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RG Day Seven: Dulce et Decorum Est

Posted by gauloises1 on May 30, 2009

You have to say, it was the homeboys/girls who really tore it up on the terre battue today. (Am I spelling that right? Does it even mean what I think it means?)

Paul-Henri Mathieu actually took a set off Federer for the first time before losing, 64 16 46 46. I thought he actually played well – it was Federer winning it rather than him losing it. I’m not a great fan, but it was nice to see.

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It was Virginie Razzano, however, who really kicked off the day in style on Chatrier, defeating Tathiana Garbin in a pulsating encounter 7-5, 7-5. Garbin came down from multiple breaks down in both sets and Razzano really had to dig deep. Match point was a ridiculous rally and Razzano was so delighted when she won, she forgot to shake hands at first.

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It didn’t matter, though; Garbin gave her a big hug and a kiss on both cheeks. It was lovely to see.

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This is the first time Razzano’s ever made it this far in Paris. In fact, it’s the first time she’s made it beyond the first round. Well done to her.

Then it was the turn of Gael Monfils on Lenglen, who thrilled the crowds in a four-set win over Jurgen Melzer. The quality of tennis was ridiculously high at times, especially in the second and third sets, and the match was played in a great spirit.

You have to admit, Bambi gives great action shots – the kind you never see from any other player.

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Great stuff.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a much more straightforward victory, beating the diminutive Belgian Christophe Rochus 62 62 62.

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It’s really lovely to see so many home players doing well. (We should be so lucky at Wimbledon.) Allez Bleus!

No Responses Yet to “RG Day Seven: Dulce et Decorum Est”

  1. SA said

    Is it too much to hope for a Gael-Jo Willy semifinal? I know you want a certain Argentine to be in there, but can you imagine what Chatrier will be like if that happened? I think France would explode.

  2. naughty T said

    I so read “beating the diminutive Belgian Christophe Rochus” as
    beating the diminutive Belgian Chocolate Rochus..
    and I am not even drunk…YET

  3. Joan said

    My ovaries quivered at the last picture. Fired up/ angry Jo is effing hot!

    I found it rather amusing that Melzer and Monfils have both dated Cibulkova. I wonder, has Dominika has realized that going from Gael to Jurgen is a major downgrade?

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