French Open Draw 2012

This post was written by Ru-an on May 26, 2012
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[1] Djokovic vs. Starace
Hewitt vs. Kavcic
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. [30] Melzer
[22] Seppi vs. Davydenko
Kukushkin vs. Gulbis
Qualifier vs. Muller
Darcis vs. [14] Verdasco

[11] Simon vs. Harrison
Malisse vs. Baker
Andujar vs. Hanescu
Cipolla vs. [18] Wawrinka
[28] Troicki vs. Bellucci
Fognini vs. Mannarino
Stebe vs. Souza
Qualifier vs. [5] Tsonga

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[3] Federer vs. Kamke
Ungur vs. Nalbandian
Dancevic vs. Klizan
Mahut vs. [26] Roddick
[23] Stepanek vs. Qualifier
Clement vs. Bogomolov
K.Beck vs. Kubot
Qualifier vs. [15] Lopez

[9] Del Potro vs. Montanes
Roger-Vasselin vs. Pospisil
Ferrero vs. Dasnieres de Veigy
Qualifier vs. [21] Cilic
[31] Anderson vs. Machado
Prodon vs. Qualifier
Llodra vs. Garcia-Lopez
Sela vs. [7] Berdych

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[6] Ferrer vs. Lacko
Paire vs. Ramos
Dodig vs. Haase
Blake vs. [27] Youzhny
[20] Granollers vs. Qualifier
Jaziri vs. Petzschner
Mathieu vs. Phau
Qualifier vs. [10] Isner

[16] Dolgopolov vs. Stakhovsky
Volandri vs. Qualifier
Young vs. Dimitrov
Qualifier vs. [17] Gasquet
[25] Tomic vs. Qualifier
GIraldo vs. Falla
Nieminen vs. Andreev
Ito vs. [4] Murray

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[8] Tipsarevic vs. Querrey
Chardy vs. Lu
Tursunov vs. Soeda
Qualifier vs. [29] Benneteau
[24] Kohlschreiber vs. Ebden
Rochus vs. L.Mayer
Chela vs. Baghdatis
Lorenzi vs. [12] Almagro

[13] Monaco vs. Rufin
Rosol vs. Berlocq
Qualifier vs. Becker
Ramirez-Hidalgo vs. [19] Raonic
[32] F.Mayer vs. Gimeno-Traver
Qualifier vs. Karlovic
Kunitsyn vs. Istomin
Bolelli v [2] Nadal

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/ms/index.html

The French Open draw was done yesterday and I guess it’s not at all surprising that Roger and Djokovic are in the same side of the draw again. But then again Roger lost his number two ranking before the draw was made so he left it to the draw gods to decide. In the end it’s maybe better that he is in Djokovic’s half of the draw. At least he has a decent chance of defending his final points from last year that way. If he was in Nadal’s half the chances would have been slim of doing that. Overall Roger’s draw looks pretty tough. It’s the toughest of the top four guys. The first round should be an easy win and then he gets Nalbandian who can be dangerous, but is well past his peak. If he wins there he it looks like he could face Roddick which should be almost easier than his first round.

In the fourth round I think he will play Lopez who has impressed me of late. I don’t think he can upset Roger but he can give him some good competition. The quarters is where it could get dangerous for Roger, because he will face either Berdych or Del Potro. Berdych tends to play amazing when he faces Roger and Del Potro gave Roger a very tough semi here in 2009. I think the quarters will be a key round for Roger. If he gets through that unscathed I think he would have a good chance of beating Djokovic. People made a big deal of the semi-final loss to Djokovic in Rome but Roger was clearly off. He had played a lot of matches and was definitely tiring. It disappoints me when people make such a big deal of one match when Roger have been playing so consistently well of late.

