Raonic Toilet Adventure; Federer Tested Wed. in ATP Paris
by Staff | October 29th, 2014, 6:31 pm

Year-end championship hopefuls Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov kept their campaigns alive on Wednesday at the Paris Masters, advancing into the third round.
The No. 7-seeded Raonic barely edged American qualifier Jack Sock in a big-serving contest 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4), while the No. 9-seeded Dimitrov rolled over Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-3.

Raonic was “relieved” to get through the encounter after an eight-minute mid-match bathroom break where he struggled to find a suitable toilet in the stadium.

“Whoever the escort who took me was, took me into a bathroom that had no seats on the toilet,” Raonic said. “So I didn’t want to squat, so I kept saying, ‘Let’s go to another one,’ and we ended up going to the locker room.”

Raonic will next meet No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Richard Gasquet. Dimitrov’s next match will determine whether his year-end championship hopes come to an end when he meets No. 8 seed Andy Murray, a 6-3, 6-4 winner Wednesday against Julien Beneteau.

Murray with a win over Dimitrov would mathematically qualify for the year-end championships.

“[Dimitrov] still has a decent chance at getting into London, so he’d be pretty motivated,” Murray said. “It will be a good match for both of us.”

World No. 2 Roger Federer led the seeded winners with a tight 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. He was joined by fellow Top 10-seeded players No. 2 Stan Wawrinka over Dominic Thiem 6-4, 7-6(4); No. 4 David Ferrer outlasting David Goffin 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; No. 6 Kei Nishikori coming from a set down to beat Tommy Robredo 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3; and No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beating Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

“Chardy has made it hard for me in the past…I thought it could be tough, and it was,” said the 33-year-old Federer, who extended a 13-match winning streak. “Could have lost the first, could have won the second, but it went the other way. So I think as the match went longer, the better I actually started to play and created more opportunities.”

Federer will next meet French qualifier Lucas Pouille, who thrilled the home-country fans Wednesday with a 7-6(5), 7-6(7) upset over No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini.

“He has a beautiful technique, like all French players,” Federer said of Pouille, who had one career tour-level win entering the event. “He knows how to do everything. He knows how to serve. He knows how to go to the net. There is a good tennis school here in France, and you can see it in his game, too.”

Other winners were No. 12 Feliciano Lopez defeating American qualifier Sam Querrey 6-4, -4, and Frenchman Gael Monfils upsetting No. 13 John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4).

Thursday’s slew of competitive matches, a handful with year-end qualifying ramifications, will feature (5) Tomas Berdych vs. (12) Feliciano Lopez, (14) Kevin Anderson vs. (3) Wawrinka, (9) Dimitrov vs. (8) Murray, (10) Tsonga vs. (6) Nishikori, (Q) Pouille vs. (2) Federer, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Monfils, (4) Ferrer vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and (7) Raonic vs. (11) Bautista Agut.

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53 Comments for Raonic Toilet Adventure; Federer Tested Wed. in ATP Paris

TennisVagabond.com Says:

Wow, brilliant matches tomorrow. Like I keep saying, I love Masters tournaments and credit to the ATP for finding a good system to keep all the stars at all the tournaments.
Dmitrov/Murray, Monfils/Novak, Tsona/Nishikori, these are going to be great.

skeezer Says:

The courts are for sure playing different than Basel and Shanghai. The ball seems to stick on the bounce, creating some unreal bounces, timing issues for some, and making it hard at times to put the ball away. Isner vs Monfils match was really dictated by that.
The surface seems custom made for Rafa’s style of play, too gad he couldn’t make it to Paris and WTF this year.

tennismonger Says:

Waiting for Toilet Break to weigh in about now…where is he when you need him!!?

Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..Are you too glad he couldn’t make it to Paris and WTF this year or too sad?? Just wondering…….LOL

Okiegal Says:

That Raonic guy is gonna have to toughen up…..I stumble into my bathroom at 3 or 4 in the morning, half asleep….hubby has left the toilet seat up and boom baby, surprise surprise…..I got a douche I wasn’t expecting…….then I get that killer instinct in my eyes!! Lol. Trust me guys, it’s a shock when it happens…….but a little funny too!!

