Archive for June, 2011


Roland Garros is buzzing

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Today is one of those days when the French Open just teems with excitement, when there is a buzz in the air that lets you know that even in this amazing tournament: today is something special. This is because there are two world class semi finals being played out today. Andy Murray will be playing Rafael Nadal to make it into the French Open for the first time, and Novak Djokovic is up against Roger Federer in a delectable set up to who will reach the finals this year.

I’m not sure even sure if predictions is the best thing for a day like today. This is going to be a day to be remembered, until of course the final comes and likely blows these competitions out of the water. The four top players in the world do battle, and then there will only be 2 left to fight it out for the ultimate title.

On the one hand, there are the Andy Murray doubters; myself among them. He is not the best on clay, he is struggling with an ankle injury, and his quarter final against Juan Ignacio Chela was hardly an epic match up to test his strength. Troicki unnerved Murray, and if that can be done by a low seeded player then what will Rafa, the King of Clay, do to him? On the other hand there are the Murray-believers (made up predominantly of the British press who would have dropped interest in the French Open if it weren’t for Murray, but that is a different debate for a different time), who are stalwartly behind him. This is his moment. He has played well so far, he has a certain grit, and Raf more »


Fourth Round and Quarter Finals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The action and drama at Roland Garros has yet to abate, and it will only get better, With the weekend being full of the typical tears and tantrums of the advancing rounds, today will be the culmination of many player’s best efforts. Today is the first quarter final day, and the mood is excitable.

The events leading up to this point in the tournament have been just as exciting. Andy Murray had to battle his way into the quarters after a laborious game against Viktor Troicki, who played probably the best tennis of his life but was unfortunately undone by a halt due to poor light, and then nerves at the prospect of advancing as he started the match on the next day. Andy Murray was at times desperately poor as he struggled with an ankle injury. But experience and grit pulled him through against a player whose experience in these late-stage rounds is considerably less. Congratulations are definitely deserved for Troicki though, a valiant effort at very nearly putting off the British number one. Andy Murray now faces Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the semi-finals.

Despite the Brit’s frothing at the mouth at this quarter-final match up none is more exciting than the semi final which was decided yesterday. Roger Federer defeated Gael Monfils in straight sets, and then Novak Djokovic beat Fabio Fognini after the Italian retired due to a thigh injury. Yes that’s right, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be squaring up o each other in the semi-finals tomorrow. Just thinking about  more »

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