Feder-bear’s Scare and The Nadal was on Djokovic

June 9, 2007 at 4:33 am Leave a comment

Rafael Nadal took out Novak Djokovic in three sets to reach the semifinals of the French Open.  Not an easy win but certainly quicker than I’d hoped.  It seemed to get easier for Rafa each set, 7-5 6-4 6-2.  I would loved to have seen Novak get a little more big-stage time.  Someone, someday has to decide to be in a Slam final besides Nadal and Federer.  They’re great players and they’re great to watch, but that Underdog Syndrome of mine gets the best of me.  Last night, I was almost ready to say Nikolay Davydenko was ready to beat Federer because he’d beaten Guillermo Cañas, but that logic never works in men’s singles.  Nikolay did give it his all and though Federer won, 7-5 7-6(5) 7-6(7), the numbers prove that three set matches are not always a Slam dunk!

Over in doubles, the Slam Swammy was hushed once more, not giving credit to the pair of Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo.  Had I known they’d never partnered (bad boy, didn’t do research!), I would have picked them for that reason alone.  Again, this is the kind of crazy thing that the clay at Roland Garros rewards.  Send your good wishes and warm love to Ai Sugiyama and especially Katarina Srebotnik who lost in the finals of both her doubles pairings. 

But it’s all about tomorrow, eh?  Justine Henin goes for three in a row against a brand new shiny battleship (that’s her play style, not her gorgeous looks) called Ana Ivanovic.  I’m not the only one that pegged her as a major finals possibility, especially with Sharapova on her side of the bracket (Maria always gets the easier half of the draw).  But Ana still had some impossible matches that she turned into complete shutdowns.  My only concern with her is that she took three sets to take Svetlana Kuznetsova, last year’s finalist, and that doesn’t exactly tell me me that Ana will have a true advantage.  It’s anybody’s guess.  They’ll play in front of French fans and Ana’s damn fine.  Plus, they’ve been known to turn on a dime, so Justine best beware of depending too much on “home court advantage.”  Then again, given what Justine will do to win a game, her inner she-devil has been screaming for this event since last year.  Ooooo, I hope Ana walks away from this the new darling of tennis.  I would much rather see her face (and other lovelinesses) everytime I visit the WTA tour website or anywhere else tennis or sneakers or cameras are mentioned.  By the way, I noticed there are others who dislike Skankipova.

After all the drama of the ladies’, the men’s doubles takes centerstage as #9 Czechs Lukas Dlouhy/Pavel Vizner take on Mark Knowles (BAH)/Daniel Nestor (CAN), the 6th seed team.  I look for Knowles and Nestor to be having a little bit of stress and perhaps handing it to fresh faces (therefore, ready to fight) the Czechs.  I’ve been preaching the Knowles/Nestor-it’s-our-last-time-together attitude all week, but I don’t know how that plays in the final.

Incidentally, it’s been fun trying to guess the Roland Garros matches, round by round, even though (again) clay is not my game.  Too, I do not get to see any of the matches or watch anyone play (deadly for making good predictions) during Roland Garros time so I was thrilled to get anything correct after the first round.  Still, I’ve acquired my taste for crow and so now am not afraid of sticking my foot in my mouth because I know I can’t get some horrible disease from doing it … like tennis elbow.

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