a discussion last night about Simon, i came across this interesting NYT article on the use of video analysis by coaches. guess what? simon’s coach De Witt uses them to help gilles with tactics. that’s certainly something different from being innately cerebral. it almost helped him in madrid vs murray.

an interesting read:-


skeezer Says:

Ok, so “that’s certainly something different from being innately cerebral”

So, he just lost to Fed with his new “cerebral” Coach. However, before the “cerebral-ness” coach came on he some how some way he beat Fed before when he was apparently not “cerebral.” Interesting……a no brainer beats the GOAT? Interesting…

Maybe he should drop the Coach.


James Says:

“Win or Lose, Federer has the toughest draw….”

Just because he is to play Tsonga in the quarter final? He began with two qualifiers in first 2 rounds if you remember. At this point, Wawrinka and Haas are looking as dangerous as Tsonga. I think Nadal will take care of Stan in 3 sets or maybe 4, but Nole will have to play better than he did today to take out Haas. Tommy suddenly is looking good to spoil the party. I think Nole will play good and defeat Haas but it won’t be easy.
As for Federer-Tsonga match, Roger is the favourite for many. But imo I think it can go either way.

volley Says:

@ skeezer

“a no brainer beats the GOAT”

what? that’s a bit ott. you think berdych or soderling beat the so-called GOAT with pure brains? gilles’ coach is adding to his already impressive instincts and anticipatory skills and offering tactics to think about on court. did you even read the article?



that was a very interesting read indeed.

mat4 Says:


You misread skeezer’s post, it seems.

But it is quite understandable: you seem to be on different sides of the fence.

Margot Says:

@ the DA
Courier, lol seem to be quoting him all the time but ITV has nabbed him as their main commentator, was talking about Gasquet in a really critical way. Apparently Richard asked NOT to go on the main RG court. Courier said explains why he’ll never make it to the very top. You must embrace the pressure and use it. Having seen what pressure has done to Andy, think he has a point. But Andy is on his own, whereas Richard is one of many so not so explicable somehow.
Terrific match though, so interesting to see two one handed backhanders dueling it out. It surely is a thing of beauty. Match seemed to come out of the past in many ways.

the DA Says:

@Margot – strange he would still request SL after what happened against Andy there a few years ago. It’s obviously something other than a court and the pressure. For the first time he had clarity of thought but if you can’t run down balls in the 5th, you’re cooked.

One thing for sure, the way he’s been playing let’s hope Wawa doesn’t end up in you-know-who’s draw at Wimbledon. :0

contador Says:

The commentators in the Radio Roland Garros studio were refuting that rumor about Gasquet asking for SL. Gasquet, they said, adamantly denied asking for SL in the pressor – it made no difference to him. Lost in translation, maybe.

Too bad Richard couldn’t win. He is very popular with the French on the live streams but I don’t know how popular he is with the RG crowd. Seemed like equal cheering and support for both Stan and Richard. Great match.

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