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  • tennisfreak
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    #556435

    Hey all! It’s almost that time as we are almost done with the tune ups to turn our attention to Paris! Yay tennis on what looks like a giant Cheet-oh! Kidding! Anyway, I as I do every year have been obsessively following the season and will as time allows provide some analysis on who’s up, who’s down, who has a great draw, and who got screwed! Should be a fun two weeks!

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    I think the biggest question mark coming into this tournament will be Rafael Nadal. Saying that his year has been disappointing thus far is an understatement, but this is his tournament. I could see him winning the whole thing, but I could just as easily see him going out in the first round. If he hits his stride though, his lower seeding could lead to a fantastic quarterfinal with Federer or Murray.

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    Malick
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    The French Open will be on Rafa Nadal’s racquet once again. If he is hungry and can stay focused no one, not even Djokovic (whose 0-6 record speaks volumes) can beat him.

    On the women’s side, I think we’re in for another surprise winner. Maybe Suarez Navarro

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    tennisfreak
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    I think now that the Masters/Premier events are over I’m going to start with our defending champs and work around from there. Let’s start with the 800 lbs. elephant that is Rafael Nadal. This season for him has been almost a complete write off. His only significant work on clay was the finals of Madrid which he lost convincingly to Murray (Imagine that happening as recently as last year!). In fact in all his losses, none of them have been close. Now I know, Roland Garros is best of five for men and those losses were best of three. But in examining all those losses, at no point did Nadal look engaged enough to pull himself out of a two sets to love hole! He would need a perfect draw (Think being placed in Federer’s quarter) and a lot of help from an upset bug to even get to the finals. My prediction before the draw is released: Nadal out in 3 in the Quarterfinals.

    Moving on to Sharapova. She’s fared a bit better than her male counterpart this year. While she lost three matches in a row from Indian Wells-Miami-Stuttgart, she rebounded nicely with a tough 3 set loss in the semis of Madrid to Kuznetsova and won this weekend at the Foro Italico in Rome. The penchant for too many errors is there like with most power players, and if her serve isn’t working then trouble will ensue. Yet in the last three years, she’s shown herself to being the closest thing to a dominant clay court player on the tour. Well along with a certain top ranked woman…Prediction: Makes the finals.

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    I’m going to just make predictions before each round, and now that we have the brackets, I’ll begin with the men, and do the women in a separate post. When the round is finished, I’ll bold the ones I got correct to make it easier to read. I did it this way just because I don’t want to take up the whole page.

    Advancing:
    Bautista AgutKohlschreiber, Youzhny
    Rosol, Ramos-Vinolas, Wawrinka
    Karlovic, FedererGranollers
    Nishikori, Gonzalez, Gulbis
    Mahut, Kukushin, Garcia Lopez

    Djokovic, Muller, Kavcic
    Anderson, Dmitrov, Estrella Burgos
    Querrey, Melzer, Almagro
    Nadal, Pospisil, Kyrgios
    Goffin, Giraldo, Cilic
    Isner, Janowicz, Mayer
    Troicki, Bolelli, Souza
    Ferrer, Becker, Matosevic
    Delbonis, Lopez, Fognini
    Dodig, Stakhovsky, Klizan
    Simon, Monfils, Schwartzman
    Thiem, Cuevas, Kokkinakis
    Tomic, Gasquet, Berlocq
    Robredo, Murray, Robert
    Chardy, Arnaboldi, Verdasco
    Elias, Berdych

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    Now for the Women’s bracket:

    Advancing:
    Makarova, Lucic-Baroni, Halep
    Pereira, Tsurenko, Giorgi
    Muguruza, Doi, Garcia
    Pennetta, Rybarikova, Peng
    Ivanovic, Flipkens, Safarova

    Dodin, Zheng, Azarenka
    Pironkova, Johansson, V. Williams
    Petkovic, Withoeft, Errani
    Falconi, Wozniacki, Georges
    Kvitova, Parmentier, Begu
    Bacsinszky, Smitkova, Hantuchova
    Keys, Pliskova, Mitu
    Schiavone, Kuznetsova, Schmiedlova
    Koukalova, Bouchard, Radwanska
    Putinseva, Svitolina, Cornet
    Dulgheru, Suarez Navarro, Dellacqua
    Kerber, Larsson, Lisicki
    Stosur, Hesse, Diatchenko
    Sharapova, Williams, Glatch
    Konta, Dominguez Lino, Jankovic
    Gasparyan, Diyas, Barthel
    Razzano 

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    tennisfreak
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    #556442

    Wtf is with people STILL getting onto the court at this thing? Does no one remember Monica Seles?!? Jesus tap dancing Christ!

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    Wtf is with people STILL getting onto the court at this thing? Does no one remember Monica Seles?!? Jesus tap dancing Christ!

    Especially on Centre Court! There will always be people trying to get onto the court, but the fact that he could actually make it almost completely undisturbed to one of the players is unacceptable.

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    And remember the protestors that disrupted the Nadal-Ferrer final two years ago?

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    At least he was stopped before getting to Nadal. If he had managed to get anywhere near a player, when holding a FLARE it would have been embarrassing. To my knowledge I can’t think of a case of this at any other major tournament.

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    #556446

    There were streakers at Wimbledon in 1996 and in one of the finals Sampras won but they’ve cracked down on that HARD lately. If it were a women’s match I guarantee someone would get tackled hard!

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    #556447

    The first couple of bigger upsets today, with Lopez and Williams going out in the first round. A couple of great matches so far, but overall the most interesting moment was a fan running on the court. I expect that we’ll see some second round upsets on the women’s side, and the men’s side will likely stay fairly intact until the 3rd or 4th round.

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    #556448

    I forgot to post my second round predictions last night, but here they are now. I just removed the matches that have already occurred.

    Advancing: (Men)

    Wawrinka, Verdasco, Federer,
    Cuevas, Baghdatis, Gabashvili,
    Nishikori, Gulbis, Bautista Agut
    Fognini, Berdych, Monfils
    Andujar, Tsonga, Anderson
    Sock, Robredo, Kuznetsov
    Nadal, Goffin, Cilic
    Janowicz, Troicki, Ferrer
    Tomic, Gasquet, Murray
    Kyrgios, Isner

    Advancing: (Women)

    Cornet, Putintseva, Jovanovski
    Halep, Kerber, Muguruza
    Pennetta, Vesnina, Ivanovic
    Suarez Navarro, MakarovaAzarenka
    Pironkova, Stephens, Petkovic
    Errani, Wozniacki, Kvitova
    Smitkova, Keys, Pliskova
    Schiavone, Mladenovic, Williams
    Falconi, Begu, Van Uytvanck 

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    And Halep goes down yet again to Lucic-Baroni! This all but ensures Serena will pass Evert for third at most weeks at #1!

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    Ugh, I was so close to predicting that it would happen, but I chickened out at the last second. The women’s bracket is really opening up, wih Halep and Bouchard both out. Even Kvitova has looked a bit shaky. I still see Sharapova just cruising to the finals, but who joins herthere is still unclear.

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