Toilet Break Says:

I am getting used frequently these days. Rafa has turned me into useful tactic.

Humble Rafa Says:

I don’t what it is about the French and the Arrogant One. They just all give him a hard time.

Benny Boy
Muhamad Ali
No-name Chardy
Girl-man Simone

The only doormat is the Cocaine Kisser, my dear friend.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

No mention of Fognini??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsoFEYMRSN8

Margot Says:

“Girl-man Simone”? Good grief we must have Arnold Schwarzenegger posting on here. Who knew?
Casual sexism is sooo amusing isn’t it? Not.

van orten Says:

I Was there in 2011 .courts seemed slow in tv too . But believe me It is quite quick in there when seeing it live.
Are other courts quicker? Yes they are.
Is this a problem for fed and others?

Only if rafa in top form is on the other side of the net.
Just saying)

skeezer Says:

Too bad, not “gad”, had a wayward finger….

Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer……….. They were wayward like Tommy Robredo’s, huh?? LOL What about those Giants? Last game too close for comfort. I’m a huge baseball fan. My son played and his school won a state championship…..and that was fun.

My brother is a retired bb coach. He used to scout for the Cardinals. He is a close friend with Whitey Herzog. In fact they have an annual fishing trip at Lake Texoma every year. They had their trip 2 weeks ago. Yeah, our family loves that sport for sure! Happy for the Giants…..and now back to tennis. Can’t watch today, my Aunt is having surgery this morning, colon cancer, which sucks…..hate that stinkin’ disease.

Thanks for straightening me out on what you really meant……LOL Okie

Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal sorry about your Aunt,all the best to her and you,your right its a horrible disease,its effected my family too quite alot,hope Murray gets the W to qualify for London,hope Rafas OK too….

Sienna Says:

Why would Fed be disadvantidged on a somewhat slower hard court?
He would be advantadged agains the players he is facing on his side. especialy RAONIC (i believe q) and berdych in semies.

Against Djokovic it is always a tight match when they are both playing well and both are fit and eager. So no clear fave there.

the DA Says:

Wow. Andy demolishes Dimitrov in some style. Then he signs the camera “bad year” – essentially flipping off the critics and haters. Welcome back, we missed you.

Margot Says:

Wow bit of a tennis lesson there from the genius that is Andy Murray :)
O2 Here he comes! :)
@the DA
WTFs going on, 2 angst free matches in a row!
BTW re your last sentence, no we haven’t ;)

Polo Says:

Didn’t perforate my ulcer this time watching Murray beat Dimitrov. Andy should really focus on a lofty goal for every year. He focused on achieving his first major and got his US Open. Then focused on Wimbledon, done. Focused on qualifying for the WTF, done, with room to spare. He is Big 4.

SG1 Says:


I’d like to convey best wishes regarding your aunt as well. For what it’s worth, colon cancer is one of the more treatable types of cancer.

SG1 Says:

I expect big things from Murray in 2015. I think he’ll be a force to reckon with come Australia. If he’s blowing through Dimitrov, he’s really found his groove because on paper, Grigor looks like a tough match-up for Andy. Then again, on paper, Dimitrov looks like a tough match-up for pretty much anyone. Next year, he has to take that next step or before he knows it, he’ll be the next Monfils. He had an improved year this year but with his game, he should be knocking down the Big 4 door.

skeezer Says:

Sorry t hear about your Auntie also, hope all goes well for her surgery.
Yes, Giants 3 times in 5 years! Hum baby! Cool about your connection with Whitey..
Was going on with Andy….looks like his back is back!

SG1 Says:

Anyone think that Gilles Simon looks a little bit like Joaquin Phoenix?

SG1 Says:

As a Dodger fan, watching the Giants win three series in 5 years isn’t all that pleasing. This being said, Madison Baumgarner was worth the price of admission all by himself last night. It was a historic pitching performance and it’s always a incredible thing to watch greatness when it’s happening.

rogerafa Says:

I could not watch the match but it seems Andy is still not as tired as I assumed he would be after his recent efforts. If fatigue is not an issue, his likely match against Novak could be an absolute cracker. Very glad to see him beating the opponents that he should be beating without much fuss.

