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How would you like to be a friend of this mother’s son?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Beth Modica 

First some background on this lovely mom.

-She has a 15-year old son.

-She is not only a member of the PTA, she is the president.

-She has been an assistant DA and prosecutor in this county.

-She is a wife of a Police Chief.

All that was not enough to deter her from having sex with his son’s friends after school, while keeping it a secret from her husband. She also provided the kids with booze and marijuana.

Police Chief’s Wife Sex Drugs Boozing W/ Teens Arrested – Susan

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Have you ever been put to sleep by a doctor lately for some procedure? You might want to know what the procedure was.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Then there’s that case of a dentist who, after putting his lady clients to sleep, had sex with them. One of them actually woke up in the middle of that action, and found the doctor busy ‘drilling’.  

Doctor arraigned on sex assault charges – UPI.com

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Matches to watch tomorrow: Sunday.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

-Djokovic vs Mathieu.

-Nadal vs Verdasco.

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Roland Garros action in photos.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

France's Julien Benneteau jubilates after defeating Sweden's Robin Soderling during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.  

France's Julien Benneteau kisses the court after defeating Sweden's Robin Soderling in their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.

Switzerland's Roger Federer prepares to throw his sweatband to the crowd after defeating Croatia's Mario Ancic during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.

Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic reacts as he defeats Russia's Nikolay Davydenko during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament, Saturday  May 31, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

Switzerland's Roger Federer chases the ball during a third round match against Croatia's Mario Ancic at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.  

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball to Croatia's Mario Ancic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament, Saturday  May 31, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

French player Gael Monfils celebrates after defeating Austrian player Jurgen Melzer during their French tennis Open third round match at Roland Garros, on May 31, 2008  in Paris.  Monfils won 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.    AFP PHOTO / Thomas Coex (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images) 

Spaniard David Ferrer celebrates after defeating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt during their French Open third round match at Roland Garros in Paris. Ferrer won 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. 

Chili's Fernando Gonzalez returns the ball to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.  

Croatia's Mario Ancic eyes the ball as he plays Switzerland's Roger Federer during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament, Saturday  May 31, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Robby Ginepri of USA celebrates a point during the Men's Singles third round match against Florent Serra of France on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2008 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) 

Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka returns a ball to Chilean player Fernando Gonzalez during the third round of the French Tennis Open, at Roland Garros, in Paris, on May 31, 2008.   AFP PHOTO / Pierre Verdy (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images) 

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt reacts as he plays Spain's David Ferrer during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament, Saturday May 31, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek returns the ball to Spain's Tommy Robredo during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.  

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Latest scenario at Roland Garros.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Rd Federer Nadal Djokovic        
1st Querrey Bellucci Gremelmayr        
2nd  Montanes  Devilder  Lopez         
3rd  Ancic  Nieminen  Odesnik         
4th  Benneteau Verdasco Mathieu         
Gonzalez  Almagro  Llodra        
Ferrer  Djokovic  Nadal         
Nadal  Federer  Federer         
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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This is not the farm field you were hired for. We use guns to scare away trouble here.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

France's Jeremy Chardy puts on a new shirt after defeating Russia's Dmitry Tursunov during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Friday May 30, 2008.  

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Throwing shoes in the stands? Are you freaking kidding me!!! What’s next? Panties and thongs?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

France's Julien Benneteau throws his shoes to the public after defeating Sweden's Robin Soderling during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday May 31, 2008.  

Are you so freaking hungry for attention that this is the best way you can find to make the newspaper headline? Who freaking gave you the impression that anyone is even interested in your stinky shoes? Go pick them up after crowd leaves. You are not No. 1 in real life and never will be. Cut the crap out and lose the unfreakingbelievable theatrics. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

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Federer back on track – with vengeance?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts as he defeats Croatia's Mario Ancic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament, Saturday  May 31, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

Federer is looking more and more like his old self. Although he has dropped one set so far, his performance is nowhere near what we saw at any of the four clay court tournaments he has played this season.

Above all, his movement appears a lot quicker, as if he has gained a step since coming here. Maybe that mono BS is finally beginning to wear out. Although he is yet to face a real clay court player here, this showing is in stark contrast to the matches he played against non-clay court clowns at all of the previous four clay outings. This small run here clearly trumps his form on even the hard courts this year. He just looks so much more sure, solid and confident.

But that has been the story for the last two years, hasn’t it? But if nothing else, he has at least evened up with what he has done for the last two years here. He is obviously gaining ground with every match, boosting his confidence to the highest it’s been this year.

With Benneteau, Gonzalez and Ferrer next before the big battle, the road appears a lot smoother with current form. Although Djokovic has the easiest road to the semifinal, Federer is second followed by Nadal. Can Stepanek pose any problems if he beats Ferrer to face Federer in the semis? Not with what Federer has shown so far and on clay. But if Stepanek defeats Ferrer, his conviction to repeat what he did to Federer just weeks ago will receive a huge boost.

The key among other BS is to get to the big dance with as much fuel as possible, since Nadal will most likely be running on fumes if the jokers he has lined up, play to their potential – Verdasco, Almagro and Djokovic.

Federer is looking very good, compared to the hobbling walk he took to get here. Is this THE return to form, fans have been waiting for all year, or is this just another mirage?

 

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Is it time for Federer to use this against Nadal?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

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Interview with Roger Federer: Ancic. From zihwye. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Day 7 – An interview with Roger Federer – Saturday, May 31, 2008

Q. We’ve seen you hit some amazing shots over the years, but be honest, was that second set point one of the best?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. It, was ‑‑ yeah, it was a beautiful forehand, especially with the pace and angle I was able to hit it, you know. It happens rarely, you know, because you just need a little bit of tape or a little bit later and it’s going to go out by a long way.

So I was very pleased about that one. Yeah, it’s one of the better ones.

Q. You seem to be playing with a lot of freedom. Was that something that you were consciously trying to do, or was that because Mario has a style that suits you?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, I think it depends a little bit on how he was going to play. You know, he has the opportunity to come to the net and take away from you a little bit.

He chose to stay back, you know. He’s got a lot of variety in his serve. He’s got one of the best serves in the game, you know. So I had to first sort of see how I was going to be able to return in the best way.

I thought at the beginning it was kind of hard to be able to move him around, you know, from the baseline. So I maybe struggled a little bit early on, you know, to get the edge from the baseline.

But once I got the break I think I really started to play better, and, you know, more freely like you said. That definitely helped.

Then I really served well throughout the match. I was very pleased the way I played, because I always think on any surface Mario’s tough. Maybe a little tougher, of course, on a faster court, but nevertheless I’m happy with my performance.

Q. Would you say that the tournament is going okay, going according to your expectations?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I’m happy the way I’m playing. You know, I’m not losing much energy in the first week. You know, it’s always good signs. We’ve seen, you know, seeded players dropping again. So that’s why I’m always happy when I’m able to get through and get myself an opportunity.

Yeah, I’m excited being, you know in the fourth round again and being the overwhelming favorite, so I hope I can use the situation I’m in very well.

Q. When you describe yourself as the overwhelming favorite in your half, does that mean you’ve been keeping track of the other results and you see the big seeds all dropping out of your section?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, a little bit of that. I mean, Richard Gasquet didn’t even play in that section, so there goes a big seed, you know, with the sort of, you know, the French support in the back.

I play a Frenchman nevertheless, but in terms of rankings, you know, it’s not just a No. 10 or No. 20 guy. So, I mean, I expect myself to win, but it’s going to be a difficult match, you know.

Benneteau can play very well, and he’s playing with the home support, so it always makes it a little bit more tricky. We’ll see what he’s got on Monday.

Q. If we can look ahead just one round, have you ‑‑

ROGER FEDERER: I don’t.

Q. Higueras, what will he do if you and Ginepri play in the quarters?

ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. He hasn’t won it. I haven’t won yet. If that problem occurs, I think he’s happy (laughter.)