That match meant nothing to me. It makes no difference whatsoever to my belief in Roger 3.0. If he meets Djokovic in the semis in Paris my belief that he can beat him will be as strong as ever. I do believe he will get through the quarters as well, even though it may be a test. If Roger makes the final it is 99.99% certain that he will face Nadal again. And not because Nadal has an easy draw. Any draw at the French Open is easy for Nadal. I have already said that Nadal is the overwhelming favorite to win a 7th French Open, and not because I’m negative or a coward. It is my opinion and an educated opinion at that, so I would hope that people respect that. In tennis nothing is ever certain but some things are close to being certain.

I actually don’t have much more to say about the draw. I think the big three will make semis and in Murray’s quarter things are a bit more uncertain. Maybe Ferrer will come through there or maybe Murray will get his act together on clay and actually go through. Even Dolgopolov and Isner could surprise and go through there. But whoever goes through will be destroyed by Nadal in the semis. Then in the final we can only hope that some kind of miracle takes place and Roger or Djokovic upsets him. Does Djokovic have a better chance of beating Nadal? I would have said without a doubt if he beat Nadal in Rome, but now I’m not so sure anymore. On the other hand Fedal have met four times in the final and the result is becoming pretty predictable.

In the end I would like Roger to defend his points, but I think a Rafole final would be more exciting just because it would be something new and Djokovic did beat Nadal in their last three slam finals. So personally I’m not gonna be awfully disappointed if it is a Rafole final, although of course I prefer that Roger beats Djokovic. Long way to go anyway. Lets hope for another 2009.

Presser: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2012-05-25/201205251337955183322.html

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Reader Comments

roger sure has a tough draw but of late he seems to perform well and win when given a tough draw (IW, Madrid) and looses with a easy draw (Miami) lets hope the tougher draw meens he hets good match practice with a gradual icrease in the level of the oppsotion so he is completely ready for djokovic and or nadal.. Winning a 7th french would somewhat put nadal within reachable distance of federer’s 16 2 more good years from now on by him could result in that i hope that never happens though… It would be as if the beast conquers the man the evil wins against the good,… anyway lets not think too far ahead and hope federer has a good showing at the french and puts himself into good position for wimbledon

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Written By Anchit on May 26th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

I think that this will actually be #17.

You might say I’m overly optimistic but I’m feeling it, that trophy seems within grasp for Roger. And I don’t really think Rafa will win 7 RGs.

First round: Kamke, never met before but Roger should be fine, I think any hiccups will be get rid of here. 3 mild sets.

Second round: Most probably Nalbandian, Nalby is playing great but this is a GS. If he couldn’t beat Rafa in IW I couldn’t see him beating Roger here. Maybe he can push Roger a bit, but he would lose steam afterwards. 3 or 4 sets with probably a couple of tight ones.

Third round: Roddick. It’s clay, no booming serves. Roddick just played in Dusseldorf, he would be tired. Plus he’s starting to lose again. Can’t see Roger losing to him again after a week’s break. Can see destruction here.

Fourth round: Lopez. Threat? Maybe. But other than Madrid last year there wasn’t any match that was that close. Roger should do fine here.

QF: Berdych/Delpo. Berdych, just beaten him on fast and slippery clay, plus he’s playing in Dusseldorf and if he gets to the second week he will crash out. Delpo again? I think he’s getting tired of meeting Roger as well. Edged Roger to 5 sets in 2009 but this is Roger 3.0.

SF: Djokovic. OK Roger with his B game last week already threatened a 3rd set. Djoker doesn’t really look all that impressive. You think Djoker 2.0 might be back and then those UEs against Nadal in the final, with a DF at the end. Had hesitations about Djokerer matches before Rome but I feel confident about it now.

F: Nadal. Can’t say much, but miracles will happen. Mark my words. Roger’s beaten him twice out of the last three matches with style and destruction as well.

It’s one of those draws which I go: Hmm they might pose a challenge but I really can’t see hem pulling an upset. Same applies to Rotterdam, Dubai, IW and Madrid. Those matchups mentioned above are probably the people who has the biggest challenge, it would be even better if Roger doesn’t need to play them.

