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Post Info TOPIC: Weeks 22-23 - 2014 French Open, Roland Garros, Paris (Clay)


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RE: Weeks 22-23 - 2014 French Open, Roland Garros, Paris (Clay)


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I am feeling Madeline's cushions' pain.


 You needn't - I had to be out from 5pm-7.15pm so missed most of it. I'm now watching it on Eurosport Player - I managed to rewind it, the first set is missing but I'm hoping to see sets 2 and 3 and they should be safe-ish during that. On the other hand, tomorrow morning, look out cushions.



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Not sure Andy will win, considering it's now finishing in the morning. His serve always looks shaky first thing, and something tells me that he won't be able to continue his whole 'breaking first' thing.

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Well hopefully Andy will be fully recovered and come out gunning, but I'm not holding my breath the way he ended up playing.

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Andy isn't scheduled on first tomorrow, but after Berdych vs Isner, which could go long ( well, lots of matches with Isner involved can go long ). Pretty normal practice in Slams that resumed matches are scheduled second on court.

Might sooth these a little that think Andy is not a morning person. I think there is still an element of that, though certainly not nearly to the extent as in his early pro career.

Still, just naturally, that very first game on serve is a worry. Hold successfully, and then I'd say serving first becomes an ongoing advantage.

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Oh, and I think Andy is the more likely winner.

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By the way, if anyone doesn't know and is interested, that British guy Andy Murray won his match, taking the final set 12-10.

He plays Fernando Verdasco in the last 16.

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I could only watch bits as it was Sunday lunch time and I was busy - I actually missed the end! But I recorded it so I can now watch the full thing, and the cushions are in no danger as I know he won!

Verdasco tomorrow will be another tough one. Remember Wimbledon last year, and that was on Andy's best surface (probably) not his worst. I found it a bit worrying that he seemed to be still having problems with the hamstring - when pulled out to his right particularly.  Not much chance to get it sorted before tomorrow.



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Yes, if Andy is still struggling a bit with his leg, I rather fear for him. I can see Verdasco blasting the ball right, left, wherever and Andy running around quite a lot. Could be pretty tough even fully fit.

I actually currently prefer a potential QF match-up with Monfils or Garcia-Lopez than this L16 match.

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L32: (7) Andy Murray WR 8 beat (28) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) WR 24 (CH 16 in 2012) by 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10

L16: (7) Andy Murray WR 8 v (24) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) WR 25 (CH 7 in 2009)

H2H 9-2 but it will be their first meeting on clay the only other match between them since 2009 was the 5-set win at Wimbledon last year


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If Andy has had problems, he's done well to not let them affect his game. Movement may have looked troublesome at times but I think his movement this morning was great. If it is only minor and soon to disappear, then I fancy Andy's route to the SF a lot. If it hinders his game, then as has been said, Verdasco is a nightmare opponent who is willing to run the full 5 and will be spraying the ball all over.

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Andy said his only problem was cramp, no injury.

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Andy 3rd on Suzanne Lenglen court tomorrow.

Play on court is due from 10 am BST and the first two matches are Ferrer vs Anderson and Jankovic vs Errani.

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I know that Monfils is the biggest draw the French have, and Nadal is Nadal, but this does mean that were he to win, Mr Murray could arrive at the QFs without having played on Chatrier. I suppose that's true for many players ... but I've just become used to Mr Murray getting somewhat better scheduling.

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Yes,, I'd been thinking about Andy's scheduling and he will certainly be lacking Chatrier experience this year as against his most likely potential opponents from QF on.

But I can't say that I have any big issues with it, even when he was punted out to Court 1 for his R2 match with Matosevic.

The men's Chatrier matches on each day that he has played have featured :

R1 : Monfils and Ferrer ( vs Sijsling and I don't mind that, Ferrer often gets a pretty poor deal in Slams )

R2 : Nadal and Gasquet

R3 : Nadal and Monfils

R4 : Nadal and Gasquet ( vs Verdasco )

The biggest talking point I was aware of was Nadal starting his defence on Lenglen on the first Monday, though it was then assumed he would be on Chatrier therefter, with that his one match away.

Verdasco has played on Chatrier ( last round ), but not Lenglen where Andy has played twice already so from that point of view no problem.

I agree that Monfils will have played on Chatrier twice before any potential QF meeting, and Nadal and Djokovic numerous times before any meeting with them. But I still can't say I think anything's particularly wrong, he's just liable to 'lose out' to such as Nadal, Monfils and Gasquet.

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Mixed up my R3 ( should be Nadal plus Gasquet vs Verdasco ) and R4 ( Nadal and Monfils ), but you get the gist.

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