Margot Says:

Best wishes for your aunt from me too OKgal.

skeezer Says:

Commiserations on your season. Yeah Bum is like Kershaw is to you guys, a Stud. Hopefully you guys will get some more pitching support next year and get rid of some of those Hollywood hitters. Your new owners got the right itch for success, am sure they will build a better team real soon. Hey you won the Division!

Hippy Chick Says:

YAY Delighted,that was some performance by Andy,i dont know if he will beat most likely Novak,but hes playing great tennis again.
Kei outplayed Jo 1st set,but the 2nd is proving much closer,wonder if Jo can push it to a 3rd,or if Kei,can win it in two?….

jane Says:

hippy, nole hasn’t won his match versus monfils, who almost beat nole in canada and almost beat fed at the us open. so let’s not jump ahead. :)

Hippy Chick Says:

Jane lol true,but i think its most likely that he will if he brings his A game,as Daniel always points out,players seem to only beat Nole when hes not at his best….

calmdownplease Says:

All the Fed fans that are hoping Murray brings them an early XMAS present might have to change their tune quickly if Roger and Andy meet in the final.
Murray was MAJESTIC Today
Dimitrov didn’t stand a chance.
Right now at least he’s the best player in the tournament. And to me it’s probably going to come down to how much he has left in the tank to how far he can go.

sienna Says:

calm down please.

calmdownplease Says:

you’ve not seen me uncalm, yet

RZ Says:

Yay for Andy making the WTF for the 7th year in a row. Now hopefully Nishikori and Ferrer will join him.

Margot Says:

Alas no, didn’t get there last year, back op. :( Think there was another too, cos I was there and he wasn’t. had injury? :(

Margot Says:

Sorry RZ, I misunderstood, you said “making O2.” Of course he did! Both occasions he didn’t turn up it was cos of injury, not loss of ranking.

steve-o Says:

Pouille certainly isn’t playing like the #176 in the world. He’s a pretty good shotmaker and he plays intelligent tennis. Knows how to use what he’s got.

Daniel Says:

Congrats to Murray for qualyfinng but Dimitrov played horrendous. He onlyfound a de ent run of games when it was too late. There was o e poi t he had 22 UE ti Andy’s 4 and hardly could keep the ball in play.

Andy was excelent but Dimitrov retunr the Wimbledon favor and didn’t showed up to play. Expect a much tougher matcn against Djoko. Don’t see Monfils beating him here returning after injury.

sienna Says:

roger is having aan french connection.
he is pealing of those frenchies one by one. Slapping them down…. 1 hundred….. 2 hundred… until finalsday.

FIRST things first. Notice that media is picking up on the umbelievable #1 yearend ranking.
making Fed once again the leader of mens tennis.
Guiding the way at age 33

making the mythe even biggerthen it already was.

calmdownplease Says:

I wonder if this would have been your analysis if it was whoever it is you follow that had beaten Dimitrov.
Probably not eh?
Dimitrov was not @ his best surely but he wasn’t allowed to be either.

Marty Says:

SG1 I’m a Dodgers fan, too. I love the overall direction of the program but why did we not get a better bullpen

Next year should be great

Marty Says:

Huge Fed fan as well. He looks great but lots of pressure to keep on winning. HOpefully Monfils takes care of Nole

sienna Says:

monfils taking care of Djoviale?
10-0 u believe.
6 of those went to final set. everytime same outcome. another french toast tonight.

We are getting fedjovic finals to decide this. Murray has nothing on them, neither aan french commedianne.

steve-o Says:

Djokovic very sharp tonight. Moving Monfils around easily.

Daniel Says:

CDP. It takes two to Tango. I just wanted to point that put because nobody said anything. O e thing is the match Fed beat Djoko in Shangai where both played great another thing is this matcn. Some perspective!

