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Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

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Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:53 am

<BLOCKQUOTE>I am starting the thread today in case Rotla is still cut out.


Court Philippe Chatrier 10:00 AM UK time

Francesca Schiavone (ITA)vs.Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [3]
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]vs.Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [16]
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3]vs.Kei Nishikori (JPN) [13]
Sloane Stephens (USA) [17]vs.Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 10:00 AM UK time

Tommy Haas (GER) [12]vs.Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [29]
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)vs.Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [12]
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9]vs.Richard Gasquet (FRA) [7]
Jamie Hampton (USA)vs.Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [18]</BLOCKQUOTE>===========================================================

Sphair's picks (please move them to the appropriate thread):
Schiavone, Djokovic, Nadal, Stephens, Youzhny, Kirilenko, Wawrinka, Jankovic.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:55 am

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [3]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Sloane Stephens (USA)


Court Suzanne Lenglen 10:00 AM UK time

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [29]
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [12]
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [7]
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [18]

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:08 am

Strange to see the most interesting match on Lunglen....despite having a French player there. Is it Gasquet wanting that?

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:38 am

Thanks T.

Azarenka, Djokovic, Nadal, Sharapova, Haas, Kirilenko, Wawrinka, Jankovic

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:50 am

Thank Tenez for starting the thread. Internet working from my Workplace. So maybe I can see some score-lines till I'm at office.

My picks:
1. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
4. Nishikori ( my wish )
5. Sharapova
6. Haas
7. Mattek-Sands
8. Wawrinka
9. Jankovic.


I hope when I get home I'll be able to see some tennis Sad

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:04 am

Haas seems to be in cruising mode against Youzhny.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:37 pm

Just started watching, Nole a set dwon.
I know Kholi is a good layer and has beaten him in RG once before, but the fact that Nole's box esp Vajda are cheering Novak so animatedly and obviously trying to get him going (never saw it before) must mean Nole has taken his coach's death very deeply emotionally and needs to shake it off if he can asap.

Come on, Nole, it's tough but you can do it! Rose

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:54 pm

Novak looks like he's woken up and in the match.
Conditions look very heavy.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:22 pm

SO painful to support Djoko over Kholy. But Let's face it we need Nole to stop Rafa!!!!

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:45 pm

Is it the wind troubling Djoko again?

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:54 pm

Goodall saying he can see Ferrer in the final Doh

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:55 pm

Tenez wrote:Is it the wind troubling Djoko again?

I don't think it's the wind so much, it doesn't look that bad at all. Probably what's going on inside him. Grafting the win just to get the job done.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:01 pm

Tenez wrote:SO painful to support Djoko over Kholy. But Let's face it we need Nole to stop Rafa!!!!

Well, Kholi ain't the picture of guts, is he playing/receiving from 2m behind the baseline?
An occasional few attacking points here and there aren't enough.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:06 pm

One of the really nice things I enjoyed there were the drop-shots: breath-stopping feeling players give right in the middle of a point - you get lulled by the intensity of ground-strokes, heavy breathing, grunts, the rhythmic melody of a point and then suddenly- this feathery light moment of magic comes out of nowhere!
"sounds"and feels a lot more dramatic live on court.


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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:11 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
Tenez wrote:SO painful to support Djoko over Kholy. But Let's face it we need Nole to stop Rafa!!!!

Well, Kholi ain't the picture of guts, is he playing/receiving from 2m behind the baseline?
An occasional few attacking points here and there aren't enough.

He still looks more stylish and talented than Djoko to me.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:11 pm

Well, you can't beat SBH for elegance & style Magic

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:17 pm

What do you think about Nadal-Nish?
I don't know their H2H, but Nishi is a kind of combination of Ferrer and Fognini, could be interesting.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:22 pm

He,he I liked that pacy down the T on 2nd serve followed by the ripper inide out forehand to the corner at deuce for the first match point for Nole.

Kholi breaks.

Come on Nole, breack back for the SF diva tennisball

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:25 pm

I suppose, he'll have to serve it out. And I know he will. Bubbly

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:32 pm

And he does Big Grin
Bravo Nole!!!! Applause

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:33 pm

Fantastic and electric atmosphere on Lenglen already!!!!!

Gasquet - Wawrinka just started.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:49 pm

noleisthebest wrote:What do you think about Nadal-Nish?
I don't know their H2H, but Nishi is a kind of combination of Ferrer and Fognini, could be interesting.

I doubt Nishi will be able to do anything. Too short...for a sunny high bouncy court.

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:51 pm

Gasquet saving many BPs....bravely.

Gasquet's top spin BH proves to be more consistent than Stan. Strange. I was not sure which way that one was going.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:54 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:What do you think about Nadal-Nish?
I don't know their H2H, but Nishi is a kind of combination of Ferrer and Fognini, could be interesting.

