Archive for May, 2009

 

Day Five: News So Far

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Day 5, and the sun is shining again at Rolland Garros. It looks a little cloudy but certainly better than the buckets of rain day 3 endured. It may already be day five but we’re only at round two, and the days are pretty packed.

 

As I write this, Roger Federer is working Acasuso hard on the clay. Acasuso of Argentina – who I have to admit looks alarmingly like Ben Afflek – appears to be wilting under the heat and pressure. Federer keeps the forehands simple but well placed, and Acasuso struggles to get behind them. The score currently stands at 2-1 to Federer. Federer is looking relaxed and graceful as ever out there, and although Acasuso is beginning to get some life back into him, it’s a sure bet that the world No. 2 will walk away with this one.

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Fabrice Santoro Plays Last French Open

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who actually hails from the French Polynesian island of Tahiti has played his last French Open.

While his career has not necessarily been the most outstanding, it has definitely had longevity and for that Santoro should be applauded.

He leaves this tournament as the record holder for the most number of appearances in the singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament with 67 campaigns under his belt.

Unfortunately his loss yesterday moved him into a tie for a record without quite the same bragging rights – most number of first round losses in a Grand Slam tourament with 20 straight up exits.

The Magician, as he was dubbed by Pete Sampras has experienced his biggest successes in doubles with two Wimbledon titles to his name.

Tsonga Claims First Victory At Home Major


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Ali has pushed throught a second set slump to win his first ever match at Roland Garros, after missing last years tournament through injury.

Always the entertainer, Tsonga arrived at his press conference wearing a tie, with his tongue in cheek claim being that he wanted to wear a tuxedo but his sponsors wouldn’t let him and so a compromise was reached.

Tsonga is one of eight Frenchmen who have moved through to the second round, with plenty of talented compatriots looking to fly the French flag deep into the second week.

Ana Ivanovic Finally Hitting Some Form?


This years defending champion Ana more »

 

So it rains in Paris too….

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

 

Day three at the French  Open, and the weather wasn’t exactly très magnifque. The first two days boasted glorious sunshine; today Rolland Garros received a pounding from the lurking black clouds clotting up the once clear blue sky.

Thankfully, the rain was confined to the morning and did minimal damage to the day’s play. The morning downpour forced a break of play for Jelena Jankovic  and Juan del Potro, but both went on to win their respective matches.  Jelena Jankovic even saw some sun as she powered past Petra Cetkovska 6-2 6-3. Juan del Potro made quick work of Llodra of France after the break, despite looking like an anorexic bumblebee in his black and yellow striped ensemble. Despite the dodgy sense of style, del Potro has been rather interesting to watch as of late; he put a damper on Andy Murray’s birthday at the Madrid Masters a few weeks ago by sending him out in the quarter finals. Could he dispense of a top player in this tournament too?

When Jankovic fin more »

 

Top Seeds Cruise Through The First Round

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Looking through the results from the matches played by the top seeds yesterday, it is difficult to find a match where they lost a set such was the ease with which the majority of them managed their first round victories.

Nadal Overcomes Early Nerves


Rafael Nadal was taken to a first set tie breaker in his match up against Brazilian qualifier Marcos Daniel. He was also down 1-3 in the second set but Nadal was always in control of the match and did what he needed to in his straight sets victory.

The win was his 29th without loss at Roland Garros and saw him become the holder of the longest winning streak on the red clay at Paris.

Federer Dismisses His First Round Opponent With Ease


Roger Federer’s nerves lasted all of two games as he dropped his first service game to go down 0-2. He broke back immediately and the horse bolted on his opponent Alberto Martin who lost in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2 in a dominant disply by Federer.

Andy Roddick Wins…For The First Time At Roland Garros Since 2005


This was a surprising stat for me – I know that over the past few years Roddick has been below his form from earlier in the decade, but I never figured he’d struggle to get through the first round at the French so often.

He missed last year’s tournament through injury, lost the first round in ’07, and was down two sets to love in his opening round in ’06 when he had to withdraw.

This would more »

 

Safina Off To The Perfect Start

Monday, May 25th, 2009

If form is anything to go by, then coming into the French Open Dinara Safina was a country mile ahead of her closest rival. Near perfect over the past month with two victories from three finals appearances in her past three event, Safina has stamped herself as the one to beat with a dominant display over British number one Anne Keothavong.

It doesn’t come much more humiliating than a 6-0 6-0 loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam, and unfortunately for the Brit, her debut in Paris was a mis-match of epic proportions.

Having reached the semi-finals in Warsaw just last week, there was some hope that Keothavong would be able to compete against her much more fancied rival.

But Safina was far too strong and took just 61 minutes to move through to the second round.

Lleyton Hewitt Heads Towards Match-Up With Nadal


The little battler Lleyton Hewitt has moved through to the second round with a hard fought victory over Croatian flagpole Ivo Karlovic.

Despite being on the receiving end of a record 55 aces (no thats not a mis-print) from the 6″ 10′ Croat, Hewitt was able to keep himself togetherand come back from two sets to love down to claim victory in five.

The first three sets of the match went to tie-breakers, and a lesser man might have crumbled under the strain. But the fight has always been strong within Hewitt and he notched up another career five set win to give him a much needed confidence boost heading into the next more »

 
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