Q. Some people, some players were complaining about the clay court season and how packed it is. I’m just wondering about the grass season; it’s so short. Theoretically, would you like to elongate that season or…

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I’m the first guy who’s going to say let’s add an extra week or two on grass. But I don’t even try, because I don’t think it should happen, you know. Even though grass is maybe my best surface, you know, and I’ve had unbelievable success and I haven’t lost in five or six years.

So I’m not going to go there, you know, because I think it stays unique, you know, to see, you know, the French Open, you know, backed up right away with maybe one or two tournaments and then Wimbledon.

I think that’s so unique. Why should we change that if we’ve seen great things happen with what Bjørn Borg did, and things like this. What Rafa myself have been able to achieve the last few years. I think it’s been interesting.

Honestly, I have no interesting in adding another week.

Q. Should it be shorter?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I think it’s okay the way it is.

Q. Nadal and Djokovic have both talked a little bit this week about their decision to be on the players council. Could you talk a little bit about yours and what some of the end goals might be?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, It think it’s interesting times in tennis, you know. I hope it’s ‑‑ it can only get better from here. I think we have great stories in the game at the moment, but then obviously the political part in tennis.

It’s not something that we’ve been very interested in. I mean, I’ve obviously been on tour much longer than Rafa and Novak have, together almost.

So in some ways, I’ve always tried to get the players together so we speak at least, you know, have normal talks about what we would like to have happen for the tour.

The last few months and years, especially, thanks to Rafa, you know, being open to talk, and me as well, I think we’ve gotten into very good relationship on these points. And now we can always engage with Novak, and he also seems very keen to be part of that.

We’ve put ourselves on the list, you know, to consider if you want to run. We don’t even have to be elected because we’re the only three running for it. I think it’s maybe an opportunity for all of us, you know, to be deciding also maybe on a few things. And hopefully also inspiring some other players to see, you know, if we’re interested they should be interested, as well.

And I think the next few months will show what’s going to happen.

THE MODERATOR: French questions?

Q. I wanted to know what did not go well today, because we did feel that you were so light. Do you think you have turned the page on your mononucleosis? How long has it been since you played so well on clay?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I’ve been playing well for some time. Today obviously it wasn’t a very easy match considering the conditions, playing against somebody who serves well. He tried to take the pace away from me and play aggressively, playing from the backhand and on the return. But I finally found my reference marks, and I’m happy with the way I moved around.

And for me, it’s very important to know that I’m past my mononucleosis and that it’s not an issue anymore. I’ve forgotten about it now. Since Miami I’ve been feeling much better, and the results have shown it, anyway. I’m very satisfied with the way I feel today.

Q. In Rome you said that your condition was back, but today I felt that really for the first time you were back to the Mighty Federer, capable of being above everybody else, unreachable. Do you feel like you’ve taken one step forward and that your condition has even improved?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, you can always improve your condition. That’s why I train with a physical preparator, just to be able to ‑‑ I mean, I would sometimes prefer to go have coffee, but he makes me work out. You have to work out if you want to be No. 1. I’m happy with the way things are.

In the past maybe four, five, six years back, I was afraid of five‑set matches. I was afraid of going beyond two hours on the court. Now I can hold five hours, and it’s a very good thing. I found it exciting to play very long matches, because I take this as a test. It’s also very pleasant with the crowd that starts cheering and playing along.

But as far as my condition is concerned, I’m quite happy. And mentally, also, I feel well. No particular problems right now. This is very good when you’re going for a Grand Slam tournament.

Q. Can you tell us something about Julien Benneteau. I don’t know if you’ve seen you’re going to be playing him. He just defeated Soderling. Do you know him? How do approach this next match?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I know him. We were in the same draw. We’ve known each other for some time. We played together in Annecy. I don’t know him so well, not as well as other people know him.

I haven’t played against him very often, but he’s a good player. He’s an all‑around player. He plays well on all surfaces. He’s done a very good tournament this week, and Barcelona, as well.

It comes as a bit of a surprise for me, but now that I’ve seen that he recovered in the second set and I thought maybe he’s going to ‑‑ this will be the turnaround, and then he finally won the match. It’s not every year that you play against a Frenchman here at Roland Garros, so I’m looking forward to it.

Q. But playing a Frenchman, this is additional motivation?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, people stayed very late tonight. You know, for some other matches, people left and didn’t stay until 8:00 or 9:00 in the evening. They stayed for me, and that’s nice, because they wanted to see me play. This I like very much. It’s very pleasant for me.

But when you’re playing a Frenchman, a French national, obviously they’re going to stay. I’m glad I’m going to play against him for that reason.

Q. For us French people, for the first time since 1971 there will be five French people in the round of 8. How do you feel about this? Five French players are at that level without Gasquet.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, all the better for you. I mean, if we had had Grand Slams in our country things would be different for Swiss people. But I don’t think it’s a surprise for me here why they are so consistent.

The Davis Cup, for instance, they have been consistent for years. They have more than one or two or three players. They have like 20 players, like the Spaniards, like the Americans. There will always be someone.

If he loses there is somebody to replace him. That’s the reason French players have always been very good. Also the juniors are very good. There was always one junior among the top four. So I’m not really surprised. Some of them really have done some great achievements, great tournaments until now.

I’m trying to stop one, but maybe the others will win. We’ll see what happens

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Novak Djokovic: clown prince. From Rock. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Rock

Novak Djokovic: clown prince

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 31/05/2008
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With his comedy antics on court and forthright views off it, Novak Djokovic is ruffling a few feathers in the world of tennis – and attracting a new generation of fans to the sport. Interview by Simon Kinnersley

Tomorrow the battle begins. Today, a beautiful, tranquil Sunday in Rome, is the last practice day before the Italian Open commences, just time for a final workout and lunch. At least, it was tranquil until Novak Djokovic arrived. Instead of the gentle thwack of ball against racket string, there are now screams and cheers shattering the lazy calm of the main court.

It is the sound that accompanies the hottest star in tennis, whether he is playing a final or just knocking up as now. But then practice for Djokovic is different – it is part serious and part clowning around. He hits a bad shot, the racket goes flying; he misses a ball, he grabs another and whacks it high into the stands; he fails to reach a shot, he sticks his racket-head in his mouth and pretends to eat it. He smiles, groans, curses, looks up to the heavens, says a prayer, roars with laughter and then gets serious again.

The crowd watching him are transfixed. This is just exactly how they imagined he would be – it is what they hoped to see after watching the videos of his antics. But this is no normal gathering of tennis fans, here simply to admire the quality of his backhand and forehand. This is an army of teenagers, most of whom only really know this one player. To the cognoscenti, he has been the leading men’s player for much of this year.

Roger Federer may be number one in the rankings, but Djokovic, after winning his first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in January, led the ATP title race for the first four months, a truer reflection of current form. To the kids watching him, jostling one another to get a better view, he is the new sporting hero of the YouTube generation.

There are video clips of Djokovic deliberately catching a ball in his shorts during a match, playing underwater tennis, ripping his shirt off halfway through singing I Will Survive, and diving into a swimming-pool in a dinner jacket. You can also watch his impersonations of other players, with all their nervous tics and odd mannerisms, in a glorious and very un-tennis-like slice of mickey-taking.

As a result he has rapidly become a big star on YouTube, racking up about seven million hits for the online video archive in the past year. For the tennis authorities, who have been fretting about how they are to attract a younger audience and so secure the future of their sport, he is the answer to their prayers. Those who have bemoaned the lack of a truly charismatic tennis star since the retirement of Goran Ivanisevic can look forward to Djokovic arriving at the Artois Championships at the Queen’s Club in west London in nine days’ time, before moving on to Wimbledon where he has every intention of improving on last year’s performance (he reached the semi-finals).

Djokovic, or Nole (pronounced Noll-eh), as he is generally known, is 21, 6ft 3in, and clean cut in a Tim Henman kind of way, and when he starts talking his enthusiasm and energy light up the room. He has an infectious passion for life that is impossible not to warm to. If there is any one player capable of selling a sport to a new generation, then it is Djokovic. He grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, and remembers as a child pausing from tennis practice to watch the Nato planes passing overhead on their way to bombing his city, as they attempted to batter Slobodan Milosevic into submission and so bring the Balkan war to an end.