I doubt Nishi will be able to do anything. Too short...for a sunny high bouncy court.
yes, I noticed the sunny bit, too...

Gasquet Stan looking interesting. I can see a really long match here.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:07 pm

Gasquet definitely looking sharper, fresher and hungrier at the moment.

....although Stan really capitalising on Gasquet staying miles behind the BL on Stan's serve and dropshots him all the time...

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:27 pm

Poor Stan... all that great tennis and it's not enough.
Gasquet wins the first set in TB.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:34 pm

Gasquet looks like the better player. Certainly the one anticipating better.

Problem is will he hold his game till the end?

But I can see this Gasquet troubling Nadal.

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:38 pm

Stan doesn't seem to be moving well again.

But there is no doubt now that Gasquet has the better BH.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:39 pm

Tenez wrote:Gasquet looks like the better player. Certainly the one anticipating better.

Problem is will he hold his game till the end?

But I can see this Gasquet troubling Nadal.

Sounds good. Definitely looks fit and enjoying the home crowd. I just wish he didn't stand so far behind the BL.
Stan asks for MTO. Very timely Winking


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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:40 pm

Ah...here comes the physio for Stan....so I was not making it up obviously.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:42 pm

Tenez wrote:Ah...here comes the physio for Stan....so I was not making it up obviously.


I really don't see how a massage is going to change anything to a pulled muscle which I suspect his pre RG injury was about, this looks tactical to me.
Ah well, we've seen it all before!

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:46 pm

Yes Gasquet's backhand is a lot more versatile and natural, Stan's making the most out of his, as well.

Now that I can see how much pace Stan generates on his BH, I would really like to see Fed play with Stan's racquet as you once suggested. He would be a complete beast!

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:48 pm

Did we just see that Stan has 8 BH winners v 4 for Gasquet?

Strange. But I guess we will have to reassess who has the better BH when both meet again fit.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:50 pm

Tenez wrote:Did we just see that Stan has 8 BH winners v 4 for Gasquet?

Strange. But I guess we will have to reassess who has the better BH when both meet again fit.

That's because Stan attacks with his BH and Gasquet predominately rallies with it. Stan has miles more UEs as a result.

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:57 pm

It's such a shame Stan is hampered with his leg, and not fully it for this RG, he has been playing some excellent tennis recently.

I don't know what needs to happen for Gasquet to attack. He is so good when he does it once in a blue moon like last time he played against Murray.
And he had some foot problems then, so in his mind may have not had any other choice.

To me, Gasquet is as frustrating to watch the same way Nole is to you Winking

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Re: Roland Garros 2013: Day 9 03/06/2013

Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:10 pm

Yes a shame but it seems to trouble Gasquet more than Stan actually.

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:11 pm

noleisthebest wrote:To me, Gasquet is as frustrating to watch the same way Nole is to you

Ouch! Sorry....must be very frustrating then!

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Nadal seems to be enjoying these dry conditions atm...according to the scoreboard erm

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:22 pm

It's funny how Norman and Luthi? (Swiss coach) look like each other.

It's also funny to see how relax is Nadal when he knows his opponent has no BH to hurt. I am surprised by how soft is Nishi BH ....for a DHBH.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:23 pm

Fed will get two days of rest for the semi final if he beats Ferrer.
Bottom half only one.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:23 pm

Tenez wrote:It's funny how Norman and Luthi? Swiss coach) look like each other.

It's also funny to see how relax is Nadal when he knows his opponent has no BH to hurt. I am surprised by how soft is Nishi BH ....for a DHBH.

That's exactly what I thought, like brothers!

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Linesmen & umpire stuffing this match big time!

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:30 pm

That is a ridiculous from teh line judge. Clearly the guy was under instructions to mess up at key points. He was briefed by higher authority like the one who foot-faulted Karlo at Wimby!

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:33 pm

I know. Terrible, poor Stan."Brothers" looking worried, too Winking .

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:35 pm

With Federer around for the last 10 years and Stan alongside him, I am surprised nothing much is coming from Switzerland in terms of tennis talent now.

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Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:38 pm

Internet back at home . Ohh I much I missed it.

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:39 pm

noleisthebest wrote:With Federer around for the last 10 years and Stan alongside him, I am surprised nothing much is coming from Switzerland in terms of tennis talent now.

It's a very tiny country.

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Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:40 pm

Good to see Djokovic win. Haas is ageless at the moment, perhaps playing better that he ever did.

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Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:42 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:With Federer around for the last 10 years and Stan alongside him, I am surprised nothing much is coming from Switzerland in terms of tennis talent now.

It's a very tiny country.

Country is small but it has historically some very successful players and since long time. It has infrastructure to help the upcoming players go up. I'm really surprised that highest ranked swiss player after Stan isn't even in top-200.

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Post by ... on Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:26 pm

Great tennis, drama & atmosphere on Lenglen atm diva

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