• Djokovic continues French Open bid on Wednesday

    5/29/12 11:45 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic continues French Open bid on Wednesday World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to headline second-round action at Roland Garros, as he faces Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic on Wednesday. The players will be looking to secure a spot among the last 32 at the tournament.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic holds a 1-0 series edge against world No. 99 Blaz Kavcic, having won their only previous meeting at the 2011 event in Belgrade.

    Djokovic is back to work after winning his opener against veteran Potito Starace. The 25-year-old passed through the match unbroken, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-1.

    The world No. 1 is bidding for his 32nd match victory of the season.

    Kavcic held on to defeat former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3. The 25-year-old looks to reach his first round of 32 at the French Open.

    Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.

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Amazing first set from Djokovic. Much, much higher level than in Rome.

willmw101 , 5/30/12 11:37 AM

That said Kavcic is playing abysmal tennis, trying to match djokovic's pace of shot which just plays straight into the serb's strengths...

willmw101 , 5/30/12 11:40 AM

If Kavcic can't disrupt Djokovic's rhythm... He'll be blown away by Djokovic's consistency :-)

Bonker , 5/30/12 11:45 AM

Good effort from Kavcic but thats game over now that Djokovic broke back. Pity he could'nt sustain that level.GSM Djokovic

willmw101 , 5/30/12 12:27 PM

Final score will be 6-0 6-4 6-1 Djokovic

willmw101 , 5/30/12 12:28 PM

lol bye bye kavcic

willmw101 , 5/30/12 12:35 PM

willmw, how the hell can you decide a player's level by watching one set of tennis !! thats so immature! now it depends on kavcic..if he can play well again, its not gona be 6-1 at all

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 12:38 PM

Kavcic has improved his level a lot as this match has gone on.

mriiidula , 5/30/12 12:43 PM

oooo federer is up 4-1 so quickly, much much better than rome, he's the current federer (for the next 20 mins) until djokovic becomes favorite again and then when rafa wins a 6-1 tomorrow he'l be favorite again

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 12:50 PM

wow, Vamosrafa calm down, why so angry, it's just a prediction. what is it with angry people attacking posters on this site

willmw101 , 5/30/12 12:53 PM

lol, i am not being angry, i am just amazed ! how can one say something like 'much much better' when watching ONE set of tennis against an unknown player..sorry if i sounded angry, I dont show anger on TT usually...

This guy kavcic is a complete player, he can play really well

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 12:55 PM

Agreed, I quite like Kavcic, just think that Djokovic will run away with this set.

willmw101 , 5/30/12 12:56 PM

i'l give you this though, djokovic's INTENSITY is much higher than rome right now...he looks very focused and intense and that's the way it shud be if he is to win the nole slam

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 1:02 PM

wowwwwwww PLAY OF THE DAY !! kavcic aint going anywhere

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 1:06 PM

this is pretty much hard court tennis out there ! lol ..these two are creaming the ball..good hold from 0-30

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 1:09 PM

Kavcic is having a great game!

mriiidula , 5/30/12 1:12 PM

31 UE from Nole so far. Not a stat you'd expect from a match in which one set was won 6-0.

mriiidula , 5/30/12 1:16 PM

2 MPs saved, nice stuff from Kavcic. He's no walkover.

mriiidula , 5/30/12 1:24 PM

Finally. Onto the third.

mriiidula , 5/30/12 1:28 PM

good match, kavcic was a tricky opponent and I like his game. Had nole's level dipped a little in set 2's later stages, it wud have been 6-4 kavcic but nole's intensity was perfect today so well done

vamosrafa , 5/30/12 1:28 PM

Kavic could be one to watch out for in the future. Can someone answer a question for me, why aren`t the men inclined to use the drive volley?

mojo , 5/30/12 1:33 PM

Mojo I assume you are asking that because the commentator on Eurosport keeps asking the same question. He originally was demanding that more players step up and drive volley nadals high looping defensive shots. For the record I think executing on this strategy would get you in to a whole load of trouble over the course of a best of 5 set match, not too mention that it is definitely easier said than done (maybe why none of the top players do it against Nadal, Djokovic or Fed). Pretty ignorant commentary in general from the Eurosport commentator.

willmw101 , 5/30/12 3:35 PM

Sorry but this really, really irks me: how many times was Federer shunted to Suzanne Lenglen when he was #1? I am asking because Djokovic is the reigning #1 and he was shunted to Lenglen today.

