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French Open
Quarter final
6/5/12 1 2 3 4 5 Tot
rs  Novak Djokovic 6 5 5 7 6 3
fr  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 7 7 6 1 2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga © Tennistalk.com
  • Djokovic holds off Tsonga, saves four match points

    6/5/12 8:18 PM | Kelli DeMario
    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic survived his second consecutive five-set match, having rallied to oust world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga late Tuesday. The top seed is through to meet 2009 champion Roger Federer in the semifinals.

    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the final four at the French Open after defeating France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. The 25-year-old saved four match points en route to a 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-1 victory in four hours and 10 minutes.

    Tsonga held two match points at 4-5 and two more at 5-6 in the fourth set, but he was unable to convert. After dropping a 2-0 lead in the ensuing tiebreak, Djokovic leveled the match once Tsonga netted a backhand.

    A steadied Djokovic took an immediate 3-0 advantage in the final set. Match point came at 5-3 for the World No. 1, who closed the quarterfinal with a trademark backhand winner.

    "As a tennis player, this is what you live for," said Djokovic. "This is what you practice for all these years, to be part of an incredible performance, incredible match encounter here in Roland Garros with the home players. I'm really glad that I could win today."

    Djokovic completed the match with 44 winners, seven aces and six of 13 break points converted.

    He is through to take on world No. 3 Roger Federer in the semifinals. The veteran rallied to upend 9th seed Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.

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Fabulous, tense exciting dramatic match. Nole's iron will took him through, plus his patience of course.
Congrats to Nole and his lovely fans and sad for Jo. Wanted them both to win really.

deuce , 6/5/12 11:36 PM


Jo was unlucky in this match Djokovics level is not as high as it was last year btw where is the match report for Federer/ Del potro match?

tennis2011 , 6/5/12 11:39 PM


Thanks Deuce ;)
I was also sorry for Tsonga but hey, I am a Nole supporter so I should probably stop lamenting the losses of his opponents ;)

I don't think Jo was unlucky, I rather think Novak was - nothing worked, nothing went in. At one point he was screaming "what's going on?!". I have a feeling this damp weather doesn't suit him. On the other side, this is also why he is #1 - will, stubbornness, mental strength, ability to fight off challenges even though he is on his 3rd tier performance...

I still think Rafa is absolutely ominous and really would have any challengers on this tournament.

danica , 6/5/12 11:46 PM


Jo was unlucky in this match Djokovics level is not as high as it was last year btw where is the match report for Federer/ Del potro match?

actually jo was lucky novak let him back in the match.

rfzr , 6/5/12 11:59 PM


Pfuuuuu.... it was tough and I was afraid this time, must admit :(
But all is well now... bravo Nole... guts and heart!!!

zare , 6/6/12 12:06 AM


rfzr
, 6/5/12 11:59 PM

exactly...

natashao , 6/6/12 2:09 AM


There's nothing to do with luck. Nole wasn't at his best and Tsonga thus had a chance for an upset win over Nole but he failed despite all the chances. It's not luck but rather guts and playing your best tennis when you needed it most and Nole was the one doing that successfully and so he won. And that's why Nole is no.1 and Tsonga is not.

Fed beats Delpo despite not playing his best tennis because he's a more experienced and fitter player than Delpo. Delpo is injury prone and his fitness and stamina are always found wanting in five sets matches. A fit and healthy Delpo is more a threat than Tsonga, especially on clay, but I'll always pick a top form Fed over a top form Delpo, that's for sure.

luckystar , 6/6/12 3:22 AM


This Djoker is something else. More match points saved in a slam. If he gets this DjokerSlam it will be a small miracle. Still looks like everybody else is playing for 2nd place but you never know he could pull a Stosur.

chr18 , 6/6/12 3:52 AM


luckystar, I agree with u here. Top form Federer can easily beat top form Delpo.

I think b/w Fed and Nole the winner would be the one who wants it more. At the moment it seems to be Novak. But Fed has surprised us at times. So let's see how this one turns out.

abhirf , 6/6/12 4:05 AM


Tsonga had 2 MPs at 4-5 and 2 more at 5-6. Not all four in the same game.

