2024 ROLAND GARROS

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It's the year 2024 and I'm still seeing Richard Gasquet walking around a court looking like he's got cramp and a bad back whilst hitting a single handed backhand winner down the line on match point to get thru to the 2nd round. Feels like he's been around for a decade longer than Murray/Nadal even though he hasn't.

Nadal/Zverev is a hell of a first round draw as well.

oscar bravo, Sunday, 26 May 2024 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Amélie Mauresmo, the tournament director, has said Alexander Zverev would be allowed to compete at Roland Garros as long as there has been no decision in his public trial. Zverev’s trial for allegedly physically abusing his former partner Brenda Patea begins on Friday in Berlin during the tournament. Zverev has always denied the charges.

“So far, our policy is that, as long as the trial isn’t finished and there isn’t a decision, he’s considered innocent and so that’s why he’s allowed to be part of the draw,” said Mauresmo.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 26 May 2024 23:13 (two weeks ago) link

^ this is a timebomb for men's tennis. Zverev could win this one. The men's tournament is very open.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 26 May 2024 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

Murray out in straights against Stan W. See what he can do, reckon there could be a deep run if he gets going.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 26 May 2024 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

Osaka is 1-1 all with Swiatek, 6-1!!

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

I just tuned into this, Osaka looks FEROCIOUS

Cemetry Gaetz (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2024 17:57 (two weeks ago) link

She is about to win, sounds like a great, great performance

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

Okay now Swiatek looks FEROCIOUS

I wish this was the final

Cemetry Gaetz (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2024 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

incredible third set & iga comeback

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

Holy shit that was amazing, both of them are monstrous

Cemetry Gaetz (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2024 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

Incredible. Osaka is back back back despite loss. Very exciting

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

looking like a decently competitive first set is all gasquet is going to manage against sinner. not surprising, but i was (am?) hoping against hope for more!

andrew m., Wednesday, 29 May 2024 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

Kotov's mom is doing overgrip for her son while he's fighting with Wawrinka 🥹🥹🥹 pic.twitter.com/EFnC7i9ZMu

— lokked (@luv_lokked) May 29, 2024

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 22:35 (two weeks ago) link

Shame, Osaka was so close, basically beat herself with frustrating mistakes and nervousness at the last moment. Still, incredible that she played at this level, gave me flashbacks of seeing her win her first Slam against Serena. Hope that's her real comeback. Iga was solid, but nowhere near her finest level.

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 May 2024 12:19 (two weeks ago) link

Not sure I can recall a wetter start to RG. Every day so far, and without the floodlights they installed in 2020/2021(?) they'd be wildly behind by now. At least a few evenings have been dry. 55 singles matches slated for today, 11 done.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 May 2024 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

tiafoe only converted 1 break pt out of 20 vs shapo, not sure i ever recall a stat that extreme

johnny crunch, Thursday, 30 May 2024 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

Oof. I recall Federer was 0/12 when losing to Tsitsipas at AO '19.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 May 2024 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

And, funnily enough, I checked and Tsitsipas went 1/20 in losing to Donskoy 7-6 in the 3rd in Madrid in 2018.
Federer was 4/25 in one of his great post-peak (but pre-revival) Slam performances: beating Novak RG sf '11.
Cedric Pioline may well hold the record for most BPs squandered - 28 - but that was a match he won.

Osaka's USO win in '18 was full of BP-saves. Madison Keys went 0/13 in their semi - part of a sequence of 21 straight BPs Osaka saved in the last three rounds.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 May 2024 17:11 (two weeks ago) link

and now verdasco in the stands changing fokina's overgrip. they must be sweating through wraps at a crazy rate this year. must be humid from the rains.

andrew m., Thursday, 30 May 2024 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

great match tiebreak comeback by rune.. he was 0-5 down & produced multiple highlight shots to comeback

johnny crunch, Thursday, 30 May 2024 21:02 (two weeks ago) link

cool to see zhang through to the 3rd round. he was great in rome, where he made the quarters. he gets next to zero attention, in the u.s. at least. personal opinion based on mounds upon mounds of evidence: rooted in anti-china propoganda! but that's a whole 'nother can of worms.

