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  • Approach Shots: Players prep for Wimbledon

    2013-06-16 16:45:15

    "Approach Shots" is Ricky's weekly look at what's ahead on the ATP Tour.

    The grass-court “season” just started and now it’s about to end with Wimbledon on the immediate horizon. First, though, players get one last chance to fine-tune their games at 250-point events a week before the year’s third Grand Slam. A pair of Top 10 players is in action; David Ferrer is attempting to defend his ‘s-Hertogenbosch title, but he could be challenged by Stanislas Wawrinka. Eastbourne, meanwhile, features four men ranked between 15th and 20th in the world. By the standards of weeks leading up to majors, this one has already overachieved.

     

    Aegon International

     

    Where: Eastbourne, Great Britain
    Surface: Grass
    Prize money: 468, 460 Euros
    Points: 250

    Top seed: Milos Raonic
    2012 champion: Andy Roddick (not playing)

     

    Draw analysis: Milos Raonic is looking to get his game on track—under new coach Ivan Ljubicic—in time for Wimbledon. In an effort to emerge from a minor slump, the top-seeded Canadian cannot be disappointed with his draw. His nearest seed is Fabio Fognini, who is far more capable on clay or slow hard courts. Potential seeded semifinal opponents for Raonic are Juan Monaco and Alexandr Dolgopolov; neither is on fire at the moment and both would rather face Raonic on a slower surface. The world No. 15’s toughest test prior to the title match may come right away against the winner of a first-rounder between Ivan Dodig and Denis Istomin.

     

    A deeper, more difficult bottom half of the bracket features Gilles Simon and Philipp Kohlschreiber with opening-round byes. The only former Eastbourne champion in the entire field is Andreas Seppi, who is on a collision course with Kohlschreiber for the quarterfinals. Simon should cruise into the quarterfinals before likely meeting the winner of a difficult first-round matchup between Kevin Anderson and Julien Benneteau. Also in the last quarter of the draw is Bernard Tomic, who is enduring a mighty struggle both on and off the court right now.

     

    First-round upset alert: Fernando Verdasco over (6) Alexandr Dolgopolov. Verdasco is actually starting to play decent tennis. He has advanced at least one round in each of his last three tournaments and all of his losses in that span went the distance—including a 7-6(3), 6-1, 3-6, 5-7, 8-6 setback against Janko Tipsarevic at Roland Garros. It is Dolgopolov who has been even worse of late. Not counting walkovers, the Ukrainian has won back-to-back matches at ATP tournaments only once since Memphis is February. He is coming off a second-round showing at Queen’s Club, where he was ousted by Benjamin Becker. The only previous encounter between these two ended in Dolgopolov retirement after Verdasco had won the first set 6-0 last year on the clay courts of Rome.

     

    Hot: Kevin Anderson, Jarkko Nieminen

     

    Cold: Milos Raonic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Martin Klizan, Radek Stepanek, Bernard Tomic

     

    Semifinal predictions: Milos Raonic over Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber over Julien Benneteau

     

    Final: Kohlschreiber over Raonic

    Topshelf Open

     

    Where: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
    Surface: Grass
    Prize money: 410,200 Euros
    Points
    : 250

    Top seed: David Ferrer
    Defending champion: David Ferrer

     

    Draw analysis: Ferrer and Wawrinka do not have terrible draws at the Topshelf Open, but their opening matches could be extremely difficult. The top-seeded Spaniard will begin against accomplished grass-courter Xavier Malisse, who advanced one round at Queen's Club before losing to Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 in the third. Wawrinka is going up against big-hitting Dutchman Igor Sijsling, who played well on clay and also won two main-draw matches at Queen’s Club before succumbing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Ferrer, whose nearest seed is a slumping Marcos Baghdatis, should have no trouble reaching the semis and maybe even the final as long as he gets past Malisse. The case may be similar for Wawrinka, who is on a collision course for the quarterfinals with Jeremy Chardy.

     

    For several reasons, the match of the first round is Benoit Paire vs. Michael Llodra. They are both playing well, the draw will open up for whoever wins, and—best of all—they do not like each other. The Paire-Llodra winner will be expected to reach at least the semifinals. In the top half of the bracket, Ferrer vs. John Isner would pit an intriguing contrast of styles against each other in the semis. Isner has a good chance to advance that far, but a possible second-rounder against Robin Haase would not be easy.

