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Post by sirfredperry on Tue 30 May 2017, 8:43 am

Andy Murray - out of sorts of late - is in action today and we shall also get the conclusion of the Verdasco-Zverev match (one set all as it stands).
   Should Murray crash out (people always seem to "crash out" of tennis tournaments) then you would have to say that there's something seriously wrong with him at the moment. Ironic that the number ones in the men's and the women's game are both struggling at present.


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Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 30 May 2017, 9:15 am

sirfredperry wrote:Andy Murray - out of sorts of late - is in action today and we shall also get the conclusion of the Verdasco-Zverev match (one set all as it stands).
   Should Murray crash out (people always seem to "crash out" of tennis tournaments) then you would have to say that there's something seriously wrong with him at the moment.

One match at a time must be the case for Murray who has been out of sorts. He's had injuries and a season that really has failed to get going to date. At present I'd be happy with him reaching the QF's, delighted if he reaches the semis and gobsmacked if it is anything beyond that. It is important he does have a decent run here though to put himself on a more even keel for the grass court season.
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Post by Guest82 on Tue 30 May 2017, 9:45 am

Kuznetsov made semi-finals in Geneva last week so isn't playing badly. I wouldn't be surprised to see him win.

Kohlschriber v Kyrgios has potential to be entertaining too.

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Post by sirfredperry on Tue 30 May 2017, 12:53 pm

Konta beaten, after winning first set 6-1. OK, she's not got much clay-court pedigree, but it's still a big shock. The women's draw is even more wide open now. Twould be a brave person to predict who will end up ladies' champion.

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Post by lags72 on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:24 pm

Sure, a big shock given her seeding and her opponent.

But perhaps not so much of a shock given her track record here : third year in a row when she has exited at RG in R1, and has yet to win a match here.

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Post by JuliusHMarx on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:24 pm

sirfredperry wrote:Konta crashes out, after winning first set 6-1. OK, she's not got much clay-court pedigree, but it's still a big shock. The women's draw is even more wide open now. Twould be a brave person to predict who will end up ladies' champion.

Fixed for you Smile

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:41 pm

Fernando goes into the lead 2-1 the forehand is really on song today Wink

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Post by slashermcguirk on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:44 pm

As predicted, Verdasco making life very tough for Zverev in the 1st round. I tipped Verdasco to possibly win that match given the increased expectation on Zverev.

You just never know which Verdasco will turn up but he loves play the big matches on the big courts. He currently leads 2 sets to 1. He is a hugely talented player but it will be interesting to see if Verdasco can close it out. Has 5 sets written all over it but it doesn't surprise me one bit. When the Verdasco forehand is on, he can beat anybody

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Post by temporary21 on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:50 pm

Caroline wozniacki. I'll put myself in the gun

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Post by Guest82 on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:55 pm

temporary21 wrote:Caroline wozniacki. I'll put myself in the gun

Ha. Brave prediction.

I'll say Halep.

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Post by temporary21 on Tue 30 May 2017, 1:55 pm

I'll echo what I felt after Rome 

People shouldn't jump on him if he does go out early here

He's adjusting to being a big fish

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Tue 30 May 2017, 2:05 pm

He is not losing the match so why jump on him.. at the moment the real Verdasco is on court at the moment and beating him simple.. Mind you Fernando will probably go home after this match Wink

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Post by sirfredperry on Tue 30 May 2017, 2:26 pm

Amazing how far behind the baseline Zverev was playing. Surprised Verdasco didn't try a few drop shots. But didn't need to, did he. 
   Zverev is a big talent but looked a little raw against an experienced campaigner.

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Post by Guest82 on Tue 30 May 2017, 2:54 pm

I backed Zverev to win RG too...thought he would make the final to be honest.

Although not a massive surprise, Verdasco is very good when he is "on".

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Tue 30 May 2017, 2:58 pm

Well I think we all know that on his day Verdasco could take on the world and his wife .. but those days now are very few and far between.. I think Zverev  was fighting against experience and a devastating left handed forehand that is hard to cope with even for  the best of players.. No discredit there he must  just chalk it up to meeting a good player on a good day..  next !!!

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Post by banbrotam on Tue 30 May 2017, 5:33 pm

Murray looked like the 2004 version in the first two sets and the version who hit paydirt (gedit!) last year for the final two

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Post by sirfredperry on Tue 30 May 2017, 5:43 pm

Saw quite a lot of the Murray match. Andy got far more cheap points on his serve and committed far fewer UEs than his opponent. Given his indifferent form of late, Murray will take heart from this, I guess.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 30 May 2017, 5:44 pm

Murray through in four sets - some ordinary stuff (second set) and brilliant stuff (last two sets). Little steps .....
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Post by sirfredperry on Tue 30 May 2017, 6:32 pm

JWT a set down. Winner of his match will play Kyle Edmund in second round. Monfils v Dustin Brown sounds if it was fun. Just wonder just how good Monfils could have been if he'd taken his career more seriously.

9pm:  JWT survives - first winning a third set tiebreak after going two sets down and then breaking back as his opponent served for the match at 5-3 in the gloom in the 4th. Match concludes tomorrow with Tsonga serving at 4-5.

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Post by Henman Bill on Tue 30 May 2017, 10:46 pm

Zverev losing to Verdasco is not the slightest surprise. It was clearly an awful draw for him to get Verdasco that early. Zverev would have been the favourite, but not by much; let downs at slams after a good run in the previous tournaments by a young or mid level player are mega common.

Still, this is a good result for the top favourites for the tournament who will be glad to avoid him later on, and we know Verdasco is not likely to trouble the top guys in the latter stages if he even gets that far.

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Post by Henman Bill on Tue 30 May 2017, 11:00 pm

Interesting read on Zverev and Verdasco
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017/05/fernando-verdasco-alexander-zverev-2017-french-open-roland-garros/66418/

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Post by Guest on Wed 31 May 2017, 1:05 am

Murray needs to play himself into top level form in preparation for Queens and Wimbledon, as defending champion of both. It will also be interesting to see how Raonic does as he was runner-up in by both tournaments.

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Post by AlciG on Wed 31 May 2017, 9:43 am

BBC: Johanna Konta suffers shock defeat at Roland Garros

Seriously??? Shock defeat? She's never won a match at RG... Her winning would have been the shock Wink

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