Federer Joins Mercedez-Benz in Global Partnership

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You can read all about Roger’s newest sponsor above. As for the tennis, not too much happened today as it rained most of the time. About time Roland Garros gets a roof over center court if you ask me. It just makes such a huge difference for TV viewers if they have live action to view instead of having to look at reruns. Wimbledon and the Australian Open have roofs over the center court and it’s time France and the US caught up with them. There was however enough play for the Monfils/Fognini match to be finished. They resumed at 5-5 in the fifth, and after courageously fending off some break points at the start, Fognini finally took advantage of a match point on the Monfils serve and prevailed 9-7 in the fifth. I was happy to see Fognini go through after everything he had to go through in this match.

I was also impressed with how he dealt with the hostile French crowd in the end. He was solid under pressure and played attacking tennis when necessary. It also affects Roger’s draw, because if Roger wins tomorrow, he plays the winner of Wawrinka and Fognini. The two Andy’s, Murray and Roddick, also won their respective matches. Murray is in the second quarter of the draw and could still possibly meet Roger in the semi-finals. It is really hard to pick a semi-finalist in this quarter of the draw though. It could be just about anyone of the remaining eight players remaining in that bracket of the draw. Whoever makes it, it will without a doubt be an easier semi-final for Roger than what he had last year against Del Potro. Judging by how relaxed Roger has looked so far in Paris and by his draw, it looks like he will have a considerably easier road to the finals than he did last year.

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The player that possibly poses the biggest threat for him until the semi-finals is Soderling, yet he beat Soderling in straight sets last year and has a 12-0 head-to-head record against him. It really does look like this is gonna be a two man show this year in Paris. It’s good to know that Roger doesn’t have to deal with guys like Davydenko and Del Potro in his quest to stay ranked number one for the most amount of weeks, but I also miss those guys. Aside from Roger and Nadal, those two guys are the best clay court players in the world. It just makes things more predictable and less exciting for me. Having said that, it’s also nice to know that Roger does not have to face one of those to in the quarters or semis. As for this Reister kid, we will just have to see what he brings to the table. He has had wins over Lopez and Rochus, so he can’t be the worst.

For those of you who don’t know, Roger will be playing the third match on court Suzanne Lenglen tomorrow. A lot of Fedfanatics are upset about this because it doesn’t happen often that the GOAT plays anywhere else than on center court. I don’t like it either but it is what it is and complaining won’t do us much good. Nadal was on Lenglen on Tuesday and will be on center court tomorrow. The other men’s match on center court will be De Bakker and Tsonga, which should be a good match. Another match that I am looking forward to as well is Soderling against Montanes, the guy who beat Roger in Estoril.

May the Fedforce be with you.

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