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RG Day One: Mixed Fortunes for the French

Posted by gauloises1 on May 24, 2010

Mixed bag for the home players today at Roland Garros. While Clare Feuerstein, Mathilde Johansson and Stephanie Foretz all lost in straight sets, the new queen of French tennis, Aravane Rezai, absolutely steamrollered Heidi El Tabakh of Canada 61 61 on Philippe Chatrier. Maybe she really isn’t intimidated by the prospect of playing at home.

“People are expecting me, and it’s a pleasure,” said the player who is based at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy just outside Paris and regularly practices with Britain’s Laura Robson. “I like this feeling. I like to be expected by people, and I want to do the best I can. I want to fight every day, and I want to please them.

“However it’s not pressure at all. I have a personality like a fighter. I like to fight on the court and enjoy it. But that’s my character. I think that’s the best way to improve, and that’s what I do all the time.” […]

“I’m in my bubble; I’m doing what I should, and I don’t think I can have a better preparation than to win a big tournament before Roland Garros,” she concluded. “I feel confident, but I know that won’t suffice for winning matches at Roland Garros. I’m going to have to erase all that and look ahead and try to forget what happened, because I’m going to start fresh like all the players in the tournament. But I’m going to battle like I did in Madrid.”


Destiny awaits. Or crushing disappointment. One of the two.

On the men’s side, things were similarly up-and-down, with Laurent Recourdec and Stephane Robert losing in straight sets to Robin Soderling and Tobias Kamke respectively, while Olivier Patience was on the wrong end of a pretty thrilling four-set encounter with Thiemo de Bakker.

Eduardo Roger-Vasselin of Delpo-beating fame beat Kevin Anderson 61 in the fifth, while Josselin Ouanna, the shy Frenchman who beat Marat Safin at his final Roland Garros last year, beat Poland’s Lukasz Kubot in four.

But apart from Julien Benneteau’s aforementioned victory over Ernests Gulbis, the real fireworks of the day were provided by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who found himself embroiled in a five-set contest with Daniel Brands of Germany on Philippe Chatrier. Reportedly not feeling well, Jo really had to dig in and let the crowd help him in surviving some really inspired play from Brands. I’ve followed Brands a bit – mainly unwillingly and entirely due to whitelinefervor, who adores him and thinks he’s a thing – but I was really impressed by how well he played and kept playing even after going two sets to one down. Had he not wobbled crucially right at the end, things might have been very different.

Still, I’m glad Jo survived and I hope he makes the most of his rest day(s) before his next match. I know his celebrating gets up some people’s noses, but I find his exuberance heartwarming and I love his game. I also love the clear affection he has for Roland Garros – a tournament he’s often been prevented from playing through injury.


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Barcelona: Man of the Moment

Posted by gauloises1 on April 25, 2010

Fernando Verdasco d. Robin Soderling, 63 46 63

I’m from Barcelona, let me introduce my enormous trophy.

Rather a nice couple of weeks for Fernando Verdasco, backing up his final in Monte-Carlo by claiming his fifth and biggest career title to date in Barcelona. He did well enough to get to the final, surviving an inspired David Ferrer in three sets to face Robin Soderling, who took out Boss- and Tsonga-killer Thiemo de Bakker in straights.

I didn’t see the final, but I’m not surprised by the result; I had a feeling after Rafa withdrew that this was going to be Verdasco’s tournament. It seems like he’s playing of late with the kind of confidence and focus that we haven’t seen in his game since the beginning of 2009 and it’s not surprising that he’s reaping unprecedented rewards, as well as breaking some personal boundaries. Good stuff all round.

Not quite as bendy as Nole, but it’ll do.

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Image is Everything: D Cup Sunday

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

I can’t believe it’s time for my final Davis Cup picspam. God, I love this event so much. It should be played every weekend.

czech republic

“My work here is done,” he seems to say.


Happiness is a champagne-soaked Belgian.


I’m a sucker for behind-the-curtain photos.


I’m also a sucker for Jo.


Back to the dustbin of tennis history with you, Thiemo de Bakker.


Allez Les Bleus.


Murray searches for an escape hatch to another country.


Pole dance.


That’s pretty much how I reacted to the GB-Poland results.

Except without the laughing. And my hair’s not as shiny.


If there was a Crazy Cup, Serbia would win it hands down.


I feel as if I’ve interrupted Robin’s dance routine.


Gratuitous ass shot #1.


Gratuitous ass shot #2.


Bless you, Somdev.


Yuki’s eyebrows really deserve a picspam of their own.

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Munich Results: Now 99% Less Boring

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2009

… and 99% more awesome, as YFB favourite Potito Starace took out eighth seed Igor Kunitsyn, and fifth seed (and local octegenarian) Rainer Schuettler fell to de Bakker. Well done indeed.


The other big news was Lleyton Hewitt saving two match points en route to a hard-fought victory over local hero Petzchner to rack up his five hundredth career win.


What would they have done with the cake if he’d lost?

It turns out Carlos Moya and Roger Federer are the only other active players to record 500 career wins, so well done, indeed, Rusty. 

Singles – First Round
[2] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] D Kindlmann (GER) 63 62
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] S Kloer (GER) 76(0) 64
[Q] T de Bakker (NED) d [5] R Schuettler (GER) 63 63
[7] P Mathieu (FRA) d [LL] L Ouahab (ALG) 63 62
P Starace (ITA) d [8] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 75 57 63
D Gremelmayr (GER) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 51 ret. – lower back
[WC] D Brands (GER) d S Koubek (AUT) 63 76(2)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] A Peya (AUT) 26 76(5) 75
S Bolelli (ITA) d [LL] S Bohli (SUI) 36 62 63
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) d P Petzschner (GER) 62 67(2) 76(8) – saved 2 M.P.
[WC] A Beck (GER) d M Zverev (GER) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] A Fisher (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) d M Crugnola (ITA) / C Haggard (RSA) 63 62
J Cerretani (USA) / J Chardy (FRA) d N Kiefer (GER) / M Zverev (GER) 67(4) 76(4) 10-7

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