RickyDimon , 6/6/12 4:15 AM


well, we often hear players say: I was lucky to go through...so whether we like it or not I believe some amount of luck really is needed in those close matches...I still think that Rafa missing his volley at this years' AO final which he can easily hit in his dreams was bad luck...

anyway, my comment was more figure of speech and meant to be funny...what is really meant is that after demolishing Tsonga in the first set, Nole's level dropped and Tsonga's level raised somewhat leading almost to an upset...given the level they play on clay it does seem rather strange of Nole to allow Tsonga to go that far...I therefore think Nole should have never let it happen in the first place and it only proves that Nole isn't playing his best tennis at the moment...

I can't help but think of the double standards here...on one hand, Fed winning over Delpo (yes, Delpo is supposedly injured although it was not visible from the first two sets, and yes Delpo can hardly sustain the same level during a five setter even when he is not injured, but that same Delpo plays good tennis on clay and caused all sorts of trouble to Rafa in that DC match which was not long ago...) is interpreted as Fed escaped and got lucky...while Nole, the current No1 on the other hand facing 4 MPs to beat Tsonga (who is no clay courter and who was having a difficult path to reach the quarters in the first place) is interpreted as heroic act and great tennis...LOL...

natashao , 6/6/12 7:50 AM


There's only one Tignor................:

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/

rafaisthebest , 6/6/12 8:14 AM


I wanted to see the Federer match, but Eurosport broadcasted this one instead. I dropped in after work in the second set with Djokovic leading with a break. But what a match... My girlfriend was cheering for Djokovic, but at the end of the fourth I really wanted Tsonga to win.

When the matchpoints came, I thought... this is it. But then suddenly Djokovic changed, it seemed. As if he was trying to say... My French Open doesn't end here. After losing that tiebreak, you could feel the momentum fading away from Tsonga and so did his energy. Hopefully more drama to come from this French open :-)

Bonker , 6/6/12 8:46 AM


Must appreciate the sportsmanship Nole displays on the court and more importantly its on display when he is losing...........never seen this from any top player ....and it takes a very big heart to do so ....Just like it takes a big heart to play like he does when he is matchpoints down .

fedexal , 6/6/12 11:15 AM


I have to say that both Rafa and Nole are gutsy players. When they're facing match points, they tend to take risk and go for their shots, and many times their shots landed in, not because of luck, but because they're just hitting with more focus and intensity, shots that they would normally hit well under normal circumstances. To them, when facing life and death situations on the tennis courts, they'll rise to the occasions with a do or die mentality. For most other players, they're more risk adverse, they tend not to take risk but play it save during life and death situations. Also for some players, they tend to play it save when they're ahead and when they're having match points against their opponents, it's as if they're scared that they'll lose this advantage if they're not careful and hence dare not take risk.

I think it's because of their similarity, that Rafa and Nole matches are always such slugfests, because neither one would give in, but prefers to go all out for it and fight till the very end. I don't see them melt down in the fifth set after losing a two set lead, certainly not Rafa or Nole.

luckystar , 6/6/12 12:07 PM


Congrats to Novak for coming back like that to win the match - it was so exciting. You have to feel for Tsonga but that's tennis.

schatz , 6/6/12 1:37 PM


"I have to say that both Rafa and Nole are gutsy players. When they're facing match points, they tend to take risk and go for their shots, and many times their shots landed in, not because of luck, but because they're just hitting with more focus and intensity, shots that they would normally hit well under normal circumstances."

Lucky, I wish somehow Federer would read your post. I'll take you back to US Open 2011:

Q. When a guy hits a shot like that forehand on match point, is that a function of luck, of risk, or is it a function of confidence that someone would make kind of...

ROGER FEDERER: Confidence? Are you kidding me? I mean, please. Look, some players grow up and play like that. I remember losing junior matches. Just being down 5 2 in the third, and they all just start slapping shots. It all goes in for some reason, because that's the kind of way they grew up playing when they were down. I never played that way. I believe in hard work's gonna pay off kinda thing, because early on maybe I didn't always work at my hardest. So for me, this is very hard to understand how can you play a shot like that on match point. But, look, maybe he's been doing it for 20 years, so for him it was very normal. You've got to ask him.

Arrogance at its finest.

nemanja230690 , 6/6/12 9:47 PM


Nole is not playing his best this year, but winning matches because of confidence

Nole is mentally much stronger than rafa. Definetly he will win against Roger and book final bearth

Expecting another rafa vs nole final and want Nole to win

anji123 , 6/7/12 4:59 AM


Nadal on Tsonga playing matchpoints wrongly
http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=18096&zonei d=25

fedexal , 6/7/12 6:11 AM


^^^Excuse me, what do you mean that Nole is mentally MUCH stronger than Rafa?? Just because he had beaten Rafa 7 in a row and so Nole is mentally much stronger? So was Nole mentally stronger at MC and Rome this year??

