Big Four All Unscathed Into Third Round in Paris

Just a quick post to update you on what has transpired so far in Paris. The big four with the exception of Djokovic funnily enough all looked extremely comfortable in advancing to the third round. Djokovic played yesterday and looked rusty in defeating Bellucci 7-5, 6-3. He actually dropped serve in the fifth game I think but broke back straight away the way he usually does.

He seemed to find his game toward the end of the first set when he broke Bellucci and then held serve to love to win the first set. Djokovic made an uncharacteristic number of unforced errors, but his winners still outnumbered those by 25-24. I guess the rust is to be expected and I’m sure he will be back to crushing opponents soon. He plays Simon next though who is the local favorite and can be difficult to put away.

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Should be interesting. Then the rest of the big four were in action today with Murray being the first and he made short work of Coric 6-1, 6-2. I expected a tough match so all credit to Murray. I guess he means business in Paris. I can see him making at least semis. After Murray, it was the turn of Nadal who played Rosol again after the controversial match in Basel.

Rosol was up to his old attempts at psyching by tapping the ground with his racquet before Nadal served, but Nadal crushed him 6-2, 6-2. Thanks for coming. No more Mr. Nice Guy like in Basel and Nadal is going to be hard to stop here on the slow indoor courts. He next plays the winner of Anderson and Thiem who is about to start. Given that these courts are slow I am interested to see if Thiem can win another indoor match.

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It will be tough against Anderson, though. Finally, Federer played against Seppi and although Seppi has been awful of late Federer was pretty terrific himself as he blasted Seppi 6-1, 6-1. Clearly the title in Basel didn’t do anything to hurt his confidence. It’s good to see him in this kind of form and hopefully we have another Djokerer final.

Federer plays Isner now and we are probably looking at a Fedray semi in the bottom half. Elsewhere in the draw Stan had a solid 6-3, 7-6(6) win over Tomic and is on course for a quarterfinal meeting with Nadal. These courts should suit Stan’s game. Incredibly, Dimitrov won two straight matches when he defeated Cilic today 7-6(3), 7-6(2). I hear he is now dating Alize Lim so maybe the beginning of something better for him.

Ps. Djokovic hasn’t lost a match indoors since 2012 and he is on an 18-match winning streak. Heading for another record-breaking streak?

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14 Comments

  1. Don’t know much about Alize Lim’s tennis, but she is definitely smoke show hot. Good for him!! Hope she inspires him. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Indeed. I like her. Much better than Shrieka imo.

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  2. By the way, you have never mentioned it but Djoko is definitely number one in the tennis world for picking wives too. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I thought that was common knowledge ;-)

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  3. Didn’t watch any of games, but heard that Federer played particularly well. I like when Federer in good form faces Djokovic. Pundits explaining why Federer will beat Djokovic is my favourite part.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Craig O’Shannessy: ‘Fifteen reasons why Federer beats Djokovic at the US Open’ =))

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    George Reply:

    That one is my favourite. I admire Craig that he can make living out of tennis with that level of expertise. Andy Roddick positively surprised me as a pundit in Wimbledon this year. He was really insightful and usually spot on. I remember him commenting on 75% votes for Federer beating Djokovic in W final (he was saying something along the lines “I wouldn’t like to insult general public, but….”).

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Always a beautiful thing when the establishment gets crushed. You would have thought Craig had learned something from Wimbledon at least. One of his 15 reasons was that Federer is better at long baseline rallies than Djokovic =))

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    George Reply:

    You must be joking? It is like saying that Federer is taller than Isner. I am sorry that Federer lost today so we can’t watch him against Djokovic. However, it seems that Murray plays really well. That could be a cracker if it happens.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nah he said that is the case because the stats showed it lol. Yeah, shame about Federer. Bad loss for him.

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    George Reply:

    It is funny that an expert would think like that. With a right opponent, I can have better statistics than Djokovic.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly. It doesn’t show much insight, does it? It just makes him look like another Fed fanboy.

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    George Reply:

    Do you think that this is just incompetence or is it a conscious decision to support Federer knowing that this is more rewording than supporting Djokovic? Is it more rewording to support Federer?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think it’s the Federer hype that clouded his judgement. I mean 15 reasons Federer will win? Give me a break. If he said here is why Federer still has the edge despite what happened in the last two Wimby finals then it’s another story. But 15 reasons sounds like sheer fanboyism. He should know better than letting the stats tell the whole story.

    Before the match, I roasted him on Twitter about his bias. He said he’s a fan of tennis like he has no bias toward Federer. Lol. I think he does a pretty good job with the stats and stuff, but he fucked up there for sure. Tennis is definitely not just about stats. Djokovic is mentally stronger and raises his game when he needs to.

    That was poor from O’Shannessy.

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