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SamuelMertensBertens
29 May 21 15:29
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It's Slam time and not without drama or intrigue. Nadal is going for title 14 and has quite the tough draw. Federer is making his third appearance this year, entering the tournament with a negative W/L record for the year. And no 2 seed Medvedev has barely won a match on clay this year, but is apparently liking the RG surface this year.
On the women's side, the favorites are, and rightfully so in my opinion, Swiatek, Barty and Sabalenka who have all been playing well in the lead-up to this event. The drama has been dominated by Osaka for refusing to do press at tournament and Andreescu for playing very little and withdrawing very much. Names to look out for are Badosa and Gauff who have been looking good going into this event.
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Report bobweenit June 11, 2021 10:18 PM BST
Serbian pills innit Toad the reaction after the Berretini match you knew he was on them
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:18 PM BST
About a week ago I said Djokovic was the 2nd best claycourter of all time and very few were in agreement.
Report bobweenit June 11, 2021 10:18 PM BST
Mo0nster No0le mode is unstoppable !!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:19 PM BST
Fewer controls in a pandemic innit.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:19 PM BST
Jelena saying IDEMO
Report bobweenit June 11, 2021 10:20 PM BST
InnitExcitedGrin
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:21 PM BST
Novak has too much respect for Rafa to do his psycho roar here.
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 10:21 PM BST
Novak back on the juice for sure
Report appformat June 11, 2021 10:21 PM BST
superb match.
think Novak might have played allready his final this year though
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 10:22 PM BST
When he goes missing as he has in his career its usually down to not juicing
Report Angela Rebecchi June 11, 2021 10:22 PM BST
Conditions perfect for Nole and mentally more focused than ever.
Report johnnythebull June 11, 2021 10:23 PM BST
like him or loathe him he is SOME player the boy Nole..6 games in a row from 0-2..tremendously impressive

Rafa was looking unbeatable until he met the best player around who gave him a set start and schooled the greatest ever clay courter at his favourite venue

le roi est mort vive le roi
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:23 PM BST

Jun 11, 2021 -- 4:21PM, appformat wrote:


superb match.think Novak might have played allready his final this year though


he's not content with this. He'll never admit it, but I think he feels his 2016 title is an asterisk Slam since he never beat Rafa for it.

Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 10:24 PM BST
They all juice its just Nole is better (on 3 of the slams easily) when he joins in Laugh
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 10:25 PM BST
I think Nole is beatable here though, I'll be laying in the final Silly
Report johnnythebull June 11, 2021 10:28 PM BST
Cedric Pioline speaks pretty good French..i'm impressed,innit!Grin
Report scandanavian_haven June 11, 2021 10:32 PM BST
how tf did Soderling manage to beat Nadal here, what happened that day
Report scandanavian_haven June 11, 2021 10:32 PM BST
that was his only loss at RG in 10 years!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:32 PM BST
Saša Ozmo @ozmo_sasa
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Nadal: I left it all out there, physically and mentally. It was the evening, conditions were slower. It’s not an excuse, he adapted better, my shots don’t have the same oomph when it’s like that. #RG21
Report scandanavian_haven June 11, 2021 10:33 PM BST
what's spanish for oomph
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 11, 2021 10:33 PM BST
not suitable conditions for Rafa on that day. And Robin was playing lights-out.
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 11:40 PM BST
Soderling then lost in the final Cry

Beat the best player on clay ever and then lost to that smug bas*ard in the final

Federer lost all respect for me when he properly rubbed it in after beating Roddick in 09, fair enough he won but fecking hell he'd won like 50 big one's by then and there was no need for that carry on and smug look on his face after
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 11:41 PM BST
Even Stephan Hendry had some humility after beating Jimmy in that 18-17 final ffs
Report scandanavian_haven June 11, 2021 11:41 PM BST
when you're as good as he is you can be a bit smug
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 11:46 PM BST
I ain't saying that scand

I'm saying Roddick had been so close so many times and lost to him, with that one being the sickener for him, for which he never recovered from

He wanted that one so badly and came up short multiple times to the same man, fair play to Federer but he could have been less smug and showed some humility ffs
Report SontaranStratagem June 11, 2021 11:49 PM BST
Federer with the "I know how he feels" rubbish