The problem Rafa had last year was first his virus infection followed by injury at AO, those happenings did derail Rafa's 2011 season. He couldn't practice during the Feb break, spent more time recovering than practising, if not how come his game suffered? His serve was the first to go, didn't his serve breakdown bizarrely during the IW final last year?? Didn't his fitness suffered so much so that even Nole outlasted him in that Miami final in the hot afternoon? Had Rafa won IW or Miami or both finals, we won't be here talking about his mental toughness. If Nole were to lose seven times in a row to Rafa, I bet his so called mental toughness would have taken a beating too, and I doubt he could be as confident as now. Don't forget, Nole wasn't known as a mental giant prior to 2011. It's easy to have all the confidence when one is winning all the time, the trying times come when one keeps on losing.

Rafa has proven time and again that he's a mental giant, after what he had being through in 2009, the way he came back in 2010 to become no.1 again, who can say he's not mentally strong? The way he comes back this year, and beats Nole twice in a row, when no one has done that yet this year, and after that 'heartbreaking' narrow loss at the AO this year, I don't think we can say 'Nole is mentally much stronger than Rafa'.

If it was Rafa facing match points against Tsonga, or two sets down against Seppi, Rafa would also snatch victories from the jaws of defeats to win in the end, that I'm very sure!! He had done that in the past (saving match points against Fed in Rome final 2006; against Nalby at IW2009) he can do it now and he'll do it in the future if such situations arise.

luckystar , 6/7/12 6:23 AM


If it was Rafa facing match points against Tsonga, or two sets down against Seppi, Rafa would also snatch victories from the jaws of defeats to win in the end, that I'm very sure!!

luckystar , 6/7/12 6:23 AM

Lol.... Ignorance at his finest.

KMA , 6/7/12 6:52 AM


Nadal on Tsonga playing matchpoints wrongly
http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=1809 6&zonei d=25

fedexal , 6/7/12 6:11 AM


How desperately he wants novak to lose before finals!

KMA , 6/7/12 6:55 AM


Relax, haters (eg KMA). Your hate or your biased comments will not affect Rafa so you might as well save your breath to cheer Federer against Djokovic. With bleck encouraging Fed to Hopp, he might prove to be Djokovic's bunny!

vij , 6/7/12 7:22 AM


Heh heh heh, KMA, right, Rafa will not face match points against Tsonga or Seppi on clay!! Well on other surfaces, still unlikely he'll face match points against them. So far only on three occasions that Rafa faced match points against Tsonga and lost. Well at least he's better than Nole against Tsonga, who lost to Tsonga five times out of eleven times they played.

luckystar , 6/7/12 8:42 AM


luckystar, 6/7/12 6:23 AM

Oh puh-leeze, you talk as if the final was the only match Nadal played since the Australian Open last year. How come every time you guys talk about their finals and who was fit and did what, you act as if a week of playing and winning 4 matches prior has no bearing on what happened? So Nadal's serve broke down against Djokovic in the final, so what? Was his serve clicking on all his previous matches? Or did it just break down in the final because suddenly fitness becomes a factor against only one opponent in the final match? It couldn't possibly have been nerves...

ts38 , 6/7/12 9:10 AM


Please ts38, did you watch Rafa's matches at IW last year?? Throughout the whole tournament, Rafa was having problems with his serves and that's why he was even having problems against Somdev! Why would Rafa suddenly feel nervous when he was already one set up against Nole in the final?? He was having problems with his serves and once under pressure by Nole, his serves broke down. Regarding the Miami tournament, please note that Rafa was having many evening or night matches, in fact almost all of his matches were in the evening - Nishikori, Dolgo, Berdych, Fed - they're all evening matches. He had problem with his fitness and that's why Nole could outlast him even in the hot sun. Nole was the fitter player that day, it was obvious. The confidence issue against Nole started after those two matches, after Rafa realized there's problems in his game and that Nole could outlast him in a match.