Murray got revenge but last two times he and Dimitrov Played both where not at the same level match wise.

I casay the same thing for MurrayWimby match, Dimitrov didn’t allow him to do muchwhich we both know is not true. It must be a tremendous level for any of this guys to get a beatdown of oneanother with both playing great.

Daniel Says:

Djoko x Murray it is. I remember a fewyears back when they were more than 1 and a half years wihtout playing now we can almost bet they will be in the same side of the draw. Anyone bet against them being in the same round robin in London?!

This match has a lot of weighton it. Potentially defining YE#1 murray to finally beat a top dog after a while. He is due for a victoryover Djoko and Djoko to send a message that he still is the top dog right now. Hope for a cracker.

For things to get interesting if Fed or Djoko is to lose I hope the other one loses as well in the same round. Just for things to get interesting in London and open up for another player.

Wog Boy Says:

I wonder for how long Grigor is going to keep “great” coach Roger Rasheed on his payroll, gym junkie, who thinks spending 5 hours in gym every day will make you great tennis player?
Griša, go and grab Lendl while he is avaliable, he is selfish but you don’t need Santa Claus to coach you.

Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Thank you guys so much for the well wishes for my Aunt. The doctor was optimistic….liver, lungs, looked good the pathology report will tell us about the lymph nodes…..we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

I know Andy won and so glad for that, Miss Margot! I will check the other scores to see how everyone else did….Thanks again, it’s been a trying day.

Tmd Says:

It think Dimitrov should maybe change his coach. Roger R over trains his players. I mean he stuffed Hewiit body with over training. I know Hewitt did reach the Aus Open final under him, but at what cost. He uses aussie rules training methods out of the late 90’s, which wear down your joints and increase soft injuries. Sorry end of rant.

Wog boy Says:

“Tmd Says:
It think Dimitrov should maybe change his coach. Roger R over trains his players. I mean he stuffed Hewiit body with over training. I know Hewitt did reach the Aus Open final under him, but at what cost. He uses aussie rules training methods out of the late 90′s, which wear down your joints and increase soft injuries. Sorry end of rant.

October 30th, 2014 at 10:38 pm”

You said it better, it isn’t rant, it is what it is.

Perfect fan Says:

Oh God….rly sorry to hear abt ur aunt, oki.

I rly hope that she gets well soon….I vl pray for her, surely. May God’s blessings be thr with her throughout this diff time.

SG1 Says:

Marty Says:
SG1 I’m a Dodgers fan, too. I love the overall direction of the program but why did we not get a better bullpen

Next year should be great


Bullpens are funny things. Most relief pitchers aren’t good enough to be starters (…with a few exceptions of course). In a given season, a group of underachievers can overachieve. Then you think, “Wow. We have a great bullpen going into next season.” The following season, these underachievers play to their level and you think, “We need to upgrade the bullpen.”. Evaluating what your relievers are going to do is like playing the markets these days…it’s completely unpredictable.

SG1 Says:

Bottom line…I think you need 3 excellent to very good starting pitchers that keep your bullpen modestly used and fresh for the post season. As Skeezer said, the Dodgers need to get some help to back up Kershaw. I wouldn’t overly worry about the ‘pen if the starting pitchers are doing their thing.

SG1 Says:

Interesting that Rasheed gets a lot of credit for the Dimitrov progression this year and now that he’s struggling, it’s time to ditch the coach. Dimitrov is a professional athlete. If he’s over-training, I’d think he would know it. When you have a player like Dimitrov who’s very gifted, it can sometimes be difficult to which of the 10 options to hit for each shot. This is where I think he needs work. I think he needs to simplify things a bit. One other thing. People have annointed him as the next Federer but truth be told, his movement is nowhere near as good as Roger’s. At 33, Federer moves better than prime Dimitrov. This more than any single thing, is where i believe the inconsistency comes from. And I’m not sure it can be fixed.

Okiegal Says:

@Perfect fan…..What a sweet sincere post, thanks so much….I think I thanked you on another post too….maybe you’ll see one of them! Thanks…She had a good day today!!

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