     

    First-round upset alert: Michael Llodra over (4) Benoit Paire. These two Frenchmen have already faced each other twice this season. Paire prevailed in three sets on the indoor hard courts of Montpellier before Llodra won 7-6(7), 6-2 in Miami. The more recent meeting featured bad blood right from the start, never improved, and did not end with any kind of handshake or acknowledgement. Reports are that things have improved since then, so anyone hoping for fisticuffs during this one may be disappointed. At the same time, you can be sure Paire and Llodra won’t be going to dinner afterward. Paire has an edge in current form, but grass should favor Llodra and the underdog even played relatively well in his last two clay-court tournaments.

     

    Hot: David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Benoit Paire, Igor Sijsling

     

    Cold: Marcos Baghdatis, David Goffin, Thiemo De Bakker

     

    Semifinal predictions: David Ferrer over John Isner and Benoit Paire over Stanislas Wawrinka

     

    Final: Ferrer over Paire

     

    Comments and your own predictions are appreciated!

     

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Comments

I agree with your 2nd prediction, but I think it's gonna be Raonic over Kohlshreiber

ts38 , 6/16/13 11:48 PM


Paire is seen as 'at risk' in the first round and yet Ricky also backs him to reach the final.

#Headscratch

ed251137 , 6/17/13 1:19 PM


Ha Ha: Paire retired from the match with Llodra at 0-3 in the first set.

Do we know why?

ed251137 , 6/18/13 1:39 PM


Llodra the RACIST

#BanRacism

Conspirator , 6/18/13 2:13 PM


I missed this.. why is Llodra racist?

Shireling , 6/18/13 3:15 PM


@ed251137, 6/18/13 1:39 PM

And Ferrer lost to Malisse today.

Augustina08 , 6/18/13 3:31 PM


Does Ferru's loss impact the seedings?

rafaisthebest , 6/18/13 3:41 PM


I doubt it even though he was defending the title. The points wont go off his ranking till next week after the Wimby draw has happened. Unless the AETLA decide to use their discretion that is.

ed251137 , 6/18/13 4:07 PM


@rafaisthebest, 6/18/13 3:41 PM

---Does Ferru's loss impact the seedings?---
Nope! The seedings should be announced tomorrow. Besides, the total amount of his ranking points won't change - the points he loses in ?s-Hertogenbosch will be replaced by 250 points he earned in Auckland in January.

Augustina08 , 6/18/13 4:14 PM


Shireling

Just Google Llodra and see the controversial remarks he's made over the years.

He and Paire came to blows after Llodra insulted him during their Miami match this year so there was a lot of interest in this match. However the retirement was the result of Paire suffering a thigh injury.

ed251137 , 6/18/13 4:34 PM


Wimbledon seedings

DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB) [1]
2 MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [2]
3 FEDERER, Roger (SUI) [3]
4 FERRER, David (ESP) [4]
5 NADAL, Rafael (ESP) [5]
6 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) [6]
7 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) [7]
8 DEL POTRO, Juan Martin (ARG) [8]
9 GASQUET, Richard (FRA) [9]
10 CILIC, Marin (CRO) [10]

nadline , 6/19/13 12:01 PM


Here are the 32 seeds

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB) [1]
2 MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [2]
3 FEDERER, Roger (SUI) [3]
4 FERRER, David (ESP) [4]
5 NADAL, Rafael (ESP) [5]
6 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) [6]
7 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) [7]
8 DEL POTRO, Juan Martin (ARG) [8]
9 GASQUET, Richard (FRA) [9]
10 CILIC, Marin (CRO) [10]
11 WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI) [11]
12 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN) [12]
13 HAAS, Tommy (GER) [13]
14 TIPSAREVIC, Janko (SRB) [14]
15 ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP) [15]
16 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER) [16]
17 RAONIC, Milos (CAN) [17]
18 ISNER, John (USA) [18]
19 SIMON, Gilles (FRA) [19]
20 YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) [20]
21 QUERREY, Sam (USA) [21]
22 MONACO, Juan (ARG) [22]
23 SEPPI, Andreas (ITA) [23]
24 JANOWICZ, Jerzy (POL) [24]
25 PAIRE, Benoit (FRA) [25]
26 DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR) [26]
27 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA) [27]
28 CHARDY, Jeremy (FRA) [28]
29 DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL) [29]
30 FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA) [30]
31 BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA) [31]
32 ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP) [32]

nadline , 6/19/13 12:11 PM


I am longing to see the draw.

