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Federer, Gil and rain in photos.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, smiles while serving during his quarterfinals match of the Estoril Tennis Open against Portugal's Frederico Gil in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Friday, April 18 2008. Federer defeated Gil 6-4, 6-1. 

Mirka Vavrinec, girl friend of Swiss tennis player Roger Federer shelters under an umbrella while watching him play his quarterfinals match of the Estoril Tennis Open against Portugal's Frederico Gil in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Friday, April 18 2008. Federer defeated Gil 6-4, 6-1. 

Artist formerly called Mirka, now called thundering thighs.
Swiss Roger Federer (L) is sheltered from the rain under an umbrella as he leaves the court during an interuption of the tennis match against Portuguese player Frederico Gil in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland  leaves the court under an umbrella during his quarterfinals match of the Estoril Tennis Open against Portugal's Frederico Gil after it got interrupted due to rain in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Friday, April 18 2008.  

Hey, watch the elbow!!!!!!!!

Swiss Roger Federer reaches for a ball returned by Portuguese tennis player Frederico Gil in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Portuguese Frederico Gil celebrates after winning a break point over Swiss Federer in the first set of their tennis match in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland waves to the spectators at the end of his quarterfinals match of the Estoril Tennis Open against Portugal's Frederico Gil in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Friday, April 18 2008. Federer defeated Gil 6-4, 6-1. 
Swiss Roger Federer returns a forehand to Portuguese Frederico Gil in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Swiss Roger Federer prepares to return a backhand to Portuguese Frederico Gil in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Swiss Roger Federer (C) is sheltered from the rain under an umbrella as he leaves the court during a seocnd interuption of his match against Portuguese tennis player Frederico Gil in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Do you even know where Portugal is? You don’t even have a freaking clue!!!! BTW Estoril is being played in Portugal. Geeezzzzzz!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

Here, click here and see if you can find it. If you can locate it within 15 minutes, contact your travel agent for two tickets waiting for you.

Otherwise just go drown yourself in the kitchen sink!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Serena solves Maria problem. From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

Serena Williams, of the United States, waves to the crowd after winning her 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, in Charleston, S.C. on Friday, April 18, 2008.  

Sarah

Serena solves Maria problem
Sharapova crumbles to fifth seed

Serena Williams extended her good record against Maria Sharapova with a three-set victory over the Russian in the Family Circle Cup on Friday.

The fifth seed booked her place in the last four with a battling 7-5 4-6 6-1 victory in South Carolina, moving to 5-2 in head-to-heads with the Australian Open champion.

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, waves to the crowd after losing 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to Serena Williams during the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, April 18, 2008.  

The American is attempting to win the tournament for the third successive year and hit back to take the first set after Sharapova served for it at 5-4 – Williams breaking twice to take the lead.

It proved crucial as the second seed leveled the match before Williams found another gear, surging into a 5-0 lead in the deciding set before closing out the match.

“In the third set I started to play the Serena game,” said Williams, who has now won four straight against Sharapova. “I’m not new to this.

“I was lucky to hang in there during the first set. In the third set I finally started played the Serena game.

“This is definitely a big win, but I still want to win the next round and win the tournament.”

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12110_3442478,00.html

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Federer wins again without dropping a set.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

Swiss Roger Federer salutes the fans after beating Portuguese Frederico Gil in their tennis match in the third round of the Estoril Open at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon. Federer won 6-4, 6-1 and advances to the semi-finals. 

Federer won again despite rain delays and erratic play in the first set. It appears he is unable to find the desperately needed rhythm to force the train back on tracks.

He was playing No.146th ranked wild card from Portuguese who had just completed his rain delayed match from the previous round. But despite all that, the wild card joker was able to earn five break points on Federer’s serve. He was able to convert two of them.

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, leaves the court the second time the match was interrupted due to rain during his quarterfinals of the Estoril Tennis Open against Portugal's Frederico Gil in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Friday, April 18 2008. Federer defeated Gil 6-4, 6-1. 

Federer was able to earn seven break points, converting five of them for a healthy 71 percent. Besides, Federer first serve percentage improved considerably from the mid 50’s in the previous two matches to 70 percent here. These were some of the positives for Federer, in a match that clearly indicates that Federer is still struggling.

Swiss Roger Federer prepares to return a backhand to Portugal's Frederico Gil in their Estoril Open third round tennis match at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon, on April 18, 2008. Federer won 6-4, 6-1 and advances to the semi-finals.    AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

After all this was 146th ranked wild card who had just completed a rain delayed match from the previous round. At least one bagel was in order with no sniffs at service breaks, absence of either one of them signals some serious work ahead, for both Jose and Federer.

Federer will next face Denis Gremelmayrfor the first time since 2005 Bangkok on Saturday, after the German World No. 104 reached his maiden ATP semifinal with a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Czech Jiri Vanek.

Davydenko is not home free either. He was extended to a three setter, although it was tad better than Federer, considering it was against a seeded player (7) ranked 55th in the world. But it took him two hours and 31 minutes to get through.

It appears the role is consistently being reversed at every freaking tournament Federer has played so far. Federer is the one in need of tougher quality opponents to round off the edges in his game to reverse this decline curse, but that invariably seems to be happening on the other side of the draw to players who would prefer what Federer is running into.

The walk overs, players retiring and rain delays are keeping Federer back from getting any kind of momentum to build on. It’s like one step forward with another one back. It’s difficult to accurately pinpoint the areas to improve on, and also to gauge the improvements made on the blueprint discussed at the drawing board. It’s a nightmarish situation if you are a coach, specially when you have such a small window to show results and validate your appointment to the greatest player to ever pick up a racket. Talk about pressure!!!!!!!!

Sometimes staring at the barrel of the gun results in glorious flight to stations that couldn’t have been even imagined otherwise. At other times, the pot crumbles like that proverbial pack of cards. This may be about time for the world to find out where these two jokers stand after the dust settles.

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McEnroe was wrong – tennis line-judges are remarkably sharp at pinpointing a ferocious forehand. Really?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

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Fed had mono in 2006? From cragger. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 18, 2008

cragger

Fed had mono in 2006!!!

Q. When you had mono, did you ever think of Mario Ancic and the fact he missed like six months?
ROGER FEDERER: For some reason I didn’t think of him, no, because it was over before it started for me. I heard I had it, and two weeks later they said it was gone.

Q. Did it surprise you it was so short?
ROGER FEDERER: No, because it can be over very quickly. Apparently I already had it back in 2006, hints of it, but… Yeah, so it’s in the past.

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2008-04-02/h.php

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