andrew m., Thursday, 30 May 2024 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

lmao mcenroe is so mad zizou bergs is playing on center court (bergs/dmitrov was moved from an outer court after so many delays)

johnny crunch, Saturday, 1 June 2024 20:12 (one week ago) link

musetti/novak going to a fifth set - 235am paris time

johnny crunch, Sunday, 2 June 2024 00:34 (one week ago) link

djokovic is really controlling ct position now, musetti cant get his shots deep enough

johnny crunch, Sunday, 2 June 2024 00:45 (one week ago) link

since 2-2 in the 4th set, novak has lost one (1) game

johnny crunch, Sunday, 2 June 2024 01:05 (one week ago) link

Well I didn’t chose a good day to arrive a bit later at #RolandGarros, as Iga Swiatek beats Anastasia Potapova in 40 minutes to become the first player to reach the QFs in this edition.

6-0 6-0

10 points lost 🤯 pic.twitter.com/n1XfSTdwxq

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 2, 2024

johnny crunch, Sunday, 2 June 2024 10:29 (one week ago) link

Djoko 2-1 down against Cerundolo

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2024 17:11 (one week ago) link

Andreeva is in the QFs. 17!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2024 17:14 (one week ago) link

Djoko broken! Yes thanks

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2024 17:26 (one week ago) link

going 5, novak is unreal

johnny crunch, Monday, 3 June 2024 18:02 (one week ago) link

Bah

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2024 18:06 (one week ago) link

cerundolo hasnt wilted in this 5th like musetti did.. but is now still fighting hard to hold in the 9th game

johnny crunch, Monday, 3 June 2024 18:44 (one week ago) link

amazing forehand to break & novak will look to serve it out whoa

johnny crunch, Monday, 3 June 2024 18:46 (one week ago) link

xp break was in the 8th game, not 9th; 9th was when novak won the match

johnny crunch, Monday, 3 June 2024 18:51 (one week ago) link

Just incredible, again.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2024 19:01 (one week ago) link

Best of three in the Slams NOW. Just for Novak.

So tired of him getting out of jail like this. I just can't admire it, much less enjoy it. It's Liverpool scoring in added time to me, always will be.
Cerundolo hit two DFs in the whole match and of course one (or was it both?) had to come when he was serving for 5-3 in the 4th.

I have to hope that this is Novak's Nadal-Fritz Wimb '22 moment, and he's dragged himself through on adrenaline and painkillers, and there's nothing more to come. Shows how little faith I have in Ruud (who has beaten him on clay this season! And is good enough to win this!) that I'm hoping for withdrawal.

The problem with players you hate (and my entire tennis-following life has been defined by players I hate) hanging around deep into the draw is you can't really enjoy the rest of it; today I'd be ok with any combination of results if Novak was out (Dimi into a semi, or a final, would be great) but now I just have to hope the #2 and #3 prevail cos Djoker is still there. Gah. Stupid sportsball.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 10:02 (one week ago) link

Doesn't feel like Djoko will be around for much longer tbh. Might battle past Ruud but SFs and Finals will be much tougher if he even gets there.

Feels like Zverev winning as a bigger issue.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:17 (one week ago) link

But yeah, nothing will be worse than Sampras wrapping up all those Wimbledon titles, but Djoko ending with most men's slams ranks close.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:19 (one week ago) link

I didn't even hate Sampras! I certainly didn't want him to win those last four, 1997-2000 (or USO '02). He did his job as a barrier to Becker in the mid-'90s, but outstayed his welcome.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:26 (one week ago) link

A little sad to see Jabeur go out to Gauff, but it's a huge improvement on her form for most of the last six months and bodes well for the grass.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:28 (one week ago) link

Re: Sampras, just personally speaking it was the worst. At least there is something likeable about Djokovic's play. And when he got beat in his heyday it was krajicek, who I also took a dislike to.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:42 (one week ago) link

Jabeur is definitely got a bit more form going into grass. We shall see.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 11:43 (one week ago) link

Swiatek just batters opponents. Vondrousova won Wimbledon and yet there she is, 6-0 and 4-1 down

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 12:27 (one week ago) link

& novak withdrawals

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 15:06 (one week ago) link

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Sinner is your new #1, though he's having some trouble finishing off Dimitrov.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 15:14 (one week ago) link

How the fuck did he win with a torn meniscus?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 15:16 (one week ago) link

Sinner wins

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 June 2024 15:35 (one week ago) link

Delighted for Paolini, a real late bloomer.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 5 June 2024 14:57 (one week ago) link