nadline , 6/19/13 12:16 PM


But nadline was saying that if my wish is granted, it would be too lopsided in favor of Nole. She must care, no? :-)
phoenix, 6/19/13 12:16 PM

What I mean is, whoever ends up with just Ferrer on his side of the top 4 seeds could get to the final without having to play any of the Big 4. I don't think it would matter if Rafa had to play Federer, Djoker or Murray in the Qtrs, he wouldn't be at a disadvantage any more that the three of them would be. The fact that they are seeded 1, 2 & 3 and he is seeded 5 is irrelevant. Everyone knows that in the real world Rafa is not the 5th best player in the world, they will be playing the Year to Date #1 who has made 9 finals out of 9 tournaments, twice a Wimbledon champion and has made 5 finals.

This year Rafa has beaten Federer twice, Ferrer 3 times and is 1:1 with Djoker, so I don't think the label of their seeding means anything.

nadline , 6/19/13 12:31 PM


Thanks for the explanation nadline. But I still stick with my wish coz when (not if) Rafa reaches the finals, I want Nole to be on the other side. Bring it on...Vamos!

phoenix , 6/19/13 12:42 PM


^^^I can see where you're coming from.

nadline , 6/19/13 12:43 PM


i forgot to add a question mark before closing the parenthesis :-)

phoenix , 6/19/13 12:45 PM


I have a feeling they will put Nadal in Fed's quarter this year. They know there aren't many chances for them to hype a Fedal rematch. They haven't played there since 2008 after all. They 'managed' to have a first round rematch of Isner/Mahut the year after their epic and last year I believe they also played in the second round. They like these kind of matches so I believe Rosol will be slated to face Nadal in the third round this year if he makes it. Wimbledon is definitely 'made for tv'.

chr18 , 6/19/13 1:38 PM


I wouldn't entirely put it past them to arrange for Rosol and Rafa to meet. They made Rosol a lucky loser, in Rome I think it was, to meet Rafa in the third round but it didn't pan out, then Rosol ended up in Rafa's section at RG, there again Rosol went out to Fognini and didn't get to meet Rafa.

As for putting Rafa's in Fed's Qtr. I doubt they'll do that because they know that would be it for the defending champion. They would probably put Rafa in Ferrer's Qtr to even out the draw and in Murray's half, hoping that Fed would somehow get past Djoker so either way they could have a Fedal final or a final involving Murray.

Not sure I believe in conspiracy theories regarding tennis draws. If they do exist then the above may be the scenario. If Rosol ends up with Rafa then it will confirm the suspicion that draws are fixed.

Bring on Rosol. Lightening doesn't strike twice.

nadline , 6/19/13 1:50 PM


^^^^chr18's 1:38pm's post is the winner so far!

Twinge , 6/19/13 2:07 PM


Basically the Wimby Committee decided to follow the rules and ignore common sense. If they have any sense they will rig the draw so that Rafa falls in Ferru's quarter otherwise we may be in for the most unbalanced tournament ever.

rafaisthebest , 6/19/13 2:18 PM


With Federer and Ferrer seeded 3 & 4, it means that they can't meet until the final but they are both likely to meet - Rafa, Djoker, Muzz, Tsonga, Berdych or Delpo. That means that Federer won't have an easy ride by meeting Ferrer earlier.

nadline , 6/19/13 2:20 PM


I, too, have never been entirely convinced about rigged draws although some powerful arguments have been put forward. However they are definitely massaged with an eye to TV ratings. And we know the TV channels are all powerful when it comes to the scheduling of matches - which can affect players for better or for worse.