Don't talk as if his injury during AO won't have any effect on his fitness, because once you're injured and you can't do your normal training, your fitness level will be affected. It's the same with his 2010, when he was injured at the AO too, and he was breathing heavily after some rallies against Tsonga at Miami that year and took exceptionally long between points that Tsonga complained about it. It's just that he was unfortunate to bump into a Nole that
happened to be playing his best tennis in 2011.

luckystar , 6/7/12 9:49 AM


KMA, 6/7/12 6:55 AM

This one's for you. Read, hopefully you will learn something from................Rafael Nadal: the greatest clay court tennis player in history (no ifs, buts or maybes.....)

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/al ley-oops/2012/jun/6/rafael-nadal-greatest-clay-court-tennis-player-his /

We know, you hate him because he exposes your own inadequacies.................

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 10:26 AM


This is the reason Fedfans hate Rafa so much, because deep down, they know that clay is the hardest surface to win on............and Rafa dominates it, this is why their idol can NEVER be an UNEQUIVOCAL GOAT:

"Playing tennis on clay requires a level of physicality that is seldom matched in any other sport. Every point requires you to slug the ball as hard as you can ten or fifteen times, and you can?t win a match without doing that well over a hundred times in the span of three hours or so. So it should come to no surprise that it takes a stunning physique to dominate the surface like no other, yet Rafael Nadal still continues to inspire all who watch his dazzling display of lefty scrappiness."
(Nick Goralka, washingtontimes.com)

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 10:35 AM


luckystar , 6/7/12 9:49 AM

If you are not playing good ,not in form,week serve,nerves etc...that can not be COUNT as excuse or reason for your loss.

Only health reason can be given some weightage.

KMA , 6/7/12 10:40 AM


Excuse me KMA, who is talking about excuses here? What I'm saying is that his illness and injury derailed his training, therefore, he's not in tip top conditions when he's playing at IW, it's obvious as it's his first tournament after his injury break. He was playing better at Miami, but as I said, he's unfortunate to run into a Nole playing his best tennis. I believe had he won Miami, his confidence won't be badly hit and he won't be having any mental issues against Nole. Whether he would still lose to Nole at Madrid and Rome, I couldn't say for sure, but it's possible that he would lose at Madrid to Nole, as Nole was already close to beating Rafa in 2009 Madrid.

luckystar , 6/7/12 11:23 AM


I love how EVERY match report turns into a Nadal love/hate fest.

nemanja230690 , 6/7/12 12:10 PM


^^^you noticed, huh?

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 12:20 PM


@nemanja230690 , 6/7/12 12:10 PM

Few years ago, all threads, no matter what the subject, used to end up being a Fedal war zone, now that Nole has joined tha party, it's the world against Rafa. Shows that Rafa is the man.

"Men will only throw stones at trees that are laden with fruit".

nadline , 6/7/12 12:48 PM


The following link is for an article which is picking Federer to best Nole tomorrow. Problem is the same writer picked Nole to beat Rafa in Rome.......we know how that turned out.

However, I found it aninteresting read in that the writer actually presents some reasoned analysis to back up his pick, but that's not to say his analysis leads him to the correct conclusions:

http://liveanddieatptennis.blogspot.com/

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 2:11 PM


"Playing tennis on clay requires a level of physicality that is seldom matched in any other sport. Every point requires you to slug the ball as hard as you can ten or fifteen times, and you can?t win a match without doing that well over a hundred times in the span of three hours or so. So it should come to no surprise that it takes a stunning physique to dominate the surface like no other, yet Rafael Nadal still continues to inspire all who watch his dazzling display of lefty scrappiness."

This doesn't make clay the surface that defines tennis. The sport is lawn tennis by definition. There is no unequivocal GOAT at tennis, but if you go by statistics, Federer has to be superior to Nadal - more multiple slams at different venues.

samprallica , 6/7/12 2:58 PM


Clay more than hardcourt defines tennis.

nadline , 6/7/12 3:16 PM


If Federer and Nadal had been the same age, samprallica's stmt might have been acceptable. Claiming " if you go by stats" is in this instance an abuse of stats.
Nadal has beaten Federer on all slam surfaces with a head to head of 7-2 (Fed last beat him in 2007), so he has to be considered superior to Federer.
Also not to forget that bulk of Federer's "multiple slams" were collected in the "weak era".

vij , 6/7/12 3:23 PM


Federer only has multiple slams on grass and h/c. If sampralica counts one clay slam as multiple then Rafa has multiple slams on all surfaces as well, so he is the GOAT, if there was such a thing and I don't believe there is.

nadline , 6/7/12 3:38 PM



..........................but if you go by statistics, Federer has to be superior to Nadal - more multiple slams at different venues.

samprallica, 6/7/12 2:58 PM


Thank you, you have just proved my point. By saying, "but if you go by statistics.......", you have qualified the GOAT description! Equivocating, much?