‘It went on for two and a half months in 1999,’ he recalls. ‘To begin with we used to take shelter in the cellar. Then we realised that if our house was hit we would all die anyway, so we decided to just get on with our lives. All the schools were shut so I just played tennis all day, every day with my friends. There were times, particularly in the early days, when we were frightened, and I can remember at night praying to God that all our family would be safe. But after a while you get used to it. I don’t think about it very often now, life goes on. I certainly don’t have any bad feelings towards other people involved against us. It’s the leaders who wanted war, no one else.’

There has been much speculation as to how a country with a population not much greater than London’s, with an economy in tatters and with minimal facilities, can produce such high-quality tennis players. Serbia currently has two top-10 women players, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.Djokovic has amassed winnings of £3 million – more than all British players combined – and that’s before listing the Grand Slam and Master Series trophies he has collected this year.

Continued…

More here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/05/31/sm_novakdjokovic31.xml

‘Something in tennis is changing,’ Djokovic says. ‘Federer isn’t gone, but it’s a lot harder for him now. He was not in the top two in the title race earlier this year for the first time in years. It’s good for the sport. There are new faces coming up, like me, who believe that they can be number one. It’s going to be a big challenge for him. I certainly hope to be battling him to win Wimbledon’.

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Third Round Mario Ancic 5/31. From Anand 101. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Anand 101

Third Round Mario Ancic 5/31

Solid impressive performance by RF. Played with spin and control throughout, looking strong off bh as well. He looks more and more like a real clay courter now. MA tried everything he knew but did not look close. All in all, RF looking impressively multi-dimensional on clay now. Full report below.

ESPN was showing Davydenko-Ljubicic until the finish.
RF now up 6-3 1-1

1-1: Tough fh return sets up nice volley, 0-15. RF controls the ralley nicely throughout but inside out fh goes out, 15-15. RF fh ue into the net 30-15. Two good MA serves closes the game.
1-2: Nice serve, 15-0. RF fh winner dtl into the corner leaning backwards. Don’t know how he balanced himself on that shot! Two more quick points and game.
2-2: RF return drop shot but MA up at net and hits nice soft drop that RF can’t get to, 15-0. MA controls next point and ue by RF into the net 30-0. RF return into the net 40-0. RF adjusts his shoulder. RF pressed by MA rushing into net, hits bh flick half-volley wide. RF looking a bit slow, feet are quick, but seems to be playing with his arms rather than from the waist. Probably a bit tired from the prvious match?
2-3: RF spin first serve, fh hook xcourt winner. Another quick point 30-0. RF picks off MA’s return at the back of the court and chops it for a drop shot. Commentator goes “come on” “ridiculous” :). Another quick point each and game (at 15).
3-3: MA ue attempting to change direction and move RF 0-15. RF is on this one from the return, pinning MA to his bh, eventually an inside out fh winner and goes HMMMHH, 0-30. RF seemed to have MA nailed at the net but rushes the pass into the net 15-30. RF bh slices MA 2nd serve dtl winner, 15-40. RF again starts pinning MA to bh, MA attempts to break free by hitting dtl to RF fh, but RF runs it down and hits a beautiful dtl winner and goes “KHHUM ON” as he breaks. Commentator says “he’s on fire”
4-3: Service winner 15-0, RF hitting lots of topspin, forces MA bh into net. Commentator says “he’s cruising now”. And he is. Controlling the points easily. Another couple quick points to take the game.
5-3: MA gets quick point, then hits inside in FH that RF can’t defend 30-0. MA fh ue into the net, 30-15. MA now going after RF bh following on deep serve, gets him as RF nets, 40-15. Interesting classic clayish rally full of topspin balls into the middle of the court by these natual serve and volleyers, MA eventually gets a winner to RF fh. Again MA finishes a baseline rally changing direction into RF fh for a winner, shows clenched fist.
5-4: RF gun serve down the middle sets up easy winner at net. Another good serve and net approach has MA committing ue. Yet another good serve this time no net approach but MA ue. At set point, long interesting point ended by RF defending with all kinds of spins including bh slice, and bh topspin into body, eventually RF runs around and hits pinpoint inside out fh on the line and roars “KHUM ON” as he pockets the 2nd set. I believe they are friends, that might explain the freedom with which RF is expressing his emotions.

0-0: Nice RF return followed up with a bh drop that has the crowd going “AHHH”. RF drops MA serve, runs in to the soft shot by MA and lobs it over him. MA ue 0-40, RF return into net 15-40. Another lovely long rally with RF hitting all kinds of spins off both wings eventually ended by MA ue into the net, breaks.
1-0: Service winner 15-0. RF moving MA all around, dispatches an MA squash shot with an imperious drop, 30-0. MA ue at net, had an easy play, 40-0. MA ue attempting to hit an outright winner off the serve, and RF holds. MA looking rushed.
2-0: MA good serve down the T, 15-0. MA controls the point along the diagonal to RF bh and eventually hits a sweet shot very close and wide, 30-0. Service winner 40-0. MA rushes in hitting deep to RF but RF standing back hits xcourt bh winner off the tape, 40-15. Couple of deep shots has MA hitting long, 40-30. Another fh ue by MA going for too much, deuce. RF slices return into MA bh, takes the volley on his bh and slices it dtl for a wonderful winner, break point. RF misses just wide chasing the line back to deuce. Good serve Ad in. RF fh ue going for inside out. For a while RF looked like he was focusing 100% on every point, Nadal like. Now last couple points he seems to have eased up a bit.
2-1: MA goes after RF bh and he goes xcourt for outright winner. Ditto except RF goes dtl :). Love game.
3-1: RF takes MA out really wide on fh and then plops a bh slice softly into the empty court, 0-15. Looks like he owns the whole court. MA loses another point 0-30 and hangs his head. RF dares MA to hit into his fh and replies with a dtl forcing shot that MA dumps into the net. Another rally with MA dumping into the net and RF breaks at love I think.
4-1: MA trudges slowly to receive. Returns into net. Controls next point and finishes with a nice dtl fh winner. MA ue 30-15. RF inside in fh off second stroke just wide. RF xcourt fh just out, 30-40. Great serve followed up with sharp inside out fh winner. RF looking a bit rushed, probably wants to wrap it up. MA runs him around as he is reactive and gets a nice fh dtl winner along the line. RF makes another ue and is broken.
4-2: RF attacks 1st serve follows at net with a great drop shot directly into MA, 0-15. MA moves RF around a bit and RF gets behind, 15-15. RF into the net picks off drop shot followed by easy volley winner a la Edberg. MA gets next pint, 30-30. MA ue 30-40. Another MA ue breaks again.
5-2: Service winner, 15-0. Two quick points, 30-15. RF hits long 30-30. Xcourt winner from mid court. MA seems to have control into RF bh, except RF bh with impressive power, followed by RF force into MA bh has MA trying to change direction but just wide. RF was sliding to it anyway.
That’s it, 6-2!

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RG last 16. From Anand 101. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 31, 2008

Anand 101

RG last 16:
* 5 Frenchies (Benneteau, Monfils, Llodra, Mathieu, Chardy). They must be delirious
* 4 Spaniards (Ferrer, Almagro, Verdasco, Nadal). Expected actually.
* 4 Eastern Europeans (Ljubicic, Stepanek, Gulbis, Djokovic). Watch out for them!
* 1 American (Ginepri) unexpected, 1 S.American (Gonzalez) less than expected and 1 Swiss (Fed) better expect it.

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We all have something to give. Yes, even you cheap lazy freaking freaks!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Just like Jason gave that safety tip yesterday. You think all the thank you’s he received from some of you made his day? You bet!!! You can never get that feeling or ‘high’ with nothing else. Of course, your thank you’s were just the icing on the cake he received the moment he hit ‘submit’.