Yup. Andreeva and Saba are exchanging breaks early on

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 June 2024 15:08 (one week ago) link

Djoko will probably miss Wimbledon.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/05/novak-djokovic-knee-surgery-paris-olympics-wimbledon-tennis

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 June 2024 16:02 (one week ago) link

He's got it

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:34 (five days ago) link

ugh come on carlito

brony james (k3vin k.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:38 (five days ago) link

Oh dear. 0-15..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:38 (five days ago) link

Lol drop shot, he is the best I've ever seen

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:39 (five days ago) link

:-(

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:41 (five days ago) link

Two more bps..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:41 (five days ago) link

momentum has swung in this 3rd set several times

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:41 (five days ago) link

Breaks. Zverev to serve for the set. Fuck!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:42 (five days ago) link

Bar a game or so, Zverev has been dominant for the better part of two sets

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:43 (five days ago) link

30 all

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:46 (five days ago) link

has anyone mentioned why all 8 breaks of serve have come from the umpire’s left? the right side doesn’t have the sun (if the shadows are an indication) and also has a tailwind

brony james (k3vin k.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:47 (five days ago) link

Bp! Come on, a couple of awesome points

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:50 (five days ago) link

Awesome rallying and Z is a set away

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:53 (five days ago) link

What a lob..Zverev let that go

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:03 (five days ago) link

Brilliant

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:06 (five days ago) link

Alcaraz response is seriously good..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:09 (five days ago) link

Amazing!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:15 (five days ago) link

Lol, this set is not quite over

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:18 (five days ago) link

6-1. Flattering score for the set, I think. Zverev had bps.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:37 (five days ago) link

Zverev to serve. Didn't win one game on his serve in the 4th which is bizarre as hell

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:41 (five days ago) link

Z was tamely broken

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:52 (five days ago) link

there have been… a lot of breaks

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 June 2024 16:55 (five days ago) link

Insane!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:01 (five days ago) link

He saved bps Alcaraz. 3-1. Feels decisive

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:04 (five days ago) link

Zverev so mad about that super-close call on Alcaraz's shot at 0-40, I think that hurt him through the rest of that game.

Another deuce for A to get through

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:17 (five days ago) link

Alcaraz is getting through these

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:22 (five days ago) link

carlos is a fuckin magician

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:22 (five days ago) link

fifth set alcaraz has hit some of the best shots i’ve seen in my life

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:25 (five days ago) link

That was awesome

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:25 (five days ago) link

oh man that little backhand flick pass

brony james (k3vin k.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:26 (five days ago) link

omg that one-handed backhand was brutal

Amazing!

Maresn3st, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:26 (five days ago) link

Annihilated Zverev there.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:26 (five days ago) link

Zverev looked at him like "seriously wtf"

C'mon Carlos stick it to old lanky bollox

Maresn3st, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:27 (five days ago) link

carlos up 2 breaks!

brony james (k3vin k.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:27 (five days ago) link

loop return, short response & drilled to break

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:27 (five days ago) link

Came up with all the answers when he needed it the most

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:27 (five days ago) link

This set has felt close all the way until that last game, and suddenly it's 5-2.

was 5-2 in the third too, though only 1 break

brony james (k3vin k.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:27 (five days ago) link

Zverev so mad about that super-close call on Alcaraz's shot at 0-40, I think that hurt him through the rest of that game.

― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 9 June 2024 bookmarkflaglink

Zverev was weaker in the last two sets. I am really pleased to see

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:30 (five days ago) link

Two CPs

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:31 (five days ago) link

Yes!!!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:32 (five days ago) link

Congrats Carlos!

Get in, cue Eurosport's heroic music

Maresn3st, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:33 (five days ago) link

Youngest player ever to win a slam on all three surfaces.

was wandering the desert looking for my post-roger main, wandering no more

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:36 (five days ago) link

Never in doubt.

I cracked and went to the terrible sports pub on the corner. First time since EFC escape last May. Some glorious fizzing forehands in that last set, which he seemed reluctant to unload on for much of the match.

The Next Gen lads are so good at giving up leads in Slam finals, gotta hand it to them.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:39 (five days ago) link

Zverev could've sneaked a slam like Roddick but he's 28 so he would need to be lucky.

Both Sinner and especially Alcaraz are settled in now.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 17:47 (five days ago) link


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