Please do not buy the Fedfans "number of slams" defines GOAT red herring. As soon as Rafa nears 16, never mind equalling it, in Slam count they will move the goal posts and come up with another GOAT measure.........................

And, oh yes, it's all about Rafa for them right now because he is closest to their idol, you wait till Nole starts sniffing around 10 in Slam count, then you will understand Fedfans better.......................

"There is no unequivocal GOAT at tennis"

I beg to differ. Should Rafa win RG2012 he will become the unequivocal GOAT of clay court tennis.

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 3:47 PM


ahh the old number of slams defines GOAT argument. while we are on that we might as well state that some of feds slams from 03-05 don't account for anything due to the 'weak era' theory and until there was a player that actually competed with Fed, i.e. Rafa. So that discounts 6 grand slams. Puts him on par with Rafa then. However, for Rafa to be able to win a career slam in this era with Fed and now Nole says something how far he has come and how much more of a complete player he has evolved from. Especially since the days when he was called 'one dimensional' from arrogant Fed.

dejan1989 , 6/7/12 4:41 PM


It's hard (maybe impossible) to say who is the GOAT. Because, tennis today is much different than it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. Also, right now, ATP is 10 times stronger than it was 10 years ago for example.

nemanja230690 , 6/7/12 5:23 PM


Oh, and can someone change Novak's picture? It's like a billion years old. ;)

nemanja230690 , 6/7/12 5:28 PM


http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=18096&zon eid=25

Nadal says tsonga played the match points wrong against djoker...i don't know why nadal is so interested in ...djoker's matches....lol..)

chenna21 , 6/7/12 5:43 PM


samprallica, 6/7/12 2:58 PM "Federer has to be superior to Nadal - more multiple slams at different venues."

Please. Fed is 2-8 vs Rafa in slams.

Last time Fed took down Rafa in a slam was 2007 on the lawn when Rafa had just turned 21!!! And that was a 5-setter!

Since that time? 0-5 including 0-1 on lawn, 0-2 on HC and 0-2 on clay.

So I don't quite follow how "Federer has to be superior to Nadal." It is your opinion but it doesn't mean it has to be.

agfmilos , 6/7/12 5:57 PM


chenna21, 6/7/12 5:43 PM

Answer. He was giving a direct answer to a direct question from journalists during his post-match presser. The question you should be asking is: why are journalists asking Rafa a question about Nole's match?

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 7:01 PM


^^^ BINGO

agfmilos , 6/7/12 7:18 PM


rafaisthebest, 6/7/12 7:01 PM

The journalists asked just general question about yesterdays matches..just ur thoughts ...not about how tsonga was little bit unlucky..no need to explain that shit.....

joker fought bravely...no need to tell tsonga was unlucky and he made mistakes with match points....if he is that much expert..then why the hell he lost that 4-2 advantage at Aus Open...

chenna21 , 6/7/12 7:32 PM


chenna21, 6/7/12 7:32 PM

Judging by your veering into the use of profane language, I think it is fair to say you are the one who is getting some sort of "rise" from this issue............

I'll live you to contemplate the matter to your heart's content................

I don't talk to people who use bad language.

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 7:48 PM


rafaisthebest, 6/7/12 7:48 PM

Then u better don't address to me again....

chenna21 , 6/7/12 7:51 PM


chenna21, 6/7/12 7:51 PM

My pleasure!!

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 7:54 PM


So strange, what's wrong with Rafa giving an honest answer to a question asked? What do you expect for an answer? ' no comment'? 'I don't wish to elaborate'?

Come on, Rafa is a professional tennis player, of course he'll have to give a more detailed answer than 'they played well'. Yes, Tsonga was unlucky by choosing the wrong shots in that split second for those two match points mentioned. Had he made the right decisions, he might win the match.