Nah Fed you don't, you were the best player on the planet for about 7 years at that point, had won like 14 or 15 GS and had won Wimbledon for something like the 6th time... I think he was talking about the Australian final a few months previously where he lost a 5 setter classic to Nadal in the final. But sorry its not the same fecking thing that Roddick would have been feeling.
Report A_T June 12, 2021 7:59 AM BST
how tf did Soderling manage to beat Nadal here, what happened that day


the French really cracked down on doping control that year - none of the Spaniards got past the quarters
Report n88uk June 12, 2021 9:48 AM BST
That's complete nonsense. French cracking down on doping control would have no effect, as it's easy to turn up for a big event doped out of your eyeballs and pass a test, hence why all year testing is the only way to catch dopers.
Report A_T June 12, 2021 10:30 AM BST
the sporting authorities have no interest in catching cheats - and COVID has provided an ideal cover for avoiding being tested. We've seen some insane times from women athletes in recent weeks - one 34 year old woman ran nearly as fast as Flo-Jo. The Olympics is going to be fun.
Report Angoose June 12, 2021 11:40 AM BST
Not beyond the realms of possibility that we witness a freeze in today's final from of the combatants.
Just not sure which one it is more likely to be, if at all Confused
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 12:40 PM BST
easy for Konta again.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 1:22 PM BST
Novak 1.55 layers after the final already in a difficult spot now he's 1.33.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 1:23 PM BST

Jun 12, 2021 -- 6:40AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


easy for Konta again.


I keep losing money on her Laugh

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 1:38 PM BST
out there busting her chops today and then this happens.
https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1403690550663028740
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 2:05 PM BST
no bets yet, but Let's go Pavs!
Report johnnythebull June 12, 2021 2:35 PM BST
big Barbs winning hard held atm but we all know the 180 swings we can get in WTA

actually thought Pavs would push her all the way
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 2:40 PM BST
I thought this would be closer. Thankfully I don't know Barbora Krejcikova well enough to put my money down. She looks too calm and creative for Pavs so far.
Report johnnythebull June 12, 2021 2:44 PM BST
she's a powerful girl..deceptive her strength of shots w/o any forced effort..excellent temperament as well and comes across a very genuine,likeable person
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 2:46 PM BST
Yeah. There is a touch of the Hsieh Su-wei about her.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 3:00 PM BST
mp Jo
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 3:01 PM BST
oh no Nina, what a way to lose.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 3:18 PM BST
MTO for Pavs, market not that concerned.
Report johnnythebull June 12, 2021 3:19 PM BST
what a slag to get injured in your only GS final to date

gotta to have an impact one would've thought..hopefully it won't impact too greatly on the result but likely will
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 3:26 PM BST
A hold there and we could have had a monster plunge.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 3:28 PM BST
Really surreal final this. Could easily have been a round 1 in a tin pot tournie.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 3:35 PM BST
Laugh true
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 3:50 PM BST
movement looks fine.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 3:58 PM BST
Tennis Talk vol 19 (Nuremberg, Strasbourg, Lyon, Geneva)
By mouse trap on 26 May 17 14:54
I wanted to scream Krejcikova to win FO but she's not even in the tournament ffs

Lovely lovely Clay (and a little bit of filthy shale).
By edy on 24 Apr 16 16:51
Krejcikova I think is not great on clay either
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 4:07 PM BST
doing the Rublev side to side here Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 4:08 PM BST
doing the Zverev 2nd serve Excited
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 4:09 PM BST
Cry
Report johnnythebull June 12, 2021 4:10 PM BST
got there in the end
Report stu June 12, 2021 4:11 PM BST
Pleased for her, since she was almost cheated out of getting to the final in the semi.

Madly, the last point here was almost similar landed near the line on match point!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 4:12 PM BST
does she ever smile?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 12, 2021 4:13 PM BST
ah she did smile there. she has a very serious face.
Report Platini June 12, 2021 4:38 PM BST
So, Pav suddenly lost her French tongue

cos she lost ?  Laugh
Report Angoose June 12, 2021 7:54 PM BST
Britain's former world number one Andy Murray will play France's Benoit Paire in his first singles match for three months next week at Queen's.

Murray, 34, has been struggling with a groin injury and chose to miss the French Open.

If he beats Paire, the Scot could play Italian top seed Matteo Berrettini in the second round.

British number one Dan Evans, one of four other home players in the draw, faces Australia's Alexei Popyrin.

Cameron Norrie, who has been in fine form on the ATP Tour this year, meets Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening match.

The 25-year-old British number two has the chance to earn a measure of revenge against Ramos-Vinolas, who denied him a first tour-level title in the Estoril Open final last month.

Teenager Jack Draper plays Italian third seed Jannik Sinner, who is also 19 and ranked in the world's top 20, while Liam Broady faces France's Adrian Mannarino.
Report stu June 12, 2021 9:16 PM BST
Murray's body compared to the other big three in terms of how it held up to the ravages of age and tennis...Crazy
Report Angela Rebecchi June 12, 2021 9:44 PM BST
Murray never had any assistance that others had
Report stu June 13, 2021 2:11 PM BST
Krejci does the double, singles and doubles champion - pretty impressive tourny, just wish I'd guessed on her in this one at the start...
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 2:18 PM BST
Konta wins. Only played mugs this week, but some confidence can do wonders for her. Will be interesting to see how she does for the rest of the grass season.
Report stu June 13, 2021 3:22 PM BST
We all watching the footie instead then...? Laugh
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 3:23 PM BST
Greek hero takes first set, would be remarkable if for the second time Novak knocks out Nadal at Roland Garros but then loses the final, a waste
Report Platini June 13, 2021 3:30 PM BST
Stu, Murray has the disadvantage of Scottish genes, tho.