Jean Gachassin's face at RG was a picture of dispair when he realised Federer was in the process of being beaten by Tsonga. Instead of jumping up and down with excitement that a Frenchman was on his way to a SF, his expression became more and more glum.

ed251137 , 6/19/13 2:25 PM


Had Rafa been ranked 4 and Fed 3, they could not have met before the final but now Fed has the dubious privilege of meeting Rafa from the Qtr onwards.................assuming they both get to there, of course.

nadline , 6/19/13 2:28 PM


I wonder which qualifiers they will line up for Fed this time.

nadline , 6/19/13 2:38 PM


Go Blake.

#TheNewRoddick

Conspirator , 6/19/13 2:49 PM


'Not sure I believe in conspiracy theories regarding tennis draws` nadline 1:50 PM

'I wonder which qualifiers they will line up for Fed this time..' nadline a few posts later.

Well, you seem pretty sure to me..

`

Twinge , 6/19/13 3:02 PM


Any big hitter is potentially dangerous in Wimbledon and there are plenty of them in the field so, chances are Rafa will be paired with some on the first week without the need of a rigged draw.

Shireling , 6/19/13 4:00 PM


It is the relative amount of big heavy hitters placed in Rafa's 1st four rounds compared to the other Top 4 that is what's suspect.

#FrenchOpen

Conspirator , 6/19/13 5:47 PM


Well my predictions suck

ts38 , 6/19/13 6:50 PM


@ed,

I have not been totally convinced that the draws are rigged either despite some of the arguments put forth here. The theory of massaging the draws with an eye to tv ratings does have merit.

All you need do is look at Super Saturday at the USO to understand the power of the networks in this sport. That nonsense was created specifically for the networks, certainly not for the players.

Nativenewyorker , 6/19/13 7:33 PM


Tennis revolves around Rafa. The player that's hugging the headlines all over the internet after the Wimbledon Seeding is announced is the #5 seed. He even hugs the headlines when he is sidelined with injury.

nadline , 6/19/13 8:00 PM


Conspirator, 6/19/13 5:47 PM,

That will be my initial concern. It's the early rounds that will be tricky. The first thing I am going to check out with the draw is who could be Rafa's possible opponents in the first three or four matches. If he gets some big serving guys, then that's going to be a challenge.

It will be quite interesting to see how the other top three fare with their respective draws, in particular their early round opponents.

Nativenewyorker , 6/19/13 8:08 PM


There are far more dangerous players in the lower ranks than the top 4 as far as Rafa is concerned. Rafa has played the top 4 seeds so many times that he can see the movie in his mind's eye. He knows what to expect for them and he will be ready for it. When they walk onto the court, he is not going to be thinking about their seeding he is going to be thinking about hi tactics and what he has to do to win.

Rafa will enjoy proving a point. He won his first slam being seeded 5, so he's been there before.

nadline , 6/19/13 8:56 PM


It is an awkward fact of life, Rafa has more chance of being sent packing by some hard hitting, flat hitting, tall nonentity with nothing to lose in the early 3 rounds than any of the Top 4 precisely because Rafa will be finding his feet on grass during those early rounds.

Once he gets out of the first week the engravers can start doing their job........

rafaisthebest , 6/19/13 9:25 PM


I don't think so ritb, it was his knees that did the damage in those matches not Rosol or Sod. A healthy Rafa can take down the heavy hitters just as well as the other Top 4. It's just that he has to face them more often.

#Rigged

Conspirator , 6/19/13 9:29 PM


It's just that the big hitters play recklessly and can cause trouble. The way Gulbis played Rafa in Rome was just ridiculous. He was so desperate to beat Rafa that he was hitting for dear life on every ball and fortunately for him he wasn't making any errors, same with Rosol. That sort of play is hard to deal with.

I wouldn't want Gulbis anywhere near Rafa in the draw, because, even though Rafa will win in the end he won't benefit by fighting fires. He needs to build up his rythm. My wish list is no Gulbis in Rafa's path even though their h2h is 6:0 to Rafa.

nadline , 6/19/13 9:39 PM


But remember Robin Haase and Peschner (sp) also giving him some trouble the year he won it for the second time. Also Gulbis.......it's like the situation we had in the first week of RG, Rafa eventually subdued them but to be honest I was calmer in the semi match against Novak than I was in his match against Brands!

rafaisthebest , 6/19/13 9:41 PM


It's like they see Rafa across the net and the devil in them rises! They are awfully meek against the other big 3..........

rafaisthebest , 6/19/13 9:44 PM


Players know that they have to give it their all plus 50% to stand a chance against Rafa. They swing with all their might knowing that if they are going to lose anyway, they might as well throw caution to the wind. They don't seem to have the same urgency against the other Big 3, because they don't feel so helpless against them.