And please.............none of that Fed is more popular than Novak nonsense, we're not children here...................

rafaisthebest , 5/30/12 3:49 PM

@ ritb.................not to worry, I bet Novak will not be shunted their if he and Fed meet in the semis!!!!!

@ willmw101.............are any of the commies past tennis players? Amd some of them really get up my crack......for real.........with some of their comments!!! It is so clear sometimes who they are rooting for.............disgusting!!!!

Monalysa , 5/30/12 3:57 PM

Willmw101 @3.35pm. Yeah thats why I was asking, the commentator mentioned it a few times and I thought surely if its such an ideal stroke to play then the men would be using it. I understand what you mean when you say it would get you in a whole load of trouble over the course of a best of 5 sets as they`d have to expend more energy playing the shot for a start, I really can`t see that working. Like you say lack of knowledge on the part of the commentator.

mojo , 5/30/12 11:25 PM

Hi Monalysa, know you wern`t addressing me but Frew McMillan was commentating earlier.

mojo , 5/30/12 11:35 PM

ritb, I don't know the answer to your question about Fed, but if you have seen the oop for thursday you may have noted that each of the top four has been scheduled once on SL. I believe this has been the case in recent years.

jmk , 5/31/12 2:55 AM

Frew can be a biased commentator at times - he is particularly fond of Federer, I remember him once calling Sampras relatively one-dimensional with his groundies (weak backhand) in the USO 2002, and then Sampras unleashed a flurry of winners from that wing.

I think drive volleying Nadal's looping topspin defense is such a hard thing to do because you have to maintain precise contact on a ball with a lot of rpm, its hard enough with a relatively firm racquet head on the regular volley. Besides, the ball does dip quite quickly, so you'd be be brushing up on the ball again - which is risky, since the topspin gives Nadal time again if he can get to the ball.

samprallica , 5/31/12 5:36 AM

I have been trying to watch the matches on ITV4 because I cannot stand most of the Eurosport commies and their biased views and constant Rafa bashing.

I have to say that it is wonderful to get such nice commies, except for Mark Petchy who is biased at times. I am enjoying Fabrice Santoro who is delightful and Jim Courier who seems fairly objective and John Inverdale is OK too. Unfortunately for the Rafa match on Tuesday I had to switch over to Eurosport as they were covering Andy's match on ITV4 and not 5 minutes had passed before they started on about Rafa's time between points. It just ruins my viewing when they keep nagging on about the usual things. It is up to the umpires to keep an eye on things like that not the damn commies.

schatz , 5/31/12 12:39 PM

I love watching commentary on Eurosport; simply because it is so much fun seeing them proven wrong, particularly of late. One of the most entertaining watches recently was the Fed-Nadal AO semi, where Wilander went on pre-match about how Fed now knows Rafa's game through and through, and should win in THREE, maybe 4 sets.

And then as Rafa started winning, his frustration was so obvious, he even said "Roger Federer SIMPLY CANNOT LOSE to Rafael Nadal, it SHOULDN'T HAPPEN!" LOL. He even once bet his house on Federer winning the 2008 AO semi, I wonder what happened to that house.

samprallica , 5/31/12 1:50 PM

It was the same thing even in the FO final last year. All the commies were talking as if Fed would most likely beat Rafa in the final an then as Rafa saved set point and turned around the 1st set, they slowly shut up. Only Fed fans (including so-called impartial commies) complain about Rafa.

The US commies are the absolute worst. They talk over the points and try to turn tennis into a catty soap opera. Darrin Cahill is great. JMac, MJ Fernandez are ok.

However PMac, Evert, Pam Shriver and Gilbert are intolerable Fed fans.

PMac this morning in Muzz's first set basically claimed that Muzz was capable of faking injury and shouldn't necessarily be believed saying that Lendl would never show such a display. Brutal when commies assume to know what players are experiencing.

Conspirator , 5/31/12 2:50 PM

Gilbert has a lot of compliments about rafa usually...i like the sky sports team!they are good...

vamosrafa , 5/31/12 4:48 PM

Mojo, thanks for the response!

And whenever Novak is playing the commentators just like to go on about how many times in a row he has beaten Rafa, but when Fed is playing I NEVER hear they go on about how many times Rafa has beaten him, or even when Rafa is playing how many times in a row Rafa has beaten Fed!!!!!'s just sickening!!!

Monalysa , 5/31/12 5:32 PM

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