Also, I think Murray is overrated. We keep taking about Big 4 when Murray started to make late stages of GS, including 2 finals. In AO this year people start to say he will win one soon because of his impressive performance against Djoker in the semis. But then after that he starts losing frequently, other than Dubai he hasn’t really played well. The Miami final was given to him with 2 W/O so that doesn’t coun. I’m expecting a Rafa/Ferrer semi here.

One more thing. There’s no point hoping Rafa to lose. Rafa loses to people when you least expect him to. Verdasco is a clear example of this.

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feddybear Reply:

man i hope you’re right about this one…
i also have a very positive feeling, but i never know if its real or just wishfull thinking. last year i felt a good vibe, especially before the SF – i had a strong feeling that Fed is going to stop Novak. i was so happy when it came true and so disappointed seeing Fed blowing his chances (again) against Rafa…
speaking of ND, i think there is a chance he will chack out before the semis – Tsonga maybe, with a little help from the french crowd…

lets hope for the best!!

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Jonathan Reply:

Yep last year when I saw Djokerer coming, and everyone was in favour of Djoker, I was like: Yeah but Roger is the man this time and he’ll shut all of you ignorant people up. And he did. God knows how happy I felt when I saw Roger wave that finger. That match kind of compensated a no slam year.

Don’t think Tsonga can do it, he’s not a clay guy, he had trouble in the 1st round today! Would laugh if Hewitt did it though. :)

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Ru-an Reply:

Tsonga will never beat Djokovic on clay. Djokovic will make semis. So will Roger. It’s all about the big three.

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Written By Jonathan on May 26th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

Ruan, It seems Roger is always tested in slams and his draws are usually packed with big hitters and big servers. Sure I think Roger’s game will be fine-tuned from defeating tough opponents but where will his energy level be by the time he reaches the final? It seems Nadal gets these easy draws and is able to conserve more energy, not that he ever runs out, going into the later rounds. Even if Roger beats Novak in the semi’s again will he able to produce the same results with the same intensity against Rafa. Someone said last year when Roger beat Novak that Uncle Toni was overheard saying he was relieved and that Nadal would definitely beat Federer easily. I don’t want Roger to lose against Nadal again at the French, especially when one has to work a lot harder to put himself in the final and the other one has a weak draw. I would like to see Federer put his stamp of authority on this one and win it.

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Jonathan Reply:

Wow did Toni actually say that? Do you have any link for that? Shame on him and I hate him even more.

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Ru-an Reply:

If I was in uncle Toni’s position I would have felt the same way. He was just stating the truth. Djokovic would probably have beaten Nadal last year. Then Nadal had serious problems.

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Jonathan Reply:

I meant that he shouldn’t say that out to the public, it’s just not the right thing to do.

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Dave Reply:

I don’t have a direct link but if I remember correctly I believe El Pais reported on this and this was referenced in th Racquet Reaction for Tennis.com for Federer defeats Djokovic.

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Dave Reply:

I have a question, who is going to stop Rafa? Isner, Raonic, Murray, Ferrer? All the power hitters are in Federer’s half. Del Potro, Birdshit, Tsonga, Djokovic. This is a heavy task for the GOAT to overcome all the obstacles he has in front of him. As clutch and as well as he has been playing up to now, I have faith in him but Nadal isn’t going to slug this out and neither is Djokovic. This makes me a little upset.

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Kelsey Reply:

“Birdshit” LOL!!! That’s the best.

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Written By Dave on May 26th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

Ruan:

You have said that it is better we have Fedal finals so that Roger can preserve his points. However, this is interesting – As of now Fed points is 9790 and Nadal is 10060 (I do not know why ATP does not ad his 45 points from Queens Club). Anyway, if it is Fedal and Roger loses they will be at the same points 9790/10060 so Nadal ahead by 270. But if Roger were to lose in semis and Noval should win finals, Roger will be 9310 and Nadal will be 9260 – 50 points less and move down to No.3 after FO and plus Novak will would have defended Roger’s GS as well!

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Ru-an Reply:

Well that might be the best scenario then if Roger loses to Djokovic and Djokovic beats Nadal. But him beating Nadal in the final is a big if. Do you want Roger to lose if it’s a Djokerer semi?