Tomic, Dimitrov, Haas have all beaten Nole and Janowicz, Young, Bogomolov have beaten Murray by just playing their normal game.

nadline , 6/19/13 9:57 PM


Even if Rafa were to win Wimbledon half a dozen times there would still be people writing him off as just a clay specialist.

Rafa made the transition from clay to grass fairly rapidly, reaching his first final in 2006 at the age of 20. In fact to date his record at Wimbledon (three finals and two titles) is better than Novak's one title and three SFs. Furthermore in 2008 he won Queens and Wimby back to back and has achieved the Channel Slam twice, second only to Borg who did it three times.

All in all not bad for a clay court specialist.

Even the most ardent Rafan accepts Federer's Wimbledon record is unlikely to be equalled by Rafa, or by anybody else, in the foreseeable future.

ed251137 , 6/19/13 10:36 PM


The final para above is for the benefit of Fedfans. I thought I would spare them the trouble of trotting out Roger's Wimbledon stats. :-)

ed251137 , 6/19/13 10:41 PM


"Even the most ardent Rafan accepts Federer's Wimbledon record is unlikely to be equalled by Rafa, "

We don't care, Rafa's RG record is NEVER going to tbe equalled by Fed. Rafa already has 2 trophies on Fed's turf, one of which he got by beating Fed himself. Fed only has one on Rafa's turf, only obtained after Rafa had been "taken care of" by somebody else.

#AdvantageRafa

rafaisthebest , 6/19/13 10:47 PM


ritb, you mean Sampras' record. Fed only tied it.

Conspirator , 6/19/13 11:00 PM


Careful ritb, you have laid down the gauntlet now.

ed251137 , 6/19/13 11:02 PM


I may be totally naive, but I've been following the game for over 40 years and I do NOT think that the draws are rigged, nor do I think that they are influenced by the TV networks. It may seem that way some years, but I for one do it's fair and square and quite random.

scoot , 6/20/13 12:59 AM


Yes you're totally naive......

Twinge , 6/20/13 1:04 AM


Conspirator, 6/19/13 9:29 PM

I absolutely agree with you! It was Rafa's bad knee that cost him the match with Rosol. At the 2010 Wimbledon, Rafa had to deal with Haase and Petz back to back in the early rounds. He was down two sets to one in both of these matches. He was able to fight back and win. At that time nobody was picking him to win Wimbledon, but win it he did! He had some niggles with his knee and the plan was for him to get another prp treatment after Wimbledon. Fortunately that knee issue did not prevent him from getting a win.

The key is for Rafa to be healthy. We know that these big serving guys can trouble him at any time. He had match practice in 2010 before Wimbledon. But Rafa never plays his best in the first week of a slam.

The draw will tell us who he may have to face in the early rounds when he will be getting adjusted to the grass and working to get into his best form.

Nativenewyorker , 6/20/13 2:01 AM


rafaisthebest, 6/19/13 9:41 PM,

Sorry, I didn't see your post when I wrote my previous post. You did mention Haase and Petz. I used the same example of what could happen to Rafa this time.

Nativenewyorker , 6/20/13 2:04 AM


Twinge, 6/20/13 1:04 AM

Haha short, sweet and to the point!

I know scoot math is hard, no?

#JustKidding
#RespectYo

Conspirator , 6/20/13 4:33 AM


Sorry to digress but is anyone else as grossed out as I am by people who go and use airplane toilets barefoot? Just saw a woman shepherd a kid into the loo and yes, both were barefoot......

