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SamuelMertensBertens
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Sunday start for this, so I forgot to open this this morning, but let's keep all the Roland Garros talk here. Good luck with your bets and enjoyment of the tennis.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:00 PM BST
BBC adopting my gimmick! Excited

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:05 PM BST
As does Eurosport!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:08 PM BST
And Le Figaro!
Report Journeyman June 8, 2024 2:08 PM BST
It reinforces the point Stu made on mes's thread. They'd never have done that with Sharapova.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:08 PM BST
(there are more hits if you google Jessica Paolini tennis)
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:09 PM BST
They called Vika guest when she was world number 1 and attended some event with Redfoo as in Redfoo and guest.
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 2:14 PM BST
what did she see in that mug redfoo
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:16 PM BST
same thing as Peyton Stearns is now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:26 PM BST
Iga in mug mode.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 2:27 PM BST
which is odd because she didn't start the match like that.
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 2:27 PM BST
he likes simple looking women

remember the whole crowd against her against Li Na at the Oz open, and redfoo the only one standing up clapping, think it was because of a tactical toilet break in the previous match against Sloane
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 2:47 PM BST
always going to refer to this as the 1.05 final, Iga really wants to dominate this slam like her hero did
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 2:49 PM BST
a good market for this would have over or under 1 hour for the match
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:02 PM BST
yes. More interesting than match odds. Sadly there would be no liquidity.
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 3:04 PM BST
I think it's time they made women's finals best of 5 like they used to do for ATP Masters finals, whilst you might still get the same outcome, at least fans in the stadium and at home get more value for money with fitness coming into it later on.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:09 PM BST
how is 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 more value for money than 6-2, 6-0? And for close matches quality would go down in set 4 and 5, so a close 3 setter would be preferable.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:10 PM BST
they would do best of 5 for the final of the WTA finals, but there was not much support amongst the players. In particular Graf was against it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:11 PM BST
or most were and she was the only one brave to tell her real opinion.
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 3:12 PM BST
if you're paying for a ticket to see two elite athletes, and you have a choice over 1 hour or 1.30min, you'd choose the latter
Report stu June 8, 2024 3:12 PM BST
Amazing that Iga will pick up as much pay as the men's winner will, apart from one match, she's barely played any tennis! Laugh
Report mesmerised June 8, 2024 3:12 PM BST
this is embarassing though
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:13 PM BST

Jun 8, 2024 -- 3:12PM, mesmerised wrote:


if you're paying for a ticket to see two elite athletes, and you have a choice over 1 hour or 1.30min, you'd choose the latter


if this was bo5 people would leave after 2!

Report stu June 8, 2024 3:16 PM BST
avoids the bagel at least...
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:22 PM BST
Paolini did tremendous to even make the final, and will now be mocked for only winning 3 games against Iga.
Report edy June 8, 2024 3:22 PM BST
Little do the haters know that 3 games against Iga at RG is a tremendous achievement.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:24 PM BST
If Naomi keeps progressing, Sabalenka isn't on her period next year, with Mirra being one year older and Rebellova finding form again and staying healthy, maybe one of them can put up a fight against Iga next year.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:24 PM BST

Jun 8, 2024 -- 3:22PM, edy wrote:


Little do the haters know that 3 games against Iga at RG is a tremendous achievement.


true.

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:28 PM BST
Tennis Updates @TennisUpdates24
Amelie Mauresmo says on Tennis Channel they can't do the night session with an earlier start because people work late in Paris so the crowd would be empty early on.

Says the potential length is why they went with only men's matches, as she's stated the last couple years.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:40 PM BST
how nice of Iga to jell Paolini to say something in French to suck up to the fans.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:41 PM BST
Iga being so awkward Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:44 PM BST
Iga shaking her head after that speech of hers Laugh
Report edy June 8, 2024 3:44 PM BST
Were you guys all thrilled about Robin Haase playing singles tennis today?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 8, 2024 3:45 PM BST
Boris with Mats and Babsi now!
Report Journeyman June 8, 2024 3:45 PM BST
I was so excited it felt like I'd had five coffees
Report edy June 8, 2024 3:47 PM BST
I better not tell you that Michaella Krajicek is also playing today.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 12:30 PM BST
Carlos vs Alex, the winner takes it all !!
Report stu June 9, 2024 12:34 PM BST
Carlos should win this relatively comfortably IMO - if he shows up in top form.