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sraman Reply:

Ruan:

Well, it is really a frail hope that Novak could beat Nadal, but then again we have the the Rome outcome. However, my hope was that if my Rosy scenario happens and Roger is No.2 before Wimbledon, maybe Novak & Nadal will face off in semis in Wimb! But then again, I just realized that Wimbledon is known to use rankings based on past Wimb perf alone and has the balls to disregard ATP nrankings for draw.

How I wish FO officials had the balls to base the draw on FO performance alone (particularly when how close Roger and Nadal are). If they had done that then Nadal will be 1, Roger 2 and Novak 3.

Anyway, Ruan as much as you were sulken in your last post, you are back and I am happy about your interest in FO again! It is is great for Fed fans and members of your site.

Wish that you have an enjoyable FO and pleasant US Trip!

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Written By sraman on May 26th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

I honestly think Nadal has this tournament in the bag. I see I’m not the only one who has this mindset:

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks/_/tournament/10

Last year’s final Roger played the best he possibly could play at RG against Nadal and it wasn’t good enough. I don’t see him beating Nadal in best 3/5 on this surface. If he couldn’t do it in 2005 he sure as hell isn’t doing it when he’s almost 31.

I also don’t give Djoker much chance. His form is decidedly weaker than 2011 and Nadal is brimming with confidence after cakewalking through MC and Rome. Nadal hasn’t even lost a set on the dirt in 2012!

I am looking forward to Roger doing well at Wimbledon and possibly retaking the #1 ranking if Djoker stumbles early there. I hate the FO since Nadal always wins it and am NOT looking forward to another beatdown in theh finals if Roger gets through Nole.

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Written By Candace on May 26th, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

there’s too much talking about nadal in the last few days here, so that proves he’s the overwhelming favourite for RG. i think it’s the changed racquet of nadal with more swing weight that causes djokovic the problem, that’s why nadal is hitting shots with more depth and precision. again, we saw how he hated djokovic after all those loses, deep down his heart, seeing the expressions after winning every point against djokovic in the aussie open final. we are talking about doping etc etc, but that’s the real strength in him to be able to hate his opponents and overcome them ultimately, we have seen it before against roger in those wimbledon finals!!! however, since then nadal knew that he’s going in the right direction and at last got his grip over the rivalry against djokovic, he even managed to chuckle a bit in the latter stages of the rome final when djokovic showed his frustration after hitting one of those numerous unforced errors. however, nadal may even win 20 slam titles or 10 paris titles, but still, people will remember him as a tenacious psycho, not as a champion !!!

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eric splets Reply:

Tenacious psycho? That’s a bit sour grapes…methodical yes…psycho no. Its not like federer will be defined by his AO cry fest. No both fed and nadal will be remembered as great champions…because they are! We should unify here and agree together that djokovic needs to drop his testosterone level after he wins majors…tearing off his shirt and yelling..what a punk way of celebrating.

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Written By MJ-RUBAN on May 26th, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

I tend to believe that Roger will have chances to win against Nadal. It is not a foregone conclusion that he will lose every time. In fact, I truly believe that Roger has FINALLY figured out what he needs to do against him. He couldn’t quite pull it off at the French and Australia be he did beat him in Indian Wells.

Obviously it’s very mental. Obviously he needs to win the first set and take his opportunities when they are presented to him.

He needs to have that same loose mentality which he had at Indian Wells. It’s all about execution and mental stability and to not let discouraged easily.

We all know Roger has the game to beat Nadal. I think it will be 70% Nadal and 30% Roger but as of late Roger has shown GREAT mental stability. He has a lot of confidence which will be augmented by great wins in the tournament so definitely I am not counting him out.

Based on emotional state alone, Roger is definitely in a better position now than 12 months ago so he definitely has a chance here!!!

Allez Roger!!!