A woman.......

rafaisthebest , 6/20/13 7:13 AM


I'm with you ritb. It's probably cleaner than her own toilet at home.

nadline , 6/20/13 7:58 AM


McEnroe picks Nole, Andy, Fed, then Rafa (in this order) of the most likely winner in Wimby...

phoenix , 6/20/13 9:57 AM


hmmm, i hope more pundits would pick the same way to put the pressure off Rafa...

phoenix , 6/20/13 10:00 AM


Wimby (Rigged) Draw Predictions:

Sure Things:
- Rafa in Nole's Quarter
- Two or more hard servers/giants in Rafa's first four rounds (ala Gulbis, Rosol, Jerzy)
- Lotsa softies for Fed first four rounds (30+ "weak era" players, Americans like Blake, one slumping giant such as Izzy, Karlovic)
- Delpo in Fed's quarter.

Hard to predict which half Fed will land. I'm gonna go with Nole's half since Fed beat him last year and the powers that be figure the winner of a potential Rafa/Nole SF might be a little tired. But really, either Muzz or Nole would be a big ask for Fed this year. The roof will be closed if this SF materializes even if there is a chance of showers.

Anyhoo, we will see, no?

Based on form and momentum, I pick Rafa for Wimby, followed by Murray, Nole and Fed.

If my draw predictions are close and Wimby is primarily indoors in week two, Fed will be difficult to beat and I'd put all Top Four (no, not Ferru, sorry Ferru) at even odds.

#VamosRAFA

Conspirator , 6/20/13 9:18 PM


On second thought, regardless of the draw, I put any of the other three above Nole on grass.

#Footing

Conspirator , 6/20/13 9:24 PM


@phoenix 10:00AM

+1

rafaisthebest , 6/21/13 7:43 AM


Whether he is touted as a favourite or not at any tournament is immaterial. The only pressure Rafa has is the pressure he puts on himself. He plays to win. And
he hates to lose.

ed251137 , 6/21/13 8:57 AM


When he is playing with calm and is 100% fit he is pure joy to watch. And very difficult for any player to beat no matter what the surface.

ed251137 , 6/21/13 9:11 AM


@ed,

Amen! You summed it up beautifully! Rafa doesn't pay any attention to what the pundits and so-called experts say. In fact, we know that he doesn't like to be considered the favorite.

I was going to say exactly the same thing that you wrote in your second sentence - the only pressure Rafa has is the pressure he puts on himself. Worth repeating! He doesn't have to worry about defending points. He loves the competition. The harder the draw, the better he gets!

Nativenewyorker , 6/21/13 9:12 AM


If the draw is fixed,it will be Ferrer in Murray's half with the other three in the top half. IF.

nadline , 6/21/13 9:13 AM


PS to my last comment:

There is one exception. Indoor courts. He admits he does not like the conditions and the surface does not suit his game.

NNY: He is a fair-minded sportsman and a realist. He respects his chief competitiors and IMO when he says he prefers not to be considered the favourite it is because he feels this is disrespectful to them.

ed251137 , 6/21/13 9:29 AM


Andy and Fed in the same half of the draw...

phoenix , 6/21/13 11:07 AM


Good predictions as usual @6/20/13 9:18 PM.
I meant wrong as usual of course.

chr18 , 6/21/13 1:48 PM


Sorry but nowhere else to put this:
http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/maria-sharapova-sends-ver bal-shot-serena-williams-way-062213
Baby Fed used to date Serena??????????

chr18 , 6/23/13 2:14 AM


Chr-20, white people are allowed to date black people now, and neither are homosexual so what's your problem?

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 7:51 AM


On BBC1 at 10.30pm today there is a program about Andy Murray - behind the scenes.

nadline , 6/23/13 1:41 PM


ritb,
There is a big difference in age but,if that's true, Baby Fed really traded up well.

chr18 , 6/23/13 2:24 PM


rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 2:42 PM


Patrick Mouratoglou has just picked Rafa to win Wimby. I am now officially Team Serena all the way!

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 3:21 PM


chr18, I don't know if you saw this:

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/serena-apologized-shar apova-party-thursday/48033/#.Ucc1ZpxRCDc

As it turns out, Serena apologised to Maria BEFORE Maria's outburst at the presser and Maria accepted the apology. Sooooo, this makes Maria look like a spiteful, childish skank. Now Serena is the wounded adult but you know what she is gonna do? Make sure she humiliates Maria on court...........

RT @linzsports: "I give Serena Williams a lot of credit for the way she handled all of this. Kudos. "

Oh Grigor.........

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 7:58 PM



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