I'd say win in 3 or 4 sets as my guess.
Report stu June 9, 2024 12:35 PM BST
Only slight nagging doubt is the hard game he had v Sinner, but I think it was just about quick enough for recovery time given.
Report stu June 9, 2024 12:35 PM BST
Quick enough for a 5 setter at least...
Report edy June 9, 2024 12:42 PM BST
Katerina Siniakova cements her place as a doubles legend by taking lone lead among the (full time) active women with the most majors in doubles. She broke the tie with the ten years older Hsieh. Out of the non-retired players, only Venus Williams with fourteen cups has more than Siniakova's eight titles.
Report edy June 9, 2024 12:57 PM BST
...and Gauff finally claims her first doubles trophy after a few previously ultimately unsuccessful deep runs, which is probably nice for her as well.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 1:07 PM BST
is it too late for Coco switch nationality to Czechia and have a Siniakova/Gauffova pairing at the Olympics?
Report edy June 9, 2024 1:13 PM BST
If I remember correctly, the ITF introduced a Dustin Brown rule a while ago that says players who have represented a country in Davis or Billie Jean King Cup can not wildly switch countries to then represent their new country at ITF country events, which the olympics probably ultimately are.
Report edy June 9, 2024 1:17 PM BST
....and Czechia might have some tougher citizen naturalisation rules to begin with than someone coming along with "Hey, can I please have Czech citizenship? I played Ostrava once and I gel with Katerina Siniakova!"
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 1:33 PM BST
What a shame!
Report stu June 9, 2024 1:34 PM BST
Can I just say, Barbara looking lovely today in her outfit (just needed to be noted) Grin
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 2:04 PM BST

Jun 9, 2024 -- 12:35PM, stu wrote:


Only slight nagging doubt is the hard game he had v Sinner, but I think it was just about quick enough for recovery time given.


Yeah it really didn't feel like a slugfest despite the 5 setter

Carlos best is too good for Alex for sure. Though Alex's 5th gear is too good for Carlos in 3rd gear

No financial interest for me as my big outright book bombed sadly Laugh

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 2:18 PM BST
Are we getting another train here? Cry
Report stu June 9, 2024 2:34 PM BST
Not sure though good from Carlos so far - but he has shown dips, so wouldn't be surprised he wins but still drops an odd set here.
Report stu June 9, 2024 2:35 PM BST
if he wins in a train, then the pre match odds were generous...
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 2:37 PM BST
I didn't expect Sascha to be nervous and error prone, but here we are.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 2:58 PM BST
Both in 3rd gear so only one winner if this stays
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 2:58 PM BST
2.0 3-0 looks very fair right now
Report Journeyman June 9, 2024 3:16 PM BST
A set with a bit blustery conditions, let Zverev settle and let's see what happens. A long way to go.
Report Journeyman June 9, 2024 3:16 PM BST
* less
Report roggrain June 9, 2024 3:33 PM BST
5 of 7 games served into the sun have resulted in breaks. It's not the wind that's the problem.

Zherev broken 3 times Alacaraz 2 times. (For 1 game on Alcaraz's serve there was cloud cover and he

held.)It's not just the serve, but seeing spots during the next shot.
Report roggrain June 9, 2024 3:58 PM BST
I wondered earlier why the sun was in their eyes at 3 in the afternoon, since tennis courts are

nearly always orientated North/South. Just looked on Google earth and ,surprisingly, Roland Garros