It doesn’t have to be money, which all of you don’t have anyway. Of course, while doing that you all have to break that solemn pledge of helping someone only if there’s something greater to be received in return. When is the last time you did something nice just for the sake of it? Oh, save it, you have no freaking clue!!!!!!!!! 

Give to freaking get. All the problems in your miserable life is because you think the more you accumulate the happier you will become. Stop banging your head against a door hoping it will turn into a window someday. You have read that many times here, haven’t you? Hey, I heard it on some psycho babble show. Why not?

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Will Jose assume the title of a traitor in Spain if Federer beats Nadal in RG finals?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Isn’t it like Nadal hiring the top coach of Swiss nationality to win Wimbledon? And if that coach succeeds in snapping Federer’s Wimbledon streak by helping Nadal beat Federer in the finals, after two close attempts, won’t he be renamed Brutus, at least in Switzerland? Or how about revoking his citizenship and banning him from the country?

Although no one has brought this up, you think Nadal feels a sense of betrayal even now, when nothing really has come out of it, yet? You bet!!!!!!

Of course, everyone is free to make their own choices like Woods decided to park himself in Federer’s box at the US Open with his countryman Roddick across the net. All that is fine and dandy until the stakes are as high as they are at Roland Garros for both Federer and Nadal. Nadal has not, and most probably, will not ever win another Grand Slam in his entire career. This is all he has. And there’s a guy from his own country hell bent on taking that away from him by joining forces with his arch enemy? How would you feel if you were in Nadal’s shoes? It’s nothing short of betrayal, at least for Nadal and maybe for the rest of Spain.

If Nadal had the following as huge and loyal as Federer, he would already been declared an outcast by fans worldwide. Just imagine the lot of a Swiss coach getting aboard with Nadal right after Roland Garros to dethrone Federer from the Wimbledon pedestal?

Just the act will be enough to create a civil war, forget what would happen if he succeeds – Federer marrying Mirka?

Or is this Federer’s attempt to play his version of mind games to neutralise the huge mental edge Nadal has over him? You think Jose feels the tug on his strings? You bet!!!! The time when Nadal walked on the court with Jose and Federer plotting, Jose must have felt what Nadal really wanted to say to him then.

But Nadal appears to be mentally tougher than both Federer and Djokovic combined. On court he is no where near the person he is off court. It’s all new person, willing to reach for the jugular at the first opportunity specially against Federer. With this strong an undercurrent seething right under the surface, it’s impossible to nourish genuine and warm friendship no matter what’s said publicly. They are both fierce competitors and what each is holding from the other is so precious and intensely sought that it’s like they are oil and water. No matter how close they appear to be there’s always that ‘properties difference’ that will disallow a true friendship in the same league as Woods and Federer.

It’s like being associates at work. You want a professional relationship but that does not blunt the dagger each holds to carve out his destiny even if that entails being a Shylock momentarily.

Is this a genuine attempt on Federer’s part to conquer RG or is he trying to kill two birds with one Jose?

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Will Djokovic’s draw placement influence the year-end No. 1 rank?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Out of eight tournaments three have played together, Djokovic has landed in Nadal’s half of the draw five times to three for Federer. On clay, it’s been two and two. Since there are more tournaments on surfaces not called clay, the only way Djokovic’s status in the draw will make any difference is if Nadal’s game improves on other surfaces to the extent that he becomes a legitimate contender. If not, Federer-Djokovic match, whether it’s a semifinal or a final will decide the winner, unless of course Federer continues on this pattern of erratic showing for the rest of the year.

Federer has reached just three finals, all on clay, out of seven tournaments this year. If nothing changes, Djokovic will have a free run to possibly win multiple Grand Slams and grab the top spot for good, way before the year ends.

Event Federer/Nadal Winner          
AO Federer Djokovic          
Dubai  Nadal  Roddick           
I. Wells  Nadal  Djokovic           
Miami  Nadal  Davydenko           
MC  Federer  Nadal           
Rome  Federer  Djokovic           
Hamburg  Nadal  Nadal           
RG  Nadal   ?          
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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Matches to watch Saturday.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

-Federer vs Ancic.

-Hewitt vs Ferrer.

-Wawrinka vs Gonzalez.

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Interview with Rafael Nadal – Friday, May 30, 2008. From zihwye. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

zihwye

Day 6 – An interview with Rafael Nadal – Friday, May 30, 2008

Q. Just talk about your level today. Tough match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, yes, tough match. Never easy, no? The result was not very difficult. That’s always important. The level improving better than yesterday, for sure, so happy for that.

Q. How are you feeling physically at this point in the tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: Today a little bit tired. Well, two days in a row. I didn’t play more than three sets the last two days. But anyway, there are three sets ‑‑ six sets in two days, and two days before, the first match, I was in the locker room all the day.

So that’s tough. And well, happy about that. I survived the first three days playing three matches in a row to winning the three matches in three sets, so that’s very important.

Right now I am a little bit tired, but I think with one day off, tomorrow going to be very important day for me.

Q. Tired mentally or tired physically?

RAFAEL NADAL: Everything a little bit, no? But is because of last three days, no?

Q. When you come back to Paris, do you have the superstition of wanting to stay in the same hotel or same house, eat at the same time, go to the same restaurant, do exactly the same as you did the year before?

RAFAEL NADAL: This is too much. I go with the same hotel, but is not superstition. We have a contract with this hotel every year, so I didn’t have the reservation for the hotel. I have my agency.

No, I didn’t go to the same restaurant always, no? I change. No superstition with this, nothing. Nothing is special, no.

Q. You talked this spring about the clay court season, a lot of tournaments in a small period. The grass court season is very small, as well. I’m wondering if you think that that should be made longer, bigger, the grass court season, or what do you think about that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the grass court season is very, very, very short, no? I always say the same, no? It’s not fair, you only have two weeks prepare for very important tournament like Wimbledon no?

No, it’s very difficult. And, you know, change the Grand Slams, the date of the Grand Slams is not in our hands. It’s not ATP, it is ITF, no? Masters Series, clay court season is not only Roland Garros. It’s Monte‑Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg, Estoril.

Anyway, this is in the ATP hands, no? So is not fair.

Q. Just one question about the Olympics. Because so many Spanish players are in contention to go, how they do in Paris is very important. Are the Spanish guys talking about this, like who is going to make it, who’s not going to make it based on their results here in Paris?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, David Ferrer is inside, I am inside, and the rest, I don’t know. Almagro have chances. Almagro is inside?

(In Spanish) I don’t know exactly how the points is going, no? But I know Robredo, I think if he ‑‑ if Verdasco don’t go to quarterfinals, he’s inside. So that’s…

Q. That’s tight.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it’s very tight. Going to be interesting.

Q. You talk about short period to prepare to Wimbledon. If you were first to choose to have more time to prepare to Wimbledon or be without grass season, what do you prefer?

RAFAEL NADAL: Without grass?

Q. If without grass or longer grass? (In Spanish.)

RAFAEL NADAL: (In Spanish) Boy, I never thought the calendar without Wimbledon, so prefer longer grass court season.

THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions?

Q. The feeling we had is that you looked into this match. You studied things. You didn’t exactly know what to do and who was playing well and who was playing badly. That’s my first question. Second question, what about your foot and what you’re suffering from?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it was a normal match. It wasn’t an incredible match, but I played better. This is still very positive. I go on improving going from a lower level to a high level.

So, no, I had not studied the match before. I was not studying it. It’s never easy against Nieminen, but I controlled the match from A to Z. The first ‑‑ the first three games were okay. The rest was quite controlled, and I didn’t suffer at all, which is a good sign.

What about your second question? Okay. My foot and the blister. Yeah, I was suffering a little, but I didn’t want to do much about it, what happened a week ago to happen again.

Q. What about the next opponent? Who would you like to play against, Youzhny or Verdasco? Another lefty, it would be a very difficult match. What do you think about this?