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Written By Vily on May 26th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Hehe, I’m not hoping for another 2009, but rather, a 2012 where Roger actually manages to defeat Nadal on home turf, his red clay on Roland Garros. It would seem the French would like this too. That might just be wishful thinking though, in which case a 2009 scenario would be Roger’s best hope for another French Open trophy…

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Written By christine on May 26th, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

All the talk is if is better if Roger lose to Novak or Rafa. OMG, it is our man, I hope we will go as far as he can and even Nadal would be favoutite in finals, I hope Roger will be there to try! I believe he has some new plan and he could win. Well, if he gets there through his draw, he will have all the confidence he can have. I do not want Novak to achieve calendar GS and then read about it forever. It is less evil if Rafa has one more RG title.

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Ru-an Reply:

Yeah I agree with that. Nadal winning a 7th FO isn’t as bad as Djokovic winning 4 slams in a row. I think Roger will beat Djokovic anyway. But so would Nadal if Roger doesn’t.

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Written By spaniel on May 26th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

Ok, i agree that ‘psycho’ is a bad word to define a 10 time major champ. But actually i dont like much his on-court behaviour under pressure, he looks more like a champion after the match is done, i mean his humble demeanour then. However, nadal has become more mature over the years. But still, you can judge the character when someone is in deep trouble. It will show you how nadal seems to bet his life on winning, roger a bit mentally fragile, don’t know that much about djokovic though

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Written By MJ-RUBAN on May 27th, 2012 @ 4:28 am

Good luck on your trip, Ru-an.

You are in good company with your picks: Federer also puts himself as the third favorite behind Nadal and Djokovic, as most reasonable people would, I feel.

But Federer is playing very well, perhaps better than he ever has. If the outcome were certain, they wouldn’t have to play the matches.

Last year he had only won Doha before RG, and was pretty shaky during the clay season. Nevertheless, he made it to the semis without losing a set (facing a group of tricky opponents in Lopez, Tipsarevic, Wawrinka, and Monfils) ended Djokovic’s 41-match win streak and fought a very close match against Nadal, where he was only four points from a straight-sets victory.

This year he is playing considerably better tennis and has won four titles so far, a clay-court Masters included. One might wish the draw were more forgiving, but he has to play whoever is across the net on the day.

Nalbandian in the second round is a little early to be playing such a tricky opponent, but Federer should be able to get past him.

If he gets Berdych or Del Potro in the quarters, it will be difficult but doable. Berdych is not nearly as explosive on slower clay, his only chance is to serve big and try to hit Federer off the court, and he won’t be able to do that as readily here.

Del Potro is the more dangerous player on such slow clay. But the last time they met in Paris, Federer had his mind on winning the career Slam. This time he won’t have that distraction and will be able to concentrate on the tennis.

I feel he has a shot in Paris. He’s playing well and most importantly it seems like he’s enjoying himself on court once again, relishing the challenge of pitting his skills and wits against the best of the best. C’mon Roger!!!

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Ru-an Reply:

Thanks Steve, I hope you’re well.

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Written By steve on May 27th, 2012 @ 7:27 am

Hi Ruan. I read you’re moving to the States erelong… Such a step is never an easy one, because you’re leaving your familiar surroundings and need to adapt to a completely new environment , make new friends out there etc… I hope everything works out well for you. May God bless you and your entreprise.
I don’t feel like commenting much on the FO draw. It’s kinda puzzling how Roger is drawn once more in Djokovic half of the draw, where I personnally preferred him to be in Nadal’s half, but that ‘s just me I guess.
You say each draw is an easy one for Nadal because he’s the overwhelming favorite on this surface.
Logic observation I guess. But as far as I’m concerned the draw doesn’t make much difference for Roger either.
Roger’s true and defining challenge is not whom he’s facing at the other side of the net, but rather how he will be dealing with his own demons at crucial moments of the matches. It’s not a challenge wrought by any particular player, not even Nadal or Djokovic, but a challenge that arises from the very core of Federer, those mighty forces lurking inside him to overwhelm him at any time, mostly inappropriate times…. Has Federer developed a truer selfbelief that enables him to capitalize on his incredible and unmatched shotmaking abilities ? Can he survive this career defining challenge and proof us he’s a renewed man, the greatest of all time… ?
The odds seem to be against him…
but I wouldn’t bet against the great man.