courts are SW/NE.
Report stu June 9, 2024 4:00 PM BST
Match looking lot less like a train currently - tight.
Report Journeyman June 9, 2024 4:00 PM BST
Zverev losing first set in four of his last six matches (and being taken to tiebreak in one of the two he won)
Zverev winning second set in all six matches (four of them by 6-2 or better).
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:09 PM BST
Alex on top for sure right now
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:14 PM BST
no more jinxing please.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:17 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:38 PM BST
Carlos can't handle the court toward the end of sets? Excited
Report stu June 9, 2024 4:41 PM BST
Some collapse from Carlos from serving for this set 3, blimey.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:42 PM BST
Raging about the court " hard court " he says !!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:42 PM BST
Moan some more, you Murcian mug!
Report stu June 9, 2024 4:42 PM BST
Sometimes he looks like an unbeatable god, others like a boy playing against a man.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:43 PM BST
All smiles when winning ! Has been hitting wild forehands so does seem the ball isn't bouncing as expected !
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:44 PM BST
It is why I hate playing on clay courts, the bounce is often to different on different spots
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:44 PM BST
the court changes during the set as the watering of the court between them dries off more and more. Higher bounces, not good for Carlos.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:46 PM BST
Let's go Sascha!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:48 PM BST
moonballs ffs
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:48 PM BST
Cry
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 4:48 PM BST
Moonballing Cornet style ! Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:49 PM BST
Sascha is so nervous. 7-0 breaker coming.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:53 PM BST
well done Sascha.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 4:53 PM BST
Ben on suicide watch.
Report stu June 9, 2024 4:56 PM BST
Biggest factor is prob now whether Zverev chokes knowing he can win now..
Report stu June 9, 2024 5:08 PM BST
Another 5 setter likely. Decent final.
Report stu June 9, 2024 5:14 PM BST
Very chokey this set Zverev
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 5:18 PM BST
massage for Carlos.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 5:19 PM BST
if he wins 30 Slams with one arm and one leg I will be truly impressed.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 5:28 PM BST
If I see one comment/headline about this being a classic final ...
Report stu June 9, 2024 5:33 PM BST
True standard not really peaked - both just played bad at different times in the match
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 5:50 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 5:55 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 5:56 PM BST
Shame Rafa wasn't 100% back for this, not unthinkable from what we have seen that he could have gone on and won
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:01 PM BST
Alex nearly fudged that up 4 times LaughLaugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 6:02 PM BST
unfair to judge Alex and Carlos on their poor showing today, but yeah this is ugly.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:24 PM BST
Carlos LoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 9, 2024 6:25 PM BST
maybe he will win 30 Slams if he can play this poorly and still win Slams Cry How old is Rafa's kid again?
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:27 PM BST
" 4 hours and 14 pulsating minutes ! "

Laugh
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:29 PM BST
1.43    £4.15        £8,080.98
1.44    £18.70        £52,041.68
1.45    £11.83        £20,818.78
1.46            £12,300.76
1.47            £69,651.45
1.48            £15,506.26
1.49    £0.09        £19,506.61
1.5    £5,464.94        £162,226.85
1.51    £4,622.31        £551,822.67
1.52    £0.97        £364,096.37
1.53    £10.00        £152,443.64
1.54            £133,959.52
1.55    £3.14        £140,487.41
1.56            £168,019.84
1.57    £1.49        £86,645.74

Alex in deep doo doo !
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:32 PM BST
3.9            £9,709.05
3.95            £10,925.04
4        £17.29    £21,214.77
4.1            £13,152.10
4.2            £14,288.89
4.3            £2,886.58

Carlos OUTRIGHT
Report stu June 9, 2024 6:35 PM BST
Deserved it ultimately, beat Sinner and Zverev both 5 sets.

Not a massively great standard, but flashes of great play at times.
Report Angela Rebecchi June 9, 2024 6:37 PM BST
Spot on stu ! Nerves and maybe not 100% right physically, so could well dominate here, especially if Sinner doesn't fully acclimatise to the surface as well as others
Report pandora1963 June 9, 2024 8:34 PM BST
not in djoko's league, the next gen won't be true greats
Report Wesdag June 9, 2024 8:44 PM BST
The feast of great tennis is finally over.
Nadal in his pomp would've made mincemeat of these 2.
Report mesmerised June 9, 2024 9:43 PM BST
classic final
Report Journeyman June 9, 2024 10:19 PM BST
The break between eras requires just a little patience.

Meanwhile in the UK a Brazilian kid that adores Wimbledon will step onto a Nottingham court on Tuesday.
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