RAFAEL NADAL: I like to play well. This is what I like to do: play well. This would be a tough match against either of those, but I would want to win, of course. And then I don’t really care, either of those two players.

We’ll see what’s going to happen. We can even play five hours. Who knows?

Q. Your parents are here with other friends. You’re always supported by Benito and Carlos. Is it good for them to be here?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, at such tournaments ‑‑ you can’t spend much time with your family because you spend the whole day here, more or less.

Well, sometimes in between matches you have some time off, and I’m happy they’re here. I didn’t spend much time at home this year. When you look at all the matches, I didn’t have much time over the past three or four months.

I spent six days at home, so it’s always a good thing when the family is here with me. It’s always a good thing, because they are a support to help you. Everything’s a lot easier and it goes on more smoothly. You see the ones you love, and that’s a help, of course.

Q. What about having two lefties on the court? Is it going to be more difficult for you to change your style if you’re against a lefty?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you see, changing my game wouldn’t be bad. But so far it was okay, you know, three lefties in a row and then another one, so there’s nothing exceptional about it. I practiced well.

Q. Do you know more or less what the opponents want to do against you? Are they first class opponents, categories A or B or C like this one, is it going to be tougher, easier? You know, could you tell us how you appraise your opponents?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, everything varies, you know. It’s a question of feelings that vary. The impression I have depends very much on the opponent himself and the way you play.

If you play very good type of tennis it goes on very smoothly. But if your level is not as good as what you expect, then you look at the draw and you see that you don’t want to play against any of these opponents.

So, no, I have no such thing as an A, B, C type of rankings for the future opponents. But there are some opponents that are tougher than others, and other players against whom it’s easier. But it’s the same for all the players.

Q. Well, you probably heard that Federer and Djokovic will apply for the federation. It’s not good for the first top world players to do this?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, there are many things we don’t really agree to. We don’t like how things were done. But, you know, we would like to have been informed beforehand before things happened, like this time we want to perhaps foresee things. We don’t want things to go wrong, which was the case in the past.

In this case, things were done beforehand. It’s always very important to be informed about everything, because, you know, the council represents the players. The council have to inform us, keep us posted.

And if you’re on the council, you have more clout and you have informed before things happen.

Q. Are you surprised because you didn’t play two days here on the central court when you had fewer people here on the central court than on your court?

RAFAEL NADAL: Surprised? No, not really. I didn’t even think about it. I suppose the ones who organized these matches know better what is more suited to us, if it’s better to play on the central court or who has to play on the central court.

I respect their decision. I don’t think there’s anything special about it. I don’t think there’s anything very important if you play on the center or less than courts.

Q. Do you intend to have another communication or release against the president?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know if we have to have a press release, if we publish a press release. Okay with me, but most of the players seem to think alike. Nothing has changed.

The only thing is that things worsened, you know, a week ago. We had difficulties with our chairman or president, with all the messages that were sent out. Now it’s even worse.

There are things that have happened that are not acceptable, and for the majority of players they should be unacceptable for Spanish tennis.

But as I was telling you, it’s not something that we have the upper hand on, and we follow what we did before. I don’t know if we’ve done all that we could, but we’ve done what we were entitled to do.

That is the freedom to make the decision between what we want to do and what we don’t want to do. Therefore, in light of all that happened, with our friends, I’m going to say that if we look at tennis since we’ve been at the chairmanship, we will see what we can do with him. We will see in the future.

Q. I have a question along these lines: As you know, tomorrow there’s a territorial meeting in Madrid. I don’t know what the players expect from this territorial meeting. It seems that people are asking for a motion of censorship.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, as I said before, what we have said was crystal clear: I’m here to play Roland Garros. I’m not here to say anything against the president or chairman, and mainly a chairman who we think doesn’t represent us. Now we’re trying to fight. We’re trying to do our best here. We want to play our matches. That’s all.

What about this meeting in Madrid? Well, we’ll see. The outcome will be the best type of outcome according to them. But what would be normally said, you know, this gentleman manages things in a certain way, so what would be logical is that the majority should be against him.

Q. Many people say that mentally you’re the strongest. Now, you’ve said you are tired now after playing three days in a row. Could you tell us more about this, please? That is, how you can still keep your focus on these matches, three days in a row, as I said?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, all sorts of things affected me. You know, I played well the days before, and then two days without practicing. The conditions were totally different. It was ‑‑ we had gone from warmth to a very dry type of court, and then to a damp court. Now the clouds are here hovering on the courts.

So the situations have changed on the court. The court is slower. The ball has less spin. The feeling’s different, and the ball is almost stuck on the ground. I’ve been waiting for two days, so more and more, I was getting nervous for the next match. With all that, my body was therefore suffering a bit more.

It’s as if you were drawn a little and the muscles are tenser and you feel more fatigue. That’s my opinion. If you don’t play well, if you play poorly, and if you have to fight for a match, even though you win 6‑4, 6‑4, you’re much more tired than playing in good conditions 7‑6, 7‑6. Because physically, mentally, you’re more relaxed, at ease. Everything changes in this case.

And as I said before, this is a very important tournament for everybody. In this case, it was not good for me to wait for two days and then to play three days in a row. You know, when you expect a fourth match, you’re more relaxed. But in this case, I was interrupted. We couldn’t even leave the locker rooms.

But the good thing is I managed to survive these three matches without even losing one set. I’m not that tired. I don’t feel that much fatigue, and tomorrow I’ll rest for a while. Therefore, I’ll be able to recharge the batteries, and then on Sunday I’ll be here 100% so that I can play an excellent match.

Q. Question for Argentina: Now, you have close links with some players, so were you surprised to see that not many of them are still here after the third round? It seems that it’s like a cycle, you see, a cycle that reaches its end for some Argentinian players.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you see, what’s very important is that these ‑‑ well, I wouldn’t say a cycle. We can’t say a cycle. But Monaco is a young player, you see, and he’s in a ramp‑up phase. There are always players that go away, who go away.

But, you know, if you look at the best 20 or 30 players in the world, there are Argentinians, and sometimes it makes the situation more complex. Some people don’t even realize this.

Well, as far as the other countries are concerned, I don’t know. Other countries haven’t got 6 or 7 players in the best top 20 or top 30, so this is why things are more complicated here in Roland Garros.

I know the world is huge. Many people would like to play here, and several players for one country. So it makes the situation more complex. But sometimes there are moments in life when you go up, sometimes when you go down.

Argentinian tennis has good potential, and I think it’s a ramp‑up phase for the Argentinians.

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Round 2: Testing The Avatar State. From Anand 101. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Anand 101

Round 2: Testing The Avatar State

Fed – Montanes 5/29
I expected RF to get in good practice against a true clay courter, taking it in straight sets but at least one set going to 7-5 or a TB. It did go to a TB but RF lost! And he proceeded to go into his Avatar state, smoking Montanes 1 and 0 in the next two sets before cooling down to take the last at 4. It was awesome to see Fed play like that. He was just slapping the ball around with tremendous pop, bh/fh/serve/audacious drop shots, and all the movement was so “there”, so in the moment.