Rafa was not only being asked about Nole'a matches, he was also being asked about Murray's, Fed's or whoever others' matches and many times Rafa gave very specific answers. Don't ever accused Rafa of only watching or only interested in Nole's matches, that shows one's ignorance about Rafa.

luckystar , 6/7/12 8:14 PM


Also that missed backhand passing shot at 4-2 in the fifth set of the AO 2012 final wasn't a wrong shot selection but rather a poorly executed shot. Likewise for Nole's one missed shot during the tiebreak in the fourth set. They're not poor decision making or poor shot selection, and not like they hit the net cord and the ball bounce out, they're just poor execution of shots.

luckystar , 6/7/12 8:25 PM


that also is the true, no?

chlorostoma , 6/7/12 8:25 PM


I come on here to see that once more some have a reason to criticize Rafa. This time it's because he answered a question about Nole's match with Tsonga. What's funny about this, is that so many times you read Rafa haters and some Fed fans deriding Rafa for not being honest in his comments. So here Rafa gives a specific answer about poor shot selection from Tsonga on match points and it's the crime of the ages.

Hypocrisy reigns supreme.

rafaisthebest, 6/7/12 7:48 PM,

Bravo to you for not engaging with anyone who uses profane language. That's my policy as well. I have always believed that it's because they cannot make a real argument so they resort to bad language and insults.

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/12 8:36 PM


Unfortunately, these "people" are going to be with us for as long as Rafa is at the top..................and it will get worse as Rafa's success continues

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 10:13 PM


Question about profane language use .... isn't 'carve his a##', in the same category as 'sh#t' and 'p#ss off'? Yet, the holier than thou associate with the users of those words and also use it themselves, as recent as 4 days ago. Why the double-standards?

scoretracker , 6/7/12 10:30 PM


Question about tomorrow's semi @scoretracker, Fed/Dkoker, who's your pick, and why?

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 10:48 PM


^^^^should read, Fed/Djoker......

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 10:50 PM


ritb,

Good for you for not taking the bait.

For the record, I do not use profane language!

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/12 11:05 PM


@nny,

You don't have to justify yourself to trolls..................

Let's talk tennis!!

rafaisthebest , 6/7/12 11:28 PM


ritb,

Thanks so much for the reminder!

I am having trouble deciding who will win the Nole/Fed match. I go back and forth and keep finding reasons why one or the other will win. I guess Nole has the edge, but anything can happen.

Nativenewyorker , 6/8/12 12:25 AM


Who's setting a bait? If I remember correctly, last Sunday two Nadal posters were encouraged in their use of profane language, viz: 'piss off', etc., and one was requested to stick around with the plea: 'we need you now more than ever'. What a painful cry from the heart. SOS, the aliens are attacking, please send reinforcements!!!! As per usual, you inserted yourself into the argument which was between a Fed fan and two Nadal fans, so who's the troll? BTW, encoraging other people's nasty behavoir is just the same as doing it yourself .... so don't kid yourself thinking you're better. As is often stated: Hypocrisy much????. After keeping away for 6 months, I've learnt that those who claim they want 'peace' are only indulging in LIP SERVICE, big time, and that things are pretty boring without the Fed fans to pick on. We are brought into the argument albeit, we're not the ones talking. A prime example is the post @ chenna21 , 6/7/12 5:43 PM, which I suppose, was written by a Djokovic fan. Give it a rest. Why is freedom to express a differing opinion forbidden? FYI, this is a forum, not a choir or the Armed forces. If you want unison, join one or both of them.

How about an answer to the use of 'carve his a##' off? Anyway, you two righteous women have fun keeping track of who is and who isn't a troll. At the moment, I see TWO.

-------
RITB, if I thought your question about Fed's SF was a genuine one, I would answer, but to me, it's just rhetorical, and an attempt to disguise your attacks on Fed fans, by feigning interest..

scoretracker , 6/8/12 2:16 AM


@scoretracker,

Give it up, already. I know you're nervous about today's semi that's why you're appointing yourself TT's moral compass, wrapping yourself in new found righteousness....................I understand.

I wish your guy the best but I fear he will be shown the door.

Good luck next time!!

rafaisthebest , 6/8/12 8:35 AM


milos and RITB, i specifically used the word statistically because I don't truly believe Federer is superior. But having seen Sampras dominate grass the way he did, I wouldn't say Rafa's or Nole's styles define tennis - its a diverse sport with a rich history.

samprallica , 6/8/12 10:35 AM


I can live with that!

Love Pistol Pete!!! My fav before Rafa.

agfmilos , 6/8/12 2:49 PM



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