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Ru-an Reply:

Thank you very much Wilfried. It is a big step but one I need to make. I don’t think Roger needs to beat Nadal at RG to be the GOAT. Nadal is the clay GOAT and is supposed to win.

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Written By Wilfried on May 27th, 2012 @ 8:24 am

Ruan:

Are you just visiting US or relocating?

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Ru-an Reply:

Working.

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sraman Reply:

Well, whatever, it is none of my biz anyway. But I visit New Jersey and Pennsylavnia every 6 months for my Biz. So, I was curious to know so that in my next trip to explore the possibility of meeting you in person! Good luck with whatever you are into!

Cheers!

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Ru-an Reply:

I’ll be pretty busy. What’s your business?

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Written By sraman on May 27th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

I finally did it!! I forked over some money for my cable, and got the Tennis Channel. It’s about time, as much as I love following the ATP tour. G

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Ru-an Reply:

Nice one Gary. Enjoy!

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Written By Gary on May 27th, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

Being in Canada, we don’t get the Tennis Channel. Grrr. We do get feed from there though through another sports channel. In the slams, I have to endure espn coverage. I just don’t like those commentators. They are so biased and negative. They do show more tennis that before thanks to Raonic.
I’m not expecting Roger to win FO. I think he will shine in the USO this year.
I did enjoy the blue clay of Madrid, hope it stays with some modification. Hated Rome. And on to FO where the court and balls appear to be slower than last year.
I’m wondering, Ru-an, if you’re heading for the east coast? Maybe, you’ll have a chance to see more live tennis!

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Written By Sue on May 28th, 2012 @ 2:43 am

After yesterday’s opening session I felt like turning the tv off for a couple of weeks and only turning it back on when the screen shows the green grass of Wimbledon. The 6’6″ Argentinian Del Potro was trying to hit through a 5’nothing Spanish journeyman named Montanes, with only limited success. Like virtually all of his countrymen these days, Montanes was a tireless retrieving counterpunching machine. Del Potro’s knee was apparently troubling him, but nothing like the migraine he was getting from his opponent’s mosquito-like tenacity in putting the ball back in play. Power is apparently nullified by this court. I can see what we are in for, for the next fortnight. I can feel a migraine coming on. Only a Roger victory could alleviate the tedium, and that may be asking too much of him in this glorified sandpit, where we will likely see the Spanish contingent continue to conduct their typically baffling feats of outlandish physical exertion. I wish for the days of Guga again.

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Written By rich on May 28th, 2012 @ 3:25 am

“Someone said last year when Roger beat Novak that Uncle Toni was overheard saying he was relieved and that Nadal would definitely beat Federer easily.”

That is a complete and utter fabrication. Nothing like that was reported in El Pais nor in any other Spanish press.

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Wilfried Reply:

I think you’re right, Robert. Toni Nadal was only relieved after the final was finished, and not before it started.
According to Marca.com, a Spanish site which covers different sport events, Toni Nadal said in an interview that his nephew was very, very nervous before the start of the FO 2011 final. Therefore he tried to take away the pressure from Rafaël by telling him that a defeat wouldn’t be the end of the world and a victory not all that important. ( « trató de quitarle presión a Rafael antes de la final, diciéndole que la derrota no sería tan grave ni la victoria tan importante »).
Uncle Toni also admitted that this sixth FO victory was the most difficult one, and that he was very, very relieved when his nephew Rafael Nadal finally managed to overcome an unleashed Federer. He said Federer was playing incredible well, particularly with his backhand, and that after Federer managed to win the third set, he feared that the victory was escaping…. It was by far the most difficult victory of the 6 FO titles. (« Tampoco piensa el entrenador que mantener el número uno cuatro semanas más sea demasiado importante. Toni reconoció que pensó que la final contra Roger Federer se les escapaba cuando el suizo logró el tercer set. “Estaba jugando increíble, Rafael no tenía opciones, ha jugado casi cinco juegos impecables y no veía agujero. Federer lo estaba haciendo todo muy bien, nos pillaba con su revés, una dejada. Me parecía que el torneo se nos había escapado. Estábamos 4-2 arriba y perdimos el set, pensé que se nos escaparía”, dijo. »)
You can read the entire interview with Toni NAdal (in Spanish) when you click on the following hyperlink :
http://www.marca.com/2011/06/05/tenis/roland_garros/1307298753.html