1-1, Deuce: AM serves two good 1st serves to hold. Sorry just got woke up. Looks like there’s a rain delay with match at 5-5 but they’re replaying the match.
2-1: RF quickly up 40-0 and AM can’t get the 1st serve back.
2-2: RF up 0-15 then bh UE to 15-15 brings AM to net and commits two bh Ues while trying to pass tentatively. Another error returning and AM holds at 15.
2-3: Fed up 15-0 on good serve, 30-0 on AM error, 30-15 AM attacks with fh, 30-30 Fed pushed and UE with fh, AM attempts a DTL bh winner just out 40-30, lovely DTL bh from RF wins the game.
3-3: RF attempting to move AM around, fh UE 0-15. Playing well within the lines it seems. Super return fh winner into the fh corner. 15-15. Sweet drop shot by AM 30-15, Fed looks a bit slow. AM dictates next point moving RF all around with a winner to the fh. Holds with good serve. RF looking a bit slow in those exchanges. AM looking positive and aggressive.
3-4: RF surprises AM by coming into net with 2nd serve and sweet bh volley behind AM’s fh, 15-0. RF UE 15-15. Nice long point RF initially defending, gaining control and then using inside out FHs to make it 30-15. Two more quick points and game, that game went quickly.
4-4: AM 15-0. RF plays a nice defensive point, I can see the quick step/shuffles now, that’s good. 15-15. Nice drop to bring in AM off the serve and then superb bh DTL makes it look so easy. fh long by RF attempting to force the pace 30-30. RF dropping the ball well inside the court and getting some rallies out of AM. Eventually hits bh long 40-30. Mistimes fh inside out probably bad bounce, game AM. RF looked eager to break but things didn’t work out and AM didn’t make any mistakes.
4-5: AM plays a nice DTL bh from mid-court that RF can’t quite reach and defnd with his squash shot, 0-15. Lovey rally AM controlling throughout, ends with a nice drop shot that RF hits out, 0-30. RF gets a cheap point with a serve that AM hits out, 15-30. AM had RF wide at the bh corner and tries a winner fh inside in but long. Ordinary looking RF fh UE into the cross court, set point. RF plunks an easy looking unreturnable serve and then another that presents him with an easy smash. Next point AM snatches a rally that RF controlled with a hooking crosscourt fh winner that leaves the crowd gasping, back to deuce. M tries another aggressive fh winner this time UE. Next point nice long rally, eventually AM fh drop and RF can’t put it back in play, deuce. RF controls point nicely coming to net gets an average looking ball and muffs it. Another break point, two good serves and ad in. Another nice rally, AM again tries a drop and this time RF makes no mistakes with a sharp crosscourt winner. And finally holds. Phew, glad I already knew he was 5-5 up .

AM has been playing aggressive tennis but it appears RF making too many UEs, though serving clutch in the crunch points. His footwork has been good, which to me is the real key to how much he has recovered from the illness. His anticipation has been average and his shot making good but not great. Maybe the humidity making him heavy.

Back out after 1hr-15 min break.

RF frames a bh 15-0. RF moves AM around with DTL shots and finally forces the error with a deep bh DTL 15-15. Again RF bh DTL and AM into the net 30-15. AM in trouble but hits a crosscourt winner 30-30. RF shots have more pop in them but he makes a fh error 40-30. AM hammers a fh that RF can’t defend with his fh and game.
5-6: AM attempting to force, makes fh error. Solid RF serve wide to AM bh into the net. Another good serve to AM fh wide and it’s 6-6.
6-6: RF frames a bh 1-0. I had to step out for a moment, now 4-4. RF hits bh long and 4-5. 19 UEs… Another FH ue and it’s 4-6 two set points for AM. 1st serve just wide. Claws back to 5-6 with a wide hooking fh. Another RF bh *just* long and he’s lost the first set!

0-0: RF takes the first game to love, has a nice crosscourt fh winner seemingly off the wrong foot that draws applause. Looking a bit more determined now.
1-0: Pinpoint FH change direction 0-15. BH ue 15-15. AM attempts to force, bh ue 15-30. AM hits three strong fhs to take the point 30-30. RF crosscourt bh into the net. No timing on bh side yet. Cracking fhs by RF for deuce. Fh is on fire. Good strong return gets a break point. RF yells. Attempts an inside in fh winner that was a foot or more wide. Nice rally and AM had an opening but hits the FH xcourt just wide. Driving sweetly off the bh now. Break point. RF completely controls the next point with a great return, powerful fh and then into the net for a couple of volleys.
2-0: Booming RF fh inside in 15-0. AM hits a wide angled return fh winner that beats RF 30-15. AM has a decent bh. Attempts another drop but RF up to it, places it nicely and AM into the net. RF inside in fh wide 40-30. Ace up the middle.
3-0: RF up 0-15, then AM controls the next point with his fh, RF cannot defend successfully with his bh. Imagine what will happen if he plays Nadal like this … 15-15. RF now attacks with his fh, AM can’t defend and beautiful winner into the corner 15-30. RF now gettng pinpoint precision, stepping in and laying into his bh, forces AM error into net, 15-40. Plays the next point very nicely and eventually hits a fh ue attempting an inside out. AM hits two strong fhs to get back to deuce. RF adds a little more angle into the fh and AM can’t handle it, ad out. Good wide serve, return into net, deuce. RF tees off with his fh xcourt. Breaks on AM error. AM has been looking beseiged as RF is on the rampage.
4-0: Lob winner, tremendous pop on the serves and fh, love game.
5-0: 15-15 and RF moves in like a cat and hits a lovely winner; Two good AM serves 40-30. RF runs around the 2nd serve and whacks it but into AM fh who rebounds it for a winner.
5-1: Powerful AM return sets up a winner, 0-15. RF plays a miraculous fh drop 15-15. bh ue running backwards in defence 15-30. RF surprises into net off 2nd serve but AM hits easy xcourt pass 15-40. RF in again off 1st serve and hits nice hooking fh xcourt this time off the tape but into the open court 30-40. Ace wide. Now RF into net, anticipates the pass and gets easy winner. Strong fh pummels AM bh, set over.
RF looks awake now :). AM has a surprising amount of fight in him still, but losing punch/time.

0-0: RF forces AM into hitting fh into the net. RF hits an amazing series of shots ended by a smooth volley winner. Return outright winner. AM hits a fh long to go down at zero. RF is smoking, AM playing well but no match.
1-0: RF dbl flt aiming for down the T. Ace as he gets it next. Nice fh xcourt winner, I like the way he’s putting away these mid court balls, even Nadal wouldn’t get to them. Two more quick points ends game.
2-0: Lovely RF bh dtl on the run and he is in full flow. Another bh dtl running backwards defending this time! AM shaking his head, in awe really. Hits a bh out and a fh into the net. Down two breaks as his game comes apart while he becomes a spectator with the most prime spot. This is really RF A game and I don’t blame him. Who said RF is on the decline. Geeeeezzzzz!!!
They switched out to Nikolay – Marat . Actually it’s a good match, both paying well it seems. But give me RF A game any day whatsover!

3-0: By the time I juggled my windows RF is already 4-0.
4-0: RF up 15-40, AM back to 30-40. Can he avoid the bagel? Deuce, ad in, deuce, ad in, deuce, break point now and RF breaks.
5-0: 15-0, 15-15, 30-15, 40-15 and Bagel City .
I’m going to watch the Russians now instead of the scores.

4th set: RF won 6-4. They never brought it back to show the match. But that’s OK :).

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Tsonga is the best player in the world? From cragger. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

cragger

found this at another site from Jan. 08. Must be at AO. Wilander saying Tsonga is the best player in the world.

http://www.eurosport.se/tennis/austr…o1455935.shtml

It is so over the top I hardly can believe it is actually true. It is in swedish but I will translate it to english.

Here are some of the things he says:

“He is the greatest player in the world. I have never seen anyone play better than he did”

“He has only faced great opponents all the time and played incredibly good. I believed on him even against Nadal. He played flawless and destroyed the spaniard. Every shot he made in the match was perfect”

“Tsonga played incredible tennis and read NAdal completely. At the same time it is because it is so easy to read Nadal when the balls are heavy”

“It is his 5th grand slam. He hasnt sat in the locker room listening to stories about Federer and Nadal, he is completely unafraid. He doesnt care about who they are”

Answering if this could be a onetime wonder:

“No, he is this good. I was completely stunned after the match. I have been waiting for someone who plays like this”

“He is incredibly strong on his serve. He is also a tactical player with a steady and heavy baseline game”

“He is top 3 right now. If he stays healthy for the rest of the season he will be ranked top 5 at the end of this year”

Question about his chanses against Federer:

“Tsonga has better physics, tactics and technique than Federer. Federer has history and that counts. But without history Tsonga is better. I hope he can face Federer to meassure how good he is”

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You think you are a freaking tennis fan? Then, what are these numbers?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Yr 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th-Total
’06 3/9 0/3 2/7 1/3 1/9 3/5 4/12-14/48
               
’07  NA  1/4  0/3  2/8  4/9  3/17  4/10-14/51 
               
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Stop Playing Not-to-Lose. From Anand 101. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 30, 2008

Anand 101

Stop Playing Not-to-Lose

Seeing Fed on the rampage after losing the first set told me everything.