Hip replacements are a national hobby up here Laugh
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 3:32 PM BST
Novak has always struggled in the heat, he looks completely drained and don't think there's a way back as the sun's going nowhere
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 3:51 PM BST
Novak being battered, all that hard work against Nadal for nothing
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 3:53 PM BST
Stefanos playing well here from the get go
Djoko digging a big hole 4 himself..doesn't look good for reaching 19 today
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 4:31 PM BST
Djoko being a jerk to ballkids again.
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 4:46 PM BST
well,the boy Nole managed to grind out that set..are we in for a baw game?
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 4:47 PM BST
what did he do to the ball boy, didn't see it
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 4:48 PM BST
moi non plus
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 4:50 PM BST
Stef doing a Nole with the 'injury'?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 4:51 PM BST
was complaining that he wasn't handed the ball in a correct manner.
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 4:54 PM BST
ok
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 4:57 PM BST
mintenant,on dirait que le momentum change ici,les gars
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 5:00 PM BST
Djoko was dead,there for the absolute taking but events have done a 180
Tsitsi's level has dropped off and Djoko's come back better than Lazarus
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 5:23 PM BST
beware Greeks bearing gifts, he's lulling Novak in to a false sense of security, conserving his energy for the 5th
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 5:28 PM BST
after 3 and 1/4 hrs..let's get this party started.
Report SontaranStratagem June 13, 2021 5:32 PM BST
Djock shouldn't have been winning from that position, Tsis has bottled it if he loses
Report SontaranStratagem June 13, 2021 5:50 PM BST
Djock will be 1 behind Fed if he wins this, and you'd have to make him a big favourite for Wimbledon after as well

Could be level with Fed with playing for a season clean sweep...
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 5:51 PM BST
could win the gold medal as well
Report SontaranStratagem June 13, 2021 5:53 PM BST
If he finishes the job here there's no questioning he's the best ever statistically, neither Nadal or Federer have won all 4 slams more than once, and Nadal isn't even in the equation anyway because he's won 13 of his 19 here and he's never really dominated on any other surface
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:00 PM BST
imagine if there were 2 clay court slams though
Report SontaranStratagem June 13, 2021 6:05 PM BST
He'd have close to 30 LaughCrazy
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:17 PM BST
will Novak crumble
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:20 PM BST
Tsitsipas really looks like a young Bjorn Borg with the hair
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:21 PM BST
1 point from greatness
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:22 PM BST
ok 2 points
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 6:23 PM BST
Novak toying with Next Gen as usual.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 6:24 PM BST
His celebrations are so unpredictable.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 13, 2021 6:24 PM BST
Going mad after a QF win over Berrettini, then after wins against Rafa and in the final he's as cool as a cucumber.
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:25 PM BST
feel bad for Tsitsipas, he has the talent to be genuinely competing with the best
Report johnnythebull June 13, 2021 6:27 PM BST
johnnythebull 11 Jun 21 16:44 
dude's a very talented player but i'm not totally convinced of his resolve

no way if he goes 2-0 up on Djoko or Rafa and then cedes the next two will he win the fifth as he did here imho
n88uk 11 Jun 21 16:46 
Don't worry, he won't go 2-0 up vs those two.

he had to win this match..i was very impressed with Tsitsi today,played some great tennis but just ran out of steam a bit

if he wins one slam doubt it will be the only

testament to how phenomenal djoko,Rafa and Fed have been to keep beating these youngbloods at their age
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:33 PM BST
I want to see Murray v Tsitsipas, the Greek reminds me of him physically
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:36 PM BST
who's this women talking, thought she was French then she breaks out into an English accent
Report Platini June 13, 2021 6:53 PM BST
I make that NextGen 0 GOATGen 6 in slams now.
Report scandanavian_haven June 13, 2021 6:54 PM BST
why is ITV losing the French Open, where is it next year ?
Report Platini June 13, 2021 6:54 PM BST
Could even be 7-0 if you count Del Potro as part of NextGen at the time of his final loss.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 13, 2021 10:04 PM BST
1.33 Stef backers, they don't understand how Novak rolls.
Report stu June 14, 2021 12:39 PM BST
TBF how many times would you not consider backing at that price at 2-0...?

Djoker must be one of the most dangerous from that position of all time.
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