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sraman Reply:

I may be wrong but if my memory serves right, I belive in AO Semis I think I saw Uncle Toni actually applauding a Federer point!! (although I do not recall exactly when, but I do recall a Chinese TV channel remarking on this).

Also, After the match when Roger walked back, Nadal joined the crowd in applauding him!

So, certainly I believe Uncle Toni & Nadal have a LOT of respect and even admiration for Roger!

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Dave Reply:

I don’t believe that for one second. It’s all a facade.

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Dave Reply:

I wouldn’t fabricate anything I post on this blog or any other. Next time just call me a liar. I happen to have a lot respect for Ruan and the real Federer fans that comment on this site. I wouldn’t dare insult the intelligence of people who frequent here. Next time I will back up my comments with hard , solid proof of exact time of the write up, the day it was written, by whom and if it’s one hundred percent true. MY bad, BOB.

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Written By robert on May 28th, 2012 @ 7:29 am

Very sloppy play today from Roger. The result should have been 6:2 7:5 6:1 but ended up being 6:2 7:5 6:3.

6 match points until he finally took it.

Unbelievable no brainer misses. Kinda left a bad taste in the mouth. I hope he picks up the level and rapidly too, if he wants to go deep in the tournament. Really too many careless mistakes, double faults galore, etc.

But the result is good so that’s what matters. I think even Roger dissapointed but anyway a win is a win I guess.

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Chris Reply:

Why do you ask for his A-game if his C-game is good enough to win in straights? I’m happy if he uses his full concentration and focus when it really matters. And I can understand that he gets bored and distracted at some point by playing so many matches against unknown guys which cannot really bring a real challenge to him. Yeah, Nadal runs the same in all of his matches, no matter against whom, but that is because his game is bases on muscle, not on brain work.

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Vily Reply:

I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve seen quite a lot of his 1st rounders before and he has played without caring but at least he wouldn’t make so many unforced errors. I am glad Nalbandian is out so that Roger may play himself into form.

I really liked his return game much more than his service games. He would go up to 40:0 and carelessly get up to deuce and on couple of occasions actually get broken.

It just wasn’t a very clean match as I have been used to watching.

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steve Reply:

He’s just had a week off. Probably will be a little rusty his first time on court. Not every day can be a masterclass.

Nalbandian, Roddick, and Lopez are all out. Stepanek is the highest-ranked player left in Federer’s eighth of the draw (after Federer himself, of course).

He will face comparatively straightforward opposition until the quarters. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know. Sometimes it’s better for him to be pushed a little early on. But as long as he keeps moving in the draw, I’m happy.

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Written By Vily on May 28th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

Roger will now face Ungur and not Nalbandian. My predictions for the quarter-finals: Dkokovic – Wawrinka, Federer – J.M del Potro, Ferrer – Murray, Kohlschreiber – Nadal.

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Written By George on May 28th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

Nice interview with Rog after Kamke match (comparing Fed 3.0 vs Fed 1.0).

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Ru-an Reply:

Which interview are you talking about? I don’t see anything in the presser about that.

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spaniel Reply:

In the end he is comparing himself from 2004/2006 (Fed 1.0) and now (Fed 3.0), saying that he thinks he is much better player now then before when he was dominating.

He said that the rest of players has developed, that tennis is more athletic now and he has to adapt to it.

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Ru-an Reply:

Link?

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Ru-an Reply:

Never mind I know which one you are talking about.

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spaniel Reply:

I dont get it. I pasted youtube link into my comment and I can see the video frame with the interview. On various comps.

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Written By spaniel on May 29th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

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