All the time he plays percentage tennis, i.e. minimize risks, play “not to lose” as he put it in the interview himself.

He practices and hones his level of percentage tennis which involves a lot of defense and letting the other person makes the first move. He even lost to Stepanek and Fish doing this.

It is time Fed plays his own game. The A game we all know about. Just play his game which is shots, angles, attack, first move advantage. If he loses a match, so be it. He would probably have lost it anyway if he had been doing the defense thing. Unless the other person has zero offense, there is no point relying on *only* defending. There is no point thinking oh, they went for their shots and got lucky, what can I do. You go for *your* shots before them, that’s what you do!

Coming to Jose, if he can get Fed to play aggressive, we will all be eternally grateful to him. Just *what* is the best shot maker in the world doing, allowing guys like Rafa and Djoker (inherently defensive types) to appear dominant??

That’s it. Enough is enough. Just beat the crap out of everyone including Rafa (that’s what you did last year in Hamburg), and let’s start celebrating already.

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I think this is Federer’s best outfit on the tennis court by far.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Swiss player Roger Federer hits a return to his Spanish opponent Albert Montanes during their French tennis Open second round match at Roland Garros, on May 29, 2008  in Paris. Federer won 5-7, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Francois Guillot (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images) 

Top seeded Switzerland's Roger Federer throws the ball to the public as he defeats Spain's Albert Montanes during their second round the French Open tennis tournament, Thursday May 29, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  
Top seeded Switzerland's Roger Federer cheers the crowd after defeating Spain's Albert Montanes during their second round the French Open tennis tournament, Thursday May 29, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

Top seeded Switzerland's Roger Federer throws his armband after defeating Spain's Albert Montanes during their second round the French Open tennis tournament, Thursday May 29, 2008 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  

Swiss player Roger Federer celebrates after winning his game against his Spanish opponent Albert Montanes during their French tennis Open second round match at Roland Garros, on May 29, 2008  in Paris. Federer won 5-4, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.AFP PHOTO / Francois Guillot (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Somehow it doesn’t look like this is ending here.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

French player Gael Monfils hugs Peruvian player Luis Horna during the second round of the French Tennis Open, at Roland Garros, in Paris, on May 29, 2008. Monfils won 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 7-5. AFP PHOTO / Pierre Verdy (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Watch for others to come out right after I hit this red stuff. They will be different color though.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Peruvian player Luis Horna fall during a match with French player Gael Monfils during the second round of the French Tennis Open, at Roland Garros, in Paris, on May 29, 2008. Monfils won 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 7-5. AFP PHOTO / Pierre Verdy (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Can Jose take any credit if Federer wins Roland Garros?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

With so many things going Federer’s way, will a title here result in Jose getting any kudos? Maybe.

Federer has the easiest draw he has ever had at Roland Garros. As if that was not enough, Nadal, his nemesis, has the roughest with nothing but seeds lined up from the third round up to the finals. Want to add more? Djokovic, the loose gravel floating around, is in Nadal’s half of the draw threatening to beat him in the semifinals or if he loses, at least taking Nadal to a five-setter, thereby essentially feeding Nadal to a hungry Federer in the finals. It’s a virtual gimme, isn’t it?

Conversely, if Federer fails to win it despite all this BS, should Jose take the brunt of the blame and get fired like Roche? Possibly. But Federer at this point cannot afford to pull that trigger no matter how much he may want to. Why? Because of where the loss here will place him mentally going for sixth straight Wimbledon title. He will be most vulnerable in so many ways, specially if you remember how he felt after last year’s loss to Nadal in the finals.

But this time, it’s not like any other times. The easy draw coupled with how the season has evolved for Federer, this may be his last realistic shot at the illusive title. Losing here will hit him harder than anything that has come even close in his tennis career. And if the tennis Gods have already decided to let Djokovic win the event, Federer will do himself a world of good to lose before he gets to the finals to avoid the heap of humiliation and embarrassment at the award ceremony and the presser.  

Translation: Jose has more to lose if Federer loses and not as much to gain if Federer wins. I mean, being a clay court specialist coach, if you cannot get the most dominating player ever to win Roland Garros with so much momentum and BS, you need to drown your freaking self in the freaking kitchen, don’t you think? And you will attempt to improve Federer’s  hard court game after this loss for the rest of his career? Are you freaking kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!

No matter what Federer says, Jose’s sole and only assignment is to help win Roland Garros. If you fail at that, you lose all credibility as a coach on any other surface. You will then be inflicting more harm than good because that belief in your strategy and drawing board BS would have completely evaporated by then. If Federer continues with Jose after a loss here, it will work against both him and Jose, because that trust will be lost and this loss will always pop up everytime Jose opens his freaking mouth on how to win tennis matches in the future, irrespective of the surface.

But Federer will need balls of steel to make that decision if he loses. Any indecisiveness and delaying the decision for any other reason will only delay the agony. Maybe Jose will be smart enough to recognise the obvious and quit himself saving Federer from making the unpopular choice. Didn’t Federer delay that with Roche, until the last straw? Well, this time it could prove lot more costlier if there’s any dilly dallying.

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Matches to watch tomorrow: Friday.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

-Youzhny vs Verdasco.

-Nadal vs Nieminen.

-Djokovic vs Odesnik.

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Nadal finally gets a gift: Nalbandian is out.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Spanish player Rafael Nadal returns a shot to French player Nicolas Devilder during the second round of the French Tennis Open, at Roland Garros, in Paris, on May 29, 2008.   AFP PHOTO /  AFP PHOTO / Pierre Verdy (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

Nadal is still not completely out of the woods for Nalbandian’s slot may be taken by either Almagro or Murray. Both are way more dangerous than the clowns Federer and Djokovic have for their quarterfinal match. Besides, Youzhny is still alive. So a lot more has to happen for Nadal before he gets to the ‘level playing field’ status with the other two jokers.

With now even Blake out, after Berdych fell yesterday, Djokovic is looking at Mathieu (18 as the only seeded player in his half before the semis. Federer is not too far with the prospect of playing just one seeded player before the semis – Wawrinka (9) or Gonzalez (24).

Nadal on the other hand has no one but seeded players all the way to the finals from now on: Nieminen (26), Youzhny (15), Almagro (19), Djokovic (3) and Federer (1). 

It will be Nadal’s sweetest Roland Garros title if he can pull this one out, specially coming at the heels of his first Hamburg title beating both Djokovic and Federer back to back. So far there’s nothing to suggest any derailment of the train to the semifinal and beyond from either one of the top three clowns.

Closest you can come to that would be the first set loss from Federer, being taken to over two and a half hours for the match and offering six break point opportunities, while Nadal getting broken once after offering 8 break point opportunities and being extended to almost two hours. Of course, Nadal’s time on the court is deceiving considering all the time he takes to get himself together between points.

Nevertheless, all three have the whole thing under control so far.

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Federer wins second round match in ‘vintage’ style.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Federer appears to be gradually coming out from under of whatever was ailing him in the first four months of the season. He has had two distinctly different showing – pre and post Estoril. Playing two finals against Nadal on clay despite the miserable losses is helping him gain valuable momentum towards the only title that has tormented him all his career.

This was a typical vintage Federer performance against Montanes. There have been numerous instances during his dominating four years run when he lost a set and then got so angry that the rest of the match turned into a tennis clinic, many times humiliating his opponent. Although he has always felt that way mentally during his slump, he was not able to physically duplicate that thunder in recent months. Although this was against a tomato can in many ways, it’s still an encouraging sign considering what all has happened lately against players of such calibre.

This was his first bagel on clay this year, even though he has played against players ranked over 100, 50 and late forties. Montanes is ranked 60.

Ancic who had a similar match in his second round match is next. Ancic dropped the first set and then dished out a bagel against a qualifier, winning in four sets. Ancic will be Federer’s first real test.

Federer must be extremely pleased with the going so far. With the ‘on the platter’ draw, it would be hard not to drool. The only obstacles that can now stop Federer from winning the title are:

-Rain.

-Easy draw makes Federer drop his guard.

-Federer returns to his inconsistent self.

-Nadal cruises through rest of his matches preserving enough ammunition for the final.

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Safety tip from Jason. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Jason

TP, here is a good tip I got by email. I thought your readers would be able to use it. Sleep with your car keys by your bed. If you hear an intruder, hit the panic button and let the alarm go off. The intruder will probably leave. This would also work if you are walking in a parking lot.

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Roger Federer Commercial “Nationale Suisse” 2008. From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Sarah

Roger Federer Commercial “Nationale Suisse” 2008

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An interview with Roger Federer: Montanes. From Sarah and Zihwye. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Sarah and Zihwye 

Day 5 – An interview with Roger Federer – Thursday, May 29, 2008

Q. It was a different match after that first set. What changed?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, conditions were tough. Obviously, you know, today playing basically 10 games in the rain wasn’t a whole lot of fun. But that’s what happens on clay sometimes, so I was pretty pleased to get to 5‑All.
Coming back from the rain after that, it wasn’t easy. But unfortunately I couldn’t play my best in that particular moment and he was pretty solid. So it was tough going down, you know, a set, but reaction was good and bounced back strong. Played really well after that.
After that first set, I’m very happy with my performance.

Q. Did you feel on track after two rounds, where you want to be?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think it’s all right, you know. First match was fine. Second one was, too. Just a little rough with the conditions. Hope it’s going to get better from here. But otherwise, you know, with my performance, yeah, I’m happy.

Q. What about the next one next Mario?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, tough opponent. He’s got a good name, you know, to it, and he’s got a big game, as well. Should be exciting. I’ve played him here in the past when he was a little bit tired after, you know, a brutal match with Robredo like two days before. He couldn’t really recover maybe 100% percent for my match, which was an advantage for me, obviously.
I expect a fresh Mario, really, playing against me. He’s been playing okay again. He’s on the comeback trail, which I’m happy about. He’s a good friend of mine on tour. Should be a nice match.

Q. Just to the conditions, I mean, you prefer it a little bit sunnier, hotter, drier out there on the court?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, well if it’s in the rain it’s no fun. I mean, everything’s wet, the balls get heavy, and the bounces is low. I think on clay maybe against a particular player, you know, against like a huge server maybe, you know, you hope you’re going to play him in the rain, okay?
But other than that, against any other player, I would think it doesn’t really matter what the conditions are. It’s about tactics, about physical shape. It’s about how you play.
For this reason I still haven’t found out what my favorite clay court sort of style is: if it’s humid and wet or if it’s bouncy and quick, you know. I honestly don’t mind anything. That’s how I want to feel at the French.

Q. What’s your mindset? I mean, you know you have to step it up in the latter part of a Slam, the last two, three rounds, and then the first couple rounds you never really know where your game is and what’s going to happen. What about these middle rounds? What’s your mindset going into this middle part of this tournament?

ROGER FEDERER: I always feel a little bit easier than maybe the first, or the first two, just because now in the tournament it’s sort of slowing down a little bit in the locker room. You’ve gotten used to the courts, the conditions now. You know, I know what it’s all about.
The first sort of pressure rounds are through, and now maybe the focus is more on trying to enjoy as well, and playing good tennis instead of trying not to lose in a way, you know. I think that’s a big change in your mindset.
You can now chase the lines a little bit more, whereas maybe in the beginning you sort of see how it goes and you try to play solid, you know. So now you start going for your shots a little bit more.

Q. Taking into account the weather conditions, that first set was more Montanes playing very well or you not playing your best?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I thought ‑‑ he is a good player. He’s played plenty of matches on clay, and he’s a guy who is going to cause troubles to many players on clay, except maybe the top guys. If they play well, maybe his game is a little too reliable for us.
But I missed a couple breaks points early on, you know, which sort of didn’t help. All of a sudden, tough game at 4‑5 down, which was really difficult, because then it was really pouring down. So I think he played well. You, know, he had good length in his shots. He moved well. It was tough for me to get a read on his serve. He serves very different. He comes very flat. You usually expect a kick serve, you know.
So it was just a matter of getting used to his game. I started to return much better in the second set, and after that my baseline game fell in.

Q. How similar are these conditions with ones you found in Estoril, for example?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, same. It was raining, so it was identical. I was happy just to go to Estoril just because of that.
Yeah, I mean, it was really windy in Estoril on top of that. It was a nice rain, so it wasn’t the greatest sort of experience on the tennis court. But other than that, it helped me get ready for Monaco. And.
You know, every clay court tournament has something a little bit different, you know. Hamburg is a little bit slower, Rome is a little bit quicker because the courts are very different there because they’re probably much more in the sun throughout the year.
Here in Paris they’re very much like in between, let’s say ‑‑ well, they’re more like Monte‑Carlo, you know. So it’s good to play that event.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. You’ve been working with Sven Groeneveld for the last few months. Can you tell us why you chose him? What are the qualities you appreciate in him and what kind of personality he has?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, he’s a good friend. I’ve known him for quite a long time. He was still playing in the national center when I was 14, so I’ve known him since then.
Then he also did a pretty good job during the Davis Cup for us, the players. So when I was left with no coach, I thought I would organize a few things with him. You know, sometimes he was also helping me when Tony Roche was in Australia.
So it’s fun. He can be good fun and we can have good laughs, but he can also be very serious and we can work very hard together. So he’s great. I’m very happy with what he does. He analyzes my game. He does everything he has to do, and I’m very happy. It’s nice traveling around with somebody I’ve known for quite a long time and with somebody I like.

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Shouldn’t Wawrinka just forfeit against Federer?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 29, 2008

Surprisingly they have played each other twice – Rotterdam ’05 and Dubai ’06 – Federer winning both in straight sets.

With the likelihood of them meeting here pretty high, they need to formulate a plan NOW to make it look real. I mean you cannot be putting your best stuff out there against Federer if you are Wawrinka at this critical tournament. You don’t want the ridicule of the entire Switzerland and the world on you for stopping Federer in his (final and best) shot at tennis immortality, do you?

What you want is to make it look real (check with William sisters for the instruction manual) while making sure you not only not win the match, but you also don’t take too much fuel away from Federer’s tank. Just retiring for faked injury would be perfect but that’s a dead giveaway. So you have to play and act at the same time. That should be easy for you. You have been doing that with Federer and Mirka for sometime now.

But you can’t let it slide without a bargain. This is your chance to finally get Mirka out of your way. Some other ideas:

-Have Federer pay for your face replacement surgery to get rid of the acne civil war on your freaking face. You could turn into Jack Nickolsen if you don’t take action now.

-Move in together with an installment of $500,000 per month for life. Any breach and you will rat him out.

-Guarantee that next year’s Basel is yours.

-You don’t want to hear of the ‘other’ guy ever.

-Mirka is history. All ‘action’ has to be limited to you and what you approve.

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Latest likely scenarios for the top three clowns at Roland Garros.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 28, 2008

Rd Federer Nadal Djokovic        
1st Querrey Bellucci Gremelmayr        
2nd  Montanes  Devilder  Lopez         
3rd  Ancic  Nieminen  Odesnik         
4th  Soderling  Youzhny  Mathieu         
Wawrinka  Nalbandian  Blake         
Ferrer  Djokovic  Nadal         
Nadal  Federer  Federer         
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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Here’s how the ATP Players Council works. From TennisFan. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 28, 2008

TennisFan

Just for your information guys. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all applied to be on ATP Players Council and I think it’s cool to have top 3 players there. Here is the link. World’s top men’s players aiming for more say

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2008-05-26-players-council_N.htm

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